You’ve got a pretty good idea where your fantasy roster sits after two weeks of action. Trends have developed, players have emerged—or disappointed—to help you on your quest for a title.
But as the changes continue, you’re going to be faced with increasingly difficult decisions. How long do you keep riding a star player who might be helping his team win games but isn’t getting it done from a fantasy perspective?
Sometimes the two don’t come hand in hand. Tom Brady has the New England Patriots at 2-0, but you wouldn’t know it if you looked at his fantasy performance so far.
With that said, let’s get into some difficult decisions facing fantasy owners this weekend.
Start ‘Em: QB Matt Schaub, Houston Texans vs. Baltimore Ravens
Peyton Manning used his vast arsenal of weapons to pick on the new-look Baltimore Ravens in Week 1. He set records while putting up potentially the best fantasy performance in that season opener. Matt Schaub is no Manning; that’s for sure. But the quarterback is currently sixth in total fantasy points at the position.
The addition of rookie wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins has helped him open up the passing game. Teams trying to shut down the Houston Texans’ dominant rushing attack have been met by Schaub and their new weapon. Baltimore may be able to slow Arian Foster and Ben Tate—maybe—but the team's secondary will be exposed again this week.
Sit ‘Em: QB Tom Brady, New England Patriots vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Hopefully you picked up a good backup quarterback. Tom Brady was supposed to have somewhat of a down year while he built relationships with his new-look receiving corps. We weren’t really sure how much it would affect his fantasy performance, though.
Now we know. Brady hasn’t played worthy of a start in any league without a two-quarterback system in play. This week against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ stingy defense, don’t expect him and his young targets to break out. The time where Brady is a smart play will come, but it’s not this week. He might be steady, but if you’re looking for maximum production you have to look elsewhere.
Start ‘Em: RB C.J. Spiller, Buffalo Bills vs. New York Jets
A lot has been made about the New York Jets’ shockingly good rush defense. The unit has stifled opposing rushers to just 2.6 yards per carry and one touchdown through two games. The rushers the Jets have stopped to this point include top fantasy picks Doug Martin and Stevan Ridley.
Will Spiller be any different? While it’s hard to imagine the Buffalo Bills having significant success up front against the Jets, Spiller has the ability to beat them to the perimeter. He has 10 targets in the passing game through two weeks, and he’ll need to see another healthy dose for the Bills to move the ball effectively. Call it a gut call, but I think Spiller breaks one this week and has a solid overall day otherwise.
Sit ‘Em: RB Trent Richardson, Indianapolis Colts vs. San Francisco 49ers
That felt weird, writing Indianapolis Colts after Trent Richardson’s name. As a Cleveland Browns writer I’ve become pretty familiar with Richardson’s talents since last year’s draft. During his time as a Brown, Richardson did fall short of the expectations of a No. 3 pick. Blame the Browns offensive line, injuries or whatever you choose, but his indecisiveness is a significant concern moving forward.
That said, I think Richardson can be decent for the Colts this season and will eventually be a RB2 option each week due to the increased amount of scoring opportunities he’ll have playing in an offense led by Andrew Luck. But Richardson is a poor play in Week 3. The matchup is tough, the Colts offensive line is depleted, and Richardson is going to need more than a couple of days to integrate himself fully into their plans.
Start ‘Em: WR T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts vs. San Francisco 49ers
Who is T.Y. Hilton this year? The Week 1 disappointment or the 12-target, 100-plus yard performer from Week 2? With Andrew Luck at quarterback, the chances for Hilton to be successful are going to remain high. Still, Hilton grabbed just half of those 12 targets that came his way during his big Week 2 showing.
As the Colts’ slot receiver, Hilton has an excellent matchup this week against the 49ers. While the Niners are typically stout defensively, they have struggled containing slot receivers in the past. It’s a good matchup for Hilton, and Luck will probably be throwing a good amount to try to keep his team close.
Sit ‘Em: WR Eddie Royal, San Diego Chargers vs. Tennessee Titans
Five touchdowns in two weeks has Eddie Royal atop the wide receiver scoring leaders through two weeks. But of the other top receivers, Royal has been targeted significantly fewer times than most—14—and has just 10 total receptions for 114 yards. Someone that touchdown-dependent is due to let you down—especially after you went and grabbed him off of the wire and expected huge things from him.
The San Diego Chargers will need Royal to step up against a surprisingly tough Tennessee Titans defense. Malcom Floyd is sidelined indefinitely, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, and the Chargers’ receiving corps was already thin to begin with. Even so, expect the Titans to find an answer for Royal to keep him out of the end zone.