The fantasy football season is about to kick off and thousands of people are already having problems with their week one lineups. To help you field your lineup, here are my week one fantasy football players to start and sit:
Guys to Start:
QB Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions (vs. St. Louis Rams) – Matthew “Staff Infection” Stafford is probable for Sunday’s game with his injured hand, but the fact that the Lions are playing an abysmal Rams’ pass defense only helps his case. Expect him to throw 300 yards and two or three touchdowns.
RB Ahmad Bradshaw, New York Giants (vs. Dallas Cowboys) – With former starting running back Brandon Jacobs now with the San Francisco 49ers, Bradshaw will get the majority of the touches in New York on Wednesday.
WR Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys (@ New York Giants) – Bryant will be pumped up in his first game of the year–well, that is only if his bodyguards allow him to be. Expect Bryant to haul in at least 80 yards and a score on opening night.
WR Devery Henderson, New Orleans (vs. Washington Redskins ) – The Saints’ number one receiver, Marques Colston, will be blanketed by Skins cornerback DeAngelo Hall all game. Quarterback Drew Brees will be looking to connect down field with someone, so expect Henderson to haul in at least one lengthy touchdown.
WR Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears (vs. Indianapolis Colts) – Marshall and Cutler will start the season off with a bang as the duo will torture the meager Colts pass defense this weekend. Expect Marshall to finish with around 80 yards and a touchdown.
TE Fred Davis, Washington Redskins (@ New Orleans Saints) – Since the Reskins cut backup tight end Chris Cooley Davis will be the primary target in the middle for rookie quarterback, Robert Griffin III. Davis will be a great start this weekend, especially considering that the Saints’ linebackers are either hurt or suspended.
IDP: Antonio Cromartie, New York Jets (vs. Buffalo Bills) – Week one will be our first real shot to see if Cromartie will be playing wide receiver this season. If he does, he could end up being one of the biggest IDP sleepers in the league, regardless of how “unethical” it would be to start him as a defensive back.
Flyer of the Week:
Steve Johnson, Buffalo Bills (vs. New York Jets) – Johnson caught 75 yards and a touchdown against superstar cornerback Darrelle Revis the last time the two faced off. The Jets offense has looked horrible, so expect the Buffalo offense to be on the field all day.
Guys to Sit:
QB Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals (vs. Baltimore Ravens) – Playing in Baltimore week one will not be a good start to Dalton’s sophomore season. However, he does play Cleveland twice in the next five weeks, so Dalton will have some quality starts coming, just not this week.
RB Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville Jaguars (vs. Minnesota Vikings)– Considering that MJD has practiced once this off-season, it is hard to imagine him having too much of an impact on Sunday. Look elsewhere for a starter this weekend.
RB Cedric Benson, Green Bay Packers (vs. San Francisco 49ers) – Benson may be the new Packers’ starting running back, but he has a horrible first matchup against the golden 49ers’ defense. Make sure to start Benson next week, but give him this week off.
WR Mike Wallace, Pittsburgh Steelers (@ Denver Broncos) – Wallace, like MJD, just starting playing football last week. It is extremely unlikely that he has memorized the entire playbook or that he is in game shape. Wallace will be a little rusty early on, so start him in week 2 or 3.
WR Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs. Carolina Panthers) – Carolina has always had an aggressive secondary, so expect quarterback Josh Freeman to throw a couple picks to open the year. Unfortunately for Jackson owners, expect Freeman to also throw under 200 yards.
TE Heath Miller, Pittsburgh Steelers (@ Denver Broncos) – Miller is no match for Denver’s fast core of linebackers, so expect him to have a pretty average game.
IDP: Kamerion Wimbley, Tennessee Titans (vs. New England Patriots) – Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady will make Wimbley’s job pretty difficult, so do not expect a strong line from Wimbley this weekend.
Make sure to check back each week for my fantasy football players to sit and start.