Were in full swing here, and for Week 2 of my weekly column we’ll still continue to go bold and most importantly predict who will have huge games in the coming week. So we’re all friends here right? I mean sure I f****d up a few calls like Marquise Goodwin and Jeremy Hill, but the matchups were great! Unfortunately I can’t make up for their production on the field and I’ll just sit here and eat up the hate I endure from you all.

But hey how about Philip Rivers? Maybe he didn’t surpass 200 passing yards, but he got you three touchdowns– I’ll take that all day on the road against a tough Denver defense. Also look if you started Jeremy Hill like I suggested, or any Bengals players at all I’m at a loss for words like you all. Hell I’m still trying to walk after that boning that Andy Dalton gave me (no it was not enjoyable). Look I should call the cops for what Dalton did to me. The least he could’ve done was take me out for some chicken fried chicken and an ice-cold Shiner, but no we skipped dinner and he left me limping, but guess what? I survived my two leagues that I started him in take a look.

Man Up Step Aside

So needless to say one bad call shouldn’t derail your weekly matchup. So as we get ready for a what could be an ugly matchup on Thursday night here are my guys who will man up in Week 2, and which players will step aside.

Thursday Night Game

Here’s a bonus for tonight’s game, some of us do not have many options, so we have to start some of these players and pray that we get anything but negative points so here ya go.


Giovanni Bernard

It’s not a great matchup. Houston still presents a tough game even on the road, but on seven carries Bernard racked up 40 yards compared to Jeremy Hill’s 26 yards. Until Mixon starts getting a full workload Bernard provides a spark, and presents more of a reward in PPR formats.

Tyler Eifert

One catch for four yards was catastrophic, but it’s not on Tyler. Obviously you’re counting on the touchdown upside here, and the Texans play the tight end position relatively tough, but with Brian Cushing missing ten games due to suspension, and Duane Brown holding out, the Texans defense could be on the field more than expected.

DeAndre Hopkins

This is a no-brainer here, he’s a stud and can blow up at anytime, but it’s Hopkins’ QB situation that keep us on our heels each time we roll him out. Hopkins saw a league high 16 targets and caught 7 of them in Week 1. Even if Hopkins doesn’t blow up for over 100 yards, it’s hard to ignore the heavy volume that Hopkins is getting.

Step Aside

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Joe Mixon

I along with many other fantasy enthusiasts here at MFST, I highly believe that Mixon will finish the season as the starting running back for Cincinnati, surprisingly he put up his best Jeremy Hill impersonation gaining nine yards on eight carries. It won’t be long before Mixon is on the Man Up side, but on a short week and facing another tough defense, Mixon should remain on your bench.

Deshaun Watson

Don’t expect Tom Savage to completely disappear. If Watson starts off very inconsistent and under pressure the whole game, not providing a spark with his rushing abilities, there’s a chance we could see another Savage sighting.  Take that with a grain of salt, but this should be a get right kind of game for the Bengals at home, and Watson will be facing a fired up defense on the road.

Weekend games

Man Up

Chris Carson

Chris Carson

No I’m not saying to start Carson, but he’s an interesting flex or DFS play at home vs the 49ers. Usually these division games between the two are low-scoring and hard-hitting, but Eddie Lacy did not wow anybody in Week 1. Yes, Thomas Rawls was a full participant in Seahawks practice and is expected to get the start, but there’s no doubt Carson will be threatening for some of those carries, and after seeing him run on his limited touches there’s no doubt in my mind Carson will in fact man up when Pete Carroll presents him the opportunity.

Dalvin Cook

The kid is already a stud, but I’ve seen some people question if they should start him in the road vs a pretty solid Pittsburgh defense or look elsewhere for a better matchup and the answer is quite simple, yes you start him! Sam Bradford more than likely won’t throw for over 300 hundred yards again this week, but I do expect Cook to continue his workhorse ways going forward.

Corey Davis

Tough road game for Titans coming up? Please ya pansy just zip it and start Corey Davis if you have him. Jacksonville was so cocky after beating down the Texans who were led by Tom freaking not so macho man Savage, that they went to their Twitter account and changed their name to #Sacksonville. I love the Jags defense overall all, but seriously? Go beat down a Patriots team led by ‘god’ himself in Tom Brady, or a beefed up Packers team then come talk some smack. Until then the Jags will have their hands full with an exciting rival coming to town, in which super Mariota tossed a team high 10 targets to the rookie in Week 1. Chase that high volume you nerds.

Travis Kelce

Alex Smith comes back down to earth this week and is back to his conservative ways which isn’t a bad thing. Maybe for Tyreek Hill owners it is, because I don’t expect Smith to be tossing bombs down the field in Week 2. Kareem Hunt in the backfield will do majority of the damage, but in the passing game I am confident Smith will target his big man Kelce in the clutch.

Antonio Gates

I’m just vouching for this because we all want the same thing and that’s for Hunter Henry to finally be that #1 TE on our rosters. Unfortunately the old man is still being favored over Henry, and with their first home game of the season grandpa Gates will rise to occasion get his record and finally will stop threatening Henry’s targets so he can go play chess with Frank Gore at the nursing home.

Jared Goff

What in the hell is going on here? Am I actually picking Jared Goff to reach deep down inside and to rise to the occasion and Man Up against a Washington defense featuring Josh Norman? Yes I am going there, I’ve got to man up myself and own up and defend my Sammy Watkins piece that was published a few weeks ago. I expect Norman to shadow Watkins, so expect a healthy dose of Cooper Kupp, but for crying out loud I put my trust into Jeremy Hill last week, this can’t be any worse.

Step Aside

Alshon Jeffrey

No Eric Berry here and Marcus Peters probably won’t shadow Jeffrey either but the Eagles going into Arrowhead will be no easy task. Start him at your own risk broskis, but I’m avoiding Jeffrey at all costs if possible.

Kenny Golladay

The rookie had an impressive showing in his debut at home, but on the road against a ferocious Giants defense who flat-out got embarrassed versus the Cowboys look to bounce back in prime time. Golladay may not be a house hold name at the moment, but if you picked him off waivers and chasing the points, temper expectations with his Monday night matchup.

Matt Forte/Bilal Powell

I love Powell and I think Todd Bowles just has him in a horrible situation in which he started Forte last week. Powell didn’t see much playing time until the second half and that had us all scratching our heads. This is Powell’s job, but without Forte going anywhere this is just a fantasy hot mess that I want no part of.

Jesse James

James exploded out nowhere and rewarded whoever was brave enough to start James. Hosting a tough defense at home I’m not picking James up from waivers, and instead looking elsewhere.

Jeremy Maclin

Now this decision is probably going to get me killed but Joe Flacco looked like a guy with a bad back versus the Bengals, and in that game he only completed nine passes! Luckily Maclin happened to turn two of those catches into points, but versus an improved divisional foe, I truly believe Flacco avoids throwing when possible, and the Ravens let their defense and run game take them to 2-0.

I welcome all questions and debates at all times, and you can find me on social media @itslandoyo stay bold and risky broskis, and let’s all enjoy the week 2 games.

Orlando Torres

Hello everybody my name is Orlando, my friends call me Lando for short. I love all kinds of sports and fantasy sports as well. I grew up watching the Spurs and Cowboys since I was a kid, so those are my teams. I love writing, video games, spending time with my son along with acting and films. Movie buff. Follow me on Twitter @itslandoyo
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