Start Sam Bradford, sit Cam Newton in Week 1
A common mistake that many fantasy football owners make is to overanalyze matchups. Even as early as Week 1, before the dust has settled from the draft, people have a tendency to overreact and try to find reasons to bench key starters that they drafted in the early rounds.
In cases like that, generally sticking with your studs is the right choice. You selected them early for a reason, so don’t be too quick to sit consistent contributors for a desirable matchup that, quite frankly, might not be applicable when no real games have been played.
For deeper leagues, or teams that have legitimate roster concerns, there might be the need to exploit favorable matchups to determine the proper lineup for the season opener. If you find yourself in that kind of bind for Week 1, this start/sit list might help you make the correct call to get that all-important first victory.
Sam Bradford, QB Eagles (@Atlanta) – Most people drafted Bradford as the second part of a committee or as a high risk/reward option later on. Either way, you’ll want to try to get him into your lineups this week. Bradford looked superb all preseason guiding Philadelphia’s high-octane attack, which is loaded with fantasy-friendly talent. The Eagles also have a prime matchup with an Atlanta secondary that finished last season as the NFL’s worst unit and was bottom-10 against opposing fantasy signal-callers.
Jody Smith is a 25-year fantasy football vet and was FantasyPro’s Most Accurate Expert in 2012. You can find him on Twitter @JodySmithNFL.