Who to Start and Sit in Week 1 of Fantasy Football
And if you’re wondering about my qualifications, here are two. I’ve received about 25 emails from friends over the last two weeks asking for help with their drafts. I wouldn’t be receiving these emails if I had led them astray in the past. Secondly, I beat the piss out of my fellow BroBible writers in our fantasy league last year. (Sorry guys. This is the last time I’ll bring this up. I know it’s painful.)
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You Know Who You Should Start?
Pierre Garcon (WR – WSH)
The French jokes with Garcon are old, but his legs are still fresh. The Redskins paid him a lot of money in the offseason to be their #1 WR. He's clearly the most talented player in the receiving core now that Santana Moss is a few years away from the old age home. Don't be worried about him catching balls from a rookie QB. Last year he caught plenty of balls from Curtis Painter, who played as bad as any QB could play.
The Saints will try to get Washington into a shootout and unlike the Redskins' RB carousel, the WR situation is a known commodity. The Saints’ don’t exactly have the best secondary if you remember what Alex Smith did to them in the playoffs last year.
You Know Who Else You Should Start?
Jake Locker (QB – TEN)
New England’s high-powered offense will likely put up some points in Nashville, so the Titans will have to respond. Jake Locker has talent around him and he can use his legs to pick up a few points as well.
Kevin Smith (RB – DET)
The Rams secondary was much maligned last year, but their front seven wasn’t that banged up. It still gave up the fourth most points to fantasy RBs, so Smith, seemingly recovered from an ankle scare, should see a nice effort.
Michael Bush (RB – CHI)
Bush is your man if you’re looking for a flex play this week. He will be the goal line back in Chicago and should see a decent amount of carries with Chicago expecting to lead and looking to keep Jay Cutler healthy.
Darius Heyward-Bey (WR – OAK)
The Raiders’ receiving core is banged up other than DHB. The names Quentin Jammer and Antoine Cason don’t scare receivers, so look for DHB to continue his production from the second half of last season.
Jared Cook (TE – TEN)
Cook has phenomenal physical ability and will look to put that all together this season. He’ll get off to a good start in Tennessee’s shootout with New England.
You Know Who Should Sit?
Evan Royster, Roy Helu, Alfred Morris (RB – WSH)
If we learned one thing in fantasy football last year, it was that Mike Shanahan is a pig and he can't be trusted. He rotates his quarterbacks more than John Mayer rotates his girlfriends. You'd have to be borderline senile to start one of the Redskins' RBs this week when none of them has played a regular season snap this year, no teams are on the bye this week, and the majority of the league is healthy. We can't even give Shanny the “Mario Test” to see where his head's at.
You Know Who Else You Should Sit?
Matt Schaub (QB – HOU)
The Texans figure to trash the Dolphins, which should mean a large lead and a lot of the running game.
Cedric Benson (RB – GB)
Benson will be a factor for the Packers this season. The problem is having faith in him when Green Bay goes up against the formidable 49ers' run defense. Hold off a week until you set Cedric the Entertainer lose.
Steve Johnson (WR – BUF)
Just in case you forgot, here's your friendly reminder to bench any WR going head-to-head against Revis Island. It doesn't help Johnson's case that he's been nursing a groin injury all week.
Anquan Boldin (WR – BAL)
Boldin's best years are behind him as we saw last season. Second year WR Torrey Smith looks ready to emerge as Joe Flacco's primary target, which will leave less on the table for Boldin. Cincinnati also has two pretty good cornerbacks, so expect either Leon Hall or Nate Clements to neutralize Boldin.
Jacob Tamme (TE – DEN)
You drafted Jacob Tamme because of his great 2010 campaign with Peyton Manning. My issue here is Tamme will be sharing snaps with Joel Dreesen and balls with two reasonably good WRs against last year's #1 pass defense. There are better options out there.