One of the toughest things about fantasy football, whether playing IDP or not, is banging your head against the wall trying to decide who to start and who to sit on a weekly basis. How do we know which numbers to trust and which tell us to steer clear? Predicting the future is not easy, but I’m here to help you make these decisions with the best information available.
Week 1, as I mentioned in last week’s start/sit article, was a good time to bench a lot of your rookies, such as Isaiah Simmons, whose roles still had question marks surrounding them. This turned out to be the case for the large majority of rookie IDPs. That being said, a couple of them had decent-sized roles and make this week’s list as potential starts for your IDP leagues.
START — Chase Young, DE, Washington Football Team (vs. ARZ)
Chase Young was one rookie who I had little doubt about heading into Week 1. He looked every bit the part of what we were expecting in his debut. Young not only led all Washington edge rushers in snaps this past week, but he made the most of his opportunity with two sacks on four total pressures to go along with three solo tackles. He will go up against the Arizona offensive line in Week 2, specifically left tackle D.J. Humphries.
With Young playing more on the right edge, he should see a lot of Humphries this week. Humphries, who allowed five pressures last week against the 49ers and finished the week with a 45.1 pass-blocking grade, should be in for a difficult time against the rookie Young, who comes in as my DL5 this week.
SIT — Preston Smith, ED, Green Bay Packers (vs. DET)