Week 1: Sit or Start (AFC)

Today, we are going to look at each of the games hosted by an AFC team and identify which players you should be starting, and those you should be sitting. To help you make up your own mind about match ups, check out Brad’s Strength of Schedule rankings. Lets get started.

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Tennessee @ Pittsburgh

Quick facts about the match up:

  • Both are “run-first” teams with good defenses
  • Game is the NFL opener on Thursday, assume low scoring
  • Pittsburgh is favored by 5

Titans |♦| Start: Chris Johnson |♦| Bench: Collins, White, Scaife

Steelers |♦| Start: Hines Ward |♦| Bench: Roethisberger, Parker, Holmes, Miller

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Minnesota @ Cleveland

Quick Facts:

  • Minnesota gave up the 2nd fewest YPG last year; Cleveland gave up 8th most
  • Cleveland has big question marks at QB, RB, and WR
  • Minnesota is favored by 4

Vikings |♦| Start: A. Peterson, B. Berrian |♦| Bench: Favre, Rice, Shiancoe

Browns |♦| Start: Braylon Edwards,  |♦| Bench: Quinn, Lewis, Royal

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Kansas City @ Baltimore

Quick Facts:

  • Baltimore had the 2nd best D in 2008, KC was 19th
  • Cassel is considered iffy with a sprained MCL
  • Baltimore is favored by 10

Cheifs |♦| Start: Dwayne Bowe |♦| Bench: Cassel, LJ

Ravens |♦| Start: Joe Flacco, Ray Rice, Derrick Mason |♦| Bench: Clayton, Heap

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Denver @ Cincinnati

Quick Facts:

  • Denver’s D has looked decent in preseason
  • Palmer should be ready
  • Cincy is favored by 4

Broncos |♦| Start: Eddie Royal, Brandon Marshall |♦| Bench: Orton, Moreno, Scheffler

Bengals |♦| Start: Carson Palmer, Chad OchoCinco |♦| Bench: Benson, Coles, Henry

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Jacksonville @ Indianapolis

Quick Facts:

  • Both Ds were middle of the pack in ‘08
  • MJD’s status for opener is still up in the air
  • Colts favored by 7

Jaguars |♦| Start: MJD (tentatively) |♦| Bench: Garrard, Holt

Colts |♦| Start: P.Manning, R.Wayne, A.Gonzalez, D.Clark  |♦| Bench: Addai, Brown

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New York Jets @ Houston

Quick Facts:

  • Houston gave up a lot of points last year
  • Jets look awful
  • Schaub should be ready to go (ankle)
  • Houston favored by 4.5 (take Houston here)

Jets |♦| Start: No One |♦| Bench: Sanchez, Jones, Washington (ppr reach), Cotchery

Texans |♦| Start: M.Schaub, S.Slaton, A.Johnson, O.Daniels |♦| Bench: Walter

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Buffalo @ New England

Quick Facts:

  • Both Ds were in the upper half last year
  • NE traded Seymour to Raiders
  • Patriots are favored by 10.5!

Bills |♦| Start: Fred Jackson, T.O., Lee Evans |♦| Bench: Edwards, Lynch

Patriots |♦| Start: Tom Brady, Randy Moss, Wes Welker |♦| Bench: any RB

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San Diego @ Oakland

Quick Facts:

  • Both had pretty bad Ds last year
  • Watch McFadden in this game
  • Chargers are favored by 9

Chargers |♦| Start: Rivers, Tomlinson, Jackson, Gates |♦| Bench: Chambers

Raiders |♦| Start: Darren McFadden |♦| Bench: Russell, Heyward-Bey, Schilens

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*if you have a player on one of these teams who not on this list, you need to drop that player

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