Fantasy Football Week 1 Start ‘Em & Sit ‘Em: Trey Lance ready to take on the starting challenge in Chicago

The start of every NFL season is exciting. Fans feel like their team can win the Super Bowl, even the Jets. And Fantasy managers feel like they can win a championship after a great draft. There is optimism everywhere leading up to the Week 1 kickoff.

And then it happens.

The escape player you relied on is struggling. Your star player — gasp — has a serious injury. The player everyone told you to avoid has a monster game, and of course he’s on your opponent’s list.

Get ready, everyone, because it’s going to happen. It may not be in week 1, but not everything will be perfect this season. It’s just life.

The hope, for Fantasy managers, is that your team stays healthy, above all else. This is the biggest key. Then you just have to believe the roster you’ve built can deliver, with a bit of luck and key waiver wire moves, and you can compete for a championship.

We will be with you, right here, for the whole season. You can count on us to give you winning roster suggestions throughout the year, including which players to start with and which ones to avoid. It’s all about matchups, and we’ll do the homework so you can make those decisions easier. At least that’s the theory.

It’s great that the start of the season is here. We’ve been waiting for this since the Rams beat the Bengals in superbowl LVI in February. You should be excited for all that’s to come once the action is live. And even when things don’t go your way, don’t panic. We’ll get you back on track to make the 2022 campaign fun and hopefully successful for your Fantasy.2022 teams.

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I always like to recommend a week start for Week 1 based on someone I’ve bragged about all offseason. And I expect Trey Lance to be one of the top 10 quarterbacks in Fantasy this year — with a top five on the rise. He will be the breakout quarterback of 2022 due to his dual threat ability.

Last year, Lance appeared in three games where he played the majority of snaps. He averaged 53.7 rushing yards per game in those outings and he scored at least 22 Fantasy points in two of those games.

He faces a Bears defense this week, transitioning to a 4-3 scheme under new coach Matt Eberflus, so there could be some growing pains, and Chicago lost star passer Khalil Mack this offseason in a trade with the Chargers. I expect Lance to make a stellar debut in this game.

The Bears were also among the league leaders last season in touchdowns allowed at quarterbacks with five, and ironically two of those came from Jimmy Garoppolo when those teams met in Week 8. That would be fantastic if Lance also scored two rushing touchdowns in the rematch.

I’m excited to see how Lance is doing as a full-time starter for San Francisco. And he should start the season on a high note with a big game against the Bears in Week 1.

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Dolphins (vs NE)

All we heard for weeks in training camp was how badly the Patriots offense struggled. The offensive line was a mess, Mac Jones was inconsistent, and the receivers struggled to make plays. It could be that the Patriots defense is just as tough in practice. Or, maybe, having Matt Patricia as the offensive coordinator is a bad idea. Either way, the Dolphins DST is a good play this week at home, and I rate this unit as one of the top 10 fantasy options in all leagues.

  • Eagles (to THAT)
  • Titans (vs. NYG)
  • Browns (at CAR)

Cowboys (against TB)

The Cowboys DST was amazing in 2021, but one of the worst games for this unit was Week 1 at Tampa Bay. The Buccaneers had two interceptions and two fumble recoveries in that game, but also allowed 31 points and 431 total yards without a sack. We’ll see how Tampa Bay’s revamped offensive line holds up in this game, but I don’t trust the Cowboys DST in a game against Tom Brady.

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