Fantasy Football Week 2 starts and sits: Is Antonio Brown worth the risk?

Darren Hartwell
NBC Sports Boston

Who can you trust?

That's the million-dollar question as you set your fantasy football lineup -- specifically if you own Antonio Brown.

The New England Patriots wide receiver reportedly is on track to play this Sunday amid allegations of rape and sexual assault, but does that mean he will? And how much will the Patriots use him?

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Brown isn't the only player worth highlighting ahead of Week 2, though. Below are our top fantasy football starts and sits entering this weekend's slate.

START

Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers: We're buying low on Roethlisberger this week. Why? He's a better quarterback at home (19 touchdowns, seven interceptions in eight games in 2018), and the Seattle Seahawks are flying cross-country for a 1 p.m. ET start after allowing 418 passing yards and two touchdowns to Andy Dalton in Week 1.

Sony Michel, RB, New England Patriots: Speaking of buying low... Don't expect another dud from Michel against an awful Miami Dolphins defense that allowed 5.8 yards per carry to Baltimore Ravens rushers last Sunday. Michel still saw 15 carries in Week 1 and likely will see an uptick if New England is running out the clock.

Matt Breida, RB, San Francisco 49ers: Breida has to share a backfield with Tevin Coleman, but he's the more explosive runner, and the Cincinnati Bengals' front seven can be beaten. Breida is in line for a bounce-back game as a solid RB2.

Tyrell Williams, WR, Oakland Raiders: Derek Carr made very clear in Week 1 that Williams is his top wideout, and Oakland has a fantasy-friendly matchup versus the Kansas City Chiefs. Williams actually is available in more than 20 percent of Yahoo! leagues, but he's a clear WR2 who should be in your lineup.

Michael Gallup, WR, Dallas Cowboys: Gallup is Dallas' clear No. 2 wide receiver, and wouldn't you know it, they're actually throwing the ball! Expect more air volume this week against the mediocre Washington Redskins as Ezekiel Elliott continues to get up to speed.

SIT

Mitchell Trubisky, QB, Chicago Bears: The Bears' offense should be better after last Thursday's dreadful showing. But it's still a tough matchup in Denver against a strong Broncos pass rush. Trubisky is a QB2 at best this week with low upside.

Phillip Lindsay, RB, Denver Broncos: If there's one thing the Bears did well in Week 1, it's defend -- especially in the run game, where they bottled up Aaron Jones for 39 yards on 13 carries. Lindsay split carries with Royce Freeman last week and has pretty limited upside here.

Kenyan Drake, RB, Miami Dolphins: Drake was the victim of circumstance in Week 1, as Miami was forced to throw after digging an early hole. Things don't look any better in Week 2 against the Patriots, who kept the superior James Conner in check (10 carries, 21 yards) last week.

Antonio Brown, WR, Patriots: Look, we know this guy is talented. We know he's on track to play Sunday. But he's only been in New England for a few days, and if you'll recall, the Patriots held Josh Gordon out for a week after trading for him last September. There's a good chance the Patriots ease Brown into action Sunday. If you own him, you can survive one more week without him before hitting full throttle in Week 3.

Robby Anderson, WR, New York Jets: Anderson's calf still appears to be bothering him, and Jamison Crowder (14 catches) was the target hog in Week 1. Oh, and New York is starting Trevor Siemian this week against the Cleveland Browns. We'd advise steering clear of any Jets receiver.

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Fantasy Football Week 2 starts and sits: Is Antonio Brown worth the risk? originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

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