Week 1: Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em

Start ‘Em

Quarterback

  • Eli Manning (@ Dal) – Loves to torch the Cowboys, and averaged roughly 375 yards, and 2.5 TD’s per game against them last year. Not much expected to change here, and the addition of David Wilson in the backfield should give him another solid, and speedy outlet against Rob Ryan’s blitzing schemes.

Runningback

  • Ronnie Brown (@ Oak) – So Ryan Matthews is going to miss the start of the season, and Norv Turner refuses to reveal who his backup will be. Turner has said that he would like the temporary replacement to get at least 20 touches a game. The problem is, good ol’ Norv refuses to let us in on who that second RB will be. Every time he is asked whether it will be Ronnie Brown, he does, however, smile like a giddy school girl, and then proceeds to highly compliment Brown’s work for San Diego in his brief tenure there thus far. This seems like a safe play here, and Brown could easily put up 10+ fantasy points if things go as planned.

Wide Receiver

  • Titus Young (vs StL) – Finished the season with a TD in each of his last 4 games, and there couldn’t be a better team to keep that form going against than the Rams. 
  • Nate Washington (vs NE) – The Patriots passing defense remains questionable, and the Titans will more than likely have to pass to stay in this game. Nate Washington stepped up huge in the absence of Kenny Britt last year, and this should remain constant, as Britt is out serving a suspension, and QB, Jake Locker, has seemingly developed an amazing connection with Washington in preseason.

Tight End

  • Kyle Rudolph (vs Jax) – Many have pegged him for a breakout season after establishing a nice connection with 2nd-year QB, Christian Ponder. Similarly, the fact that the Jaguars were one of the top 5 weakest teams against the tight end last year, along with the prospect of Adrian Peterson sitting out, leaves this a very  favorable matchup. 
  • Dustin Keller (vs Buf) – It’s make or break time for the Jets. I personally think that their passing game is in disarray, however Keller has a history of going off against the Bills, with 4 TD’s in his past 4 games against them. Somebody has to catch the ball here. 

Defense

  • Minnesota (vs Jax) – Were looking at a recently joined MJD who will be limited to a bit part role at best, and a second year QB who’s only notable weapon is a rookie WR. The pieces seem to be in place for this to succeed.

Sit ‘Em

Quarterback

  • Peyton Manning (vs Pit) – Manning has a statistically worse career outdoors, where he will play 15/16 games this year. Similarly, Pittsburgh has a very aggressive, blitzing defense who will undoubtedly give Manning a rough welcome back. It’s also worth noting that Pittsburgh allowed the fewest total points to opposing Quarterbacks last year.

Runningback

  • Adrian Peterson (vs Jax) – Toby Gerhart proved that he is more than a reliable backup. Head Coach Leslie Frazier, has already stated that he won’t decide if AP is going to play until Sunday. If you have to pull the trigger on this one earlier than that, bet on him sitting. The Vikings wouldn’t want to risk their star player with aging, recovering knees, when they know they have a competent backup.
  • BenJarvus Green-Ellis (@ Bal) – 20 yards, and 1 TD in his last meeting against the Ravens. He should get more carries than he did in NE, but this is a terrible match up for him week 1. The Bengals offensive line is hampered by injury, just as BJGE has been during preseason, and even in their prime, wouldn’t offer the same type of holes that the NE could give. The most you can hope for here is a small chunk of yardage, and a TD. Would be extremely surprised to see him get more than 10 points this week.
  • Willis McGahee (vs Pit) – Pittsburgh allowed the 4th fewest points to RB’s last season. McGahee had a game to forget against them in the playoffs. Not expecting any upsurge from him here, so it would be better to leave him on the bench this week.

Wide Receiver

  • Steve Johnson (@NYJ) – One of the few and the proud to come out of Revis island with a nice souvenir. 11 catches for 178 yards, and 1 TD in their two match ups last season is more than most can say. I’d expect Revis to be dying to even the score this time. Only play Stevie if you think he can burn the league’s arguably best-DB again in week 1.

Tight End

  • Brandon Pettigrew (vs StL) – This one caught me completely off guard, but guess who limited their opposing teams Tight Ends’ to the fewest total points throughout last season. THE ST. LOUIS RAMS. Apparently, they can figure out how to shut down TE’s, even if other positions have a habit of running rampant on them. Take that for what it means, but I’ll be looking elsewhere for TE this week.

Defense

  • San Francisco 49′ers (@ GB) – Plain and simple, don’t start the defense who plays against Aaron Rodgers. Even one that had an average draft position in the 6th round this year. The man threw 6 interceptions all of last year, and they’re playing in Lambeau. 



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