Week 1 Start/Sits – TNF & 6pm Sunday

By Andy Goddard @Godsy1985

Is it me or does last season seem years ago?! With months of lockdown and not knowing if we would even have an NFL season in 2020, week 1 is finally here! 

Without doubt, the biggest head scratcher of a fantasy football player is deciding who to start in your line-up each week. There is nothing worse than leaving a game winner on your bench and spending the entirety of the next week dwelling in hindsight.

Whether you’re in 1 league or 100 leagues, setting your line-ups is the most crucial part of your fantasy week and we’re here to let you know which players are in the best environments to boom and which are most likely destined to bust.

Don’t forget to keep your #EyesPeeled for tomorrow’s podcast where we dive into a full preview of the weekend games and make sure you head over to Twitter (@F10YFantasy) for “Start ‘em, sit ‘em, GIF ‘EM!”.

Spoiler alert: Cam Newton is a start ‘em!

Thursday Night Football

Houston Texans @ Kansas City Chiefs

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Start of the Game

Will Fuller V – WR -Houston Texans

With DeAndre Hopkins now in Arizona, Fuller will have to step into a bigger role in 2020. Fuller is dangerous with the deep ball and although he may seem a risky pick, he had 5 catches for 89 yards in the playoff meeting back in January. Fuller could be a boom or bust candidate but has so much upside in what should be a high scoring match

Other Notable Starts

Kansas City – Patrick Mahomes – QB, Clyde Edwards-Helaire – RB, Tyreek Hill – WR, Travis Kelce – TE

Houston – DeShaun Watson – QB, David Johnson – RB, Will Fuller – WR

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Sit of the Game

Defence – Houston Texans

The Chiefs can score a lot of points very quickly and the Texans have first hand experience of how things can get out of hand against the Chiefs. In their last 4 opening games the Chiefs have scored 40 (at Jacksonville), 38 (at LA Chargers), 42 (at New England) and 33 (vs San Diego Chargers). This game should be a high scoring affair which is great news for fans but bad news for fantasy defences!

Other Notable Sits

Kansas City – n/a

Houston – Randall Cobb – WR – Houston Texans

Sunday Early Games

Miami Dolphins @ New England Patriots

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Start of the Game

Cam Newton – QB – New England Patriots

Newton has finally found a new home in New England and has been named the starter (did anyone really think that Stidham would be the starter?!) This pick may also carry a slight risk but if offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels can win a playoff game with Tim Tebow, it’s going to be exciting to see what he can achieve with someone of Newtons’ ability. He is angry and feels like he has to point to prove. The Dolphins upset the Pats in the final game of last season but I don’t see that happening again in week 1.

Other Notable Starts

New England – James White – RB

Miami – Mike Gesicki – TE

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Sit of the Game

Devante Parker – WR – Miami Dolphins

Parker is WR1 in Miami but this is more to do with the matchup this week. He will be up against last seasons Defensive Player of the Year in Stephon Gilmore and a very talented Patriots secondary.

Other Notable Sits

New England – Sony Michel – RB, N’Keal Harry – WR

Miami – Jordan Howard – RB, Preston Williams – WR

Philadelphia Eagles @ Washington Football Team

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Start of the Game

Carson Wentz – QB – Philadelphia Eagles

Wentz isn’t injured so is definitely worth starting! He has an improved offense for 2020 and although some of his receivers are already hurt, playing against the Washington Football Team means it shouldn’t matter much.

Other Notable Starts

Philadelphia – Miles Sanders – RB, DeSean Jackson – WR, Zach Ertz – TE

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Sit of the Game

Terry McLaurin – WR – Washington Football Team

This may shock some people after McLaurin having a great rookie season. The Eagles secondary has been poor for a long time but they have improved it in the off season by bringing in Darius Slay and I still don’t fully trust Haskins.

Other Notable Sits

Washington Football Team – Dwayne Haskins – QB

Green Bay Packers @ Minnesota Vikings

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Start of the Game

Dalvin Cook – RB – Minnesota Vikings

Cook is in for a huge season and a big payday. I think this will start in week 1 against the Packers. I expect the Vikings to run the ball early and often and without Stefon Diggs in the lineup, Cook could see more touches.

Other Notable Starts

Green Bay – Aaron Jones – RB, Davante Adams – WR

Minnesota – Adam Thielen – WR

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Sit of the Game

Aaron Rodgers – QB – Green Bay Packers

This may be controversial but I don’t think of Aaron Rodgers as a must-start in Fantasy football anymore! The Vikings defence have had a good record against Rodgers in the past few years so don’t be afraid to sit him. Other quarterbacks have better matchups this week.

Other Notable Sits

Minnesota – Kirk Cousins – QB, Irv Smith Jr – TE

Green Bay – Allen Lazard – WR

Indianapolis Colts @ Jacksonville Jaguars

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Start of the Game

Philip Rivers – QB – Indianapolis Colts

Rivers steps into a new team with a massively improved offensive line and is going up against a Jaguars team that appear to be in full tank mode. This game could get ugly for the Jags very quickly and that will mean a good fantasy point total for Rivers.

Other Notable Starts

Indianapolis – Jonathan Taylor – RB

Jacksonville – D.J. Chark – WR

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Sit of the Game

Tyler Eifert – TE – Jacksonville Jaguars

Eifert is listed as the number 2 tight end on the Jaguars depth chart after James O’Shaughnessy had a better showing in camp. Eifert had some good numbers in 2019 but is very unlikely to reproduce those numbers unless he moves up the depth chart.

Other Notable Sits

Jacksonville – Dede Westbrook – WR

Indianapolis – n/a

Chicago Bears @ Detroit Lions

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Start of the Game

Tarik Cohen – RB – Chicago Bears

Cohen could be the lead back for the Bears in week 1 as Montgomery is listed as questionable and set to be a game time decision. The Lions allowed the 7th most fantasy points to opposing teams running backs in 2019.

Other Notable Starts

Detroit – Kenny Golladay – WR, Marvin Jones – WR, Danny Amendola – WR

Chicago – Mitch Trubisky (yep, you read that right), Allen Robinson – WR

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Sit of the Game

T.J. Hockenson – TE – Detroit Lions

Hockenson has the ability to be star in the NFL but that doesn’t mean you have to start him every week. He is apparently still struggling with an ankle injury that required surgery so starting him is too much of a gamble in week 1.

Other Notable Sits

Detroit – D’Andre Swift – RB, Adrian Peterson – RB

Chicago – Jimmy Graham – TE

Las Vegas Raiders @ Carolina Panthers

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Start of the Game

Christian McCaffrey – RB – Carolina Panthers

In 2019 McCaffrey had 1387 yards rushing and 1005 yards receiving. He is one of those players that you should start regardless of who his team are playing. Teddy Bridgewater is under centre for the Panthers, and he will look to get McCaffrey involved at every opportunity. 

Other Notable Starts

Carolina – DJ Moore – WR

Las Vegas – Derek Carr – QB, Josh Jacobs – RB, Henry Ruggs III – WR

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Sit of the Game

Jason Witten – TE – Las Vegas Raiders

Witten is going to end up in the Hall of Fame, there is no doubt about that. However, there is a lot of doubt about just how much game time Witten will see in Las Vegas. Darren Waller is a very dependable target for Carr and will see most of the action. The last time we saw Witten he certainly looked like a player who was coming towards the end of his career. 

Other Notable Sits

Carolina – Curtis Samuel – WR

Las Vegas – N/A

New York Jets @ Buffalo Bills

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Start of the Game

Josh Allen – QB – Buffalo Bills

Josh Allen is a borderline QB1 in fantasy and offers big upside with his scrambling ability. He rushed for 510 yards last year and I expect this to increase in 2020. The Bills have added a legitimate deep threat in Stefon Diggs and they have a very favourable week 1 matchup against the Jets.

Other Notable Starts

Buffalo – Stefon Diggs – WR, John Brown – WR, Bills – Defence

New York – N/A

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Sit of the Game

Devin Singletary – RB – Buffalo Bills

Singletary will have a good season for the Bills but something that people may overlooked is that the Jets were actually pretty good at stopping the run in 2019. At best, I see Singletary in the flex but you will probably have better options on your fantasy team.

Other Notable Sits

New York – Sam Darnold – QB

Cleveland Browns @ Baltimore Ravens

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Start of the Game

Kareen Hunt – RB – Cleveland Browns

Hunt is a far superior pass catcher compared to Nick Chubb and in this week 1 matchup against the powerful Ravens, Hunt should be the better option as the Browns attempt to keep up.

Other Notable Starts

Baltimore – Lamar Jackson – QB, Mark Andrews – TE

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Sit of the Game

Baker Mayfield – QB – Cleveland Browns

Baker Mayfield will have some weeks in 2020 where he is a valid QB1 option but he is hard to trust in week 1 against a very good Baltimore defence. The Browns have both Kareem Hunt and Nick Chubb at running back in what is believed to be a run oriented offence in 2020. This will hinder Mayfield’s numbers. 

Other Notable Sits

Cleveland – Nick Chubb – RB

Seattle Seahawks @ Atlanta Falcons

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Start of the Game

DK Metcalf – WR – Seattle Seahawks

The second year wide receiver has been shining in training camp and after an impressive first season where he finished with 58 receptions for 900 yards and seven touchdowns, Metcalf should improve those figures. He is up against a young secondary from the Falcons and with Lockett getting attention, Metcalf should thrive in this matchup.

Other Notable Starts

Seattle – Russell Wilson – QB

Atlanta – Julio Jones – WR, Hayden Hurst – TE

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Sit of the Game

Atlanta Falcons – Defence

The Falcons have a very young secondary and are up against an elite quarterback in Russell Wilson. If Wilson needs to get out of the pocket I don’t trust that the Falcons secondary will be able to cover the deep threats of Lockett and Metcalf for the extended time needed.

Other Notable Sits

Seattle – David Moore – WR

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