Fantasy Football: Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em Week 1

Most Elder students have had their drafts. They have got their guys, and most are feeling pretty confident about their chances of taking a title in their respective leagues. However, what top player of yours is going to choke? or which one of your bench players is going to blow up this week? Worry no more. Here are the best “start ‘em” and “sit ‘em” fantasy players for week 1 of the 2012 season. Start ‘Em Jacob Tamme – TE – Denver Broncos: Tamme has one thing that no other tight end in the league has, and that thing is Peyton Manning. On top of that, Tamme and Manning have a great deal of chemistry they created back in the 2010 season when they were both with the Colts. If Manning can return to pre-neck injury form, I expect Tamme to be a very productive tight end in week one and the entire season. Cedric Benson – RB – Green Bay Packers: The 49ers defense will be keying on Aaron Rodgers this Sunday which will open up the running game for Mr. Benson. As we all know, Benson was a work horse for the Bengals last season, and I expect that to continue in Green Bay. Expect a 100-yard rushing day for Benson and at least one touchdown. Kevin Smith – RB – Detroit Lions: Starting Kevin Smith in week one is a no-brainer in my mind. The Lions’ starter, Jahvid Best, is out (concussion) and Smith has been elevated to the top of the depth chart. He is facing a poor St. Louis Rams team that will not be able to contain Smith. If he can stay healthy, expect Smith to have a huge week one. Sit ‘Em Mike Wallace – WR – Pittsburgh Steelers: Wallace waited until late August to report to training camp; he is in no shape to play football yet. I might remind you that he’ll be playing week one in the Denver’s Mile High Air. Wallace will have a good year but give him a couple weeks to get going. Maurice Jones-Drew – RB – Jacksonville Jaguars: In a press conference, Jaguars’ head coach Mike Mularkey said he expects Maurice Jones-Drew to be the third down back when Jacksonville faces off against Minnesota in week one. This comment comes after Jones-Drew waited until September 2 to report to the Jaguars. Your best bet is to pick up and start Jacksonville’s backup, Greg Jones. Mike Vick – QB – Philadelphia Eagles: Vick is always a sketchy quarterback to start; he suffered not one, but two injuries this preseason and I don’t think anyone would be surprised if that trend continues in week one. To stop this from happening, Andy Reid and the Eagles are going to utilize running-back LeSean McCoy. Passing has never been Vick’s cup-of-tea and that will remain the same when the Eagles travel to Cleveland in week one.