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The start of the season is supposed to be filled with optimism. We're excited for a new year, we have a fresh Fantasy roster and we're ready to go. But plenty of Fantasy managers feel cursed already as we got hit hard with some major injuries leading up to Week 1.

Jonathan Taylor (ankle) is on the PUP list, and he's out for the first four games of the season. Cooper Kupp (hamstring) and Travis Kelce (knee) are dealing with significant injuries, and Kupp has already been ruled out for Week 1. And we likely don't have Jerry Jeudy (hamstring) for Week 1 as well.

Thankfully, it looks like Joe Burrow (calf), Terry McLaurin (toe) and Jaxon Smith-Njigba (wrist) are ready to go. But it still stings not having Taylor, Kupp or Kelce at 100 percent.

The good news is you have time to prepare and find replacements, even if they aren't as good as the stars. And hopefully you can manage until your Fantasy roster is back at full strength.

Just remember it's a long season, and a lot will change from week-to-week. While your guys might be hurt now, other Fantasy managers will have to deal with injuries as well.

The waiver wire will be your best friend. And don't be afraid to make a trade or two. The roster you started with will likely look dramatically different in December, when you're competing for a Fantasy championship.

We'll be here to help you as always, and it starts with our first Start 'Em and Sit 'Em column for the new season. So let's begin and find the players you need to start -- and avoid -- in Week 1 to get that first victory in your Fantasy league.

Start of the Week
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MIA Miami • #1
Age: 25 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ LAC LAC -3 O/U 51
OPP VS QB
17th
PROJ PTS
20.3
QB RNK
9th
2022 Stats
PAYDS
3548
RUYDS
70
TD
25
INT
8
FPTS/G
21.6

Fantasy managers remain skeptical about Tua Tagovailoa, and it's understandable. Until he shows he can stay healthy, many of you are going to take a cautious approach with him as a starting Fantasy quarterback.

He wasn't drafted as a No. 1 Fantasy quarterback, and his Average Draft Position on CBS Sports was the No. 13 quarterback off the board. And now in Week 1, he's only started in 54 percent of CBS Sports leagues. If you want to get a different perspective on the potential shootout in L.A., check out SportsLine's model for picks and projections.

I like Tagovailoa as a breakout candidate this season, and he's a top-10 Fantasy quarterback in Week 1. I'm excited about his matchup at the Chargers, and this should be a shootout with Justin Herbert. The projected over-under is 51, and the Dolphins passing attack should be explosive.

Now, Tagovailoa only scored 14.6 Fantasy points at the Chargers in Week 14 last year when he was 10-of-28 passing for 145 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions, along with 28 rushing yards. But that was one of his worst games of the season.

I'm hopeful left tackle Terron Armstead (leg) plays in this matchup, and his status could determine just how well Tagovailoa performs. But Jaylen Waddle (abdomen) is fine, and hopefully De'Von Achane (shoulder) provides an added weapon in the passing game, along with Tyreek Hill.

Hopefully, Tagovailoa has a big outing in this matchup with the Chargers. And hopefully he stays healthy all season. Then, Tagovailoa will show that he's a Fantasy star, and the Fantasy managers who trusted him will be rewarded in a big way. 

START 'EM & SIT 'EM
Quarterbacks
QBs to Start
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MIN Minnesota • #8
Age: 35 • Experience: 12 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs TB MIN -6 O/U 45.5
OPP VS QB
26th
PROJ PTS
21.9
QB RNK
11th
2022 Stats
PAYDS
4547
RUYDS
97
TD
31
INT
14
FPTS/G
20.6
Cousins has scored at least 23.1 Fantasy points per game in each of his past three season openers, and he should have the chance for another strong outing this week against Tampa Bay at home. Cousins was excellent at home last season when he scored at least 22.3 Fantasy points in 7-of-9 games in Minnesota, and he combined for 70.6 Fantasy points in his past two games there in the regular season against the Colts in Week 15 and the Giants in Week 16.
SEA Seattle • #7
Age: 33 • Experience: 11 year
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs LAR SEA -5 O/U 46
OPP VS QB
6th
PROJ PTS
19.9
QB RNK
10th
2022 Stats
PAYDS
4282
RUYDS
366
TD
31
INT
11
FPTS/G
21.4
Smith didn't have a great last game against the Rams in Week 18 with only 15.6 Fantasy points, but he lit them up in Week 13 for 28.9 Fantasy points and will hopefully replicate that performance this week. It would be great if Smith had a healthy Jaxon Smith-Njigba (wrist) for this matchup, but this revamped Rams defense should allow Smith to have a big game, even if he's only throwing to DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett. I like Smith as a No. 1 Fantasy quarterback in all leagues in Week 1 at home.
DET Detroit • #16
Age: 29 • Experience: 8 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ KC KC -4.5 O/U 52.5
OPP VS QB
32nd
PROJ PTS
17.8
QB RNK
12th
2022 Stats
PAYDS
4438
RUYDS
73
TD
29
INT
7
FPTS/G
20.1
The Lions and Chiefs have the chance to light up the scoreboard on Thursday night, and the projected over-under for this matchup is 52.5. While the Chiefs should do their part, with or without Travis Kelce (knee), the Lions should keep up as well. Standout defensive lineman Chris Jones (holdout) is not expected to play for Kansas City, and that's a huge boost for the Lions offense. And Goff should enjoy leaning on his new weapons in Jahmyr Gibbs, David Montgomery and Sam LaPorta, as well as Amon-Ra St. Brown and Josh Reynolds. I like Goff as a No. 1 Fantasy quarterback this week.
CLE Cleveland • #4
Age: 28 • Experience: 7 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs CIN CIN -2.5 O/U 47.5
OPP VS QB
10th
PROJ PTS
21.8
QB RNK
14th
2022 Stats
PAYDS
1102
RUYDS
175
TD
8
INT
5
FPTS/G
16.6
The Bengals have a revamped secondary with safeties Jessie Bates and Von Bell gone, and we'll see how they hold up against the Browns on the road. I'm expecting Watson to post a decent stat line this week, and hopefully he can play at a high level again and look like his best days in Houston. While that's hard to expect, he might surprise Fantasy managers this week in a potential shootout with Joe Burrow. Watson should be considered a low-end No. 1 Fantasy quarterback in Week 1.
Sleepers (Start/Sit)
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NO New Orleans • #4
Age: 32 • Experience: 10 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs TEN NO -3 O/U 41
OPP VS QB
27th
PROJ PTS
16.1
QB RNK
18th
2022 Stats
PAYDS
3522
RUYDS
102
TD
24
INT
14
FPTS/G
17.8
The Saints might not be able to run on the Titans in the matchup with Alvin Kamara suspended and Kendre Miller (hamstring) hurt, and Tennessee's run defense is exceptional. The Titans pass defense is a weakness, and Carr has his full complement of weapons for this matchup, led by Chris Olave, Michael Thomas and Juwan Johnson. Carr is more of a starter in Superflex and two-quarterback leagues, but I like his outing against Tennessee at home.
WAS Washington • #14
Age: 23 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs ARI WAS -7 O/U 38
OPP VS QB
22nd
PROJ PTS
19.6
QB RNK
19th
2022 Stats
PAYDS
169
RUYDS
35
TD
2
INT
1
FPTS/G
20.2
Howell had a strong preseason, and hopefully that carries over to this Week 1 matchup against the Cardinals. It would be great if Terry McLaurin (toe) is healthy, but Howell should take advantage of this Arizona defense at home. I'd love to see him use his legs, and he ran for 828 yards and 11 touchdowns at North Carolina in 2021. Look for Jahan Dotson to have a big game, and Howell is worth starting in all Superflex and two-quarterback leagues.
DEN Denver • #3
Age: 35 • Experience: 12 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs LV DEN -3.5 O/U 44
OPP VS QB
24th
PROJ PTS
21.8
QB RNK
20th
2022 Stats
PAYDS
3524
RUYDS
277
TD
19
INT
11
FPTS/G
17.2
It's risky to trust Wilson based on how he looked last year and even the preseason, and Jerry Jeudy (hamstring) isn't expected to play. But now Las Vegas pass rusher Chandler Jones (undisclosed) could be out, and Wilson will hopefully take advantage of this suspect Raiders defense. He's only worth using in Superflex and two-quarterback leagues, and Wilson had one of his best games against the Raiders last season when he scored 31.5 Fantasy points in Week 4.
QB Bust Alerts
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IND Indianapolis • #5
Age: 21 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs JAC JAC -5 O/U 45.5
OPP VS QB
29th
PROJ PTS
19.3
QB RNK
17th
If you followed anything I've written or said this offseason then you know I'm excited about Richardson's outlook this year. But I want to see what he looks like in Week 1 against Jacksonville before starting him in one-quarterback leagues. He should still be started in Superflex and two-quarterback formats, and I hope that I'm wrong to put him in this category. Jacksonville's defense could force Richardson into multiple turnovers, and he might need to have a huge rushing performance to save his stat line in Week 1.
NYJ N.Y. Jets • #8
Age: 40 • Experience: 19 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs BUF BUF -2.5 O/U 46.5
OPP VS QB
8th
PROJ PTS
18.3
QB RNK
16th
2022 Stats
PAYDS
3695
RUYDS
94
TD
27
INT
12
FPTS/G
17.1
Rodgers can certainly have a magical moment Monday night at home in his first game with the Jets, and I would start him in Superflex and two-quarterback leagues. But I don't love this first matchup against the Bills. Rodgers has faced Buffalo's defense twice under Sean McDermott, and Rodgers scored 17.0 Fantasy points in 2018 and 19.2 Fantasy points in Week 8 last year when Rodgers was in Green Bay. I can see a similar stat line for Rodgers this week, and the Bills should be able to keep him in check.
NYG N.Y. Giants • #8
Age: 26 • Experience: 5 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs DAL DAL -3.5 O/U 46.5
OPP VS QB
13th
PROJ PTS
20.1
QB RNK
15th
2022 Stats
PAYDS
3205
RUYDS
708
TD
22
INT
5
FPTS/G
19.9
Jones has faced the Cowboys seven times in his career, and his best performance was 18.9 Fantasy points against them in Week 17 in 2020. He has three games with less than 10 Fantasy points against Dallas over that span, and in two meetings last season with new coach Brian Daboll, Jones averaged just 15.1 Fantasy points per game against the Cowboys. I'm hopeful Jones will do better in this meeting with the new additions for the Giants, especially Darren Waller, but I'd only start Jones in Superflex and two-quarterback leagues this week.
Sit Quarterbacks in Superflex/2QB Leagues (Start/Sit)
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SF San Francisco • #13
Age: 23 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ PIT SF -2 O/U 41
OPP VS QB
15th
PROJ PTS
13.8
QB RNK
NR
2022 Stats
PAYDS
1374
RUYDS
13
TD
14
INT
4
FPTS/G
14.7
Purdy has looked good in the preseason, and hopefully he will play well against the Steelers. But I don't love this matchup on the road, and this should be a low-scoring affair with a projected over-under of 41. I don't really love Kenny Pickett in this matchup either, especially since San Francisco standout pass rusher Nick Bosa (holdout) is now expected to play. The Steelers led the NFL in interceptions last season with 20 and could force Purdy into some mistakes.
LAR L.A. Rams • #9
Age: 35 • Experience: 15 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ SEA SEA -5 O/U 46
OPP VS QB
20th
PROJ PTS
14.1
QB RNK
24th
You know the deal with Stafford by now. Cooper Kupp (hamstring) isn't expected to play against the Seahawks, and that means Stafford should be hands off for most Fantasy managers. Last year, in nine games with Kupp healthy, Stafford scored 13 Fantasy points or less in six outings. While I like the sleeper appeal for guys like Van Jefferson and Tyler Higbee, I don't expect Stafford to produce enough stats for himself to make him useful in most Fantasy leagues in Week 1.
CAR Carolina • #9
Age: 22 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ ATL ATL -3.5 O/U 39.5
OPP VS QB
18th
PROJ PTS
16.7
QB RNK
NR
2022 Stats
PAYDS
0
RUYDS
0
TD
0
INT
0
FPTS/G
0
I'm curious to see how Young does in his first NFL start, but this isn't going to be an easy matchup against the Falcons. Atlanta has revamped its defense, led by the addition of Jessie Bates at safety, and Young should have a tough first outing on the road. This game also has a projected over-under of just 39.5 points, and I wouldn't expect a lot of production in the passing game for Carolina. Keep Young on your bench, and hopefully better days are coming for the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft.
START 'EM & SIT 'EM
Running Backs
RBs to Start
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DET Detroit • #5
Age: 26 • Experience: 5 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ KC KC -4.5 O/U 52.5
OPP VS RB
24th
PROJ PTS
9.7
RB RNK
18th
2022 Stats
RUYDS
801
REC
34
REYDS
316
TD
6
FPTS/G
11.1
This should be a great game for Jahmyr Gibbs because the Chiefs are annually horrible at stopping pass-catching running backs, and he's a must-start option in Week 1, especially in PPR. But Montgomery should be considered a must-start option as well with standout Kansas City defensive lineman Chris Jones unlikely to play because of his holdout. In what should be a high-scoring affair with a projected over-under of 52.5, look for Montgomery to finish as a top-15 running back in all leagues.
WAS Washington • #8
Age: 24 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs ARI WAS -7 O/U 38
OPP VS RB
30th
PROJ PTS
9
RB RNK
22nd
2022 Stats
RUYDS
797
REC
9
REYDS
60
TD
3
FPTS/G
9.4
Robinson and Antonio Gibson are both worth starting this week, but Robinson is the preferred choice in all leagues. I almost made him the Start of the Week. This game has the chance to be a Commanders' blowout, and Robinson should get plenty of carries against a bad defense. Last year, Arizona was No. 3 in most PPR points allowed to opposing running backs, and the Cardinals might be worse in 2023. Robinson closed last season as the bellcow in Washington with at least 18 carries in four of his final five outings, and he should improve this season with Eric Bieniemy now calling plays for the Commanders.
TB Tampa Bay • #1
Age: 24 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ MIN MIN -6 O/U 45.5
OPP VS RB
22nd
PROJ PTS
10.5
RB RNK
17th
2022 Stats
RUYDS
481
REC
50
REYDS
290
TD
3
FPTS/G
8.2
White should be looking at a hefty workload in Week 1 at Minnesota as he starts his sophomore campaign as the lead running back in Tampa Bay. And when he got a lot of work as a rookie he was successful. There were five games in 2022 when White had at least 15 total touches, and he averaged 13.6 PPR points per game over that span. Minnesota has a new-look defense this season under coordinator Brian Flores, but last year the Vikings struggled with pass-catching running backs like White. I like White as a must-start running back in PPR and 0.5-PPR leagues and a flex in non-PPR this week.
DEN Denver • #33
Age: 23 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs LV DEN -3.5 O/U 44
OPP VS RB
28th
PROJ PTS
10.4
RB RNK
23rd
2022 Stats
RUYDS
204
REC
16
REYDS
76
TD
0
FPTS/G
10.5
While he's healthy and has no issues with his surgically-repaired knee, you should plan on starting Williams when he has a plus matchup. And that's the case in Week 1 against the Raiders. We'll see if Las Vegas is better at stopping the run in 2023, but this group was terrible last year. The Raiders were one of four teams to allow at least 100 receptions to running backs and five teams to allow at least 20 total touchdowns to the position. Williams had a strong training camp and preseason by all accounts, and this game has probably been circled on his calendar since he was injured against the Raiders in Week 4 last year. Samaje Perine is also worth using as a sleeper in PPR.
MIA Miami • #31
Age: 31 • Experience: 9 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ LAC LAC -3 O/U 51
OPP VS RB
26th
PROJ PTS
9
RB RNK
27th
2022 Stats
RUYDS
891
REC
31
REYDS
202
TD
5
FPTS/G
10.5
We'll see what the Dolphins do with the running backs behind Mostert this week, but this is a thin group now that Jeff Wilson (abdomen) is on injured reserve. You also have De'Von Achane (shoulder) and Salvon Ahmed (neck) at less than 100 percent. Mostert should dominate touches, and that makes him a No. 2 running back in all leagues. Last year, Mostert had seven games with at least 15 total touches, and he averaged 14.8 PPR points per game in those outings. He struggled at the Chargers in Week 14 with 11 carries for 37 yards and one catch for 7 yards, but Wilson was also sharing touches in that matchup. As the lead rusher this week, Mostert has plenty of upside in this potential shootout.
Sleepers (Start/Sit)
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GB Green Bay • #28
Age: 25 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ CHI CHI -1 O/U 43
OPP VS RB
29th
PROJ PTS
8.5
RB RNK
35th
2022 Stats
RUYDS
770
REC
28
REYDS
206
TD
7
FPTS/G
9.9
Dillon is worth using as a flex option this week behind Aaron Jones, who is a must-start running back in all leagues. Dillon had one of his best games of the season in Week 13 at Chicago last year with 18 carries for 93 yards and a touchdown and three catches for 26 yards on three targets. It's doubtful he'll replicate those stats, but he could have an expanded role with Green Bay a little banged up at receiver with Romeo Doubs (hamstring) hurt. The Bears were also No. 2 in PPR points allowed to opposing running backs last year, and we'll see just how much Chicago's run defense has improved in 2023.
CHI Chicago • #24
Age: 25 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs GB CHI -1 O/U 43
OPP VS RB
19th
PROJ PTS
8.2
RB RNK
34th
2022 Stats
RUYDS
731
REC
9
REYDS
57
TD
5
FPTS/G
9.1
We'll see how the Bears use their running back rotation this week with Herbert, Roschon Johnson and D'Onta Foreman, but Herbert should be the starter in a plus matchup. And when he's gotten work in his career he's been successful. In eight career games with at least 12 carries, he's had at least 10 PPR points six times and 15-plus PPR points five times. One of those was against the Packers in 2021 when he had 19 carries for 97 yards and a touchdown and two catches for 15 yards on three targets. Consider Herbert a flex option in all formats in Week 1.
KC Kansas City • #1
Age: 31 • Experience: 10 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs DET KC -4.5 O/U 52.5
OPP VS RB
4th
PROJ PTS
8.7
RB RNK
NR
2022 Stats
RUYDS
291
REC
56
REYDS
512
TD
10
FPTS/G
11.5
We likely won't know the status for Travis Kelce (knee) until Thursday, but if he's out or limited against Detroit then McKinnon should have an increased role in the passing game. If Kelce doesn't play then McKinnon is a strong flex option in PPR. Last year, McKinnon had six games with at least six targets, and he averaged 19.5 PPR points per game in those outings. He was aided by six total touchdowns over that span, but only one time did he fail to score at least 10.4 PPR points when he was heavily involved in the passing game.
JAC Jacksonville • #4
Age: 22 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ IND JAC -5 O/U 45
OPP VS RB
21st
PROJ PTS
6.7
RB RNK
44th
2022 Stats
RUYDS
0
REC
0
REYDS
0
TD
0
FPTS/G
0
I'm expecting the Jaguars to be playing with a lead this week against the Colts, which should give Jacksonville the opportunity to use Bigsby in tandem with Travis Etienne. We saw in the preseason just how much the Jaguars like Bigsby, and he rewarded them by averaging 5.7 yards per carry in three games. Etienne remains a must-start running back in all leagues, but Bigsby could be a sneaky flex option in deeper formats.
SEA Seattle • #26
Age: 22 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs LAR SEA -5 O/U 46
OPP VS RB
16th
PROJ PTS
8.3
RB RNK
37th
2022 Stats
RUYDS
0
REC
0
REYDS
0
TD
0
FPTS/G
0
With Kenneth Walker III back from the groin injury he suffered in training camp, he should be the lead running back for the Seahawks this week. But Seattle might opt to ease Walker back into action and lean more on Charbonnet, who had some positive moments in the preseason. I'm curious to see how this backfield split will work in Week 1 and all season, but I'd consider using Charbonnet as a flex option in deeper leagues. Seattle should be playing with a lead in this matchup, and there should be plenty of carries for Walker and Charbonnet to have success.
RBs to Sit
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BUF Buffalo • #4
Age: 24 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ NYJ BUF -2.5 O/U 46.5
OPP VS RB
10th
PROJ PTS
8.3
RB RNK
24th
2022 Stats
RUYDS
507
REC
21
REYDS
180
TD
3
FPTS/G
6.6
I expect Cook to be the lead running back in Buffalo this season, but given the matchup, I would like to see what the backfield split looks like in Week 1 at the Jets before starting Cook in all leagues. At best, he should be used as a flex, with his value slightly higher in PPR. Damien Harris could play a prominent role, especially at the goal line, and we know Josh Allen remains a factor there is well. Since the Jets defense is dominant up front, Cook might find running lanes hard to come by, and we'll see how much he's used in the passing game this week. The Jets also come into this game having not allowed a running back to score a touchdown in five games in a row.
KC Kansas City • #10
Age: 24 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs DET KC -4.5 O/U 52.5
OPP VS RB
4th
PROJ PTS
9.3
RB RNK
32nd
2022 Stats
RUYDS
830
REC
13
REYDS
130
TD
5
FPTS/G
7.9
Pacheco might be eased into action this week after dealing with shoulder and hand injuries for much of the offseason. While he played a few snaps in the preseason finale against Cleveland, the Chiefs could still opt to lean on McKinnon and Clyde Edwards-Helaire, especially with McKinnon in the passing game. And we know that if Pacheco doesn't score a touchdown then his Fantasy production could be minimal. The Lions also have a much-improved run defense this season, and the Chiefs offense might not be as explosive if Kelce doesn't play.
PHI Philadelphia
Age: 24 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ NE PHI -4 O/U 45
OPP VS RB
3rd
PROJ PTS
8.6
RB RNK
33rd
2022 Stats
RUYDS
542
REC
48
REYDS
389
TD
8
FPTS/G
13.7
I wouldn't be surprised if Swift has a good game and is the lead running back for the Eagles. I also wouldn't be surprised if we see a consistent rotation for Swift, Rashaad Penny and Kenneth Gainwell, which leads to minimal production for all of them this week unless one scores a touchdown. This is also a difficult matchup against a typically stout New England run defense, and the Patriots led the NFL last season with just five total touchdowns allowed to running backs. Swift is worth using as a flex option at best this week, but hopefully we get a better indication of his role compared to Penny and Gainwell moving forward.
NYJ N.Y. Jets • #20
Age: 22 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs BUF BUF -2.5 O/U 46.5
OPP VS RB
NR
PROJ PTS
8.5
RB RNK
32nd
2022 Stats
RUYDS
463
REC
19
REYDS
218
TD
5
FPTS/G
16.4
I'd be cautious about using Hall or Dalvin Cook in Week 1, especially after what Jets coach Robert Saleh said earlier this week about his running back rotation. "I don't know if I want to call it a snap count, but we are gonna be smart with them," Saleh said. "We'll continue to evaluate and build up what we think Monday needs to be, but it's not that we're putting a snap count on it. It's just they're two really good football players -- Michael Carter's a really good football player -- and just trying to find a way to feature all of them." It would be great if Hall returned from last year's torn ACL with a big game, but Cook and Carter could cap his touches. And Cook is also coming back from offseason shoulder surgery. Oh, and the Bills run defense is also tough, further complicating matters. I would only use Hall as a flex option this week.
NYG N.Y. Giants • #34
Age: 24 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs JAC JAC -5 O/U 45
OPP VS RB
23rd
PROJ PTS
8.3
RB RNK
39th
2022 Stats
RUYDS
236
REC
30
REYDS
209
TD
2
FPTS/G
5.3
We'll see what the Colts do with their running back rotation this week with Jackson and Evan Hull, but neither are safe starting options, even in deep leagues. Anthony Richardson should do most of the work on the ground, and Jackson and Hull will likely need to score a touchdown to have a productive Fantasy outing. I would lean toward Jackson over Hull as a flex option this week if you're stuck, but this isn't a great running back situation until Jonathan Taylor (ankle) returns, if at all, in Week 5 following his stint on the PUP list.
Bust Alert (Start/Sit)
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PIT Pittsburgh • #22
Age: 25 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs SF SF -2.5 O/U 41
OPP VS RB
NR
PROJ PTS
9
RB RNK
23rd
2022 Stats
RUYDS
1034
REC
41
REYDS
229
TD
10
FPTS/G
13.1
A lot of Fantasy managers want the Steelers to replace Harris with Jaylen Warren because the latter is more explosive, but that's not likely to happen barring an injury, at least according to most people in Pittsburgh. We'll see what happens as the season goes on, but I would be cautious about starting Harris this week in the majority of leagues. I prefer him as more of a flex option given the matchup with the 49ers. San Francisco is brutal against the run, and last year the 49ers were No. 1 in fewest Fantasy points allowed to opposing running backs. If Harris doesn't find the end zone this week then he could have a miserable stat line, especially if Warren is playing on most passing downs.
START 'EM & SIT 'EM
Wide Receivers
WRs to Start
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LAC L.A. Chargers • #81
• Experience: 7 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs MIA LAC -3 O/U 51
OPP VS WR
22nd
PROJ PTS
10.2
WR RNK
29th
2022 Stats
REC
63
TAR
93
REYDS
895
TD
4
FPTS/G
13.6
When Williams is healthy you should plan to start him, and he's ready to go for Week 1. Last year in Week 14 against Miami, Williams went off for six catches for 116 yards and a touchdown on six targets. I'm excited to see the Chargers move their receivers around, and Williams should see time in the slot, meaning he can avoid Xavien Howard if that's a concern. This game should light up the scoreboard with a projected over-under of 51, and Williams has top-15 upside this week. Keenan Allen is also worth starting in all leagues as well.
SEA Seattle • #16
Age: 31 • Experience: 9 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs LAR SEA -5 O/U 46
OPP VS WR
19th
PROJ PTS
11.2
WR RNK
18th
2022 Stats
REC
84
TAR
117
REYDS
1033
TD
9
FPTS/G
14.8
Lockett and DK Metcalf should get a boost this week with Jaxon Smith-Njigba (wrist) likely limited, and Lockett absolutely destroyed the Rams in 2022. In two games against Los Angeles, Lockett had 13 catches for 182 yards and two touchdowns on 19 targets, and he should have the chance for another big outing in Week 1. Metcalf had 11 catches for 167 yards and a touchdown on 16 targets against the Rams last year as well.
WAS Washington • #1
Age: 23 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs ARI WAS -7 O/U 38
OPP VS WR
6th
PROJ PTS
12.1
WR RNK
23rd
2022 Stats
REC
35
TAR
61
REYDS
523
TD
7
FPTS/G
10.9
We'll find out the status for Terry McLaurin (toe) later in the week, but he returned to practice Wednesday, which is a good sign. But even with McLaurin active I would still start Dotson as a No. 2 Fantasy receiver in all leagues. He's looked great in the preseason, and he caught five of seven targets for 76 yards in his final outing against Baltimore. He's poised for a breakout campaign this season, and it starts this week against a suspect Arizona defense.
JAC Jacksonville • #13
Age: 27 • Experience: 6 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ IND JAC -5 O/U 45.5
OPP VS WR
8th
PROJ PTS
11.5
WR RNK
25th
2022 Stats
REC
84
TAR
133
REYDS
1108
TD
8
FPTS/G
14.2
Calvin Ridley is a must-start Fantasy receiver in all leagues in his debut with the Jaguars, but don't forget about Kirk. And he did great against the Colts last season with 10 catches for 102 yards and three touchdowns on 11 targets in two games. I'm expecting Trevor Lawrence to have a huge game this week, and Ridley and Kirk should both have outstanding performances. Kirk has top-20 upside in all leagues in Week 1.
TB Tampa Bay • #14
Age: 27 • Experience: 7 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ MIN MIN -6 O/U 45.5
OPP VS WR
30th
PROJ PTS
12.3
WR RNK
24th
2022 Stats
REC
104
TAR
142
REYDS
1023
TD
3
FPTS/G
14.9
I like Godwin and Mike Evans this week against a revamped Minnesota secondary. We'll see how new defensive coordinator Brian Flores does with this group, but there are a lot of moving parts, which could lead to some mistakes. And this game could be a shootout if Baker Mayfield doesn't implode. The projected point total is 45.5, and I think the Buccaneers will hold up their end of the bargain. Godwin should be the leader in targets for Mayfield, but Evans could also make some big plays in this matchup. Both have top-20 upside in Week 1.
Sleepers (Start/Sit)
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DEN Denver • #14
Age: 28 • Experience: 6 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs LV DEN -3.5 O/U 44
OPP VS WR
14th
PROJ PTS
11.2
WR RNK
30th
2022 Stats
REC
64
TAR
109
REYDS
829
TD
2
FPTS/G
10.6
Sutton and rookie Marvin Mims have the chance to play well this week against the Raiders with Jerry Jeudy (hamstring) either out or limited. Sutton is coming off a strong training camp, and Mims has been impressive as a second-round rookie out of Oklahoma. Russell Wilson should lean on this duo, and the matchup isn't daunting, especially with pass rusher Chandler Jones (undisclosed) potentially out for Las Vegas. Sutton is a borderline top-24 receiver in all leagues, and I like Mims as a No. 3 Fantasy receiver in his NFL debut.
NO New Orleans • #13
Age: 30 • Experience: 8 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs TEN NO -3 O/U 41
OPP VS WR
28th
PROJ PTS
9.3
WR RNK
48th
2022 Stats
REC
16
TAR
22
REYDS
171
TD
3
FPTS/G
17
As long as Thomas is healthy then he's worth using as at least a No. 3 Fantasy receiver or flex in all leagues. While Chris Olave is now the alpha receiver for the Saints, you can still expect Thomas to get plenty of targets in a plus matchup. He only appeared in three games last year, but in two of them he scored at least 18.5 PPR points. He has that type of upside, and Thomas could go off for a big game in his return to action in Week 1 at home.
KC Kansas City • #24
Age: 23 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs DET KC -4.5 O/U 52.5
OPP VS WR
26th
PROJ PTS
9.8
WR RNK
39th
2022 Stats
REC
22
TAR
33
REYDS
250
TD
0
FPTS/G
2.7
We're waiting to find out the status for Travis Kelce (knee), but if he's out against the Lions then Moore could have a big game. Even if Kelce plays then I would still start Moore as at least a No. 3 Fantasy receiver in all leagues. He is going to get plenty of attention from Patrick Mahomes this season, starting this week, and Moore has the potential for plenty of production each week. I also wouldn't worry about Kadarius Toney (knee) this week if he plays because I expect his snaps to be limited in his return to action.
MIN Minnesota • #3
Age: 21 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs TB MIN -6 O/U 45.5
OPP VS WR
25th
PROJ PTS
10.4
WR RNK
32nd
2022 Stats
REC
0
TAR
0
REYDS
0
TD
0
FPTS/G
0
Addison should have the chance for a big game in his NFL debut against the Buccaneers. My only concern is how much he'll play if the Vikings plan to stick with K.J. Osborn as the starter ahead of Addison in two-receiver sets. But if Addison gets enough targets -- Adam Thielen averaged 6.3 targets per game last year for Minnesota -- then he should showcase his skills. For this week, be conservative with Addison and only start him in three-receiver leagues or as a flex. But don't be surprised if his first game is a big one against the Bucs.
CLE Cleveland • #8
Age: 23 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs CIN CIN -2.5 O/U 47.5
OPP VS WR
16th
PROJ PTS
8.4
WR RNK
44th
2022 Stats
REC
37
TAR
65
REYDS
446
TD
1
FPTS/G
5.5
The first time we saw Moore in a Browns uniform in the preseason against Washington he lined up in the backfield, as well as a receiver. I love that coach Kevin Stefanski plans to move Moore around, and Stefanski said "we want to use the kid in a bunch of different ways." That starts this week against the Bengals, who have a revamped secondary, and Deshaun Watson will hopefully lean on Moore quite a bit. He's worth using as a No. 3 Fantasy receiver, and I'm also counting on Amari Cooper to play well this week. Remember, this is a home game for the Browns, and Cooper scored at least 13.2 PPR points in all but one game in Cleveland last year.
WRs to Sit
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BUF Buffalo • #13
Age: 24 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ NYJ BUF -2.5 O/U 46.5
OPP VS WR
1st
PROJ PTS
8.1
WR RNK
33rd
2022 Stats
REC
48
TAR
93
REYDS
836
TD
7
FPTS/G
11.4
Davis was bad in two games against the Jets last season with a combined five catches for 64 yards on nine targets. This is a great secondary with Sauce Gardner, D.J. Reed and Michael Carter II, and Davis could struggle once again on Monday night. I'd still start Stefon Diggs despite the tough coverage, but it's easy to get away from Davis in this matchup. At best, he should be considered a low-end No. 3 receiver in three-receiver leagues.
NE New England • #7
Age: 27 • Experience: 7 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs PHI PHI -4 O/U 45
OPP VS WR
15th
PROJ PTS
8.5
WR RNK
37th
2022 Stats
REC
78
TAR
101
REYDS
933
TD
3
FPTS/G
11.6
Smith-Schuster should be a good source of receptions this year as the No. 1 receiver for the Patriots, but I wouldn't start him this week against the Eagles, even in three-receiver leagues. Mac Jones should struggle for time to throw against Philadelphia's pass rush, and the Eagles secondary will likely blanket Smith-Schuster this week. Let's not forget, Smith-Schuster riled up several members of Philadelphia's defense following his Super Bowl win with the Chiefs, especially cornerbacks James Bradberry and Darius Slay, and they should be looking to shut down Smith-Schuster in their first meeting since that game.
ARI Arizona • #2
Age: 26 • Experience: 5 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ WAS WAS -7 O/U 38
OPP VS WR
10th
PROJ PTS
9.8
WR RNK
36th
2022 Stats
REC
67
TAR
107
REYDS
709
TD
3
FPTS/G
13
We're still waiting to find out who will start at quarterback for the Cardinals between Joshua Dobbs or Clayton Tune, but I don't want to start Brown in most leagues this week no matter who is under center for Arizona. The Commanders secondary is tough, and Brown might not see a lot of quality targets in this matchup. Hopefully for Brown, Kyler Murray (ACL) will return to action when he's eligible to come off the PUP list in Week 5. Until then, Brown is just a low-end starter at best in three-receiver leagues.
IND Indianapolis • #11
Age: 26 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs JAC JAC -5 O/U 45.5
OPP VS WR
20th
PROJ PTS
9.5
WR RNK
43rd
2022 Stats
REC
99
TAR
141
REYDS
925
TD
4
FPTS/G
13.5
Pittman had his best game of the 2022 season in Week 6 against Jacksonville with 13 catches for 134 yards on 16 targets. Matt Ryan was locked in on Pittman in that game, and Ryan attempted 58 passes in that outing. Anthony Richardson isn't going to throw that much, and Pittman will probably need a hefty amount of volume to be successful. I'd love to see Richardson connect with Pittman for some big plays down the field, but I need to see it first. Until that happens, Pittman is just a low-end starter at best in three-receiver leagues.
BAL Baltimore • #4
Age: 23 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs HOU BAL -10 O/U 43.5
OPP VS WR
2nd
PROJ PTS
9.1
WR RNK
41st
2022 Stats
REC
0
TAR
0
REYDS
0
TD
0
FPTS/G
0
I'm expecting Flowers to be a solid Fantasy option in his rookie campaign, and he should be the No. 1 wide receiver in Baltimore ahead of Rashod Bateman and Odell Beckham Jr. But this isn't a great matchup for the Ravens receivers. The Texans secondary was awesome last year and should be tough again, and Houston was No. 1 in fewest touchdowns to receivers with six. Flowers is only worth using as a low-end starter in three receiver leagues in Week 1.
Bust Alert (Start/Sit)
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PIT Pittsburgh • #14
Age: 22 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs SF SF -2 O/U 41.5
OPP VS WR
32nd
PROJ PTS
9.8
WR RNK
35th
2022 Stats
REC
52
TAR
84
REYDS
801
TD
5
FPTS/G
9.8
Pickens should have the chance for a big sophomore campaign, but I would only use him in three-receiver leagues this week. Now that the 49ers have Nick Bosa back, this San Francisco defense should be tough on Kenny Pickett, and he could struggle to get the ball down the field to Pickens. Diontae Johnson is also a questionable starter, but he should still get his share of receptions. If Pickens doesn't find the end zone then he should have a minimal stat line in Week 1 at home.
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Tight End
TEs to Start
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LAR L.A. Rams • #89
Age: 30 • Experience: 8 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ SEA SEA -5 O/U 46
OPP VS TE
31st
PROJ PTS
8.8
TE RNK
8th
2022 Stats
REC
72
TAR
108
REYDS
620
TD
3
FPTS/G
8.9
Seattle has been in the top 10 in most PPR points allowed to opposing tight ends in three of the past four seasons, including No. 2 in 2022. That's one plus for Higbee. The other plus is Cooper Kupp (hamstring) is out this week, so look for Higbee to get more opportunities from Matthew Stafford in this matchup. While Van Jefferson and Puka Nacua will obviously benefit with Kupp out, Higbee could lead the Rams in targets in this matchup, making him a top-10 Fantasy tight end heading into Week 1.
CLE Cleveland • #85
Age: 27 • Experience: 7 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs CIN CIN -2.5 O/U 47.5
OPP VS TE
25th
PROJ PTS
9.3
TE RNK
7th
2022 Stats
REC
58
TAR
80
REYDS
628
TD
4
FPTS/G
10.2
The Bengals lost both starting safeties from last year with Vonn Bell and Jessie Bates gone, and we'll see how the revamped secondary in Cincinnati does trying to stop Njoku this week. Maybe Njoku liked the previous safeties because in his lone meeting with the Bengals in Week 14 he caught 7-of-9 targets for 59 yards and a touchdown from Deshaun Watson. The two could hook up for quality numbers again in Week 1, and Njoku has top-five upside in all leagues.
NO New Orleans • #83
Age: 27 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs TEN NO -3 O/U 41
OPP VS TE
27th
PROJ PTS
6.8
TE RNK
14th
2022 Stats
REC
42
TAR
65
REYDS
508
TD
7
FPTS/G
8.4
Johnson was one of my favorite late-round tight ends to draft this season, and I'm excited to start him this week against the Titans. We'll see if Tennessee's defense improves against tight ends this season because in 2022 the Titans were No. 3 in PPR points allowed to the position. Johnson also has four touchdowns in his past four home games going back to last year, and he should get off to a hot start this season with Derek Carr as the new quarterback for the Saints.
Sleepers (Start/Sit)
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DAL Dallas • #87
Age: 24 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ NYG DAL -3.5 O/U 46.5
OPP VS TE
29th
PROJ PTS
6.6
TE RNK
13th
2022 Stats
REC
19
TAR
22
REYDS
174
TD
2
FPTS/G
3
Ferguson should do well this season as the new starting tight end for the Cowboys, and I like his matchup in Week 1 against the Giants. Dak Prescott has a great history of leaning on his tight ends, especially against the Giants. In Prescott's past four games against the Giants, his tight ends have combined for 30 catches for 335 yards and three touchdowns on 35 targets. Ferguson, in a part-time role last year in Week 12, had three catches for 57 yards on three targets, but he could blow up this week. I consider him a borderline No. 1 Fantasy tight end in all leagues.
LAC L.A. Chargers • #7
Age: 29 • Experience: 7 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs MIA LAC -3 O/U 51
OPP VS TE
28th
PROJ PTS
7
TE RNK
12th
2022 Stats
REC
58
TAR
87
REYDS
555
TD
4
FPTS/G
8.7
Everett ended last season on a high note with a touchdown in each of his final two games, and hopefully he can keep the scoring streak alive in Week 1 against Miami. The Dolphins were miserable against opposing tight ends in 2022, finishing as one of three teams to allow at least 100 catches to the position, as well as one of four teams to allow at least 10 touchdowns. Given the shootout potential of this game with an over-under of 51 points, I'll use Everett as a streamer in deeper leagues.
DET Detroit • #87
Age: 22 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ KC KC -4.5 O/U 52.5
OPP VS TE
24th
PROJ PTS
6.6
TE RNK
16th
2022 Stats
REC
0
TAR
0
REYDS
0
TD
0
FPTS/G
0
It might not be the best idea to trust a rookie tight end on the road in his first NFL game, but I'll use LaPorta as a starter in deeper formats this week at Kansas City. This game is expected to be a high-scoring affair with an over-under of 54.5, and the Lions could use LaPorta with a thin receiving corps behind Amon-Ra St. Brown. It helps that Jared Goff will have time to throw in this matchup with Chris Jones out for the Chiefs, and Kansas City was tied for fifth last season with nine touchdowns allowed to opposing tight ends.
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HOU Houston • #86
Age: 27 • Experience: 6 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ BAL BAL -10 O/U 43.5
OPP VS TE
8th
PROJ PTS
8.3
TE RNK
19th
2022 Stats
REC
57
TAR
89
REYDS
577
TD
5
FPTS/G
9.5
We'll see how Schultz does in his first game with the Texans, but I'm nervous to trust him at Baltimore. It's really that I'm nervous about rookie quarterback C.J. Stroud making his first start on the road against this defense, and all of his weapons could struggle. I'm hopeful that Schultz will deliver a strong performance for Fantasy managers counting on him this week, but I don't consider him a top-15 tight end in the majority of leagues.
TEN Tennessee • #85
Age: 24 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ NO NO -3 O/U 41
OPP VS TE
1st
PROJ PTS
6
TE RNK
17th
2022 Stats
REC
32
TAR
46
REYDS
450
TD
3
FPTS/G
5.7
Okonkwo is one of my favorite tight ends to stash, but I don't want to start him in Week 1 against the Saints. For starters, I want to see how Tennessee's offense looks with DeAndre Hopkins, Treylon Burks and Okonkwo all healthy, and Okonkwo has to prove he will command targets from Ryan Tannehill while sharing the field with those receivers, as well as Derrick Henry. The Saints were also No. 1 in fewest PPR points allowed to opposing tight ends last year, and this defense should be able to limit Okonkwo's production this week.
CIN Cincinnati • #81
Age: 25 • Experience: 5 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ CLE CIN -2.5 O/U 47.5
OPP VS TE
3rd
PROJ PTS
5.6
TE RNK
21st
2022 Stats
REC
25
TAR
36
REYDS
182
TD
2
FPTS/G
6.9
I'm hopeful that Smith will succeed in Cincinnati after struggling through the past three injury-plagued seasons in Minnesota. But I need to see him perform at a high level first before starting him in the majority of leagues, especially in Week 1 at the Browns. While Cleveland was tough on tight ends last year, allowing the seventh-fewest PPR points to the position, Smith also has to contend with limited practice time with Joe Burrow, who is playing through a calf injury. I wouldn't be surprised if Smith is someone we're talking about starting down the road, but leave him on your bench in Week 1.
Bust Alert (Start/Sit)
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BUF Buffalo • #86
Age: 24 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ NYJ BUF -2.5 O/U 46.5
OPP VS TE
21st
PROJ PTS
7.3
TE RNK
15th
I'm expecting big things from Kincaid this season, but I don't want to start him in Week 1 if I can avoid it. The Jets defense is tough, and while they struggled with tight ends last year, finishing as one of six teams with at least 1,000 receiving yards allowed to the position, they should be able to contain Kincaid in his first NFL action. For this week, if you can, it makes sense to roster two tight ends (Juwan Johnson, Jake Ferguson or Gerald Everett) to keep Kincaid on your bench.
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DST
DST to Start

Commanders (vs. ARI)

As of Wednesday morning, we still don't know who will start at quarterback for the Cardinals out of Joshua Dobbs or Clayton Tune, but it shouldn't matter. Arizona is going to be a bad team all season, and you'll want to stream the opposing DST against the Cardinals each week if you can. In the case of the Commanders, this happens to be a good DST playing at home, so you're in great shape using this option in Week 1.

Sleepers
  • Saints (vs. TEN)
  • Jaguars (at IND)
  • Seahawks (vs. LAR)
DST to Sit

Patriots (vs. PHI)

Depending on your scoring system, the Patriots DST was No. 1 last season in most Fantasy leagues, and this should once again be a top-tier unit. But this week, don't expect a stellar showing against the Eagles. While Philadelphia might have some struggles running the ball, this offensive line should do a good job protecting Jalen Hurts as always, and the Eagles should be able to put points on the board. Unless Hurts gets careless with the ball — and he only had six interceptions and two fumbles last year — then the Patriots DST should post minimal production in Week 1.

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KICKERS
Kicker to Start
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LAC L.A. Chargers • #11
Age: 23 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs MIA LAC -3 O/U 51
OPP VS K
21st
PROJ PTS
8
K RNK
9th
When looking for your Fantasy kicker you want a good offense and a good stadium/weather situation. It also helps when you get a high-scoring game, and that's what we have here with Dicker. This should be one of the better point totals of the week with an expected over-under of 51, and Dicker should get plenty of scoring chances in this matchup. He already played Miami last year and made 3-of-3 field goals and two PATs at home in Week 14, and it would be great if he replicated that stat line again in the rematch.
Sleepers (Start/Sit)
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DAL Dallas • #17
Age: 28 • Experience: 1 year
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ NYG DAL -3.5 O/U 46.5
OPP VS K
31st
PROJ PTS
7.7
K RNK
19th
JAC Jacksonville • #10
Age: 32 • Experience: 10 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ IND JAC -5 O/U 45.5
OPP VS K
12th
PROJ PTS
7.1
K RNK
10th
MIN Minnesota • #1
Age: 29 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs TB MIN -6 O/U 45.5
OPP VS K
5th
PROJ PTS
7
K RNK
8th
Kicker to Sit
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PHI Philadelphia • #4
Age: 28 • Experience: 7 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ NE PHI -4 O/U 45
OPP VS K
2nd
PROJ PTS
6
K RNK
15th
Elliott only had seven games last season where he attempted multiple field goals, and he only scored more than eight Fantasy points five times. This could be a week where he has a big game if the Patriots defense keeps the Eagles out of the end zone, but New England is typically stingy with allowing opposing Fantasy points to kickers. In three of the past four seasons, the Patriots have been top five in fewest Fantasy points allowed to kickers. I would look for another kicker in Week 1 -- and maybe for the entire year.