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Start ‘Em & Sit ‘Em is the ultimate weekly look at the NFL matchups and how they’ll affect your fantasy football team. Fantasy superstars such as Patrick Mahomes and Christian McCaffrey will not be featured in this column. All player matchups are based on a PPR scoring system.  Week 2 Start ‘Em, Sit ‘EmQUARTERBACKS | RUNNING BACKS | WIDE RECEIVERS | TIGHT ENDS | KICKERS | TEAM DEFENSESMORE: Week 2 Rankings, Articles, Reports & Tools HubWeek 2 Start ‘Em: KickersStart of the WeekRobbie Gould at JetsGould was one of the top-scoring kickers in fantasy leagues a week ago, scoring 10 points in a loss to the Cardinals. I’d keep him active this week as the veteran has a great matchup against the Jets next on the slate. Their defense allowed a combined nine fantasy points to rookie Tyler Bass in his NFL debut, converting on kicks of 22 and 19 yards.Start ‘EmDan Bailey at ColtsBailey scored just four fantasy points in Minnesota’s opener and was held without a field-goal attempt in a loss to Green Bay. He should rebound this week, as he’ll face a Colts defense that allowed 8.5 points a game to kickers last season and 11 fantasy points to Josh Lambo in their opener. The DraftKings Sportsbook total for this contest is 47.5, so we should see a good amount of scoring.Ryan Succop vs. PanthersFantasy fans who like to stream kickers should consider adding Succop this week. While he didn’t do much in the opener, the veteran has a great matchup against the Panthers up next. Their defense allowed the sixth-most fantasy points to kickers a season ago, and Daniel Carlson beat them for two field goals and four extra points last week.More StartsChris Boswell vs. BroncosYounghoe Koo at CowboysSleepersJoey Slye at BuccaneersTyler Bass at DolphinsWeek 2 Sit ‘Em: KickersSit of the WeekKa’imi Fairbairn vs. RavensFairbairn was held to just two points in the season opener, and this week’s matchup against the Ravens makes him a fade for me once again. Baltimore gave up the seventh-fewest fantasy points to kickers a season ago, including a Week 11 contest against the Texans when Fairbairn missed one field goal and scored just one fantasy point.PLAY NOW: Get a huge $500 deposit bonus at DraftKingsSit ‘EmJason Myers vs. Patriots (SNF)Myers produced a decent line last week, scoring eight points on one field goal and five extra points in Atlanta. I’d fade him this week, as Seattle hosts a Patriots team that’s been very tough on kickers. The position averaged the second-fewest points (4.69) against them in 2019, and Jason Sanders had just three points last week.Stephen Gostkowski vs. JaguarsGostkowski had an awful debut with the Titans, missing on several field goals before ultimately kicking the game-winner. When a kicker looks like he’s lost a bit of his confidence, it’s never a good idea to start him in fantasy. Plus, the Jaguars allowed just 6.4 fantasy points per game on the road to kickers in 2019. Gostkowski is a fade for me this week.More SitsMike Badgley vs. ChiefsBrandon McManus at SteelersBustsDaniel Carlson vs. Saints (MNF)Josh Lambo at TitansMichael Fabiano is an award-winning fantasy football analyst on Sports Illustrated and a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association (FSWA) Hall of Fame. You can follow Michael on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram for the latest news and analysis!Dominate Your Fantasy Football Leagues in 2020 Subscribe to SI Fantasy+ and you’ll have our check-cashing, high-stakes experts on standby ready to ask all their questions! Head over to our subscriber community anytime, especially on Sunday morning, to submit those last-minute “who do I start” questions! Learn more about the SI Fantasy+ advantage.


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