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Fantasy Football Update 9/7/16: Week 1 Start/Sit

Who to Start and Who to Sit in Fantasy This Week

September 7, 2016

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Heading into Week 1 in the fantasy football season can cause a lot of stress among owners. It’s not quite the time of the year to roll the dice yet, but if you’re in an injury or suspension situation you may have to. Let’s check out a few Start/Sit suggestions for opening week in the NFL and tweak that lineup. 

Start ‘Em: 

Fantasy Football Update 9/7/16: Week 1 Start/Sit

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Derek Carr, QB, Oakland Raiders: If you’re trying to find a replacement for Brady or Romo right now, Carr might not make a bad choice in Week 1. He’s got a nice matchup ahead against the Saints on the road, and should get into a shootout with Drew Brees. 

The New Orleans defense isn’t great, so we should see a lot of points here from Carr. 

Spencer Ware, RB, Kansas City Chiefs: This looks like a good spot to try out Ware. He’ll be going up against the Chargers, who have a very weak run defense, and with Jamaal Charles coming back from an ACL injury, the Chiefs probably won’t run him into the ground. 

That means lots of extra work for Ware, whose only drawback is he isn’t much of a receiver. 

Golden Tate, WR, Detroit Lions: You probably got Tate for next to nothing at your draft, as there’s not much buzz surrounding the Lions passing game with Calvin Johnson gone. 

That’s true, but Tate (and Marvin Jones) has a nice matchup against the Colts defense this week, and someone has to catch all those balls Johnson is leaving on the field. 

Sit ‘Em: 

Philip Rivers, QB, San Diego Chargers: On the flip-side of the QB spectrum, we have Rivers, who is simply going into a bad matchup. He’ll be against the Chiefs, who he has been beaten up by repeatedly over the past couple of years. 

Rivers is on the road here, and probably won’t throw for more than a couple hundred yards and a score at best. 

Arian Foster, RB, Miami Dolphins: Foster earned the starting job in Miami fair and square—in part because Jay Ajayi wasn’t very good in the preseason. Foster gets rewarded for his efforts by running into the Seahawks buzzsaw in Week 1, and won’t be putting up many yards with a beat-up Miami offensive line. 

Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Denver Broncos: There are all kinds of red flags here. Sanders goes against a rough Carolina defense, has no more Peyton Manning, and is playing at home—where for some reason he doesn’t put up many fantasy points. 

With no Josh Norman on the Panthers anymore, expect Demaryius Thomas to get all the glory here from new QB Trevor Siemian. 

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