Week one of the NFL season kicks off tonight and that means it is time to make sure fantasy football lineups are set and ready to go. With news like ESPN announcing on Sept. 5 that Roddy White will be ready to play despite his ankle sprain in week one, here is a look at the fantasy football start ‘em and sit ‘em options for week one of the NFL season.
This is not the place to find obvious names like Peyton Manning, Adrian Peterson and Calvin Johnson listed. This is more of a look at players who might be on the bubble as starters that could help or hinder you team in week one of the fantasy football season.
Michael Vick – No one seems to have confidence in Michael Vick heading into the 2013 fantasy football season. With a new quarterback who likes the running game, there is a good chance fans see the Vick of old. Vick played great in the preseason and might be a great sleeper starter for 2013.
Sam Bradford – Jeff Fisher feels that Sam Bradford has what it takes to lead the offense in 2013. The Rams are running a spread offense and with new receivers like Tavon Austin, Bradford looks to have his most talented receivers since coming to St. Louis. The offensive line is also protecting him better and he should throw the ball a lot this season.
Ben Tate – While Arian Foster is one of the best running backs in the NFL, the word is that he will be splitting carries on a close to 50-50 basis with Ben Tate. Since Tate has a nose for the end zone, he is a great option for teams with questionable running talent in week one and is a definite flex starter.
Lamar Miller – Miller has easily won the Miami Dolphins starting running back job, regardless of what Daniel Thomas believes. 17 running backs either scored a touchdown or ran for 100 yards against Cleveland last year and this week is Lamar Miller’s turn.
T.Y. Hilton – The Indianapolis Colts should continue to be a high impact passing team in 2013 and T.Y. Hilton has a huge chance to have a big game this weekend. He had a great preseason and should be a solid choice this Sunday as a secondary wide receiver in fantasy football.
Chris Givens – As Sam Bradford is a great choice to start this week, so is Chris Givens, his number one receiver. Don’t expect the rookies to fly out the gate with amazing numbers, but Bradford is comfortable with Givens. Last year, he scored two touchdowns against the Arizona Cardinals and gets them this week as the true number one target.
Jay Cutler – The match-up with the Cincinnati Bengals is not an easy one for Jay Cutler. Only four quarterbacks threw for multiple touchdowns in 2012 against the Bengals and with Brandon Marshall playing banged up, don’t expect much from Cutler in his first game of 2013.
Joe Flacco – The Ravens gave Joe Flacco a huge contract after his Super Bowl win, but take away the postseason and he was just average for most of the season. Denver has one of the best defenses in the NFL and will give Flacco fits all night.
Ryan Mathews – While Mathews had a great preseason, he is still coming off a young career where he has never lived up to his potential. As a matter of fact, he scored the same number of touchdowns in preseason as he did all of last year. However, Houston is one of the best defenses against the run and Mathews will have problems finding yards this week.
Eddie Lacy – There is a better than average chance that Eddie Lacy will be a quality starting running back before the season comes to an end. However, he is still a rookie in a pass first offense and has a lot to prove. The San Francisco 49ers is never the first team a rookie running back will want to start his career against, and that makes Lacy a sit this week in fantasy football.
Steve Johnson – While Johnson is talented, he can only do so much in an offense that might be run by undrafted free agent Jeff Tuel in his first NFL regular season game. Don’t touch anyone in this offense outside of C.J. Spiller.
Vincent Jackson – This game should be a fun watch with Vincent Jackson lining up against Antonio Cromartie, but this battle should go to Cromartie as the Bucs run the ball a lot and look to their receivers with lesser corners in coverage. Jackson could surprise, but he won’t get many chances.