Week 2 Fantasy Football Lineup Advice: Ace your start ‘em, sit ‘em decisions on Trey Lance, James Robinson, Curtis Samuel, & more with RotoBaller’s “Who to Start?” tool


After an opening week full of big injuries, surprise breakouts, and even more surprising busts, start ’em, sit ’em decisions are only getting tougher for a lot of fantasy football owners. Fortunately, the experts at RotoBaller are allowing Sporting News Fantasy readers free access to their exclusive “Who to Start?” advice tool to help with their Week 2 fantasy lineup decisions.

How does the “Who to Start?” tool work? Simple: Choose up to four players to compare below, pick your league settings in the upper right corner (PPR, half-PPR, standard), and push “Who to Start?” It’s that easy. From there, you’ll get a lineup recommendation based on RotoBaller’s award-winning rankings and projections.

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Heading into Week 2, it’s easy to go overboard based on what we saw in Week 1, but every year, we see players and teams look completely different in the season’s first two weeks. It’s usually best to continue to stick with your drafted starters, but there are always exceptions, especially when it comes to workload.

As always, RotoBaller factored in usage, matchups, and talent into its Week 2 rankings, and it’s reflected in their “Who to Start?” tool. Check out an example from each offensive position.

Advice below based on full-point PPR leagues

Start or Sit?: Week 2 fantasy QB lineup advice from RotoBaller

Trey Lance vs. Aaron Rodgers vs. Kirk Cousins

We promise we won’t highlight Lance and Rodgers every week, but let’s face it — they’re the most intriguing bubble QBs right now. We added Cousins this week after his solid Week 1, and sure enough, RotoBaller’s rankings have him five spots ahead of Lance and seven spots ahead of Rodgers. It’s tough to argue after what we saw from all parties in Week 1. Lance hopefully won’t play in as bad of conditions this week, but he’s still risky. The same goes for Rodgers despite his “ownership” of the Bears. Let’s just hope Cousins’ prime-time problems don’t rear their ugly head.

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Start or Sit?: Week 2 fantasy RB lineup advice from RotoBaller

Jeff Wilson Jr. vs. Darrell Henderson Jr. vs. James Robinson vs. Michael Carter

Here, we have three RBs who surprised in Week 1 and a handcuff thrust into a starting role because of injury. Robinson and Carter are still in “committees” even though they got the majority of the meaningful touches last week. It is worth noting Travis Etienne and Breece Hall either surpassed or kept pace with them in terms of snaps, but the production can’t be ignored. Wilson Jr. and Henderson figure to operate as clear lead backs this week. RotoBaller likes Henderson the most out of this group, moving him all the way up to No. 19 in their RB PPR rankings. Wilson Jr. checks in at No. 31, while Carter (33) and Robinson (34) are right on his heels. It’s possible Cam Akers plays more this week and steals some of Henderson’s thunder, but he definitely has the best outlook among this group.

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Start or Sit?: Week 2 fantasy WR lineup advice from RotoBaller

Curtis Samuel vs. Jahan Dotson vs. Robbie Anderson vs. Jarvis Landry

These four surprise WR breakouts are likely on the start ’em, sit ’em bubble for a lot of fantasy teams, and RotoBaller’s favorite is Landry by a nose. He’s ranked one spot ahead of Dotson, seven spots ahead of Samuel, and eight spots ahead of Anderson. Landry has the toughest matchup (vs. Bucs) of the three this week, but he’s also the safest bet for targets. Samuel has a lot of upside because he’s often used as a runner in addition to seeing a good amount of looks, but with so many mouths to feed in Washington, both Samuel and Dotson remain risky despite a favorable matchup in Detroit. Anderson has been an inconsistent, boom-or-bust WR for most of his career, so it’s no surprise RotoBaller is leeriest of him.

Start or Sit?: Week 2 fantasy WR lineup advice from RotoBaller

Irv Smith Jr. vs. Cole Kmet vs. Mike Gesicki

We did this exact grouping last week, but after they combined for one catch for one yard (seriously), chances are their owners still have a lot of questions (or maybe they just dropped them). It’s fair to assume all will have better games this time around, and given the relative lack of “breakouts” at tight end last week, one of these guys might still be your best option. RotoBaller doesn’t have any ranked higher than No. 15, but Kmet gets the nod by four spots over Smith Jr. and eight spots over Gesicki. That might sound like a big spread, but at TE, there’s often little difference between No. 10 and No. 20. Ultimately, these guys are all coin flips, but given the Bears’ lack of good receiving options, Kmet is the most likely to see targets.

MORE: Click here to become a RotoBaller VIP subscriber and receive exclusive access to their premium lineup tools, DFS cheat sheets, and Team Sync platform! Use discount code SPORTING.

Try out any combination of players – including players at different positions for your flex spot – with the RotoBaller “Who to Draft?” tool above. It’s like having your own fantasy football expert on call just to help with your specific Week 2 lineup questions.

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