With the NFL season officially kicking off at 8:30 pm EST tonight, there is still a little bit of time left to make last-minute fantasy decisions. Do you know who you will be starting for your team?
Here are some players to start and some to sit if they happen to be on your roster or available as free agents before tonight's game.
Start: Wide Receiver Victor Cruz
In only his third NFL season, Victor Cruz is already a must-start player no matter who is on your roster. His ranking on ESPN as the No. 5 fantasy receiver is high, but perhaps not high enough. He will be the primary target this season in a pass-heavy offense. If you managed to snag him for your team, definitely start him.
Sit: Defense and Special Teams
The Giants defense and special teams is normally a good option for your fantasy team. However, you should bench them tonight for whatever you have available. Going against the Dallas Cowboys and quarterback Tony Romo, they are not a top 10 choice for Week 1.
Many criticisms of the Cowboys can be made, but one thing they always do is put up points. With the reports that star receiver Dez Bryant will be returning punts in Week 1, both the defense and special teams are liable to lose points, making the combination of the two a risky fantasy option.
Who will have the biggest fantasy impact tonight?
Start: Wide Receiver Hakeem Nicks
Hakeem Nicks has had a nagging injury to his foot recently. However, don't let that concern you. Nicks will play tonight, and he is a perfectly viable option as a fantasy receiver. No matter who else is on your roster, give Nicks the starting nod.
Sit: Running Back Ahmad Bradshaw
The Giants are big users of running back by committee, and this kills Bradshaw's fantasy value. In 2011, Bradshaw led all Giants running backs with a paltry 659 rushing yards. The Giants are deep at running back this year, and we will see multiple backs used tonight.
Moreover, the Giants' attack will be more about passing than rushing against a Dallas secondary that can be beaten. Expect Bradshaw to get some carries, but not to put up amazing fantasy statistics. He might be usable at the flex position, but he does not warrant a starting spot on most fantasy rosters.
Start: Quarterback Eli Manning
If you were able to snag Eli late—in the third or fourth round—then good for you. However you ended up with him, make sure he is on your roster tonight.
Follow this advice, and you should at least be satisfied with your fantasy team, whether or not the Giants pull out the victory.