Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em is the ultimate look at the best and worst matchups based on fantasy football’s PPR scoring system. This column will not cover his NFL elite players such as Joshua Allen, Jonathan Taylor, and Cooper Cup. Instead, we’ll be looking at players with questions about how they might exceed or fail to meet expectations at each position. Be sure to check out my weekly player rankings, which are updated daily.
fab top 10
1. Justin Jefferson vs. Packers
2. Cooper Kuppu vs. Rams (TNF)
3. Jamar Chase vs. Steelers
4. Sheedy Ram vs. Buccaneers
5. Chargers’ Davante Adams
6. Rams’ Stefon Diggs (TNF)
7. Texans’ Michael Pittman Jr.
8. AJ Brown on the Lions
9. Keenan Allen vs. Raiders
10. Tyreek Hill vs. Patriots
Complete Week 1 Rankings: QB | RB | WR | Te | Flex |
Week 1 Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em: QUARTERBACKS | Running Backs | Wide Receivers | Tight Ends | Kickers and Team Defense
Week 1 Start ‘Em: Wide Receiver
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Michael Pittman Jr. The Texans (1pm ET, CBS): Pitman is my favorite breakout wide receiver, so this may be the last time I see him in this column (all too obvious). But this week, I’m projecting him as a top 10 fantasy his wideout in a positive matchup with the Texans. The last time he played against Houston, Pittman scored 17 PPR fantasy points as he tallied 77 yards on six receptions.
marquise brown vs. Chiefs (4:25 p.m. ET, CBS): Brown will be the number one choice in Kyler Murray’s passing game until DeAndre Hopkins returns from suspension, so fantasy managers should capitalize on that. He also has a great matchup that will be a high-scoring game against the Chiefs. The SI Sportsbook Over/Under is 53.5 for him, and the Chiefs struggled to stop wide receivers last season.
Courtland Sutton Seahawks (Monday, 8:15 PM ET, ESPN): I have Russell Wilson in the starting line-up, so his expected No. 1 wideout should be well positioned for success this week as well. Jerry Jeudy is in the mix, but I see Sutton as the better of the Broncos’ two wideouts this week (both are great starters in Seattle). Sutton should be a second receiver or flex option.
Adam Thielen vs. Packers (4:25 p.m. ET, Fox): This week’s Packers vs. Vikings game could be a shootout, so Thielen should start his fantasy lineup as a third wideout or flex option. He has had a lot of success against his NFC North rivals, averaging 18.5 points over his last seven games. This includes two of his last three contests against the pack where he has scored 22 or more fantasy points.
Christian Kirk Commanders (1:00 PM ET, Fox): When it comes to money, Kirk should see more than his share of goals after signing a huge deal in the offseason. This is good news for Trevor Lawrence and his top pass option in his game. Washington also allowed the sixth-most fantasy points for a wide receiver facing off in 2021.
• Rashod Bateman at Jets (1pm ET, CBS)
• Amon-Ra St. Brown vs. Eagles (1pm Fox)
• Allen Lazard on Vikings (4:25 PM ET, Fox)
• Cardinals’ JuJu Smith-Schuster ($5,200)
• Brandon Aiyuk of Bears ($5,200)
• Commanders’ Christian Kirk ($5,100)
Week 1 Sit ‘Em: Wide Receiver
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Amari Cooper Panthers (1pm ET, CBS): Jacoby Brissett (not DeShawn Watson) is going to worry about Cooper’s value under center. So this week it is. At best, Cooper is a risk and reward flex option.
Tyler Rocket vs. the Broncos (Monday at 8:15 pm ET, ESPN): Rocket stock has fallen since the Seahawks traded Russell Wilson to Denver, and it got worse when Genno Smith was named the starting quarterback. He failed to score five touchdowns and his matchup with the Broncos made him even less appealing to fantasy fans. Start DK Metcalf, but watch out for Lockett.
drake london vs. The Saints (1pm ET, Fox): London has been dealing with a minor knee injury and has missed part of camp and pre-season. That means he’s lost time to build a rapport with Marcus Mariota, so it’s possible, if not likely, that he’ll have a slower start to the season. Wrong carefully, keeping the number one rookie wideout on the bench against the Saints.
Robert Woods vs. Giants (4:25 p.m. ET, Fox): Woods is considered a frontrunner in the passing game between Ryan Tannehill and the Titans. Tennessee will also rely on Derrick Henry and Ran. It should be a low-scoring game, and I’ll watch out for Woods.
chase claypool The Bengals (1pm ET, CBS): Claypool beat the Bengals, averaging 14.7 points over four career meetings. Of course, those were with Ben Roethlisberger, not Mitchell Trubisky. Claypool also have to deal with rookie George Pickens, who could rob the veteran of snaps and targets. Unless my Dionte Johnson (shoulders) are restricted, I sit in the clay pool.
• Chris Godwin of the Cowboys (8:20 PM ET on NBC)
• Hunter Renfro with the Chargers (4:25 PM ET, CBS)
• DeVante Parker at the Dolphins (1pm ET, CBS)
• Tyreek Hill vs. Patriots ($6,800)
• Amari Cooper with the Panthers ($5,900)
• Robert Woods vs. Giants ($5,600)
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Fabiano’s Week 1 PPR Rankings: quarterbacks | | running back | | wide receiver | | tight end | | flex | | kickers | | team defense
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