Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em (2019): Quarterback Edition: Week 2: Lamar Jackson, Kyler Murray, Matt Ryan & More

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Trying to decide who you should start or sit this week? Let’s take a look at a few potential decisions owners have and try to sort through them:

Start – Lamar Jackson (BAL; vs. ARI)

Obviously he’s not going to match last week’s monster performance, but that doesn’t mean he’s going to be a non-factor either. While he didn’t show it in Week 1 he still has the potential to be a game breaker with his legs, and while the matchup isn’t quite as juicy it’s an extremely favorable one once again. The Cardinals allowed the fifth most points to opposing quarterbacks in Week 1, watching Matthew Stafford and the Lions rack up 385 yards and 3 TD.

Having proven that he is capable of throwing the football, something people weren’t sure about, and it’s impossible to sit him down in any format.

Sit – Matthew Stafford (DET; vs. LAC)

Speaking of Stafford, after his impressive Week 1 it will be easy to continue to force feed him into your lineup. However in single quarterback formats is that really a smart decision? First of all it’s Matthew Stafford, who benefited a little bit from the game going to overtime and hasn’t had back-to-back 300+ passing games since November of ’17 (when he had three straight). Secondly the matchup is a lot less favorable, as he draws a Chargers’ defense that held Jacoby Brissett to 190 passing yards without a touchdown.

Start – Matt Ryan (ATL; vs. PHI)

It’s easy to be down on the Falcons in general, especially after Ryan struggled in Week 1 as the Vikings picked him off twice and held him without a TD in the first three quarters. Sure the final numbers looked respectable, but a fourth quarter “eruption” can be misleading.

While the Eagles defense is supposed to be solid, they allowed Case Keenum and the Washington Redskins to rack up 380 passing yards and 3 TD. Maybe they are able to make an adjustment, but Ryan and company is just too good to ignore. Continue to utilize him as a QB1.

Sit – Andy Dalton (CIN; vs. SF)

Dalton looked like an elite quarterback in Week 1, with 418 yards and 2 TD. Of course he also threw the ball 51 times, something we wouldn’t expect to happen often, and drew a Seahawks defense that was likely still coming together as a group (thanks to the late addition of Jadaveon Clowney). It should be a different story against the 49ers, who allowed the second fewest points to opposing quarterbacks. It’s different inn two-quarterback formats, but in single quarterback leagues don’t make the mistake of overvaluing him.

Other Players to Start:

  • Tom Brady (NE; vs. MIA) – Everyone keeps waiting for Brady to lose a step, but he just keeps producing at a high level; Regardless of whether or not Antonio Brown is on the field, Brady is going to be the second of many quarterbacks to torch the Dolphins in ’19
  • Dak Prescott (DAL; at WAS) – After exposing the New York Giants Prescott and company draw another favorable matchup against a team that allowed over 300 yards and 3 TD in Week 1, so what’s not to like?

Other Players to Sit:

  • Kyler Murray (ARI; at BAL) – Even in two-quarterback formats he’s a borderline option. Sure he showed signs in Week 1, but there are going to continue to be some early season growing pains especially in his first NFL road start
  • Mitchell Trubisky (CHI; vs. DEN) – Maybe in two-quarterback formats, depending on your alternatives, but even that isn’t a guarantee. It’s not an easy matchup, and he looked so bad in Week 1 that he’s impossible to trust.

Sources – ESPN, NFL.com

Make sure to check out all of our Week 2 rankings:

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers
Defenses

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