2010 NFL Fantasy Football: Week 1 Start’em, Sit’em

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It can be tough to make a decision between starting or sitting specific players throughout your fantasy football season based on favorable and/or tough match-ups.

TotalProSports is here to help you make such decisions with our weekly Start’em & Sit’em post where we will break down each position and give you some players you may want to consider starting, and some you might be better off sitting.


Start’em: Philip Rivers vs. KC – This may seem like a no-brainer, but some may be hesitant to start Rivers with Vincent Jackson not in the line-up.  Well don’t be.  Rivers has owned the Chiefs in his career, averaging over 300 yards in his last four games against them.  He has also tallied a total of nine touchdowns in those contests, scoring at least two in each of them.  Look for Rivers to light it up once again on Monday night.

Other QB start’ems worth noting: Jay Cutler vs. DET, Carson Palmer vs. NE, Alex Smith vs. SEA

Sit’em: Joe Flacco vs. NYJ – I love Flacco’s fantasy appeal this season, but I hate his match-up in week one against the New York Jets.  With Darrelle Revis signed and back in the Jets secondary where he belongs, Flacco will likely be forced to stay away from Boldin and look to his other options.  But with the off-season additions of Antonio Cromartie and Kyle Wilson, Flacco may have trouble finding anyone open on Monday night.

Other QB sit’ems worth noting: Matt Ryan vs. PIT, Vince Young vs. OAK, Chad Henne vs. BUF

Running Backs

Start’em: Ronnie Brown vs. BUF – Ronnie Brown may have been a huge risk on draft day because of his history of injury troubles, but he will go into week one healthy and should be able to produce some big numbers against a Bills’ defense that was rather shameful against the run last season.  And if that wasn’t enough to convince you, we should also tell you that in his last game against the Bills, Brown recorded 115 yards and two touchdowns.

Other RB start’ems worth noting: Jerome Harrison vs. TB, Arian Foster vs. IND, Matt Forte vs. DET

Sit’em: Pierre Thomas vs. MIN – I expect there to be a lot of points in tonight’s game between the Vikings and the Saints, but I don’t expect many of those points to be coming from Pierre Thomas.  When you consider the fact that he will be sharing the load with Reggie Bush, and he will be playing against one of the stiffest run defenses in the league, don’t expect week one to be a productive one for Thomas.

Other RB sit’ems worth noting: Justin Forsett vs. SF, LeSean McCoy vs. GB, Clinton Portis vs. DAL

Wide Receivers

Start’em: Johnny Knox vs. DET – Sunday we will all finally get to see just how the Mike Martz experiment will shape up in Detroit, and the Bears couldn’t have picked a better match-up if they tried.  The Lions were dreadful against the pass last season and there is no reason for us to believe that they have improved much in that area.  Jay Cutler may throw a few picks, but he will also complete a lot of passes, and most of those should fall into the hands of Johnny Knox.

Other WR start’ems worth noting: Terrell Owens vs. NE, Malcolm Floyd vs. KC, Michael Crabtree vs. SEA

Sit’em: Anquan Boldin vs. NYJ – If you are a fan of the Baltimore Ravens, you may want to send Boldin some reading material, a bathing suit, and a sleeping bag, because it could get lonely for him out on Revis Island.  Boldin is a stud receiver in the NFL, but as we saw last season, even the best of the best do not see the light of day when they are lined up against Revis.  Unfortunately for Boldin, he will be the first victim of 2010.

Other WR sit’ems worth noting: Mike Sims-Walker vs. DEN, Kenny Brit vs. OAK, Santana Moss vs. DAL

Tight Ends

Start’em: Jermichael Finley vs. PHI – I have said it before and I will say it again:  Finley will be an absolute stud this season.  This is probably the last time you will see him on this list as I prefer to keep stud fantasy players off here (after all, how can you ever sit one of your studs?), but if you have Finley, be sure to start him this week.  The Eagles were one of the worst teams in the NFL last season when it comes to defending the tight end.

Other TE start’ems worth noting: Kellen Winslow vs. CLE, Greg Olsens vs. DET, Heath Miller vs. TEN

Sit’em: Jermaine Gresham vs. NE – Reviews have been great for the rookie tight end, but don’t expect him to soar out of the gate.  The tight end position can be a tough one to break into for first-year players and it doesn’t help that Gresham will be up against a Pats defense that was tough on tight ends in 2009.

Other TE sit’ems worth noting: Owen Daniels vs. IND, John Carlson vs. SF, Todd Heap vs. NYJ


Start’em: Neil Rackers vs. IND – It should be a shootout in Houston on Sunday, and if that is the case, it bodes well for Rackers.

Sit’em: Matt Bryant vs. PIT – Scoring points on the Steelers is tough enough, and to make matters worse for Bryant, kicking in Heinz Field is no easy task.


Start’em: 49ers vs. SEA – The Seahawks offense has several question marks surrounding it.  Looks for the 49ers stellar defense to cash in on what we expect to be a mistake-filled game.

Sit’em: Eagles vs. GB – The Packers are expected to field one of the leagues most potent offenses in 2010.  Don’t expect the Eagles to be able to stop them.

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