Sit ‘Em, Start ‘Em – Week One
Sit ‘Em, Start ‘Em – Week One
Robert Griffin III – RGIII should step right into a shootout in week one as his Redskins visit Drew Brees. RGIII is expected to get it done through the air as well as on the ground and we believe RGIII is yet another reason to avoid Redskins running backs this season. We expect a couple of touchdowns through the air and at least one on the ground in RGIII’s regular season debut.
Pierre Garcon – The Redskins are in store for a shootout with the Saints and as RGIII’s number one receiver and favorite target Garcon could be in store for a huge week. Garcon has WR1 upside in his week one matchup, bench him at your own peril.
Matt Forte – Matt Forte and the Bears square off against the Colts in week one in what should be an easy win. With the Bears expected to be nursing a lead Forte should get it done on the ground as well as through the air. Forte is in store for a big game.
Marshawn Lynch – Beast Mode should get plenty of burn in his week one matchup against the hapless Cardinals. There is little chance the Cardinals make a game of this against a stout Seahawks defense so we should see plenty of Skittles munching as the Seahawks quickly go into protect the lead mode in week one.
Matthew Stafford – The Lions are in for an easy win against the Rams in a matchup where Stafford will look to welcome Rams rookie cornerback Janoris Jenkins to the NFL with a constant barrage of targets to his side of the field. Stafford has worked his way into a weekly must-start fantasy stud at QB, but this matchup is particularly tasty.
Justin Blackmon – Though Laurent Robinson is the number one in name and millions it is Blackmon who has and will surface as the true number one in this offense. Manning the Roddy White position in Mike Mularkey’s offense Blackmon will start his NFL career with bang nailing down a top-15 WR performance in his NFL regular season debut. Blackmon is set to begin saving Blaine Gabbert’s career.
Trent Richardson – At this point it looks like Trent Richardson will play in week one. Regardless of whether or not Richardson plays the Browns may look to take it easy with him and he will not be slated for the workload he would otherwise have been given. Richardson has a ton of talent and will become a hot name in fantasy for his on-field production before long. We just don’t see it happening in his first game action with the Browns easing him back in.
Stevie Johnson – Stevie Johnson has had some success against Darelle Revis with 75 yards and the only touchdown scored against Revis all of last season, but that performance has not swayed us one bit. As will often be the case this season all WR2’s and lower are recommended sits when visiting Revis island as their respective teams number one receiver.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis – BJGE squares off against the always fearsome Ravens defense in week one and is a recommended sit against Ray Lewis and co. BenJarvus is a RB3 to begin with and with this poor matchup he grades out as no better than a flex2 in deeper leagues. Leave him on your bench if at all possible.
Ryan Fitzpatrick – While the Bills are expected to win this matchup against the Jets we don’t envision Fitzpatrick having much success in the air against Revis and Cromartie. Fitzpatrick is no better than a very low end QB2 and is a suggested sit even for those in two QB leagues with another capable option.
Jonathan Stewart – Stewart is still hobbled by an injury suffered in week three of the preseason but is expected to play through the pain when all is said and done. Stewart will be at less than 100% and that will be enough of a reason for the Panthers to limit his snaps in favor of DeAngelo Williams. We love Stewart’s upside this season and beyond but this is one week where he might serve you better on the bench in non PPR leagues.
Adrian Peterson – Yes, this is likely the only time we will ever suggest sitting Adrian Peterson. While we still expect him to rush for over 1,200 yards and reach paydirt about a dozen times this season, Peterson is said to be looking like a game time decision and if he does play the Vikings will be careful to ease him into a full workload over the first couple of weeks.
Mike Wallace – It is really hard to suggest sitting 60 minutes as he can get behind the secondary in what seems like a blink of an eye. The Broncos should roll double coverage Wallace way leaving Brown to have a good game in what has become a theme for the two talented wideouts. Wallace is always a big boom or bust proposition but this week the bust potential may be too high for those of you who happen to have an option that could surpass 60 receiving yards for the week.
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Written by Win My Fantasy League Senior Sports Writer/Fantasy Sports Analyst Raju Byfield (Rizzla).