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Friday, September 8, 2017

2017 FANTASY FOOTBALL KEY START/SIT

Well fantasy football Week 1 is here and already technically underway with Kansas City and New England having waged war Thursday night.  With the bulk of the action still ahead of us, let's check in one some key start/sit options for Week 1.

START

Sam Bradford:  It is always obvious to start Drew Brees (who plays against Bradford) or Aaron Rodgers so we aim to go with more less evident start/sit options here.  On that front, Minnesota's Sam Bradford looks like a nice play against an annually soft New Orleans defense.  Bradford was actually quite good last season for the Vikes and he has a nice batch of receivers to target such as the emerging Adam Thielen and tight end Kyle Rudolph.  This could turn into a shootout.

Evan Engram/Jason Witten:  We include both tight ends together since they are playing one another Sunday night but both should be in line for big games right out of the gate.  Both the Dallas and Giants defense struggled containing pass-receiving tight ends and if Odell Beckham Jr. sits out for the latter, even more Eli Manning throws should go Engram's way.

Zach Ertz:  Already a terrific upside play for 2017 fantasy football given the fact Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz loved throwing to the tight end, Zach Ertz also has no Jordan Matthews to take away targets as well.  Throw in the fact Alshon Jeffery will have to deal with Josh Norman and Ertz should be heavily targeted.

Larry Fitzgerald:  Already coming off two monster seasons in a row operating out of the slot, Fitz will likely be involved in a shootout versus Detroit and their leaky secondary.

Brandon Marshall:  With Odell Beckham Jr. either not playing or operating at less than 100 percent due to a bum ankle, old veteran Marshall should see a vast uptick in throws from Eli Manning.

Martavis Bryant:  Fully reinstated by the NFL, Bryant comes off a tremendous summer and is as athletic as any receiver in the league.  He should hit the ground running in a nice matchup versus the Cleveland Browns.

SIT

Philip Rivers:  While we always have a soft spot for San Diego's Rivers in this space, going with him in Week 1 against a ferocious Denver defense is not a good idea.  Rivers already is one of the more turnover-prone passers in the NFL and so that alone makes it dicey going against the Denver pass rush.

Dez Bryant:  The only thing you need to know here is that Bryant caught a combined TWO passes in two games versus the New York Giants and CB Janoris Jenkins last season.

Alshon Jeffery:  As I already noted, Jeffery draws Josh Norman for his first NFC East tilt.  Not the way you want to get off to a new start in a touch new locale.

Ty Montgomery:  Already a question mark in terms of whether he can hold up physically to consistent NFL pounding, Green Bay running back Ty Montgomery draws the always tough Seattle Seahawks run defense Week 1.

Leonard Fournette:  The Houston Texans defense welcomes back superstar pass rusher J.J. Watt and they will feast on a shaky Jags O-line and rookie back Leonard Fournette.  Also we don't know if Fournette's foot is 100 percent either.

T.Y. Hilton:  With Scott Tolzien starting at QB, Hilton is going to be hurt badly since he won't be making many big plays down the field.


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