Matthew Stafford (Detroit) likely went in your drafts at the point where you may have him as a platoon option with another quarterback. If so, fire up Stafford this week, even on the road at San Diego. Over the past four seasons, Stafford has started hot, averaging 336 yards and two touchdowns in Week 1.
Likewise, Tony Romo (Dallas) is a strong play at home and on prime time Sunday night. Romo shredded the Giants for seven touchdowns in two games last year.
Conversely, while it will be almost impossible to sit Andrew Luck (Indianapolis), at Buffalo is a bad draw. The Bills allowed a league-low 16 passing touchdowns last year.
▪ Jeremy Hill (Cincinnati) is my mild surprise No. 1 running back for the week. The Raiders gave up the second-most fantasy points to running backs last year, and Hill should be heavily-featured against the Raiders’ soft run defense.
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▪ It wouldn’t be crazy to bench Marshawn Lynch (Seattle) this week. The St. Louis defense looks to be an elite unit, and the Rams are at home.
▪ Tennessee at Tampa Bay features No. 1 overall pick Jameis Winston against No. 2 overall pick Marcus Mariota. Both are risky Week 1 plays as starting fantasy quarterbacks, but both are good plays in leagues that start two quarterbacks.
▪ Several players on FanDuel are not priced right (prices were set weeks ago), and as such you almost have to start them. My Week 1 lineup: QB Tyrod Taylor ($5,000), RB Eddie Lacy ($8,500), RB Jeremy Hill ($8,500), WR Julio Jones ($9,000), WR Calvin Johnson ($8,500), WR Davante Adams ($5,500), TE Greg Olsen ($5,900), K Brandon McManus ($4,500), DT Jets ($4,400).
▪ In his first career NFL start, Tyrod Taylor (Buffalo) could surprise. He has some nice weapons to throw too and will liberally add to the bottom line with rushing yards.
▪ The Saints have said they plan to run more, so Mark Ingram is a solid play with C.J. Spiller ruled out.
▪ Philadelphia-Atlanta on Monday Night has the look of a shootout. You probably can’t have too many shares of this game, including Darren Sproles (Philadelphia) who should be a big factor in the passing game.
▪ John Brown (Arizona) is a solid sleeper. He’ll be the featured receiver for the Cardinals, Carson Palmer is reportedly healthier, and the Saints will be without their top corner Keenan Lewis this week.
▪ With Jordy Nelson out in Green Bay and Randall Cobb dinged up, Davante Adams is a very strong play this week against the Bears. Aaron Rodgers lit up the Bears for 10 touchdowns in two games last year.
▪ There are several new no-name kickers who could do the trick for your teams: Andrew Franks (Miami), Zach Hocker (New Orleans) and John Lambo (San Diego).
▪ It is always good to be one step ahead to win in fantasy football. If Leonard Hankerson (Atlanta) and Brandon Coleman (New Orleans) are on your waiver wire and you have an open roster spot ...
Alan Satterlee is a co-owner and senior writer for DynastyFootballWarehouse.com, a comprehensive fantasy football strategy site.