Wyatt Cushman, Staff Writer |
Start ‘em: DeVante Parker Wide Receiver, Miami Dolphins — Parker kicked off his 2017 campaign with four catches for 85 yards on Sunday against the Chargers, which are respectable numbers against some good corners for L.A. Even with an extra week off before the season started because of Hurricane Irma, Miami looked solid in Week Two and they will try to keep the momentum going this week as they face a Jets team who just gave up 45 points to the Raiders. While the Dolphins do not have as explosive an offense as the Raiders, I expect Parker and co. to have a big day against New York.
Start ‘em: Carlos Hyde Running Back, San Francisco 49ers — Hyde is clearly the featured back in San Francisco, and this week he goes up against a Rams team who just surrendered 229 yards on the ground against the Washington Redskins. Coming off a 124-yard performance against the Seahawks, Hyde figures to be productive once again and hopes to find the end zone for the first time in 2017.
Start ‘em: Devin Funchess Wide Receiver, Carolina Panthers — Funchess was targeted twice in Week One, however, that number went up to seven this past week against the Bills. Of those seven targets, he hauled in four for 66 yards. While he didn’t find the end zone, Funchess and quarterback Cam Newton looked like they were on the same page, and this week they will look to build even more chemistry against the New Orleans Saints who looked like a JV team against the Patriots. On top of playing a weak opponent, Funchess deserves a start due to tight end Greg Olsen being out with a broken foot. If you have Funchess, he’s definitely worthy of a start this week and maybe for weeks to come.
Sit ‘em: Jordan Howard Running Back, Chicago Bears — Jordan Howard stormed onto the scene in 2016 when he was second in the NFL in rushing, behind Ezekiel Elliott. His fantasy owners drafted him this year hoping to see the same production they did a season ago, but Howard has not shown them much. The running back has mustered just 73 total yards and has been slowed because of a shoulder injury through the first two weeks. Howard was seen in a sling following his team’s loss this past Sunday which puts his status for this week in question. I’d keep Howard on the bench this week against the Steelers.
Sit ‘em: Russell Wilson Quarterback, Seattle Seahawks — People expected Wilson to have a big season in Seattle, and some even had him as the favorite to win NFL MVP. Out of the gate though, Wilson has struggled. He has yet to throw for 200 yards in a game through two weeks of play and has only one touchdown. This week, Wilson and the Seahawks travel to Tennessee to face a Titans defense that forced three turnovers a week ago against Jacksonville. While Wilson and the Seahawks figure to play better than the Jaguars did against the Titans, their offense has played poorly thus far and this game has the potential to be a defensive battle. I’d seek other options for quarterback this week.