Week 1 Fantasy Football Players to Start and Sit


Aug 10, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) prepares to take the snap during the first quarter of a preseason game against the Cleveland Browns at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-US PRESSWIRE

The first week of the fantasy football season is about to officially kickoff, so there are tons of questions about who to start and who to put on your bench.  To help you set your fantasy lineup, here are my week one fantasy football players to start and sit:

Guys to Start:

QB Matthew Stafford, DET (vs. STL) – Matthew “Staff Infection” Stafford may be battling a hand injury, but he is still healthy enough to tear up an abysmal Rams’ secondary.

RB Ryan Williams, ARI (vs. SEA) – Williams should get the start this weekend, as Beanie Wells is looking like he will be sidelined with a hamstring injury.

WR Brandon Marshall, CHI (vs. IND) – Marshall has been reunited with his favorite quarterback, Jay Cutler, so expect the duo to start strong against a rebuilding Colts’ defense.

TE Coby Fleener, IND (@CHI) – Fleener will have a field day in his first NFL game, as the majority of the Bears’ defense will be unable to suit up; which may include middle linebacker Brian Urlacher.

IDP: Tyvon Branch, OAK (vs. SD) – Branch will get plenty of chances to make plays against his division rival.  Expect him to easily rack up 8 tackles against a very conservative Chargers’ offense.

Guys to Sit:

QB Andy Dalton, CIN (@ BAL) – The first game of Dalton’s sophomore season will be one to forget, as the young signal caller opens the year in Baltimore.

RB Jonathan Stewart, CAR (@TB) – It has yet to come out if Stewart will officially play this weekend, but even if he does, expect him to get a very limited amount of touches.

WR Pierre Garcon, WSH (@NO) – Garcon looked great this preseason, but expect him to become just another bench receiver as the season begins.

TE Kellen Winslow, SEA (@ARI) – Winslow may have a new, young quarterback, but he still has the same old knees.

– Adam McGill