Burn­ing ques­tions to con­sider for Week 2

Chattanooga Times Free Press - - WEEK 2 - By Joe Gallina Ro­toEx­perts

A look at some key fan­tasy ques­tions go­ing into Week 2:

IS IT SAFE TO START PACK­ERS QB AARON RODGERS AGAINST THE VIK­INGS?

Rodgers’ great­ness was on full dis­play as he en­gi­neered an amaz­ing come­back against the Bears last Sun­day. Af­ter the game he promised he’d play in Week 2 but coach Mike McCarthy has de­scribed Rodgers’ situation as day to day. The Vik­ings gave up the third-fewest fan­tasy Points Per Game (FPPG) to op­pos­ing QBs last sea­son but the bot­tom line is that A-Rod is matchup proof. You’re start­ing him if he’s on the field. Mon­i­tor his situation closely as game time ap­proaches and have a backup plan in place. Po­ten­tial waiver wire QBs you might con­sider us­ing should Rodgers sit this week in­clude Den­ver’s Case Keenum, Tampa Bay’s Ryan Fitz­patrick (although he has a tough matchup against the Ea­gles) and rookie Jets passer Sam Darnold.

SHOULD YOU SELL HIGH ON STEELERS RB JAMES CON­NER?

That de­pends on your team’s needs. If you’re weak at run­ning back, ride the hot hand as long as you can. Con­ner com­piled 192 to­tal yards and scored two TDs in Week 1 and is part of an of­fense de­signed to get the most out of its run game. DeAn­gelo Williams started 10 games for th­ese same Steelers in 2015 and scored 11 TDs and recorded 40 re­cep­tions. On the other hand, while we’re not sure if or when Le’Veon Bell will report to the Steelers, he is likely to report at some point this sea­son given his con­tract situation. Con­ner’s trade value plum­mets af­ter that. We’ve wit­nessed Con­ner be­ing traded for a stand­out-type re­ceiver like JuJu Smith-Schus­ter. De­pend­ing on your ne­go­ti­at­ing skills you might even be able to get bet­ter value than that. RBs are ex­tremely valu­able. Per­haps you can snag Jarvis Landry or even Adam Thie­len in a deal?

CAN YOU START JAGUARS RB LEONARD FOUR­NETTE THIS WEEK?

Un­for­tu­nately you’re go­ing to be fol­low­ing his progress very care­fully this Sun­day. He dealt with in­juries last sea­son and hope­fully you’ve as­sem­bled a team with plenty of RB depth. Pre­pare as if he will be in­ac­tive this Sun­day. Four­nette’s situation is es­pe­cially con­cern­ing since his game starts at 4:25 p.m. East­ern. Even if he starts this week you might con­sider re­plac­ing Four­nette in your lineup if you have vi­able op­tions. Run­ning backs that deal with lower body in­juries lead­ing up to a game are no­to­ri­ous for ei­ther un­der­per­form­ing or even worse — fur­ther in­jury. Jaguars RB T.J. Yel­don is ob­vi­ously in play this week.

WHICH UN­DER-THE-RADAR RB HAS THE PO­TEN­TIAL FOR A BIG WEEK?

We don’t usu­ally like rec­om­mend­ing Pa­tri­ots RBs due to coach Bill Belichick’s in­con­sis­tent play calling, but James White has an op­por­tu­nity to have a busy day against the Jaguars this Sun­day. The Pats are sim­ply run­ning out of op­tions at RB for Week 2. They lost Jeremy Hill for the sea­son (ACL), Rex Burk­head is in the league’s con­cus­sion pro­to­col and Sony Michel has been lim­ited in prac­tices. White should see plenty of tar­gets this week as the Jaguars pass rush will likely force QB Tom Brady to get rid of the ball quickly. White is es­pe­cially valu­able in point-per-re­cep­tion (PPR) scor­ing for­mats.

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