We asked the RotoHeat community about some start or sit matchups that they had a question about for week 1. The RotoHeat team then voted to see whom they would rather start or sit in the matchup. Here are the results of those matchups.
*Disclaimer: Start and Sit results are subject to change do to injury reports and other factors leading up to game time.
Week 1 Start or Sit Matchup 1: Jamison Crowder vs DeSean Jackson
Among the writing group, Crowder is the favorite for us to start this week with a 10 to 5 vote. Crowder performed well against Buffalo last season Collecting 22 passes for 165 yards and a score in their 2 games. Jackson was injured most of last season, but still had 8 receptions for 154 yards and 2 touchdowns against Washington last year. Jackson will also enter this game with most of the other wide receivers for Philadelphia banged up.
Week 1 Start or Sit Matchup 2: Jared Goff vs Kyler Murray
Kyler Murray visits the San Francisco 49ers the week while Jared Goff and the Rams host the Dallas Cowboys. Murray is the heavy favorite for us on whom we would like to start here at 12-3. Kyler Murray played the 49ers twice last season and threw for 4 touchdowns and ran one in himself. This season he also gets a new weapon in DeAndre Hopkins. Goff faced Dallas once last season and threw for 284 yards and 2 scores, the Rams offense also lost Brandin Cooks and Todd Gurley in the offseason.
Week 1 Start or Sit Matchup 3: Jarvis Landry vs Antonio Gibson vs Melvin Gordon
We picked Jarvis Landry as the player to start here with 12 votes for Landry, 3 for Melvin Gordon, and zero for Gibson. One contributor mentioned, that starting Landry while the Browns were 9 point underdogs to the Ravens was the smart play. Another commented on how Baker loved throwing to Landry even in tight coverage. Landry is the only one of these options that we have an idea of what type of production of what to expect as Gibson is a rookie and this is Gordon’s first year in Denver.
Week 1 Start or Sit Matchup 4: Antonio Gibson vs Chris Thompson
The RotoHeat team was split 8-8 on this one. Some of our team would like to go with the running back that they know in Thompson. Thompson is a pass-catching back that could see a lot of action on Sunday if the Jaguars fall behind against the Colts. However, Antonio Gibson could see some touches Sunday if the Eagles don’t jump out early against them.
Week 1 Start or Sit Matchup 5: DeVante Parker vs Jonathan Taylor
Parker leads the voting here as whom to start 11-6. One contributor mentioned that Fitzpatrick has a way of playing well against the Patriots, Parker should benefit from that. Miami could trail the Patriots for most of the game, forcing the Dolphins to throw the ball more. Taylor’s role in the offense early might not certain. The Colts could go up on the Jaguars and treat the fourth quarter as some game-time experience for Jonathan Taylor.
Week 1 Start or Sit Matchup 6: Laviska Shenault vs Chase Claypool
The RotoHeat team picked to start Shenault over Chase Claypool 10-5. Claypool has a better offense and a better matchup. However, there are more mouths to feed in Pittsburgh and the uncertainty of his role out of the gate. Shenault could see more playing time against Indianapolis than Claypool and get more involved in the Jacksonville offense even though the offense might not be as solid as Pittsburgh.
Week 1 Start or Sit Question 7: Is Amari Cooper a Must Start?
This question was a close one for the group. The vote ended 8-7, that he is a must-start. The voters that were against him being a must-start were saying that he could be seeing a lot of Ramsey on Sunday and Lamb could be a sneaky option over Cooper. The votes for him were commented that he is ranked too high not to start. In his only game against the Rams last year, Cooper caught 1 of his 2 targets for 19 yards, as the Cowboys won 44-22.
Week 1 Start or Sit Matchup 8: Jonathan Taylor vs Phillip Lindsay
Jonathan Taylor is whom we went with here with a vote of 11-4. Taylor has more of an upside value especially if the Colts run away with the game early. Lindsay should still have a role in Denver’s backfield, what that might be is up in the air with the arrival of Melvin Gordon. Denver is playing Tennessee as well this week, who just signed Clowney.
Week 1 Start or Sit Question 9: Tarik Cohen or David Montgomery vs Detroit
Tarik Cohen is the Chicago running back that the RotoHeat team would prefer to start in Week 1. David Montgomery is hurt and shouldn’t really be relied on to play a full game. If Montgomery was healthy, then he would more than likely be the running back that the team would start. In 2 games against Detroit last season, Cohen had 6 receptions for 25 yards and 49 yards on the ground.
Week 1 Start or Sit Question 10: Henry Ruggs III vs Bryan Edwards
The rookie wide receivers for the Raiders were up next for the RotoHeat team. The vote was 8-7 Edwards for us. One contributor said it was hard to trust either one until we see them in action. While another mentioned this comes down to upside versus safety, if you need the upside take Ruggs, if you are going for safety start Edwards.
Week 1 Start or Sit Matchup 11: Todd Gurley II vs Nick Chubb
Todd Gurley leads the voting in this matchup 11-5. Gurley joins the Atlanta Falcons and is facing off against the Seattle Seahawks. Nick Chubb is visiting the Baltimore Ravens. In week 4 last year Chubb ran for 165 yards and 3 scores, however, in week 16 he rushed for just 45 yards. Once Kareem Hunt returned from suspension last season, he cut into Nick Chubb’s playing time. Todd Gurley doesn’t have anyone to compete against for snaps week 1.
Week 1 Start or Sit Matchup 12: DeSean Jackson vs Devin Singletary
This was another close one for the group as we picked DeSean Jackson to start over Devin Singletary 8-7. Washington doesn’t have the speed to keep up with Jackson and he is in a favorable matchup with the other wide receivers hurt. Singletary could see some decent action this week against the Jets both rushing and receiving, but Jackson has the higher upside potential.
Week 1 Start or Sit Matchup 13: Leonard Fournette vs Chris Thompson
Two running backs playing the first year with their new teams. Fournette will join Tampa Bay and a stacked offense. Tampa Bay plays the New Orleans Saints, a game that should result in a shoot out. Thompson went to Jacksonville and will play the Colts in Week 1. The Jaguars could be playing catch up and rely on Thompson catching the ball out of the backfield. The team leaned towards starting Fournette in Week 1 with a vote of 11-5.
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