Start ’em if you got ’em

Tonight is the night! Football, regular season, real football is back. Sorry to any Canadians reading this, the CFL does not count.

Hoping to stir up some conversation I thought this would be a good time to recommend some starts for your Fantasy Football teams.


Yes, I’m leading with a Defense. Actually two defenses. Buffalo gets the woeful New York Jets, whose leading receiver is Jeremy Kerley, or maybe Jermaine Kearse. Their QB is the statuesque Josh McCown. It could get ugly.

Los Angeles Rams –. The Rams go up against the Andrew Luck-less Colts. Scott Tolzien is just plain terrible at football.

Wide Reciever: 

Pierre Garcon, SF –Pierre Garcon has a history with Kyle Shanahan. In 2013 Garcon was targeted 181 times for 113 receptions and over 1,300 yards, with Shanahan as his Offensive Coordinator. San Francisco is bereft of other offensive weapons and play the Panthers who have to fly cross country. Garcon will feast this weekend.

Sammy Watkins, LA – Hey it’s another Ram, who saw that coming? The Colt’s had the 26th ranked pass defense last season. Vontae Davis, the Colt’s best CB, is out this weekend. Watkins could go insane this week.

TE: Delanie Walker, TEN – In 2016 the Raiders gave up the 8th most fantasy points per game against the TE position. Delanie Walker is entering his third season as Marcus Mariota’s security blanket. Look for Walker to continue in that role against Oakland, and the early portion of the season, until Corey Davis gets up to speed from missing much of the off-season due to a hamstring injury.


Kirk Cousins, WAS – Just to clear the air. I’m not saying I want Washington to win, nor am I picking them to do so. Kirk Cousins starts the season at home. With a healthy Jordan Reed(for now at least), slot machine Jamison Crowder, new deep threat Terrelle Pryor and Josh Doctson as his 4th option, Cousins may have the best set of pass catchers in the NFL. Even though last season’s Washington pass catchers were very good, this set could be an upgrade. After averaging 248 yards, 2 touchdowns(1 interception) last season against the Eagles, Cousins could approach 300 yards this week.

Running Back:

Dalvin Cook, MIN: Cook makes his professional debut against the New Orleans Saints. Last season the Saints gave up 18 rushing tds and another 5 receiving tds to the running back position. At 28.3 fantasy points per game, the Saints surrendered the 2nd most points per game to the running back position. Look for the rookie to shred the Saints defense on the ground and in the passing game.

Please feel free to ask any start/sit questions in the comments below, the comments section can be used as a resource for any of us who have start/sit questions. Post questions, suggestions anything you’d like below! If you have any players you feel are MUST starts please let me know in the comments or on Twitter @DFF_Shane.


Shane Manila

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I play in 29 dynasty leagues, 4-5 redraft leagues. In the real world I’m…..nah that’s no fun. I love fantasy football and talk about it all the time.

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