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Fantasy Football Starts and Sits for NFL Week 1

starts and sits

Fantasy Football Starts and Sits for NFL Week 1

Starts and Sits NFL Week 1

We lay out the starts and sits for this first week of fantasy football 2022. NOTE: DO NOT SIT YOUR STARTERS. This is laid out so that if you are torn between two players to start, you will know who will have the most favorable matchup!

When are considering doing your starts and sits, you always have to look at the talent and the matchup. Sometimes my backups are better than my starters and that is a good problem to have.

Here is s layout of some optimal players for each position you may want to consider starting based on matchups.


Favorable matchups at the QB position for NFL week 1 include:

  • Trevor Lawrence
  • Aaron Rodgers
  • Lamar Jackson
  • Jalen Hurts
  • Matt Ryan
  • Davis Mills

Tougher matchups vs position at QB:

  • Matt Stafford
  • Josh Allen
  • Tom Brady
  • Baker Mayfield
  • Patrick Mahomes

That being said. I probably wouldn’t start Matt Ryan over Patrick Mahomes. You never know though as the first week is always a “feel it out” type of week!

Running Backs

The solid start and sit RB based on matchups are as follows, but remember don’t sit your starters UNLESS you have a better starter!

RB start friendly players:

  • Miles Sanders
  • Jonathan Taylor
  • Austin Ekeler
  • Derrick Henry
  • Alvin Kamara
  • Aaron Jones
  • D’Andre Swift

Tougher matchups for RBs

  • Saquon Barkley
  • Ezekiel Elliott
  • Leonard Fournette
  • Dameon Pierce
  • Breece Hall
  • CEH
  • David Montgomery
  • Dalvin Cook

This is based on matchup and I’m still rolling with Saquon Barkley and Dameon Pierce in Week 1. No matter how tough the matchup.

Wide Receivers

Favorable matchups at the WR position include:

  • Allen Lazard
  • Sterling Shepard
  • Elijah Moore
  • Christian Kirk
  • Deebo Samuel
  • Michael Pittman
  • Michael Thomas

Tougher matchups at WRs include:

  • Cooper Kupp
  • Amon-Ra St Brown
  • Tyreek Hill
  • Davante Adams
  • Keenan Allen
  • Courtland Sutton

As mentioned at the beginning of this article. Do not sit your starters, but just use this information to make a more informed decision on your starts and sits.

Tight Ends

Great matchup Tight Ends include:

  • Darren Waller
  • TJ Hockenson
  • Mark Andrews
  • Dallas Goedert

To name a few

Tougher matchups TE include and obviously don’t sit these big names but be aware:

  • Kyle Pitts
  • George Kittle
  • Travis Kelce
  • Mike Gesicki

You can watch the full fantasy football podcast below here for all the insight on the optimal and tougher matchup players including the defenses to stream this week!

Joseph Robert
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