Sunday Morning Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em (Week 2): Joe Mixon, Antonio Brown, Marquise Brown & More


Just hours before the start of Week 2’s Sunday action I know many people have questions running through their heads. Who should I start? Who should I sit?  Let’s take a look at how some of the recent news changes things:

Joe Mixon – Running Back – Cincinnati Bengals

Luckily the Bengals and 49ers play at 1:00 PM EST, so we’ll have clarity to the situation early. If he’s playing it’s going to be hard to have him on your bench, even if the plan is to utilize him in a limited role. The 49ers allowed 108 rushing yards to opposing running backs in Week 1 (11th most in the league), giving fantasy owners hope that Ronald Jones could be a useful option. Throw in their 63 receiving yards allowed and it’s clear that Mixon could make an impact.

While Mixon struggled in Week 1, the upside and matchup remains promising. Unless you are loaded, barring some additional news this morning he’s worth utilizing.

Verdict – Start ‘Em (barring a change in the narrative this morning)

Antonio Brown – Wide Receiver – New England Patriots

It would obviously be easy to thrust him immediately into your lineup now that he’s been cleared to play, but that may be a little too aggressive. Just look at this tweet, courtesy of the Boston Globe’s Nora Prinicotti:

Taking on the Dolphins it’s not like the Patriots are going to need a monster performance from Brown, and it’s easy to envision them taking their foot off the gas after building a big lead. Look for the team to ease Brown into the mix, with the potential for him to have a limited role. In three-receiver formats that could have value, but in shallower leagues the risk is too great.

Verdict – Sit ‘Em (outside of three-receiver formats)

Le’Veon Bell – Running Back – New York Jets

The only question for Bell was his health, because with Sam Darnold sidelined he’s going to be the go to weapon. As it is Bell had 23 touches in Week 1, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see him match (or even exceed) that total in Week 2. The Browns aren’t necessarily an easy matchup, though they failed to hold down Derrick Henry and the Titans in Week 1:

  • Rushing – 91 yards and 1 TD
  • Receiving – 81 yards and 1 TD

Barring some last minute injury news Bell should be considered one of the elite options.

Verdict – Start ‘Em

Adrian Peterson – Running Back – Washington Redskins

With Derrius Guice sidelined, and potentially lost for the season, Peterson is expected to step into the early down role (with Chris Thompson operating as the third down running back/pass catcher). It’s easy to be down on Peterson after he was a healthy scratch in Week 1, but he was a 1,000 yard running back last season and draws a Dallas defense that tied for the fifth most rushing yards allowed to running backs in Week 1 (140 yards). No one is going to confuse Peterson for Saquan Barkley, but with Washington potentially looking to keep the ball away from the Cowboys the opportunity should be there.

Verdict – Start ‘Em (viable RB2/FLEX)

Marquise Brown – Wide Receiver – Baltimore Ravens

Both Andrews and Ingram are strong plays, barring a change in the news. As for Brown the story is a little bit different. He was already considered a little bit of a risky option, as he was ranked #31 on our initial WR rankings. His value is tied to his ability to make big plays (his touchdowns were 47 and 83 yards in Week 1), so he’s a boom or bust threat that could have some limitations. As great as his NFL debut was, it would appear that he’s a high risk WR3 and probably better left for your bench if you have a suitable alternative.

Verdict – Sit ‘Em (unless you are extremely thin and need a WR3)

DeVante Parker – Wide Receiver – Miami Dolphins

With Albert Wilson ruled out there are going to be targets available for the Dolphins’ other wide receivers. Just how many of those looks will go Parker’s way,? He did lead the way in targets in Week 1, though it’s not like he was overly impressive:

  • DeVante Parker – 7 targets (3 receptions)
  • Preston Williams – 5 targets (3 receptions)
  • Albert Wilson – 4 targets (2 receptions)
  • Allen Hurns – 3 targets (1 reception)
  • Jakeem Grant – 3 targets (1 reception)

We’d actually be more willing to bet on Williams, but the Patriots have a strong secondary and none of the options are anything more than a desperation play.

Verdict – Sit ‘Em

Keke Coutee – Wide Receiver – Houston Texans

After missing Week 1 Coutee is ready to step back into the lineup in Week 2. Just how many opportunities can we really expect, though? He’s obviously not going to take chances away from DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller appears to be entrenched into the second spot. That would leave Coutee to share the “leftover” opportunities along with Kenny Stills and maybe even DeAndre Carter. That doesn’t sound promising and until we see how many chances he’ll actually get it’s impossible to trust him in any format.

Verdict – Sit ‘Em

Mike Williams – Wide Receiver – Los Angeles Chargers

Considering that even if he does play it’s realistic that he’s on a snap count (according to Adam Schefter, he is “likely to be used Sunday in red-zone situations”), does Williams sound like someone you want to trust? If he was healthy he’d be a potential WR2/WR3 option against the Lions, but given the uncertainty of his status and the usage if he’s even on the field, the risk far outweighs the reward.

Verdict – Sit ‘Em

Sources – ESPN,

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

Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends


  1. Chris Carson or Sony Michel standard
    Lesean McCoy or Devin Singletary standard
    In order from first to last-Nick Chubb, Sony Michel and Marlon Mack
    Standard flex- D Jacks, Marlon Mack, Adrian Peterson or John Brown


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