The AEE Fantasy Start/Sit List Week One- WR edition
Football is back, baby!
The excitement for the regular season is brimming among fantasy football owners. We are finally approaching real, actual, legitimate football games. As we enter the regular season, let’s take a look at the best starts and sits heading into Week 1 of the NFL regular season.
Start of the Week – Dede Westbrook vs Kansas City Chiefs
Even if Jacksonville’s defense is able to rebound, I still expect them to need to put up points in order to beat the Kansas City Chiefs. Dede Westbrook has proven to be the most reliable receiver left on the Jaguars roster, and since they don’t have a tight end, I expect him to see heavy volume in this game. I would be very happy to have Dede as my WR3 or flex starter.
Start – Willie Snead @ Miami Dolphins: Somebody has to catch passes for the Ravens, and even though Marquise “Hollywood” Brown has been cleared to play, I think Snead will produce more points week 1. Snead is the designated slot receiver on this team, so he should be peppered with targets in underneath routes.
Start – Alshon Jeffery vs Washington Redskins: I’m big on Alshon Jeffery as an improved red zone threat with a healthy Carson Wentz throwing him the ball. He has an average matchup against the Washington Redskins, a unit I feel is underrated but definitely not scary. Queue Alshon as an easy WR2 start.
Start – Chris Godwin vs San Francisco 49ers: Chris Godwin is one of the most hyped wide receivers in fantasy football, and I think he’s about to prove why. The 49ers boast an excellent defensive line, but the rest of the team is full of questions and holes, holes Godwin is bound to fill while the defense focuses on Mike Evans.
Start – Marvin Jones @ Arizona Cardinals: Keeping in theme, I’m very high on finding bad defenses to stream against. I think all of the Lions get a boost against the Cardinals, but especially Marvin Jones. Patrick Peterson will be out, so Jones will likely not see shadow coverage, which should allow him to blow up the statsheet.
Start – Kenny Stills @ New Orleans Saints: In his first game with the Houston Texans, Kenny Stills will get a nice revenge game against the team that drafted him. Although Stills hasn’t been on the roster long and likely has not gotten up to speed with the playbook, the fact is he’s a deep threat with a good quarterback on a team that will be without Keke Coutee week 1.
Sit of the Week – Antonio Brown vs Denver Broncos
You really can’t sit Antonio Brown in most leagues, but if you play in a smaller league and have WR depth, you should at least consider it. I’m fading Brown this week because I think he will need to catch up with his teammates after missing most of the offseason. Generally, I’m unbothered when a veteran misses camps and preseason action, unless they are on a brand new team like Antonio Brown. I think Vic Fangio turns Denver’s defense into a top five unit this year, and so I don’t expect a ton from Brown in week 1 of this regular season, even at home.
Sit – Amari Cooper vs New York Giants: Apparently Amari Cooper is dealing with a minor injury that he’s dealt with before; plantar fasciitis. He should suit up week 1, but how effective he will be is another question. Personally, I wasn’t big on drafting Cooper this year, and if I can help it, I probably would try to avoid playing him this week.
Sit – Tyler Boyd @ Seattle Seahawks: We’ve seen before the effect AJ Green’s absence has on Tyler Boyd. When Tyler Boyd sees top level defenders, he does not produce the same way, even with the added volume. The Seahawks have quietly rebuilt the defense and added Jadaveon Clowney via trade, so I expect it to be tough sledding for all Bengals players on the road in Seattle.
Sit – Marquise Brown @ Miami Dolphins: Marquise “Hollywood” Brown has been designated as a go for week 1 of the regular season. Although I’m very hyped on playing most Ravens players I have stock in against a seemingly weak Miami team, I’m in a wait and see mode with Brown at this point. Hollywood has put out some mediocre stuff this offseason, let’s see how he performs against a bad defense before we buy in on him.
Sit – Donte Moncrief @ New England Patriots: Donte Moncrief is a boom or bust guy in my opinion, as he’s never been a heavy volume receiver during his career. James Washington and even Diontae Johnson looked good in the offseason, so I want to see exactly what Moncrief’s role on this team is before I start putting him in my lineup.
Sit – Christian Kirk vs Detroit Lions: Hopefully, Kliff Kingsbury can keep this offense interesting, but the addition of Michael Crabtree seems to go against what they are trying to build in Arizona. You’d imagine Kirk would still see more passes than Crabtree and Fitzgerald, but I want to see it believe before I start playing him if I have other options available to me.