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Fantasy Corner – Starts & Sits: Week 1

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Starts:

QB’s

Matthew Stafford (DET) Vs. Jets

Stafford was great at home last year, and I expect that trend to continue in his season opener against the Jets. The Jets defence was very weak against opposing QB’s last season, giving up 30 TD’s. If you factor in that Stafford has also been very good in opening games, I would look for a big outing from the lions QB.

Other QB’s to Start – Jared Goff (LAR) Vs. Raiders, Marcus Mariota (TEN) Vs. Dolphins

RB’s

Alex Collins – (BAL) Vs. Bills

I’m very high on Collins this year and think he was a real bargain in drafts. He was fantastic last year and after interviewing him in the offseason I feel he will be even better this year. He has a great matchup to start the year as he faces a Bills defence that was awful against the run last year. Start him in all formats.

Other RB’s to Start – Derek Henry (TEN) Vs. Dolphins, James Conner (PIT) Vs. Browns

WR’s

Chris Hogan (NE) Vs. Texans

With Hogan becoming the top WR for the Patriots, in the absence of Edelman, and the departures of Amendola and Cooks, I expect him to have a very good year. That should begin this week as he has a good matchup against the Texans, who he managed to score 2 TD’s on last season.

Other Wr’s to Start – Brandin Cooks (LAR) Vs. Raiders, Amari Cooper (OAK) Vs. Rams

TE’s

Delanie Walker (TEN) Vs. Dolphins

Walker is a must start this week against a Dolphins defence that was awful against TE’s last season. If that trend continues I expect a big day for Walker as the Dolphins gave up the most points to opposing TE’s last year.

Other TE’s to start – Kyle Rudolph (MIN) Vs. 49ers, Jordan Reed (WAS) Vs. Cardinals

Sits:

QB’s

Dak Prescott (DAL) – Vs. Panthers

Alot of people have been down on Prescott for this season, and while I think he will do much better than expected, I would st him this week. With new WR’s and and his offensive line not a full strength he could be a risky start this week. If I had a better option I would use it.

Other QB’s to sit – Eli Manning (NYG) Vs. KC

RB’s

LeSean McCoy (BUF) Vs. Ravens

Most people will have to start McCoy this week as you likely took him as one of your top options. However, I would sit him if I had a beter option as I can see him having a very bad day. With Peterman starting at QB and a dodgy offensive line it could be a very long day for McCoy.

Other RB’s to sit – Alf Morris (SF) Vs Vikings, Chris Carson (SEA) Vs. Broncos

WR’s

Kelvin Benjamin (BUF) Vs. Ravens

Benjamin will be very hard to trust as long as Peterman is starting for the Bills. They’re team is in a mess at the moment on offense and going up against a tough Ravens defence is enough for me to recommend sitting him.

Other WR’s to sit – Sammy Watkins (KC) Vs. Chargers 

TE’s

George Kittle (SF) Vs. Vikings

Kittle looked good last season and can be expected to have a good season. However I would sit him this week as he is going up against a Vikings defence that was extremely tough on TE’s last season. Only TE’s scored against them last year and if you factor in the Kittle might not be fully healthy, you have to bench him.

Other TE’s to sit – Charles Clay (BUF) Vs. Ravens

 

This OTI Piece was written by James Maguire. James is a NY Giants fan from Westmeath, Ireland. He is a huge fan of the NFL and watches several games each weekend. He has been playing Fantasy Football for over 10 years with great success in all types of leagues. Most of his articles focus on Fantasy Football covering a range of topics relevant to both Dynasty and Redraft leagues. Check him out on twitter @JamesMaguire21

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