Fantasy Football 2015: Week 1 Start/Sit
Who to Start and Who to Sit in Fantasy Football Week 1
September 10, 2015
Now that Week 1 of the NFL’s 2015 season is officially upon us, it’s time to start going over those fantasy football lineups with a fine-toothed comb. We’re here to help if you’re puzzling on a borderline player, so let’s take a closer look at our Week 1 start/sit recommendations.
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Isaiah Crowell, RB, Cleveland Browns: Crowell has emerged as the consensus best fantasy play out of a pretty crowded backfield in Cleveland. He’s more talented than his competition (Terrance West and Duke Johnson) and has a pretty good ceiling for his fantasy level.
Crowell and company will start things off against a revamped Jets defense in Week 1. New York’s normally a bad matchup play for opposing runners, but injury and suspension have left them vulnerable up front. Crowell’s not bad as a flex or lower-end RB.
Chris Ivory, RB, New York Jets: Sticking with the Browns-Jets matchup, we’ve got another start-worthy guy on the other side in Ivory.
He’s got a good hold on the Jets’ starting RB job, and will go up against a Browns defense that was very soft against the run in 2014.
Ryan Tannehill, QB, Miami Dolphins: Like a lot of other fantasy pundits, we’re predicting a solid season from Tannehill in 2015. He was a top-10 QB in fantasy last year, and should come out of the gate strong against Washington.
The Redskins gave up a ton of fantasy points to quarterbacks in 2014, and Tannehill should continue that trend here. He’s definitely a No. 1-level QB this week.
Joseph Randle, RB, Dallas Cowboys: There’s been a lot of excitement surrounding Randle heading into this season. He’s in a good spot behind a very talented offensive line in Dallas and will look to replicate DeMarco Murray’s success from 2014.
That said, there’s no guarantee Randle will get the bulk of the carries here. He’s got no less than three other backs to contend with, so if you’ve got a better option you should probably go with it for now.
Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks: Mid-to-deep-sized leaguers will be forced to start Wilson, as there probably aren’t too many other options out there. That said, we’re not expecting much from him in Week 1.
Wilson will get a rough start against a stout Rams front that should be after him all day. He’ll be running for his life behind a shaky offensive line and won’t get much time to throw.
Randall Cobb, WR, Green Bay Packers: You’re obviously not going to sit Cobb, but he’s another guy who probably won’t put up the stats you’re looking for.
Sure, he’s going against a wimpy Bears defense, but he’ll get every bit of their attention now that Jordy Nelson is gone for the year. There have also been some rumblings about Cobb being injured more than he’s letting on. Just keep your expectations in check here.
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