2013-09-05 11:00:00 EDT
It’s that time again: the 2013 fantasy football season has begun, and we’re all looking forward to the heavy slate of games scheduled for Sunday. If you’re still mulling over a lineup decision or two, you’ve still got a couple of days. In the meantime, we’re here to help. Let’s take a closer look at some of the borderline players you should embrace, and a few other unexpected players you should shy away from. Here’s our Start-Sit for Week 1.
Ben Tate, RB, Houston Texans: If there’s one week to insert Tate into your starting lineup, it’s this week. Don’t get us wrong–we’re not saying you should start him over Arian Foster (though the thought did cross our minds, however briefly), but if you’ve got an open flex spot he might fit in well there. Foster didn’t get any playing time during the preseason, thanks to his injuries. That means Tate will carry a heavy load against San Diego as the Texans work their No. 1 back into football shape.
Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers: With the huge pool of talent at QB this year, this one’s for deeper leagues or two QB setups. Roethlisberger has a few things working for him against the Titans this weekend. For one, he’s playing the Titans. Also, the lack of depth at RB will likely lead to more passing scenarios than Pittsburgh usually runs. A veteran QB like Roethlisberger will eat that up. Did we mention he’s playing the Titans?
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Daryl Richardson, RB, St. Louis Rams: You probably got Richardson for a bargain-basement price in your draft, but get him into your starting lineup ASAP. He’ll get loads of time on the field against Arizona this weekend, and with the Rams’ receiving talent (Chris Givens, Tavon Austin, etc.) he’ll have plenty of room to run. Richardson makes an awesome flex play, and you should cement him into your starting rotation.
Chris Ivory, RB, New York Jets: Over the course of the preseason, Ivory’s injury troubles caused us to downgrade him from a possible sleeper breakout to a marginal flex play. You should probably bench him this week, though, as he’ll face a tough Bucs rush D, and also have to split carries with fellow RB Bilal Powell. We don’t see Ivory going anywhere just yet, but if he stays healthy, he’ll make an impact this season.
Mike Wallace, WR, Miami Dolphins: Wallace has the unenviable job of single-handedly reviving the Dolphins passing game this season, and he likely won’t be able to start it off well in Week 1. He’ll be matched up against uber-talented Browns CB Joe Haden, and we’ll take him in that battle all day long. Wallace does have some nicer matchups down the road, but we’d keep him holstered Sunday.
Martellus Bennett, TE, Chicago Bears: We know, we know. We’ve been telling you all off-season what a great year Bennett will have in Chicago, and how QB Jay Cutler loves hitting his tight ends in the red zone. He may not get a chance this week, however, as the Bengals were very good at keeping opposing TEs from scoring during the latter part of 2012. Bennett is normally a solid option, just not here.
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