There is always a lot of speculation after the first week of the NFL season. What players can you trust and which ones you can’t. It is very difficult to base anything off of just one week of football especially after some players haven’t played since last season. I’m going to go through who to start or sit this week and for each position give a “must start” player who I think can help you win your week.
Must Start- Aaron Rodgers: This last week was one of the worst performances by Aaron Rodgers in his entire career. Don’t hold a grudge, get him into your lineup! Rodgers faces off against the Lions, home on Monday night. If he can’t light up a defense this bad then you can start to panic.
Start- Justin Herbert: I really like Justin Herbert this week against Dallas. The Cowboys will be without the leader of their defense, DeMarcus Lawrence. Dallas has some decent defenders but as a whole they aren’t a great defense. Herbert looked sharp this last week and should only get better as the season goes on. With the highest over/under on the week, this should be a very exciting game for fantasy purposes.
Sit- Tyrod Taylor: I think we can all agree, nobody was expecting that kind of game from Tyrod and the Texans last week. Either the Texans will be a surprise team this year or the Jaguars are that bad. He will have a much more difficult matchup on Sunday going up against the Browns at Cleveland. Tyrod still has his rushing ability but the Browns defensive line will make his life difficult this week.
Must Start- Najee Harris: I decided to make Najee my must start player because I don’t want people to panic over him. He played a tough defense but he rushed the ball 16 times and was targeted three times. More importantly, he played 100% of snaps! Pittsburgh will go up against Las Vegas this weekend and I’m expecting a big game out of Najee.
Start- Javonte Williams: Javonte Williams and Melvin Gordon had a very similar snap count last week and prior to Gordon’s long TD run, Javonte looked like the better RB in my opinion. Denver goes up against Jacksonville so the Broncos should be able to establish the run early and often.
Sit- Mark Ingram: Definitely a shock last week was that Mark Ingram racked up 26 carries! I expect the Texans to be down in this game so it will be David Johnson as the receiving back more often than not.
Must Start- Mike Evans: I know there are a lot of people disappointed with Mike Evans after a very poor performance in week one. This is now three seasons in a row where Evans scored less than eight points in week one. Evans will turn things around and has a great matchup against Atlanta to right the ship.
Start- Cooper Kupp: There is a very clear rapport between Matthew Stafford and Cooper Kupp. The Rams are going against the Colts who Russell Wilson and Tyler Lockett destroyed last week.
Sit- Robby Anderson: Robby Anderson saved a lot of fantasy managers a head ache by taking his lone reception to the house for 57 yards. The Panthers have a relatively tough matchup with the Saints coming into town. There are a lot of mouths to feed on this offense so I would rather not hope for one big play to get production out of Anderson.
Must Start- Noah Fant: As we know Jerry Jeudy will be out for an extended amount of time with a high ankle sprain. But even with Jeudy for a majority of the game last week, Noah Fant had eight targets for six catches and 62 yards. For me, I love Fant because he is safe but still has big play ability. Bridgewater looked solid last week and Denver plays Jacksonville this week. Fant should have a favorable matchup against a defense that made Tyrod Taylor look like a pro bowler.
Start- Jared Cook: This game between the Chargers and Cowboys has all the makings to be a great game for fantasy. Jared Cook had eight targets last week and seems like he will be a fixture in this Chargers offense. In a high scoring game I like Jared Cook to be a safe start this week.
Sit- Mike Gesicki: Week one was kind of a shock for Mike Gesicki managers. He was out performed and out snapped by Durham Smythe. Gesicki was coming off what looked like a successful training camp and pre season. He was dropped in a good amount of leagues and is more of a wait and see player at this time if you decided to hold onto him.