Fantasy Football: 5 Bounce-Back Must Starts in Week 2

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There were some intriguing busts for fantasy football owners in Week 1. But don’t let that discourage you from starting these five bounce-back candidates in Week 2.

Week 1 games are always weird, both from a regular NFL standpoint and for fantasy football owners alike.

Case in point, who would have predicted the New Orleans Saints would give up a whopping 48 points to quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers? Or how about running back Ezekiel Elliott and the Dallas Cowboys struggling to find any sort of rhythm on the road against the Carolina Panthers?

If you’re like most fantasy owners, you probably had one or two of those players who simply didn’t meet your lofty level of expectations. I sure did, watching the Kansas City Chiefs thrash my Los Angeles Chargers defense/special teams, which cost me a minus-3 points. Of course, I gambled on Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes cracking under the pressure of his first meaningful NFL start. Turns out, that was a bad idea.

But that doesn’t mean I’ll shy away from the Chargers defense for long.

Fantasy football is full of ups and downs. And with September becoming the NFL’s new preseason, considering how little time is spent with starters and starting units in the actual preseason, don’t fret it if one of your cornerstone pieces ended up having a forgettable Week 1 performance.

Get these five fantasy options, who went bust in Week 1, back in your starting lineup for Week 2.