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Start’em Sit’em Week One 2018

Sammy Watkins

Chiefs at Chargers

I bought into the hype of Watkins being productive in fantasy football last season, but I’m putting my foot down in 2018. Watkins may have signed a ridiculous contract with the Chiefs in the offseason making him the 14th highest paid WR in the NFL, but he is an average at best WR. Watkins is on his third team in 5 years and has only surpassed the 1,000-yard mark once. Patrick Mahomes has already shown he loves to target Tyreek Hill, making Watkins possibly the third best option behind tight end Travis Kelce.

32.3% of ESPN league fantasy owners currently have Watkins in a starter slot for week one. Yikes.

Josh Gordon 

Steelers at Browns

I can’t do it. Josh Gordon was originally in my Boom or Bust category, but when I saw 58.8% of ESPN fantasy owners are starting him this week, I felt like I needed to make a bold stand. Gordon is not 100%, he barely practiced with the team, and is a part of a Browns offense that is no longer desperate for targets. Jarvis Landry has become a vocal leader and will get a large portion of the volume. The Browns also have a very underrated tight end in David Njoku that could expose the Steelers from a gameplan standpoint. Not to mention, there is also a trio of running backs, two of which have excellent hands and could also see targets in this game.

This sit recommendation is more of a straight-up warning. If you have safer options, you may want to start them. I believe that Gordon is the number one boom or bust player for week one, and I’m advising a word of caution.

Start’em Sit’em Tight Ends

Austin Seferian-Jenkins

Jaguars at Giants

If you’re looking at last year’s statistics, the Giants were one of the best teams to exploit in daily fantasy or to have players matched up against in Fantasy Football. However, that was last year, and I’m one of the few who believes the Giants defense will be much-improved thanks in part to new DC James Bettcher. Bettcher’s blitz-happy aggressive scheme should cause problems for QB’s looking to find the time to get the ball down the field. However, to counteract that, a team like the Jaguars could take advantage of targeting their 6’5″, 260 lbs Tight End Austin Seferian-Jenkins across the middle.

A lot of the talk has been about who is going to step up at the wide receiver position after the loss of Marqise Lee, and my money is on ASJ having a breakout season.

UPDATE: Austin Seferian-Jenkins seems to be dealing with a “core-muscle injury,” something to keep an eye on.

PPR Gem | Deep League

  • Jack Doyle IND vs. CIN
  • Vance McDonald PIT at CLE
  • Charles Clay BUF at BAL

Boom or Bust

  • George Kittle SF at MIN
  • O.J. Howard TB at NO
  • Austin Hooper ATL at PHI
  • Dallas Goedert PHI vs. ATL
  • Jared Cook OAK vs. LAR
  • Tyler Eifert CIN at IND

I have no recommended Sits for the Tight End position this week. Tyler Eifert worries me a little, but if he is finally healthy, he could get his share of targets in the red zone.

Start’em Sit’em DST

Cardinals

Cardinals vs. Redskins

The Redskins running game took a hit with the loss of Derrius Guice, and the addition of Adrian Peterson is, in my opinion, a temporary band-aid. The Cardinals are an underrated defense and could make things difficult for the Skins on the road this week.

One of my favorite IDP players is DE Chandler Jones, who led the league in sacks last year and has moved back to the defensive end position. I think he could easily be in the running again as the NFL’s top sack leader, and with all the changes to the Redskins offense, I’m confident he gets at least one sack in this contest.

Bengals

Bengals at Colts

I’m buying into the idea that Andrew Luck is back and will have a big season. Frank Reich is an excellent coach, and the Colts could have an explosive offense this season. The Bengals are on the road and don’t have much game film of Luck or the new offense to plan for. I think the Bengals could get exposed.

 

Thanks for Reading! I hope you all have fun and enjoy the games this week!

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Good Luck This week!

Mike Rigz

Mike is the founding member at Gridiron Experts with over 1000+ articles credited to his name. With over 25 years of fantasy experience, Mike has a very unique style when picking sleepers and gems. He has always had an outside the box look on the NFL and rarely gets sucked into the hype over players or buzzing offenses. Mike has three kids and lives on the West Coast. He's happily married to a beautiful woman who also loves sports. Sundays are spent with friends and family watching games from opening kickoff to well into the evenings.

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  • Nicely, done brother and would like to see more about all matches. Ex: you have your starts , cause they should excel better than the for sure starters. Then you have your sits, cause they are facing tough opponents, defensively wise. But, you have Boom or Bust which is understandable. Would be nice to see more sleepers per match, even for TE’s. I usually do my own thing, but I’m also using other folks thoughts on game, in case there’s one that is like a flip a coin scenario. Running backs have been damaged, due to teams throwing more and more, for the fact it’s easy flags for them with the helmet rule. So, yes running backs is where I’m searching for help between yardage and touchdowns. Thank you ,man

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