Welcome to the Salute Magazine weekly choose or lose segment for fantasy football! Most sites call it a start/sit weekly article, but it is our goal to be different. Therefore, we look forward to providing the best fantasy advice that we can on what players can help you win for the week or who will hold you back and send you spiraling into the depths of fantasy purgatory.
Disclaimer: Fantasy sports are a crapshoot and decisions are made on matchups, seasonal trends and past performances.
Tom Brady vs. Bills
Since 2006, Brady has owned the Bills and it hasn’t been pretty in most of the matchups. He holds a 14-2 record against the Bills with 41 touchdowns and only 10 interceptions, and many of the games have ended with a lopsided result. Fast forward to Sunday and the Bills hosting Brady and the Patriots, and the Bills’ defense offers a stiff challenge for Tom. But history is on his side and he will do enough to keep fantasy owners happy.
Carson Palmer vs. Bears
The Bears defense has been anything but scary for the last few years and they were torched by Aaron Rodgers and the Packers in Week 1. With that being said, Palmer is more than capable of putting up Rodgers-esque numbers against Chicago. The Cardinals’ offense has explosive athletes galore, especially at receiver, and Palmer will take advantage of those matchups all day. Palmer’s performance in Week 1 against the Saints: 19-32 for 307 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions. He is a must-start this week.
Aaron Rodgers vs. Seahawks
Before you start blowing up the comments section, hear me out on this one. The Seahawks defense is still without safety Kam Chancellor and their defense gave up 276 passing yards to the Rams and Nick Foles in Week 1. Rodgers will also be playing at home in primetime with the sole purpose of making up for the NFC Championship game choke-job that the Packers had against Seattle last season. They also allowed 34 points and a 54.5 percent third-down conversion rate. The Packers offense is much scarier than the Rams, even minus wide receiver Jordy Nelson for the Packers.
Kirk Cousins vs. Rams
First of all, if Cousins is your starting quarterback or even your backup, your team is already doomed. Washington looked pretty bad against the Dolphins in Week 1, and they will look even worse against St. Louis. DeSean Jackson probably won’t suit up for the Redskins, which means that the Rams have to prepare for one less weapon. If the Rams shut down Alfred Morris, the Redskins will get blown out and that would give Cousins more passing attempts, but that isn’t necessarily a good thing.
Blake Bortles vs. Dolphins
Bortles and the Jaguars didn’t take advantage of a matchup with Carolina’s defense, and they are still the Jaguars. Most fantasy teams probably don’t have Bortles as their starting quarterback but if you do, start someone else, anyone else–except for Cousins. The Dolphins defense will drop the hammer on Jacksonville and Bortles will be running for his life in Week 2. They will likely be playing from behind for a majority of this game too.
On the Bubble
Ben Roethlisberger vs. 49ers
Big Ben could provide a heavy passing day, especially with the 49ers defense shutting down AP last week, but Williams filled in for Bell nicely against the Patriots. He also has Antonio Brown.
Drew Brees vs. Buccaneers
Brees struggled against Tampa Bay last season — throwing for 652 yards, three TDs, six INTs — but he is squaring off against a defense that was shredded by a rookie quarterback in his first start. Brees could have a big day or he could continue his struggle against the Bucs.