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Fantasy Football: Rotobahn’s Week 1 starts and sits

09.09.11 at 11:09 am ET

Here are our Week 1 starts and sits. Join us at every week for full lineup rankings, game capsules and waiver wire reports. Our full week one lineup rankings will be released Friday!



Matt Stafford, Lions at Bucs

He’€™s on the road at Tampa Bay and he is healthy. With a solid assortment of weapons, plus Calvin Johnson, he has big upside. He has a solid matchup and we like him to post good numbers in the opening stanza of 2011. Play him with confidence.

Josh Freeman, Bucs vs. Lions

He’€™s hosting the Lions. We like this game to feature some scoring and we expect them to move Freeman around and get the ball in the air. It should be a good week for the young passer. Start him if he is your guy.

Jay Cutler, Bears vs. Falcons

We like the matchup, and Cutler has looked very much under control so far. If you need a QB this week, Cutler is a good option.


Tony Romo, Cowboys at Jets

We like Romo a lot overall, but this might be the best week all year to sit him. The Jets are tough as heck to throw on. If you rostered a guy like Freeman or Cutler behind Romo, this might be the week to use your backup. It’s a close call, but don’t expect typical Romo output.

Sam Bradford, Rams vs. Eagles

We are bullish on this kid for the year, but, even at home, we don’€™t like this matchup with the Eagles’€™ strong coverage corps. Look elsewhere if you have another strong option.

Matt Cassel, Chiefs vs. Bills

We don’€™t like him much on an average week, but we would avoid him this week for sure with a limiting rib injury. Look elsewhere if you can.

Running Backs


Peyton Hillis, Browns vs. Bengals

We worry about him wearing down, but we like him plenty in Week 1. The home matchup vs. Cincinnati is sweet, and we don’€™t think that Cleveland is ready to open up the passing game. Hillis should rip it up. RB1 all the way.

Mike Tolbert, Chargers vs. Vikings

We like both of the Chargers’€™ backs this week, but we think San Diego runs away with the game and that ought to put Tolbert in ‘€œcloser’€ mode down the stretch. This is one of the weeks to get him in there. He’€™s a solid RB3 and could post RB2 numbers this week.

Willis McGahee, Broncos vs. Raiders

He should be the goal-line back, and Oakland is searching for an identity on defense. We think he scores and posts 50-plus yards. He’€™s a nice flex option in Week 1.


Marshawn Lynch, Seahawks at 49ers

Traveling to Frisco is not a good deal for a back, and Lynch will have to earn what he gets here. If you have other options, like Tolbert, this would be a week to use them.

Joe Addai, Colts at Texans

We wonder about how big Delone Carter‘€™s role will be, and we expect Addai to get scant work on the stripe. Play him if you need him, but we just don’€™t see him posting big numbers.

Wide Receivers


Jacoby Ford, Raiders at Broncos

He’€™s a little under the radar, but we like him this week in a game that is going to be very intense. Right now, he’€™s the Oakland receiver to believe in, and we think rookie Danarius Moore will join him soon. Ford is a very solid play as a WR3 in Week 1.

Plaxico Burress, Jets vs. Cowboys

He’€™ll be banged up soon enough, but for now, we’€™d get him in there as the Jets plan on using him a lot in the red zone. He has a great chance to score in week one against a shaky Cowboys defense.

Percy Harvin, Vikings at Chargers

The Vikes will need to put the ball in the air to even have a chance at staying with San Diego’€™s high-powered offense. Harvin is the central figure in the Vikings’€™ passing attack. We’€™d get him in there as a very solid WR2.


Austin Collie, Colts at Texans

He’€™s a good player, but he and Peyton Manning‘€™s symbiosis won’€™t help him with Kerry Collins in there. He’€™s also banged up, and we’€™d like to see him prove his health and his viability with Collins at the helm before we take a chance with him. If you have receiver depth, this may be a good week to tap into it.

Sidney Rice, Seahawks at 49ers

He’€™s banged up and may not even go, but if he does, we’€™re counseling avoidance. His quarterback is light and his health situation is one red flag too many. Rice will have his time, but Week 1 is unlikely to be it.

Mike Sims-Walker, Rams vs. Eagles

There’€™s just way too much cover talent on Philly’€™s roster to recommend any of the Rams’€™ receivers. Better days lie ahead, but we’€™d avoid the likes of Sims-Walker and Brandon Gibson this week.

Tight Ends


Marcedes Lewis, Jaguars vs. Titans

The big man will be needed as they break in their new quarterback, Josh McCown.

Jared Cook, Titans at Jaguars

We love Cook’€™s upside and we think he and Matt Hasselbeck will hook up a few times in this game. He has a good chance to post TE1 numbers in week one. If you need him, he should make you happy. It’€™s a good matchup.

Aaron Hernandez, Patriots at Dolphins

This guy has been looking very good and we think they get him involved early and often. He has a chance to post TE1 numbers along with his buddy Rob Gronkowski. Both Patriots tight ends are good Week 1 plays. Get ’em in there!


Tony Gonzalez, Falcons at Bears

We don’€™t like the matchup, and we wonder what Gonzo has left at this stage. He was credible in 2010, but he faded down the stretch and now he has a tougher fight for targets with Julio Jones in town.

Visanthe Shiancoe, Vikings at Chargers

There are better options on the waiver wire. Visanthe is a good player but he is a bit beat up, and we’€™d like to see him hooking up with his new quarterback before we start to buy back into him. In small leagues, we’€™d go pick up a guy like Cook and roll with him.

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