Week 2: Start 'Em & Sit 'Em | Lineup Cheat Sheet

Need help dealing with an injury situation for Week 2? We're going to list the most impactful scenarios here as the injury reports pile up. In each one, we'll give you some options to consider if you'd rather play it safe and go a different direction for Week 2. Keep checking back.

Demaryius Thomas
NYJ • WR • 18
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TAR6
REC4
YDS48
TD0
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Status: Questionable

All week Thomas has been dealing with a sore hip, though on Thursday he claimed it was feeling better. That was a day after saying he wasn't sure how he'd do making cuts on the field and absorbing hits. There is no doubt he's not at 100 percent, making it a risk to start him. To put it in perspective, teammate Emmanuel Sanders seems in much better position to make plays against this banged-up Colts secondary. Perhaps Thomas will play decoy to help Sanders get open. Don't also lose sight of the fact that Sanders had more targets than Thomas in Week 1.

Status: Questionable

For the second time in as many weeks, Rob Gronkowski is listed as questionable by the Patriots. For the second time in as many weeks, Gronk was listed as a limited participant in practice every day. Hopefully Gronk won't be inactive for the second time in as many weeks. The lesson is simple: if Gronkowski is active, you better start him. You didn't put him on your Fantasy roster to bench him, right? If he's out, have an emergency option either on your roster or on the bench. Guys like Clive Walford, Jesse James and Kyle Rudolph would all do in a pinch.

Julio Jones
TEN • WR • 2
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TAR8
REC4
YDS66
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Mohamed Sanu
SF • WR • 6
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TAR8
REC5
YDS80
TD1
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Devonta Freeman
BAL • RB • 34
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ATT11
YDS20
TD0
TAR4
REC4
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Statuses: All removed from injury report

The Falcons are good people. Unlike other franchises, they took all three of their key skill-position players off of their injury report despite all three of them being limited in practice earlier in the week. Freeman had a quad injury while Jones and Sanu hurt their ankles during their Week 1 loss against the Buccaneers.

It makes Jones a safe must-start and Sanu a potential No. 3 option in PPR formats -- his targets shouldn't go away. What the heck should you expect with Freeman? More of the same from Week 1. He's going to split possessions with Tevin Coleman, getting the edge potentially in the two-minute offense and in the red zone. It makes him the safer Falcons running back to start in Fantasy, but not necessarily a good Fantasy option. At the very least, lower expectations if you're starting Freeman and work your tail off this weekend to trade for Coleman in case a changing of the guard is going to happen.

Jamaal Charles
RB •
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Status: Doubtful

You'd have to have been buried under barbeque beef ribs to not know Charles (knee) was unlikely for Week 2. It should mean another start and more touches for Spencer Ware, who filled in for Charles and exceeded expectations at home against the Chargers in Week 1. Don't expect another game with 199 total yards, though -- the matchup is tougher and both starting guards for the Chiefs aren't expected to play. A gutsy Fantasy owner who is loaded at running back might opt to sit Ware.

Jonathan Stewart
NYG • RB • 28
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ATT15
YDS64
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Status: Questionable

Officially listed as questionable, Jamey Eisenberg's Start of the Week is expected to play after being limited in practice all week with an ankle issue. Coach Ron Rivera said as much.

I know we just saw Sammy Watkins struggle to make an impact in a football game in part because of an injury, but his severity and Stewart's injury don't seem to be on the same level. So long as Stewart is officially active on Sunday, he should roll against a 49ers defense that had to fly across the country to play its second game in six days against a well-rested Panthers squad. Stewart is a top 15 Fantasy running back.

Chris Ivory
BUF • RB • 33
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T.J. Yeldon
BUF • RB • 22
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ATT21
YDS39
TD1
TAR6
REC4
REC YDS30
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Ivory's status: Out

Chris Ivory might be out of the hospital, but it doesn't mean he's back for the Jaguars. His absence means another big workload for T.J. Yeldon against a bad Chargers run defense. Last week the Bolts allowed 4.4 yards per rush and 11.8 yards per reception to Kansas City's running backs. Yeldon is a recommended Fantasy play because of the matchup, but if he can't generate a lot of rushing yards, the door is wide open for Ivory to emerge as the running downs back for Jacksonville.

Zach Ertz
ARI • TE • 86
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TAR7
YDS58
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Status: Expected to be out

After being on the receiving end of roughly 21 percent of Carson Wentz's yards, Ertz isn't expected to suit up at Chicago on Monday thanks to a serious rib injury. Brent Celek and Trey Burton are expected to pick up snaps in his place, but Burton is the one who could pick up the targets.

Offensive coordinator Frank Reich talked Burton's opportunity up on Friday, suggesting that his improved play in training camp should translate into on-field success on Sunday. His preseason workload -- seven catches on seven targets for 48 yards and a score -- wasn't so bad. Is he a desperation tight end to pick up? I did in a 24-team PPR league I'm in, but that's really, really deep. I suppose if you're in absolute dire straits at tight end you could give Burton a look.