Fantasy Football 2014: Week 1 Start/Sit
Who to Start and Who to Sit in Fantasy Football Week 1
September 4, 2014
With the NFL season officially beginning tonight (hooray), it’s time to start taking a close look at that fantasy football roster and making those crucial tweaks that could mean the difference between victory and defeat during Week 1. With that in mind, let’s get going on our inaugural edition of Start/Sit for the upcoming games. Here’s a closer look at the numbers so you can determine who gets the honor of being in your starting lineup this week.
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Cody Latimer, WR, Denver Broncos: With all the drama surrounding the Broncos Wes Welker over the past couple of weeks--first his concussion and now his four-game suspension--the torch has been passed to Latimer to fill in the proverbial gaps. Even before Welker got the boot from the league, sources close to the team were speculating that Latimer would be featured in the Broncos’ red-zone packages and possibly could evolve to an Eric Decker-type role. With Welker out, that seems all the more plausible.
Jeremy Hill, RB, Cincinnati Bengals: The Bengals want to run, run and run some more this season, which means Giovani Bernard should have another great campaign. Also on that train is Hill, who moved up in fantasy value when BenJarvus Green-Ellis was released. Hill will serve as a short-yardage complement to Bernard, and with Cincy’s new philosophy that could lead to a ton of touches. He’s a lower-end play right now but could evolve into a solid flex.
Markus Wheaton, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers: Wheaton is an all-or-nothing fantasy pickup, and for the moment at least, we’re going with “all.” He continues to draw comparisons with departed uber-WR Mike Wallace, and if he ends up panning out, Wheaton could develop into that role over the next season or two. There’s a big divisional game against Cleveland this weekend, and Wheaton will have a chance to break out there.
Alshon Jeffery, WR, Chicago Bears: Let’s get one thing straight: We don’t actually expect you to sit Jeffery in the first week of the season, given the fact that he’s a No. 1 receiver just about everywhere. That said, he may not get off to such a good start against the Bills. Buffalo did very well against No. 2 receivers last season, and they boast solid cornerback play outside the numbers. Unless he gets lucky and rattles off a giant play (which is a distinct possibility), Jeffery may end up unimpressive Sunday.
Tony Romo, QB, Dallas Cowboys: There are plenty of reasons to want to sit Romo right off the bat, even though we know he projects as a No. 1 QB in most fantasy formats. First off, there’s the downright scary matchup against the 49ers (even with all the injuries, suspensions, etc.) in Week 1. There’s also the matter of his health; Romo is coming off back surgery and really just started getting hit a little over a week ago. He’s getting tossed into the fire, which means pretty much anything can happen. Again, we don’t expect you to sit him right away, but just keep the drawbacks in mind.
New York Jets Defense: Gang Green carries a lot of name recognition when it comes to defense, but you’ll want to steer clear here, especially in the early-going. Sure, their pass rush is still pretty good, and they’re okay over the middle, but their depleted, injured secondary is hot garbage right now. Even with a rookie quarterback (Derek Carr), we don’t see Oakland having much trouble chucking the ball downfield--and Carr can make those deep throws, which means there’s a good possibility they get hung out for a lot of points on Sunday.
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