Lost password?

Don't have an account?
Join the Best Live Fantasy Chat Community!


Receive free daily analysis


Already have an account? Log In


Forgot Password


Articles & Tools
Import Your Leagues
Weekly Rankings
Compare Any Players
Starts and Sit
Daily Fantasy
Who To Pickup
Fantasy Updates
24x7 News and Alerts

Booms and Busts - Fantasy Football Starts and Sits for Week 2 Lineups

Nico Collins - Fantasy Football Rankings, Draft Sleepers, NFL Injury News

The excitement of the NFL season is in full swing as we enter Week 2 of the 2023 fantasy football season. After an exhilarating start in Week 1, fantasy football managers are eagerly looking for the best strategies to find players that will boom (or bust) in their lineups. This week's matchups bring both challenges and opportunities, with standout performances and surprising disappointments from some of the league's biggest stars. In this article, we'll break down some key players to consider starting and sitting in your fantasy football lineup for Week 2, helping you gain that all-important edge over your competition.

In Week 2, fantasy managers should pay close attention to emerging stars who showed their potential in the opening week. Rookie sensations, breakout candidates, and established veterans who had a strong start are prime candidates to stay in your starting lineup. Additionally, favorable matchups and injuries to opposing defenses can also influence your start decisions. Players like Mac Jones, Tyler Allgeier, and Jakobi Meyers came out of nowhere to surprise fantasy managers and boom in Week 1. We'll delve into potential players like these and more, providing insights into why they should be in your fantasy lineup for Week 2.

Meanwhile, determining players primed to bust is just as crucial as finding the perfect matchups. Sometimes, even star players can face tough matchups or injuries that warrant benching them for a week. Fantasy managers should be wary of overreacting to one-week performances and carefully consider the matchups and trends when deciding whom to sit in Week 2. We'll discuss some players with tough matchups and why it may be wise to give them a week on the bench. Approaching these players with caution in Week 2 can help you avoid the pitfalls that could cost you a victory.

Featured Promo: Get any full-season NFL and DFS Premium Pass for 50% off. Exclusive access to our Team Sync platform, Premium articles, Matchup Rating projections, 15 lineup tools, DFS cheat sheets, Research Stations, Lineup Optimizers and much more! Go Premium, Win More!


Week 2 Woos - Fantasy Football Booms

Ryan Tannehill - QB, Tennessee Titans vs. Los Angeles Chargers

The 2023 NFL season could not have started worse for Ryan Tannehill. He was outwardly abused by the Saints defense to the tune of 198 yards passing and three interceptions. His 47.1% completion rate for the game shows just how erratic and out of rhythm the passing game was for the Titans. A lot of that had to do with the Saints having Tannehill under duress all day with 17 pressures (third most in the league) and three sacks. His paltry 5.4 fantasy points landed him at QB30 to begin the season.

Tannehill should get back on track in Week 2 as he returns home and the Titans will be facing the Los Angeles Chargers; a defense that was torched by the Dolphins' passing attack for 28.1 FP in Week 1. With this game currently one of the higher implied totals for the week (45-point total), there is a chance that this could become a back-and-forth affair. If that is the case, Tannehill and the passing attack will have to step up their game. And with a solid matchup ahead, he should be viewed as a startable QB2 in Superflex leagues.

Rachaad White - RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Chicago Bears

Speaking of players who got off to rough starts, Rachaad White gave all of his doubters ample ammunition to begin the year. His 3.9 FP landed him at RB39 in Week 1 and was one of the least efficient games of the week. His 13 yards before contact wasn't terrible compared to others at the position, but his 1.5 yards after contact per attempt was one of the worst on the week.

This shows an inability to create space in the open field. To make matters worse, he was not much of a factor in the passing game either with only two receptions on his two lone targets. The lack of usage could be concerning if it continues to stay consistent.

But heading into Week 2, look for the Buccaneers to involve him in the gameplan early and often. The team will be back at home and facing a Chicago Bears defense that was just run all over by the Green Bay Packers in Week 1. A defense that allowed 32.5 FP last week should have White licking his chops to erase the memory of the bad start and hopefully get back on track. Fantasy managers should expect production at an RB2 level this week as I also expect him to find the end zone as well.

Nico Collins - WR, Houston Texans vs. Indianapolis Colts

Much to the surprise of many fantasy managers, Nico Collins turned in quite a solid performance to begin his 2023 campaign. His 14.0 FP was good enough for WR26 on the week, far beyond where many had him ranked coming into the game. But some things that popped out were his 11 targets and impressive 162 air yards, which had him behind only Tyreek Hill for the week (227 air yards).

Throughout much of training camp, the buzz was that Collins was without a doubt C.J. Stroud's top target in the passing game. After Week 1, that narrative held and may only be building as the weeks continue.

The Week 2 matchup is shaping up to be yet another advantageous one for Collins as the Texans will be at home to face the Indianapolis Colts. Indy's secondary was not at its best in Week 1 as they were one of the worst in the league at points allowed to the receiver position, surrendering 35.3 FP.

In a matchup of rookie quarterbacks, it could be the connection between Stroud and Collins that comes out ahead as I expect to see the latter produce at a WR3 level with WR2 upside. Collins is a player who should be in starting lineups for fantasy managers.

Luke Musgrave - TE, Green Bay Packers @ Atlanta Falcons

Week 1 was a solid debut for rookie tight end Luke Musgrave. He finished the week as TE13 with 8.0 FP, but this could have been such a bigger performance had a couple of potentially big plays--that narrowly missed--ended up hitting.

Although he was only officially targeted four times in the game, he hauled in three receptions for 50 yards. On top of that, he paced the position for the week with 68 air yards on just 21 routes run, indicating that the team will be looking to get the ball into his hands while he's on the field.

Going into Week 2, expect an increase in routes and targets as he will be looking at a plus matchup against the Atlanta Falcons. A defense that just allowed Hayden Hurst to produce TE2 numbers last week with his five receptions for 41 yards and a score. With Christian Watson still nursing a hamstring injury, there may be a chance that Musgrave will be the second option in the passing game this week.

If his targets increase from four to seven this week, he will undoubtedly produce TE1 numbers. This makes him worthy of a pick-up and play for fantasy managers who could be looking to stream at the position in Week 2.


Week 2 Boos - Fantasy Football Busts

Geno Smith - QB, Seattle Seahawks @ Detroit Lions

The question of whether Geno Smith would turn into a pumpkin again looked to be true if Week 1 was any indication. In what many were expecting to be a tune-up game against the Rams, Smith struggled to a QB25 finish on 112 yards passing with only one touchdown.

With a game script in his favor as the Seahawks were trailing throughout, he just simply could not find his way to start off the 2023 season. Defensive pressure cannot be the culprit for his struggles either as the Rams defense only mustered 10 pressures and eight hurries in the game. We just simply saw a shade of the old Geno in the opening game.

Week 2 may not get any better for Smith as the Seahawks go on the road to face a Detroit Lions defense that will be playing with loads of confidence after beating the Chiefs in Week 1. Although this game has one of the higher implied totals for the week (47.5), this could be a long day for the Seahawks, unless Smith and the passing attack can find some consistency.

Add in the fact that the team will be missing pieces along the offensive line and you have a recipe for a game in which Smith may not find much time to let plays develop.

Najee Harris - RB, Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cleveland Browns

The much talked about Pittsburgh Steelers backfield situation got off to the frustrating start that many were worried about in Week 1. Although Najee Harris commanded a higher snap percentage over Jaylen Warren (53% to 40%), it was Warren who produced the better numbers for the week (7 FP for Warren, 5 FP for Harris).

Both were not great and finished outside the Top 30 at the position to begin the 2023 season. A lot of that had to do with the matchup, as the Steelers were facing the vaunted 49ers defense. All in all, after one game, Harris showed that he may not be getting the bulk of the work that many fantasy managers were hoping for.

Week 2 may not see much improvement for Harris as the Steelers will have a home matchup against the hated Cleveland Browns. A defense that allowed just 11.1 FP to the Cincinnati Bengals a week ago. This game is currently tied for the lowest implied total for the week (38.5) which means that the scoring opportunities may be scarce.

Unless Harris sees an uptick in passing game usage this week, his production potential may be that of a FLEX play at best. Fantasy managers will likely be in a position where he is locked into the starting lineup due to a lack of options, so temper expectations.

Garrett Wilson - WR, New York Jets @ Dallas Cowboys

Amid the Aaron Rodgers fallout, the sound you hear is the fantasy value of Garret Wilson plummeting back down to Earth. A late touchdown salvaged his totals for Week 1, but outside of that, it was as bad as you could imagine.

With just five receptions and 34 yards, he wasn't screaming WR1 production that fantasy managers were banking on. With Zach Wilson now assuming the role of Jets' starting quarterback, expecting any consistency from the second-year wideout will prove to be fool's gold.

To make matters worse, the situation for Wilson may indeed get uglier in Week 2 as the Jets travel to Dallas to face a Cowboys defense fresh off a road shoutout win against the Giants. After pacing the league with 24 QB pressures a week ago, Garrett Wilson will be at the mercy of Zach Wilson and his ability to get the ball out quickly.

With the Jets having the lowest team total on the board for the week (14.75), Wilson now goes from a guaranteed starter each week to a potential matchup play. And this matchup may not be one that you want to take part in given all the variables. Expecting anything higher than WR3 production is a best-case scenario for Fantasy managers in Week 2.

Kyle Pitts - TE, Atlanta Falcons vs. Green Bay Packers

A bounce back for Pitts was expected by fantasy managers heading into the 2023 season. But that is already off-script after the subpar performance of two receptions for 44 yards on three targets in Week 1. Most of those yards didn't come until very late in the game either.

On a surface level, his advanced numbers were not terrible. He was at 91% in routes run and an ADOT of 16.33. But a catchable target rate of just 67% from the struggling Desmond Ridder capped his potential in the matchup.

Going into Week 2, there are not a lot of hopeful expectations for fantasy managers as many have a sour taste in their mouths because of head coach Arthur Smith's lack of offensive creativity. The Falcons will be facing a strong Packers defense that surrendered just 6.9 FP in Week 1.

With the passing attack sputtering, any upside that Pitts could have is currently limited. Although it may be tough to stomach, Pitts now finds himself in a territory where you should think about subbing him out in your lineups for a tight end with a better matchup.

Download Our Free News & Alerts Mobile App

Like what you see? Download our updated fantasy football app for iPhone and Android with 24x7 player news, injury alerts, rankings, starts/sits & more. All free!

Win Big With RotoBaller

Be sure to also check out all of our other daily fantasy football articles and analysis to help you set those winning lineups, including this new RotoBaller YouTube video:

More Fantasy Football Analysis


Articles & Tools
Import Your Leagues
Weekly Rankings
Compare Any Players
Starts and Sit
Daily Fantasy
Who To Pickup
Fantasy Updates
24x7 News and Alerts


Mike Williams17 mins ago

Has A Torn ACL
Francisco Alvarez1 hour ago

Dealing With Finger Contusion
Ketel Marte1 hour ago

Absent From Lineup On Monday
Mike Trout2 hours ago

Season Is Over
Patrick Mahomes2 hours ago

"All Good" After Injury Scare
William Byron2 hours ago

Earns Sixth Win Of Season At Texas
Denny Hamlin2 hours ago

Secures Third Straight Top-Five Finish At Texas
Michael Pittman Jr.2 hours ago

Reels In Nine Catches In Week 3 Win
Tyler Reddick3 hours ago

Late Wreck Ruins Tyler Reddick's Race At Texas
Kyle Busch3 hours ago

Championship Hopes Take Big Hit After Texas Wreck
NASCAR3 hours ago

Bubba Wallace "Gave it Away" At Texas, Finishes Third
Chris Buescher3 hours ago

Has Another Strong Points Day At Texas
Kyle Larson3 hours ago

On Playoff Hot Seat After Wrecking At Texas
Joe Burrow4 hours ago

Status Still A Question Mark
Jimmy Garoppolo4 hours ago

Being Evaluated For A Concussion
Adam Fantilli4 hours ago

Registers Two Assists In Preseason Debut
Mike Williams4 hours ago

Feared To Have Serious Knee Injury
Trevor Van Riemsdyk5 hours ago

Trevor van Riemsdyk Sustains Apparent Hand Injury
Travis Konecny5 hours ago

"Banged Up"
Andrei Vasilevskiy5 hours ago

Battling Minor Injuries
Mika Zibanejad5 hours ago

Suffers An Upper-Body Injury
Kyle Palmieri5 hours ago

Set For Re-Evaluation This Week
Kenneth Walker III9 hours ago

Scores Twice In Week 3 Victory
Geno Smith10 hours ago

Finds Success Again In Week 3
Travis Kelce12 hours ago

Caps Off Blowout With Touchdown Catch
Patrick Mahomes12 hours ago

Earns First Three-Score Effort In Short Day
Rondale Moore13 hours ago

Logs 45-Yard Rushing Touchdown In Week 3 Win
James Conner13 hours ago

Rumbles Into The End-zone In Week 3 Win
Josh Downs13 hours ago

Leads Colts With 12 Targets In OT Win Over Ravens
Travis Etienne Jr.13 hours ago

With 138 Total Yards In Loss Vs. Texans
Zack Moss13 hours ago

Rushes For 122 Yards, Finds The End Zone In Week 3
Stefon Diggs13 hours ago

Tags Commanders For 111 Yards In Rout
Davante Adams13 hours ago

Shines For Two Touchdowns
Josh Allen13 hours ago

Manages Game In Easy Week 3 Win
Jimmy Garoppolo14 hours ago

Fills Stat Sheet Against Steelers
Tank Dell14 hours ago

Shows Out Again In Week 3
Lamar Jackson14 hours ago

Puts Up 300 Total Yards
Deandre Ayton15 hours ago

To Portland A Possibility?
Damian Lillard15 hours ago

Bulls, Raptors Expressing Interest In Damian Lillard
Tim Hardaway15 hours ago

Pacers Reportedly Not Interested In Tim Hardaway Jr.
Buddy Hield16 hours ago

To Dallas?
Francisco Alvarez16 hours ago

Removed Early On Sunday
Luis Robert Jr.21 hours ago

Replaced During Sunday's Game
Yandy Díaz21 hours ago

Yandy Diaz Leaves Early Sunday
Ricardo Ramos1 day ago

Submitted Early At UFC Vegas 79
Charles Jourdain1 day ago

Extends Win Streak To Two
Marina Rodriguez1 day ago

Scores One-Sided TKO Win At UFC Vegas 79
Dan Ige1 day ago

Falls Short Against Another Top-10 Opponent
Bryce Mitchell1 day ago

Returns To Win Column At UFC Vegas 79
Brad Keselowski1 day ago

Feels Good About His Car at Texas
Tyler Reddick1 day ago

a Very Strong Option at Texas
Denny Hamlin1 day ago

Pegged as Favorite to Win at Texas
Carson Hocevar2 days ago

Looks Impressive Again at Texas
Zane Smith2 days ago

Slow In Practice and Qualifying at Texas
Todd Gilliland2 days ago

in Downgraded Equipment for Texas
Luis Arraez2 days ago

Suffers Injury On Saturday
Ryan Preece2 days ago

Will Start 25th At Texas
Chase Briscoe2 days ago

The Top Value Play On Sunday At Texas
Ricky Stenhouse Jr2 days ago

.'s Struggles At Texas To Continue This Weekend
Joey Logano2 days ago

Makes For A Nice Bounce Back Play At Texas
NASCAR2 days ago

Bubba Wallace Wins Pole At Texas Motor Speedway
Ryan Blaney2 days ago

A Core Play At Texas
Harrison Burton2 days ago

Still On Wood Brothers Hot Seat
Austin Cindric2 days ago

Keeps On Struggling In Qualifying
Kenley Jansen2 days ago

Returns From COVID List
Mike Trout2 days ago

Hits Off Tee
Yordan Alvarez2 days ago

Doubles In A Run, Managing Elbow Issue
MLB2 days ago

Diamondbacks-Yankees Postponed Saturday Due To Rain
MLB2 days ago

Braves-Nationals Postponed On Saturday
Nolan Arenado2 days ago

Cardinals Place Nolan Arenado On Injured List
Sandy Alcantara2 days ago

Suffers Setback After Rehab Start
Clayton Keller2 days ago

Ready To Become 100-Point Player
Nicklas Backstrom2 days ago

Feeling At 100 Percent
Oliver Ekman-Larsson2 days ago

Set To Get Look On Top Power-Play Unit
Carter Verhaeghe2 days ago

Battling Muscle Tightness
Nikolaj Ehlers2 days ago

Struggling With Neck Spasms
Logan Cooley2 days ago

Scores Wonder Goal In Preseason Opener
2 days ago

Chauncey Billups Backs Scoot Henderson To Become A "Star"
Josh Green2 days ago

Aims To Become A Bigger Defensive Presence
Josh Hart2 days ago

Set To See Minutes As Power Forward
Cade Cunningham2 days ago

Jaden Ivey Believes Cade Cunningham Will "Shock" People
DeMar DeRozan2 days ago

Ready To Shoot More Threes
Marcus Morris2 days ago

Sr. Set To Remain A Starter In New Season
Brandon Lowe3 days ago

Finished For 2023 With Knee Fracture
Salvador Perez3 days ago

On Track For Return On Sunday
Triston McKenzie3 days ago

Set To Return For Sunday's Start
Jaden McDaniels3 days ago

Timberwolves Desire To Extend Jaden McDaniels
Boston Celtics3 days ago

Celtics Signing Lamar Stevens As Bench Piece
Frank Ntilikina3 days ago

Could Be Limited At Training Camp
Jayson Tatum3 days ago

To Play More Point Guard In 2023-24?
Randy Arozarena3 days ago

Leaves With Right Quad Tightness
Ha-Seong Kim3 days ago

Returns To The Lineup
Vladimir Guerrero Jr.3 days ago

Rejoins The Lineup On Friday
Luis Arraez3 days ago

Back In The Lineup On Friday
Rasmus Dahlin3 days ago

Sabres Aiming To Lock Up Rasmus Dahlin, Owen Power Long-Term
Connor Hellebuyck3 days ago

Focused On The Jets In 2023-24
Trevor Zegras3 days ago

Jamie Drysdale Absent On First Day Of Camp
Andrew Cogliano3 days ago

Hoping To Be Cleared For Season Opener
Alexander Barabanov3 days ago

Prefers To Remain In San Jose
Mattias Ekholm3 days ago

Roughly A Week Away From Skating
Damian Lillard3 days ago

Suns Considered Dark Horse To Facilitate Damian Lillard Deal
Donovan Mitchell3 days ago

Not Expected To Sign An Extension Next Summer
3 days ago

Amen Thompson Is Ready To Go For Training Camp
Buddy Hield3 days ago

Mavericks, 76ers, Bucks Have Shown Interest In Buddy Hield
Kelly Oubre3 days ago

Jr. Expected To Sign With 76ers
Mateusz Gamrot3 days ago

Seeking Victory In Seventh UFC Appearance
Rafael Fiziev3 days ago

Looks To Get Back In Win Column
Michelle Waterson-Gomez3 days ago

In Dire Need Of Victory
AJ Fletcher3 days ago

Set To Showcase On Main Card
Bryan Battle3 days ago

A Favorite At UFC Vegas 79
Evgeny Kuznetsov3 days ago

Sees New Head Coach As "Perfect Match"
Mark Scheifele3 days ago

Open To Staying With Jets
BUF3 days ago

Buffalo Sabres Reportedly Eyeing Patrick Kane
Jusuf Nurkic4 days ago

Heading To Phoenix?
Damian Lillard4 days ago

Could Be Moved Before Training Camp
Ricardo Ramos4 days ago

Set For First Fight In Over A Year
Charles Jourdain4 days ago

Hoping To Bring UFC Record Above .500
Marina Rodriguez4 days ago

Gets A Rematch At UFC Vegas 79
Dan Ige4 days ago

Enters UFC Vegas 79 On Two-Fight Win Streak
Bryce Mitchell4 days ago

Looking To Bounce Back After First Career Loss