NFL Week 1 Start and Sit
Lance Moore WR New Orleans Saints
Lance Moore was one of a few weapons on the New Orleans Saints who was frustrating to own last year. Every week it seemed like there was a new favorite target for Brees, and whoever that target was could easily disappear the following week. Well Moore had two of his best showings last year against Atlanta, totaling 14 catches for 214 yards. There will be plenty of points in this game, and I expect Moore to have a few shots at finding the endzone in this one.
FANTASY NOTE: Start Moore over Anquan Boldin, Chris Givens, and Greg Jennings.
Ben Roethlisberger QB Pittsburgh Steelers
The knock on Big Ben is that he’s always banged up. Well there is no better time to be healthy then the beginning of the season! Add on the fact that the Steelers are opening the season at home, and the fact that it’s against the Titans, who were 24th against Quarterbacks in fantasy last year, and you have what I think will be a 20-25 point game in standard leagues.
FANTASY NOTE: Start Ben over Eli Manning, Tony Romo, and Andy Dalton this week.
Darren Sproles RB New Orleans Saints
In case you haven’t gotten the hint yet, I’m expecting a ton of points to be scored in this Falcons Saints game, both on the scoreboard and in fantasy. Sproles is extremely valuable in a PPR league, and is a must start in most leagues against the Falcons who were 25th against Running Backs last season. While Sproles is used more so as a pass catching back, he will still get a ton of looks in this game, and I expect him to find the endzone at least once.
FANTASY NOTE: Start Sproles over Chris Johnson, Ahmad Bradshaw, and Ryan Matthews on Sunday.
Steve Smith WR Carolina Panthers
Smith has been one of the top receivers in the NFL for over a decade, but the long time Panther is 34 this year. Not only is that on the older side in a position that is full of young, quick talent, but the Panthers are up against the Seahawks this week. Seattle was the #1 defense against opposing wide receivers last season, due in large part to shutdown corner Richard Sherman, the man who will be following Smith all around the field. I think Cam Newton will be content to spread the ball around and avoid Sherman whenever possible.
FANTASY NOTE: Receivers I like more than Smith this week are Jordy Nelson, Steve Johnson, and Reggie Wayne.
PHILIP RIVERS QB SAN DIEGO CHARGERS
Last season was the first time since 2007 that Rivers didn’t top the 4,000 yard mark, and despite putting up a decent touchdown to interception ratio, he was all but forgotten when it came to the playoff push. Fast forward nine months, and Rivers has little to nothing going for him on the offensive side of the ball. Combine his porous supporting cast, and the often imposing Houston Texans defense, and I’m expecting a poor game from Rivers, even in a home night game.
FANTASY NOTE: QBs I like over Rivers this week include Jay Cutler, Matt Schaub, and Michael Vick.
DeMarco Murray RB Dallas Cowboys
There are a ton of question marks surrounding Murray coming into this season. The young running back has durability issues, and often times finds himself with nagging injuries. While Murray figures to be the starter, the Cowboys have a few options they want to use as change-up backs, and the Giants still have one of the most feared front 7’s in the game. Ultimately, it adds up to a subpar game for Murray.
FANTASY NOTE: This week I’d go with Matt Forte, Lamar Miller, and Reggie Bush over Murray.
THE WEEK 1 FANTASY RULE: The most important thing to remember this week is to start your studs. Unless they have a terrible matchup (like Steve Smith), you want to put the players you drafted in, because in all likelihood, one of your guys will pick up an early injuries. This is the week to see how well you drafted. After this week, it’s about who can survive the injuries, and who picks up the right players.
THIS ARTICLE WAS WRITTEN BY CONTRIBUTING WRITER KEVIN TAYLOR