Fantasy Football Week 1: 10 Wide Receivers You Should Start
Well here it is, what we have all been waiting for since the end of last season, Week 1 of the NFL. It all starts right here and there are always question marks heading into the first week so I am here to help you out with some of those.
Here are 10 wide receivers that you should be starting for your first week of fantasy awesomeness.
You may be scared of Kenny Britt this season and I don't blame you. He still has a lingering hamstring issue and with all of his offseason problems, it is easy to stray away from him. Then you remember how undeniable his talent is. If someone goes for 225 and three touchdowns against the Philadelphia Eagles, I think you are pretty good.
This year Britt will have a more serviceable quarterback in Matt Hasselbeck and they are going against a weak pass rush versus Jacksonville this week. Look for Kenny Britt to be a top 10 WR. Start him with confidence Week 1.
The Lions will be doing a lot of dancing in the end zones this year as they figure to have a high powered offense with Matthew Stafford at the reigns. Playing second fiddle to Calvin Johnson, Nate Burleson has impressed this offseason, scoring in both the games he played in.
This week should be no different as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will key into Calvin Johnson and allow Burleson to score just like they did Week 15 of last season. Nate the great should be very serviceable this year as a No. 2 WR for the Lions and could even be a No. 2 for your fantasy team.
Davone Bess has been pretty underrated as a NFL wide receiver. Last year he finished with 79 catches which was good for 11th in the league but still has been widely available in fantasy leagues. With a divisional matchup against New England this week he is a must start.
Last season Bess scored in both times that he played the Patriots and averaged over five catches and 65 yards a game. I would be happy with these totals from my WR position so start him with confidence this week and look for him to repeat those totals.
This week Santinio Holmes has one of the best matchups out of any wide receiver going against the Dallas Cowboys. The Boys have been ripped deep all preseason and this week shouldn't be any different. After a stellar preseason for Holmes where he scored in both his games, this week shouldn't be any different either.
Santana Moss quietly had one of his best seasons of his career last year. He gained the second most yards he ever has in a season (1,115) and the most catches (93) to go with the third most touchdowns (6). Yes, this year will be a little different with Rex Grossman tossing the ball, but I still look for Moss to have a great season and first week.
Another thing to ease the tension off Grossman starting is that he went for 336 yards two touchdowns against their Week 1 opponent, the New York Giants. Moss had nine catches for 74 yards in that game which would be a very strong PPR game. Start him this week with confidence as New York's secondary is in a bit of shambles with Terrell Thomas going down for the season.
There is still come uncertainty for Jeremy Maclin in Week 1, but if he plays he is a must start. Going against a weaker secondary the Philadelphia Eagles and St. Louis Rams will most likely be in a shoot out this week.
There is no denying Maclin's talent and with Bradley Fletcher and Ron Bartell manning the corner position for the Rams, it should be an easy day for Maclin and company to score some points through the air. If Jeremy Maclin gets the good to go, you get the good to go to start him.
Greg Little has been very active this preseason and this week shouldn't be any different. The stud receiver out of North Carolina was a second-round pick of the Cleveland Browns in this year's draft and is slated to start opposite Mohammad Massaquoi this week. Little is not so little at 6'2" 220 pounds and should wreak havoc on smaller corner backs this season.
Cleveland matches up with the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 1 and we all know how bad they have looked so start Little and get a lot this week.
Mike Williams hasn't had the best preseason but should come out with a vengeance in Week 1 against the Detroit Lions. Last time they played he went for six catches 96 yards and a score in a losing effort as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were knocked out of the playoff race.
The Lions didn't do much to upgrade their secondary this offseason and Josh Freeman has a great ability to escape and get around their nasty defensive line so look for Williams to have another big game this week.
You may think that Anquan Boldin is a shaky start against the Pittsburgh Steelers this week, but I beg to differ. If you recall, he torched the Steelers in Week 13 last year as he went for 118 and a score. The other game they played received seven catches for 68 yards. So it's obvious Boldin is not scared by the Steelers.
This year Boldin has Lee Evans to help him stretch the field and we know that they will have a tough time running even with Ray Rice in the backfield so start Boldin this week and surprise your opponent with a solid game.
Mario Manningham is going to be a great start this week against the shaky Washington Redskin secondary. As DeAngelo Hall will most likely be locked up on Hakeem Nicks, Manningham will get the joy of being covered by former Raven backup Josh Wilson.
Manningham also did go for 101 and a score against Washington in last year's finale. He should be an easy start this week and should go on to produce all season as a No. 2 WR for your fantasy team.
Good luck this week and hopefully this helps you reach fantasy glory.
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