It’s only Week 2, so it’s no time to panic. Stick to your guns and remember that there will be ups and downs throughout the season. The worst thing you can do is overreact to a bad week and bench a player who’s destined for a rebound game. It generally takes about four games to see the trends for the season emerge. Until then, put your best players in your lineup and just pray they don’t get injured.

New York Jets @ New England
Thurs. Sept. 12, 8:30 p.m.

This game is a fantasy wasteland. Two of the Patriots top performers from Week 1, Shane Vereen and Danny Amendola, are both out of the lineup for Week 2. Vereen broke a bone in his hand while oft injured Amendola is suffering from a groin injury. Steven Ridley should get the start at RB after getting benched in Week 1 for fumbling. Jets rookie QB Geno Smith did well in his first career start last week but that doesn’t mean he’s fantasy relevant, yet. The Jets running game is less than inspiring with Bilal Powell and Chris Ivory sharing time.

Start: QB Tom Brady, WR Julian Edelman

Sit: RB Steven Ridley, TE Zach Sudfeld, all Jets

St. Louis @ Atlanta
Sun. Sept. 15, 1 p.m.

Both the Rams and Falcons have explosive offensive weapons but the news you need to know is that neither Roddy White (ankle) nor Julio Jones (knee) participated in practice on Wednesday. Rams running back Daryl Richardson (foot/toe) also did not practice. Toe injuries may seem minor, but they can seriously hamper running backs. Keep an eye on these players and remember what Roddy told us on Twitter, if he’s not practicing it’s a red flag.

Start: QB Matt Ryan, TE Tony Gonzalez, RB Stephen Jackson, TE Jared Cook, QB Sam Bradford, WR Chris Givens

Sit: WR Tavon Austin, RB Jacquizz Rodgers

Denver @ New York Giants
Sun. Sept 15. 4:25 p.m.

The Manning brothers have faced each other twice before and Peyton has come out with a victory each time. Both the Giants and Broncos have questions at running back and a plethora of options in the passing game. The Giants pass defense is among the worst in the league, so you can expect another monster week from Peyton and the Broncos. Eli has never thrown for over 300 yards in a Manning Bowl, but if he throws 62 passes like Flacco needed to win against the Broncos last week, expect a monster fantasy week from the Giants, as well.

Start: QB Peyton Manning, QB Eli Manning, WR Victor Cruz, WR Demaryius Thomas, WR Hakeem Nicks, WR Wes Welker, TE Julius Thomas

Sit: RB Montee Ball, RB Ronnie Hillman, RB David Wilson, RB Da’Rel Scott, RB Brandon Jacobs

San Francisco @ Seattle
Sun. Sept 15, 8:30 p.m.

If you’re not excited for this game, you don’t like football. The Seahawks and Niners may be the toughest two teams in the league and both have stout defenses and Superbowl aspirations. Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson are both thought of as running QBs, but both had their first career 300 yard passing games last week and neither threw a pick. It seems like Doug Baldwin, not Golden Tate, has inherited the Percy Harvin role in the Seattle offense.

Start: QB Russell Wilson, QB Colin Kaepernick, RB Marshawn Lynch, RB Frank Gore, WR Anquan Boldin, TE Vernon Davis, WR Doug Baldwin

Sit: RB Kendall Hunter, RB Robert Turbin, WR Sidney Rice, WR Golden Tate

Pittsburgh @ Cincinnati
Mon. Sept. 16 ,8:40 p.m.

Not long ago this would have been an intense divisional matchup, but now it’s a stinker. The Steelers are injury plagued, have no viable running backs, and have swiss cheese for an offensive line. If the Bengals jump out to a big lead expect a heavy dose of the law firm. Plan to go to bed early.

Start: QB Andy Dalton, WR AJ Green, RB BenJarvis Green-Ellis

Sit: RB Giovanni Bernard, all Steelers

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