Fantasy football Week 2 start-sit advice, Buffalo Bills edition

Rick Stewart

Bills fans own Bills players in fantasy football, but so do non-Bills fans that recognize some of the talent on hand. In Week 2 against Carolina, here's who you should be starting and sitting.

Sit these Buffalo Bills players

EJ Manuel. Yes, he had an encouraging and somewhat productive NFL debut. Fantasy isn't about upside, however, and Manuel didn't produce like a quality starter in Week 1. Plus, Carolina offers a much better defensive front seven than New England did. Add in the likelihood of a more aggressive Week 2 game plan, and the potential for mistakes from the rookie increases - perhaps dramatically.

Fred Jackson. If you were worried that Jackson had nothing left in the tank, his 108 yards from scrimmage against New England should put your mind at ease. Right now, however, he's better viewed as a handcuff to Spiller; if No. 28 gets hot, Jackson's role will be much more limited than what it was in Week 1.

Robert Woods and T.J. Graham. Both of these talented receivers should see more opportunities as Manuel becomes more comfortable in the offense and game plans expand, but for now, they're also-rans in a passing attack that emphasizes the running backs and Johnson. Steer clear, but keep an eye on these two down the line.

Scott Chandler. Something of a fantasy darkhorse because of his propensity to score touchdowns in bunches, Chandler got off to a rough start against New England with bad penalties and a big drop in the open field. Keep him on your bench (or the waiver wire, even) until the offense, and Chandler, are more consistent.

Dan Carpenter. Bills kickers are probably not the wisest investment at this point. They'll be more appealing as Spiller takes off and the offense becomes more consistent. (Which are two things that will hopefully happen very soon.)

Bills defense/special teams. Sure, they scored a touchdown last week - but they also gave up 23 points to the suddenly offense-challenged Pats, and the notoriously difficult to defend Cam Newton is coming to town. Keep this Mike Pettine outfit on the bench until further notice, but they may be worth owning down the line.

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Start these Buffalo Bills players

C.J. Spiller. Slow start? Check. Spiller was handled by New England, and he faces a much tougher Panthers front seven this week. You drafted him super early, though, so play him - at some point, he'll look like the Spiller of 2012, but with a bigger workload. Don't worry.

Stevie Johnson. Johnson is going to be an appealing start against good defenses - particularly in PPR leagues - because he tends to play well in those circumstances, for some reason. Expect a lot of targets and a better stat line than what he produced in Week 1.

How do your fantasy matchups look heading into the weekend, Bills fans?

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