The long and boring drought without football has officially come to an end, which means it’s time to set fantasy football lineups. This week, more than many others, is tough because owners have to make tough decisions and there many unknowns in the fantasy world.
So, we’re going to take a look at five players in your fantasy football league who are typically starters, but you might ant to consider benching in Week 1. Every person’s fantasy situation is different, so you may not have a viable option to replace these players, but if you do, then consider keeping them sidelined.
Tyreek Hill, wide receiver, Kansas City Chiefs
Until I see what Hill is able to do as a clear-cut No. 1 wide receiver, I won’t be sold. With that said, in many cases, I’d be starting him, but not in New England against a hungry Patriots team. I’m concerned after seeing Hill struggle in the preseason, and he might run into tough sledding against a New England team who allowed just 237.9 yards a game last season.
Hill has major boom potential, but he also has an interesting low floor, so there’s certainly a concern.
Mark Ingram, running back, New Orleans Saints
Sure, Ingram is the No. 1 running back for the Saints, but what happens if he struggles a bit and Adrian Peterson comes out and starts rolling? That’s a total hypothetical because we have no idea at this point. But, the Saints are going into Minnesota to take on the Vikings in front of what should be a rowdy home crowd. I could see Minnesota’s defense really causing some issues for the Saints, at least right out of the gate.
Ingram’s timeshare seems a bit concerning already, but in this game I’m even more concerned about it.
Ty Montgomery, running back, Green Bay Packers
I know that Montgomery has been touted as being the No. 1 guy in the Packers backfield, but with a tough Week 1 matchup against the Seattle Seahawks, I’m going to tread incredibly lightly here. The Packers being at home certainly makes me feel a bit better, but the Seahawks allowed only 92.9 yards per game on the ground last season and 225.8 yards through the air. Montgomery is going to catch some passes, but he potentially could have the worst game of his entire season in this matchup.
If you have another option at running back, then roll with it. Montgomery could prove to be a great fantasy option this season, just not so much in Week 1.
Keenan Allen, wide receiver, Los Angeles Chargers
I was really torn on putting Allen on this list. He looks poised for a massive breakout season, assuming that he can stay healthy. But, the matchup for the Chargers is simply brutal in Week 1. While the Denver Broncos aren’t the best offensive team in the league, they are an exceptional defensive group. Allen is going to have some really tough sledding against a pass defense that allowed only 185.8 yards per game through the air in 2016.
On the flip side, the Broncos allowed 130.3 rushing yards per game, so Melvin Gordon could wind up seeing a heavy workload.
Joe Mixon, running back, Cincinnati Bengals
Mixon has to make this list, mainly because no one knows how he’ll be deployed. I know it’s tough to leave a third- or fourth-round draft pick on your fantasy bench, but this is almost a must. Not only did the Ravens have a great rushing defense last season (89.4 yards per game allowed), but that’s not even the worst part.
As ESPN’s Katherine Terrell reported, Mixon is third on the team’s official Week 1 depth chart. It’s time to tread lightly until we get some additional news.