Week 1 is here, which means it’s that time again. That time when you spend too many minutes or hours studying your fantasy football team with hopes of finding the perfect lineup.
It’s a frustrating process and often one where you’ll end up on the losing side more often than not. With so many bench spots, it’s not an easy thing to do. So when you start the wrong guy, try not to beat yourself up.
I tell myself that, but it never works. I’ll be left with a black eye come Sunday night…
Either way, let’s try our best to find the correct lineup.
One of my favorite plays of the week is Matthew Stafford and an underrated Lions offense. While he’s on the road, the Colts secondary is already beat up and their pass rush is minimal. This is going to be a high-scoring game (both teams reaching 30 points) and Stafford will benefit. Don’t be surprised if he matches Andrew Luck’s output in this game.
Two running backs that could easily lead the week are DeAngelo Williams and Thomas Rawls. Obviously if you drafted them, they are must starts, and hopefully Rawls is full-go against the Dolphins. Going further down the list, I’m dropping Jeremy Hill a few spots due to a game at the Jets.
Sleepers include Jerick McKinnon and Spencer Ware. It’s been made aware that Jamaal Charles still isn’t up to speed, which means Ware should see a decent amount of work in this first game against the Chargers. As for McKinnon (as long as he’s healthy), he could see 10-plus touches in a run-heavy approach from the Vikings in their first game without Teddy Bridgewater.
Donte Moncrief and Marvin Jones could be set up for huge opening games. Darius Slay may be tasked with T.Y. Hilton, and Vontae Davis isn’t around to stop Jones.
DeMaryius Thomas is way down my list and I wouldn’t be afraid to bench him against the Panthers. John Brown’s status needs to be monitored as he was dealing with concussion issues for most of the preseason. It’s hard to see him putting in a huge game in the first week.
Sleepers at tight end are a little less straightforward. Zach Miller may be a choice to break out as long as he plays, or Clive Walford could be looked at in a high-scoring game. Also, be wary of how much Martellus Bennett can do with Jimmy Garoppolo, especially at Arizona.
For defenses, check out my article from last week covering the bargain options.