It’s crazy, right?  The NFL season is here.  Your drafts and auctions are done, so it’s just time to set your lineups for Week 1 with one game in the bag already in Foxboro.  I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling 22.  OKAY, enough Taylor Swift.  I don’t know about you, but I’m sad that draft season is over.  It’s by far my favorite time in the fantasy football season.  The mocks, the snake drafts, the slow-play drafts, the auctions, the scouting reports and all of the news leading up to the season can’t be matched.  Now, it’s time for luck to kick in and play the big part that it does each football season. Each week, I’ll be highlighting different streamers that fantasy players should look at for the upcoming week at quarterback, tight end, defense and kicker.  Obviously, some of the guys I write about won’t be available in your league.  We do all play in different league sizes and rules, after all.  So, if I write about Andy Dalton one week, just shoot me a comment below with your question and I’ll be more than happy to help there.

Let’s get things going, shall we?

 

Quarterbacks

Marcus Mariota (35.1%) @ TB – Call me a homer, that’s fine.  No, not with the Titans, but with the Oregon Ducks.  Either way, the matchup is appetizing for the rookie signal caller, as Tampa Bay gave up the 10th most fantasy points to quarterbacks last season.  Expect Mariota to score a couple touchdowns and contribute both in the air and on the ground.

I’d start Mariota over: Cam Newton, Philip Rivers, Colin Kaepernick.

I’d sit Mariota for: Teddy Bridgewater, Ryan Tannehill, Carson Palmer.

Sam Bradford (79%) @ Atlanta – Yeah, I get it.  He’s owned in most leagues.  But if he’s out there somehow in any 10- or 12-team leagues, grab him.  If he’s your second quarterback, start him.  The Eagles are going to put up so many points Monday in Atlanta that everyone will praise Chip Kelly once again.

I’d start Bradford over: Peyton Manning, Matt Ryan, Drew Brees.

I’d sit Bradford for: Andrew Luck, Aaron Rodgers, Tony Romo.

 

Tight Ends

Ben Watson (3.4%) at Arizona – The Josh Hill hype train has slowed down, as it looks like it’s going to be Ben Watson that gets the majority of the work.  He’s not an every-week player, but he faces the Cardinals, who gave up the sixth-most fantasy points to tight ends last season.

I’d start Watson over: Jason Witten, Delanie Walker, Tyler Eifert.

I’d sit Watson for: Jordan Cameron, Martellus Bennett.

Crockett Gilmore (1.2%) at Denver – Who?  Yup, it isn’t Dennis Pitta anymore, and it won’t be Maxx Williams on Sunday.  Look for Baltimore tight end Crockett Gilmore to get involved in the passing game for the Ravens against a Denver team that gave up the fourth-most fantasy points to tight ends last year.

I’d start Gilmore over: Richard Rodgers, Heath Miller, Austin Seferian-Jenkins.

I’d sit Gilmore for: Scott Chandler, Owen Daniels, Dwayne Allen.

 

Defense & Special Teams

Green Bay (48.6%) at Chicago – Jay Cutler is abysmal against the Packers.  Not only that, but you take into account his proneness to turnovers and a gimpy Alshon Jeffery, it has all the makings for a big day for the Packers’ defense.

I’d start the Packers over: Jets, Texans, Chiefs.

I’d sit the Packers for: Panthers, Dolphins, Broncos.

 

Kicker

Chandler Catanzaro (13.5%) vs New Orleans: Kickers are annoying and anyone who has read my work in the past knows that I want them and defenses banned from all fantasy leagues.  But, I digress.  I’ll take a kicker on a high-scoring team that is playing indoors.  Catanzaro fits the bill.

I’d start Catanzaro over: Justin Tucket, Matt Prater, Adam Vinatieri.

I’d sit Catanzaro for: Brandon McManus, Cody Parkey, Mason Crosby.

 

 

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  1. Adam

    Adam says:
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    Awesome job! Couple questions for ya. First, Start Jordan Reed or Sefarian-Jenkins this week? I’ve heard this is going to be a good week for Reed, but with Mike Evans not at full strength, Jenkins may have a great game against a terrible Titans secondary.

    Second Question, My league has 2 flex spots and the 5 options for those two spots are: Allen Robinson, John Brown, Crowell, Hurns, and Eddie Royal. Which two should I start?

    Thanks in advance!

    • @Adam: Thanks, Adam! Appreciate it. I’m going Seferian-Jenkins. Give me Robinson as a lock. It’s close with Crowell and Brown. If it’s standard, go with Crowell based on workload. If it’s PPR, start Brown.

  2. Mike says:
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    planning to flip a coin but … Bradford over Tannehill?

    • @Mike: Give me Bradford, though I love Tannehill this week.

  3. Steve says:
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    What do you think about starting/streaming Lockett in a non-ppr league that scores return yards 1pt/10yds?

    • @Steve: Who are your other options? If it’s a deep league, I’m OK doing that if you have weak options.

  4. Dave says:
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    Charles Johnson or Tevin Coleman in the flex? (PPR) Or pickup someone like Reuben Randle or Jordan Reed.

    Thanks!

    • @Dave: Give me Charles Johnson. I like the matchup and want to see how Coleman is used first with that horrible offensive line.

  5. Dom B says:
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    Who is best flex start week 1 Keenan Allen, Steve Smith Sr., GIO Bernard, John Brown

    Also Better Week 1 starter and roy Eli Manning or Tony Romo

    • @Dom B: Give me Steve Smith. Like him for a pretty big game this week. I rank them Smith, Allen, Brown, Gio but all are decent plays.

      Give me Romo this week (it’s close) and for the rest of the year.

  6. Woody says:
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    Greetings!

    Could you rank these in order for Flex: Lamar Miller, J-Stew, Christopher Ivory, Jarvis Landry

    -and-

    Is it crazy to think that Matthew Stafford could put up better numbers than Drew Brees this week? That Cardinals secondary is pretty nasty!

    Appreciate the feedback!

    • @Woody: I think you have them in the right order, which is saying something because I LOVE Landry this week. Top 15 play for me. If it’s PPR, swap him in right behind Miller.

      I don’t think it’s crazy at all. I have Brees at 8 this week and Stafford at 10. Chargers much better matchup to take away Tate, so I love Calvin this week, too. Brandin Cooks will shine, though. Cards would be smart to keep Peterson on Colston/Coleman.

  7. Derek says:
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    Hi Michael! Thanks for the advice in this article. Good information, much appreciated.

    I have a few questions if you don’t mind giving me your thoughts?

    Is Ben Watson going to be semi-productive this year? I know you said not an every game starter, but in a 14 team league, unfortunately, consistent TEs are hard to come by. I drafted them late, and ended up with Zach Ertz and Eric Ebron. Would I be better off dropping Ebron and nabbing Watson (who is on the waiver wire) as my backup TE; starting this week since Ertz is questionable and has a Monday game? I felt like Ebron may be a sleeper when I drafted him late, but everything I’ve read online doesn’t paint a good future for him (maybe I’m reading in the wrong places, though).

    Lastly, just a little general thoughts on my roster? In a 14 team league (which seems kinda picked over), what are some things to consider going forward? This is my first year playing fantasy football: QBs Aaron Rogers, Joe Flacco RBs Alfred Morris, Doug Martin, CJ Spiller, Todd Gurley, Matt Jones WRs AJ Green, DeAndre Hopkins, Anquon Boldin, James Jones (hoping GB move will help!) TEs Zach Ertz, Eric Ebron K Mason Crosby DST Carolina

    P.S.- I think I’m going to lose my first game, my opponent has Brady (35 pts already!!!) and Eddie Lacy, Justin Forsett, Damyrius Thomas. He may have the best team in our league, though!

    Thanks in advance for your help!

    • @Derek: Hey, Derek. Thanks for reading.

      Ebron and Watson are basically the same for me. The Lions getting Tim Wright makes me nervous, but Ebron will be the 4th option in a high-volume passing attack, so his potential is there. I like Watson a lot more this year, but for the season (at least to start) I’ll take Ebron. Much higher ceiling.

      You’re in quite the hole to start, but I like your team. Your RBs make me slightly nervous, but great job handcuffing Morris with Jones. Hold Gurley, as I think he’s going to be a total beast in the second half of the season. Your top 2 WRs are solid and don’t be afraid to stream defenses. Don’t be married to the Panthers. Jones doesn’t do much for me, but he could be a bye week replacement.

      Best of luck!

  8. Derek says:
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    Awesome advice. Thanks!

  9. Birrrdy! says:
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    Nice call on Mariota. I think you were the only one that had the guts to put that one out there. seferian-Jenkins another solid. Well played.

    • @Birrrdy!: Thanks, man. Definitely not shy about putting it out there even if it comes back to bite me (see Watson, Ben). Glad Mariota did well, and I hope he keeps it up next week against Cleveland.

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