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Fantasy Football Week 2: Last-Minute Advice for Setting Your Roster – Bleacher Report

It’s been a rough season so far for top fantasy receivers. Jordy Nelson and Kelvin Benjamin were off the market before the season even started, while Dez Bryant‘s prolonged absence is a glaring loss for his investors. We haven’t even witnessed the wave of running back ailments sure to come.

As is the case nearly every weekend of NFL action, how do we deal with the biggest injury situations during this second week of fantasy football competition? 

 

Should Fantasy Owners and the Bears Sit Alshon Jeffery This Sunday?

After Alshon Jeffery dealt with a lingering calf injury entering the campaign, an in-practice setback has his investors questioning whether to deploy the red-zone maven. Jeffery leads all players in targets inside the 10-yard line since 2013.

While I’ve previously preached patience with top fantasy investments, often choosing to play my star players if they’re active, I’m siding with Rotoworld’s Evan Silva on this one in hoping the Bears choose to rest Jeffery to get him “right” for the long haul.

With the Arizona Cardinals’ cover corner Patrick Peterson fresh off a successful showdown in shutting down the New Orleans Saints’ Brandin Cooks, having Jeffery forgo this unfavorable matchup wouldn’t be the worst thing for his long-term fantasy outlook.

I suggest having alternative options ready. While this might only appeal to points-per-reception formats (don’t laugh), Cole Beasley makes for an interesting target hog who is widely available in most leagues.

For those seeking some security in daily cash games, the target bar for tight end, Martellus Bennett, is assuredly high this week against an Arizona defense that has struggled to stop opposing tight ends.

 

Assuming “Shady” McCoy Starts, Should Fantasy Owners Start Him? 

ESPN.com’s Mike Rodak expects LeSean McCoy to be a game-time decision given hamstring tightness incurred in practice this week. Given how freely DeAngelo Williams ran on the New England Patriots to open the season, I’m deploying McCoy if he’s active. ESPN’s Dianna Marie Russini reports the Pitt product will be busy Sunday despite the injury concerns. 

The only insurance plan McCoy investors can really consider is rostering Karlos Williams in case McCoy is surprisingly inactive. While this reeks of a narrative-driven angle, the Bills paid McCoy to consume a volume of work. If he’s active, I’m playing him against a soft interior front seven. 

 

Is Mike Evans Finally Ready to Run Wild for Fantasy Investors?

ESPN.com’s Pat Yasinkas reports Mike Evans is optimistic about making his season debut in the Superdome Sunday. While some may run from this Bucs offense, I’m bullish on Evans’ chances for a big outing given what will be a pass-driven game script, because Tampa Bay is a massive underdog and facing a generous secondary. 

 

The St. Louis Shuffle: Which Rams’ Running Back Do We Trust for Week 2? 

The answer to the above question might just be no one, as ESPN.com’s Nick Wagoner reports both Todd Gurley and Tre Mason are listed as questionable for Sunday’s road game versus the Redskins.

I wish that at Bleacher Report we had a secret fantasy football cave with direct lines to the real intentions of coaching staffs across the league. Sadly, we do not, and with such murky information and general mystery surrounding what could be a three-headed backfield versus a somewhat stingy fantasy defense to opposing ground games, I’m avoiding this situation. I suggest you do the same.

Canvassing the rest of the league, it’s becoming clear that T.Y. Hilton, as reported by ESPN.com’s Mike Wells, is highly questionable to be available for Monday Night Football. Given the timing, unless you have shares of Donte Moncrief, prepare as if Hilton isn’t available.

The Titans’ Delanie Walker practiced in full Friday as he deals with a hand injury, according to ESPN.com’s Paul Kuharsky. He deemed Walker “iffy” to play, but the tight end should be in fantasy lineups if the Titans make him active (the position is simply so shallow, although I wouldn’t blame you for using Eric Ebron in a pinch).

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