Week 1 Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em
As we count the milliseconds before this week’s full slate of action, here is a no huddle approach, toward addressing your best starts, and most advisable sits for all 32 teams. Of course, you are already planning to start the elite players in which you have already invested your critical first and second round draft picks. Therefore, it is more beneficial for you, if this column progresses beyond the obvious, by making recommendations concerning your other options. Since game time continues to approach, let’s get right to it:
Ravens at Broncos
Sit: It is best to seek a temporary alternative for the normally respectable Raven defense, which will be forced to deal with Peyton Manning and his dangerous array of aerial weaponry.
Patriots at Bills
Start: This is an excellent week to start virtually any Patriot on offense, and to employ their defense in E. J. Manuel’s NFL debut.
Sit: Conversely, you should not be overly concerned about jettisoning any Patriot who sees significant snaps to your bench.
Start: Steve Johnson has proven repeatedly that he can overcome difficult matchups, and should do so again.
Sit: Any other Bills not named Spiller.
Bengals at Bears
Start: A. J. Green is the only unquestionable starter against the NFL’s fifth best defense in 2012. Use Giovani Bernard and BenJarvus-Green Ellis are best used as your flex if necessary.
Sit: Any other Bengals.
Sit: But you can certainly feel free to avoid your other options against Cincinnati’s sturdy defensive unit.
Buccaneers at Jets
Start: Darrelle Revis and Dashon Goldson were summoned during the offseason to fortify the Bucs’ overly charitable secondary. An improved pass defense, will combine with last season’s stingiest rush defense to create complete misery for Geno Smith, as he is thrust swiftly into the fire.
Sit: Owners in 2-QB leagues should not plan on utilizing Josh Freeman this week, because there are better options even in the deepest of leagues.
Sit: Ideally, you should not be relying upon any member of Gang Green this week.
Falcons at Saints
Start: This will be an entertaining shootout, which should compel you to start all of Atlanta’s vital weapons.
Sit: The Falcon defense will have some appealing matchups, but this is not one of them.
Start: All of the usual suspects within the Saints’ aerial assault will be part of the offensive explosion.
Dolphins at Browns
Start: Mike Wallace’s matchup is challenging. But he is easily Miami’s top receiving option, and will targeted as such.
Sit: Wallace and Lamar Miller should be the only Dolphins in your lineup.
Sit: Cameron and Trent Richardson should be the only Browns in your lineup.
Titans at Steelers
Start: The only Titan that I can be started comfortably is Chris Johnson.
Sit: All of Johnson’s teammates will be overmatched against the NFL’s most formidable defense last season.
Sit: Avoid Isaac Redman. Even if he is their best RB at the moment. You should have more talented options available.
Vikings at Lions
Start: Other than a certain RB, the only advisable start is Kyle Rudolph, who collected receptions for 64 yards and a TD when he last faced the Lions.
Sit: See above, and leave any other Vikings on your bench this week.
Sit: No other Lions can help you this week.
Raiders at Colts
Start: There are too many deficiencies within the Oakland offense to truly recommend anyone. But those of you who invested a selection on Darren McFadden can hope that he generates enough yardage to assist your overall point total.
Sit: You simply are not doing yourself any favors by depending upon any Raiders this week.
Start: Andrew Luck will carve this unit up, as the Raiders’ horrific preseason performances were not simply a matter of a vanilla strategic approach. This unit is completely devoid of playmakers, and has the potential to be worse than last year’s overly charitable group.
Sit: Ahmad Bradshaw has one of the most enticing matchups that an owner could hope for. But unless more encouraging information is delivered concerning his readiness for a hefty workload, it is too risky to utilize him.
Chiefs at Jaguars
Start: Kansas City’s defense will not be recommended very often this season, but provide an appealing option on your waiver wire. The return of Maurice Jones-Drew can only do so much for a unit that ranked just 29th in total offense, and averaged under 16 points per game in 2012.
Sit: Anybody who performs on KC’s offense, and is not named Jamaal Charles or Dwayne Bowe.
Start: The Chiefs have sufficient talent in their secondary to supply a challenge for Cecil Shorts. But he should still deliver several big plays.
Sit: If you somehow own any Jaguars beyond Jones-Drew and Shorts, they should be fastened securely to your bench.
Seahawks at Panthers
Start: It should go without saying that Marshawn Lynch and the Seahawk defense will be mainstays in all lineups. And since you drafted Russell Wilson as your QB1, use him.
Sit: The only potential target of Wilson’s that should be starting is Golden Tate.
Start: None of the Panthers deliver a favorable outlook against Seattle’s stout defense. Although you can’t afford to sit Cam Newton.
Cardinals at Rams
Start: Larry Fitzgerald should never depart your lineup. But the list stops at that point, as a result of a tough road opener against a divisional rival.
Sit: More productive weeks are coming for the Cardinals offense. But the sturdy Ram defense should be respected, as you should look elsewhere for starters this week.
Sit: While the Arizona defense is respectable, there are no Rams at the primary skill positions that you need to avoid for their home opener.
Packers at 49ers
Start: The usual suspects that are involved with the Packers’ aerial attack should always be in your lineup.
Sit: If you can afford to wait at least one week, it would behoove you to reserve Eddie Lacy. Allow him to garner his initial NFL experience. Plus, you can see how he will be deployed.
Sit: Beyond the stellar 49er defense, there are no other starters to be found here.
Giants at Cowboys
Start: David Wilson will begin his season in outstanding fashion, while his owners relish the experience of watching him amass significant yardage.
Sit: This would be a great week to employ a defense from the waiver wire, as the Giants will struggle to contain the Dallas passing game.
Sit: There will be weeks in which you will need to consider benching some of your Cowboys. But this is not one of them.
Eagles at Redskins
Start: Even though he have yet to witness Chip Kelly’s offense in a regular season contest, Michael Vick is an intriguing option who should not disappoint.
Sit: Brent Celek has a favorable matchup. But it is dangerous to use him, until we’ve seen how Kelly will deploy his TEs.
Start: Pierre Garcon will be the primary weapon in Washington’s aerial attack by a sizable margin, and will be targeted repeatedly.
Sit: You should not be counting on anyone other than RG3, Alfred Morris and Garcon.
Texans at Chargers
Sit: DeAndre Hopkins is going to deliver a very good rookie season. But delay using him during his NFL debut
Start: It would take a massive leap of faith to trust any Chargers against the stout Texan defense. But Antonio Gates is the best option in what should be an underwhelming day.
Sit: All other Chargers. Or prepare for disappointment.