Start / Sit Week 1

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The NFL is back. Which means that our fantasy football season is about to begin. After drafting a team, you know have the daunting tasks of deciding who to play every week. In this article, there are some studs with tough matchups, some sleepers in bright spots and  some players to avoid. Above all, play your studs, but watch out for certain games. Here is Start / Sit Week 1.

Quarterback

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Jared Goff – LAR @ CAR

Carson Wentz – PHI vs WAS

Lamar Jackson – BAL @ MIA

Russell Wilson – SEA vs CIN

Dak Prescott – DAL vs NYG

Sleeper – Josh Allen – BUF @ NYJ

Josh Allen has a major boom or bust type of player. While the Jets defense has improved this offseason it harder to judge the secondary core due to injuries to cornerbacks. This allows Allen to be a sleeper this week.  He has major upside with his running ability and if he has improved in his accuracy it could dice up a tainted Jets secondary.

Sit ’em

Case Keenum – WAS @ PHI

Nick Foles – JAX vs KC

Jacoby Brissett – IND @ LAC

Derek Carr – OAK vs DEN

Eli Manning – NYG @ DAL

Bust – Ryan Fitzpatrick – MIA vs BAL

The Miami Dolphins have had an interesting offseason from trading for questionable QB talent to trading away their top players. Ryan Fitzpatrick will have to be Fitz Magic due to a lack of talented weapons. Before his presumed top target was traded away, the receiving crops did not look that impressive. This week it will be more likely Fitz Tragic, so I would avoid.

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Running Back

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Christian McCaffrey – CAR vs LAR

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Le’Veon Bell – NYJ vs BUF

Nick Chubb – CLE vs TEN

Chris Carson – SEA vs CIN

James Conner – PIT @ NE

Sleeper – Damien Williams – KC @ JAX

Damien Williams is a straight boom or bust. This is scary matchup, partially because of the Jaguars defense, and partially because of LeSean McCoy. How much Shady is going to cut into his target share remains to be seen. Considering his age and the length of the season, it makes sense for McCoy to be eased into the lineup early,  Assuming that is the case, Williams has the potential to be a massive boom player.

Sit ’em

Duke Johnson – HOU @ NO

Josh Jacobs – OAK vs DEN

Derrick Henry – TEN @ CLE

Devonta Freeman – ATL @ MIN

Derrius Guice – WAS @ PHI

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Bust – Marlon Mack / Nyheim Hines – IND

I include both guys because the Colts backfield is a messed up one. Marlon Mack has the touchdown upside, while Nyheim Hines will produce in the passing game. Either way, it is difficult to trust both players in an offense absent Andrew Luck. We need to see how the Colts split the work before we go forward with this.

 

Wide Receiver

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Amari Cooper – DAL vs NYG

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Brandin Cooks – LAR @ CAR

Tyler Lockett – SEA vs CIN

Keenan Allen – LAC vs IND

Willie Snead – BAL @ MIA

Sleeper – Marvin Jones – DET @ ARI

Marvin Jones has the potential for a breakout year. He already has chemistry with his quarterback and he is a threat to score on any play. Going against the Cardinals defense that will be without Patrick Peterson, Jones could easily get behind the secondary and get into the end zone. He has the potential to lead the Lions in receptions this week.

Sit ’em

Curtis Samuel – CAR vs LAR

Calvin Ridley – ATL @ MIN

Jamison Crowder – NYJ @ BUF

Dante Pettis – SF @ TB

Josh Gordon – NE vs PIT

Bust – Antonio Brown – OAK vs DEN

There is no denying Antonio Brown has immense talent. However, he is coming to a new system and will be playing with a new quarterback. If Brown was at practice throughout the offseason, there would be less concern. However, if he has not developped proper chemitry with Dereck Carr, there may be some concern as to how well he can produce in week 1.

 

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– Alessandro Senatore is a writer for Full Press Coverage. He covers the NFL. Like and follow on and Facebook.

– Kyle Senra is the managing editor for the Full Press Fantasy Sports. He covers the NFL. Like and follow on and Facebook.

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