Week 1: Get 'Em in, Get 'Em Out

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It is officially Game Week and the 2019 NFL Season is about to kick off, as do we with our Weekly series of Get 'Em In, Get 'Em Out.  Each week of the NFL season I will take you through each game, highlighting a player to make sure you get in your lineup, and one you would be best to get out.


Green Bay Packers @ Chicago Bears

  • Get 'Em In
    • Tarik Cohen - The Bears have moved on from Jordan Howard and have raved about rookie running back David Montgomery.  The fact of the matter is though, that Tarik Cohen is still your most sure thing.  Tight End Trey Burton is already injured, and even if he does play he will be quite limited, hurting who Trubisky has to throw the ball to.  Regardless of Montgomery, Cohen is unquestionably the catching back in this offense and could feast off of a large amount of dump offs from Trubisky.  If you are a full point PPR, play Cohen without hesitation.
  • Get 'Em Out
    • Aaron Rodgers - Rodgers is coming off of a disappointing season where he had to play the entire year with a significant leg/knee injury.  Rodgers elected to sit out the entire pre-season with the injury designation of "back".   Whether or not you believe in that does not really matter.  Playing Rodgers against what will arguably be the league's top defensive unit, after not seeing him throw a single pass in game action, sounds less than appetizing. 

Los Angeles Rams @ Carolina Panthers



  • Get 'Em In
    • Jared Goff - A year ago the Panthers posted the 25th ranked passing defense and did not do all that much in the offseason to improve that number.  I am one that typically scoffs at West Coast teams playing early East Coast games, but I expect Sean Mcvay wanting to come out and make noise early.  With Kupp, Cooks, Woods, and Reynolds all ready to go, be confident rolling Goff out Week 1. 
  • Get 'Em Out
    • Todd Gurley - As bad as the Panthers pass defense was a year ago, the run defense was not.  Carolina posted a top 5 run unit and, being Week 1, all we have to go off of is last season's numbers.  Couple that with the ongoing uncertainty of just how truly healthy Gurley is, I would shy away from him to start the year if you can.

Washington Redskins @ Philadelphia Eagles


  •  Get 'Em In
    • Zach Ertz - If there is one thing the Redskins will have this year, it is a strong front four on defense.  When you take that into account, and the fact the Eagles will once again be deploying a Running Back by Committee approach in their backfield, the pickings get slim.  Yes I could have said Wentz or Jeffrey here, but one could argue Ertz is the best out of the three.  The Eagles will win this game and do it via the air.  Let's hope for numbers like Ertz dropped on Washington in Week 13 last year when he had nine catches for 83 yards.
  • Get 'Em Out
    • Washington Running Backs - Speaking of strong front four's, the Eagles are going to be the cream of the crop.  And while they may be better at attacking the quarterback, it's no walk in the park to run against them either.  As for the Redskins backfield, Jay Gruden has called Derrius Guice the starter heading into Week 1.  But what does that truly mean?  Is he going to get the lion's share of the touches?  Or is he going to legitimately start the game only to see AP out-touch him say, 20-10?  And let's not forget Chris Thompson getting passing down reps too.  Stay away from the Redskins running backs until you see how it plays out.

Buffalo Bills @ New York Jets


  • Get 'Em In
    • Le'Veon Bell - Why not right?  This man may very well have the freshest legs in all of football after sitting out a year ago, and skipping out on all the pre-season games.  Typically I am one who expects rust and hates anyone who does not take at least a rep in August, but I am making an exception for Bell.  I fully expect Adam Gase to rip the bandaid right off and use Bell early and often against a soft Buffalo run D. 
  • Get 'Em Out 
    • Buffalo Bills Running Backs -  The Bill brass lauded Shady McCoy all summer and adamantly said he was their starting back.  That was until he wasn't anymore on Saturday.  McCoy found himself cut and headed to the heartland leaving the ageless wonder that is Frank Gore atop the depth chart, accompanied by rookie Devin Singletary and TJ Yeldon.  Seems like a whole lot of nothing.  Pass.

Atlanta Falcons @ Minnesota Vikings


  • Get 'Em In
    • Dalvin Cook - I am pretty sure if you are going to want to beat the Falcons this year, you are going to have to keep their offense on the sidelines.  Enter Dalvin Cook looking to have his breakout year.  Cook looked good in his final tune up last week breaking off  an 85 yard touchdown.  Atlanta will head into Minnesota Sunday sporting a run defense last year that finished in the bottom 3.  As long as Minnesota keeps it a game, Cook will get a ton of looks.
  • Get 'Em Out
    • Vikings Defense - The Vikings will once again be a strong defensive unit, not disputing that.  Just not this week.  Atlanta will score points week in and week out and that should make no real exception this week.  Stream a defense if you can.

Baltimore Ravens @ Miami Dolphins


  • Get 'Em In
    • Ravens Defense - I have zero belief that Ryan Fitzpatrick will come anywhere close to his early season performance a year ago.  There may be a tiny bit of Fitzmagic left in the tank, but with Tunsil now gone from LT and a stout Ravens defense coming in, I fully expect this Miami team to be swallowed whole Week 1.  Ravens may be the top defense this week.
  • Get 'Em Out
    • Anything/Everything Miami - Don't play anyone from Miami.  No running backs, no wide receivers, not even the kicker.  Stay away from Miami.  You have been warned.

Kansas City Chiefs @ Jacksonville Jaguars


  • Get 'Em In
    • Nick Foles - Why not?  If the Jaguars want to hang around with the Chiefs, let alone win, they are going to need Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles to be on that field come Sunday.  There is no questioning the Chiefs offense will find ways to score, and Jacksonville will need to match them.  With a suspect Kansas City Chiefs defense, Foles has a really good shot to kick off 2019 with some big numbers.
  • Get 'Em Out
    • Damien Williams - The hype around Damien Williams this summer has been sky high.  Almost too high.  And even though the acquisition of Shady McCoy may have come late enough that he won't be able to cut into Williams carries that much this week, Reid did call McCoy and Williams co-starters.  With the hype around Williams giving up unattainable expectations, and Reid's choice of words, I don't love Williams out of the gate.

Tennessee Titans @ Cleveland Browns


  • Get 'Em In
    • Odell Beckham Jr. - You mean to tell me you don't think Baker Mayfield and Odell don't want to make a massive splash right out of the sprinter's block?  Mayfield wants to show he is for real, and OBJ wants to show the Giants what they gave up.  Against a Titans team that is tougher against the run than it is the pass, look for Mayfield to look to Beckham often resulting in a strong day.
  • Get 'Em Out 
    • Marcus Mariota - Mariota has looked brutal through the pre-season and may try to do too much to keep up with the young gun that is Baker Mayfield.  I don't think Mike Vrabel has any plans to move to Ryan Tannehill, but I can picture this being an ugly, turnover laden game for Mariota that will get people mumbling. 

Indianapolis Colts @ Los Angeles Chargers


  • Get 'Em In
    • Philip Rivers -  Real life Philip Rivers takes a ton of scrutiny, but Fantasy Football Philip Rivers should not.  Rivers was once again a top 10 fantasy quarterback a year ago and scored at least 20 points in 11 of 16 games.  Looking to this year, he has a fully healthy Hunter Henry and Mike Williams to go alongside Keenan Allen.  Don't forget that Melvin Gordon is not with the team either.  The Chargers will be looking to the air and with a favorable matchup to kick off the season, Rivers is a great Week 1 play.
  • Get 'Em Out
    • TY Hilton -  As a TY Hilton owner, this hurts me, but I must be truthful with you, and myself.  The Chargers will once again be a top defensive unit, and while the loss of Derwin James will undoubtedly have a negative effect, they will still be solid.  And without Luck, until I see Brissett and Hilton have any sort of chemistry, I just do not feel comfortable with him.

Cincinnati Bengals at Seattle Seahawks


  • Get 'Em In
    • Joe Mixon - I say this because SOMEONE on the Bengals has to do something, right?  Joe Mixon is on the cusp of being a premier back in this league and Seattle is very beatable on the ground.  If the Bengals stand a fighting chance come Sunday afternoon, it will be because of Joe Mixon being a one man wrecking crew.  Get him in your lineup solely on the volume he will get.
  • Get 'Em Out 
    • Andy Dalton - Dalton is a fantasy backup.  Week 1 should not be a week you already need a fantasy backup.  As mentioned, the Bengals hope will lie on Joe Mixon's shoulders.  I beg you to find any other quarterback to run out there, unless you're playing against me, then by all means, live it up with Dalton.

San Francisco 49ers @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers


  • Get 'Em In
    • Mike Evans - Evans scored at least eight fantasy points every week last year besides one, but that week he still saw ten targets.  Evans will remain the focal point of this offense every week and has been a top tier wide out even with subpar play from his quarterback, Jameis Winston.  Evans gets a delicious looking matchup on paper to kick off the 2019 campaign, and with Bruce Arians calling the shots now in Tampa, he could be in for a massive day.
  • Get 'Em Out
    • Tevin Coleman -Tevin Coleman reuniting with his old OC, Kyle Shanahan, in theory should do wonders for his value.  However, Coleman was never a great runner and was far more effective being a change of pace back.  San Francisco is still listing Matt Breida as the starter, and coming off a year where Breida averaged 5.3 yards a carry, he will still very much so be featured in this offense.  Until you truly see how much usage each will get, this is a situation to avoid.

New York Giants @ Dallas Cowboys


  • Get 'Em In
    • Evan Engram - THe Cowboys constantly struggle with tight ends, regardless of how stout their defense has been or not been.  Engram has also burned the Cowboys.  Just look to last year where in two matchups Engram hauled in 12 catches for 148 yards and two scores.  And hey, someone needs to catch the ball for the Giants.  Get Engram in your lineups.
  • Get 'Em Out
    • Tony Pollard - If you somehow live in a hole or under a rock or Mars, and you missed the news that Ezekiel Elliott signed his mega deal and is in Dallas, this if for you.  I am all in for owning handcuffs in fantasy, and if you own Zeke, get Pollard, just do not play him.  The Zeke show is back.

Detroit Lions @ Arizona Cardinals


  • Get 'Em In
    • Kenny Golladay - Patrick Peterson is suspended and the Cardinals defense is not good.  This is a dream matchup for Golladay owners who hope to see him explode in year 3.  Week 1 should be a great stepping stone in that direction.
  • Get 'Em Out
    • TJ Hockenson - People are getting lost in Hockenson's 6-5, 251 pound frame and are missing two things.  Jesse James and his 4 year, 22 million dollar contract, and the fact that the Lions are shockingly looking to be a run first team.  It is going to be sometime before Hockenson becomes what fans want him to be as right now he is number 2 on the depth chart and viewed mostly as a fantastic run blocker.  Temper expectations with Hockenson out of the gate.

Pittsburgh Steelers @ New England Patriots


  • Get 'Em In
    • Julian Edelman - Why not?   He is Tom's guy, and with Gronk retired, Hogan gone, Harry on the IR, and Gordon just a few pre-season snaps into the year, Tom should be looking his way every single time he drops back to pass.  The night the banner raises could see Edelman wrangle in double digit receptions.
  • Get 'Em Out
    • JuJu Smith-Schuster - I know, I know.  You ride your horses and you never bench your studs.  But if there's one thing I know, it's Bill Belichick finds a way to take your best player away and makes you beat them with someone else.  I expect JuJu to be double teamed all night long.  He may get one here or there but it will be a struggle and I foresee his numbers being low.

Houston Texans @  New Orleans Saints


  • Get 'Em In
    •  DeAndre Hopkins - Because why wouldn't you?
  • Get 'Em Out
    • Houston Texans Running Backs - Another team with a committee approach in the backfield.  Bill O'Brien has called Hyde his first and second down runner, but made it clear Duke Johnson is his third down back and pass catcher.  And this being a game where the possibility it becomes an air show makes things murky.  Houston is another backfield to avoid early in the season.

Denver Broncos @ Oakland Raiders


  • Get 'Em In 
    • Antonio Brown -  Frostbite.  Helmet hatred.  Mad about being fined for missing practices.  Whatever.  All that is over now and Brown will be on the field come Monday night.  If Antonio Brown plays, Antonio Brown goes in your lineup.  And that will be the last time I tell you this year.
  • Get 'Em Out 
    • Denver Broncos Running Backs - I sound like a broken record, I know.  But when so many teams kick off a season with running back by committee approaches, you must see how it begins to play out before trusting anyone.  Philip Lindsay burst onto the scene a year ago but faded at the end.  Royce Freeman was the name we were all enamored with this time a year ago and he ended up taking a back seat.  Denver still has high hopes for him though and plan to factor him in alongside Lindsay.  Until we see either grab a stranglehold on the starting gig, it's a hard spot to trust.


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