In our first division, the Buffalo Bills visit Carolina while the Jets, Dolphins and Patriots are also on road trips.
Those last three visit the Raiders, Chargers and New Orleans Saints respectively.
The Bills are the only ones looking to start a winning streak as the other three are searching for their first win of 2017. In Miami’s defense, they haven’t played yet.
SIT – Running Backs, Bilal Powell and Matt Forte – New York Jets
The Jets ran the ball a total of 15 times in Week 1 in a loss to the Buffalo Bills.
Of those carries, Powell received seven while Forte got six. Much of Powell’s value comes as a dual-threat back, but he was only able to amass five catches for 17-yards.
These are not good fantasy football numbers, or real numbers. They’re just not good.
Some owners held out hope Powell would be able to remain fantasy relevant despite the Jets’ obvious self-destruction of this season, but it just doesn’t seem like he will.
START – Running Back, Mike Gillislee – New England Patriots
The New England Patriots are notorious for messing up any fantasy football player’s weekend. Especially at the running back position.
In Week 1, Mike Gillislee got 15 carries in his first game with the team, and he turned into 45-yards and three scores.
As the team got closer to the goaline, they used the former Bills player more and more. This is good news for his owners, and the reason he’s the start here.
The Saints were gouged by a suspect line and rookie Dalvin Cook in Week 1, so imagine what an experienced back with a decent line can do.
SLEEPER – Quarterback, Jay Cutler – Miami Dolphins
The Dolphins had to sit out Week 1 due to Hurricane Irma, but their silver lining is the fact Cutler got one extra week to learn the playbook.
Now, I’m not sure he did it, but the chance to get smarter about his new gig is a big one.
On Monday Night Football, the Chargers allowed Trevor Siemian to throw for 219-yards and two scores against them.
This was good for 22.66 points and made him the fourth-highest scoring fantasy football quarterback in the opening week.
I’m not necessarily saying if Siemian could do it, Cutler can do it. I’m also not-not saying that either.
Bottom line is, Los Angeles will have their hands fuller with Miami’s run game than they did with Denver’s.
This will open up better passing lanes for Cutler and receivers like Jarvis Landry, which could lead to a similar stat line.
If you rolled the dice on Andy Dalton and are looking for a life-saver, Smokin’ Jay might be it in Week 2.