Fantasy Football Start ’em Sit ’em Week 1
What a time to be alive! Fantasy football is back to give us some joy (for now) in 2020. If you haven’t watched this year’s Virtual Couch Draft Party I highly recommend you do before reading this list so you get in the right state of mind heading into the season.
This week’s list will be a little different than past year’s editions. I am assuming that most of you reading this list are now experienced fantasy football players and know to start your studs. These are players that you likely drafted in the first 5 rounds.
I am going to focus on players who you will likely have a decision whether to start over another similarly tiered player. If you are having trouble deciding who to put in your FLEX spot then this is the list for you!
Buckle up Couch Fam… this is about to be a bumpy ride.
Week 1 Start ’em
Will Fuller V – Texans WR
If you drafted Fuller you are likely aware that he is a high-injury (hamstrings) risk player who is talented enough for many to take a chance on him at his current 7th round ADP which is baked into his draft value. By all accounts, Fuller is fully healthy going into a TNF showdown against the high-octane Kansas City Chiefs fresh off their Super Bowl win in Miami.
Long-time number one receiving option, DeAndre Hopkins, is no longer in the picture and newly acquired Brandin Cooks has been limited in practice this week with a lingering quad injury. That should leave plenty of opportunity for Fuller to step into the WR1 role and be the main deep threat option for DeShaun Watson and the Texans. If you recall, Will ‘The Thrill’ had a 53 point outburst in Week 5 last season, showcasing his explosive scoring ability. Start Fuller now while you can in Week 1.
Will Fuller V Week 1 Projections: 15 targets, 11 receptions, 189 receiving yards, 2 TD’s
RBs to Start
WRs to Start
Henry Ruggs III
Week 1 Sit ’em
Antonio Gibson – Washington RB
The Washington Football team drafted the dynamic Gibson in the 3rd Round out of Memphis, where he played both wideout, running back and kick returner for the Tigers. On film, Gibson is an explosive open field runner who is extremely athletic and is a threat to score whenever he has the ball in his hands.
Now that I got all the positives out of the way, I am here to warn you about starting Gibson in Week 1 against a tough Eagles defense. The running back situation in the nation’s capital is like the box of chocolates in Forrest Gump, you just don’t know what you’re gonna get.
To much surprise, new head coach Ron Rivera listed journeyman J.D. McKissic as the starting running back on the depth chart ahead of the much-hyped Gibson. With 2nd year redshirt Bryce Love and Tampa Bay transfer Peyton Barber also competing for touches, this looks like the RBBC from hell. Long-term I believe Gibson’s talent will rise to the top, but for Week 1 you should definitely fade this Washington backfield at all costs.
Antonio Gibson Week 1 Projections: 8 rushing attempts, 56 rushing yards, 3 receptions, 22 receiving yards, 0 TD’s
RBs to Sit
WRs to Sit
Michael Pittman Jr.
If you have any questions about your lineup for this week, you can find me on our Facebook group, Fantasy Couch Fam. My name is Mike Mital on there by the way.