Fantasy Football Week 1 Start 'Em, Sit 'Em

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Fantasy Football Week 1 Start 'Em, Sit 'Em: Running Backs

Start: Javonte Williams, Denver Broncos (vs. Las Vegas)

Many fantasy players were likely scared away by Javonte Williams' torn ACL last season and that allowed him to drop to you in your draft. Plug him into your lineup here.

The Broncos are going to pound the rock this season under Sean Payton and Williams, though it was a small sample size, looked fabulous in the preseason.

Start: Jahmyr Gibbs, Detroit Lions (at Kansas City)

We talked about this here, and Jahmyr Gibbs could be a great option for the Lions in this game, particularly as a receiver out of the backfield.

You would figure the Lions to have to keep up with the high-octane Chiefs and Gibbs should see plenty of snaps in this game despite being a rookie. In fact, several Lions' offensive players could have a big opening night.

Sit: Rachaad White, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (at Minnesota)

You'll get the idea that I'm not very high on the Bucs in Week 1 and I could see this one getting out of hand. Rachaad White is the No. 1 guy in the Tampa backfield now but he will have to do a big turn to show something after how quiet he was last year.

Sit: Dameon Pierce, Houston Texans (at Baltimore)

A bad football team on the road against a defense notorious for being stingy? With a rookie QB under center? I would want no part of Dameon Pierce this week.

Sleeper Alert: Raheem Mostert, Miami Dolphins (at Los Angeles Chargers)

With Jeff Wilson relegated to IR to start the season, Raheem Mostert will be the experienced veteran in the Miami backfield along with rookie Devon Achane

If you watched the Dolphins play last season, this team ran the ball very, very well. It didn't seem to matter who the running back was. Mostert could be an interesting play this week.

Bust Alert: Ramondre Stevenson, New England Patriots (vs. Philaldelphia)

It's been hard to trust Patriots running backs with Bill Belichick there pretty much for as long as fantasy football has been a thing. Ramondre Stevenson could lose more carries to Ezekiel Elliott than anyone realizes and against what could be the best defense in the NFL, I'd lower my expectations this week.