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Fantasy Football 2010: Start or Sit for Week 1?

Ryan Lester@LestersLegendsSenior Writer ISeptember 8, 2010

CHICAGO - AUGUST 21: Jay Cutler #6 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 Raiders defeated the Bears 32-17. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Here’s some sit and start advice as you set your lineups for the opening week of the NFL season.

Quarterbacks


Start

Jay Cutler—He looked horrible in the preseason, but he faces the Lions in week one. He had six TDs with no interceptions against them last year.

Alex Smith—Smith takes on Seattle to open the season. He dropped 310 yards and two scores on them last year.

Sit:
Joe Flacco—Even if Revis is rusty, the Ravens drew a tough draw in week one against the Jets on the road.

Matt Ryan—On the road against Pittsburgh is not a good way to start your season.

Running Backs


Start

C.J. Spiller—The Dolphins aren’t a pushover, but this is Spiller’s chance to show what he’s capable of with Fred Jackson and Marshawn Lynch limited by injuries.

Matt Forte—The Bears open the season against the Lions, who ranked 25th in rushing yards allowed and 26th in rushing TDs allowed last year. Plus, Forte contributes in the passing game.

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Sit:
Ryan Grant – Grant has a tough draw against the Eagles’ 8th ranked run defense. Plus, they are getting Stewart Bradley back.

Wide Receivers


Start
Jeremy Maclin—Charles Woodson will focus on DeSean Jackson. With Al Harris out, Maclin should be able to produce.

Jacoby Jones—The Texans should be in for a shootout against the Colts. Jones should be able to take advantage of the attention that Andre Johnson commands.

Sit:
Mike Sims-Walker—I know he’s playing at home, where he had the bulk of his success last year, but he’ll be facing Champ Bailey, who is in a contract year.

Derrick Mason—He’s not a good play this week facing the Jets, especially considering Anquan Boldin took over he number one receiver role and T.J. Houshmandzadeh was added to the mix.

Tight Ends 
Start


Dustin Keller—Baltimore will give the Jets a taste of their own medicine with plenty of blitzes. Look for Keller to be the hot read on some of those blitzes. He has the size and speed to break a tackle and make a dash for the end zone.

Sit:
John Carlson – Carlson will have to show something before I endorse him against one of the league’s top defenses.

Kicker


Start

Robbie Gould—Get your Bears in your lineup.

Sit:
Jason Hanson—There is a good chance he’s rusty after missing all the preseason games.

Defenses/Special Teams


Start

Chicago Bears—You had to guess this was coming

Miami Dolphins—Great draw against the Bills, even if they are on the road.

Sit:
Minnesota Vikings—Do you really want to start your season with a defense playing the Saints?



Also check out:
Week 1 QB Rankings
Week 1 RB Rankings
Week 1 WR Rankings
Week 1 TE Rankings
Week 1 K Rankings
Week 1 DEF Rankings
Week 1 IDP Rankings