Last year Chris and Bruce gave you their “expert” fantasy advice. This year we have enlisted T-Bone from the Mac Attack to throw in his two cents as well. We will be picking a starter, a sitter, and a sleeper, every week to help give you the edge in your weekly matchups. Here are the week one selections.
Start: Darren McFadden: Running Back, Oakland Raiders: Run DMC is finally healthy again I expect him to shred the San Diego defense late Monday night. Look for Oakland to run the ball and run the ball some more to help take the pressure off Carson Palmer and their beat up wide receivers.
Sit: LeGarrette Blount: Running Back, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: News out of training camp is that Blount has lost the starting job to rookie Doug Martin. With that being said I think the Panthers much improved run defense is going to shut the Bucs rushing game down and make them beat them in the air. Not only would I not start Blount but I wouldn’t start Martin either.
Sleeper: Fred Davis: Tight End, Washington Redskins: Here’s the deal we all know with the addition of RGIII that it gives the Skins a more mobile quarterback. With Griffin able to move around outside of the pocket and throw on the run look for Davis to get much love in the flats. The Redskins have put enough stock in Davis that they cut Chris Cooley. I like Davis as a quiet starter particularly in a PPR league.
Start: Vincent Jackson: Wide Receiver, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jackson has been a receiver that has always boasted top ten potential, now on a new team and new surroundings I see him ready to prove it. The Bucs will be throwing a lot in this game and the Panthers don’t exactly have shut down corners. Look for Jackson to get you nice production in this week one matchup.
Sit: Stevie Johnson: Wide Receiver, Buffalo Bills: Johnson has been dealing with a groin issue all week it looks like he will play Sunday but that’s where the good news ends. Stevie meet Darrelle Revis, Darrelle meet Stevie, and you will be shutting him down for the rest of the afternoon.
Sleeper: Doug Martin: Running Back, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: If you are looking for a guy to play in the flex let there is no better an option than Doug Martin. He has all but taken the job in Tampa and I look for him to score against a Panther defense that has struggled to keep runners out of the end zone.
Start: Tom Brady: Quarterback, New England Patriots: I get it Brady is an obvious start if you have him you took him with your first pick. Brady is the Punisher of quarterbacks, he has an arsenal that doesn’t end. Plus if you did take him number one you can always name your team “Here’s My Number, So Call Me Brady.”
Sit: Maurice Jones-Drew: Running Back, Jacksonville Jaguars: MJD has held out most of the preseason. If you drafted him you drafted him early, most likely as your number one or number two running back. The Jaguars have decided to only use Jones-Drew sparingly in week one so he will not get the type of production you are accustomed to from him. There are far better options this week.
Sleeper: Robert Turbin: Running Back, Seattle Seahawks: Marshawn Lynch has been dealing with back spasms all week. If Lynch is not able to go on Sunday Turbin is a must play. The Seahawks like the young running back as a fill in for Lynch and as the season goes on he could take more and more carries away from him. I like Turbin for 85 yards and a touchdown if he gets the start and for a guy that wasn’t drafted in most leagues you could do worse.
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