Fantasy Football: Start / Sit for Week 1

Each week The Guru will provide insight on two position players to start and two position players to sit in your upcoming fantasy football games.

Quarterbacks

Starts

  1. Philip Rivers- Rivers is the epitome of consistency, throwing for over 4,500 yards and 25 touchdowns in the last 5 Seasons. Against a porous Chiefs defense, he will get off to a great start in 2018.
  2. Kirk Cousins- Cousins first game in Minnesota will be a huge success against a very subpar 49ers secondary. Cousins will see the benefit of having excellent receiving options in Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen. He is a must play in week 1.

Sits

  1. Ben Roethlisberger- Roethlisberger’s home-road splits are worse than any other quarterback in the league. when playing at Heinz Field Roethlisberger is an elite quarterback option.  However, when playing on the road he is mediocre at best. Add to that the likelihood that Leveon Bell will not be part of the game plan and clearly you can find better options elsewhere.
  2. Jimmy Garoppolo- The new Golden Boy in San Francisco will have a rough introduction to 2018 as a result of Xavier Rhodes and the Minnesota secondary. The loss of Jerick McKinnon will severely hamper the short passing game, and Rhodes will definitively shut down Marquise Goodwin, leaving Garoppolo’s options Limited. Jimmy G may indeed experience success this year, but not in week 1.

Running Backs

Start

  1. Peyton Barber- Ronald Jones was supposed to be the starting running back in Tampa Bay this year, but Barber stole the show in the preseason and will be the Workhorse back to begin the year. expect Barbara to get 15 to 20 touches and put up 15 plus points for your fantasy team.
  2. Royce Freeman- Freeman could be the 2018 version of Kareem Hunt, a rookie running back who becomes the offensive featured player for his team. Devontae Booker is merely average, and Freeman will use this week 1 matchup to put a Stranglehold on the starting gig in Denver. Add to that the fact that this Seahawks defense is a shell of its former self and you could be looking at a true coming out party for this promising rookie.

Sit

  1. LeSean McCoy- McCoy will get the benefit of a huge workload for Buffalo this year, but his offensive line is brutal and he is nearing the age of 30, which is prehistoric for an NFL running back. Also, Nathan Peterman will be making his second NFL career start. The first one, last year Nelson agholoragainst the Chargers, did not go so well, as he threw five interceptions in the first half. The Ravens still boast a stout defense, and they will be entirely focused on taking McCoy away from the game plan and forcing Peterman to beat them. Find a better option elsewhere.
  2. Jamaal Williams- with Aaron Rodgers fully healthy, and new Bears linebackers Roquan Smith and Khalil Mack stacking up against the Run, the Packers will attempt to beat the Bears through the air as opposed to the ground. Williams will clearly not be the first offense of option for the Packers on Sunday.

Wide Receivers

Start

  1. Jamison Crowder- Crowder place in the slot which should keep him away from Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson. New quarterback Alex Smith has a penchant for turning slot receivers into receiving magnets and Crowder will reap the benefits of his new role. Expect 6 + catches and 80 yards in his 2018 debut.
  2. Nelson Agholor- with Alshon Jeffery likely not to play, Agholor will inherit number one wide receiver responsibilities. the Falcons will make every attempt to take Zach ertz away, leaving agholor as the best option for Nick Foles to move the ball down the field. While agholor may not be an every-week option, in week 1 he gets the green light.

Sit

  1. Robby Anderson- rookie quarterback Sam darnold gets his first NFL start, which does not bode well for Anderson. Donald has shown the pension for throwing underneath coverage, averaging under 8 yards per pass attempt in the preseason. Anderson is the main down the field threat for the Jets, and the week 1 game plan does not seem Suited to Showcase his skills. In addition, he will be blanketed all day by lions cornerback Darius Slay. With fellow wide receiver Jermaine Kearse out of this game, Anderson will find the going very tough in Detroit.
  2. Marquise Goodwin- in 2017, Goodwin thrived after the arrival of new quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. However, by the time Goodwin started to become the main option in San Francisco, wide receiver Pierre Garcon was already lost for the year. Garcon is back, which will take some of the targets away from good one. In addition, good one will be shadowed all day long by All-Pro quarterback Xavier Rhodes. good one will be a starting option in some weeks in 2018, but not in week 1.

Tight Ends

Start

  1. Kyle Rudolph- Kirk Cousins loves his tight ends, as he made both Jordan Reed and Vernon Davis primary targets in the Redskins offense last year. He now gets to team up with Rudolph, who has been a viable option in the Vikings passing game, especially in the red zone. In week 1, Rudolph goes against a 49ers defense that in 2017 was very susceptible to tight end production. Expect a handful of catches and possibly a touchdown for Rudolph in week 1.
  2. Tyler eifert- eifert is always a solid type and option for Fantasy owners, as long as he is healthy. Week 1 may be the healthiest he has been in 3 years. Until I forget sneaked up, he is virtually in every week starting option.

Sit

  1. Jimmy Graham- Graham May indeed be one of the best tight ends in the league in 2018 when the season is complete, but in week 1 his matchup is not favorable. New linebackers roquan Smith and Khalil Mack will clog up the middle of the field, and make it difficult for Graham to be productive. Aaron Rodgers will instead use his wide receivers to attempt to move the ball down the field and score against the ever-improving Bears defense. There will be very good days for Graham in 2018, just not in week 1.
  2. Jordan Reed- the Cardinals linebacking Corps is very good, Azar their safeties, led by second-year Pro budda Baker and free agent acquisition trade Boston. Read will find the sledding tough being his season-opening visit to the desert.

Defense

Start

  1. Ravens- yes, they will be missing their star cornerback Jimmy Smith, but the Ravens and Baltimore are always a good defensive option. Add to that the fact they will be facing second-year quarterback Nathan Peterman, who in just a half of football in 2017 through five interceptions. The Ravens are a must start in week 1.
  2. Lions- Detroit should make times tough for a rookie quarterback Sam darnold Dan his NFL debut. Donald will be missing one of his top two receiving options and the other will be shadowed all game long bye cornerback Darius Slay. don’t expect the Jets to score many points in their visit to the Motor City.

Sit

  1. Texans- Yes, JJ Watt is back, and the Texans added Tyrann Mathieu to an already Stout defense, but the week 1 opponent is still New England. A visit to Foxboro is never fun for a defense and you can clearly find better fantasy options for your team.
  2. Bangles- Andrew Luck has returned for the Colts which should make the offense more explosive. The Bengals have not been a good defensive team especially on the road over the past 3 years. Until we see how effective luck can be in his return, it is best to stay away from this matchup.   

 

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