Fantasy Football: NFL Week 1 Start 'Em, Sit 'Em

John MatheosContributor IISeptember 7, 2010

Fantasy Football: NFL Week 1 Start Em, Sit Em

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    GREEN BAY, WI - AUGUST 26: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers looks for a receiver against the Indianapolis Colts during a preseason game at Lambeau Field on August 26, 2010 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Colts 59-24.  (Photo by
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    Let the games begin. It's here, the most anticipated time of the year. The NFL season is among us all.

    From bone-crushing hits to nail-biting finishes week in and out, sports analysts and broadcasters from around the league will keep us informed with key statistics and player movements as the season progresses.

    With that said, I will provide all fantasy owners throughout the world with some insightful information on players who need to start or sit for your fantasy football teams.

Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers: Start Em

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    GREEN BAY, WI - AUGUST 26: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers watches as his teammates take on the Indianapolis Colts during a preseason game at Lambeau Field on August 26, 2010 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Colts 59-24. (Photo
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    Aaron Rodgers is projected to take over all fantasy football leagues. His attributes are increasing as the weeks progress.

    In Week 1, Rodgers plays the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles are going through a major transition. With the defense still adapting to new defensive plays, I feel Rodgers will dominate the game from the get-go.

    Week 1 projection for Rodgers: 335 yards passing, 25 yards rushing, three touchdown passes.

Johnny Knox, WR, Chicago Bears: Start Em

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    CHICAGO - AUGUST 21: Johnny Knox #13 of the Chicago Bears warms-up before a preseason game against the Oakland Raiders at Soldier Field on August 21, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Radiers defeated the Bears 32-17. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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    Johnny Knox is entering his second year as a wide receiver for the Chicago Bears. Knox is the No. 1 receiver in Chicago as of now.

    In Week 1, Knox plays against the Detroit Lions. Last year, Knox returned a kickoff for a 102-yard touchdown.

    The Lions are still struggling on defense. Furthermore, these teams love to rack up the points.

    Overall, look for Knox to receive most of the attention on offense.

    Week 1 projection for Knox: 85 yards receiving, one touchdown

Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants: Sit Em

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 02:  Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants fumbles the ball in the first quarter as he is pressured by Jerod Mayo #51 of the New England Patriots on September 2, 2010 at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New
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    Eli Manning is a good quarterback. He's got a championship ring to defend the criticism he receives.

    This Sunday, he will face the chippy Carolina Panthers. Even though Manning threw the ball for 296 yards against the Panthers last year, he did throw two interceptions and fumbled the ball once.

    Moreover, I feel that the Panthers are a clock-chewing type of team. If the Giants find themselves trailing, I truly see the Giants having an issue with ball possession.

    Please sit Manning out for Week 1.

    Manning Week 1 projections: 240 yards passing, two touchdowns, one interception, and one fumble.

Felix Jones, RB, Dallas Cowboys: Sit Em

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    ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 09:  Running back Felix Jones #28 of the Dallas Cowboys runs the ball against the Philadelphia Eagles during the 2010 NFC wild-card playoff game at Cowboys Stadium on January 9, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/
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    Yes, Felix Jones is a talented player. But there is one issue, Jones is going up against the Washington Redskins.

    Last season, Jones only had 100 yards combined rushing against the Redskins. Furthermore, it's a divisional matchup which means that points will be scarce.

    If fantasy owners have an option to sit Jones for Week 1, please do.

    Jones Week 1 projections: 47 yards rushing and one fumble.

Brett Favre, QB, Minnesota Vikings: Sit Em

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    MINNEAPOLIS - AUGUST 28:  Brett Favre #4 of the Minnesota Vikings gives instructions against the Seattle Seahawks during a preseason NFL game at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on August 28, 2010  in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Pho
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    I had to include Brett Favre in this week's Start Em and Sit Em fantasy football. Favre is going up against the New Orleans Saints.

    The Saints are the 2009 Super Bowl Champions. They stopped Favre from ever being a factor in the NFC title game, also forcing him into uncomfortable situations in which he threw two interceptions.

    Furthermore, he's got a lot of rust on his shoulders.

    My Week 1 projection for Favre: 245 yards passing, two touchdowns, two interceptions.

Shonne Greene, RB, New York Jets: Sit Em

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 27:  Shonn Greene #23 of the New York Jets in action against the Washington Redskins  during their preseason game on August 27, 2010 at the New Meadowlands Stadium  in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Ima
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    Now before you start to scratch your head on this one, let me explain.

    Yes, Shonn Greene has grandiose talent. But there is one issue heading into this week's matchup: He's playing against the fierce defense of the Baltimore Ravens.

    Many may say that he hasn't faced the Ravens yet, but statistically speaking, the Ravens have one of the best run defenses in the league.

    They were ranked 12th in the league in rushing yards allowed in 2009. Moreover, they were the stingiest team when it came to allowing points.

    The Baltimore Ravens allowed 13 points against in 2009. Wow, that's really cheap!

    Greene Week 1 projections: 44 yards rushing, one touchdown, one fumble.

Justin Forsett, RB, Seattle Seahawks: Start Em

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    OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 02:  Justin Forsett #20 of the Seattle Seahawks runs against the Oakland Raiders during an NFL preseason game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on September 2, 2010 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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    By far, one of my biggest sleepers for this year in fantasy football. Justin Forsett showed signs of greatness last year, shining whenever he got the call to play.

    In Week 1, he's going up against the San Francisco 49ers. Last year, Forsett saw minimal action against the 49ers.

    This year is different, he has gotten the go-ahead to be the starter for the Seahawks this season.

    Last year, his statistics were good against the 49ers. He had 45 yards rushing in 10 attempts, and also complimented that stat with nine receptions for 82 yards.

    Forsett is a definite starter.

    Forsett's Week 1 projection: 60 yards rushing, 45 yards receiving, and one touchdown.

Baltimore Ravens: Start Em

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    ST. LOUIS - SEPTEMBER 2: Head coach John Harbaugh of the Baltimore Ravens looks on from the sideline against the St. Louis Rams during an NFL preseason game at the Edward Jones Dome on September 2, 2010 in St. Louis, Missouri.  The Rams beat the Ravens 27
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    If you have been reading this article, you would notice the statistics mentioned when it came to the Baltimore Ravens defense.

    The Ravens are going up against the New York Jets, which looks to me like a grudge match. I feel this game will be a field goal battle.

    Baltimore Ravens Week 1 projections: one interception, two fumble recoveries, 10 points allowed.

Kevin Kolb, QB, Philadelphia Eagles: Sit Em

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    PHILADELPHIA - SEPTEMBER 02: Kevin Kolb #4 of the Philadelphia Eagles stands on the sidelines during a preseason game against the New York Jets at Lincoln Financial Field on September 2, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty
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    When the Philadelphia Eagles said good-bye to Donovan McNabb, many in Philadelphia wondered what to expect from Kevin Kolb.

    Well, to all the fantasy owners who have placed their marbles on Kolb, I have one thing to say: Sorry.

    Kolb isn't the answer in Philadelphia. He's one of the most overrated quarterbacks coming into this season.

    He really hasn't shown any sign of greatness in preseason. Please hear me out. Sit Kolb until he catches a hot streak.

    Kolb is going up against the Green Bay Packers, who are huge Super Bowl contenders.

    Kolb's Week 1 projection: 225 yards passing , one passing touchdown, two interceptions.