Start/Bench--Week 2 

 
Start
Nick Holley, QB-Kent State vs Howard
Holley may be a forgotten man after getting shutdown in Week 1 at Clemson, but a Week 2 matchup against Howard should get him on track.  Everyone heard about Howard’s upset win over UNLV last week, but in that game, the Bison gave up 344 yards rushing to the Rebels.

 

Justin Herbert, QB-Oregon, vs Nebraska
There were quite a few emails coming in questioning Herbert’s 2017 potential after his Week 1 performance against Southern Utah.  No concerns here, though.  If things don’t change this week with Herbert facing a Nebraska defenses that gave up over 400 yards passing to Arkansas State, then we can have that discussion.
 
James Gilbert, RB-Ball State at UAB
Gilbert carried the ball 19 times for 74 yards and a TD in Ball State’s 24-21 Week 1 loss at Illinois.  In 2016, Gilbert proved to be a workhorse, so a matchup at UAB should result in a heavier workload in Week 2.

 

Gus Edwards, RB-Rutgers, vs Eastern Michigan
Edwards toted the rock 24 times for 79 yards against one of the better defenses in the nation last week.  This week, Rutgers hosts Eastern Michigan, who allowed a 100-yard rusher in their Week 1 matchup against Charlotte.

 

Corey Taylor, RB-Tulsa, vs UL-Lafayette
If you had access to our 2017 Projection Tool, you knew that Taylor was the next man up after Ramadi Warren was ruled ineligible for the 2017 season.  Last week, Taylor ran for 111 yards and 2 TDs in the season opener at Oklahoma State and a Week 2 matchup against UL-Lafayette should allow for both he and D’Angelo Brewer to produce for fantasy owners.
 
Justin Crawford, RB-West Virginia vs East Carolina
Crawford topped the 100-yard mark in the Mountaineers’ Week 1 loss to Virginia Tech despite only getting 13 carries.  Expect the West Virginia offense to utilize Crawford a lot more this week against an ECU defense that gave up 422 rushing yards to James Madison in the season opener.

 

Christian Kirk, WR-Texas A&M, v Nicholls
In last week’s collapse at UCLA, Kirk caught five passes for 60 yards.  The Aggies only passed for 89 yards and Kellen Mond finished 3-of-17 after taking over for injured starter Nick Starkel.  No matter who plays quarterback for A&M this weekend, coaches will likely find ways to create more touches for Kirk.  Who wouldn’t like to see Kirk as the Wildcat quarterback with Williams and Ford in the backfield?  Maybe we’re hoping for too much.  Just get him in the lineup!
 

  

Bench
Anu Solomon, QB-Baylor, v UTSA
Last week in the Bears’ Week 2 48-45 loss to Liberty, Solomon passed for 278 yards and three touchdowns, while rushing for 97 yards.  Even though the graduate transfer is Baylor’s second-best rushing threat behind RB John Lovett, the offense faces a stiffer test in Week 2 when UTSA visits Waco, Texas.  Keep in mind, Solomon did not even complete 50% of his passes last week, finishing 14-of-29.

 

Sam Darnold, QB-USC, vs Stanford
If we compiled a list of Week 1 fantasy disappointments, Darnold would have been on it.  The Trojans scored 49 points, due in large part to their running game, and Darnold failed to reach the 300-yard mark or throw a TD pass.  While we expect Darnold to post better fantasy numbers in Week 2, his ceiling isn’t high enough to confidently start him against one of the better defenses he’ll face in 2017.
 
Mike Boone, RB-Cincinnati at Michigan
After rushing for 100 yards and a TD in a Week 1 win over Austin Peay, Boone seems poised for a solid 2017 season.  However, the Bearcats face a Michigan defense that only gave up eleven yards rushing in their season opener against Florida, so fantasy owners should explore other RB options in Week 2.
 
Devin Singletary, RB-Florida Atlantic at Wisconsin
Was Devin Singletary a Week 1 disappointment?  Yes.  However, it would not have mattered if Singletary had run for 300 yards last week, he was a Week 2 Bench before the season even started.  The Badgers are undoubtedly the Owls’ toughest defensive opponent on their 2017 schedule.

 

LJ Scott, RB-Michigan State vs Western Kentucky
We stated our case about LJ Scott on last week’s show and his 2.6 yards per carry average is concerning.  Is he better than that?  Yes.  Last week, Scott did lead the team with 15 carries and he should be better in Week 2, but with so many really good early-season matchups on the schedule, we would recommend exploring your other options before settling on Scott.
 
KeeSean Johnson, WR-Fresno State at Alabama
Johnson didn’t let us down last week, catching seven passes for 120 yards in the Bulldogs’ 66-0 throttling of Incarnate Word.  However, on last week’s show, we did warn you about Fresno State’s upcoming matchups against Alabama and Washington, so do not be surprised to see Johnson on this list again in Week 3.

  

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