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Fantasy Football: Who's hot and who's not in Week 2

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The dust has settled from an opening week filled with surprises.

Peyton Manning had fewer points than Johnny Manziel, no starting running back performed worse than Denver's C.J. Anderson, and both Dez Bryant and Odell Beckham, Jr. failed to reach five points in the season opener.

But, woe is the one who is out of options seven days into the season.

And that's why we're here - so that you can stay competitive just a little bit longer.

Here's five players to start and five players to sit this week ... a "who's hot and who's not" in Week 2 of your fantasy football season.

Who's Hot

- Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons

After signing a $71.25 million extension, Jones went out Monday night and showed why he's worth every penny. The Falcons' wide receiver hauled in 141 yards and two touchdowns, and he faces a defense in Week 2 that struggled against the pass last weekend. The New York Giants gave up three touchdown passes to Dallas' Tony Romo, including a way-too-easy 72-yard drive with 1:27 left and no timeouts left to set up the game-winning score. And Falcons' quarterback Matt Ryan threw 34 passes Monday, so Jones will get plenty of opportunities. It's pretty obvious that Jones' owners are going to play him this week, but just in case you were waffling for some reason, here's some reinforcement that he could have a big game Sunday in New York.

- Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints

Brees predictably threw the ball a whopping 48 times Sunday against Arizona, but only got one touchdown to show for it. This week the Saints host Tampa Bay, and he'll have a much easier time. The Bucs surrendered a shockingly-efficient game to rookie Marcus Mariota in Week 1, who threw for four touchdowns on this way to a perfect passer rating. Brees is poised for a huge day against a defense that will struggle to stop much of anybody this season.

- Terrance Williams, WR, Dallas Cowboys

Sometimes the injury to a star can make a star out of another. That could very well be the case for Williams, who suddenly finds himself as the No.1 receiver in Dallas after Dez Bryant broke a bone in his foot Sunday. Williams had five catches for 60 yards in Week 1, and three of those catches came after Bryant went down. A matchup with Philadelphia and cornerback Byron Maxwell isn't the easiest place to begin assuming that role, but Williams will be "the guy" for quarterback Tony Romo for at least six weeks.

- Chris Ivory, RB, New York Jets

Ivory was one of the big surprises from Week 1, rushing for 91 yards and two touchdowns in a win over Cleveland. For an encore, he'll face an Indianapolis defense that allowed 26 points to Buffalo's running backs in a blowout loss Sunday. Ivory is a FLEX play in most leagues, and he'll be an especially good one this week.

- Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Denver Broncos

The Denver passing game fell flat on its face Sunday against Baltimore. And even though Peyton Manning isn't quite what he used to be, I don't expect anything close to a repeat of that five-point effort. Sanders is Mannings' No. 2 target, and the Broncos face Kansas City on Thursday, who gave up 334 yards and two touchdowns to Houston wide receivers in Week 1. Sanders is a great play at WR2 this week.

Who's Not

Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots

Yeah, sure, he might be the best quarterback in the NFL. And yeah, sure, he had 27 points in Week 1 against Pittsburgh. But Brady is facing a tall task Sunday. The Buffalo Bills' last three wins dating back to last season are against the Colts, the Packers and these same Patriots. In those games, Andrew Luck, Aaron Rodgers and Brady averaged less than eight fantasy points per game. The Bills' defense may legitimately be the best in the NFL. If you have another option, and you can stomach it, sit Brady this weekend.

Demarco Murray, RB, Philadelphia Eagles

Murray has found himself in a difficult spot. He took more money to leave Dallas after leading the NFL in rushing. Now he's on a team with a worse offensive line, a worse quarterback, and he's expected to repeat his stellar 2014 season. His Eagles debut Monday was a nightmare, as he gained just nine yards on eight carries. This week he faces his former Cowboys teammates, who just last week held Giants' running backs to less than four yards per carry. Murray will get a start in nearly every fantasy league, but owners need to realize the 2014 version of him may not appear this season.

Jonathan Stewart, RB, Carolina Panthers

Stewart is a popular FLEX player early in 2015, and for good reason. With DeAngelo Williams out of the way, he's the unquestioned lead back in Carolina. He ran OK in Week 1 (18 carries for 56 yards), but it was nothing to get excited about. This weekend he faces Houston, an intimidating front seven that held Chiefs' star Jamaal Charles to 57 yards on 16 carries last Sunday. Stewart won't fare that well.

Martellus Bennett, TE, Chicago Bears

Bennett was a bright spot for Chicago in Week 1, hauling in five passes for 55 yards and a touchdown. But given the wild inconsistencies of Bears' quarterback Jay Cutler, that can't be counted on as the norm. And Sunday they face Arizona, who in 48 pass attempts allowed just three catches for 19 yards to Saints' tight ends. Bennett is a solid second-tier tight end, but you may want to find a temporary replacement this weekend.

Rashad Jennings, RB, New York Giants

The Giants backfield situation has long been a conundrum. Jennings is technically the lead back, and he carried it 13 times for 52 yards and touchdown Sunday against Dallas. But backup Andre Williams also got six carries. This week New York faces Atlanta, who just totally shut down newly-acquired Eagles running back Demarco Murray. Jennings is a bit of a desperate FLEX play anyway, and this week owners should try to keep him on the bench.


Don't Sleep on AP

Adrian Peterson made his return Monday after a lengthy suspension last year, and he was largely disappointing. He was held to 31 yards on 10 carries by the stout San Francisco defense. The performance has worried some that Peterson is rusty or out of shape. However, there's a trend you have to look at first. In four career games against the 49ers, Peterson has averaged 51 rushing yards per game and just three yards per rush. The staff in San Francisco have his number, and Week 1 wasn't any different. I think he gets back to his old self Sunday with a big day at home against Detroit.

Early Concerns in Denver

C.J. Anderson was drafted in the first round of most fantasy drafts this year, and for good reason. He was fantastic after taking over as the lead back in Denver midway through last season. But Sunday he carried the ball 12 times for 29 yards. He didn't play the whole game and complained afterward of a toe injury that plagued him briefly last year. Fantasy owners should still start him as long as he's healthy, but this much concern this early for a first round draft pick is never a good thing.

One More Week for DeAngelo

The Steelers signed DeAngelo Williams this offseason so that he could play for two weeks. Their star running back, Le'Veon Bell, is suspended through Week 2. And Williams did very well last week against New England, running for 127 yards on 21 carries. Pittsburgh hosts San Francisco on Sunday (1 p.m. on WDRB), the last chance before Williams fades into a backup role. He's a good FLEX candidate Sunday in deeper leagues. 

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Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Minnesota Vikings

Bridgewater's first career season-opening start was pretty close to a worst-case scenario. A 20-3 loss, 231 passing yards and an interception made for a slow start to a season in which many believed the Louisville product could make a big leap. He does get a favorable matchup Sunday at home against Detroit, who surrendered 404 yards to San Diego's Phillip Rivers in Week 1. But Teddy is still progressing as an NFL quarterback. He needs time to develop before he can be counted on for your fantasy roster.

Tevin Coleman, RB, Atlanta Falcons

Coleman did his best to separate himself from a previously-crowded Falcons backfield. Twenty carries for 80 yards was an impressive pro debut for the Indiana product. As long as he can continue to prove he's more valuable than his backfield partner Devonta Freeman, most of Coleman's owners should have him in the starting lineup.

Devante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins

Parker didn't get thrown to Week 1, but that was to be expected. Coming off foot surgery in the offseason, the former Louisville star spent very little time on the practice field in training camp. He is owned in about 50 percent of ESPN fantasy leagues, but should be on the bench in all of those until he can be relied upon more. Give him a few weeks to get back to 100 percent and get meaningful reps in practice. He'll eventually be a possible fantasy starter this season.

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