Fantasy Football Players to Start or Sit: Week 1

Al Messerschmidt

Sean Patterson begins his "Start or Sit" segment and offers advice for Fantasy Football players on who should be in their line-ups week 1. Sean's fantasy football player watch list is also included.

I know this is a bit late for week 1, but if you started any Broncos but Eric Decker, good work my friend. But this segment is designed to help you decide which of the "lower end" or more "questionable" players to start of sit in fantasy football. I’m not planning on covering every stud player, so do not over think it when it comes to guys like Julio Jones or Adrian Peterson. They are always guys to start unless they appear on my list. If you have concerns about specific players, feel free to leave a comment with your player concern or tweet (@Spatters91) me and I will try to help you out.

I also have my fantasy football watch list (guys to keep an eye on/sleepers) if you need to fill some roster spots. I will update that every week as well.

Guys to Start:

Robert Griffin III (and pretty much all of your Redskins): The Eagles do not have a good group of defensive backs. Expect the Redskins to pick on them and then run the football when the Eagles are tired.

Tony Romo: I know, ew. But he has played well against the Giants in his last 5 times he has started against the Giants. Romo is notably a good fantasy quarterback (during the first half of the season lol), so if you have some qb woes, he is a good guy to roll with. Even though he is a gross Cowboy.

Reggie Bush: If you are playing in PPR format, you might have struck gold with Reggie Bush. The Vikings defense isn’t bad or anything, but the Lions need another passing option behind Calvin Johnson. Reggie Could be quite the asset for the Lions and in fantasy, and I think he will show us that this week.

Darryl Richardson: Richardson should be an important part of the Rams offense as the number one rusher and as a pass catcher. I think the Rams offense may be on the field a lot Sunday and a lot of other running backs have less than stellar match-ups.

Dwayne Bowe: His 2012 season was thouroghly disappointing, but when he has good match-ups in 2013, I would start him. Alex Smith is at worst a competent quarterback and he gives Bowe a lot of value in fantasy.

Zach Sudfeld: I’m not sure how long this guy will be fantasy relevant, but the Bills are a good match-up and Tom Brady needs guys to throw too.

Guys to Sit:

Cam Newton: Newton in the first half of the season during his first two seasons? Meh. Newton playing against the Seahawks week 1? No thanks.

Eddie Lacy: Lacy is a running back behind a less than great offensive line. But he will still be pretty good this season. Against the 49ers though? Not worth the risk, even though he is a great pass catcher.

Ryan Matthews: Ask the guys who kept drafting him in the first round the previous two years if they think you should start Matthews against the Texans (with a healthy Brian Cushing). See what they say.

Chris Ivory/Bilal Powell: Yeah, Tampa Bay is not a fun team to run against, especially if you are terrible. Find a new flex buddy.

Jordy Nelson: I do not love this match-up for the packers, especially when Nelson is coming off of an injury. Let week 1 show you if he is actually 100% if you have the option.

Tavon Austin: The defensive backs of the Cardinals will create bench spots for every receiver this season. Tavon Austin will be the first of many. Honey badger (and Patrick Peterson) don’t care about your fantasy receivers, they are not going to score a lot of points here.

Sean’s Fantasy Watch List:

Julius Thomas (DEN-TE): Add Him 20 minutes ago. Go back in time. Do it.

Knowshon Moreno (DEN-RB): Add Him.

EJ Manuel (BUF-QB): Keep Watching him, could get some rushing yards.

Bernard Pierce (BAL-RB): Could be a good bye week guy/starter if ray loses touches.

Bryce Brown (PHI-RB): LeSean can’t play an entire game in a no huddle offense, could be a decent add.

Quinton Patton (SF-WR): Keep watching him, someone has to catch the ball. He seems pretty good.

Darrius Heyward-Bey (IND-WR): Keep watching him, things could turn around for him.

DeAndre Hopkins (HOU-WR)

Santonio Holmes (NYJ-WR): He is a no. 1 guy

Percy Harvin (SEA-WR): If he is healthy, he balls out.

Heath Miller (PIT-TE): When he is healthy, he is a poor mans Jason Witten

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