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Changing the Call: Quarterback Start/Sits Week 1

Changing the Call is back for the 2020 season! Get your QB sit/starts for week one right here.

Hey Nerds! The DynastyNerds writers are here to provide you with weekly starts and sits. We will be making our recommendations based on weekly consensus PPR rankings from FantasyPros. Here is our squad and the position groups they will be covering to help you each week. Follow us, friend us, tweet us.

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NOTE: Rankings are based on a 12-team PPR league. So, saying WR2 means top 24, or TE1 means top 12, etc. and are pulled from Fantasy Pros consensus expert rankings.

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(AP Photo/Steven Senne, Pool)

Cam Newton

  • Over/Under: 43

I have a lot of faith in Josh McDaniels to really help Cam Newton thrive in New England. The team has received Newton with open arms, and it really seems like it could be the start of something special. The over/under for this game is at 43. However, I am smashing the over largely due to New England’s opponent: the Miami Dolphins. New England has lost a lot of pieces on defense due to COVID-19 opt-outs, and the Miami defense, while drastically improved at the corner position, is still far from being a top defensive unit in the NFL. I expect the Patriots to be able to move the ball, and I expect Newton to announce his presence in New England with a bang.

Philip Rivers

  • Over/Under: 45

Philip Rivers will get the opportunity to step onto the field for the first time as a Colt against a shell of what was the 2019 defensive unit for Jacksonville. Rivers will lead a Colts offensive unit that features a star veteran wide receiver, a couple of up and coming young receivers, a reliable tight end target, and possibly the best 1-2 punch in football in his backfield. Rivers also is reunited with former QB coach Frank Reich and former offensive coordinator Nick Siriani so there is little reason to believe Rivers and the coaching staff won’t be on the same page. The veteran QB and his Chargers offenses thrived off the deep ball, and there will certainly not be any less of that in Indianapolis. With an over/under of 45, I am taking the over and expecting the Colts to have a viable day of production for all offense pieces.

Sit

Daniel Jones

(Reuters/Jerome Miron)
  • Over/Under: 47.5

With the addition of Jason Garrett and Daniel Jones entering year two, I actually like the Giants offense to take a step forward in 2020. However, they face a tough obstacle in week one. The Pittsburgh Steelers are currently one of the top contenders to be one of the top defenses in 2020. Since the addition of safety Minkah Fitzpatrick mid-season in 2019, the Steelers have only allowed more than 200 passing yards once (218 to the Los Angeles Rams). The Steelers have talent at several positions and no true weakness. I expect a heavy dose of Saquon Barkley with some game management on Jones’ end. Overall, the over/under is fair, and I expect the line to sit somewhere around 47. What I don’t expect is for the Giants offense to be very successful.

Jared Goff

(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)
  • Over/Under: 52

This is a call that could very easily be thrown back in my face. With an over/under 52, it looks to be a shootout at SoFi Stadium. But the main question to consider here is, which Jared Goff shows up this Sunday? There could be a rotating door at running back, which means Goff won’t have the consistent presence of a veteran running back in his backfield. The Cowboys pass rush duo of Everson Griffen, and Demarcus Lawrence surely won’t be easy to stifle. There’s a ton of excitement in the air surrounding this new Cowboys offense and the new head coach (Mike McCarthy). There will be a lot of energy flying around the field on Sunday, and if the Dallas offense does indeed click, this game could turn into a shootout. However, I don’t think they do (this week), and I don’t like the over/under of 52, so i’m taking the under. With that being said, I expect an underwhelming home opener for the Rams and this Los Angeles offense.

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