Fantasy Football: Skyler’s Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em for Week 1

We are now just a few hours away from the first game of the 2018 NFL season, while people are rushing to do their fantasy football drafts and put the finishing touches on Opening Day lineups.

It’s not too late to join a couple more leagues and talk trash to friends, by the way.

Fantasy football gives everyone another reason to watch football (we don’t need another reason, it’s football!) and gives us something to do with friends and family. Everyone has something going on in their lives. Fantasy football can bring unity and have you forget issues you may be having, while having fun. It truly is a wonderful creation.

In recent years, fantasy football has been dominated by running backs. This year will likely continue that trend. Last year, there were three RBs who were in the top five of fantasy scoring — Todd Gurley (1st), Le’Veon Bell (3rd) and Alvin Kamara (4th). All three of those guys will be drafted in the first round of most fantasy drafts.

So far, in all of the drafts I’ve done, the first four picks have been exclusively just RBs. Some guys I like more than others, but if you can get a good group of RBs, you’re on your way to winning your league. There are a solid group of wide receivers that are going the first couple of rounds as well. Antonio Brown, Deandre Hopkins, Odell Beckham Jr. and Michael Thomas are among the select few.

It depends on what type of league you are in to determine the best player to select in your draft. If you’re in a standard league, you absolutely need RBs who score touchdowns. In a PPR (points per reception) league, you may want to take RBs who get lots of touches in the passing game and same thing for WRs. It’s the little things that can help you earn bragging rights among your friends when it’s all said and done.

Now, onto who I like in Week 1.

I try to avoid saying to start the Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees names of quarterbacks of the league, because it’s a given to play them. My picks are based on PPR scoring, so take that in mind. My picks can also help when it comes to DFS (daily fantasy sports) too. I will do a couple of guys in each position who you should start or sit this week, while also giving a couple under-the-radar picks that can hopefully help you win against your step-dad or sibling you may not like.