Sea­hawks’ Wil­son might be a bust if Bald­win out

USA TODAY International Edition - - SPORTS | NFL - Charles Cur­tis USA TO­DAY

Wel­come to Week 2. As usual, we’re here to help you with your fan­tasy lineup with this week’s studs, duds and sleep­ers. Use th­ese along with USA TO­DAY’s rank­ings.

Studs

QB Ben Roeth­lis­berger, Pitts­burgh Steel­ers: Big Ben on the road? Not good (he tossed three in­ter­cep­tions last week). But Big Ben at home? Bet­ter (he had a much bet­ter com­ple­tion per­cent­age at Heinz Field last year than on the road). Now, he gets the Chiefs de­fense to throw on. RB Jay Ajayi, Philadel­phia Ea­gles: The Saints put up 40 points on the Buc­ca­neers last week, and af­ter Ajayi scored twice against a tougher Fal­cons de­fense, I’d ex­pect him to have a big game, par­tic­u­larly if the Ea­gles clamp down on quar­ter­back Ryan Fitz­patrick and Ajayi is called upon to wind down the clock in the fourth. WR Em­manuel San­ders, Den­ver

Bron­cos: I have no faith in the Raiders de­fense, and it seems like quar­ter­back Case Keenum and San­ders have se­ri­ous chem­istry. I’m will­ing to bet he’s a stud for a sec­ond con­sec­u­tive week. TE Jor­dan Reed, Wash­ing­ton Red­skins: Af­ter a TE1 per­for­mance in Week 1, he gets the Colts’ D. Giddy-up.

Duds

QB Rus­sell Wil­son, Seat­tle Sea­hawks: He might be with­out wide re­ceiver Doug Bald­win and will play on the road against Khalil Mack and the Bears’ solid de­fense. Set your ex­pec­ta­tions low. RB Kenyan Drake, Mi­ami Dolphins: The age­less Frank Gore is still a thorn in fan­tasy own­ers’ sides. Although Drake out-car­ried Gore, the el­der run­ning back out­played him.

Plus, the Jets held the Lions to 39 rush­ing yards. WR Brandin Cooks, Los Angeles Rams: If Cooks gets a big dose of Car­di­nals cor­ner­back Pa­trick Peter­son, quar­ter­back Jared Goff might look else­where at his myr­iad weapons. TE Eric Ebron, In­di­anapo­lis Colts: Don’t be fooled by a sur­pris­ing game in Week 1. Jack Doyle is the Colts name to own in fan­tasy, given how much vol­ume he gets when paired with quar­ter­back Andrew Luck.

Sleep­ers

QB Ty­rod Tay­lor, Cleve­land Browns: Re­mem­ber what the Buc­ca­neers did last week against the Saints? Well, now Tay­lor gets a turn. RB Austin Ekeler, Los Angeles

Charg­ers: Fresh off a HUGE game (39 yards rush­ing, 5 catches, 87 re­ceiv­ing yards and 1 touch­down), he’ll get the hap­less Bills. Fol­low my think­ing here: Quar­ter­back Philip Rivers and run­ning back Melvin Gor­don torch the Bills for a bunch of first-half points and Gor­don takes a seat to let Ekeler do some work. It could re­sult in an­other good stat line. WR Corey Davis, Ten­nessee Ti­tans: The Tex­ans will be with­out cor­ner­back Kevin John­son, and the Ti­tans lost tight end De­lanie Walker to in­jury. Does that mean the sec­ond-year re­ceiver will break out? TE Trey Bur­ton, Chicago Bears: The much-hyped sleeper was a dud in Week 1, but give it time. Af­ter all, he was so open for a po­ten­tial touch­down last week.

Ben Roeth­lis­berger has a rep­u­ta­tion for play­ing bet­ter at home, and this week he’ll face the Chiefs de­fense. PHILIP G. PAVELY/USA TO­DAY SPORTS

JOE NICHOLSON/USA TO­DAY SPORTS

Rus­sell Wil­son’s stock sinks with­out stud re­ceiver Doug Bald­win.

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