Start - Jared Goff
Matchup - Raiders
Well, now the Raiders have even less talent on defense. Last year they ranked in the bottom 3 in fantasy PPG allowed to the QB position. Now take out Khalil Mack and it seems like the defensive situation won't get much better. Goff has one of the brightest minds in football, and I would expect McVay to have a walk in the park scheme wise. Goff should get off to a hot start in week 1.
Sit - Jimmy Garoppolo
Matchup - Vikings
Vikings Ranked second in PPG allowed to QBs last year, and have lost almost none of their defensive starters from last year. They only allowed 11.4 points a game and Garoppolo has still not shown consistent QB 1 numbers in his short starting career. I would suggest streaming another player for his first week and starting him from his matchup against the Lions and on.
Start - Isaiah Crowell
Crowell was a huge disappointment last year, but a new year has arrived and he has a job basically to himself. He is a former 5 star talent and was lowered in the NFL draft because of his off the field problems. That being said, he is a good pass catcher with the ability to be a very solid player at the position. With a matchup against the Lions who last year allowed 26.3 PPG to the RB position, Crowell should have a very good day at the office.
Sit - Chris Carson
With the new additions and voids left on this Broncos roster it seems like they will be very hard to rush on and easier to pass on. The the subtraction of Talib and addition of Chubb could be huge. The supposedly deadly combo of Chubb and Miller along with Seattle not looking strong as a whole does not create a game plan of rushing for the Hawks. Carson doesn't seem like a strong starter for week 1.
Start - Jermaine Kearse
Lions are just not good on defense. All they have on defense to be scared of is Darius Slay, who logically will take on Robby Anderson leaving Kearse as the best option for the Jets passing game.
The Lions gave up the 6th most fantasy points per game to WR (33.6). Kearse is a player that you could scoop up on waivers and play for week 1.
Sit - TY Hilton
TY will face the most underrated CB in maybe the whole NFL, William Jackson III. Jackson was a shutdown corner all of last year leading the league with 7 games with a passer rating of 39.6 or less. Usually TY can beat his corner with speed and agility but Jackson ran a blazing 4.37 40 time, so speed won't be an issue and he has a very good coverage skills. This combined with it being Luck's first Regular season game in 2 years should make you temper your expectations for TY this week.
Start - Ricky Seals-Jones
One thing I love to see is when a player has pedigree, which is exactly what Seals-Jones has as a former top 30 talent. He converted to TE and added some weight last year and it showed in his production. Another year developing at the position along with better QB play should yield better results in 2018. He has a good matchup against the Redskins who were in the bottom 10 teams in fantasy points allowed in 2017
Sit - Travis Kelce
Every Week i'm going to take either a top 5 QB/TE or top 10 RB/WR as a player who you should temper expectations for. This week it's Travis Kelce and we all know how good of a player that he was last year. But he is playing the Chargers who gave up the second least amount of fantasy points to the TE position and they gained potentially an even better player to face TE’s in Derwin James. You will most likely have to start Kelce based on draft capitol, but it will be a slow start in week 1.
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