Fantasy Football Start Em Sit Em Week 1: Which Sleepers Are Best Sunday Starts?

Cian FaheyFeatured ColumnistSeptember 9, 2011

BEREA, OH - CIRCA 2011: In this handout image provided by the NFL, Greg Little of the Cleveland Browns poses for his NFL headshot circa 2011 in Berea, Ohio.  (Photo by NFL via Getty Images)
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Any Randall Cobb or Darren Sproles owner would have been happy with their pickups in the offseason last night, as those two sleepers exploded in the New Orleans Saints loss to the Green Bay Packers.

Cobb and Sproles were just the first two of the sleepers that will emerge on opening weekend. Here are a few more worth taking a risk on:

Ben Roethlisberger:

The debate often rages on whether Roethlisberger is an elite quarterback or a benefactor of a brilliant defense in Pittsburgh. One thing is for certain: he hasn't been an elite fantasy quarterback over the years. This year looks set to change all that, however.

With Jerricho Cotchery as the team's fifth best receiver, the Steelers will throw the ball a lot this year. Starting off against the Baltimore Ravens, expect the Steelers to spread the field repeatedly, as running on the Ravens is generally a difficult task.

Greg Little:

Greg Little was a second-round draft choice of the Cleveland Browns this year and has a chance to become the team's best receiver. In the Browns' west-coast offense, the ball should be spread around, but Little is a playmaker with the potential to take a short five-yard slant 50 yards for the touchdown.

Going against the Cincinnati Bengals minus Jonathan Joseph should allow Little to make waves this Sunday. Leon Hall likely will cover Mohammed Massquoi, meaning McCoy will look to pick apart the rest of the defense.

Matt Hasselbeck:

The return of Chris Johnson won't take full effect from Week 1 as they ease him into the team after missing training camp. Hasselbeck has some strong receivers on the outside and should have a lot of time in the pocket to find them against the Jagaurs.

Hasselbeck is still a capable quarterback and could have a big day against the Jaguars' defense that is relying on Aaron Kampman to get to the put pressure on the former Seattle Seahawk.

Jonathan Stewart:

The Panthers will be running the ball a lot with Cam Newton making his debut. DeAngelo Williams will be the starter, but Jonathan Stewart will see a lot of snaps in the backfield also. The Cardinals defense isn't stellar, and Adrian Wilson won't be at 100 percent whether he plays at all.

Stewart is obviously not an elite back, as he is not even a starter. But with enough playing time, he can break off some big runs and get in the end zone week-in and week-out.