Sport Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Fantasy Football Week 2: Tight Ends - Sleepers, Fades, Matchups, DFS Bargains
Best fantasy football team names 2021
Your favorite draft cheat sheet might have rankings, sleepers, and auction values, but it does it have a list of the best fantasy football team names for 2021? We're here to help with some of our favorites, from the funny to the lame and everything in between.Let's face it -- you're probably not going to win your league. Basic math tells us that. But just because your team is destined to fail doesn't mean you can't be a winner at something far more important. Most of the things that derail a fantasy season, like Saquon Barkley's health, Mike Evans' targets, or Deshaun Watson's (allegedly) criminal behavior, are out of our hands, but you can control whether you have a funny or creative team name.
With some help ahead of Week 2, make the right adjustments and play the best matchup.
Start ‘Em, Sit 'Em is the ultimate look at the best and worst matchups based on a PPR scoring system in fantasy football. This column will not cover the elite players in the NFL like Patrick Mahomes, Christian McCaffrey, Davante Adams, or Travis Kelce. Instead, I'll look at the players you have the most questions about to help you set the most effective starting lineup possible. For all of your final fantasy lineup decisions, be sure to check out my weekly player rankings which will be updated daily throughout the 2021 NFL season.
Fantasy Football Sleepers 2021: One breakout pick from every team
Does every team really have a fantasy sleeper candidate heading into 2021? Maybe not, but we still look for the most underrated player from all 32 NFL clubs ahead of your fantasy football draft.With that in mind, we're spreading the good vibes to all 32 teams and trying to find one player (or D/ST) from each who has the potential to outperform his average draft position. Some teams have several viable candidates; others don't really have any. That doesn't stop us, though. Our job is to give you a name, and even if it's someone buried on a depth chart who might spend more time in street clothes than a uniform this year, well, it's a name.
Week 2 Start ‘Em: Tight Ends
Start of the Week
Tyler Higbee at Colts (1 p.m. ET, FOX): Higbee is in a great position to rebound from a disappointing 2020 campaign. He's now the unquestioned top option at tight end after Gerald Everett's departure, and Matthew Stafford's presence is a clear upgrade over Jared Goff. Last week, he popped for five catches on six targets, and this week's matchup against the Colts makes him a viable No. 1 fantasy option.
Week 2 Start 'Em, Sit 'Em
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Logan Thomas vs. Giants (Thurs., 8:20 p.m. ET, NFL): Thomas was targeted just three times in the opener, but he cashed one in for a touchdown and scored 12 points. He should see more work this week as the Football Team turns to Taylor Heineke as their starter. In this scenario, a tight end can be a young quarterback's best friend, and the Giants have allowed the seventh-most points to the position since Week 9 2020.
Overrated players, potential fantasy busts who move down PPR rankings in 2021
Whether you're making the switch from standard to PPR leagues, play in both, or simply find yourself reading standard rankings too often, you need to be aware of the differences in rankings. See which fantasy stars and mid-tier players take a hit heading into 2021.That said, some of the guys on the list below will still be highly valuable across both formats, while some take major hits in PPR leagues. This should go without saying, but it's vital to closely pay attention to your league's scoring settings and adjust your cheat sheets based on whether you're in a standard, half-point PPR, or full-point PPR league.
Jonnu Smith at Jets (4:25 p.m. ET, CBS): Smith (55) and Hunter Henry (54) played almost an even number of snaps last week, but it was the former who led the duo in terms of targets, yards and fantasy points. This week's matchup against the Jets is favorable, as their defense has allowed eight touchdowns and the most fantasy points to tight ends over its last nine games. Consider Smith a low-end No. 1 option.
Robert Tonyan vs. Lions (Mon., 8:15 p.m. ET, ESPN): Tonyan and the entire Green Bay offense was in hibernation mode last week, but a home game against the Lions in front of a national TV audience should be good for what ails them. Detroit has given up the 12th-most fantasy points to tight ends since Week 9 2020, and Tonyan bit their kneecaps to the tune of 25.1 fantasy points in their two matchups from last season.
- Kyle Pitts at Buccaneers (4:05 p.m. ET, FOX)
- Rob Gronkowski vs. Falcons (4:05 p.m. ET, FOX)
- Jared Cook vs. Cowboys (4:25 p.m. ET, CBS)
- Tyler Higbee at Colts (DraftKings: $4,100)
- Jared Cook vs. Cowboys (DraftKings: $3,900)
- Anthony Firkser at Seahawks (DraftKings: $3,400)
Week 2 Sit ‘Em: Tight Ends
Sit of the Week
Mike Gesicki vs. Bills (1 p.m. ET, FOX): Fantasy managers who started Gesicki last week know at least part of the reason he’s this week’s top sit ‘em choice. He played just 21 snaps (17 fewer than Durham Smythe) and was held without a catch on a pair of targets. With Will Fuller V coming back from suspension and rookie Jaylen Waddle now in the mix for opportunities, Gesicki is a real risk against a tough Buffalo defense.
Fantasy Football Start 'Em Sit 'Em: Week 2 lineup advice, best matchups, DFS picks
It's only Week 2, but in another unpredictable season, you can bet fantasy football owners have plenty of start 'em, sit 'em questions. Vinnie Iyer has lineup advice and NFL DFS picks to help you keep winning or rebound after losing your season-opening matchup.The good news (or bad, depending how you look at it) is ever team is in action, and aside from Raheem Mostert (knee), Jerry Jeudy (ankle), Michael Gallup (calf), and Ryan Fitzpatrick (hip), there weren't too many notable injuries last week (that we know of). Most fantasy squad will have their full complement of players at their disposals, so it's important to evaluate usage and matchups.
Austin Hooper vs. Texans (1 p.m. ET, CBS): I liked Hooper last week in a positive matchup with the Chiefs, but David Njoku led the Browns' tight ends in the major offensive categories. If he shares time with Njoku (and Harrison Bryant) and the Browns get Odell Beckham Jr. back, it could be tough for Hooper to produce. The Texans have also given up just three touchdowns to tight ends in their last 10 games.
Gerald Everett vs. Titans (4:25 p.m. ET, CBS): Everett put up a decent line in the opener, scoring a touchdown and 10 fantasy points. However, he was only targeted twice in the game, and Will Dissly had more targets, catches, and yards in a win over the Colts. I wouldn’t chase the points this week, as the Seahawks face a Titans defense that has allowed just four touchdowns to enemy tight ends in their last 10 contests.
Cole Kmet vs. Bengals (1 p.m. ET, FOX): Kmet’s value is on the rise, as he seems to be the Bears’ No. 1 tight end. He played 51 snaps and had seven targets against the Rams, leading Jimmy Graham by wide margins in both categories. On the flip side, the Bengals have allowed just 4.4 catches per game and a mere two touchdowns to tight ends since Week 9 2020. At best, Kmet is a high-end No. 2 option for fantasy fans.
Week 3 Fantasy Sleepers: Rondale Moore, Quintez Cephus among players on the start 'em, sit 'em bubble
Our Week 3 fantasy sleepers are headlined by Rondale Moore and Quintez Cephus, two WRs having early-season breakouts. Still, they remain on the start-or-sit bubble with a host of other potential contributors.So far this year, we've seen quarterbacks Daniel Jones, Derek Carr, and Teddy Bridgewater vastly outperform some of the studs at the position, while players like James White, Kenyan Drake, and Jared Cook have been thrust into bigger roles than we expected. Still, there's always a lag in reacting among the fantasy community, so you can create a real edge for yourself if you're up to date on all things sleepers. This isn't only a big picture process, but a week-to-week chore.
- Zach Ertz vs. 49ers (1 p.m. ET, FOX)
- Eric Ebron vs. Raiders (1 p.m. ET, CBS)
- Tyler Conklin at Cardinals (4:05 p.m. ET, FOX)
- Mike Gesicki vs. Bills (DraftKings: $4,000)
- Austin Hooper vs. Texans (DraftKings: $3,800)
- Zach Ertz vs. 49ers (DraftKings: $3,700)
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Who to start in fantasy football: Week 2 rankings, start-sit advice for PPR, standard, superflex scoring .
It's Week 2, and your fantasy start 'em, sit 'em decisions are coming down to the wire. We've compiled all of our Week 2 rankings for PPR, standard, and superflex leagues in one place to help you decide who to start.If you're looking for more analysis, click the links located throughout the article, which include DFS advice and injury updates (directly below).