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2022 Fantasy Football Week 1: Start/Sit

With a lot of movement this off-season, this fantasy football season is a little bit harder to predict. We’re looking forward to seeing things play out, but regardless of the movement, we’re breaking down the start & sit of the week at each of the positional positions based on a ½ PPR league. 

QB Start of the Week: Jalen Hurts

The Eagles start the season off on the road against the Detroit Lions. It will be interesting to see impact #2 overall pick Aidan Hutchinson brings to the Detroit Defense, but there are still a lot of remaining problems that the Lions need to fix on that side of the ball to be competitive. We love this matchup for all Eagles players, but specifically Hurts to have a top 5 fantasy matchup. 

QB Sit of the Week: Aaron Rodgers

In his 1st game without Davante Adams, Rodgers also goes without Valdes-Scantling who left for Kansas City and Allen Lazard is doubtful to play in this game. We’re unsure who Rodgers is going to be throwing to, but we expect a bulk of the offense will be run through the dynamic duo of Aaron Jones & A.J. Dillon.

RB Start of the Week: Nick Chubb

With Deshaun Watson facing a lengthy suspension to start the season, manageable backup Jacoby Brissett will be running the show. Brissett is an average backup quarterback, but not a game-changer by any means. During his stints with Miami & Indianapolis, a lot of the offense was run through the running game which we expect to happen while Brissett is starting. Look at Nick Chubb to have a huge volume game against Carolina on the road. 

RB Sit of the Week: Saquon Barkley

The former 1st round pick and rookie of the year, has dealt with injuries over the last couple seasons with a weaker offensive line and below average quarterback play which wasn’t helpful to his opportunities. We expect Barkley to have a bounce-back year with a little bit of the line being rebuilt, but a tough Titans defense is not going to be in Barkley’s favor in the game script. 

WR Start of the Week: Terry McLaurin

One player who has not gotten enough love in his career is Terry McLaurin. He’s been a consistent above-average wide receiver. McLaurin is being pushed down this list with other young speedsters moving up, but we’d rather trust the reliability that McLaurin brings than a question mark of how someone with a different situation will fare. 

WR Sit of the Week: Diontae Johnson

With the quarterback room in Pittsburgh being as cloudy as it is, we’re trying to avoid going with Pittsburgh fantasy players until we get some more clarity. We’re unsure how long Mitch will last as the starter and how Pickett will fare at the pro level. The Steelers have a lot of playmakers in Johnson, Najee, Claypool, and Freiermuth, but with Johnson being the #1 receiving option and the quarterback play is your #1 limitation from succeeding, we’re avoiding him for the first few weeks of the year. 

TE Start of the Week: Kyle Pitts

With first-round receiver Drake London dealing with an off-season injury, Calvin Ridley suspended, and Russell Gage in Tampa Bay, Pitts enters the season as the #1 option for Marcus Mariota. We’re high on Pitts not only when London is healthy, but even more so while London isn’t 100%. The Falcons don’t have a running game and Pitts is in a perfect opportunity to get a lot of targets. Each of those receptions adds up even if they aren’t for high amount of yards. 

TE Sit of the Week: Albert O. 

With Russell Wilson taking over as the new franchise quarterback for the Denver Broncos, we’re unsure who he’ll seek as his favorite targets. We know from his days in Seattle, he didn’t give as much love to the tight end position as many other quarterbacks. With Albert O. being a fringe-start and trendy flex this week against a weak defense in Seattle, we’re avoiding him and the Broncos receivers until we get a better sense of how Wilson spreads the ball throughout the field and who will become his Lockett-Metcalf duo that he loved.

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