Start 'em, Sit 'em Week 1: Matt Ryan and Other QB/TE/DST

Ryan could be in for a tough opening game on the road against the Vikings' tough D

When it comes to start/sit decisions in fantasy football the best advice sometimes this — don't overcomplicate things. Unlike start/sit decisions at RB and WR for Week 1, as it relates to QB, TE and defense/special teams (DST), you probably only have a couple of options. Were you a dunderhead and drafted three DSTs or three QBs that you are actually considering starting for a single spot in your lineup? Well, you reap what you sow. My guess is you are smarter than that.

 

In that case, you drafted with an eye towards Week 1 or a stud selection. Don't turn back now. Keep with your gut. And I can understand it might be difficult. I'll be honest with you — I have a keeper league where I own both Patrick Mahomes and Lamar Jackson. I absolutely love Jackson, both for this week and this year. And Mahomes does have a difficult matchup. But I'm not sitting Patrick Mahomes in Week 1! 

 

That doesn't mean there aren't some close calls, however. Here are some of those potential either/or options where I recommend the one that was probably drafted later.

 

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

 

QB: Start Jared Goff (Rams), sit Matt Ryan (Falcons)

I don't like Ryan this year and have zero shares of him this year. So it easy for me to tell you to sit him. But the Carolina defense is not the defense it once was. And I'm still not convinced Todd Gurley is 100 percent healthy. Remember, the Rams just gave Goff a whole lot of greenbacks. They are going to want some return on that investment. They will put the ball in Goff's hands this week. Meanwhile, Ryan is facing one of the best secondaries in the league. But getting back to that Carolina game...

 

TE: Sit Greg Olsen (Panthers), start Mark Andrews (Ravens)

So, let's see. Option A is I can take the 34-year-old who played only nine games last year who will be competing with potential breakouts DJ Moore and Curtis Samuel in an offense that features one of the best pass-catching backs in the game in Christian McCaffrey. Option B is a tight end playing with a second-year quarterback whose receivers often went undrafted in fantasy drafts this summer. I'm going with Option B.

 

DST: San Francisco (at Tampa Bay) over Houston (at New Orleans, Mon.)

I'm ashamed to admit it, but I actually own both of these defenses. Not in the same league mind you, but I own them both, so I understand the considerations. San Francisco probably went undrafted in your league, but I already detailed in my DFS article why they might be a decent play this week. Houston meanwhile is taking on Sean Payton's juggernaut offense. We know Drew Brees, Alvin Kamara, and company love to play on a fast track indoors. And the Texans just traded away Jadeveon Clowney. If there's one week where I am starting the 49ers D over the Texans D, this is definitely it.

 

— 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.

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