Start / Sit – NFL Week 1

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FINALLY! The football season is upon us. It’s been too long since we’ve had fantasy football in our lives. Forget last year; everyone starts with a fresh slate in hopes of reigning supreme at the end of the fantasy season. While some lineup decisions are straightforward, others can be difficult when deciding between a few players. Every week this year, I will be bringing you my favorite starts and sits of the week. With that said, here are my thoughts on Week 1.



Marvin Jones
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Marvin Jones – at Houston Texans

The Jaguars’ newly acquired receiver, Marvin Jones, kicks off the 2021 season against the Houston Texans. Jones racked up over nine hundred receiving yards with the Lions last year and brings a veteran presence to the Jaguars wide receiver room. Jones sits atop the depth chart and should get a healthy amount of targets this week. The Texans are going to be terrible. Last year, the Texans’ defense allowed the seventh-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. Critical departures from their defense include JJ Watt, and just this week, the team traded starting corner Bradley Roby. All of this is excellent news for Marvin Jones as the Lions will call him in many passing situations.

Prediction – 5 catches 65 yards 1TD


Robby Anderson

Robby Anderson – vs. the New York Jets

Last year, Robby Anderson scored double-digit fantasy numbers in eight games despite missing three games of the season. Anderson’s speed makes him a threat in Joe Brady’s passing game. Week 1 will be Robby’s first game with new Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold. This year, Darnold’s downfield passing is undoubtedly an upgrade for the Panthers’ offense and should benefit the Panthers wide receiver tremendously. Additionally, the opposing Jets cornerbacks lack an identity with no number one in their locker room. Admittedly, I own a lot of shares, Anderson, but that shows the confidence I have surrounding him and this offense.

Prediction – 6 catches, 88 yards


Raheem Mostert

Raheem Mostert – at the Detroit Lions

Mostert and the 49ers kick off the season against the measly Detroit Lions. Under Coach Shanahan, San Francisco has run the ball effectively. Rotating between backs has been the Niners M.O. in recent years, and this year will be no different. Mostert should be the starter and will see most of the snaps, but Trey Sermon will see some time in the backfield. No need to fear, as Raheem Mostert will be going up against a Lions defense that gave up the 2nd-most fantasy points to opponents last year. Mostert and the 49ers as a whole should roll this entire game.

Prediction – 99 rushing yards 1 TD


Sit ‘Em


Odell Beckham Jr.

Odell Beckham Jr – at the Kansas City Chiefs

Odell Beckham kicks off Week 1 as a game-time decision, according to head coach Kevin Stefanski. Beckham is a year removed from a season-ending torn ACL last year, and his availability is up in the air because of it. It’s Week 1 people, don’t risk putting up a goose egg when 100% (hopefully) of your roster is available. Against the almighty Kansas City Chiefs, the Browns know they must control the game’s tempo on the ground and dominate the time of possession. What team can beat the Chiefs in a shootout? Odell will more than likely be used intermittently until he can prove he is back to full health. Let him prove what he can do before inserting him in your lineup.


Darrel Henderson Jr.
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Darrell Henderson – vs. the Chicago Bears

No one expected Darrell Henderson to be the lead back for the Los Angeles Rams this year. All offseason Cam Akers was the talk of the town set to burst on the scene. That was until injuries reared their ugly head, causing Akers to miss the entire 2021 season. Henderson squares off against the front seven of the Chicago Bears. Led by Kahlil Mack and Akiem Hicks, the Bears’ defense finished as a top ten defense against opposing running backs in fantasy last season. The Rams also added Sony Michel during training camp, and his exact role is yet to be known. Henderson is one of my top fades this week.


TJ Hockenson
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T.J. Hockenson – vs. the Detroit Lions

Lions Tight End T.J. Hockenson was a fantasy stud last year. He should have no problem returning to that stature again this year, but Week 1 might be challenging. Hockenson faces up against a healthy 49ers defense that only gave up 480 yards to opposing tight ends last year and allowed only four touchdowns. Hockenson will be a significant focal point in the Lions’ passing game, but then again, that’s not saying much. Who knows? Maybe after Week 1, Hockenson will be a buy-low trade option. Stay away at all costs this week!


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