Fantasy: Start ’em/Sit ’em

by Adil Khan Deshmukh – @DillyToon

The long wait is over, Fantasy Football is BACK! Week 1 is upon us, so you can forget about who you’re going to draft because now the importance is on who will be in your lineup! That’s where we come in as we’ll bring you our brilliant insight week-by-week that’ll lead you to a fantasy championship.

Let’s dive right into the starts and sits for week 1. 

Start ‘Em

QB – Lamar Jackson – Baltimore Ravens vs Miami Dolphins

This is less a measure of the major upside that Lamar Jackson has and more focused on how pitiful their opposition this week is. To put it bluntly, the Dolphins are probably the worst team in football without a down even being played in the regular season.

The firesale has taken place and the Dolphins are clearly tanking for the number 1 pick. The Ravens will be able to run the ball a lot, with a lot of the yards coming from QB scrambles by Lamar and his lightning speed. Lamar will have been a player that you would have taken later on in your drafts – don’t hesitate to stick him in week one with this juicy matchup!

RB – Austin Ekeler – Los Angeles Chargers vs Indianapolis Colts

With one RB saga ending in Dallas, the Chargers are still no closer to seeing whether Melvin Gordon return to the side. Whilst Austin Ekeler is not a RB1 like Gordon, he is most definitely a serviceable running back; particularly in PPR leagues.

Whilst the Indy defense is strong, the prospect of many check-downs from Rivers to Ekeler will enamour himself to you by slotting him as an RB2 or your flex.

WR – Kenny Golladay – Detroit Lions @ Arizona Cardinals

Kenny G could well be a WR1 this week! The match-up versus the Cardinals and their pitiful defence is juicy. For those that will say the Lions will be a run first offense, you aren’t far from the truth.

Photo Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

However, the run will just open up the passing game and the Lions will romp home to an opening win in Glendale. Kenny G isn’t the only target in town with the able Marvin Jones Jr on the opposite side and this will provide the perfect foil for him to hit big.

TE – Jared Cook – New Orleans Saints vs Houston Texans

Cook has just come off a very good season with the average Derek Carr and now he’s accompanied by the future HoF QB Drew Brees. Cook will be the team’s third option on passing downs with the monstrous Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara ahead in the pecking order. The Texans have been susceptible to being worked over by tight ends and this weekend will prove no different with Cook obtaining a healthy amount of points.

Sit ‘Em

QB – Kyler Murray – Arizona Cardinals vs Detroit Lions

Sorry to Kyler Murray enthusiasts and those who drafted him, he’s going to struggle this week. This is not to knock the man himself but the five men who will be in front, charged with protecting the diminutive QB.

He’s going to be running for dear life as the pocket collapses over and over again. Murray will not be a QB1 this week, thus pulling him out of the running for your start/sit considerations. 

RB – LeSean McCoy – Kansas City Chiefs @ Jacksonville Jaguars 

It will be extremely tempting to start Shady having joined Andy Reid and his high powered offense. However, I would exercise extreme caution this week as he has not had enough time to engrain himself with Mahomes and the rest of the offense.

There’s no denying that McCoy could well have a resurgence this year despite his falling metrics, but one should wait to see whether he really clicks rather than just risking it.

WR – Josh Gordon – New England Patriots vs Pittsburgh Steelers

The Flash is back for the umpteenth time, and hopefully for his sake he’s back in the league for the foreseeable future. However, despite the lack of credible receiving options outside of Julian Edelman (and the running backs), one should avoid starting Gordon this week.

Photo Credit: Matt Stone/ Boston Herald

Why is that you ask? Belichick and the Pats are notorious for being the death of many a fantasy team and it’s likely Tom Brady could spread his passes to relative unknowns, sending your fantasy dreams into nightmares. Josh Gordon is one to keep an eye out for but to leave firmly on your bench this week.

TE – Eric Ebron – Indianapolis Colts @ Los Angeles Chargers

The major upside to Ebron’s game left with much of the Colts fans’ Super Bowl hopes last weekend at Lucas Oil. Luck is gone and the way this offense will operate will be different enough for Ebron’s plethora of red zone targets to be reduced substantially. He was a TD monster last year and you cannot see that happening with Jacoby Brissett under centre, especially in week 1.

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