The Patriots played the New York Jets this past Thursday, so New England will be omitted from this post. I will cover the start/sit prospects of players on the Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins.
Start: RB CJ Spiller/Fred Jackson(PPR Flex), WR Stevie Johnson
Sit: QB EJ Manuel, WR Robert Woods/TJ Graham, TE Scott Chandler, Bills D/ST
The Bills play their home opener against the Carolina Panthers today. The Panthers allowed 300 yds. through the air and 70 yds. on the ground to the Seattle Seahawks last week. Looking at these stats you may wonder why I am recommending starting Spiller and Jackson. Chances are you drafted Spiller to be your main back, so you never bench him, no matter how bad of a week he had. Spiller is the focal point of this offense and he will get his touches week in and week out. I expect him to post 100 total yards and reach the end zone. RB Fred Jackson is still very much involved in this offense, he had 13 carries for 67 yds. and 4 receptions for 41 yds. against the Patriots last week. The Panthers front seven is very good so I would not expect Jackson to make hay on the ground, his value would be in PPR leagues coming in as the 3rd down back and bailing rookie QB EJ Manuel out against the blitz. WR Stevie Johnson should be able to put up good numbers against Carolina's secondary. Johnson has been lining up in the slot for the Bills and last week, Seattle slot receiver Doug Baldwin, posted 7 catches for 91 yds. Johnson is a much better player than Baldwin and if you own him, start him !
Start: RB Lamar Miller, WR Mike Wallace/ Brian Hartline, QB Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins D
Sit: RB Daniel Thomas, WR Brian Gibson
The Dolphins head to Indianapolis today to visit the Colts. The Colts allowed 171 yds. on the ground and 201 yds. through the air to the Oakland Raiders last week. So this week should be productive for the Dolphins offense. Tannehill looked good last week against the Browns and did so without #1 receiver Mike Wallace being part of the game plan. Wallace was upset he was not thrown to more, but he was being blanketed by CB Joe Haden. Expect Wallace to have a bounce back game and is worth starting if you own him. Hartline feasted on the Browns secondary last week and should be able to continue that success this week. He gets flex/WR3 consideration. RB Lamar Miller laid an egg last week with 3 yds. on 10 carries. Many of you probably drafted him in the 5th/6th round as a RB2. Don't give up on him yet as the Colts D is coming off a week in which it allowed the Raiders to run all over them. Start Miller with confidence. The Dolphins D gave the Browns fits last week and should be able to wreak havoc on Indy's porous line.