Fantasy Football: Week 1 Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em

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(Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-US PRESSWIRE)

Week one of the NFL is finally upon us and that means all the fantasy football gurus are out in force today, as along with every team in the NFL outside of Miami and Oakland, you have a shot at winning a title. But you won’t if you’re an idiot. This is a guide to not being an idiot — like me.

Every week i chew my fingernails off and make my eyes bleed trying to figure out if some obscure running back will get a higher yards per carry average than some other mediocre running back. Then it turns out some other super obscure running back is going to out perform them all. Then I have to figure out of that running back is playing my defense or if my opponents quarterback is likely to throw a touchdown to that back, thus negating any points I may have hoped to get.

Stop it. Don’t melt your brain trying to figure all that out and just browse through our weekly Start ’em or Sit ’em feature to put your mind at ease and put your best fantasy football foot forward. Also be sure to check out Fantasy CPR for all the latest fantasy football news and notes.

(Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-US PRESSWIRE)

Start ‘Em: Ronnie Brown – RB/San Diego Chargers (vs. Oakland Raiders)

Word out of San Diego is that Ryan Mathews is not going to play in Monday night’s opener for the Chargers, thus giving the touches he’d get to back up Ronnie Brown. Brown has been a serviceable fantasy back at times in his career and it’s times like this that we all remember who he is. He’s had flashes of fantasy greatness, just look at his streaky weeks as a starter in Miami. But this time around, Brown has a lot to prove as he’s not in a starting position normally and if he wants to extend his NFL career beyond Week 1 of this season, he’s going to give it his all. Think of Brown in this spot like you would a player in a contract year — if that year was one game and that contract was the last he’d ever get. Plus the Raiders are ghastly against the run and likely won’t be off to a great start to their 2012 season.