Fantasy Football Week 1: Start’em / Sit’em

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Mike Wallace NE (51%, 12) – I hear Wallace looks great in the Dolphins’s new offensive scheme, but I will believe it when I see it. I was 8-9 picking Wallace as a sit last year and I’m going to stick with it. I still think he quits at the first sign of adversity and he will see some adversity Sunday against Darrell Revis.

Cecil Shorts III @PHI (15%, 12) – He hasn’t played all preseason and unfortunately still has Chad Henne throwing him the ball. I need to see Shorts do something on the field before I trust him enough to start. Philly gave up the most points to fantasy WRs last year, but 12 points seems way to high to me for a guy that hasn’t been healthy in a while.

Sammy Watkins @CHI (15%, 10) – This has nothing to do with Watkin’s talent, but everything to do with E.J. Manuel’s lack of skill. The Bears pass rush has improved considerably and I think Manuel will struggle Sunday. Watkins is a physical receiver, but won’t have any luck trying to push around veteran CB Peanut Tillman.

Mike Evans CAR (15%, 10) – I am a bigger fan of rookie WRs than most, but Evans is primarily a deep threat and I don’t think the Panthers D-line is going to give Josh McCown enough time to launch any bombs to Evans. I don’t think Evans will be on this list much by the midway point of the season, but wait till he proves it before you put him in your starting lineup.


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Kyle Rudolph @STL (73%, 8) – The Rams allowed the least amount of fantasy points to TEs last year by a decent margin and with Matt Cassell under center I don’t have a ton of faith in Rudolph this week. I’m still starting him in at least one league, I am just nervous about him getting loose on Sunday. Of all my sit’em picks, this was the one I am least sure of.

Charles Clay NE (21%, 8) – The Pats held Clay to 1 catch in their last meeting in 2013 and seem to have a good plan for stopping him. There are better options on the waiver wire in most leagues for this week at least. I like Clay and own him in a couple leagues, but don’t like him this week.