Week 1 Start or Sit Advice

Start or Sit

It has finally arrived; the start of the 2014 season is upon us, which means only one thing to fantasy owners, you better set your lineup! In most cases, you never consider benching someone you drafted as a starter, especially with your early-round pick, but I want to point out certain matchups you may want to consider when putting together your line up. Some games, scoring could be minimal, such as Cleveland at Pittsburgh and others have tough matchups, like Green Bay at Seattle.  Remember their last meeting?  Would you ever consider benching Aaron Rodgers?  What about against the Seahawks? Who would you start in instead? Keep reading which players to start, sit as well as the sleepers I like for week 1.  

Quarterbacks to Start Week 1

Colin Kaepernick, 49ers: Kaepernick and the 49ers offense were miserable in the preseason , but that should all change this week when they play the Cowboys.  When Michael Crabtree is in the lineup, Kapernick’s numbers are much higher then add to that he gets the Cowboys  who just might have the worst defense in the NFL this season. Can you say bounce back?  Jay Cutler, Bears: Cutler is going to make a lot of Fantasy owners happy this season (if he stays healthy). Cutler was great at home last season with at least 20 Fantasy points in his first four outings in Chicago.  The Bills have a good pass rush, but once the bears handle that by putting Cutler in the shotgun or running a few screens, then it’s a wrap. It will be pitch and catch with his two big targets; Brandon Marshall is 6-foot-4, 230 pounds. Alshon Jeffrey is 6-3, 216 pounds  Tony Romo (vs. SF): Fantasy owners love Tony Romo this season, and I like his matchup in Week 1. Look for Romo to do his part in keeping up with Kaepernick.  

Quarterbacks To Sit in Week 1

Cam Newton, Panthers: Offensive line is not as good as last year and he has bad ribs that will limit both his passing and his rushing ability.  Enough said!   Andy Dalton, Bengals:  He has a bad history against Baltimore with five touchdowns and eight interceptions in his past five meetings.  On top of that they want to run the ball more. Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers:  Cleveland’s defense is legit. And now Under coach Mike Pettine, this unit should surprise Fantasy owners.  Big Ben Averaged just over 12 points a game last season against the Browns, Big Ben has just six touchdown passes in his past four games   Bust alert: Aaron Rodgers (at SEA): You didn’t draft Rodgers to bench him in Week 1. Let’s get that out of the way. And there aren’t many backup quarterbacks you paired with Rodgers on Draft Day worth starting over him — Cutler and Wilson are likely the only candidates. But you have to consider how dominant the Seahawks have been at home, and there’s a chance Rodgers could struggle. In the past two years, only one quarterback has passed for 200 yards and multiple touchdowns in the same game at Seattle, which wasTom Brady in 2012, including Drew Brees, Romo and Kaepernick twice – along with Rodgers. He failed to do so in 2012 when he was 26-of-39 passing for 223 yards and no touchdowns. Now, Rodgers has looked sharp this preseason with 61 percent completions and three touchdowns in limited action, and he’s played well in hostile environments plenty in his career. Use caution if you consider benching him, but you should only do it if your other quarterback has the potential for a higher ceiling this week. Otherwise ride it out with Rodgers and hope for a big game.

Running backs to Start Week 1

Marshawn Lynch, Seahawks:  The Packers team are without B.J. Raji in the middle and gave up the most yards after contact per rush last season. Expect some more beast mode!\ Frank Gore, RB, 49ers:  Every year fantasy owners questions Frank Gore’s career but Fantasy owners should start him with confidence.  The Cowboys allowed the most Fantasy points to opposing running backs last year, and things will not likely  improve much this year with linebacker Sean Lee (knee) out for the season. Gore has scored 12 Fantasy points the last time he played the Cowboys in 2011, which also happened to be in Dallas. I’d start Gore over: Doug Martin (vs. CAR) and Giovani Bernard (at BAL) Chris Johnson, Jets (vs. OAK): CJ2k is anxious to prove himself and the Oakland allowed 13 running backs to reach double digits in Fantasy points last season. If the preseason was any indication he should do well.

Running backs to sit in Week 1

Doug Martin

Bernard Pierce

Trent Richardson

Wide receivers to Start in Week 1

Emmanuel Sanders, Broncos: Will probably be a shoot out and Peyton Manning, who will exploit a that Colt’s secondary that can be beat deep. Without Wes Welker there, Sanders will be one of the beneficiaries since he can play outside and inside.

Michael Floyd, Cardinals: Had a quietly good year in 2013 and Im sure he will get the ball started this week.

Cordarrelle Patterson, Vikings: I expect Patterson to continue the momentum he built up to close last season   He reached double digits in Fantasy points in each of his final four games, and now has offensive coordinator Norv Turner to help maximize his potential. This week, Patterson will probably see a lot of Rams cornerback Janoris Jenkins, who struggled against No. 1 WR’s last year,.

Wide receivers to Sit in Week 1:

DeSean Jackson

Mike Wallace

Tight ends to Start in Week 1

Zack Ertz

Rob Gronkowski

Travis Kelce

Tight ends to Sit in Week 1

Kyle Rudolph, Vikings: The Rams have been good against TE’s and are blitz-happy he may have to  stay in to block more.

Defense to Start in Week 1

Detroit Lions: At home, “Monday Night Football” . . . did you see the Giants’ offense this preseason? Me neither. Not sure it exists. New York’s offensive line is no match for Detroit’s front seven.

New York Jets:  The Jets at home with a rookie quarterback traveling east for his NFL debut?  I’ll take’em.

Defense to Sit in Week 1

Start’ Em Sit’ Em – Week 7

Fantasy Football

Fantasy Football Week 7

Here we are for another weekend of fantasy football action coming up.  For those of you who picked up Earnest Grahan like I did, he got us about 13+ fantasy points.  Lets take a look at who you should put in your lineup and who should ride the pine!

Start ‘Em

Tim Tebow, QB, Broncos: Hate to say it but, he is playing Miami and he likes to run a lot.  Should get you some good fantasy points this week.

Jay Cutler, QB, Bears: When Cutler has time to throw, he is pretty good.  With that being said last week against the Vikings he finally had some time., Only eight teams have fewer sacks than the Bucs.

Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Steelers: The Cardinals give up the ninth most fantasy points per game.  So far against accomplished quarterbacks, they give up an average of 21 fantasy points a game, which is a lot!

Ryan Mathews, RB, Chargers: Last year people used to be afraid of the Jets’ run defense. Mathews is in the top six in the NFL in yards per rush, yards after contact per rush and 20-yard rushes when running up the middle. The Jets are allowing 4.2 yards per carry up the middle.

Earnest Graham, RB, Buccaneers: Was one of my best recommendations last week getting 13 plus fantasy points.  LeGarrette Blount is not playing in this game.  Graham ran well last week (109 total yards), and, at the very least you’ll see a lot of dump-off passes and checkdowns. Graham is fifth in the NFL among running backs in terms of receptions. Chicago gives up a surprising 5.4 yards per carry.

Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seahawks: Lynch has been putting up some good numbers the last few weeks, especially in that Giants game.  This week he has another good match up in Cleveland against the Browns.  If you have some guys on a bye or are in need of a running back, Lynch makes a great RB2 RB3.

Maurice Morris, RB, Lions: Jahvid Best may not play this week, so if you need a running back to plug into your lineup Morris may be the answer., Detroit like the Cowboys can’t run the ball, but do mix it up between every 10-15 passes or so.

Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas, WRs, Broncos: With  Llyod traded to the Rams, this opens things up for these two goes to reap the benefits.  When Tebow isn’t doing his Michael Vick impersonation ,he is going to have to throw it. Decker he leads the Broncos in targets, receptions and receiving touchdowns.  Thomas should be picked up off the waiver wire if he is still available. He is jacked and has all the skills in the world.

Dallas Cowboys D/ST: Available in most leagues, Dallas has double-digit fantasy points in three of the past four, including this past week against the Patriots. This week you may also get another gift, the Rams may be without Bradford!

Denver D/ST: Denver is going up against Miami, need I remind you how their offense played last week against the Jets?

Sit’ Em

Montario Hardesty, RB, Browns: Nobody knows whats up with  Peyton Hillis , but regardless,  the Seahawks run defense allows just 3.1 yards per rush, lowest in the NFL.   Play him if your desperate and Hillis is not playing.

Shonn Greene, RB, Jets: First of all I must say, I am a Jet fan.  With that being said, I NEVER, let me repeat NEVER draft Jets players.  So, for all of you asking if you should start  Shonn Greene, well I think you get it.

Plaxico Burress, WR, Jets: Really, sit every Jet other than Holmes and Keller until further notice.

Top Fantasy Football Wide Receivers

Fantasy Football

1.  Andre Johnson –  Again Andre is at the top of the fantasy football, wide receivers list.  thanks to Houston’s passheavyoffense — and the frequency with which the wideout is targeted by QB Matt Schaub, Johnson should have another great year.

2.  Randy Moss –  Now that Brady has played a year with after his injury, I expect him and Moss to be  closer to their 2007 days.

3.  Larry Fitzgerald – After losing Kurt Warner to retirement and Anquan Boldin to the Ravens, Fitzgerald’s numbers are bound to take a hit.  Especially now it looks like the Cardinals are trying to get their run game going since they dont know what they got in Matt Leinhart.

4.  Calvin Johnson –  Was a top receiver in TD’s two years ago and put up good numbers last year on a bad team WITH a ROOKIE quarterback.  Expect Megatron’s number to inprove now that Stafford has a year under his belt.