Start ‘Em, Sit’ Em is the best look at the best and worst matches based on the PPR scoring system in fantasy football. This column will not cover elite NFL players like Josh Allen, Jonathan Taylor or Cooper Cope. Instead, I’ll look at the players you have questions about who can exceed or fail to meet expectations at each position. For all your final fantasy squad decisions, be sure to check out my weekly player ratings which will be updated daily throughout the NFL season.
Fabs Top 10 Running Backs
1. Jonathan Taylor in Texas
2. Christian McCaffrey vs. Brown
3. Derek Henry vs. Titans
4. Austin Eckler vs. Raiders
5. Joe Mixon vs. the Steelers
6. Dalphin Cook vs. Packers
7. Alvin Camara in Falcons
8. Dandrey Swift vs. the Eagles
9. Nagy Harris in the Bengals
10. James Conner vs. Presidents
Beginning of week one: running backwards
Beginning of the week
Rashad Bini Opposite the Broncos (Monday, 8:15 p.m. ET, ESPN): Penny was a Fantasy fan club winner at the end of last season and will have a chance to make an impact right out of the gate in 2022. While the showdown against the Broncos isn’t very favorable, Penny should see the lion’s share of back work while Ken Walker is sidelined. That alone makes him the attractive No. 2 fantasy runner.
Antonio Gibson Against Jaguar (1 p.m. ET, Fox): Gibson didn’t have what you would call pre-season or a good camp, but Brian Robinson’s absence makes him an attractive sprinter or resilient number two. The Jaguars allowed nearly 24 fantasy points per game to emerge last season, and Gibson should have the majority of early action and goal line chances. For now, make it on your lists.
Chase Edmonds Against the Patriots (1 p.m. ET, CBS): Edmonds will share the workload with Raheem Mostert, but I easily see him as better than the Miami linebackers in fantasy leagues. Head coach Mike McDaniel will undoubtedly get Edmunds football in creative ways, and his passing cuts will make him a better option in the PPR tournaments. New England also allowed the 8th most catches for runners last year.
AJ Dillon On Vikings (4:25 p.m. ET, Fox)The Packers attack will lean on running a lot this season, making Dillon a more attractive option for its fantasy managers. The Vikings allowed 10th place with the most points for a defense last season, and the center averaged 4.5 yards per dash against them. While Dillon will split the business with Aaron Jones, he remains a strong flex in the season opener.
Josh Jacobs At the Chargers (4:25 p.m. ET, CBS): Jacobs, Fantasia’s top 12 runner of last season, is well positioned to make an impact in what should be a high-score game against the Chargers. He’s had plenty of success against them in his career, averaging an imaginary 17.3 points in his last five games. Los Angeles also gave up the sixth most fantasy points last season, so Jacobs liked it as a flexible option.
• David Montgomery vs 49 players (1pm EST, FOX)
• Damien Harris at Dolphins (1pm ET, CBS)
• Damon Pierce vs. the Colts (1 p.m. ET, CBS)
• AJ Dillon in Vikings ($5,300)
• Chase Edmonds vs. the Patriots ($5,200)
• Damon Pierce for Colts ($4,800)
Week 1 Sitting: Running backward
Cordaryl Patterson Against the Saints (1 p.m. ET, Fox): Patterson was a surprise top-10 fantasy last season, but I’m worried about his workload this week. With both Damien Williams and Tyler Allgear in the mix, Patterson will still be stuck in a tough spot on the committee. He will also face the Saints defense which has been the toughest in the league to oppose their backslashes to score points against them in 2021.
Press Hall Opposite the Crows (1 p.m. ET, CBS): Hall is the best fantasy rookie this season, but it may take a while to make an impact. In fact, Michael Carter seemed to be the initiator in the pre-season. This week’s game against the Ravens isn’t favorable either, as their defense succumbed to an average of 3.7 yards per dash for appearances last season. The hall is flex at best.
Cam Akers Against Bills (Thursday 8:20 p.m. ET, NBC): It can be difficult for some to sit in Akers, so take this as a warning. The Florida State producer doesn’t get along with a real featured role with Daryl Henderson in the background, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it was Henderson who starts against the bill. What’s more, the Buffalo defense gave up the sixth-fewest fantasy points to oppose their backs before a season.
Clyde Edwards Hillier On Cardinals (4:25 p.m. ET, CBS): Edwards Heller will be in the flexible conversation this week, but I’m concerned about his role. Kansas City will likely use a committee led by CEH, but it will also mix with veteran Jerick McKinnon, Isaiah Pacheco and possibly Ronald Jones. The Cardinal was also tough on their backs last season, allowing the ninth-fewest number of points to go into the center.
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Devin Singletary At Ramez (Thursday 8:20 p.m. ET, NBC): Singletary was undoubtedly the league winner for Fantasy fans at the end of last season, but I’m not sure he’ll have a good start to 2022. This is due to a tough showdown against Aaron Donald and the Rams, who allowed only 3.7 yards per lunge and the seventh-lowest fantasy points for the season. Past. At best, Singletary is risk-reward flexible.
• Kareem Hunt at Panthers (1 p.m. ET, CBS)
• James Robinson in Command (1pm ET, Fox)
• Melvin Gordon at the Seahawks (Monday 8:15 PM ET, ESPN)
Cordaryl Patterson v. The Saints ($5,800)
• Cream Hunt in Panthers ($5,700)
• James Robinson at Commanders ($5,600)
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