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Fantasy Football 2017: Week 1 Start / Sit Picks

Who to Start and Who to Sit in Fantasy Football Week 1

September 8, 2017

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The NFL’s Week 1 is off and running, and that means it’s time to start tweaking your fantasy football lineup. Let’s take a look at a few matchup calls that you may be pondering and see if we can help with those tough start/sit decisions. 

Start ‘Em: 

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Fantasy Football 2017: Week 1 Start / Sit Picks


Andy Dalton, QB, Cincinnati Bengals: Dalton has been a hit-or-miss fantasy property over the last few seasons, and this one is no different. Still, he’s definitely worth checking out in this opener. Despite a good Ravens pass defense, Dalton should be able to find some holes with his plethora of offensive weapons—including a healthy AJ Green and Tyler Eifert. 

Ty Montgomery, RB, Green Bay Packers: Even though the Seahawks still have a good defense, it’s not nearly as intimidating as it has been in years past. This should benefit Montgomery, who should have plenty of opportunities to put up big numbers in Week 1 and over the season due to a recommitment to the running game in Green Bay. 

Eric Decker, WR, Tennessee Titans: We’re pretty high on Decker—and the entire Titans offense—this year, as Tennessee has finally added some playmakers that could help Marcus Mariota have a great season. Decker is one of those guys, and if he can stay healthy he’ll put up nice numbers for his fantasy stock. That should start here against Oakland. 

Sit ‘Em: 

Dak Prescott, QB, Dallas Cowboys: Though most people expect Prescott to be a solid fantasy play this year, his matches against the Giants are both going to be question marks heading in. During that December game against New York last year, Prescott posted just 165 yards with one TD and two picks. 

Adrian Peterson, RB, New Orleans Saints: The name recognition alone here should tempt some fantasy owners to start Peterson. That said, it’s probably not a great idea to do so, as he’s coming off another knee injury, and posted just 72 yards on 37 carries before getting hurt last year. At 32, Peterson is likely going to be just a change-of-pace guy. 

TY Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts: This pick has nothing to do with Hilton, and everything to do with Andrew Luck, who will be out of action on Sunday against the Rams. That leaves Scott Tolzien throwing the passes, which doesn’t inspire a lot of confidence in Hilton’s numbers. If you can, try and find another option. 

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