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Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 1: Start Kyle Pitts and Other QB/TE/DST Fantasy Advice

Kyle is not the Pitts for Atlanta while former Falcon Matt Ryan could be a QB1 in his Colts debut.

Welcome to Week 1 of the fantasy football season! Everyone has the same record and the same opportunity (well, depending on how well your draft went) to succeed. Maybe you love your team, maybe you hate your team. Either way, trash talk as much as you want… because a week from now, there will be winners and there will be losers. If you are trying to make lineup decisions, above all, trust your gut. But also, we’re here to help.

Week 1 Positional Rankings: QB I RB I WR I TE I DST I K I Flex

START This Quarterback

Matt Ryan, Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans

The Atlanta Falcons didn’t help Ryan look good, but he should have better luck with the Colts. The offensive line has to be aware of Jonathan Taylor (the reigning rushing champion), while also knowing that Ryan can get the ball downfield. Even last season, when he was not at his best, Ryan threw for nearly 4,000 yards and 20 touchdowns. It was the first time since 2010 that he was under that threshold and odds are it isn’t going to happen again in 2022. He’s a solid QB2 with QB1 possibility in Week 1 against the Texans.

Related: Sit Josh Jacobs and Other RB/WR Week 1 Fantasy Advice

SIT This Quarterback

Mitch Trubisky, Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals

Not many people may be rushing to start Trubisky, but even in two-QB or Superflex leagues, hold off. Just because Trubisky is on the Steelers and not the Bears should not be a reason to start him. He is certainly no Ben Roethlisberger. He may have better weapons in Pittsburgh, but the offensive line is terrible. He barely played in 2021 and didn’t throw a touchdown. There are better dart throws at the quarterback position.

START This Tight End

Kyle Pitts, Atlanta Falcons vs. New Orleans Saints

With Drake London questionable heading into Week 1 (but expected to play), this has all the makings of a Pitts week. Marcus Mariota will be throwing him the ball, and the pair should connect early and often. The Falcons are truly missing a solid passing attack and this offense will likely go through Pitts. Defenses aren’t going to be able to constantly double-team him, so he should be one of the top tight ends in Week 1.

SIT This Tight End

Cameron Brate, Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Dallas Cowboys (SNF)

This actually should be revised to say sit any Tampa Bay tight end. Brate is currently listed atop the depth chart, but Kyle Rudolph is also on the roster. The Bucs have to move on from Rob Gronkowski, and it seems that the time isn’t looking for a replacement. Tom Brady will likely rely on pass-catching running backs (Leonard Fournette and possibly rookie Rachaad White). Leave the Bucs' tight ends alone for Week 1.

START This Defense/Special Teams (DST)

Denver Broncos at Seattle Seahawks (MNF)

The Broncos historically have a solid defense and the DST for 2022 should be solid as well. They face the Seahawks in Week 1, which will be an interesting matchup in general considering Russell Wilson is returning to Seattle to make his Broncos debut against his former team. There may be a bit of a revenge game factor here, and you know the defense is going to step up for him, especially on "Monday Night Football."

SIT This Defense/Special Teams (DST)

Buffalo Bills at Los Angeles Rams (TNF)

The Bills face the Rams on Thursday night, but the first game of the season is so hard to predict. The defending Super Bowl champions still have a great offense, and while the Bills' defense is also good, it seems like this might be a more offensive affair. If you drafted the Bills DST, you can gamble on them, or you can grab a DST that is facing a team that didn’t just win the Super Bowl (and still has a lot of key pieces from an offense that finished in the top 10 in points, total yards and passing yards per game last season).

— Written by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.