Yesterday, we posted The Definitive Fantasy Cheatsheet and today we are back with start em’s and sit em’s that you must listen to with Sunday looming.
These start em’s and sit em’s aren’t going to be your obvious must start studs… more under the radar guys.
*Disclaimer: these are opinions and I’m very sorry in advance if the guy who I told you to sit goes off on your bench… Feel free to @ me though if my advice pays off or I ruin your Sunday– @Jack_Fritz34
Let’s start with…
- Derek Carr against the Saints: As you all should know by now, the Saints defense was historically bad last season and while they got rid of the fatter Ryan brother– they’re still going to be abysmal on that side of the ball. The Saints will struggle defending budding star Amari Cooper, Michael Crabtree and the underrated Clive Walford on Sunday. Last season, the Saints defense allowed a league worst 45 passing TDs and a 116 QB rating. Oof. Expect Carr to go off and start your season off on a high note.
- Matt Stafford against the Colts: SHOOTOUT ALERT. Two high powered throwing attacks and two okay defenses have this one shaping up to be a shootout. Stafford gets ripped but he closed 2015 with 17 touchdowns and 1 pick in his final 6 games. The Lions still can’t run the ball, Marvin Jones, Golden Tate, Eric Ebron and Theo Riddick are good targets for Stafford to pick from and the Colts defense is nothing special. If you’re feeling uneasy with your QB position tomorrow and you have Stafford sitting there… start him.
- Eli Manning against the Cowboys: Pretty much a no brainer here. The Cowboys defense will be terrible in 2016, Eli has a trio of stud receivers (OBJ/Sterling Shepard/Victor Cruz), and he LOVES playing the Cowboys. In Eli’s career against the Cowboys he has racked up over 5800 yards and 44 touchdowns. Plus, this game will be nationally televised and it’s always more fun watching your guys.
- Ryan Fitzpatrick against the Bengals: Fitz had his best season of his career and did you know he did well on the Wonderlic Test and went to Harvard? While this is all well and good, I’m not buying another strong season from Fitzpatrick and him going against a Cincy defense that was second in total points allowed in 2015 makes him a must sit.
- Ryan Tannehill against the Seahawks: It’s Ryan Tannehill against the Seahawks. Don’t you even think about putting him in your lineup guy or girl.
- Ryan Mathews against the Browns: Hey our first Eagle makes the list as a start em! Mathews is a must start really until he inevitably gets hurt. The Browns already allowed 141.6 yards per game on the ground last year and managed to get worse defensively. Mathews is going to eat on Sunday. It also helps that they’re starting a rookie and Mathews really has no competition for that starting spot. He’s going to get fed against the worst defense in the league. Must start.
- Christine Michael against the Dolphins: Fire up the Christine Michael hype train everybody! It looks like Michael has FINALLY figured out how to stick in the NFL and the Seahawks coaches FINALLY have enough trust in him to give him most of the work load as Thomas Rawls works his way back from injury. They’re not going to rush Rawls back from the gruesome ankle injury that ended his 2015 campaign– so expect heavy dosages of Michael until he’s 100%. It also helps that the Dolphins allowed over 2,000 yard on the ground last year and lost Olivier Vernon.
- Spencer Ware against the Chargers: Even though Andy Reid said that he’s going to use all of his running backs on Sunday with Jamaal Charles out– Ware is the guy you’re going to want to start. He’s going to get a majority of the carries and is going against a San Diego defense that was 30th in YPC in 2015. If he’s somehow still on waivers… PICK HIM UP
- Thomas Rawls against the Dolphins: They seem adamant about not rushing him back from his ankle injury and believe in Michael enough to run him until Rawls is 100%. Bite the bullet for a week or two before Rawls is fully back.
- Jeremy Langford against the Texans: I’m not buying any stock into the Bears offense this year and Langford is going against a run defense that allowed only 99 yards per game on the ground last year. Langford should be alright for the rest of the season, just not week 1.
- Michael Crabtree against the Saints: The Saints allowed 45 passing TDs last season, Carr has another season under his belt and he starts opposite of Amari Cooper. Crabtree is a no-brainer start.
- DeSean Jackson against the Steelers: Oh what’s up, D Jax? I actually really like you this week against the Steelers. First off, it’s a Monday night game and DeSean loves himself some bright lights doesn’t he? And second, the Steelers ranked 30th against the pass last season. It should be one of his best weeks of the season.
- Travis Benjamin against the Chiefs: This is a little odd but hear me out. Marcus Peters is going to be all over Keenan Allen, the Chiefs are going to score against the Chargers defense forcing the Chargers to pass, which is something Rivers loves to do. It has to go to someone right? Why not Benjamin as a boom or bust guy?
- Eagles receivers against the Browns: Until you know more about Carson Wentz, why would you start an Eagles receiver? It’s not like any of them jump off the page anyway. DGB is an unknown, Matthews is working his way back from injury and Agholor is well, Agholor.
- Tajae Sharpe against the Vikings: I love Sharpe this year and am buying all the stock I can in him but until I feel more comfortable with where he is and he’s not just killing the preseason I’m sitting him against a good Vikings defense.
- Cardinals receivers against the Patriots: You’re going to start these guys but I’m a bit worried about Carson Palmer. He looked terrible in the preseason and is coming off of another season ending injury and is another year older. Until I’m more sure about Palmer I would resist starting them against a pretty good Pats defense that now sports Eric Rowe!
- Martellus Bennett against the Cardinals: So, ya know how the Pats feed tight ends? And you know how Rob Gronkowski is out week 1? Yea, Bennett is a must start even against a good Cardinals defense. Garoppolo is going to lean on his new tight end in his first start.
- Eric Ebron against the Colts: The Colts defense is really bad and Ebron is probably the best red zone threat on the Lions with Calvin Johnson gone. This should be a shootout.
- Jared Cook against the Jaguars: He’s one of those guys that had a great preseason but until you really see it in the regular season I would sit him the first week. This may come back to bite you in the ass if him and Rodgers really do have a connection but there’s a little too much hype around a guy that traditionally hasn’t been great.
- Zach Miller against the Texans: Not buying the Bears offense and has a tough matchup against the Texans. Cutler is going to be put on his backside a lot on Sunday so I’m worried with how they’ll move the ball.
Defenses to stream:
How about the Eagles defense going up against one of the worst offensive lines in football and playing against a QB that hasn’t played in over a year? Add in a juiced up Lincoln Financial Field and I’ll start the Eagles with confidence tomorrow on the defensive side of the ball. They’re being criminally underrated heading into the season.