Week One Start and Sit
Matthew Stafford – The matchup against the Indianapolis Colts is like a gold mine for Stafford. Even with the loss of Calvin Johnson to retirement, the Lions still have a nice receiver group led by the newly acquired Marvin Jones and Golden Tate. Another positive for Stafford is that the Colts will be missing their best defensive player and one of the best corner backs in the league in Vontae Davis. The Detroit vs Indianapolis game should be a shootout and Stafford will be right in the middle.
Additional votes: Derek Carr and Matt Ryan.
Andy Dalton – With a matchup against the Jets, I think we see the Cincinnati Bengals go to more of a ground game. This should be a low scoring game and the fantasy points all around in this game should be limited. The Jets with Darrell Revis seems to always be towards the top of the pass defense rankings and 2016 seems to be the same. I would rather start Dallas rookie Dak Prescott or Philadelphia rookie Carson Wentz before I start Dalton this week.
Spencer Ware – It sounds like Jamaal Charles is going to miss the season opener and that leaves Ware as a premier option at running back. The Chargers seem to always be at the bottom of the league against the run and 2016 seems to be no different. Ware is the better runner; pass catcher, and blocker than Charcandrick West, so his carries should be safe as the starter.
Additional votes: DeAngelo Williams and DeMarco Murray
Eddie Lacy – I need to see that the old Lacy is back and not the version that we saw in 2016. With a matchup against the Jacksonville Jaguars, I can see this game being a passing game for both teams. Not to mention that Aaron Rodgers will want to take his old weapons out for a test drive with Jordy Nelson back from last year’s season ending injury.
Marvin Jones – Do you see a theme here? I really like the Detroit Lions passing game. Jones has a chance to shine after leaving the Cincinnati Bengals and being in A.J. Green’s shadow. The Colts game should be an up and down shootout and Jones has a good shot to get in the box at least once, but I am calling a two touchdown game for the new Lion.
Additional votes: John Brown, Kamar Aiken, and Sammy Watkins.
Julian Edelman – I don’t see the New England Patriots getting much going offensively with Tom Brady out of the game for his suspension. It may be a ground and pound type of game as they take pressure off their quarterback and try and keep it out of the hands of Carson Palmer and the Cardinals.
Jesse James – The new Steeler toy for Ben Roethlisberger is HUGE, at 6-7 he towers over defenders and is an easy option to look for. Antonio Brown will get his, but with Josh Norman on him for most of the game, I see a lot more balls available in this offense. Game one may be the coming out party for James.
Additional votes: Jared Cook and Martellus Bennett
Coby Fleener – I love Fleener for the year, but not to start the year. It sounds like he is having a hard time learning the offense. The defense is improved in Oakland, but the secondary may be the worst of the team, this means that the wide receivers are going to get some nice looks. With the good linebacker play and Fleener not knowing the offense, it seems like it is a nice time to wait and see on Fleener.
Green Bay and Minnesota