Fantasy Football Start and Sit Week 1: Would You Bench a Stud the First Weekend?
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I linked to a story on CBS earlier this week which suggested fantasy owners should consider benching their studs with poor matchups in week one. Would you ever, under any circumstance, consider benching a stud like Ray Rice against the Jets in the first week of the season?
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Personally, I would find it really, really hard to bench a player I drafted as a starter in the first week of the season. Even Adrian Peterson, who was held out of the endzone in week one against the Saints, was a good start this week. Week one is such a unpredictable place for fantasy owners, your best bet is to go with the chalk.
Onto this week's start and sit advice for fantasy owners. First, a few relevant reads:
- Love/Hate week one from ESPN's Matthew Berry. Long read, but worth it if you have the time. Beware, though, Berry has a lot of love for Kyle Orton this year as in past years. Hard to trust any Broncos player on offense this season, right? [ESPN.com]
- DeAngelo Williams destroyed the Giants a few years ago, much to the delight of his fantasy owners. Some do not think his outlook is as bright this weekend in New York. On the flip side, Jerome Harrision -- without the competition from Montario Hardesty -- should have a really big weekend in Tampa Bay. [Roto Arcade]
- Favorable/Unfavorable fantasy lineup advice for the first weekend of real football. A lot of people like Jay Cutler at home against Detroit, and how could you blame them? On the flip side, Matthew Stafford's breakout season should start in the same game. [The Fifth Down]
- If you consider Anquan Boldin a "stud", then you might actually want to consider benching him this weekend. Chances are he will have to go against Jets' cornerback Darrelle Revis, who has a penchant for shutting down any receiver he faces. [SI.com]
- For those of you heavily invested in the three-man Bills' backfield, rookie C.J. Spiller will get the nod as the starter this weekend against Miami. Still, I would expect to see plenty of Fred Jackson and Marshawn Lynch as the season progresses. [FanHouse]
A few start and sit suggestions after the jump.
Jay Cutler v. Lions
Projecting a shoot out here. The Bears have not been good lately, especially on defense. I do not expect much to change in the first week of the 2010 season.
Matthew Stafford @ Bears
See above. If the Bears have been sub-par, the Lions have missed the cut. Still, this offense is improving and Stafford has a lot of weapons with which to work.
Ronnie Brown @ Bills
If there is one thing Brown does well, it is start a season off on the right foot. He has a great matchup in week one to continue that trend. Now if he can only stay healthy ...
Ryan Mathews @ Chiefs
You likely drafted the rookie as a starter, so you better start him in week one. He has a peach of a matchup to put his talents on display and run away with this job.
Jabar Gaffney @ Jaguars
Got a flex spot? Consider throwing Gaffney in there. Every other fantasy expert is on the Gaffney bandwagon, so I guess we all should be on it as well.
Dwayne Bowe v. Chargers
Not a lot of confidence in Bowe this offseason among fantasy owners, but that should change very quickly. The new Kansas City offense under Charlie Weis is going to surprise some people, and Bowe should be a big beneficiary of it.
Zach Miller @ Titans
Fantasy owners will get to see the new-look Raiders' offense under Jason Campbell. Miller figures to be the most prominent figure in the passing game and fantasy owners drafted him with confidence this summer.
Joe Flacco @ Jets
Darrelle Revis will shut down whomever he covers (likely Anquan Boldin) and the Jets D will take care of the rest of the offense. Expect a low-scoring affair in New York.
Vince Young v. Raiders
VY gets the reigns at the start of the 2010 campaign and I expect the game plan to be ball control and defense. That means a lot of Chris Johnson on offense, and less of Young taking chances down the field.
Brandon Jacobs v. Panthers
Ahmad Bradshaw was named the starter, sucking the life out of Jacobs' early-season fantasy value. If he can become a good short-yardage and goal-line back again, he will regain that value quickly.
Justin Forsett v. 49ers
If you drafted him as a RB3, keep him on the bench this week. The San Fran D is one of the best in the league and at full strength will focus on shutting down the Seahawks running game.
Braylon Edwards/Jerricho Cotchery v. Ravens
Mark Sanchez looked awful during the preseason and I do not expect the Jets to open up the offense much against Baltimore. Neither of these WRs should be trusted, though one of them could break loose for a TD. Too hard to predict which one, however.
Anquan Boldin @ Jets
If he gets the Revis treatment -- likely -- he will not be much of a factor. Revis has that effect on just about any wide receiver he faces these days.
Owen Daniels v. Colts
Drafted as a starter in most leagues, the timing is not right for Daniels. He only is expected to play 25 snaps or so against the Colts. Find a spot starter for at least a week.
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