Here’s a look at Lester’s Legends sit and start advice as you set your lineups for the opening week of the 2013 NFL season.
Start: Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys, vs. New York Giants
Romo quietly threw for 4,903 yards and 28 touchdowns last year, including 744 yards and four scores in two games against the G-Men. As Dez Bryant emerged in the second half, Romo followed suit, throwing 18 touchdowns to six picks.
Sit: Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts, vs. Oakland Raiders
Luck had an amazing rookie season with 4,374 yards, 23 passing touchdowns and five rushing scores. The Colts figure to be a more balanced team under offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton. The Raiders will struggle on offense, which should limit Luck’s attempts and make him only a borderline QB1 in the opener.
Start: Lamar Miller, Miami Dolphins, at Cleveland Browns
Miller will be the primary ball-carrier for the Dolphins. He’ll also get the bulk of the third-down work, goal-line duties and two-minute offense run. The Browns finished 19th in rushing defense last year with 118.6 yards allowed per game. They allowed 14 rushing scores, which was tied for 21st.
Sit: DeAngelo Williams, Carolina Panthers, vs. Seattle Seahawks
D-Will caught a break when Jonathan Stewart landed on the physically unable to perform list. The same cannot be said about his Week 1 opponent. The Seahawks ranked 10th in run defense with 103.1 yards allowed per game. They were also one of five teams to allow eight or fewer rushing scores last year. Last year against Seattle the Panthers running backs only managed 25 yards on 11 carries.
Start: Mike Williams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, at New York Jets
Williams has averaged 64.3 catches for 910.3 yards and 7.7 touchdowns in his three seasons. He should see plenty of single coverage and avoid lining up against Antonio Cromartie. Williams likely won’t go off for a ton of yards, but his red-zone presence makes him a solid WR3.
Sit: Tavon Austin, St. Louis Rams, vs. Arizona Cardinals
Austin is explosive, but I would hold off on using him until we see how active he will be in the passing game. If you get points for return yards, feel free to plug him in. Otherwise, be patient.
Start: Jordan Cameron, Cleveland Browns, vs. Miami Dolphins
Cameron should benefit with extra looks with Josh Gordon out. His size and athleticism should prove difficult for Miami.
Sit: Jermaine Gresham, Cincinnati Bengals, at Chicago Bears
Gresham is sharing the load with Tyler Eifert. Without Brian Urlacher, the Bears should be better equipped to defend against tight ends in the passing game.
Start: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New York Jets
The Jets finished 30th in total offense with 299.2 yards per game and 28th in scoring offense with 17.6 point per game last season. They are a mess offensively. Darrelle Revis and company should get off on the right foot.
Sit: Green Bay Packers at San Francisco 49ers
The Niners have a physical offensive line that opens monster holes for Frank Gore and provides ample time for Colin Kaepernick. I don’t like the Packers in this one.
Also check out Lester's Legends Week 1 Fantasy Football Rankings.