The first full day of NFL football for 2015 is upon us, which also means people are trying to figure out exactly how they want to man their fantasy football rosters for this week. Who should start? Who looks like a smart play, but really should probably be on the bench? We provide you with some start/sit advice ahead of today's game.
Ryan Tannehill, quarterback
I came into this, planning to not include Miami Dolphins players to avoid the "homer" tag, but Tannehill should have the advantage in this game, and could put up some big points for your fantasy team. The Redskins allowed the most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks last year, and their secondary is fairly weak. As long as the Miami offensive line is capable of slowing down an attacking defensive front from Washington, Tannehill should be able to carry his hot Preseason performance into the regular season.
Mark Ingram, running back
The New Orleans Saints are expected to be without C.J. Spiller, who will likely serve as the team's change-of-pace, third-down running back this year. That means Ingram should see more carries, and that should be a good thing. The matchup with the Arizona Cardinals is not ideal, but the extra touches should allow Ingram to make up for any advantage the Arizona defense would normally have,
Rueben Randle, wide receiver
Randle has to be a consideration, and is nearly a must start, this week. The Giants will be playing without Victor Cruz, and probably have to put up points in this game - against a good Dallas defense. The Cowboys are going to focus their attention on Odell Beckham, Jr., which means Randle, who should see the field more in Cruz's absence, will likely be a favorite target of Eli Manning throughout the day.
Tyler Eifert, tight end
I like Eifert this year, and starting the season against the Oakland Raiders is not a bad thing. The Raiders should have a good defense this season, but Eifert should win against anyone who is covering him. The Begals are going to be looking to make an early season statement, and Andy Dalton - who should be considered for a start this week as well - should feed Eifert the ball throughout the game.
Cam Newton, quarterback
Newton and the Carolina Panthers come this week without Kelvin Benjamin, who is out for the year with a torn ACL, and there is not a lot to like about the Panthers offense right now. With time, Newton could move into starter consideration, but for now, stay away, even against the Jaguars.
Tre Mason, running back
Mason appears to be a running back to start, with Todd Gurley ruled out of the game for the St. Louis Rams. But, when you add in the hamstring injury Mason is dealing with right now and the fact that the Rams are facing the Seattle Seahawks' defense, and Mason is not the running back for you this Sunday.
Alshon Jeffery, wide receiver
Jeffery has been injured throughout the Preseason, dealing with a calf problem, and it appears to be following him into the regular season. The top wide out for the Chicago Bears will usually be a starter, but this week, he cannot be counted on to play. He has been limited in practice throughout the week, and is now questionable on the injury report. You should have someone who is more likely to play - and produce - than Jeffery in Week 1.
Charles Clay, tight end
Clay and the Buffalo Bills face the Indianapolis Colts this week, and it is not a good match up for Clay as he debuts for his new team. He will have big games this year, if the Bills can get solid performance out of Tyrod Taylor, or whoever takes over for Taylor at some point during the year, but Week 1 against the Colts is not likely to be it.