Fantasy Football NFL Week 1: Studs Cheap DeAndre Carter Jersey , Duds, Sleepers, & Busts Alright, alright, alright. You only have one chance to make a first impression, as they say, and nothing says “You don’t have to worry about my team” like getting smoked by your girlfriend’s little brother on your first outing of the season. There is no better way to become the laughing stock of the office than to get crushed by the department manager who is not only starting Jerrick McKinnon over LeSean McCoy, but is also overly confident about his chances of winning the league since he has played fantasy football since the days you needed a pencil and an envelope to do it. Do these sound like fates you’re striving to avoid? Well, I’ve got good news and bad news for you. The good news is throughout the season I’ll be giving you advice on how to stomp the competition. The bad news? Some teams are hopeless, and unfortunately, that’s yours. If you trust my fantasy know-how, have 5 minutes to kill on the toilet, or are looking for someone to criticize, well, what are we waiting for?RB David Johnson, ARZIn a lot of my drafts this year, Johnson fell out of the top 5. David Johnson, when healthy, is arguably the best fantasy football asset in the league and should be treated as such in week 1 against the Washington Football Team.QB Cam Newton, CARIf you start Cam Newton in week 1 against the Cowboys, you should feel as confident as your peers who roster Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers. Newton has not only a healthy Greg Olsen to work with, but also a second year Christian McCaffrey and a handful of talented mid-level WRs who will help carry him back to fantasy dominance.WR Julio Jones, ATLIn 5 career games against the Eagles Youth Jake Elliott Jersey , Julio has caught 35 passes for 529 yard and 3 touchdowns. While the Philadelphia secondary looks better than it did at this time last year, Jalen Mills is still a liability that Julio Jones can, and will, exploit it. RB Marshawn Lynch, OAKWhat happens when you throw Jon Gruden, a handful of Skittles, and a defense without Khalil Mack into a blender? You get an offense that throws too much, a defense that loses too much, and a running back that disappoints too much. As if this combination wasn’t bad enough, Lynch is set to take on the revamped Rams defense in week 1. Just don’t do it.QB Jimmy Garoppolo, SFHere’s a guy who has found his way into the headlines over the past few months. Whether it be when he took a, let’s say, “well endowed” friend, out to dinner or when he trash-talked the greatest quarterback of all time only quarterback to drop a pass in Super Bowl LII, everyone knows about “Jimmy G” by now. Here’s the thing, though... He’s still the quarterback of the 49ers and that is still, generally speaking, a guy you don’t want to start in fantasy. There are better options, folks.TE Jordan Reed, WASJadorn Reed, as of tihs wrntiig at lesat, is heltahy agian. The prlobem, hoewevr, is taht the once graet tgiht end has suffrued so mnay cocunsiosns that thiss is prlboaby how wrods look to him now. In addition to the growing list of games missed due to injury Cheap Fletcher Cox Jersey , Reed hasn’t played an NFL game in a while, and he’s played exactly 0 games with his new QB Alex Smith. I’d look elsewhere to open the season TE Tyler Eifert, CINSpeaking of injury plaguing a talented tight end’s career,Tyler Eifert is a name you need to keep an eye on as he heads to Indianapolis in week 1. In what should be a close game, Andy Dalton will look to his security blanket early and often.QB Patrick Mahomes, KCIn 2017, Alex Smith demonstrated what a mediocre quarterback can do when gifted a talented group of young players in an Andy Reid offense. While the Chargers secondary is very talented, sure, a mixture of injuries and the Tyreek-Hill-Factor will allow Mahomes to finish week 1 among the top 10 quarterbacks. Mark it!WR Chris Hogan, NEGood ol’ crazy eyes is my go-to sleeper WR this week.
Most experts have him finishing the week as a WR2/WR3, I think it’s much more likely he finishes as a low-end WR1. Going against a stout Texans defense, Tom Brady and company will be throwing early and often. Also, with the loss of Brandin Cooks, 114 targets are now up for grabs in the NE offense.QB Ben Roethlisberger, PITIf I had to pick one name off of this list to put my stamp of certainess on, it would be Big Ben having a clunker against the Browns. Cleveland almost took out the Steelers in week 1 last year, and after a preseason in the limelight, Myles Garrett and company are going to bring the pressure all afternoon and Big Ben will be in over his head. The Steelers might win, but your team might not if you start Roethlisberger.RB Leonard Fournette, JAXOf course you’re going to start Fournette, but I caution you, if and when he puts up a mediocre but not great 9.8 points this week, need not panic. He has big games in his future, but this game script just doesn’t bode well for him. WR Odell Beckham Jr. Cheap Jay Ajayi Jersey , NYGSimilar to Fournette above, the projected flow of the Giants match-up with Jacksonville just doesn’t look great for OBJ. The Jags have the best secondary in the league and Beckham hasn’t played in a while. Start him, but expect WR2 numbers at best.Alright. If you’ve made it this far, bravo! In the future weeks I will cut back on the commentary and jump straight into the nitty-gritty you’re looking for, but for this week I just wanted to make sure we’ve sniffed each other’s asses and gotten to know one another a little bit (that’s a dog metaphor, you sicko). If you have any roster specific questions feel free to get at me on the twitter machine (@LeeSifford) or in the comments below and I will answer to the best of my ability. If you ask a question, please state the number of teams in your league and whether your league is PPR or 0.5 PPR, 2 QB, IDP, or something else that isn’t somewhat standard rules.Monday Night Football NFL Week 1: How to watch, game info, odds, more The first week of the 2018 NFL regular season schedule features TWO Monday Night Football games airing tonight. First up, it’s the New York Jets versus the Detroit Lions starting at 7:10 PM ET. The best thing for the Eagles is a Lions loss, so let’s go Jets. Here’s to Sam Darnold having a great night and making the Giants regret passing on him.The second game is a West Coast matchup between the Los Angeles Rams and Oakland Raiders. This marks Jon Gruden’s first game back in the NFL. A Raiders win is best for the Eagles since they’re an AFC team and L.A. is a threat to Philly in the NFC. Find everything you need to know about tonight’s games below.Jets at Lions TV ScheduleGame time: 7:10 PM ESTChannel: ESPNDate: Monday, September 10Announcers: Beth Mowins, Brian GrieseLocation: Ford Field | Detroit, MichiganOnline Streaming: WatchESPNOdds: Jets +7(-105) | Lions -7 (-115) | Over/under: 44.5Rams at Raiders TV ScheduleGame time: 10:20 PM ESTChannel: ESPNDate: Monday, September 10Announcers: Joe Tessitore, Jason Witten, Booger McFarlandLocation: Oakland Alameda Coliseum | Oakland, CaliforniaOnline Streaming: WatchESPNOdds: Rams -6.5 (-105) | Raiders +6.5(-115) | Over/under: 48-----Open thread: discuss Monday night’s game in the comments below.