The 2018 season is upon us, and with the advent of a new season comes a new year of fantasy football. I got behind on this column last season but am starting fresh in 2018, with a weekly continuation of it. Week 1 will be a fun ride, as players and roles are still in flux. Who am I starting or stashing? Here are some thoughts. Good luck, and happy streaming! Mike B.
Andy Dalton, QB, Cincinnati Bengals. Do you trust the Colts defense? The Colts don't even trust the Colts defense. If ever there was a chance to start Andy Dalton, now is your chance against the Colts.
Jared Goff, QB, LA Rams. This week Goff plays the Raiders without Khalil Mack. That makes for an easy day for Goff, who had a solid season last year as well. Goff is a guy who is a huge sleeper this season and could be in for an outstanding year. Worth snagging in all formats.
Chad Kelly, QB, Denver Broncos. Kelly is the quintessential long-game snag. He won't start week 1 and may not start for a good portion of the season. However, if Case Keenum struggles, Kelly has the talent to come in and make some noise as a starter. I'm a big fan and am stashing him in leagues where I have an extra roster spot, just in case.
Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants. Eli is back for another season, and has his receivers healthy. He also has a new running back in Saquon Barkley. People are sleeping on Eli right now because of and up and down 2017 season, but he could have a huge year this year. Worth a grab if he's available.
Nathan Peterman, QB, Buffalo Bills. DO NOT start Peterman this week unless you are ok with possibly losing week one. However, as the new starter for the Buffalo Bills, he is an intriguing grab-and-stash. If he plays well, he should keep the starting role for a while, and with a big game or two, he might be useful trade bait.
Mitch Trubisky, QB, Chicago Bears. Trubisky is a guy to snag now who might pay major long-term dividends. He could absolutely be in line for a big 2018 season with improved weapons all around him. Go get him if you need help at the position and he's sitting there.
Giovanni Bernard, RB, Cincinnati Bengals. While Joe Mixon gets most of the attention in the Cincinnati backfield, Bernard will get a decent sized share of carries on a weekly basis. If you need a flex guy, he could be your man.
Matt Breida, RB, San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers need a starting RB. This starting RB might be Breida. He's not a guarantee to win your league for you, but is definitely a guy who could play a key role and put up nice numbers for your team. Well worth a grab. I'm holding him wherever possible.
Alex Collins, RB, Baltimore Ravens. The Bills have been bad against the run recently, and the Ravens will be looking to control the game in the second half if Peterman struggles and generates turnovers. That means garbage time yards for the Ravens RBs. Collins is a guy to roll with this week.
Corey Clement, RB, Philadelphia Eagles. Clement is in line for a big role in the Eagles offense, even if Ajayi stays healthy all season. If he's available, add him now.
James Conner, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers. Le'Veon Bell is holding out and James Conner looks like the second coming of Jerome Bettis if you look at a picture of him. Plus, he beat cancer and is the token starter at running back for the Steelers until Bell returns. He needs to be owned in all formats if Bell does not play, and he needs to be owned now. If Bell is out for a while, this move could be a league winner.
Chase Edmonds, RB, Arizona Cardinals. Don't start Edmonds yet, he still needs to show that he will receive regular touches in Arizona. However, the upside is there for him to play a Danny Woodhead or Tarik Cohen-type of role in Arizona. In fact, I compared him to Woodhead a year before he was drafted. He could carve out a nice niche in the Arizona backfield.
Jordan Wilkins, RB, Indianapolis Colts. Wilkins is the quintessential sleeper, and could see a ton of carries early in the season with Marlon Mack dealing with injury issues. If you need someone to start early, he's worth a roll of the dice.
Dez Bryant, WR, Free Agent All-Star. Sooner or later, Bryant should sign with a team. When he does, people will be scrambling for him. Stash him on your roster and buy in on the hype when he signs. He's a guy to hold and flip.
Michael Gallup/Allen Hurns, WRs, Dallas Cowboys. Who is the #1 WR in Dallas? One of these guys! Gallup is likely the guy, but both are worth rostering if you're weak at the position.
Chris Godwin, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Godwin is the #2 option in Tampa and should make a lot of noise once Winston returns. This is a bit of a long-term play, but he could be useful for your team.
Marquise Goodwin, WR, San Francisco 49ers. I don't trust any 49ers WRs right now. However, I trust Goodwin more than most of them. He could be in line for a really big year, and if that happens, you'll want to buy in early. Now is the time to get him while you still have a chance.
Devin Funchess, WR, Carolina Panthers. The Panthers just drafted DJ Moore, and people are sleeping on Funchess. However, rookie receivers take a few weeks to adjust to life in the NFL. Funchess could have a few really big weeks to start out the season. Now's the time to snag him and flip him after a big game or two.
Kenny Stills, WR, Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins need to replace the touches lost to Jarvis Landry. Stills has proven to be a vital part of the Dolphins offense and is still largely forgotten about. Could be a nice volume play.
John Ross, WR, Cincinnati Bengals. Ross is un-owned in many formats. However, he was also a high profile draft pick for the Bengals who missed his first season due to injury. Ross is a lottery pick-type of play, but he could be a big play threat if he stays healthy. Worth that last spot on your roster.
Tyler Eifert, TE, Cincinnati Bengals. As long as Eifert is healthy he is a threat to put up big numbers at the TE position. People are sleeping on him right now because of his extensive injury history, but he's a guy to take a gamble on as long as he is healthy.
George Kittle, TE, San Francisco 49ers. George Kittle needs to be owned in all formats. Period.
David Njoku, TE, Cleveland Browns. Njoku gets no credit because he is a Brown, but he had a solid rookie campaign and will only improve from there. He's a guy who you can plug in at the position especially as a TE 2. Well worth holding.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Jacksonville Jaguars. Jenkins might just be the #2 receiving option in Jacksonville this season. Not bad for a guy you can get for free right now. Has the talent to play a nice role at a perfect price.
Baltimore Ravens D/ST. Last time Nathan Peterman started an NFL game, it wasn't pretty. If you want to bank on past performance in an extremely limited sample size, then the Ravens D/ST might be your best play this week. Well worth starting this week.
Cincinnati Bengals D/ST. People forget how decent the core of this unit is, and against the Luck-less Colts, this unit should put up some nice numbers this week. Worth a start.
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