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Fantasy football Week 2 lineups: Start, sit and sleepers

Phil Thompson, Chicago Tribune on

Published in Football

How about that Lamar Jackson?

Few foresaw the Ravens quarterback having such a strong Week 1 with five touchdown passes. But that's what the first weeks of the season are about: surprises.

(And in case you're wondering, Jackson is a fair bet again this week against the Cardinals, though you may have better options. See below.)

Such unexpected gifts are hard to predict. There are, however, some Week 2 matchups where it's hard to go wrong.

Start

1. Tom Brady, QB, Patriots at Dolphins

 

It's only one week, but Brady's fantasy owners have to feel better about a couple of offseason worries: Rob Gronkowski's retirement would hasten Brady's decline as a top-tier fantasy producer, and the Patriots were becoming more of a run-first team.

Brady's 341-yard, three-touchdown performance against the Steelers quieted those concerns. In the long term, the Patriots need to do more to establish the running game (they got just enough against Pittsburgh) and they'll face better secondaries.

Just not this week.

The Dolphins made some curious decisions with playing time in the Ravens game for the few playmakers they have left. You can debate whether they're tanking for a top draft pick, but there's no arguing they're in no condition to defend Brady's aerial assault, especially considering the emergence of Josh Gordon and Phillip Dorsett, and the addition of Antonio Brown to join Julian Edelman.

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