Each week during the NFL season FST brings you our Fantasy Football Sit’em column, which takes a look at unfavorable matchups and how they might impact lineup decisions for your fantasy football roster. Let’s take a look at some players that you may want to consider benching for Week 1. If you have any start’em sit’em questions feel free to post them in our Fantasy Football Forum.


Cam Newton CAR VS. SEA

After a sluggish start to last season, Cam’s numbers and performance steadily improved towards the tail-end of the year. He’s a dual threat, but the Seattle Seahawks’ big, tall and physical secondary could be Cam’s kryptonite in this matchup. Cam could put up average numbers but the upside should be curbed by the opponent’s recent track record. Don’t be surprised if he underwhelms in his 2013 debut.

Philip Rivers SD VS. HOU

Is the Philip Rivers honeymoon in San Diego suddenly over? Is his career on the decline? It appears that he could be spending some of his best years mired by a mediocre corps of receivers and talent that makes him slip into the Archie Manning territory of mediocrity. The Houston Texans in week 1 pose a very strong challenge. The addition of Ed Reed in Houston to an already staunch defensive unit should make Rivers owners wary. No reason to start him week 1.

Wide Receivers

T.Y. Hilton IND VS. OAK

I expect that at some point later in the season for Hilton to make the start’em list. However, this isn’t the week. Hilton is currently 3rd on the depth chart and will only take the field in 3-wideout sets. Darrius Heyward-Bey has a stranglehold on the #2 wideout spot so until he underperforms Hilton owners should remain cautiously optimistic. The Colts feature many 2 tight end formations so with the number of targets diminishing the production is likely to suffer to start.

Sidney Rice SEA VS. CAR

Coming off a knee injury and back from the medical miracles performed in Switzerland during the off-season, Sidney Rice appears to be one of Russell Wilson’s top targets this season. However, Seattle is a run-first offense and many of the TDs are either found by Marshawn Lynch or Russell Wilson running it in himself. Golden Tate’s emergence in the preseason and continued chemistry with @DangerRuss play a factor in devaluing Rice. Week 1 could be too soon to expect much from this Seahawks wide receiver.

Running Backs

Chris Ivory NYJ VS. TB

Has Ivory been overtaken at the running back position by Bilal Powell? Do the Jets have a starting quarterback? These are a few of the many questions for the Jets as they enter this season. Already the offense appears to be in a state of panic and state of disarray. With an inspired Darrell Revis (former Jet) added to the Buccaneers defense, the Jets might be playing from behind early and have to abandon the running game. Ivory certainly has potential but it should be tempered from the get-go this season.

DeAngelo Williams CAR VS. SEA

As the featured running back in Carolina DeAngelo has the potential to make some noise. Have you heard that saying before? I think the past 3 seasons that’s been a common refrain that’s come up entirely too short. The fact is that Jonathan Stewart is out of action for the first 6 weeks at least and Williams will have opportunities to contribute. However, the Seahawks are a top 3 fantasy defense and arguably the most physical, which poses problems for running backs who aren’t built to run inside the tackles. At best DeAngelo is a RB3 option in week 1.

Tight Ends

Heath Miller PIT VS. TEN

Miller is about as steady as they come in fantasy football. His production is average and he’s a great safety valve for Big Ben when protection breaks down. I expect he’ll get those average numbers again, but he’s coming off an injury and while he might suit up against one of the league’s worst defenses against the TE, it would be wise to hold off until he’s played a couple games.

Jermaine Gresham CIN VS. CHI

Gresham is not the same player he was at the University of Oklahoma and he hasn’t quite lived up to the expectations as a Bengal. Drafting Tyler Eifert should impact his playing time and it’s not as if Dalton looks Gresham’s way a ton either. He’s better left on the bench.


Baltimore Ravens BAL VS. DEN

While much speculation has swirled about how the Ravens will perform after the great deal of turnover from last year’s Super Bowl run, it’s the defense that is the area of greatest uncertainty. Dumervil and Suggs make for interesting combination along the D-line, but there is no Ray Lewis or Ed Reed. Going against Peyton Manning on his home turf in high-altitude could leave the Ravens Defense gasping for air early and often on opening night.