Fantasy Football's Start 'em, Sit 'em and Sleeper Picks for Week One

Corey KoehlerSenior Analyst ISeptember 2, 2008

Are you ready for some fantasy football?

Me too.

Week One is finally here, and it is time to get you thinking about who should and who shouldn’t be in your lineup this Sunday.

Let’s get it rolling with this weeks picks

Start 'em If You Got 'em

Jon Kitna, QB (DET)

Pass-happy Mike Martz is now looking to maim quarterbacks in San Francisco, and a commitment to the running game is on the docket for the Motor City Kitties, but that doesn’t mean that ol’ Jon can’t git 'r done.

He still has the presence of both Calvin Johnson and Roy Williams. That alone will make him a valuable spot-starter for the savvy fantasy owner in 2008.

Look for Kitna and company to abuse a very young and rebuilding Atlanta secondary with  300+ yards passing and at least three TDs.


Joey Galloway, WR (TB)

He absolutely torched the Saints last year, with games of 135 and 156 yards, to go along with two touchdowns. The Saints did not do a whole lot in the offseason to correct the issues in the secondary.

Don’t worry that Garcia and Galloway didn’t get to much playing time in the preseason. They are vets and will be ready to go this Sunday. Look for five catches for 100+ and a TD for Joey.

Sit 'em If You Got 'em

Chad Ocho Cinco WR (CIN)

Not only is he one hit away from being knocked out of the game—with a bad ankle and torn labrum—but historically, he is very subpar versus the Ravens. In the last five games versus Baltimore, he only has two touchdowns.

Look for a couple nice shots from Ray Lewis and something in the neighborhood of four catches for 55 yards and zero touchdowns.


Vince Young QB (TEN)

In four games versus the Jags, he has a passer rating of—are you sitting down—51.4 and two touchdowns to six interceptions. The Jags have problems rushing the passer, but when you don’t have much of a passing game, it really doesn’t matter.

I wouldn’t start him if I had to start two quarterbacks, with stats like 175 passing, zero passing touchdowns and two interceptions.

Sleepers: Don’t Be Surprised If...

...Antonio Bryant, WR (TB) has a top-10 fantasy performance against the Saints' defense (see Galloway above). He’s a good blocker, so he’ll be on the field a lot. Gruden really likes this guy, and everyone said he was a standout during camp. Look for four catches for 75+ and a TD.

...Darren McFadden, RB (OAK) and Justin Fargas, RB (OAK) both post solid numbers Monday night. In fact, you could probably get away with starting both of these guys against the Broncos.

Denver was atrocious against the run last year and didn’t really do a whole lot to upgrade it in the offseason. Last December, Fargas ran 33 times for 146. This week, look for 75+ and a TD from Fargas, and 100+ and a TD from McFadden (oh, and look for Michael Bush to vulture at least one TD).

Don’t forget to check this post again after the games. Every Monday or so I'll go through and grade my performance, based on the final stats, so that you know how much stock you can put into my picks the following week.

Also, be sure to stop by and check out the Fantasy Football Librarian's blog for her extremely thorough listing of start 'em and sit 'ems from around the web. I may have a few more for you too, so check back later in the week.

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