Players to Avoid in Week Two

Aaron Rodgers, Packers, $16,100 – The Seattle Seahawks lost 34-31 in week number one, but it’s not exactly like their defense was awful. Two of the scores were field goals by Greg Zuerlein, one was a Tavon Austin punt return and another was a surprise handoff to Austin who simply broke one for a TD run. The team did allow 276 yards passing, but I do not expect that to continue as Seattle has owned Aaron Rodgers. In their meeting last season, Rodgers famously (or infamously) ignored Richard Sherman’s side of the field. The team lost 36-16 and, while Rodgers completed 23-33 of his passes (69.70 percent), he only threw for 189 yards and one TD. Look for Richard Sherman to lock down Randall Cobb, severely cramping Rodgers’ style as Cobb is typically his security blanket. I still think Rodgers can have a decent day, but you need a dominant day to justify the most expensive price tag for any QB.

Adrian Peterson, Vikings, $15,000 – Teddy Bridgewater looked absolutely brutal in the opener, so teams are going to make him beat them. The Lions only allowed 95 yards rushing on 30 attempts or 3.2 yard per carry (YPC) in week one. Considering they had the ball for almost 17 less minutes than their opponent (San Diego Chargers), 95 yards is a pretty impressive total to hold them to. Detroit’s defense allowed the least rushing yards in 2014, so they’re picking up right where they left off (this worries me in Adrian Peterson’s case). They should be able to hold Peterson partially in check, and if that isn’t working, they will sell out to make sure he isn’t the one beating them. Bridgewater should either have a very nice day with the additional attempts or a very long day if his accuracy is anywhere near as bad as it was last week.

Doug Martin, Buccaneers, $11,000 – Things change in a heartbeat in the NFL, but I just don’t see the Buccaneers’ offense morphing into a good offense overnight. Jameis Winston did not look ready in week one starting from his very first pass, which was intercepted for a TD. His final line looked respectable, but only because the team was playing from behind. Neither of his interceptions came on plays where he was pressured, so the offensive line, while they weren’t great, can’t be to blame. This is really a gut feeling that the offense just isn’t good, because Doug Martin actually faces a decent matchup. I’m working on the same theory as I did with Peterson: the defense should just focus on the run against a scuffling QB. The problem is that the Cardinals torched the Saints for 4.8 YPC last week and ranked as a bottom-four rush defense last season. I just don’t think Martin or this offense will be that effective (despite the matchup) and I think Charles Sims sees his fair share of touches as well. It’s just trusting what my eyes saw in week number one and that’s the fact that this Lovie Smith-led offense will struggle overall until Winston figures it out.

DeAndre Hopkins, Texans, $15,100 – Josh Norman isn’t exactly a household name at cornerback (CB) just yet, but he should be soon. He played one hell of a game in week one and shut Allen Robinson down. Despite being targeted six times, Robinson only caught one pass for 27 yards. Now, DeAndre Hopkins is a much more talented player than Robinson, but he still will have the tough task of dealing with this veteran CB. ProFootballFocus rated Norman the number one CB of week one as he was thrown at nine times, allowed just three completions for five yards, and managed to force a fumble and collect a pick-six. For $15,000-plus, I’d rather use Odell Beckham Jr. or Antonio Brown by a large margin.

Rob Gronkowski, Patriots, $14,100 – Jimmy Graham is priced as the second-most expensive TE in week two and he’s $2,300 less than Rob Gronkowski. This literally ranks as the worst possible matchup for Gronkowski, because the Bills allowed the least amount of fantasy points to TEs last season. In fact, the game against the Bills last season was one of the few in which Gronkowski did not score a TD (nine catches for 94 yards). Andrew Luck’s TEs were held in check week one even though Dwayne Allen found the end zone. Allen and Coby Fleener combined for only four total receptions and 22 total yards (5.5 measly yards per catch). Look, Gronk will get the ball, but I don’t think he will make enough of an impact to validate the price tag. The Patriots to own this week are LeGarrette Blount and Julian Edelman, so go that route instead if you are simply looking for a share of New England.

Ricky Sanders

Ricky Sanders

Ricky Sanders is a fantasy sports expert with over 15 years of playing experience. After starting several freelance fantasy sports blogs, Ricky moved up in the fantasy industry when he joined Going9 Baseball. He wrote fantasy baseball content and had a weekly radio spot on the site’s SiriusXM Satellite Radio show. Shortly thereafter, in early 2013, Ricky joined RotoExperts as a three-sport fantasy contributor, eventually becoming one of the site’s lead basketball writers. While writing for RotoExperts, Ricky was introduced to daily fantasy sports and immediately fell in love. With help from some of his mentors, some of the best DFS players in the world, he honed his skills and became the daily fantasy expert he is today. When RotoExperts created a daily-focused website called, Ricky was brought on as one of the main contributors. He still makes frequent appearances on the RotoExperts SiriusXM Radio show and on the FNTSY Sports Television Network, talking daily fantasy sports. He also continues to write for a few DFS content sites: RotoCurve and The Fantasy Fix. Ricky is a proud and active member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. He has agreed to be a writer and representative for the FantasyDraft brand and serves as an ambassador to the site. He has no more access to the site than the typical user. Don’t hesitate to contact Ricky with questions on Twitter @RSandersDFS.

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  1. Pete Yan says:

    Good call on Dion Lewis this week. are you putting out Week 2 sleepers? Cashed using your pick this weekend. Hope to do the same this weekend

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