2010 Fantasy Football: Week One Start ‘Em / Sit ‘Em
As owners eagerly await the start to the 2010 fantasy season, there are many decisions that lie ahead.
Should you roll the dice and start Reggie Bush, hoping he produces like he did in the playoffs? Will Steve Smith still be a productive WR with Maat Moore at the helm?
Without further ado, here are this week's fantasy studs and duds, which one are you going to start?
Start 'Em: QB Philip Rivers, San Diego
Even though he lost a big target in Vincent Jackson, it’s not like WR Malcom Floyd is a slouch himself. Also standing 6’5, Floyd has looked very nice in his transition to WR1 for a San Diego team that still maintains a very solid offense.
With a matchup against Kansas City, Rivers should have no problem sailing the ball to Gates, Floyd, and even Legedu Naanee all night long.
Start 'Em: Matt Forte, RB Chicago
Perhaps my favorite value pick this season, Forte showed this preseason what made him a first-round fantasy selection back in 2009.
Chester Taylor is not expected to pose much of a threat to Forte’s carries, and the hard-nosed runner out of Tulane could be in for a very productive year. This week he’ll take on the Lions and should be able to take advantage of a suspect front seven.
Start 'Em: Percy Harvin, WR Minnesota
It’s been a major headache for Harvin to get on the field this offseason as he continued to battle migraines for the second straight year. Now saying that those problems are behind him, Harvin’s appeal has never been greater.
With WR Sidney Rice out due to hip surgery, Harvin’s importance as a WR is critical to Minnesota’s success. In a rematch against the Saints, expect Percy to show no mercy and produce in a big way.
Start 'Em: Brandon Marshall, WR Miami
He may be a diva off the field, but Marshall’s talents are undeniable. Entrenched as Miami’s no. 1 guy, Marshall’s skill set should compliment QB Chad Henne’s cannon of an arm quite well.
He’s immediately the team’s best red-zone option, and I wouldn’t see surprised to see Marshall score 12+ TD’s this season. As for week one, let’s just say that the Bills DB’s are going to be absolutely killed come time for the film room.
Start 'Em: Jermichael Finley, TE Green Bay
Perhaps the biggest star of the preseason, Finley has established himself as Aaron Rodgers’ go to guy.
Too fast for a linebacker and too big for a safety, Finley will see constant mismatches all season long beginning with this week against a very questionable Philly secondary.
Sit 'Em: Matt Moore, QB Carolina
Last season, the Panthers put the smack down on a Giants team that left the men in blue absolutely deflated. Now in 2010 and with a revamped, re-energized defense, the G-Men will look to prove that they don’t roll over to anyone.
As long as the Giants can keep the Panthers rushing attack in check (which is no small task), Moore will be forced to go to the air often and this Giants secondary should be a very good one.
Sit 'Em: Justin Forsett, RB Seattle
Despite his status as starter, it’s truly only a nominal title. This will be a true running back by committee (RBCC) and one to avoid in the immediate future.
Forsett has shown flashes of being a very capable runner in this league, but he’s just not going to get enough opportunity to be considered a reliable starter, especially against a potent 49ers defense.
Sit 'Em: Thomas Jones, RB Kansas City
Jones is no better than the third best option out of the backfield for the Chiefs. Even though he was listed atop the depth chart at one point during training camp, it’s clear that Jamaal Charles will get the bulk of the work.
Even rookie WR/RB Dexter McCluster may see more time than the declining veteran. Jones shouldn’t be looked at as anything but an absolute desperation play.
Sit 'Em: Anquan Boldin, WR Baltimore
The 2010 inaugural visitor of Revis Island, Baltimore’s biggest offseason acquisition is going to have a tough go of it in week one.
Although his talent his obvious, Revis’ ability to consistently shut down the top wideouts in the game is well documented.
His fantasy stock is up heading into his first season with the Ravens, but he’s not an option this week.
Sit 'Em: Owen Daniels, TE Houston
Coming off of a gruesome knee injury that ended his’09-’10 campaign, Daniels has made remarkable strides in his rehab this offseason.
Despite his progress, the zealous tight end will not play in more than 1/3 of the team’s snaps this Sunday. Until he starts playing full time, he is simply not a fantasy option.