Fantasy football lineups for Week 2: Start Aaron Rodgers and sit David Montgomery

Week 2 is normally a time to encourage fantasy football fans who suffered narrow defeats that all is not lost; that there’s help on the waiver wire and perhaps better matchups on the schedule.

By why do that when you can indulge in some self-serving pettiness.

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I’d like to take this opportunity to point out that after getting burned by drafting Mr. Glass in the first round in 2019, I avoided spending any draft capital on him this season.

Oh, excuse me, by Mr. Glass I mean Steelers running back James Conner — Mr. Glass is what he was called on Twitter after he left Monday night’s game with an ankle injury after mustering just 9 yards on six carries.

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We all have a Mr. Glass. For some, it’s Marlon Mack (Achilles). Or DeVante Parker (hamstring). It could be someone from past season, or perhaps your day is still coming.

Feel free to tweet me your tales of injury woe at @_phil_thompson. Our shared pain nourishes my soul.

With that said, here are the fantasy lineup recommendations for Week 2.

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers vs. Lions

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers throws a pass during the first half against the Vikings on Sept. 13, 2020.

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers throws a pass during the first half against the Vikings on Sept. 13, 2020. (Bruce Kluckhohn/AP)

How much have we changed as a fantasy football society where Aaron Rodgers is the 10th quarterback drafted in most leagues and 12th in ADP on FantasyPros.com?

Shame on us. Shame on all of us.

Now, we don’t want to go hog wild over Rodgers’ four-touchdown, 364-yard Week 1 performance and lose sight of his shortcomings in recent years (that 8-fantasy-point game Week 15 against the Vikings still stings), but he has a good track record against the Lions — with no fewer than 18 points in the last three full games against them.

But get this: Lions cornerbacks may be dogged by hamstring injuries for Jeff Okudah Desmond Trufant and Justin Coleman.

Lions coach Matt Patricia: “You know we’ve got challenges every week and certainly at the skill positions, the DB position, we know how important it is to have all of those guys out there and to have them be healthy. So we’re going to fight through that.”

Also consider: Cardinals QB Kyler Murray vs. Washington

Chargers RB Austin Ekeler vs. Chiefs

Chargers running back Austin Ekeler runs against the Raiders during the second half on Dec. 22, 2019.

Chargers running back Austin Ekeler runs against the Raiders during the second half on Dec. 22, 2019. (Kelvin Kuo/AP)

If you thought Tyrod Taylor would vulture too many rushing yards from Austin Ekeler or not look for him at all in the rushing game, keep in mind that when Taylor was the starter in Buffalo, he targeted LeSean McCoy often — and McCoy led the Bills in both targets (77) and receptions (59) in 2017.

Now, Ekeler has to look over his shoulder at Justin Jackson (though he sustained a quad injury) and rookie Joshua Kelley, who did his best Melvin Gordon impression with 60 yards on 12 carries with a 5-yard touchdown run against the Bengals in Week 1.

Ekeler’s experience with the Chiefs should carry a lot of weight with the distribution of touches. He had at least eight catches in each matchup against the Chiefs last season.

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Also consider: Bengals RB Joe Mixon at Browns

Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones vs. Panthers

Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones carries against Saints free safety Marcus Williams (43) and outside linebacker Demario Davis in the first half on Sept. 13, 2020.

Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones carries against Saints free safety Marcus Williams (43) and outside linebacker Demario Davis in the first half on Sept. 13, 2020. (Butch Dill/AP)

Ronald Jones rushed for 66 yards, but he may eventually cede the bulk of touches to Leonard Fournette.

“RoJo, I thought, had a really decisive day,” coach Bruce Arians said. “He ran hard and made yards when there were no yards to be made a couple of times. Leonard’s role will increase and we’ll just see how much.”

Even if Fournette gets more carries in Week 2, there should be enough to go around.

The Panthers gave up an average of 1.7 touchdowns per game last season — and that was with linebacker Luke Keuchly, who is now retired. On Sunday, Raiders running back Josh Jacobs gashed Carolina for three touchdowns.

Arians will look to light a fire under his run blockers after learning some hard lessons against the Saints.

“I thought RoJo was very positive, and Leonard,” Arians said. “They both ran the ball well. Negative, our tight ends did not block the edge very well. That was a big part of our game plan and we got beat at it. We were out-physicaled.”

Also consider: Colts RB Jonathan Taylor vs. Vikings

Saints WR Emmanuel Sanders at Raiders

Saints wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders walks onto the field during practice on Sept. 3, 2020.

Saints wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders walks onto the field during practice on Sept. 3, 2020. (Gerald Herbert/AP)

Michael Thomas suffered a high-ankle sprain in Week 1. He hopes to play through the injury, but if he’s be limited it elevates Emmanuel Sanders’ stock.

Sanders always has had a knack for the end zone — when he’s healthy — and he found pay dirt in his first game with Drew Brees despite catching for just 15 yards.

Panthers’ Teddy Bridgewater and Robby Anderson exploited holes in the Raiders young secondary, so it stands to reason two Pro-Bowl-caliber veterans like Brees and Sanders can hook up for long gains.

Sanders also can be a threat in the red-zone — not on Thomas’ level — but six of his previous seven touchdowns have been within 7 yards, including a 5-yard score against the Buccaneers Sunday. Tre’Quan Smith has had chance after chance to challenge for such a role and come up short.

Also consider: Cowboys WR Amari Cooper vs. Falcons

Browns WR Jarvis Landry vs. Bengals

Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry leaves the field after a game against the Ravens on Sept. 13, 2020.

Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry leaves the field after a game against the Ravens on Sept. 13, 2020. (Nick Wass/AP)

The Browns’ passing game will get a huge boost if premier pass rusher Geno Atkins misses the Week 2 game with a shoulder injury (also note that it’s a short week with the Thursday night game).

The Browns coaching staff has to work on the puzzling disconnect between Baker Mayfield and Odell Beckham Jr. (three catches for 22 yards on 10 targets) — “We have to get to the bottom of it, obviously,” coach Kevin Stefanski said — but Mayfield doesn’t seem to have these issues with Jarvis Landry, who had five catches for 61 yards on six targets.

Between Weeks 8 and 16 last season, Landry had double-digit fantasy days in five of those nine games (including one against the Bengals) and seven points in three others. He may benefit from matching up with Darius Phillips if William Jackson III takes on Beckham.

Also consider: Titans WR A.J. Brown vs. Jaguars

Saints TE Jared Cook at Raiders

Saints tight end Jared Cook catches a pass during practice on Sept. 3, 2020.

Saints tight end Jared Cook catches a pass during practice on Sept. 3, 2020. (Gerald Herbert/AP)

Jared Cook played for the Raiders in 2018, but around here Monday night’s Week 2 game still counts as a revenge game.

Tight ends gave the Raiders fits last season, and a good game against unproven Ian Thomas confirms nothing about this new-look defense. Cook had 80 yards in the opener.

Also consider: Chargers TE Hunter Henry vs. Chiefs

Cowboys K Greg Zuerlein vs. Falcons

Cowboys kicker Greg Zuerlein kicks during a game against the Rams on Sept. 13, 2020.

Cowboys kicker Greg Zuerlein kicks during a game against the Rams on Sept. 13, 2020. (Kyusung Gong/AP)

Greg Zuerlein, aka Legatron, will be longing for redemption against his old team after missing a 53-yarder. Last season, no team allowed more field goals of 40 yards or more than the Falcons (13) — and their combined 40- and 50-yarders allowed (16) rank second behind the Buccaneers (17).

Also consider: Lions K Matt Prater at Packers

Vikings DST at Colts

Vikings defensive back Anthony Harris (41) approaches Packers running back Jamaal Williams on Sept. 13, 2020.

Vikings defensive back Anthony Harris (41) approaches Packers running back Jamaal Williams on Sept. 13, 2020. (Jim Mone/AP)

Aaron Rodgers torched the Vikings with four touchdowns, but it’s hard to imagine a defense that allowed the eighth-fewest points to quarterbacks has completely tanked, despite some offseason losses.

And what better panacea for a turnover-hungry defense than Philip Rivers?

Also consider: 49ers DST at Jets

Broncos QB Drew Lock at Steelers

Broncos quarterback Drew Lock throws a pass against the Titans during the first half on Sept. 14, 2020.

Broncos quarterback Drew Lock throws a pass against the Titans during the first half on Sept. 14, 2020. (Justin Edmonds/AP)

Looks like Drew Lock will be without top wideout Courtland Sutton (shoulder) in Week 2. Now Lock and Co. go on the road to (checks notes) Pittsburgh, where they’ll face a Steelers secondary has upgraded since last season. Led by ballhawk safety Minkah Fitzpatrick and shored up by corners Joe Haden and Steve Nelson, their back is as intimidating as they come in the NFL.

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That group showed a little bend but no break against Daniel Jones and the Giants on opening night.

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For Denver, Sutton entered the season as the “old man” of the group with 32 games and 23 career starts. DaeSean Hamilton has 30 games but only seven starts under his belt, while Jerry Jeudy and KJ Hamler are rookies. Noah Fant gives Lock a solid outlet.

Also consider: Washington QB Dwayne Haskins at Cardinals

Bears RB David Montgomery v. Giants

Bears running back David Montgomery runs with the ball in the fourth quarter against the Lions at Ford Field on Sept. 13, 2020.

Bears running back David Montgomery runs with the ball in the fourth quarter against the Lions at Ford Field on Sept. 13, 2020. (Jose M. Osorio)

David Montgomery fought through a groin injury and put up a respectable 4.9 yards per carry for 64 yards against the Lions.

But in Week 2 he’ll face 2019′s seventh most efficient rush defense, according FootballOutsiders.com. Former Jet Leonard Williams helped bolster that Giants unit in the second half of last season. In fact, Montgomery faced the Giants last season and averaged 1.7 yards on 13 carries.

Also consider: Jaguars RB James Robinson at Titans

Patriots RB Sony Michel at Seahawks

Dolphins defensive end Shaq Lawson wraps up Patriots running back Sony Michel in the second half on Sept. 13, 2020.

Dolphins defensive end Shaq Lawson wraps up Patriots running back Sony Michel in the second half on Sept. 13, 2020. (Charles Krupa/AP)

Let’s not get ahead of ourselves with the Patriots’ Week 1 win. Cam Newton’s new squad did just OK against a Dolphins team that looks even more confused than last season.

Sony Michel’s touchdown salvaged a day in which he totaled just 37 yards.

The Seahawks held Todd Gurley to 56 yards on 14 carries, though he’s on a snap count schedule for his health. Michel is on a snap count because he’s not very good.

Seattle looks like an ambush.

Also consider: Eagles RB Boston Scott vs. Rams

Eagles WR DeSean Jackson vs. Rams

Eagles' DeSean Jackson stretches before practice on Sept. 10, 2020.

Eagles’ DeSean Jackson stretches before practice on Sept. 10, 2020. (Matt Slocum/AP)

There are too many good options at receiver and too many factors working against DeSean Jackson to risk a start in Week 2. The Rams have a top 10 secondary, Alshon Jeffery and Miles Sanders will eat up targets, and rookie Jalen Reagor out-snapped the 33-year-old Jackson.

“I think we’re all on one page, which is to keep me healthy and figure out how we can manage my plays and my reps so I can be playing in December and January,” Jackson said via NBCSports.com.

Also consider: Texans WR Brandin Cooks vs. Ravens

Dolphins WR Preston Williams at Bills

Dolphins wide receiver Preston Williams takes a drink while stretching during practice on Aug. 31, 2020.

Dolphins wide receiver Preston Williams takes a drink while stretching during practice on Aug. 31, 2020. (Amy Beth Bennett / South Florida Sun Sentinel)

Sometimes attention is not a good thing. DeVante Parker (hamstring) is a question mark for Week 2, so Preston Williams could be matched up against the Bills’ Tre’Davious White — the $70 million man.

The Dolphins offense looked like a mess against the Patriots. No receiver gained over 50 yards, Jordan Howard was hardly used and coach Brian Flores found himself having to give quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick the dreaded vote of confidence after the game.

Steer clear of this situation until you see improvement on the field.

Also consider: Patriots WR N’Keal Harry at Seahawks

Steelers TE Eric Ebron vs. Broncos

Steelers tight end Eric Ebron during training camp practice on Aug. 24, 2020.

Steelers tight end Eric Ebron during training camp practice on Aug. 24, 2020. (Keith Srakocic/AP)

Eric Ebron is talented, but he didn’t factor much in Pittsburgh’s game plan against the Giants.

It only gets worse against Vic Fangio’s bunch, who held Titans tight end Jonnu Smith to 36 yards and only gave up a touchdown because of an assignment mix-up in a hurry-up situation.

Also consider: Colts TE Jack Doyle vs. Vikings

Titans K Stephen Gostkowski vs. Jaguars

Titans place kicker Stephen Gostkowski kicks a go-ahead field goal late in the fourth quarter against the Broncos on Sept. 14, 2020.

Titans place kicker Stephen Gostkowski kicks a go-ahead field goal late in the fourth quarter against the Broncos on Sept. 14, 2020. (Justin Edmonds/AP)

Despite booting the game-winner, kickers have been fired for worse offenses than missing three field goals and a PAT in a single game, but Stephen Gostkowski plays for his former Patriots teammate, Mike Vrabel, and the Titans might not want to go through another kicker merry-go-round.

But that’s not your problem. You don’t need to deal with whether Gostkowski’s surgically repaired hip is affecting his swing, even in a juicy matchup against the Jaguars.

Also consider: Texans K Ka’imi Fairbarin vs. Ravens

Washington DST at Cardinals

The Washington Football Team sacked Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz on Sept. 13, 2020.

The Washington Football Team sacked Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz on Sept. 13, 2020. (David Maialetti/The Philadelphia Inquirer/TNS)

Washington’s collection of pass rushers capitalized on some offensive line injuries on the Eagles, along with some poor decisions by Carson Wentz (who took eight sacks and threw two interceptions). But don’t count on that happening again against Kyler Murray.

Also consider: Eagles DST vs. Rams

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