Sit/Start Week 1: Reviewing All Fantasy Relevant Players In Every Single Game

The QB List staff helps you make your sit/start decisions for every Week 1 game.

Game Info

Kickoff: Sunday, September 13 at 4:25 PM ET

Location: Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, CA

Betting Odds: SF -7.5, 44.5 total via Oddsshark

Network: Fox


Arizona Cardinals



Kyler Murray (Start, QB1)


If you are looking at someone to be the mid-round quarterback that vaults into the top 3 at the position next season, put your eggs in Kyler Murray’s basket. After a rookie season that saw almost 4,000 yards passing, a 20:12 TD:INT ratio, and another 500 yards and four scores on the ground, Murray is set to explode with the new addition of DeAndre Hopkins, arguably the most talented pass catcher in the league. The Cards love to sling it and there will be no shortage of that week one. We can definitely tamper expectations in Week 1 against the silver medal winners of the NFL last year in the 49ers, but there should still be enough volume to get Murray into the top 12 at the position this week. Start him with confidence this week.


Running Back

Kenyan Drake (Start, RB1)


When Kenyan Drake came over from Miami last year, all he did was put up over 800 total yards and 8 TDs and kick former top 3 RB David Johnson to the curb. This led to the deal that sent Johnson to Houston to get Hopkins (that one still doesn’t make sense, but…Bill O’Brien). Now the cemented starter in Arizona, we get to see what Drake can do this season. The 49ers have a formidable run defense but you didn’t draft Drake at the top of your draft to sit him. The Cardinals will see plenty of work this week whether as a rusher or receiver, and they will need him if they plan to compete with the 49ers.


Wide Receivers/Tight End

DeAndre Hopkins (Start, WR1), Christian Kirk (Start, WR3/Flex), Larry Fitzgerald (Sit), Maxx Williams (Sit)


DeAndre Hopkins is in Arizona now. That happened. With that comes up and down emotions. On one hand, he is with a seemingly much better offense for his skill set in Arizona. However, he did get a downgrade at QB, at least for now. He goes from catching passes from Deshaun Watson to catching passes from Kyler Murray, who is a lower grade QB for the time being. Overall, however, talent trumps all and the Cardinals just made sure Hopkins got fairly compensated for that talent. Look for Murray to be laser focused on Hopkins who should win his individual match up this week. The only other pass catcher I would be starting for the Cards this week is Christian Kirk, but with the opponent, I wouldn’t expect more than WR3 production. Murray has been praising Kirk this offseason as being a potential 1,000 yard WR, but for now, Kirk will sit as a WR3 for me, at least in this matchup.


San Francisco 49ers



Jimmy Garoppolo (Sit, QB2 in deep leagues)


GQ Jimmy is back. Jimmy Garoppolo is only a start in 2QB leagues or the very deepest of leagues (think 16 teams or more). By all accounts he had a solid year last year, throwing for almost 4,000 yards and 27 TDs, but we simply have no idea what his WR core is going to be looking like this week. If you are in a standard-sized, 10-12 team league then he should be on a roster, but kept on benches this week.


Running Backs

Raheem Mostert (Start, RB2), Tevin Coleman (Sit)


A late bloomer last year, Raheem Mostert really came on the second half of the season and was a bright spot for the Super Bowl runner-ups. In total, he rushed for 772/8 on the ground while averaging a robust 5.6 YPC. It looks like Mostert will be the one getting the nod over Tevin Coleman for now, and rightly so, which only allows for one to start on teams this week. Coleman is a great rusher in his own right, but is definitely behind Mostert in terms of production last year, only averaging 4 YPC. If you have Mostert, you have to own Coleman, but leave Coleman on benches for now.


Wide Receivers/Tight End


Deebo Samuel (Start if playing, WR2), Brandon Aiyuk (Start if playing, WR3), George Kittle (TE1, Start)

Oh boy…can you say a headscratcher? Jimmy GQ has got to be nervous about what he may or may not be working with this week. As little as a week ago, we were unsure if Deebo Samuel would be on the IR to start the season or just miss a couple of games. Now it is looking like he has a chance to play in Week 1, but there has been little optimism from coaches on if that is the case or not. If he plays, he has WR2 upside in what could be a game they have to match points with the Cardinals air attack. If he doesn’t, however, he will obviously be a sit. This brings me to Brandon Aiyuk, the promising rookie with a hamstring strain that threatens his availability Week 1. If he plays and Samuel doesn’t, he actually has good upside as a WR3, but at the time of writing, we honestly don’t know what this group looks like right now. Closely monitor if you are debating starting anyone other than George Kittle. Kittle put up a nice, robust 85/1053/5 last season and is the unquestioned WR1 in tight end form for this 49ers offense. This year with an improved rushing attack with Mostert more comfortable coming into the season as the starter, there should be more opportunities for Kittle to up his yards and touchdowns as the field opens up more with play action. Set him and forget it.


-Matt Dean (@MattDeanQBList on twitter, mdean8 on Reddit)

16 responses to “Sit/Start Week 1: Reviewing All Fantasy Relevant Players In Every Single Game”

  1. Bob Sacamano says:

    Won’t Conley be occupying that second WR spot on the Jags? At least to start?

    • Bryan Sweet says:

      Honestly, Bob, I can’t make heads or tails of who will be lining up outside versus in the slot for Jacksonville. I think Shenault ends up playing outside more than Conley but I expect all 3 to be on the field most of the time. I don’t think Conley is a candidate for starting this week even if he does start over Shenault. Thanks for the question!

      • Bob Sacamano says:

        Thanks. Makes sense. Shenault certainly seems like the better talent. I’ll be on the sidelines until one of them separate

  2. Narwhal says:

    Mike Evans, DeVante Parker, or Deebo Samuel? All on the injury report lol

    • Erik Smith says:

      Might come down to kickoff and who’s healthiest. But if they are all borderline, I would go Evans, he just has the most upside. Parker against New England isn’t a fun matchup regardless of injury.

  3. Daniel Kholodenko says:

    Start Ertz or Andrews in full ppr?

  4. Kev says:

    Is Kerryon Johnson droppable for handcuffs or backup QB in 12T?

    • Frank Costanzo says:

      Yea, I think Kerryon is droppable now.

    • Bryan Sweet says:

      He’s not in an ideal situation, but I might hold for week 1 if you’ve got some guys with injuries who might not start or will be limited (Golladay, Evans, Miles, etc.). He might be a “Break Glass in Case of Emergency” player this week. If your lineup is solid top to bottom and a top-end handcuff is available (Mattison, Latavius, Pollard, Edmonds, Scott) or a guy like James Robinson then I’d swap Kerryon for one of them. A high-upside QB2 is less than ideal, but if you’re only carrying one it might not be a terrible idea.

  5. Drew says:

    A.J. Brown, Courtland Sutton, Antonio Gibson – Start 2. Standard Scoring.

  6. Roo says:

    What’s your pick on Diggs, White, or Crowder for PPR Flex spot?

  7. TJ says:

    With Goladay doubtful, is Marvin Jones a must start? Over McLaurin, Gallup, and J. Brown

    • Bryan Sweet says:

      I like Jones but don’t know if “must-start” applies. Chicago still has a formidable defense and I think Hockenson gets a bigger bump than Jones with Golladay’s (likely) absence. If you have the bench space, Quintez Cephus might be a sneaky pickup. Beat writers are talking up Marvin Hall, but I think Cephus is the long-term WR3 for Detroit and should see some playing time in week 1.

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