Thursday Night Football: Week 1 fantasy sit/start

After a long offseason of waiting, watching, and researching, the fantasy football season finally begins on Thursday Sept. 4 with the NFL’s opening matchup between the Seattle Seahawks and the Green Bay Packers.

Whether or not you meticulously planned for your fantasy football draft, or completely forgot to draft and auto-picked your entire team, all fantasy owners now have the same mindset, “just win, baby.”

Week-in and week-out there is only one objective: to field the strongest team possible for that given week.

Doing so requires decision-making, and in order to help fantasy owners make those touch choices, here is a fantasy preview of Thursday’s opening game.


green bay packersAaron RodgersEddie Lacy, Marshawn LynchJordy Nelson, Randall CobbMason Crosby:

All six guys are weekly must-starts. Even with the matchup against Seattle, do not overthink this one and leave four of the best players at their respective positions on your bench.

Russell Wilson, Percy Harvin, Steven Haushka, Seattle D/ST:

All four of these guys should start this week; however, I do not thing they should be automatically in your lineup for week 1. Depending on how your team was constructed, better options may be available at each position. Wilson, is a borderline top-10 quarterback and Harvin is a fringe top 15 wide receiver. If better options are available, it may be worth benching Wilson in favor of Jay Cutler or another underrated starter with a better matchup.


James StarksJarrett Boykin, Packers D/ST, Robert Turbin, Christine Michael, Doug Baldwin, Jermaine Kearse, Zach Miller:

Unless you are in a deeper or larger league, it would be advisable to avoid this group of backups. While owning any one of these mentioned players increases your team’s depth, they are not advisable week 1 plays. Seattle’s defense is a tough matchup for Green Bay’s third wide receiver Jarrett Boykin, and James Starks, unless he vultures a touchdown, will not be fantasy relevant this week.

Turbin and Michael are both handcuffs for Lynch and will not become starters unless Lynch suffers an injury in the coming weeks. Baldwin and Kearse are not strong enough quite yet to warrant starter consideration in a standard league, although each could be a nice flex play in deeper and larger leagues.