Welcome to our Fantasy Football Begin ‘Em, Sit ‘Em Working Again version for Week 2 of the 2021 NFL season. On this column, we spotlight a breakout rookie trying to seize the 49ers‘ backfield. Plus, a former NFL landing chief in Inexperienced Bay able to redeem himself after a disappointing season debut.
* Reminder: Begin ‘Em, Sit ‘Em is meant to current you with the non-obvious selections to your fantasy lineup. We dig deep into participant matchups, scoring developments, and different components to finest aid you together with your fantasy choices. Superstars reminiscent of Christian McCaffrey won’t be discovered on this column. When you’re searching for gamers of that caliber take a look at our weekly fantasy soccer running back rankings.
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RB: Begin ‘Em
Begin of the Week: Aaron Jones vs. DET
The Packers as an entire struggled within the opener. Jones was no completely different. Inexperienced Bay deserted the run early, because the Professional Bowl touted the rock simply 5 instances. Don’t anticipate the Packers offense, nor Jones, to proceed their struggles in Week 2. The Lions allowed 4.7 yards per carry within the opener and 28.9 factors to the place. Jones averaged 27.6 factors in his two video games towards Detroit a season in the past.
D’Andre Swift at GB
Many fantasy house owners have been burned when pregame reviews tabbed Jamaal Williams because the Lions starter — which proved true. Nevertheless, every little thing past that was a farce. Swift out-snapped Williams by 31 snaps final Sunday and led the group in targets with 11. Offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn likes to function working backs in his passing recreation, evident by Austin Ekeler’s 108 targets for the Chargers two years in the past. Plus, with restricted expertise out huge, Swift and TJ Hockenson will proceed to function Detroit’s high receiving choices, which ought to be music to house owners’ ears in a recreation the place the Lions might want to hold tempo with Aaron Rodgers. In the event that they handle to take action and sluggish the tempo down, Inexperienced Bay allowed 177 dashing yards in Week 1 — third-most within the NFL.
Najee Harris vs. LV
The unhealthy information, Harris completed as RB45 in Week 1. The excellent news, he was the lone Steelers working again to the touch the soccer in any side — totaling 17 touches and receiving three targets. The Raiders surrendered the third-most dashing touchdowns to working backs final season and continued their pattern of generosity to the place this previous Monday, permitting two touchdowns to Baltimore’s makeshift backfield.
Kareem Hunt vs. HOU
Hunt was a begin for us final week and rewarded our religion with a dashing landing. The Texans allowed essentially the most dashing touchdowns (21) to working backs in 2020. We’d prefer to see his goal share enhance and Houston can be an excellent place to begin, as they allowed the fifth-most receiving yards (723) to the place a season in the past.
Sleeper: Ronald Jones vs. ATL
Jones is offered in 14% of Yahoo leagues as I write this. Do your self a favor, scoop him up if he’s nonetheless sitting in your waiver wire. No working again is a assure in Tampa’s pass-happy offense, however coach Bruce Arians has named RoJo the starter for Week 2, via ESPN. It’s simple to overlook because of Leonard Fournette’s sensible postseason run, however Jones was really RB13 via 14 weeks of play final season. The Falcons allowed 111 dashing yards to working backs final week — and that’s after subtracting Jalen Hurts’ 62 yards from the overall.
RB: Sit ‘Em
Sit of the Week: Mike Davis at TB
Davis manned 75% of the offensive snaps in Week 1. Nevertheless, he averaged simply 3.3 yards per keep on 15 makes an attempt — removed from a surprising statline, as Davis is a profession 3.7 yards per carry rusher. To make issues worse, Davis will get a Bucs protection in Week 2 who restricted Ezekiel Elliott to 33 yards on 11 carries (3.0 common) within the opener. Observe: Regulate Cordarrelle Patterson, who operated as Atlanta’s No. 2 again in Week 1 and averaged a team-high 7.7 yards per keep on seven makes an attempt.
Mark Ingram at CLE
In a shocking flip of occasions, Ingram out-attempted Phillip Lindsay and David Johnson 26-to-11 within the floor recreation. Nevertheless, that was with Houston enjoying with a lead. How typically is that going to happen this season? In all probability not a lot, and sure not towards a Browns group who have been besting the Chiefs for the higher a part of 4 quarters within the opener. The positives, Ingram has purple zone upside and will stumble into the endzone in any given week. The not-so-positive, his quantity is sure to be sporadic and Cleveland allowed the eighth-fewest dashing yards to working backs in 2020.
Consumers Beware: Eli Mitchell at PHI
Raheem Mostert is completed for the season, which implies the San Francisco backfield is Mitchell’s to personal… and Tre Sermon’s, and JaMycal Hasty’s, and Kerryon Johnson’s and whoever else Kyle Shanahan randomly decides to throw in there on any given week. Mitchell clearly impressed in Week 1, and his 19 makes an attempt have been 17 greater than some other 49ers working again. Nevertheless, as we famous in our waiver wire/early working again rankings, “scrap his 38-yard landing scamper from the books and he averaged 3.6 yards per keep on the day.” Sermon is probably going the again to personal right here long run, however anticipate Mitchell to push for the team-lead in touches as soon as once more in Week 2. Nonetheless, the Eagles restricted Atlanta to simply 62 dashing yards in Week 1 and the tenth fewest fantasy factors to the place a season in the past.
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