Ridley should be a dependable fantasy option, just be sure to temper expectations
The problem with a lot of fantasy football start/sit columns out there is they give you very simple, obvious advice. Start the Ravens D against the 6.5-point home underdog, the already tanking Dolphins? Really, you think so doctor?
So one of the first things I will do every week is to get all the obvious ones out. Unless you are galactically stupid and made a horrendous first-round pick, start your first-round pick this week. Even you Zeke owners should start him unless we hear a definitive reason not to start him. I would also fill your lineup with any starting offensive player in the Saints-Texans game. Conversely, I'd sit any Dolphin. I do like Albert Wilson this week, but I'm guessing you have better options. If he's one of your top three WRs, I'm sorry that you fell asleep during your draft.
But since you will hopefully be looking at other options, check out my colleague Sarah Lewis' WR rankings. Week 1 can always be tough though. With so many options on the board, for just the first week I'll give you some that I am looking at on my own teams. At least this way you know if I'm wrong, it's going to negatively impact me as well.
League 1: Adam Humphries vs. Willie Snead
I'm very high on Lamar Jackson this season. However, many are not. And one of the strongest arguments they have in their favor is that his weapons are nothing special. Unfortunately, they are right. Yet Snead has the potential to be an incredibly valuable asset given how ignored he was in most leagues. And against a terrible team like the Dolphins, he could certainly score a few times. As we know Jackson is excited to showcase the Ravens' new offense. But something tells me that John Harbaugh plays it pretty close to the vest this week and we see a whole lot more rushing than passing. I'm sitting Snead.
Does that mean I'm starting Humphries? You bet I am. It's a PPR league and Humphries' ability to rack up receptions out of the slot gives him a very high floor. I know the Titans are not known for their passing but I expect them to be down in this one and will need to move the ball. With the other studs on my team, I just need double digits from my Flex spot. I think Humphries can easily do that this week.
League 2: Tyrell Williams or Michael Gallup
This Antonio Brown saga has more twists and turns than the Star Wars franchise. But the most important development right now is this:
The Raiders have released WR Antonio Brown from the team today.— Oakland Raiders (@Raiders) September 7, 2019
Brown's business aside, what this means is that Williams just saw his value skyrocket. However, even though Denver's "no-fly zone" is a thing of the past, there is still enough talent in the Broncos' secondary. Williams has proven he has the talent to be a team's WR2 but he has yet to prove he can consistently beat a team's top corner. Therefore, although it is obviously tempting, I am still SITTING Williams unless he's your WR3 or flex. Meanwhile, I've already discussed the reasons why I like Gallup earlier this week in my DFS article and unlike Denver, the Giants don't really have much talent at DB. START Gallup at WR3 if you got him.
League 3 WR2: Calvin Ridley or Dede Westbrook
I have a ton of shares of Westbrook, so you're going to hear about him a lot from me. But Ridley had quite the rookie season with 821 yards and 10 touchdowns. Many are predicting a downturn for Ridley citing an unsustainable TD rate. Fine. I still think he's going to be a viable WR2 this year. Tevin Coleman took his talents to the 49ers and my guess is about half of Coleman's targets go Ridley's way, which means he easily exceeds 100 this year.
Meanwhile, Westbrook did top 100 targets last year and still only caught half the TDs that Ridley did. Nonetheless, I'm still STARTING Westbrook over Ridley as my WR2 because of the matchup. Whether Kansas City blows out Jacksonville or it is a close game, I expect Nick Foles to look Westrbook's way early and often to try and make something happen. Meanwhile, the Falcons take on the Vikings, who have one of the best secondaries in the league. I'll START Ridley as a WR3 easily, but I'd prefer to SIT him as a WR2.
— Written by Mark Strausberg, a member of the Athlon Network Contributor, who despite his youthful exuberance and good looks has been playing fantasy sports before Wildcats or Hoosiers even made it to VHS. Got a fantasy sports question or thought? Hit him up on Twitter @MarkStrausberg.