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Flexy and I Know IT: Start/Sit Week 1

The time is now, ladies and gentlemen. With the season officially underway on Sunday, @ethanAwyatt gives you the players you need to start in your flex to open the season.

Hey Nerds! The Dynasty Nerds 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.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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

STARTS

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Melvin Gordon & Javonte Williams (RB30 & RB31)

In week one, Denver Broncos RBs, Melvin Gordon and Javonte Williams face off against the New York Giants. A defense that finished 11th against the run last season. However, there’s a caveat.

In the last five weeks of the season, they allowed over 100 rushing yards in every contest. That includes a 159-yard performance by the Arizona Cardinals and a 249-yard performance by the Baltimore Ravens.

Bottom-line, the Giants allowed teams to run on them at the end of the season.

Both Gordon and Williams will see work and have looked good in preseason play. That, combined with the check-down king Teddy Bridgewater, taking over at quarterback means there is value to be had in starting both RBs in your flex positions this week.

Their ceilings are limited as the backfield’s duties are split amongst them, but they both have a relatively high floor. I expect both of them to finish as bottom-end RB2’s.

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Damien Harris (RB26)

Now, I know what you’re thinking. RB Damien Harris and the New England Patriots play the Miami Dolphins in week one. They were a great defense last year. However, they did have some weaknesses.

In 2020, the Dolphins were an average-at-best rush defense. They were 16th in rushing yards allowed and even worse than that on the road, where they allowed 132 yards on the ground.

The Patriots will likely lean on the running game with a newly minted starter, rookie QB Mac Jones under center.

Harris has the potential to be a high-end RB2 in your flex this week!

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Michael Pittman Jr. (WR42)

I fully expect Indianapolis Colts WR Michael Pittman Jr. to start his sophomore campaign off with a bang against one of the worst passing defenses in the NFL last year, the Seattle Seahawks.

Pittman will see his first game action with QB Carson Wentz, and it will be a match made in heaven. Last year, Pittman was limited with Phillip Rivers at quarterback. Rivers’ arm was severely limited, which ostracized the deep ball in the Colts’ offense.

Now, Pittman has a quarterback that will sling it deep.

Oh, and Pittman will start the season as the de facto number one as WR TY Hilton will be out due to injury.

SITS

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Kenny Golladay (WR39)

You absolutely can’t play Giants WR Kenny Golladay this week. It may be hard for you to do it, but it must be done.

Golladay has missed a significant portion of training camp and preseason with a lingering hamstring injury. It’s also a new team and scheme for Golladay after signing a large contract with the Giants in the offseason.

His lack of familiarity with QB Daniel Jones and important offseason time missed learning the scheme make him someone to avoid in week one. You have better options available to you than Golladay.

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Ja’Marr Chase (WR36)

There are about 20 different rookie wide receivers, and I’d rather start every one other than Cincinnati Bengals rookie Ja’Marr Chase. Okay, maybe that was a little hyperbolic.

Either way, I’m not playing Chase in week one. One reason why is that he struggled with drops in his limited preseason action.

On top of that, training camp reports claimed that he often struggled to create separation in practice.

After all, Chase hasn’t played football in over a year as he opted out of the 2020 season due to COVID-19 concerns and to prepare for the NFL Draft. Thus, it’s going to take him some time to catch up to speed.

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Trey Sermon (RB33)

San Francisco 49ers RB Trey Sermon is the second rookie listed as a sit for me. However, this sit is more related to the question marks I have about him and his role.

I legitimately have no idea where Sermon fits into the fold for the 49ers. I could see him used in a multitude of ways that are both good and bad for fantasy. So, until I know what that role is, he’s going to ride the pine.

Now, I fully believe this is a 50-50 shot. Sermon could take the field against the Detroit Lions and be heavily involved as the 49ers thrash them, or it could be the Raheem Mostert show at RB, leaving Sermon little carries to get into the flow and rhythm of the game.

I’m not saying you absolutely cannot start him, but I would wait a week before doing so. As I said, this could backfire.

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