Vikings to sit in Week 3:
Kyle Rudolph – TE
Kyle Rudolph, what do we do with you? Fantasy owners will not feel comfortable any given week to start him in their lineups, and nor should they. There is just no telling when he is going to have a good game, and you shouldn’t be willing to roll the dice.
The Vikings currently only have four wide receivers rostered and they like to run two tight ends with Irv Smith as Rudolph’s running mate. The only hope you have for Rudolph is that Smith keeps underperforming and they have to run the veteran out there. But I’m not willing to make that bet this week. Keep him on your bench.
Raiders to sit in Week 2:
Derek Carr – QB
This may seem obvious, but with the quarterback apocalypse, some owners may feel desperate and feel like they need to start a Derek Carr. This is your warning. DON’T! The Minnesota Vikings defense was embarrassed badly last week and you can rely on that not happening again.
Now, Carr is no Aaron Rodgers, obviously, but he has his moments in the sun. This week will not be one of them. Expect this Vikings defense to attack the quarterback with Danielle Hunter and Everson Griffen and make life tough for Carr and the Raiders passing game.
Darren Waller – TE
Darren Waller has been a shiny new toy for Carr and the Raiders. Amidst all the offseason drama, Waller was one of the bright spots in the drama-filled offseason. He’s looked like a very athletic tight end and someone who transitioned seamlessly with the departure of Jared Cook. But there isn’t much of a chance for him against this defense.
The Minnesota Vikings didn’t even allow a single catch to a tight end last week, and you can bet that dominance will happen in Minnesota this week. Waller was more than likely a waiver wire pick up early this season, so you may have another option to go with. But if you have to start him this week, start him with caution.