Rouding out the 1 p.m. from part I, here are your start em’ sit em’ for Week 1.
You can read the Part I here
Minnesota Vikings @ Detroit Lions
Who you should start on Minnesota: Greg Jennings replaces Percy Harvin and should get plenty of work in the slot. Adrian Peterson is the No. 1 running back in fantasy. Kyle Rudolph is a worthy start in deep leagues if you’re looking for a touchdown.
Who you should sit on Minnesota: Christian Ponder struggled in preseason and could be benched at some point in the season. Cordarrelle Paterson is still too raw and Jerome Simpson isn’t consistent.
Who you should start on Detroit: Reggie Bush and Calvin Johnson are must starts. Matthew Stafford struggled in preseason but will still throw the ball 45 times per game with one of the league’s best receivers helping his touchdown numbers.
Who you should sit on Detroit: Brandon Pettigrew is a methodical tight end that is only good for a check-down score from time to time. Ryan Broyles could develop into something at some point, but will likely be eased into the offense coming off an ACL tear. Nate Burleson and Patrick Edwards aren’t starting candidates.
Oakland Raiders @ Indianapolis Colts
Who you should start on Oakland: Another year, another round of will Darren McFadden stay on the field? He’s likely start and has the talent to produce, just hope he stays upright.
Who you should sit on Oakland: Terrelle Pryor may get the rushing yards, but he can’t throw the football. You can go down the list and see this Raiders team is just plain bad. Denarius Moore and Jacoby Ford are unreliable. Even No. 1 receiver Rod Streater has no upside because of Pryor at quarterback.
Who you should start on Indianapolis: Reggie Wayne is like an old reliable car that you know is going to have some issues at some point, but he played well in preseason and should still be Andrew Luck’s favorite receiver. Speaking of Luck, the sophomore QB should have a solid performance against a weak secondary, like 300+ yards and multiple touchdowns solid. Ahmad Bradshaw is a solid flex play in this matchup.
Who you should sit on Indianapolis: Darius Hayward Bey is the No. 2 receiver, but he still has weak upside based on his history of drops. T.Y. Hilton will see potential stats plummet since he won’t be on the field for a majority of snaps. Coby Fleener has sleeper potential, but battled a plethora of injuries in preseason and is still nursing a mild knee sprain, so he’s risky here. Dwayne Allen has less big-play ability than Fleener, and is risky because the way targets will be split up between the two is still unknown.
Kansas City Chiefs @ Jacksonville Jaguars
Who you should start on Kansas City: Jamaal Charles is a top 5 back this season due an Andy Reid’s style offense that places heavy emphasis on catching passes out of the backfield, something Charles does at an elite level. Dwayne Bowe should lead the Chiefs in targets and has a more accurate QB in Alex Smith throwing to him now, but will still struggle in the deep game because of Smith’s popgun arm.
Who you should sit on Kansas City: Alex Smith has never been a touchdown quarterback and that shouldn’t change no matter who his coach is. Wide receiver A.J. Jenkins struggled mightily in preseason. Tight ends aren’t a real valuable tool in the west coast offense, so steer clear of Anthony Fasano.
Who you should start on Jacksonville: Maurice Jones-Drew is back just eight months after having undergone lisfranc surgery but hasn’t had any foot problems of note during preseason. He’s playing a Chiefs defense that ranked 27th against the run last year. Cecil Shorts is a solid WR3 in this matchup.
Who you should sit on Jacksonville: Aside from showing little evidence of improvement in preseason, Blaine Gabbert is also nursing a sprained thumb. Justin Blackmon begins his four game suspension and Mercedes Lewis injured himself in Wednesday’s practice and likely won’t start.
Atlanta Falcons @ New Orleans Saints
Who you should start on Atlanta: Julio Jones and Matt Ryan should light up a secondary that last season ranked among the worst ever statistically. Roddy White is questionable with a sprained ankle but hasn’t missed a single game in his career and will likely start and have a big day as well. Steven Jackson still has something left and will be the go-to guy in goal line situations. Tony Gonzalez continues to produce by using his size to make up for his old age and lack of speed.
Who you should sit on Atlanta: There’s simply not enough ball to go around for anybody else, including Harry Douglas and Jacquizz Rodgers.
Who you should start on New Orleans: Drew Brees, Jimmy Graham, and Marques Colston remain the staples. Darren Sproles is a legit RB1 in PPR leagues.
Who you should sit on New Orleans: Mark Ingram has played better in preseason but shouldn’t see significant carries in New Orleans pass-heavy offense. Same goes for Pierre Thomas. Kenny Stills will assume a Devery Henderson-type role, acting as a decoy so Graham and Sproles can catch passes underneath.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ New York Jets
Who you should start on Tampa Bay: Doug Martin will be the focal point of the offense this season and is in for a big opening day against a weak Jets run defense. Vincent Jackson is a strong WR2 and could boarder on WR1 numbers. Mike Williams is a WR3.
Who you should sit on Tampa Bay: Josh Freeman lacks accuracy and consistency. Luke Stocker is primarily a blocking tight end and Kevin Ogletree means little in the Bucs offense as their No. 3 receiver.
Who you should start on New York: One of the least appealing group of offensive players in the NFL lies in the big apple. But somebody has to do something right? Well, their best receiver in Stephen Hill will be cast out on Revis island. Santonio Holmes status is still unknown, leaving Jeremy Kerley as the one guy to start on this team. At the very least, he’ll get you 4 or 5 catches for 50-60 yards.
Who you should sit in New York: Chris Ivory is a bull but will likely only see goal line carries, while Bilal Powell will get the start. Powell averaged 4.0 yards per carry with the Jets last season, but rarely touched the ball more than 12 times per game. Rookie quarterback Geno Smith looked horrific in preseason at times and is in one of the toughest situations any rookie quarterback can find himself in.
Tennessee Titans @ Pittsburgh Steelers
Who you should start on Tennessee: Chris Johnson still has burst and though he can be frustrating at times with his inconsistency, he can still break off 70-yard homeruns.
Who you should sit on Tennessee: Not a lot of other weapons on this team. Jake Locker need to show more consistency in the regular season, though he did show flashes of competence in preseason. Kenny Britt, Kendall Hunter, and Nate Washington are all iffy receivers.
Who you should start on Pittsburgh: Ben Roethlisberger has a great matchup against a weak secondary. Antonio Brown should reap the most benefits from it.
Who you should sit on Pittsburgh: Though Markus Wheaton looks like he could eventually knock Emmanuel Sanders down to the No. 3 receiver spot, he’ll still need some time to develop. Issac Redman is not an explosive running back and neither is Felix Jones or LaRod Stephens-Howling.