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Fantasy Football Q&A with Jake, Week 1: Opening week lineup concerns

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Fantasy Football Q&A, Week 1.

Posted by Jake Arthur NFL on Sunday, September 10, 2017

With the opening week of fantasy football comes plenty of mystery, which breeds concern. Sure, players performed a certain way in 2016, but how will they do in 2017? Especially if they are part of a new team. What about rookies?

We go into all of that and more this week.

Luke Lyon (Facebook)

“Standard league; What do you think of my lineup? Should I risk both rookies Week 1?”

  • QB—Russell Wilson, Dak Prescott
  • RB—Ezekiel Elliott, Kareem Hunt, Isaiah Crowell, Carlos Hyde, Joe Mixon, Eddie Lacy
  • WR—Jordy Nelson, Brandin Cooks, Emmanuel Sanders, Zay Jones
  • TE—Delanie Walker, Martellus Bennett
  • K—Harrison Butker
  • DST—Kansas City Chiefs

Luckily, you’re really deep at RB, so you can’t make many wrong moves there. I wouldn’t start Mixon yet because we don’t know what his role will be. With Zeke playing, I would move one of your RB’s into that Flex spot. I know we’ve got one game in the rear-view mirror and Kareem Hunt just had an enormous game, so I hope you started him. If not, you’re definitely not alone. I’ll be honest and tell you that I ranked your RB’s: Ezekiel Elliott, Isaiah Crowell, Kareem Hunt, Carlos Hyde, Joe Mixon, Eddie Lacy.

Outside of that, I would start Jordy Nelson, Emmanuel Sanders (and would’ve started Brandin Cooks). Then, Delanie Walker at tight end. He’s one of my favorites of the week.

Be sure to find a different kicker than Harrison Butker, as he’s not Carolina’s guy just yet.

Robbie Gibbons (Twitter, @RobbieGibbonsCo)

“What do you think of my team? 12-team standard, I had the 11th pick.”

  • QB—Marcus Mariota, Carson Wentz
  • RB—Jay Ajayi, Kareem Hunt, Matt Forte
  • WR—Michael Thomas, Keenan Allen, Michael Crabtree, Brandon Marshall, Jeremy Maclin, Zay Jones, Corey Davis
  • TE—Delanie Walker
  • K—Chris Boswell
  • DST—Houston Texans

Overall, that’s a good-looking squad but I definitely think you need another RB or two. That’s especially since Jay Ajayi’s out this week and Matt Forte is old and oft-injured. Because of that, it looks like you likely had Kareem Hunt in your lineup. Good stuff there. On the waiver wire, you could likely find guys like James White, Robert Turbin, Marlon Mack and D’Onta Foreman. I prefer to keep one QB, so I’d stick with Mariota and send Wentz to waivers.

This week, I would also start Michael Thomas, Michael Crabtree and Jeremy Maclin. I hate Thomas’ matchup, but he’s the best option. Even more so than Keenan Allen.

Reny Keener (LinkedIn)

“Do you like Jamaal Charles to eventually be the man in Denver?”

“Will Eli [Manning] finally be able to perform during the season with his talented WR’s?”

I do, actually. I’m not a big believer in C.J. Anderson or Devontae Booker. Anderson only seems to do well when he’s forced to take a back seat, and Booker is just “meh”. If Charles can stay healthy, he should have enough athleticism left to be a capable starter.

Eli’s hard to trust because you can give him endless weapons and he’ll be crazy inconsistent. However, this year should be different. Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandon Marshall are true, smart receivers that can obviously get the job done. Sterling Shepard is advanced—mechanically—for a young receiver, so he’ll only continue to get better. Evan Engram’s not a bad option, either.

#FreeMarlonMack (Twitter, @NateKent_)

“For standard scoring league: Martavis Bryant or Kenny Britt?”

“Better fifth WR on the bench: Chris Hogan or Sammy Watkins? My top four are Antonio Brown, A.J. Green, Martavis Bryant and Kenny Britt.”

I’m big on Martavis Bryant this week. Between him and Antonio Brown, you’ve got to figure that at least one of them is going to have a big game. Against a young, depleted Browns secondary (one that will be focusing on AB), Bryant has a great shot to make plays all over the field.

Gotta go with Sammy Watkins on that one. Buffalo wasn’t a very pass-happy offense, so I can imagine that Watkins is going to have a bigger impact in Los Angeles. Judging from New England’s offense on Thursday, they’re going to do weird stuff like run Hogan three times and throw downfield to Rex Burkhead. This will be a very unpredictable offense.

*Questions have been edited for clarification.