This week 1 in fantasy football there are some big plays that can hit huge. Instead of doing a traditional start or sit take I am just going to give some must starts. I already did a start sit video on my Youtube channel for those who want more information on that. I also find it very difficult to say straight up who to start or sit without some line up context. Sometimes you may need a guy with upside to help with your line up. Other times you need a guy with safety for your match up to ensure you get points. Context is key when giving start or sit advice questions. Of course there are some plays that just make super sense without context. Here are some guys I love for week 1 and are must starts.
With the news that Brandon Cooks is nursing an injury Fuller becomes the guy this week. We know he has huge upside any week even with a healthy Cooks. He has the chemistry and big play ability you want to see. Yet with Cooks injury possibly keeping him out of the line up Fuller becomes safe as well. In what should be a high passing, high scoring affair he will see a ton of work. I would not be surprised to see him get 10-15 targets and potentially multiple touchdowns. Drafted as a flex play he could be WR 1 worth this week.
Similar situation to Fuller I see Jackson having a ton of upside and safety this week. Reagor and Jeffery are potentially out of the line up and Washington’s cornerback Kendall Fuller has been limited. Sanders also could have his workload cut down a bit to start the season. To me there is no reason why Jackson will not see around 10 targets. He has big play ability and exploded for two touchdowns last season opening up against Washington. Play him in your flex like Fuller and have confidence.
Many people have been discussing a bit of worry with Amari Cooper this week going up against Jalen Ramsey. Yes Cooper is still a start if your drafted him that was always his risk. For those who landed Gallup though this is the perfect opportunity to roll him out. If Ramsey shadows Cooper the passing attack may lean on Gallup a bit more to me. I can see him having anywhere from 8 to 10 quality targets and posting solid numbers. I would not be surprised if he caught a touchdown and put up WR 2 numbers. Roll him out this week in your match ups.
Miller to me is a guy that can see success this week. For one Monty’s status is still up in the air. This could be a week we see the Bears lean on the passing game a bit more. Yes I know Trubisky is starting but Miller put up some quality games down the stretch. There is little competition for targets in this offense. Robinson will be the main guy but Miller is in line for a number 2 target share. For an offense that was 13th in pass attempts per game that gives me up for a big week for Miller. Roll him out in your flex with confidence against a weaker lions secondary.
If you are in a deeper league or run a Superflex format I really like Derek Carr this week. He has a ton of shiny new weapons on this offense and they are facing a weak defense. The Panthers roll out 3 rookies to start the season and could potentially play a few more. This is the perfect type of match up for a team that has a few rookies themselves. I expect the Raiders to throw a good amount early and utilize Ruggs elite speed. Throw him in your line up if your need to.
To me a lot of running backs in your line ups will be the big name first and second rounders. If you spent the draft capital on them you almost have to roll them out. One guy I like as a safe play is James White. Sony Michel could be limited in his work and the Patriots could lean on White. To me if Cam dunks it down like he did in Carolina White could get very quality PPR work. If he scores a touchdown he has RB 2 upside for your flex which I can get on board with.