Each week I will go over the tough matchups for fantasy purposes and highlight the players who should find themselves on your fantasy bench. You won’t see players such as David Johnson or Davante Adams in these articles, as they should be started no matter what the matchup is.
1. Quarterback Sit of The Week-Derek Carr vs Denver Broncos
This sit of the week for me is coming off the circus of news about the Raiders. One day we see Antonio Brown is being suspended after getting into argument with the GM. Then he apologized and will be playing Sunday, but wait there is more, he now has requested to be released from the Raiders. Wouldn’t you know, Brown was granted his release from the Raiders. He is now a member of the New England Patriots. With all this nonsense going on around the organization a guy who has failed to be a top 15 QB in nine career games against the Broncos should be sat. The play-makers for the Raiders will have to rise to the top in order for Carr to hold any value this season.
2. Sam Darnold vs Buffalo Bills
Darnold has been a target of mine in fantasy this offseason. His stock is on the rise and this could be a breakout season. With that being said he is going up against the number one pass defense from last season. The Bills have held the opposing QB to an average of 12.6 fantasy points per game, and they look to be primed to be the same defense as last season. Unless you’re in superflex or 2 QB league Darnold should be sat.
3. Ryan Fitzpatrick vs Baltimore Ravens
The Miami Dolphins are primed to take the first overall pick in the 2020 NFL entry draft. This team will struggle all season no doubt about it. To top it off in week 1 they get to play the Ravens, who year after year have a very good defense. When it comes down to it Fitzpatrick doesn’t have very many options to throw the ball to with any consistency. Fitzpatrick should remain on all fantasy benches.
4. Running Back Sit of The Week- Derrick Henry vs Cleveland Browns
All fantasy players remember how Henry finished last season, in some cases he won championships for teams and in others he was the reason they lost. Two things to keep in mind this week with Henry. First, he has dealt with a calf injury all summer, and it kept him out of camp. We really don’t know what his workload will look like. Secondly the Browns are no longer a laughingstock on offense, on paper they look to be a high-powered offense with the ability to score at will. If this in fact is the case this could cause the Titans to throw the ball more. Henry should be sat with the wait and see approach for next week.
5. Kansas City Running Backs vs Jacksonville Jaguars
When LeSean McCoy got picked up by the Chiefs it threw a big wrench into their fantasy backfield. Until we see what the usage will be like for both McCoy and Damien Williams, they both should have tempered expectations. To top it off they play Jacksonville and their defense should shine this year, they have a lot of youth and talent on that side of the ball.
6. Kenyan Drake vs Baltimore Ravens
There couldn’t have been a worse defense to start the year against for Drake. He was banged up with a bad foot all summer, and now must go against a defense who gave up less than 4 yards per carry last season. Miami traded away their best offensive lineman which wont help their cause running the ball. Even though Drake will be the number 1 back in Miami, this week he should see your bench.
7. Wide Receiver Sit of The Week- TY Hilton vs Los Angeles Chargers
It has been an unfortunate start to the season for Hilton and the Colts. Andrew Luck retired out of the blue and sent the team on the hunt for a replacement. They didn’t look too far, they gave Jacoby Brissett an extension and then signed journeyman Brian Hoyer. Now in week 1 Hilton has the privilege of being shadowed by one of the NFL best Casey Hayward. Hilton is the number 1 WR in the offense, but week 1 expectations should be tempered. If your able to, I would sit Hilton, there are just too many question marks.
8. Robby Anderson vs Buffalo Bills
In what should be a better offense for the New York Jets, week 1 is not the time to start most of them. Robby Anderson is battling a calf injury and will be going up against a defensive unit that gave up the 4th fewest points to the position. Last season when Anderson played the Bills, he put up a line of 4/ 76/1, it should be noted that on his touchdown Tre’Davious White (the Bills top corner) was not in coverage. If your forced to start him WR 4 is about the range, you should expect to get.
9. Devante Parker vs Baltimore Ravens
Is this the season Parker finally comes through for fantasy players? This is not the week to try and find out. The Ravens are one of the few teams who don’t shadow on defense, there is no where for Parker to find a good matchup this week. Fitzpatrick can throw the ball up for grabs on the 50/50 ball, but this shouldn’t be a team your able to do that successfully on very much. Parker should find himself on your bench until he proves he can be a viable fantasy asset.
10. Tight End Sit of The Week- Mark Andrews vs Miami Dolphins
Andrews looks to be the number 1 TE in Baltimore, with that said we just don’t know what the usage will be like with Lamar Jackson at the helm. All off season the Ravens talked about throwing the ball more, the question is who they are going to throw the ball to. Even with the juicy matchup against the Dolphins, Andrews should see your fantasy bench. There are better options to use this week.
11. David Njoku vs Tennessee Titans
Much like Mark Andrews, Njoku should see fantasy benches this week. In Njoku case there are so many mouths to feed in that offense, someone will miss out. Tennessee last season was also very good against the TE only giving up two touchdowns and they ranked third in fewest fantasy points given up to the position. Until we see how the offense will run, Njoku is a touchdown dependant TE.
12. TJ Hockenson vs Arizona Cardinals
This appears to be a golden matchup for the rookie Tight End, but if he is on your roster Hockenson should see the bench. For years it has been shown for fantasy purposes rookie Tight Ends take a while to be an asset. Of course, there are a few exceptions to the rule, but we will have to see how he fairs. Another thing to keep in mind, Matthew Stafford has three competent receivers and the Cardinals have a weak spot at cornerback. Look for Stafford to target the receivers more in this one.