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2019 Fantasy Football Week 1 Start-Sit


Welcome Fantasy friends and foes to your Fantasy Six Pack Weekly Start-Sit advice.

Anyone can tell you to start Patrick Mahomes, Alvin Kamara, and DeAndre Hopkins, but I will be coming at you each week with start-sit advice on the not so obvious selections at each position.

You read the title, so you know what is about to happen. Here are the 2019 Fantasy Football Week 1 Start-Sit options.

2019 Fantasy Football Week 1 Start-Sit

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Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, San Franciso 49ers vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The San Francisco retooled their offense this offseason by adding running back Trevin Coleman and drafting wide receivers Deebo Samuel and Jalen Hurd. Combine those weapons with breakout tight end George Kittle and a healthy Marquise Goodwin and Dante Pettis, and you have the look of an offense that could do some damage this season. However, the success of the 49ers offense depends upon the health of quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. Garoppolo is probable to play in Week 1 as he comes off his ACL rehab. He started the preseason looking rusty but started to come around in Preseason Week 3.

The 49ers start the 2019 season by visiting Raymond James Stadium to take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Buccaneers were the fourth-worst in fantasy points allowed to quarterbacks last season. On the other side of the ball, the Bucs offense is explosive, led by quarterback Jameis Winston.

With both defenses shaky at best, this game has the makings of a shootout. Jimmy G. is healthy (for now) so take advantage of him facing a very vulnerable Tampa defense.

Week 1 Projection: 23 of 33 passing, 298 yards and three touchdowns

Justin Jackson, RB, Los Angeles Chargers vs. Indianapolis Colts

As the Melvin Gordon holdout saga continues, the Los Angeles Chargers will employ a 50-50 split between Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson.

The Chargers will continue to have an explosive offense. With Jackson looking at double-digit touches each week, he should be streamed as a flex starter in Sunday’s matchup against the Indianapolis Colts.

The retirement of Andrew Luck diminishes the Colts offense while the Chargers defense can stymie an offense led by Jacoby Brissett. The current game script dictates that the Chargers will have a big lead and then run out the clock. I envision Justin Jackson getting the rock late in the game and taking advantage of the bottom ten Colts run defense.

Week 1 Projection: 15 rushes, 65 yards, 1 TD

John Brown, WR, Buffalo Bills vs. New York Jets

John Brown is a big-play threat who signed with the Buffalo Bills this offseason to be their No.1 receiver. He finished the 2018 season with a 42/715/5 line in Baltimore, and his deep speed should complement quarterback Josh Allen‘s cannon of an arm perfectly.

Brown will be a boom/bust receiver this season; however, in his first game as a Buffalo Bill, he gets to play the ninth-worst passing defense in the league last year in the New York Jets. Brown is a big play waiting to happen, and I can see him doing some damage on deep throws in this matchup.

Week 1 Projection: 5 catches, 84 yards, 1 TD

Darren Waller, TE, Oakland Raiders vs. Denver Broncos

Darren Waller is on top of plenty of tight end sleeper lists coming into this season. Waller has big shoes to fill in Oakland as he takes over for Jared Cook, who had an outstanding 2018 season.

Waller is a matchup nightmare with his size and speed. He will look to be the second option after wide receiver Tyrell Williams for Derek Carr now that Antonio Brown has gone off the deep end again. Look for Waller and the Raiders to make a big splash in Week 1.

Week 1 Projection: 5 catches, 55 yards, 1 TD


Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons vs. Minnesota Vikings

Matt Ryan has to go on the road to take on a Minnesota Vikings defense who was third-best against the pass in 2018. Additionally, Ryan does not handle pressure well, and the Vikings were the top team in sack percentage at 9.04%. Not to mention that Julio Jones may not play in Week 1, so I am going to have Matt Ryan on the bench in Week 1.

Adrian Peterson, RB, Washington Redskins vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Adrian Peterson had a career resurgence last season, rushing for 1,042 yards and seven touchdowns for the Washington Redskins after the team suffered several injuries at the running back position.

Heading into the 2019 season, Derrius Guice looks to be healthy and the starting running back for the Redskins. Initially, there were projections that this would be a time split in the backfield, however recent reports suggest that Peterson might be a healthy inactive. Fantasy owners need to stay away from Peterson regardless if news breaks that he is going to play this Sunday.

Josh Gordon, WR, New England Patriots vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

Yes, Josh Gordon is back in the NFL, and every Fantasy owner is hyped about what Gordon is capable of producing this season. However, I would temper my expectations in Week 1.

Gordon needs to knock off some rust, and his conditioning could be an issue after missing training camp. Also, there has to be some concern about his matchup against former teammate and Steelers cornerback Joe Haden. Haden neutralized Gordon in their December matchup last season to the tune of one catch for 19 yards. Gordon will be a WR2 for Fantasy owners this season, but that will start in Week 2.

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About Dennis Sosic

Dennis Sosic is from Cleveland, Ohio and a HUGE sports fan including NFL (GO BROWNS!) and college football (GO BUCKEYES!) MLB (GO TRIBE), NBA (GO CAVS!) and MMA. He has been called a Sports Geek by friends and foes alike and that fits him perfectly. He has been competing in fantasy sports, mainly fantasy football and baseball for over 20 years. Please do all of us a favor and follow Dennis @ CALL_ME_SOS.

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