Fantasy Football: Start or Sit Week One

Kyle WinslowCorrespondent ISeptember 9, 2009

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 14:  Leon Washington #29 of the New York Jets  runs the ball against the St. Louis Rams during their preseason game at Giants Stadium on August 14, 2009  in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

You've drafted your team, and now you have to pick your starting lineup for week one.  Don't worry, it's not just your team...everybody's team is 75 percent questionable every week, or so it seems. All your opponents are considering a last minute switch to their flex position too.

But since you can't bounce your thoughts off your friends, because they're in your league and can't be trusted, here are some of mine.


Players that may be on your bench that you could start

Leon Washington

Washington is only being started in 28 percent of Yahoo leagues right now because many owners don't consider him anything more than a handcuff for Thomas Jones. Jones is old, and Washington is ridiculously electric.

I personally think Washington will end up with more fantasy points than Jones by the end of the season. If you get points for receptions or for return yardage, Washington is a viable flex option this week against Houston.


Ray Rice

Rice won the starting job outright in Baltimore, but he is only being started in a little more than half of Yahoo fantasy leagues right now. He's playing a Kansas City defense that is transitioning to a new scheme and will probably need a couple weeks to figure things out.

Unless you are in a two-team league and the other guy drafted badly, there aren't two or three better starting options on your roster. I'd be comfortable starting him as my No. 2 back this week.


Percy Harvin

If your WR corps is thin, I would be perfectly comfortable starting Harvin against the Browns this week. He might be involved in the offense in all sorts of interesting ways, and if preseason is any indication, he should get plenty of playing time right away.


Knowshon Moreno and Correll Buckhalter

Knowshon says he's ready to play against the Bengals, and as long as the team doesn't hold him out, he's a great option. Buckhalter is a good flex option whether or not Moreno plays. Even though there's been some general turmoil in Denver, their offensive line is good, and they'll probably have to run the ball more than they did last year now that Jay Cutler is gone. 

They were 12th in the league in rushing last season despite having to put seven or so running backs on the IR. Also, two words: Bengals. (I realize that's not two words; it's for effect.)


Cedric Benson

Benson can't be considered an every week starter yet, but I do think the Bengals offense will be better this season. This week they play Denver, and Denver is a mess. Benson is currently starting in 32 percent of Yahoo leagues, but I'd be very comfortable with him as my flex this week.


Players that you may be starting but shouldn't

Jamal Lewis

The wall of Williamses will be playing for Minnesota this week, and I don't really think Lewis is a great option anyway. I bet the backup RBs are going to get a lot of carries this season in Cleveland.


Lee Evans

Going into Gillette Stadium to face the Patriots a week after changing your offensive coordinator is not your ideal situation. I would sit Evans this week and see how functional that offense is. Depending on how many targets he gets with T.O. playing opposite him, I would put Evans back in next week against Tampa Bay.


Santana Moss

If you don't have other decent options at WR on your roster, you shouldn't take Moss out for Johnnie Lee Higgins or anything. But if you have a decent alternative, I definitely don't like his matchup this week against the Giants. A proven No. 2 WR on a decent offense is a better start this week.


Tampa Bay RBs

If I had to pick one to start, I guess I'd go with Cadillac Williams since he's listed as the starter. But I'd wait a week to start any of them. If they go with a 2-2-1 rotation like Raheem Morris has suggested, then their first two backs still have some fantasy value. 

But until we know for sure which two backs those are, and which backs get goal line opportunities, I'd avoid them all like an ex-girlfriend in a grocery store.


New England RBs

It's tempting to start any one of them because even the fifth guy on their depth chart could have five touchdowns, but until we know who is going to get the most targets and red zone opportunities, it's best to stay away from this committee of backs.