Fantasy Football Week 1 Predictions and Rankings: Who to Sit, and Who to Start
The 2014 National Football League regular season is almost here. Fantasy Football leagues are taking place, and everyone is trying to win their league with the best team possible. It's critical fantasy players make the best possible selection at each position.
Start Him: Peyton Manning
There's no denying Manning puts up the best statistics in the NFL. In week one, he will be facing his former team, the Indianapolis Colts. Last season the Colts ranked No. 19 in total defense. With the Denver Broncos at home, you have to start Manning.
Sit Him: Aaron Rodgers
Aaron Rodgers will be facing the Seattle Seahawks week one in Seattle. It's extremely tough to win there with the 12th man on their side. The Seahakws have the best defense in the league led by cornerback Richard Sherman. You can go with Rodgers another day, but for week one, let's keep him on the bench.
2. Running Back
Start Him: LeSean McCoy
McCoy led the NFL in rushing yards last season, and he will be facing the Jacksonville Jaguars week one at home. McCoy can beat you on the ground and through the air with his dual threat abilities. Jamaal Charles against Tennessee Titans is also a great lock for week one.
Sit Him: Adrian Peterson
Peterson will go No. 1 overall in a lot of fantasy drafts, rightfully so. His week one opponent will be against the St. Louis Rams, who have one of the best defensive lines in the league. Last year, the Rams ranked No. 9 overall in rushing yards against. The Vikings don't exactly have a superior passing attack to help Peterson out either.
3. Wide Receiver
Start Him: Antonio Brown
It's amazing how this guy never gets enough credit. Brown has put up some of the best numbers in the league over the last three seasons. The Pittsburgh Steelers face the Cleveland Browns week one, and this time they will be without T.J. Ward.
Sit Him: Andre Johnson
Unfortunately for Johnson, Ryan Fitzpatrick will be throwing to him this season. Johnson is an elite wide out, but the Washington Redskins will be ready to shut Fitzpatrick down. Johnson isn't getting any younger either.
4. Tight End
Start Him: Vernon Davis
What more could you ask for? Colin Kaepernick loves to throw to his tight end Davis, who caught a career high 13 touchdowns last season. The Cowboys, on the other hand, had the worst defense in the league last season, which should open up things for Davis all game long.
Sit Him: Rob Gronkowski
Gronkowski recently said, "I'm playing," in reference to the Patriots week one match against the Miami Dolphins. We all know he was one of the best tight ends in the game, but he can't stay healthy for a long period of time. There's still no guarantee he will even play at. It's too high of a risk to start Gronkowski week one on your fantasy team.
Start Them: Pittsburgh Steelers
This isn't the "Steel Curtain" of the 1970s, but it's still a top tier defensive squad. Week one, the Steelers will face the Cleveland Browns, who they almost always seem to defeat in a lopsided victory. The game will also be played at Heinz Field.
Sit Them: Atlanta Falcons
The Falcons are playing at home, but they have to go up against the New Orleans Saints, who play unbelievable in doors. Quarterback Drew Brees has thrown for over 5,000 yards the last three consecutive seasons, and he has a reputation for destroying the Falcons defense.
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