Fantasy Football Week 1 Start 'Em & Sit 'Em: Lamar Jackson ready for a fast start

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Start 'Em & Sit 'Em
START 'EM & SIT 'EM
Start of the Week
BAL Baltimore • #8
Age: 22 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ MIA BAL -7 O/U 38
MIA VS QB
20
QB RNK
5th
OWNED
95%
2018 Stats
PAYDS
1201
RUYDS
695
TD
11
INT
3
FPTS/G
10.6

There's so much to like about Jackson this week that I don't know where to begin. Maybe we should start with his beginning since this is a homecoming game for him: He was born in Pompano Beach, Fla., and went to Boynton Beach High School. That should provide some extra motivation in his first season-opening start.

Jackson also gets to face what could be one of the worst defenses in the NFL. For example, Miami's best pass rusher coming into Week 1 is likely Charles Harris, who has three sacks in his two-year career. And with the Dolphins offense likely to struggle this week, Jackson should have plenty of chances to score with Baltimore likely dominating time of possession.

I'm so excited about Jackson this week that he's my No. 3 ranked quarterback behind only Deshaun Watson and Patrick Mahomes. I'm looking forward to watching him build off last year's quality start in his rookie season.

We've talked all offseason about how Jackson should be considered a No. 1 Fantasy quarterback, and I liked him as a top-10 guy in all leagues, especially where it's four points for passing touchdowns. This should be an excellent debut against the rebuilding Dolphins.

I'm starting Jackson over: Ben Roethlisberger (at NE), Aaron Rodgers (at CHI), Matt Ryan (at MIN), Kyler Murray (vs. DET) and Kyler Murray (vs. DET)

START 'EM & SIT 'EM
Quarterbacks
Start 'Em
TB Tampa Bay • #3
Age: 25 • Experience: 5 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs SF SF -PK O/U 50.5
SF VS QB
24
QB RNK
7th
OWNED
95%
2018 Stats
PAYDS
2992
RUYDS
281
TD
20
INT
14
FPTS/G
21.2
We'll see how much this 49ers defense has improved from last year, but this could be a perfect setup for Winston in Week 1 at home. In 2018, San Francisco was tied for the most passing touchdowns allowed at 35 and fewest interceptions at two. If the offensive line can keep Winston from taking too many hits and running for his life, he should have a field day with Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and O.J. Howard. This is the start of Winston's breakout campaign.
LAC L.A. Chargers • #17
Age: 37 • Experience: 16 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs IND LAC -6.5 O/U 44.5
IND VS QB
17
QB RNK
9th
OWNED
95%
2018 Stats
PAYDS
4308
RUYDS
7
TD
32
INT
12
FPTS/G
21.8
Rivers has a good track record in season openers, which is what I'm counting on here. He's also good in home openers, even if the Chargers don't exactly have a great home-field advantage. In his past eight season openers, Rivers is averaging 22.0 Fantasy points per game. And in his past eight home openers, Rivers is averaging 27.0 Fantasy points per game. I expect this Colts defense to be improved this season, but I still like Rivers in this spot as a top-10 Fantasy quarterback in Week 1.
SEA Seattle • #3
Age: 30 • Experience: 8 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs CIN SEA -9.5 O/U 44
CIN VS QB
27
QB RNK
13th
OWNED
99%
2018 Stats
PAYDS
3448
RUYDS
376
TD
35
INT
7
FPTS/G
23.1
The Bengals defense was awful in 2018, and I don't expect a dramatic turnaround this season, especially for Week 1 on the road. That should help Wilson pick up where last season left off. He averaged 21.6 Fantasy points in eight games at home in 2018. It will help Wilson if D.K. Metcalf (knee) plays as expected, but I expect Wilson to find enough production to be a top-10 Fantasy quarterback this week.
LAR L.A. Rams • #16
Age: 25 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ CAR LAR -2.5 O/U 50
CAR VS QB
21
QB RNK
11th
OWNED
100%
2018 Stats
PAYDS
4688
RUYDS
108
TD
34
INT
12
FPTS/G
23.3
Goff got a huge contract extension Tuesday at four years, $134 million, including an NFL-record $110 million guaranteed. That's great for him, and Fantasy managers want to see him earn it on the field. He benefits with Cooper Kupp back (ACL); Goff scored at least 20 Fantasy points in six of the eight games Kupp played. I'm excited for Goff in this matchup against the Panthers, who allowed the sixth-most Fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks in 2018.
NE New England • #12
Age: 42 • Experience: 20 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs PIT NE -5.5 O/U 50
PIT VS QB
14
QB RNK
10th
OWNED
98%
2018 Stats
PAYDS
4355
RUYDS
35
TD
31
INT
11
FPTS/G
21.1
In five career home games against the Steelers, Brady has been dominant. He's 5-0 with a 71.9 percent completion rate, and he has 1,797 passing yards, 18 touchdowns and no interceptions over that span. The last time he faced the Steelers at home in a season opener was 2015, and he passed for 288 yards and four touchdowns. I doubt Brady does that again, but I like him as a low-end starting option in Week 1 at home.
Sleepers
DAL Dallas • #4
Age: 26 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs NYG DAL -7 O/U 45.5
NYG VS QB
10
QB RNK
12th
OWNED
87%
2018 stats
PAYDS
3885
RUYDS
305
TD
28
INT
8
FPTS/G
20.6
In his past four games against the Giants, Prescott is averaging 26.8 Fantasy points per game. He should have all of his weapons available with Ezekiel Elliott back and Amari Cooper (foot) healthy, and Prescott now has to earn a new contract. He's worth using as a low-end starting option this week.
SF San Francisco • #10
Age: 27 • Experience: 6 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ TB SF -PK O/U 50.5
TB VS QB
28
QB RNK
17th
OWNED
74%
2018 Stats
PAYDS
718
RUYDS
33
TD
5
INT
3
FPTS/G
19
I'm hopeful we get 16 games out of Garoppolo this season, and if that happens he could emerge as a quality Fantasy quarterback. This is a good week to trust him against a rebuilding Buccaneers secondary. Tampa Bay allowed the fifth-most Fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks last year, and I don't expect things to improve much in 2019.
DET Detroit • #9
Age: 31 • Experience: 11 year
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ ARI DET -2.5 O/U 46.5
ARI VS QB
4
QB RNK
19th
OWNED
44%
2018 stats
PAYDS
3777
RUYDS
71
TD
21
INT
11
FPTS/G
15.9
If there was ever a week to trust Stafford, it's this week against the Cardinals. With Arizona standout cornerback Patrick Peterson (suspension) out, this secondary can be exposed. Look for Stafford to lean on Kenny Golladay, Marvin Jones, Kerryon Johnson and T.J. Hockenson a lot this week. I like Stafford as a streaming option in deeper leagues and a quality starter in two-quarterback formats.
Sit 'Em
ARI Arizona • #1
Age: 22 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs DET DET -2.5 O/U 46.5
DET VS QB
16
QB RNK
15th
OWNED
93%
Murray has the chance to be good. But I need to see it first before starting him, especially in a matchup against a tough defensive front. My biggest concern is the Cardinals offensive line holding up, and Murray might get hit a lot. I wouldn't be surprised if Murray goes off, although he might not have much success on the ground. Last year, in matchups against Prescott, Wilson, Mitchell Trubisky, Cam Newton and Josh Allen, the Lions held each to fewer than 20 yards rushing.
PIT Pittsburgh • #7
Age: 37 • Experience: 16 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ NE NE -5.5 O/U 50
NE VS QB
29
QB RNK
16th
OWNED
99%
2018 Stats
PAYDS
5129
RUYDS
98
TD
37
INT
16
FPTS/G
25.6
Roethlisberger is 0-5 against the Patriots in New England in his career, and he's averaging 19.7 Fantasy points in his past three meetings with them. He's not a horrendous starting option against this defense, especially if the Steelers are chasing points, but I'd like to avoid Roethlisberger on the road if possible. He's a low-end starting option at best in Week 1.
CHI Chicago • #10
Age: 25 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs GB CHI -3 O/U 46.5
GB VS QB
18
QB RNK
18th
OWNED
73%
2018 Stats
PAYDS
3223
RUYDS
421
TD
27
INT
12
FPTS/G
22.1
In three career meetings with the Packers, Trubisky is averaging just 17.3 Fantasy points per game. I can see him in that same range this week. Green Bay's defense should be improved this year with the additions of safety Adrian Amos and linebackers Preston Smith and Za'Darius Smith, and this defense could be a surprise as the season goes on. For Trubisky, he's just a No. 2 Fantasy quarterback until he proves otherwise on a consistent basis.
MIN Minnesota • #8
Age: 31 • Experience: 8 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs ATL MIN -4 O/U 48
ATL VS QB
30
QB RNK
23rd
OWNED
79%
2018 Stats
PAYDS
4298
RUYDS
123
TD
31
INT
10
FPTS/G
21.4
Don't judge the Falcons defense based on what happened last year because it was a mess due to injuries, especially with Deion James and Keanu Neal out. Atlanta will be better this season, and it should show in Week 1 against Cousins. He also struggled in the preseason, and we'll see if the Vikings will remain committed to running the ball as they've talked about all offseason. I would only use Cousins in two-quarterback leagues this week.
NYJ N.Y. Jets • #14
Age: 22 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs BUF NYJ -3 O/U 41
BUF VS QB
1
QB RNK
22nd
OWNED
45%
2018 Stats
PAYDS
2865
RUYDS
138
TD
18
INT
15
FPTS/G
15.5
I'm excited about Darnold this year, but he's not someone to trust in Week 1 against the Bills. In one start against Buffalo last season, Darnold was held to 11 Fantasy points. The Bills also allowed the fewest Fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks last season, and Robby Anderson (calf) might not be 100 percent this week. Eventually, I can see Darnold as a top-15 Fantasy quarterback this season, but I'm only using him in two-quarterback formats at best in Week 1.
Bust Alert
ATL Atlanta • #2
Age: 34 • Experience: 12 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ MIN MIN -4 O/U 48
MIN VS QB
2
QB RNK
20th
OWNED
100%
2018 Stats
PAYDS
4924
RUYDS
125
TD
39
INT
7
FPTS/G
26.4
Ryan should be a weekly starter in most leagues, but this is a tough matchup against Minnesota on the road. The Vikings allowed the fewest passing touchdowns in 2018 with 15, and they were second in Fantasy points allowed to quarterbacks. Ryan only had four games with fewer than 20 Fantasy points in 2018, but two of them came on the road, including the season opener at Philadelphia. I would only plan on using Ryan in two-quarterback leagues this week.
START 'EM & SIT 'EM
Running Backs
Start 'Em
BAL Baltimore • #21
Age: 29 • Experience: 9 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ MIA BAL -7 O/U 37.5
MIA VS RB
25
RB RNK
15th
OWNED
100%
2018 Stats
RUYDS
645
REC
21
REYDS
170
TD
7
FPTS/G
11.8
It will be a common theme throughout the season to stack players against the Dolphins, and Ingram should have a great debut with the Ravens in Week 1. He's had 15 games over the past two seasons with at least 13 carries as a member of the Saints, and he's failed to score at least 12 PPR points just three times, while averaging 17.3 PPR points over that span. It would be a shock to see him get fewer than 13 carries, and he's got top-10 upside in all formats given this matchup.
NE New England • #26
Age: 24 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs PIT NE -5.5 O/U 50.5
PIT VS RB
7
RB RNK
25th
OWNED
100%
2018 Stats
RUYDS
931
REC
7
REYDS
50
TD
6
FPTS/G
10.7
I was initially skeptical of Michel this preseason, when he had an issue with his knee in the offseason and the Patriots added a prominent rookie running back with Damien Harris to this backfield. But Michel has apparently been fine during training camp and looked great in the third preseason outing against Carolina. In his final three games in the playoffs last season, Michel had 71 carries for 336 yards (4.7 yards per carry) and six touchdowns, so hopefully he'll pick up where last season ended.
LAC L.A. Chargers • #30
Age: 24 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs IND LAC -6.5 O/U 44.5
IND VS RB
26
RB RNK
16th
OWNED
99%
2018 Stats
RUYDS
554
REC
39
REYDS
404
TD
6
FPTS/G
12
Melvin Gordon isn't going to play against the Colts because of his contract holdout, which means Ekeler and Justin Jackson will share the workload until he returns. I consider Ekeler a must-start running back this week, with Jackson a high-end flex as a sleeper. Last season, Ekeler averaged 15.3 PPR points in four games when Gordon was either out or injured, and I'm expecting that kind of production this week. Jackson also scored at least 14 PPR points in two of the final three games Gordon missed in 2018. It could be a good week for both Chargers against the Colts.
DEN Denver • #30
Age: 25 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ OAK DEN -PK O/U 43.5
OAK VS RB
15
RB RNK
24th
OWNED
99%
2018 Stats
RUYDS
1037
REC
35
REYDS
241
TD
10
FPTS/G
14.8
Lindsay probably has mixed feelings facing the Raiders. His first ever 100-yard outing came against Oakland in Week 2 last year, as he scored 11 PPR points in that matchup. But he also suffered a serious wrist injury against the Raiders in Week 16, which ended his season and forced him to miss the Pro Bowl. He's healthy now, and he should be ready to dominate Oakland's defense one more time. We'll see how his workload is shared with Royce Freeman, but I'm confident in Lindsay as a starter in all leagues this week.
CHI Chicago • #32
Age: 22 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs GB CHI -3 O/U 46.5
GB VS RB
11
RB RNK
21st
OWNED
98%
2018 Stats
RUYDS
0
REC
0
REYDS
0
TD
0
FPTS/G
0
We've only had one glimpse of Montgomery in uniform during the preseason, but it was enough to turn heads. In Chicago's first preseason game against Carolina, Montgomery had three carries for 16 yards and a touchdown, as well as three catches for 30 yards on three targets. I'm hopeful he'll be used in the passing game to that level, and I'm ready to trust him in the season opener against the Packers. We'll see how the Bears use Tarik Cohen and potentially Mike Davis alongside Montgomery, but I'd be surprised if he gets fewer than 15 touches. I'm expecting him to perform like a top-15 Fantasy running back against the Packers at home.
Sleepers
DAL Dallas • #20
Age: 22 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs NYG DAL -7 O/U 45
NYG VS RB
20
RB RNK
43rd
OWNED
87%
Even with Ezekiel Elliott signed and expected to play, I would still consider Pollard a potential flex option, especially given the NFL Network report of Elliott being limited to 20-25 reps. Pollard should get the chance for at least 10 total touches in a plus matchup, and he could be the one killing the clock at the end of the game if Dallas is playing with a lead.
NO New Orleans • #28
Age: 29 • Experience: 7 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs HOU NO -7 O/U 52.5
HOU VS RB
8
RB RNK
30th
OWNED
93%
2018 Stats
RUYDS
578
REC
22
REYDS
141
TD
6
FPTS/G
8.2
Murray should have the chance for about 15 total touches, and I plan to start him as at least a flex option in several leagues. He's going to handle most of the workload vacated by Ingram, and it's always good to trust the Saints at home in a prime-time game.
PHI Philadelphia • #26
Age: 22 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs WAS PHI -9.5 O/U 45.5
WAS VS RB
14
RB RNK
33rd
OWNED
96%
The Eagles should have the chance to play with a lead in this game, and Sanders might get to showcase his talents in his home debut. I don't consider him a must-start running back yet because of all the mouths to feed in Philadelphia, but I would start Sanders as a flex in most leagues.
SEA Seattle • #20
Age: 23 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs CIN SEA -9.5 O/U 44
CIN VS RB
30
RB RNK
38th
OWNED
89%
2018 Stats
RUYDS
419
REC
9
REYDS
75
TD
2
FPTS/G
4.9
I'm expecting Seattle to have its way with Cincinnati this week at home, and Penny should have the chance for a decent workload as the No. 2 running back behind Chris Carson. While Carson is a must-start running back in all leagues, Penny should be considered a high-end flex.
SF San Francisco • #22
Age: 24 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ TB SF -PK O/U 50.5
TB VS RB
24
RB RNK
34th
OWNED
92%
2018 Stats
RUYDS
814
REC
27
REYDS
261
TD
5
FPTS/G
11.6
The 49ers listed Breida as the starter on their first depth chart, ahead of Tevin Coleman, which was a surprise. While both running backs will play a lot – and I like Coleman as a starting Fantasy option – Breida should be at least a flex in all leagues. He played at Tampa Bay in Week 12 last year and had 14 carries for 106 yards (7.6 yards per carry) and three catches for 34 yards.
Sit 'Em
KC Kansas City • #26
Age: 27 • Experience: 6 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ JAC KC -4 O/U 52
JAC VS RB
5
RB RNK
23rd
OWNED
100%
2018 Stats
RUYDS
256
REC
23
REYDS
160
TD
6
FPTS/G
6.1
I was already leery about the matchup for Williams against the Jaguars before the Chiefs added LeSean McCoy, and now the uncertainty of his workload makes me want to stay away. While Williams should get the majority of touches, it would not be shocking to see McCoy step in and be heavily involved, not to mention the possibility of rookie Darwin Thompson also getting some looks. I would only consider Williams a flex option this week against what should be a dominant Jaguars defense once again.
TEN Tennessee • #22
Age: 25 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ CLE CLE -5.5 O/U 45.5
CLE VS RB
16
RB RNK
31st
OWNED
100%
2018 Stats
RUYDS
1059
REC
15
REYDS
99
TD
12
FPTS/G
12.4
I'm expecting the Titans to be chasing points in this matchup, which isn't ideal for Henry on the road. Along with that, not having left tackle Taylor Lewan (suspension) will hurt the offensive line, and we'll see how Henry is after dealing with a calf injury early in training camp. He should be fine, but I don't love this set up for him, especially in PPR. He's a flex option at best in that format.
WAS Washington • #29
Age: 22 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ PHI PHI -9.5 O/U 45.5
PHI VS RB
18
RB RNK
37th
OWNED
96%
I'm excited that Washington coach Jay Gruden said Guice will get the majority of touches in this backfield ahead of Adrian Peterson and Chris Thompson, but I want to see it first. I also want to see this Washington offense show me something to have confidence in starting Guice in a tough matchup on the road. I'm confident that will happen eventually, but I'm not there in Week 1, especially with left tackle Trent Williams still away from the team. I'd only use Guice as a flex option for now.
MIA Miami • #32
Age: 25 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs BAL BAL -7 O/U 37.5
BAL VS RB
3
RB RNK
28th
OWNED
98%
2018 Stats
RUYDS
535
REC
53
REYDS
477
TD
9
FPTS/G
12.8
We'll see how the Dolphins plan to use Drake and Kalen Ballage, but this could get ugly fast. With Miami trading left tackle Laremy Tunsil to Houston, a bad offensive line got significantly worse. And now the Ravens are coming to town. I don't know about you, but starting any Dolphins player in Week 1, including Drake in PPR, makes me nervous. This Miami offense could be atrocious all year, especially in a tough matchup against Baltimore.
BUF Buffalo • #26
Age: 22 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ NYJ NYJ -3 O/U 41
NYJ VS RB
10
RB RNK
36th
OWNED
87%
The Bills apparently let McCoy go because they have confidence in Singletary, but that doesn't mean he's going to get a significant workload in Week 1 against the Jets. Remember, Frank Gore and T.J. Yeldon are still on the roster, and all three running backs will likely get touches. Gore could even be the starter, and Yeldon could be the primary running back on passing downs, meaning Singletary isn't in line for the main role – yet. It could happen, but I'd rather take a wait-and-see approach against what should be a good run defense for the Jets.
Bust Alert
GB Green Bay • #33
Age: 24 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ CHI CHI -3 O/U 46.5
CHI VS RB
1
RB RNK
22nd
OWNED
100%
2018 Stats
RUYDS
728
REC
26
REYDS
206
TD
9
FPTS/G
14.2
You're most likely going to start Jones on Thursday night against the Bears, but you shouldn't be surprised if he struggles. Playing the Bears has been a nightmare for Jones, who suffered two knee injuries in his only two trips to Chicago in his career. We have yet to see how the Packers will use Jones in tandem with Jamaal Williams under new coach Matt LaFleur since both were injured in the preseason. It could be a split, although that would be a surprise, and I'm hopeful Jones just dominates touches because he's the better running back. Still, given the uncertainty, the tough matchup and Jones' history in Chicago, I wouldn't prioritize starting Jones this week. He's a low-end No. 2 running back at best in all formats.
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Wide Receivers
Start 'Em
NE New England • #10
Age: 28 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs PIT NE -5.5 O/U 50
PIT VS WR
15
WR RNK
23rd
OWNED
99%
PROJ
10.9
2018 Stats
REC
41
TAR
71
REYDS
737
TD
4
FPTS/G
11.5
He's back, and you should start him with confidence this week against the Steelers. Gordon averaged 103.7 yards per game in the three games he played without Rob Gronkowski last season, and hopefully that will be the norm now that Gronkowski is retired. I like Tom Brady at home in this spot, and Gordon and Julian Edelman should be started in all leagues.
TB Tampa Bay • #12
Age: 23 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs SF SF -PK O/U 50.5
SF VS WR
23
WR RNK
16th
OWNED
99%
PROJ
13.5
2018 Stats
REC
59
TAR
95
REYDS
842
TD
7
FPTS/G
11.6
I'm so ready to see Godwin play a full game for Bruce Arians, and this is an amazing matchup against the 49ers at home. Godwin is headed for a third-year breakout campaign, and it should start this week. The 49ers allowed the most touchdowns to opposing receivers last season, and Godwin and Mike Evans should feast in Week 1.
LAR L.A. Rams • #18
Age: 26 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ CAR LAR -2.5 O/U 50
CAR VS WR
21
WR RNK
21st
OWNED
99%
PROJ
14.2
2018 Stats
REC
40
TAR
56
REYDS
566
TD
6
FPTS/G
16.8
I'm also excited that Kupp is back, and Jared Goff should rely on him once again in a big way. Kupp is someone Goff trusts in the red zone, and last year he was on pace for 16 touchdowns if you look at the six healthy games he played before suffering a torn ACL. There could be some rust since we haven't seen Kupp in the preseason, but all the reports about his recovery have been positive. I have no hesitation starting him again in Week 1 at Carolina.
DET Detroit • #19
Age: 25 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ ARI DET -2.5 O/U 46.5
OPP VS WR
13th
WR RNK
18th
OWNED
100%
PROJ
13.2
2018 Stats
REC
70
TAR
120
REYDS
1063
TD
5
FPTS/G
13.7
With Patrick Peterson suspended for this game, along with Robert Alford (broken leg) out, this is a good spot to trust Golladay and Marvin Jones. Golladay has the higher ceiling and should be considered a must-start Fantasy receiver, and Jones is worth starting in three-receiver leagues as a sleeper. Stafford should rely on both of his top options this week.
JAC Jacksonville • #12
Age: 25 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs KC KC -3.5 O/U 52
OPP VS WR
29th
WR RNK
17th
OWNED
98%
PROJ
11.8
2018 Stats
REC
66
TAR
101
REYDS
717
TD
5
FPTS/G
10.8
It's pretty clear Westbrook is the No. 1 receiver for the Jaguars, and he should soak up plenty of targets from Nick Foles in this matchup at home. Even with the Jaguars' great defense, they could still be chasing points against the Chiefs and Patrick Mahomes. Westbrook has the chance to be a breakout receiver in his third year in the NFL, and this game should help get him off to a hot start. I consider Westbrook a must-start receiver in all leagues.
Sleepers
CAR Carolina • #10
Age: 23 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs LAR LAR -2.5 O/U 50
LAR VS WR
27
WR RNK
30th
OWNED
89%
2018 Stats
REC
39
TAR
65
REYDS
494
TD
7
FPTS/G
10.5
I couldn't write a Week 1 story about players to start and not recommend my guy. You should start D.J. Moore this week, but don't be surprised if Samuel has the better performance against the Rams. I'm excited to see if all the preseason hype carries over to the regular season now that Cam Newton (foot) is healthy.
DEN Denver • #10
Age: 32 • Experience: 10 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ OAK DEN -PK O/U 43.5
OAK VS WR
12
WR RNK
27th
OWNED
96%
2018 Stats
REC
71
TAR
99
REYDS
868
TD
6
FPTS/G
16.6
Sanders looks fully recovered from last year's ruptured Achilles', and hopefully he'll produce against the Raiders like he did last season in Week 2 when he had four catches for 96 yards on four targets. Sanders should be considered a borderline starting receiver in all leagues this week.
HOU Houston • #15
Age: 25 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ NO NO -7 O/U 52.5
NO VS WR
32
WR RNK
32nd
OWNED
96%
2018 Stats
REC
32
TAR
45
REYDS
503
TD
4
FPTS/G
15.1
The Texans and Saints should be a high-scoring affair, which is good for all the receivers involved. And Fuller has the chance for several big plays in his return from last year's torn ACL. He's healthy now, and I expect Deshaun Watson to take some shots with him down the field. He's worth using as a high-end No. 3 Fantasy receiver this week.
SF San Francisco • #11
Age: 28 • Experience: 7 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ TB SF -PK O/U 50.5
TB VS WR
26
WR RNK
NR
OWNED
44%
2018 Stats
REC
23
TAR
43
REYDS
395
TD
4
FPTS/G
7.8
I'm getting more and more excited about Goodwin as the potential No. 1 receiver for the 49ers this year. We'll see how he does in a full game with Jimmy Garoppolo, and if he's better than Dante Pettis. This should be a high-scoring game with the Buccaneers and 49ers, and I wouldn't be surprised if Goodwin comes out of this game as one of the more popular players to add off the waiver wire this week.
PHI Philadelphia • #10
Age: 32 • Experience: 12 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs WAS PHI -10 O/U 45
PHI VS WR
19
WR RNK
45th
OWNED
71%
2018 Stats
REC
41
TAR
74
REYDS
774
TD
5
FPTS/G
12.5
I love a good revenge game, and Jackson facing Washington qualifies. He also should have the chance for some big plays in his first game back in Philadelphia since 2013, and Jackson is a high-end No. 3 Fantasy receiver this week.
Sit 'Em
ATL Atlanta • #18
Age: 24 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ MIN MIN -4 O/U 48
MIN VS WR
2
WR RNK
25th
OWNED
99%
PROJ
10.3
2018 Stats
REC
64
TAR
93
REYDS
821
TD
10
FPTS/G
12.9
Ridley is more of a bust alert than a must-sit receiver, but he has a tough matchup against the Vikings. While Julio Jones will likely see the most of standout cornerback Xavier Rhodes, it won't be easy for Ridley either. In 2018, Minnesota was second to only Jacksonville in touchdowns allowed to receivers with nine. I'm not completely benching Ridley in all leagues, but he's more of a No. 3 Fantasy receiver in Week 1 than a must-start option.
NYJ N.Y. Jets • #11
Age: 26 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs BUF NYJ -3 O/U 40.5
BUF VS WR
3
WR RNK
28th
OWNED
96%
PROJ
11.0
2018 Stats
REC
50
TAR
93
REYDS
752
TD
6
FPTS/G
11.2
It appears his injured calf is fine, although he was limited in practice Wednesday. It's clear he won't be 100 percent, which isn't ideal in a likely matchup with Bills cornerback Tre'Davious White. I'm excited for Anderson as a Fantasy option this season, but I hope this calf injury doesn't linger. Keep an eye on his status for Week 1, but he would be just a No. 3 Fantasy receiver at best in this matchup.
CHI Chicago • #12
Age: 26 • Experience: 6 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs GB CHI -3 O/U 46.5
GB VS WR
25
WR RNK
39th
OWNED
95%
PROJ
11.5
2018 Stats
REC
55
TAR
94
REYDS
754
TD
4
FPTS/G
11.7
Robinson didn't fare well in two games against the Packers last season, combining for seven catches for 115 yards and no touchdowns on 14 targets. He will likely see a lot of Green Bay cornerback Jaire Alexander, who is a rising star, and this should be a tough matchup for Robinson. I would only consider him as a No. 3 Fantasy receiver this week in most leagues.
ARI Arizona • #13
Age: 22 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs DET DET -2.5 O/U 46.5
DET VS WR
6
WR RNK
36th
OWNED
94%
PROJ
12.1
2018 Stats
REC
43
TAR
68
REYDS
590
TD
3
FPTS/G
10.3
Kirk didn't flash in the preseason like many hoped, myself included, but neither did most of the Cardinals skill players. We'll see if that changes now that the games are real, and hopefully Kyler Murray will lean on Kirk as one of his top options. I'm nervous for Kirk if he gets matched up with Lions' standout cornerback Darrius Slay, and Kirk could have a rough outing in Week 1. He's a No. 3 Fantasy receiver at best in this matchup.
KC Kansas City • #14
Age: 26 • Experience: 6 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ JAC KC -3.5 O/U 52
JAC VS WR
1
WR RNK
37th
OWNED
93%
PROJ
8.4
2018 Stats
REC
40
TAR
55
REYDS
519
TD
3
FPTS/G
11.4
One of the bigger storylines in this game is that Jaguars' standout cornerback Jalen Ramsey is going to shadow Tyreek Hill this week. While you're not benching Hill in any leagues, it won't be easy for him to have a dominant game. The same goes for Watkins, who will likely get anther tough matchup in A.J. Bouye. The cornerback duo in Jacksonville helped hold opposing receivers to a league-worst seven touchdowns last year, although Watkins posted six catches for 78 yards on eight targets against the Jaguars in Week 5. I'm skeptical of him doing that again, and I would only start Watkins as a No. 3 Fantasy receiver in deeper leagues.
Bust Alert
IND Indianapolis • #13
Age: 29 • Experience: 8 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ LAC LAC -6.5 O/U 44.5
LAC VS WR
9
WR RNK
29th
OWNED
100%
PROJ
12.9
2018 Stats
REC
76
TAR
120
REYDS
1270
TD
6
FPTS/G
17.1
It might be easy to fade Hilton this week in the first game since Andrew Luck retired, but he can still be a borderline starter in a game where the Colts are likely chasing points. And the Chargers defense, even without standout safety Derwin James (foot), should still put plenty of pressure on Jacoby Brissett and give him little time to look down the field. I would only use Hilton as a No. 3 Fantasy receiver this week in most leagues.
START 'EM & SIT 'EM
tight end
Start 'Em
TEN Tennessee • #82
Age: 35 • Experience: 14 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ CLE CLE -5.5 O/U 45.5
CLE VS TE
27
TE RNK
8th
OWNED
86%
PROJ
8.9
2018 Stats
REC
4
TAR
7
REYDS
52
TD
0
FPTS/G
9
Having Walker back at 100 percent from last year's ankle injury is great, and he should be the best receiving option for the Titans this season. He has a favorable matchup this week against the Browns, who were No. 7 in Fantasy points allowed to tight ends last year. Walker is the lone Tennessee player I feel comfortable starting in most leagues this week.
PIT Pittsburgh • #89
Age: 29 • Experience: 7 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ NE NE -5.5 O/U 50
NE VS TE
25
TE RNK
9th
OWNED
89%
PROJ
8.4
2018 Stats
REC
50
TAR
72
REYDS
610
TD
4
FPTS/G
8.9
Last year, the Patriots were among the league leaders in touchdowns allowed to opposing tight ends with eight, and hopefully McDonald can find the end zone this week. He has the chance to be a top-10 Fantasy tight end this season, and it should help his cause this week if the Steelers are chasing points as expected.
BAL Baltimore • #89
Age: 24 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ MIA BAL -7 O/U 38
OPP VS TE
17th
TE RNK
13th
OWNED
70%
PROJ
8.5
2018 Stats
REC
34
TAR
51
REYDS
552
TD
3
FPTS/G
6.7
I'm leaning heavily on the Ravens this week with Lamar Jackson, Mark Ingram and Andrews, and I also think you can use Miles Boykin and Marquise Brown as sleepers at receiver. Andrews is facing a Dolphins defense that typically struggles with tight ends, and last year they were among the league leaders in touchdowns allowed to the position with nine. Andrews should have the chance for a big year in 2019, starting in Week 1.
Sleepers
JAC Jacksonville • #87
Age: 26 • Experience: 5 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs KC KC -3.5 O/U 52
KC VS TE
32
TE RNK
NR
2018 Stats
REC
26
TAR
32
REYDS
242
TD
1
FPTS/G
6.2
Swaim should be fine with the foot injury he's been battling for the past two weeks, and he's worth using as a streamer in Week 1 against the Chiefs. Kansas City allowed the most Fantasy points to opposing tight ends in 2018, and Swaim could emerge as a valuable target for Nick Foles in Week 1 and moving forward.
OAK Oakland • #83
Age: 27 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs DEN DEN -PK O/U 43.5
DEN VS TE
18
TE RNK
14th
OWNED
47%
2018 Stats
REC
6
TAR
6
REYDS
75
TD
0
FPTS/G
3.8
My colleague Dave Richard loves Waller, and he could be a decent streamer in Week 1 against the Broncos. Denver was No. 8 in Fantasy points allowed to tight ends last season, and Derek Carr could help Waller potentially find the end zone this week. He's worth starting in deeper leagues.
SEA Seattle • #88
Age: 23 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs CIN SEA -9.5 O/U 44
CIN VS TE
28
TE RNK
22nd
OWNED
8%
2018 Stats
REC
8
TAR
14
REYDS
156
TD
2
FPTS/G
8.8
The Seahawks are running out of healthy bodies in the passing game, especially if D.K. Metcalf (knee) isn't able to play. Dissly could find himself as the No. 2 target for Russell Wilson behind Tyler Lockett, and he's worth using as a streaming tight end against the Bengals. In 2018, the Bengals were tied with the Chiefs for the most touchdowns allowed to opposing tight ends with 10.
Sit 'Em
ATL Atlanta • #81
Age: 24 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ MIN MIN -4 O/U 48
OPP VS TE
6th
TE RNK
10th
OWNED
77%
PROJ
8.1
2018 Stats
REC
71
TAR
88
REYDS
660
TD
4
FPTS/G
10.2
The Vikings were among the league leaders in Fantasy points allowed to opposing tight ends last year, and only George Kittle, Zach Ertz and Jimmy Graham did damage against Minnesota in 2018. Hooper should struggle in this tough matchup on the road, and he's only worth starting in deeper leagues.
GB Green Bay • #80
Age: 32 • Experience: 10 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ CHI CHI -3 O/U 46.5
CHI VS TE
14
TE RNK
15th
OWNED
58%
2018 Stats
REC
55
TAR
90
REYDS
636
TD
2
FPTS/G
8.1
Graham should be fine with the finger injury that he's dealing with, but I don't want to start him against the Bears. In two games against Chicago last year, Graham combined for five catches for 40 yards and no touchdowns on eight targets. The Bears only allowed five touchdowns to opposing tight ends last season, and none of them came after Week 8.
MIN Minnesota • #82
Age: 29 • Experience: 9 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs ATL MIN -4 O/U 48
ATL VS TE
11
TE RNK
19th
OWNED
61%
2018 Stats
REC
64
TAR
82
REYDS
634
TD
4
FPTS/G
9.4
The Falcons defense should be better against tight ends this season with Deion Jones and Keanu Neal healthy. Atlanta now has standout players in the middle of the field to contain tight ends, and I'd be hesitant to trust Rudolph in this matchup. Dating back to last season, Rudolph has just two games with double digits in PPR points in his past 12 outings. That lack of consistency in a tough matchup makes me want to stay away.
Bust Alert
CLE Cleveland • #85
Age: 23 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs TEN CLE -5.5 O/U 45.5
TEN VS TE
2
TE RNK
12th
OWNED
84%
2018 Stats
REC
56
TAR
88
REYDS
639
TD
4
FPTS/G
8.9
We'll see how Njoku will fare and if he'll get enough targets on a consistent basis to be successful now that the Browns added Odell Beckham to go with Jarvis Landry. I'd prefer to wait a week to find out the answer given the matchup with the Titans. Last season, Tennessee was No. 2 in Fantasy points allowed to opposing tight ends, and the Titans tied for the lead with only two touchdowns allowed to the position, matching Philadelphia in that category. Njoku will have plenty of good moments this year, but he's a No. 2 Fantasy tight end at best in Week 1.
START 'EM & SIT 'EM
DST
Start 'Em

Eagles (vs. WAS) – 10.9 projected points

Not that the preseason is any great indication of how good or bad a team will be, but this Washington offense looked awful in four exhibition games, averaging just 12.3 points per game. We know there's not a lot of talent on this offense anyway, especially if Jordan Reed (concussion) is out, and the Eagles defense should be all over Case Keenum this week. I love the Eagles DST in this matchup.

Sleepers
  • Seahawks (vs. CIN): No A.J. Green (ankle) for the Bengals, and left tackle Cordy Glenn (concussion) could also be missing from an already suspect offensive line. The Seahawks defense got some much-needed ammunition this week with the trade to acquire Jadeveon Clowney, and it could be a long day for Andy Dalton and Co. in Week 1.
  • Lions (at ARI): We're going to find out just how good this Cardinals offense can be after keeping things vanilla in the preseason, but this is nasty Lions defensive line they are going against. If that offensive line can hold up then the Cardinals offense should have the chance to make some plays, but I'm counting on Detroit beating up Murray a little bit this week, making the Lions DST a good streamer.
  • Browns (vs. TEN): With Lewan out, this could be a monster day for Browns top pass rusher Myles Garrett, and an already inferior offense in Tennessee could be in trouble. I like the Browns DST as a season-long option, but this unit should be fantastic in Week 1 at home.
Sit 'Em

Texans (at NO) – 6.1 projected points

It was already going to be a long night for the Texans DST on the road for a prime-time game in New Orleans, but it could be brutal without Clowney. That could also be the case for the season, and I don't like the Texans DST as a No. 1 unit any more. While there are still talented players on Houston's defense, you don't want to be facing Drew Brees at night at home. Things could get ugly in a hurry.

START 'EM & SIT 'EM
KICKERS
Start 'Em
DAL Dallas • #2
Age: 29 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs NYG DAL -7 O/U 45.5
OPP VS K
28th
K RNK
10th
OWNED
60%
PROJ
8.1
In Maher's last two home games in the regular season last year against Tampa Bay and Philadelphia, he combined for 24 Fantasy points with 5-of-6 field goals, 5-of-5 PATs, and he made one kick from at least 59 yards in each game. The Cowboys should move the ball at will against the Giants, especially with Elliott back, and I expect Maher to get plenty of scoring chances at home.
Sleepers
SEA Seattle • #5
Age: 28 • Experience: 5 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs CIN SEA -9.5 O/U 44
OPP VS K
32nd
K RNK
9th
OWNED
48%
The Bengals defense is a work in progress, but they should struggle this week on the road. It should allow Myers to have plenty of scoring chances, and Cincinnati allowed the most Fantasy points to opposing kickers in 2018.
MIN Minnesota • #5
Age: 31 • Experience: 9 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs ATL MIN -4 O/U 48
OPP VS K
9th
K RNK
15th
OWNED
14%
Bailey looked on his way out in Minnesota this season after the team traded for Kaare Vedvik, but he will remain the main man for the Vikings, while Vedvik is now with the Jets. And I would trust Bailey as a starting option this week at home. Minnesota's offense should move the ball against the Falcons, but I can see the Vikings having trouble in the red zone, giving Bailey several field-goal chances.
DET Detroit • #5
Age: 35 • Experience: 13 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ ARI DET -2.5 O/U 46.5
OPP VS K
14th
K RNK
11th
OWNED
71%
Prater should definitely be busy in this matchup on the road. I don't trust the Cardinals defense, and the Lions should give Prater several scoring opportunities. He has the chance to be a top-10 Fantasy kicker in Week 1.
Sit 'Em
IND Indianapolis • #4
Age: 46 • Experience: 24 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ LAC LAC -6.5 O/U 44.5
OPP VS K
20th
K RNK
17th
OWNED
31%
We'll see how the Colts offense looks with Andrew Luck now retired, but there's no reason to trust Vinatieri as a starting kicker in Week 1. While Jacoby Brissett can still move the ball and keep Indianapolis competitive, giving Vinatieri plenty of scoring chances, I'd take a wait-and-see approach first. As such, Vinatieri is not a starting Fantasy kicker in Week 1 on the road.

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