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Fantasy football start/sit advice, Week 1: Wide receivers

We take a look at wide receivers worth starting this week, and which ones you should avoid.

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Football is back. All is right with the world again. And with the return of football comes the return of stressing out over your fantasy lineup. It's okay, we're here to help.

For Week 1, you probably shouldn't think too hard about who you should start. Don't sit your studs, for instance -- you drafted them high for a reason. Let the player's ADP be your guide for at least the first 3-4 weeks. That said, there are some players who could go either way, so let's examine some guys worth starting based on friendly matchups, along with some you should avoid this week.

This post focuses on the wide receiver position.


Marvin Jones, Detroit Lions (@ Indianapolis Colts)

Jones won't replace Calvin Johnson's presence on the field, but there are a lot of targets up for grabs in Detroit and he has a good shot at taking most of them as the 1B to Golden Tate's 1A. The Colts' secondary is crippled by injuries right now and this could be the highest-scoring game of the day. Jones may be a borderline WR2 on the season, but don't be surprised if Week 1 ends up being his best stat line.

Willie Snead, New Orleans Saints (vs. Oakland Raiders)

With Brandin Cooks the established No. 1 and Michael Thomas the trendy rookie, Snead has slipped under the radar a bit in NOLA. But Brees is still a top-level quarterback and there are no shortage of targets for Snead to grab, so he should be a steady WR3 most weeks. In addition, the Superdome is almost always a fantasy mecca. Snead has a good matchup against a Raiders defense that looks better on paper but still must prove it on the field.

Doug Baldwin, Seattle Seahawks (vs. Miami Dolphins)

It's a near-certainty that Baldwin won't score 14 touchdowns again, but that doesn't mean he'll regress back into the WR4 land he was before 2015. Firmly entrenched as Russell Wilson's most-trusted target, Baldwin is going up against a Dolphins defense that is starting rookie Xavien Howard at cornerback. Start him as a WR2 with tremendous upside this week.


Corey Coleman, Cleveland Browns (@ Philadelphia Eagles)

Coleman is dripping with talent, and by the end of the season he may be an every-week starter in fantasy, but now is not the time. He missed most of camp and preseason with a hamstring injury and could need a few weeks to get up to NFL game speed. When he does, he's a high-upside WR3, but keep him on your bench for now.

Stefon Diggs, Minnesota Vikings (@ Tennessee Titans)

Most of Diggs' fantasy value was dependent on his chemistry with Teddy Bridgewater, and that went out the window when Bridgewater tore up his knee in practice. Now Diggs will be catching passes from Shaun Hill and/or Sam Bradford in 2016, which puts a big dent on his fantasy ceiling. I still like Diggs' talent, but not enough to recommend him as a starter this week. The Vikings' passing offense as a whole is trending downwards -- Diggs may not even be worth keeping on 10-team rosters by the end of the month.

Torrey Smith, San Francisco 49ers (vs. Los Angeles Rams)

One is the loneliest number, and it's also the number of targets Smith saw in the entire preseason. Unless Chip Kelly has some magic we haven't seen from him before, the 49ers' offense will be a tire fire in 2016. The only reason Smith is even on fantasy radars is because of the theoretical upside of Kelly's No. 1 receivers. More likely, he'll be spending most of 2016 running in straight lines while Blaine Gabbert checks down to Vance McDonald. Stay far away.