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.
Hells Bells by AC/DC and Enter Sandman by Metallica are two songs that should go with the Legion of Boom’s (LOB) anthem. The Packers are walking into the Super Bowl champion’s mad house at CenturyLink stadium and it won’t be pretty. Expect the Packers to rely on the running game, rather than a steady pass happy attack. There are other options like Cutler, Rivers, RGIII amongst others as backups to play instead of Rodgers in this poor matchup. No visiting QB is safe in Seattle.
While Romo is statistically one of the best quarterbacks of this generation, he’s also known for his inability to be clutch. Part of that stems from defenses coaxing him into interceptions and poor decisions, which is exactly what the 49ers are going to do. The 49ers defense won’t be the same as last year with a few key playmakers gone, but they’re good enough to make Romo subpar. Look for Romo and Big D to struggle in their home opener.
Pierce is not Ray Rice from 5 years ago. Pierce is simply not an every down reliable running back in the NFL. A healthy Geno Atkins and the Bengals swarming defense can cause havoc and a headache for Gary Kubiak’s plans to run the football. It’ll be up to Pierce to block more than contribute via his legs on Sunday, so don’t expect a large output. Pierce has 2 weeks of primetime action, with Rice out. It’s too bad his opponent this week isn’t a cupcake.
The 2.9 yards per carry and a cloud of dust named Trent Richardson gets no love this season. After an abysmal 2013 campaign, I’m convinced the Browns got that one right. Denver upgraded defensively this offseason so running the ball won’t come easy. It’s Andrew Luck’s team and if they want to keep up with Denver they’ll need to throw it. Not run it, sorry Richardson owners. Not buying Richardson for a second this year.
Cobb has the speed and burners to be effective in any situation, most any situation rather. Seattle Seahawks’ defense poses a challenge with Chancellor, Sherman and Thomas roaming the secondary. Cobb could have a decent game, but nothing more than 12 points I expect from him. The Seahawks might break another sound barrier and quake the stadium worse than BeastMode going 75 yards against the Saints in the playoffs from a few years ago. No Cobb this week.
Rookies are always a flip-flopping choice. Mike Williams is the TD target for EJ Manuel and they’ve got a solid TE to throw in the red zone too. I like Watkins and expect he’ll be good to great eventually, but not this week. The Bears will improve defensively from a year ago and Watkins will be getting all the Peanut Tillman attention from Chicago on Sunday.
The Cards are a very staunch and ball-hacking defense. This matchup in the tight end area should be one Arizona will let play out with an old veteran TE running around. Ladarius Green will likely be on the field 50% of the time too so that will dig into his targets. Gates will have better matchups so it’s worth saving him for those.
Tim Wright is going to be a good, solid target for Brady this year. Just not in week 1 while he continues to pick up the offense. Brady loves to exploit mismatches and Wright had a good season for a very subpar Tampa Bay team last year. His atleticism is also great, but I’m expecting Gronk to have the big game, not Wright, on Sunday.
The Steelers have not looked the same the past few years with regard to defense. Turnover margin has been negative and the ability to cause mistakes from opposing offenses has been less. Tomlin will get a lot out of this group and I expect Cleveland will be an easier target. However, they’re fundamentally going to play it safe and the Steelers have had a woeful preseason. Wait a week to see what they do before confidently playing the Steelers. Sit ’em week 1.