Starting that week off right.

After the slew of big name injuries, small name breakouts, and your typical week one busts, week two is, in my opinion, one of the most important weeks in fantasy football. Anything can happen week one, but your team starts to solidify into what the rest of the season may look like for you.

And let’s face it – nobody wants to leave 30 points on their bench (like I did with Henry last week).

So let’s take a look at who can start your week off properly with some Thursday plays.


Christian McCaffrey – (RB – CAR) – This one’s an obvious one. I shouldn’t need to tell you to start McCaffrey, who absolutely dominates fantasy football in any format just about any week. But he has an even juicier match up against an abysmal Tampa Bay at home. What more could you ask for?

O.J. Howard (TE – TB) – Howard may have flopped hard in week one, which was exacerbated by a lost fumble. He also saw Cameron Brate catch two touch down passes (both overturned) during the same game. Still, when healthy last season, Howard was on pace to have a monster year. Carolina was surprisingly soft in week 1, and, while Tampa Bay is clearly no St. Louis, Howard should be able to have a nice bounce back week. I’m rolling with him in my league.

D.J. Moore (WR – CAR) – Moore’s stat line would have been more impressive had he not lost a fumble last week. Still, Moore saw a whopping 10 targets and secured 7 of them. Should the targets remain – and why wouldn’t they? Who else is Cam throwing to? – Moore might be a solid option for the year. In any case, he’s a borderline WR2/3 against Famous Jameis’ and the Bucks.

Joey Syle (K – Car) – Joey Syle slid in for Graham Gano, who has been shelved on the IR. He did a fine job, sinking all three of his XP, while nailing 40+ and 50+ yard field goals. He did miss one, though it was a 50+ yard attempt. Forgivable. But if there’s one thing I know about Carolina kickers, it’s that they often have many opportunities to put up 3 on a consistent basis, especially with Newton being limited to McCaffrey and Moore offensively.