2018 Fantasy Football Week 1 Start-Sit

by Alex Hamrick
2018 Fantasy Football Week 5 Rankings Review

All Summer we have been reading countless articles and RotoWorld blurbs. As well as researching endless amounts of stats, participating in and criticizing various Mock Drafts, preparing for and completing official Fantasy Football drafts and telling ourselves “Football is coming” all for one purpose. To build a successful Fantasy team for the start of the NFL season in hopes of reeling in a Fantasy Football Championship.

The road to winning a championship, however, is far from over. Drafting is only the start, and arguably the easiest task, of the work you need to put in to reach that title. Making those tough roster decisions can be frustrating. To help mitigate the headache, you have come to the right place.

I will be publishing a weekly start-sit column, and here is the first, the 2018 Fantasy Football Week 1 Start-Sit article.

2018 Fantasy Football Week 1 Start-Sit

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Andy Dalton, QB, Cincinnati Bengals vs Indianapolis Colts

Andy Dalton and company were one of the most dysfunctional offenses last year. They got off to a slow start, made an offensive coordinator change in the first few weeks, and never seemed to get things going.

This year looks to be different as they attempt to revert back to one of the better offenses in the NFL. If getting off to a slow start was part of their demise last year, then the opposite has a chance to happen this year as they start the season against the Colts.

The Colts are the worst team against the pass according to Football Outsiders and they have the worst secondary, according to Pro Football Focus. The Bengals have all the weapons necessary to have a prolific offense, and their offensive line improvements, though slight, will help give Dalton more time to make big plays. Dalton has been a reliable QB1 before and he makes for a great streaming candidate against an exploitable Colts’ defense.

Start of the Week: Derrick Henry, RB, Tennessee Titans vs Miami Dolphins

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The stars were aligning for former Heisman trophy winner, Derrick Henry, this offseason when DeMarco Murray became a free agent, eventually announcing his retirement. But, the Titans went out and signed Dion Lewis which muddied the backfield situation.

This is shaping up to be a true running back by committee situation. However, the Titans run the ball enough for Henry to have value, particularly in Non-PPR leagues. Also in positive game scripts, the Titans will use Henry heavily to run out the clock and wear down defenses.

That is exactly what should happen in Week 1 against a not-so-good Miami offense. Miami has the worst run defense according to Pro Football Focus, and I expect the Titans to win this game. Henry should have one of his better matchups of the season, as they will not need to lean to heavily on Lewis in the passing game.

Chris Hogan, WR, New England Patriots vs Houston Texans

Hogan was a top-7 WR in Fantasy last year before getting hurt in Week 8. Edelman is suspended and the only other Wide Receiver that will see significant playing time is freaking Phillip Dorsett.

Hogan goes up against the Texans who have the 25th worst secondary in the NFL. Watson and the Texans should be able to force a shootout and Hogan will look to benefit.

Charles Clay, TE, Buffalo Bills vs Baltimore Ravens

With the uncertainty at the quarterback position, tight end streamers should consider Clay as a viable option. Rookie quarterbacks and quarterbacks that have not seen a ton of playing time tend to depend heavily on the tight end position.

Clay, when healthy last year, was the best receiving option on the team, along with LeSean McCoy. The Ravens were the 29th worst team against tight ends last year, and Clay should be able to create plays against them. Clay is worth considering as a tight end option this week.


Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants vs Jacksonville Jaguars

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Eli Manning is appearing on many people’s radars as a potential quarterback contributor in Fantasy. Odell Beckham Jr. is back, Saquon Barkley is there, and the offensive line is improved.

However, Eli Manning truthers should temper expectations in Week 1 as the Giants go up against the number one pass defense from a year ago. Beckham owners should also be cautious. Look elsewhere at the quarterback position.

Sit of the Week: Chris Carson/Rashaad Penny, RB, Seattle Seahawks vs Denver Broncos

First of all, the running back situation is murky in Seattle, to say the least. Rashaad Penny was drafted in the first round of the NFL draft, usually an indication that the team will use the player immediately.

However, a finger injury to Penny opened the door for Carson to distance himself as the starter in training camp. Both should see playing time in Week 1, and regardless of who gets more work, neither should be started.

The Denver Broncos are a shut down run defense, and they only got better this offseason with the addition of first-round pick, Bradley Chubb. This team is the second-best run defense according to Pro Football Focus and with a terrible Seahawks offensive line and injuries plaguing their offensive weapons, the Seahawks’ running backs should be left on virtual benches.

Tyreek Hill, WR, Kansas City Chiefs vs Los Angeles Chargers

Everyone is loving Patrick Mahomes and his connection with Hill. This chemistry does seem to be real, but I think owners will have to accept a slow start to the season based on match-up.

The Chargers boast the second-best secondary in the NFL and Hill should see plenty of Casey Hayward, one of the NFL’s elite shutdown corners. Tyreek Hill may disappoint in Week 1. But, just as I say that he is capable of busting a long touchdown. Owners should be prepared for this bad match-up.

David Njoku, TE, Cleveland Browns vs Pittsburgh Steelers

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The second-year tight end looked great in the preseason and shined in HBO’s Hard Knocks. But he gets a tough match-up in Week 1 against the Steelers.

The Steelers had the best defense against the tight end position last year. They are also familiar with Browns’ offensive coordinator Todd Haley as he was with the Steelers until joining the Browns this year. Plus, the Browns have plenty of weapons they can depend upon outside of Njoku.

Keep Njoku on the bench for this one.

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