Week 1 was crazy. Simple as that. Who would have thought Tarik Cohen, Jonathan Stewart and Chris Thompson would outscore Le’Veon Bell and David Johnson? Or Andy Dalton throwing more INT’s than total fantasy points scored.

After picking apart Matthew Berry for his Week 1 Love/Hate, I had many MFST readers demand I bring out my own fantasy football Sit/Start so we can see who is the more reliable source for your lineups every week. Well, I certainly don’t back down from a challenge, so here are the fantasy players you should put in your starting lineup or keep on your bench…

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Ameer Abdullah at NYG

As if Abdullah’s rough Week One wasn’t enough (30 yards on 15 carries), he has to go up against a stiff Giants defense. In their past 18 games going back to 2015, the Giants have allowed only two running backs to rush for at least 100 yards, and they were Elliott (twice) and Le’Veon Bell. Things will get better for Abdullah moving forward, but not this week.

TY Hilton vs ARZ

The Colts quarterback change could help Hilton—anything is better than Scott Tolzien throwing to the wrong team. He’s now played 11 games in the past two seasons without Luck, and he’s only scored in one game over that span. Hilton will also likely see a lot of Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson in this matchup, so he is better off on your bench in Week 2.

Mike Gillislee at Saints

You may be shocked to see Gillislee on the “sit” list, especially facing a weak Saints defense–but my thought process on Mike is simple. He is not going to see many touches between the 20’s–and I expect Tom Brady and the Patriots to come out firing in the passing game. I see James White being more involved in the gameplan than Gillislee with the Saints pass defense getting tested early and often. Gillislee is dependent on goal-line touches and touchdowns are his only source of fantasy production. If he doesn’t score, he will give you very little points—keep him on your bench.

Eddie Lacy vs 49ers

I don’t really need to say more than five carries for three yards. That was his stat-line last week against the Packers, who honestly do not have a very difficult run defense. Sadly, I think this is the end of the line for Lacy in regards to fantasy football–he just does not offer you anything and I even wrote a column this week explaining why he isn’t even worth a roster spot.

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Tom Brady at NO and Larry Fitzgerald at IND

The analysts at sportsbettingdime.com has set Tom Brady (Patriots QB) & Larry Fitzgerald (Cardinals WR) as starters of the week. According to them, both will bounce back from sub-par Week 1 games. Brady is facing a New Orleans defense that has been one of the worst units in the league for years now and just surrendered nearly 350 yards to Sam “Check It Down” Bradford and the Vikings. The game-script should also play into Brady’s hands, as the Pats’ defense will struggle to slow Drew Brees in the Superdome, forcing New England to keep up in a veritable track-meet.
Fitzgerald, meanwhile, has a cake matchup with the Colts, who made Jared Goff and the Rams offense look like the 2016 Falcons in Week 1, surrendering 46 points and 306 passing yards. The Cardinals have serious QB issues, but with David Johnson out, they won’t have any choice but to trust in Carson Palmer’s aging arm. Even last week, when Palmer struggled mightily, Fitzgerald led the team with 76 yards and an ungodly 13 targets. Even if Brock Osweiler was slinging the ball, the volume Fitzgerald is likely to see against this brutal defense mandates a start.”

Terrance West vs CLE

There’s a lot being made about Javorius Allen and his value now that Danny Woodhead (hamstring) is out for several weeks. I don’t buy it…completely. Allen received a lot of his touches when the game against the Bengals was already decided, and West turned out a solid 80 yards on 19 carries with a touchdown. Both backs will see their touches, but make no mistake this is West’s job to lose.

Christian McCaffrey vs BUF

McCaffrey didn’t have the Week One many were expecting, but he is a major part of the Panthers offense and will receive guaranteed touches in the running and receiving game. Yes, Jonathan Stewart outplayed McCaffrey in Week One, but how often will that actually happen in 2017? Add in, the Panthers play a Bills defense that gave up eight catches for 37 yards to the Jets backs in Week 1–McCaffrey will be heavily involved in the gameplan.

 

 

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