Now that all the mock drafts, the number crunching and the real drafts are finished, It’s time to get down to business. Most fantasy players will like their drafted rosters, but will have some decisions to make each week on who to start.
Cam Newton is playing the Seattle Seahawks in the opener, the Indianapolis Colts defense plays against the Oakland Raiders and Terrelle Pryor this week. Does this change your outlook? Without further ado, here are the start or sits for the first week of the fantasy season.
Keep in mind, this is not the article to be reading if you want to be advised to start Aaron Rodgers, Adrian Peterson or Calvin Johnson Jr.
QB Tony Romo vs. New York Giants
QB Andrew Luck vs. Oakland
QB Josh Freeman vs. New York Jets
Expect each of the above to score a lot of points, simply based on matchups. The Giants, Jets, and Raiders all have bad defenses, and Romo, Luck and Freeman will be able to exploit them early and often.
QB Matt Schaub vs. San Diego
QB Eli Manning vs. Dallas
QB Alex Smith vs. Jacksonville
Matt Schaub against the Chargers seems like a good matchup, but in a run first offense Schaub will need to throw for first half touchdowns otherwise he will have a below average fantasy week. Eli and Alex Smith are questionable because no one knows how those offenses are going to fair yet. Both have potential, but until the production is had, it would be wise to have them benched to begin the fantasy football season.
RB Reggie Bush vs. Minnesota
RB Chris Ivory vs. Tampa Bay
RB Daryl Richardson vs. Arizona
All three of these backs have favorable matchups and will be looking to make a statement. Ivory and Bush want to prove they belong to their respective new teams and Richardson wants to prove he is the feature back in St. Louis.
RB Eddie Lacy vs. San Francisco
RB Darren McFadden vs. Indianapolis
RB Ryan Mathews vs. Houston
These three backs all have good potential this season in fantasy football, but this week they should not be counted on. The matchup for each of these players is very ill-favored, and if you can help it, stay away from these this week.
WR Pierre Garcon vs. Philadelphia
WR Torrey Smith vs. Denver
WR Wes Welker vs. Baltimore
The aforementioned receivers will all likely see at least eight targets, and could all easily end up with 100 yards. Welker and Garcon will both see at least a dozen targets and Torrey Smith will want to prove he is a number one receiver.
WR James Jones vs. San Francisco
WR Mike Wallace vs. Cleveland
WR Nate Burleson vs. Minnesota
Each of these receivers are facing bad matchup problems on the other end, for Jones, he will likely see Nnamdi Asomugha or Carlos Rogers who can each do their job very well in man coverage. Mike Wallace will see one of the best corners in the NFL in Joe Haden, and Nate Burleson will likely lose some targets to Ryan Broyles and Reggie Bush.
TE Fred Davis vs. Philadelphia
TE Jordan Cameron vs. Miami
TE Kyle Rudolph vs. Detroit
All three of these tight ends could get into the end zone this week against opposing teams who generally do not cover the tight end well. Fred Davis and Jordan Cameron will be big targets for their quarterbacks, and Kyle Rudolph is the Vikings’ go-to target in the red zone.
TE Greg Olsen vs. Seattle
TE Zach Sudfeld vs. Buffalo
TE Jermaine Gresham vs. Chicago
Olsen and Gresham are facing defenses that are have good linebackers and safeties, and it will be hard for them to get open. As for Sudfeld, I am not sold that he is going to get many targets. I know the Patriots run their offense via the tight end, but I am not sold. Especially if Gronkowski can somehow be healthy for week one.
K Blair Walsh
K Randy Bullock
Both of the above kickers should have at least three chances to get fantasy points this week with the amount of times each offense can get inside the opponents’ 30. Both are accurate as well.
K Robbie Gould
K Mason Crosby
Crosby and Gould are both facing teams that are not likely to give up many long drives, leading to a low amount of opportunity for fantasy points.
DST Indianapolis Colts
DST Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Streaming defenses this year against the Raiders and the Jets will be a good idea for everyone. The Colts and the Buccaneers are the first with such opportunity.
DST Green Bay Packers
DST San Francisco 49ers
Where as both of theses defenses will be good fantasy selections for the year, they both play against each other in week one. The Packers and Niners have two of the best offenses in the NFL, and it would be wise to find other alternatives this week such as the Colts or Buccaneers.