Wow, what a game last night! Have to hand it to Denver. They got a big win in a very tough opener. They also benefitted from several cheap shots to Cam Newton’s head that went uncalled, but that’s a whole other story. Siemian looked competent, C.J. Anderson looked great, and the defense (although dirty) looked every bit as ferocious as last year.
As for fantasy, I dropped the ball on C.J. Anderson. He put up big numbers with over 130 total yards and 2 scores. Kelvin Benjamin was also impressive, though faded in the second half. If you started the defenses, they both got you decent points. If you started Cam, he also was decent with 1 td pass and one rushing td. Greg Olsen also had a nice game, but the Denver receivers didn’t do a whole lot.
So, enough about that game, let’s move on. Yesterday we looked at the early slate of games, now let’s see who to start and sit in the rest of the action.
Games starting at 3:05 EST
Miami at Seattle
Start ‘Em: Russell Wilson, Christine Michael, Doug Baldwin, Tyler Lockett, Seahawks D/ST, Jarvis Landry
Sit ‘Em: Thomas Rawls, Ryan Tannehill, Arian Foster, Jay Ajayi, Kenny Stills, Davante Parker, Jordan Cameron, Dolphins D/ST……basically sit everybody but Landry
This is a dream opener for Seattle and their nauseating 12th man bandwagon latte sippin hipster idiot fanbase. Most of whom couldn’t name who the quarterback was before Russell Wilson and have no idea who Steve Largent is. Anyhow, Miami has to travel all the way across the country to deal with these losers and their manufactured stadium noise.
I say all of that to say this, Seattle should absolutely dominate this game. They are favored by 10 and I’m betting they will cover that without breaking much of a sweat. Russell Wilson, who has to be the cheesiest cheeseball that ever cheesed in the history of cheesedom, is a pretty good quarterback and he will have a big game. It’s looking more and more like Seattle will take it slow with Thomas Rawls, so Christine Michael likely gets the majority of carries here. He had a great preseason, so he’s definitely worthy of a start. But keep your eye on this situation just to be sure.
Doug Baldwin had a breakout season last year so you can roll with him against a suspect Miami secondary. Also, second year speedster Tyler Lockett is a big play waiting to happen, so I see no reason not to put him in your lineup at a flex if nothing more. And of course you’re starting Seattle’s defense, they are one of the best in the league, and Miami has a few key offensive lineman that are nicked up.
As for Miami, this is just a brutal way to open the year. Ryan Tannehill will be running for his life throughout the game and is sure to throw a couple of picks. Neither Foster nor Ajayi can be trusted to do much against this defense. The only guy I like is Jarvis Landry, and that would be in a ppr format. He is one of the best young receivers in the league who probably doesn’t get enough credit.
New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys
Start ‘Em: Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, Dez Bryant, Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard
Sit ‘Em: Alfred Morris, Jason Witten, Cowboys D/ST, Rashad Jennings, Giants D/ST
This game will take place in Jerry World and has all the makings of a good one. The Giants are favored by 1, so basically it’s a wash. The big question here is how will rookie Dak Prescott handle this offense in Tony Romo’s absence? We all know that he was great in the preseason so we can assume that he will be at least competent moving forward.
I like Prescott as a start here because he is playing at home, he has some reliable targets in Witten and Bryant, and Elliott should provide plenty of relief in the running game. Dak also brings an added element as he can move the sticks with his legs. Don’t be surprised if he gets close to 50 yards and a score on the ground.
Many fantasy owners are worried about Dez Bryant’s output with a rookie quarterback. I say you have to start him. He is always the best receiver on the field, and Dallas will find ways to get him the ball. So you roll with Dallas’s big three.
As for the Giants, Manning is a decent start here. Dallas’s secondary isn’t anything special. You are of course starting Beckham every week and I think you take a flyer on the rookie Sterling Shepard. Beckham will get all of the attention, so Shepard may get loose and reward you with a long touchdown. I’m not sure of the running back situation. Rashad Jennings is the starter, but it appears as if he will be ceding some carries to Paul Perkins. I’m avoiding this situation for now.
Detroit at Indianapolis
Start ‘Em: Andrew Luck, Dwayne Allen, Frank Gore, T.Y. Hilton, Donte Moncrief, Matt Stafford, Theo Riddick, Marvin Jones, Golden Tate
Sit ‘Em: Ameer Abdullah, Eric Ebron
There will be a lot of points scored in this game. Neither defense is particularly strong and both quarterbacks are capable of slinging it all over the field. There is still a concern about Luck’s health and a suspect offensive line. There’s also concern that Luck may trip over his neck beard, but we’ll take our chances. Should be a lot of points to go around here, so don’t hesitate to start the above receivers for both teams as well as Colt’s tight end Dwayne Allen.
New England at Arizona – Sunday Night 7:30
Start ‘Em: Julian Edelman, Carson Palmer, David Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald, John Brown, Cardinals’ D/ST
Sit ‘Em: Jimmy Garoppolo, Gronk, NE running backs, Danny Amendola, Martellus Bennett, New England D/ST, Michael Floyd, Chris Johnson
This is a tasty matchup that has Arizona favored at home by 6. It’s a tough one for Jimmy Garoppolo in his first NFL start. He was up and down in the preseason, but the Cardinals defense is fully healthy and should have a good season. Gronk is out so I like Edelman here, especially in a ppr league. Can’t ever trust New England running backs, because they are always by committee and it’s different every week. Bill Belichick is the lamest coach in the history of fantasy.
Arizona has a high-powered offense led by Carson Palmer. Palmer was fantastic in the regular season last year, so I see no reason not to roll with him here. I like David Johnson as a top 5 fantasy back this season, and he should be in your lineup every week. And I’m going with the reliable Fitzgerald and the home run hitter Brown as the best options in the passing attack. This should be a very good game and full of fantasy points.
Monday Night Games
Pittsburgh at Washington
Start ‘Em: Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown, DeAngelo Williams, Jesse James, Kirk Cousins, Desean Jackson, Jordan Reed, Pierre Garcon
Sit ‘Em: Markus Wheaton, Sammie Coates, Eli Rogers, Steelers D/ST, Matt Jones, Chris Thompson, Josh Doctson, Washington D/ST
Pittsburgh is only favored by 3 against the upstart Redskins on Monday night. There are likely a lot of points that will go up in this game. Big Ben will look to Antonio Brown often and Brown, who is unguardable, will have a huge night. I also like DeAngelo Williams who takes place of the suspended Le’veon Bell. Williams was very good last year and there’s no reason to think that won’t continue. Also, TE James is unheralded, but getting a lot of buzz around Steelers camp. Heath Miller has retired and Ladarious Green is out with injury. James is a big red zone target. He’s worth a look here.
Kirk “You like that!” Cousins is both incredibly annoying and an incredibly good fantasy option. Say what you will, Cousins can spin it, and he will look for big plays from Reed and Jackson. I’m normally not a big Garcon fan, but Pitt’s secondary is young so he may have a sneaky good game here. I’m also not a believer in either defense yet, although I think both are improved and the Steelers could eventually be a reliable option. For now I’m sticking with the offense in the hopes that this will be somewhat of a shootout.
Los Angeles at San Francisco
Start ‘Em: Todd Gurley, Tavon Austin, Rams D/ST
Sit ‘Em: Case Keenum, Blaine Gabbert, Torrey Smith, Carlos Hyde
This game might be a big snoozefest. I’m not seeing a ton of fantasy value here. Both teams have very mediocre quarterbacks. Todd Gurley is clearly the star and a guy that you start every week. I’m okay with taking a flyer on Tavon Austin because they look to get him involved in a variety of ways. I also like the Rams defense as they boast one of the best front sevens in football. They should be able to control Carlos Hyde and prevent Gabbert from getting too comfortable in the passing game.