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Fantasy Saturday: Week Two's best and worst matchups

By Jay Skurski

If you're one of those fantasy owners who also likes to start members of the hometown Buffalo Bills, this could be your week.

In the first week of the fantasy football season, Buffalo's opponent Sunday, the Kansas City Chiefs, gave up the most points to their opposing quarterback -- Atlanta's Matt Ryan. He scored 31 points in standard ESPN leagues last week against the Chiefs.

I wouldn't recommend letting Bills starter Ryan Fitzpatrick anywhere near your starting lineup, but if you want to ignore that advice, the stats say Fitz has a good matchup.

The other two quarterbacks with the best on-paper matchups of Week 2: Carolina's Cam Newton (against the Saints, who gave up 24 points last week) and Tampa Bay's Josh Freeman (against the Giants, 23 points). Cam's a must-start every week, while Freeman should sit despite the favorable opponent.

The toughest three teams against quarterbacks were: 1. Philadelphia (forced Cleveland's Brandon Weeden into a -2 day!), 2. Houston and 3. Baltimore. The Eagles and Ravens play each other, so sitting Michael Vick and Joe Flacco is ok this week. Houston faces Blaine Gabbert of the Jaguars. Please sit him.

Against running backs, the three most generous defenses were the Colts, Falcons and Rams. They face the Vikings' Adrian Peterson, the Broncos' Willis McGahee and Redskins' Alfred Morris, respectively, all three of whom should be used this week.

The stingiest defenses against running backs through Week One: Tampa Bay (0 points allowed), San Francisco (1) and New England (4). I'd still start the Giants' Ahmad Bradshaw against the Bucs, while the 49ers' D means I'd definitely sit the Lions' Kevin Smith. The Patriots face Beanie Wells and the Cardinals. He can sit, too.

Against wide receivers, the Giants (44 points against), Bills (42), Colts and 49ers (38 each) were the most generous. Tampa Bay's Mike Williams (Riverside) is a good flex play against the Giants, while the Chiefs' Dwayne Bowe and Dexter McCluster can play against a Buffalo secondary that appeared extra friendly. As for the Colts, if you have a fantasy player going against them, start 'em. For the Lions against the Niners, Calvin Johnson will of course play.

The toughest matchups for receivers this week are the Titans, Falcons and Texans. That means I'd sit receivers for San Diego, Denver and Jacksonville, other than the Broncos' Demaryius Thomas.

Part of the reason Tennessee did ok against receivers was it was gashed by New England's tight ends for 23 fantasy points. That means the Chargers' Antonio Gates could be in for a big day. The Bengals (15) and Redskins (14) also struggled against tight ends. Neither of their respective opponents, Cleveland and St. Louis, have must starts at the position, though.

Philadelphia (0 points against), Houston (1) and Indianapolis (1) defended the tight end well in Week One. That means the Ravens' Dennis Pitta might find it tough to duplicate his Week One effort (73 receiving yards, one TD). Jacksonville's Marcedes Lewis has been a disappointment over the last year, so he can sit against Houston. I'd start Minnesota's Kyle Rudolph against the Colts, though.

Best of luck in Week Two!

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

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Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

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