I don’t know about you, but football could not come fast enough this year. Thankfully, Thursday is almost here with the kickoff of Pittsburgh @ New England where we get to watch the Patriots raise another banner with an asterisk on it. Personally, I think an asterisk should be the Patriots’ new helmet logo. Needless to say, I have some mixed emotions about Thursday’s opener.

Week one is pretty standard in terms of setting your fantasy football lineup. You’re gonna roll with your best available players. Don’t overthink things! No “tinkering” every hour with your lineup. No magic 8 ball. Just keep it simple as week one is very unpredictable. Play the odds and just go with your top guys. That being said, there are some situations that will arise where you have two running backs, wide receiver or tight ends you’re thinking over, or quarterbacks basically on the same level and you don’t know what matchup to roll with.

We’ll cover a few likely situations here every week in our Start/Sit calls, but feel free to drop your specific concerns in the comments below. Also, don’t hesitate to use our week 1 start calls in the massive DFS game over at DraftKings. Just click the banner below to learn more and you just might end week one with $2 million. Yeah.


QB, Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins

Tannehill has looked very good this preseason and he gets a nice matchup @Washington to open the season. The Redskins are a mess from top to bottom. They have so many internal issues they probably haven’t even thought about Miami yet. Tannehill should be a safe bet to have around 300 passing with 2TD’s at least. He’ll put up a nice game.

RB, Andre Ellington, Arizona Cardinals

Ellington gets a home matchup vs. New Orleans for week 1. Nothing really scary about that in my book. Ellington starts this season at full strength after starting last season a little hobbled. He’s looked pretty good this preseason and with Carson Palmer back at QB, the offense gets the much needed consistencey it lacked when the QB went down last year. Ellington will have a strong opening game.

WR, Golden Tate, Detroit Lions

I’ve been pretty high on Tate to open the season. Detroit loves to sling the ball around with Stafford. To me, a game at San Diego looks like a high scoring affair with both teams scoring in the 30’s. You can’t tell me that Tate won’t have anything to do with Detroit scoring in the 30’s. Start him. He’ll get you some points.

TE, Jordan Cameron, Miami Dolphins

As I think QB Ryan Tannehill has a big game I have to think Cameron gets some inflated stats week 1 vs. the Redskins. Cameron was fantasy gold with Cleveland and now gets the opportunity to play in a system where he knows who the QB will be every week. I gotta think he’s a big part of the offense from week to week; especially against the ‘skins.

D/ST, Denver Broncos

Denver opens the season with a home game vs. Baltimore. Only question I have…..who on Baltimore’s offense scares you? Baltimore is going to have to play from behind early in this game and Flacco has no help. Roll with the Broncos.


QB, Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers

“But he’s playing Jacksonville” you say? Sorry, but Cam has no help on offense after WR Kelvin Benjamin went down. His only sure thing is his TE Greg Olsen who will probably have to stay in and block most of the day to help protect his QB. Be wary of Cam this year.

RB, Justin Forsett, Baltimore Ravens

This guy was ranked so high amongst RB’s and it just baffled me. I know he played well last year but when the Ravens’ best threat is an aging Steve Smith Sr. I’m not thrilled. Baltimore will probably be down early and be forced to throw the ball a lot. Only saving grace for Forsett is PPR out of the backfield and that’s about it.

WR, Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Listen, this isn’t really a “sit” as it’s just a warning. How comfortable are you with Jameis Winston at QB? You are dependent on this guy getting Evans the ball. Evans’ numbers are going to take a hit with Winston’s learning curve. Be warned.

TE, Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers

He’s the only solid receiver in the offense for Newton and the Panthers at this time. Until someone else steps up to be a threat, Olsen will be treated as the #1 WR and get all the attention. Not exactly what you want for your TE.

D/ST, San Francisco 49ers

I’ve seen a lot of people taking San Fran as a defense and it’s solely based on past results. A new head coach and tons of turmoil in the offseason have knocked the 49ers down a tier from what was once a top defense in the league. Minnesota is on the slate for week 1 and they look pretty talented so steer clear of the 49ers.

About The Author Terrence Kirker

Die hard New York Giants fan and avid fantasy football player in multiple leagues and formats. Former contributor to NFLSoup.com and now breakingfootball.com sharing advice and picks for the past 4 years.