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NFL Week 1 fantasy football start 'em, sit 'em

Houston, Texas, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Trey Lance (5) looks to pass the ball during the first quarter gainst the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Maria Lysaker-USA TODAY Sports

Deciding who to start or sit can be as easy as looking at the PFF rankings and starting the player ranked higher. This start’em, sit’em column digs a step deeper, looking into why someone you might typically start might not have a good week, or why someone overlooked might have a good week. In many cases, it’s the usual starters who should star, but we want to explore the borderline players too.

Estimated reading time: 8 minutes
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TREY LANCE, SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS
  • Lance is facing a Bears defense that allowed the sixth-most fantasy points to quarterbacks last season.
  • He is tied for the most projected rushing TDs by a quarterback at 0.5.
  • He averaged 9.6 yards per attempt last season without pressure, 4.8 yards per attempt with pressure.
  • The Bears' 231 pressures last season were third-fewest among all teams.
  • Chicago lost four of their seven players who produced double-digit pressures last season.
JOE BURROW, CINCINNATI BENGALS
  • He is reportedly good to go at 100% after rupturing his appendix in July.
  • Burrow is projected to finish among the top six in passing yards and passing touchdowns this week.
  • He scored five touchdowns in his two games against the Steelers last season, finishing QB10 and QB15 in those games.
  • When Burrow was under pressure against the Steelers, he completed one pass to a Bengal, two interceptions to Steelers and was sacked twice.
  • The Bengals offensive line is arguably the most improved heading into the offseason. 

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