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Week One Lineup Advice

Football is finally here and the weekly DLF advice column is open for business!

As promised, part of your Premium Subscription comes with access to this column each and every week. If you’d like a second opinion on your lineup for the week, simply comment down below on this post with your question. We’ll answer every single lineup question that’s submitted in a timely fashion as an exclusive service for our Premium Content members.

Just remember to keep things short, but also let us know if your league is PPR, non-PPR or if there are any unusual scoring rules that would affect our advice.

Let’s get to it!

Jeff Haverlack
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packer11491
10 years ago

I am in a PPR league. I have J. Witten who I know is out, T. Gonzales and C. Fleener. Who do you recommend I start?

Alan Bauerle
Reply to  packer11491
10 years ago

Bears are gonna put some heat on Luck so I’d start his saftey blanket Fleener

Alan Bauerle
10 years ago

PPR Wallace or Kendall Wright? Locker or Schaub? 6pts all tds.

k2theiely
10 years ago

Standard league. Adrian Peterson is my rb2 – don’t think I’ll start him week 1. Backups are Evan Royster and Jonathan Dwyer. Your Thoughts.

James Young
Reply to  k2theiely
10 years ago

I dont think you can start Royser or Dwyer but AP is a weak play too. I’d just go AP and hope for the best. Maybe he breaks one. The other options are too dicey.

Admin
Reply to  Jeff Haverlack
10 years ago

Sounds like Tomlin may be smoke-screening on Mendenhall having much playing time or perhaps not even playing. I’d roll w/ Dwyer personally.

Orange Dawg
Reply to  Jeff Haverlack
10 years ago

I also agree and am playing Dwyer in one of my leagues.

dco002
10 years ago

Rb2 : Gerhart, Wells, Shonn Greene, or Quizz? One of my weaker teams…
Furthermore I currently flex Crabtree, should I flex any of these guys in his place?

dco002
Reply to  dco002
10 years ago

Oh, PPR

James Young
Reply to  dco002
10 years ago

Gerhart. Seems to have the workload over AP this week. I like him barely over the other options. And would keep Crab as a Flex.

thomas selvey
10 years ago

PPR scoring Harvin or T. Smith?

strim281
Reply to  thomas selvey
10 years ago

Harvin all day.

MikDev87
Reply to  strim281
10 years ago

As much as I love (and own) Smith, Harvin is a PPR stud!!

Sensei John Kreese
Reply to  MikDev87
10 years ago

especially in a return league

strim281
10 years ago

.5 PPR– Do I flex Austin or Bradshaw? Currently starting Schaub, Charles, Wes, Percy, AHern & need 1 more.

MikDev87
Reply to  strim281
10 years ago

Bradshaw simply by the touch factor. Both are coming off injuries in tje preseason, but I definitely like Bradshaw more.

James Young
Reply to  strim281
10 years ago

Austin IMO. I dont like Bradshaw this matchup, or his potential workload. I feel its going to be a passing game on both sides. Austin is a decent play over him.

superman13732
10 years ago

No ppr, pick two of McFadden, Forte, Lynch, Richardson. Thanks in advance!

MikDev87
Reply to  superman13732
10 years ago

I’d play McFadden and Forte.

strim281
Reply to  superman13732
10 years ago

Agreed on DMC & Forte

MikDev87
10 years ago

My league starts three RBs and it’s a PPR league with carry bonuses at 10, 15, 20, and 27. Who do I choose? Here are my RBs:

Doug Martin (vs. CAR)
Stevan Ridley (@ TEN)
DeAngelo Williams (@ TB)
BJGE (@BAL)
Pierre Thomas (vs. WAS)
Jacquizz Rodgers (@KC)

MikDev87
Reply to  Jeff Haverlack
10 years ago

Yeah that’s who I had starting initially, but I wanted to hear someone else’s opinion. Thanks Jeff! You guys do an awesome job on here so keep it up!!

Adam Marek
10 years ago

Bowe after the hold out or DHB pn Monday night??

Ppr

Dan Griffin
10 years ago

Who do I play in a PPR league: Greg Little or Brandon LaFell? Also, I have to pick two out of: Trent Richardson (injured), Steven Ridley, Michael Bush, Donald Brown or Evan Royster? Thanks for your help.

Mitch Jahnke
10 years ago

Fred Jackson, BGE, AP, Redman, or Hunter to start as my RB2? .5 PPR league

James Young
Reply to  Mitch Jahnke
10 years ago

Jackson fairly decisively.

Thane Obijeski
10 years ago

Alright Jeff,

I’m weighting this decision in a couple of my leagues.. Typical scoring, .5 per reception.

Is it crazy to start Ridley over Bradshaw as a RB2?

ziggy19
10 years ago

Standard league, which 4 players would you start?

Dez Bryant(Dal – WR)
Jordy Nelson(GB – WR)
Antonio Brown(Pit – WR)
Jonathan Stewart(Car – RB)
Brandon Lloyd(NE – WR)
Eric Decker(Den – WR)

Josh Gans
Reply to  ziggy19
10 years ago

Dez, Antonio (esp with Wallace not at full speed), Jordy, Decker. Lloyd is next in.
I wait a week on JStew for sure and am inclined to do so on Lloyd too.

James Young
Reply to  ziggy19
10 years ago

I concur. Dez, A.Brown, J.Nelson and Decker. All quality starts. I’d wait and see on Lloyd. I’m not convinced the offense will all of a sudden revolve around him putting up weekly quality starts.

Ashley Moser
10 years ago

non-ppr
Demaryius thomas or mike wallace

James Young
Reply to  Ashley Moser
10 years ago

Thomas. Wallace is always a good play, but would be prudent to wait a week and go with Thomas, although I’m not crazy with Thomas’ matchup this week (Pitt is though) – he has burned them in the past and put up great games. I’d go with that as the tie-breaker here.

gojakey
10 years ago

First one, pick 2 out of these RBs (0.5 PPR)
Charles
Hillis
D Will
Bradshaw
T Rich

Or would you start a 3rd RB over any of these WRs
Megatron
Andre J
Roddy W
AJ Green

Josh Gans
Reply to  gojakey
10 years ago

nothing personal..but start a 3rd Tier 2 rb over Megatron?
NO

Not TRich because he is likely not playing at full strength if at all
To me its JC and Bradshaw easy.

gojakey
Reply to  Jeff Haverlack
10 years ago

Thanks Jeff, would you play DWill over Charles then, as Bradshaw will probably have played by the time that Stewart is declared in or out

A.J. Caulineau
10 years ago

RB2 and WR/RB flex, need two out of this bunch… Doug Martin, Mark Ingram, Torrey Smith, Cedric Benson, David Wilson

James Young
Reply to  A.J. Caulineau
10 years ago

Martin >>>>>>>>> T.Smith. >>> Benson >>>>>>>> Ingram, Wilson.

I like Martin a lot, and T.Smith fairly decently over Benson. Benson has a very tough matchup against SF. And I would wait on Ingram and Wilson to produce before using. Wilson will be a good start later on – probably midseason.

A.J. Caulineau
Reply to  James Young
10 years ago

Thanks, should have mentioned it’s a PPR league.

captainzach1
10 years ago

I think I’ve asked everyone this over the past week.

PPR Flex position, which one?

Doug Martin
Austin Collie
Titus Young
Ben Tate (I’m a foster owner and I was thinking he’d probably gets lots of time in 2nd half against Miami)

James Young
Reply to  captainzach1
10 years ago

Martin by a landslide. Extremely good RB2 right now out of the gate. No question. This is a lock in my mind

Drew Swanson
10 years ago

Who should I start? Pick 1 for each position please. PPR.

QB – Romo or Luck
WR3 – Denarius Moore, Streater, Sidney Rice, Emmanuel Sanders, Josh Gordon
Flex – Any of the above (besides QBs), Ingram, Kendall Hunter, Rudolph

Thanks!

James Young
Reply to  Drew Swanson
10 years ago

Romo, S.Rice (followed very closely by J.Gordon), Rudolph.

James Young
Reply to  Drew Swanson
10 years ago

Probably cant wait on Moore due to MNF game time.

Drew Swanson
Reply to  Jeff Haverlack
10 years ago

Much appreciated for the advice guys!

Zach Levitt
10 years ago

Standard QB (4pt TD pass):

Luck, Palmer, or Fitzpatrick?

James Young
Reply to  Zach Levitt
10 years ago

Luck over Fitz, but barely. CHI def is a tough match-up for Luck but I got faith.

Grant Britton
10 years ago

MJD or Jennings in Week 1?

James Young
Reply to  Grant Britton
10 years ago

Jennings for certain. Wait until MJD is confirmed as a starter later down the line. Jennings is the starter now and will get heavy workload

Anthonyc24
10 years ago

McGahee or deangelo Williams ppr?

James Young
Reply to  Anthonyc24
10 years ago

Stay away from McGahee this week vs. Pit. Williams is the best option

bbwayne
10 years ago

Earl Campbell or Eric Dickerson? Couldn’t resist due to all the ESPN and Madden Legends talk this past week.

Rob Vance
10 years ago

Ppt league. Got forte for rb1, need help with rb2
Richardson
Royster
Spiller
Turbin

Thanks!

James Young
Reply to  Rob Vance
10 years ago

Even though its not the safest route, I’d still go Trent

david hedstrom
10 years ago

Pick two ppr league…mike wallace, demary thomas, torrey smith, titus young, djax??? I know normally i would go wallace no question but the fact he is just coming back worries me. who you got for the biggest return.

thanks

James Young
Reply to  david hedstrom
10 years ago

Thomas and Smith. If you dont like Smith than Wallace is a safer play. I’d like to keep Thomas going as he’s burned the Pit def as of recently. And Smith could have a big game this week. I’d like to bet on him in Wk 1.

James Young
Reply to  david hedstrom
10 years ago

Check that. Looks like Hayden is out for CLE giving DJax a better matchup. I know this will be against what most people say, but star Jackson this week. I’d go Jackson and Thomas (or Smith if you like him more than Thomas).

Alan Bauerle
Reply to  Jeff Haverlack
10 years ago

Just 1 question. I understand you don’t trust Wallace in this situation. But you’d trust him over Kendall Wright.

Alan Bauerle
Reply to  Jeff Haverlack
10 years ago

Thanks Jeff u r da man as always!!

jackalakk
10 years ago

Non-PPR. Have Andre Johnson at WR1, need to choose WR2. Starting Jackson (STL), Bush (MIA), and Hillis (KC) at RB and Flex.

Choices are:

1) Lloyd – NE
2) Crabtree – SF
3) Edwards – SEA

James Young
Reply to  jackalakk
10 years ago

First two without question. Lloyd and Crabtree

jackalakk
Reply to  James Young
10 years ago

If you had to choose one?

James Young
Reply to  James Young
10 years ago

Wow, thats though. I would slightly go Crabtree. Crabtree has the far better matchup. SF could play catchup but I have a feeling this one will be a close game as A.Rogers and the GB offense hasnt hit its grove yet. SF def should keep it close. Lloyd has the possibility of a possible big game. I’d like to guess that Lloyd will have some inconsistent games and up and down weeks this year. If you want to play risky go Lloyd.

James Young
10 years ago

Deeeeeeep Starting Line-up: 11 positions – QB,RB,RB,WR,WR,WR,TE,FLEX,FLEX,DEF,K

Having trouble with my Two Flex’s. I know this is a wing and a prayer, but please let me know the two best options from the following. Super thank you for any insight! Thanks!

A.Jeffrey vs. Colts
S.Breaston vs. Atl
L.James vs. GreenBay
Fleener vs. Bears
D. Allen vs. Bears
B.Powell vs. Bills
TJ.Graham vs. NYJ
J.Phillips vs. NYG

James Young
Reply to  James Young
10 years ago

PPR format

jackalakk
Reply to  James Young
10 years ago

I would definitely go with Fleener. The bears are going to apply tons of pressure and Luck will almost certainly rely on his safety blanket for completions under duress. Your best bet might be going with Phillips along with Fleener in Witten’s absence.

I would stay away from James as I feel SF will be playing from behind and more apt to throw late in the game.

James Young
Reply to  jackalakk
10 years ago

Thanks for the insight!

jackalakk
Reply to  James Young
10 years ago

I would definitely go with Fleener. The bears are going to apply tons of pressure and Luck will almost certainly rely on his safety blanket for completions under duress. Your best bet might be going with Phillips along with Fleener in Witten’s absence.

I would definitely stay away from James as I feel SF will be playing from behind and more apt to throw late in the game.

Jon Denny
10 years ago

I need to start 3 wr’s in a td heavy league. It is also a ppr league at .25 per. Julio Jones, A.J Green, Wes Welker or Justin Blackmon.

James Young
Reply to  Jon Denny
10 years ago

Even though I love Blackmon this week, I think your almost forced to go with Jones, Green and Welker. Really too solid of options to be benched.

Jon Denny
Reply to  Jon Denny
10 years ago

Thanks guys that what my gut was telling me.

Josh Warburton
10 years ago

Vick, Rivers, RG3, or Russell Wilson? 50yards passing = 1pt. 6points for tds I have a gut feeling to go with rg3 against the saints defense when the redskins will more in likely be playing catch up

James Young
Reply to  Josh Warburton
10 years ago

I like Vick this week, not a ton, but good enough.

Vick >> Wilson >> Rivers >>>> RG3

Zach Levitt
10 years ago

Sproles or R. Jennings? Non-PPR

Corey Lorenz
10 years ago

PPR scoring, one flex position undecided.

J. Stewart
B. Powell
M. Tolbert
J. Gresham
J. Casey
E. Sanders
L. Brazil

Thanks.

Rob Vance
10 years ago

Non-ppr league, need to pick two of these RB:
Jstew
Ryan Mathews
Gerhart
Ben Tate
Turbin
Royster
Kendal hunter

StevieMo
10 years ago

You guys going to have weekly positional rankings before each week’s games to help readers make lineup decisions?

AK49
10 years ago

12 Team PPR Need 2 RBs from the following: D. Sproles,DeAngelo Williams, P. Hillis, R. Jennings, J. Stewart

THANKS! I appreciate you guys!!

Brandon Seaback
10 years ago

Week 1 start ROMO or BIG BEN ??

RyanR
10 years ago

12 Team non-PPR. If J.Stew is out, start D.Williams or Turner in the RB2 spot?

B W
10 years ago

PPR (.5 RB, 1 WR/TE)

Start 1 of:
Charles
Richardson
Stewart
Gerhart

Start 3 (at least 1 WR) of:
Nicks
Decker
Dez
Graham
Hernandez
Finley

B W
Reply to  Jeff Haverlack
10 years ago

Thanks Jeff. Was the omission of Graham intentional? I was leaning toward Graham, Dez & Hernandez.

Ryan Macnamara
10 years ago

PPR
1. Pick one – Tony Romo or Matt Ryan
2. Pick one – CJ Spiller, AP, Gerhart, or Kendall Wright
3. Pick one – AP, Gerhart, or Benson
4. Pick one – Kendall Wright, Torrey Smith (AP, Gerhart, Benson are also options if I dont take one of them in question #3).

Thanks!!!

George Najm
10 years ago

One please..PPR.. Peterson, Trent, KHunter

Mike Forte
10 years ago

need an RB2 for the week…

Kevin Smith, Willis McGahee, or Trent Richardson? Non-ppr.

Thanks guys.

Mike Forte
Reply to  Jeff Haverlack
10 years ago

Thanks Jeff. I was thinking along the same lines with the touches. Just hate starting RB’s against Pitt. (Good thing I own Richardson for his twice a year visits-ugh).

Skull
10 years ago

PPR, 1/10 pt/yds.

Which four do you think has highest reward (I am worried about some injuries):

Austin, Miles
Breaston, Steve
Caldwell, Andre
Jackson, Vincent
Jones, Julio
Nicks, Hakeem
Sanders, Emmanuel

I currently have Austin, Jones, Nicks and Sanders starting but not sold on Nicks and Sanders this week (Nicks due to injury).

Rodney Dawson
10 years ago

Loving the premium content guys. Keep it coming.

I’ve got some tough calls out of the gate. Need a RB, WR and flex from this group, no ppr.

Gerhart v Jac (have AP too)
Turbin @ Ari
R Jennings @ Min
Blackmon @ Min
Crabtree @ GB
J Gordon v Phi

Thanks.

Danton Goulet
10 years ago

I have 1 RB start question and 1 WR start question
RB2 Dwyer, Redman, or Ingram / I am thinking Dwyer
WR3 Boldin or Braylon / I am thinking Boldin

Thanks guys for all you do!

Jamie Battaglia
10 years ago

2 Flex spots to fill for a PPR league, here are my options: J Stewart, A Collie, M Crabtree, CJ Spiller, Ryan Williams, H Miller, D Bess

James Garfield
10 years ago

Could you rank these guys for flex plays this week please?

David Wilson,Kyle Rudolph,Greg Olsen,Sidney Rice and DHB. PPR league

gojakey
10 years ago

Start 1 RB to go with Turner
Quizz
Pierre Thomas
Hillman

Start 4 WRs
Nicks
Jennings
Julio
Steve Johnson
Demaryius Thomas
Wayne
Kendall Wright

Start 1 TE
Hernandez
Finley

gojakey
Reply to  Jeff Haverlack
10 years ago

Thanks Jeff, you think exactly the same as me on this one.

Nathan Surget
10 years ago

1/2 ppr big play bonus: Crabtree vs GB or K. Wright vs NE and Hillis or BGE?

PJ Markey
10 years ago

pick 3 … Dez,Maclin,S.Smith CAR, De.Thomas

D R
10 years ago

PPR – dwayne bowe or desean jackson?

Charles Van Valkenburgh
10 years ago

Non ppr standard league

Need 2 of these RB:
McFadden
S. Jackson
D. Williams

1 of these WR:
Little
Mike Williams
LaFell
Bess

Charles Van Valkenburgh
Reply to  Charles Van Valkenburgh
10 years ago

Forgot to add Lance Moore to the WR list

Matthew Shafran
10 years ago

which two RB’s out of my horrid crew: jennings, spiller, M.Bush, k.hunter, ingram, turbin, pead? annnnd do I play miles austin (in addition to Colston and A.Brown) or do I play Titus? austins hammy scares me…THANKS!

Matthew Shafran
Reply to  Jeff Haverlack
10 years ago

agree. Thanks for your advice Jeff.

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