Week 1 War Room September 8, 2012  |  Jeff

This is it. No more mock drafts, and certainly no second chances at real drafts. We have spent every day since Welker’s drop and the Giant’s win last February waiting for the NFL to return in full force, and it’s finally on our doorstep. Consider this your home for Sunday morning. In between checking your kielbasa and pouring another bloody mary, make this the Main St. of your Fake Football lineup preparation.

Before we get into the roughly 2.7 million running backs who are questionable this week, check out the following links that will make your lineup decisions much easier, and save you some money on TUMS…


– First up, make sure you scope out the “Braude” street bully, Mike Braude’s Week 1 Start/Sit article here at The Fake Football. Chances are, he has already solved a couple of your week 1 conundrums in this post . Go get it.

– If you are hanging on the edge on an injured player, or have a tough Sunday morning choice on the horizon, check out our man ChrisDCo’s Injury Rundown, and Kevin’s Week 1 “Last Second Decisions.”

– Outside of The Fake Football family, make sure to bookmark Rotoworld’s Evan Silva’s matchup column each week. This beast is the most thorough fantasy recap of upcoming NFL action on the planet. You will be smarter than John Clayton after reading this column regularly. Great stuff.

– While you are checking in on our friends at Rotoworld, be sure to keep tabs on our fearless leader, @Chet_G, and his Preseason Target Watch. This will give you an idea of what to expect in week 1 for fake football receivers.

– In case you are holding one of the three pieces of the Redskins backfield Rubik’s cube, the good folks at Yahoo give us a nice overview of the muddled Washington backfield and the hijinks that may ensue.

– The last two staples that will make you the unquestioned Lord of Fantasy Lineups, are The Fake Football Staff Rankings, and of course, the Week 1 Matchup Machine. Do you have a toss-up between a few players for your flex position? The answer is undoubtedly answered by the matchup machine. Check it out.


Check below for status updates on the mountainous heap of questionable running backs before Sunday’s games begin.

Early Games

Adrian Peterson- Active but will share carries with Toby Gerhart.

Arian Foster- Active and will start.

Trent Richardson- Will start.

Alfred Morris- Will start.

Late Games

Marshawn Lynch- Q

Beanie Wells- Reported that he will back up Ryan Williams. Avoid starting.

Jonathan Stewart- OUT – Start DeAngelo Williams.

Isaac Redman- Will start.


As always, feel free to let those start/sit questions fly below in the comments.

Week 1! Let’s go get some WINS!!!


138 Responses

  1. Jeff says:

    @justin: I’d give Fitzpatrick another chance.

  2. justin says:

    Ok I play in a league w a qb flex position …we can play 2 qbs option One is Romo I have fitzpatrick gabbert and Kolb are really only options on the wire rest of my team solid what would u do ?

  3. Jeff says:

    @Mundo: First of all, that team with BGE/Blount/Mende as RBs is toast, so aim high. If you are already set at RB, then I would make the trade if Spiller won’t crack your starting lineup. Start high (I like Jennings most of those), but even higher if you can and then land yourself a nice WR if Spiller is gonna ride pine on your squad.

  4. Mundo says:

    If you had CJ Spiller and think you could flip him for Welker, Jennings, or Wallace to a team with BJGE/Blount/Mendenhall as RBs, would you? Which WR would you target in a trade?

  5. Jeff says:

    @justin: I wouldn’t drop Lloyd for Cobb.

  6. justin says:

    Drop lloyd for Cobb ?

  7. Jeff says:

    @Mundo: Julio is AWESOME. I would buy low on both the others, more so Stafford.

  8. Mundo says:

    Would you buy low on Chris Johnson and/or Matthew Stafford? Has Julio looked legit on tape or is it just streaky/poor coverage?

  9. Jeff says:

    @Zach P.: Decker for sure. Then I would go with Meachem actually. Not a huge BGE fan vs Balt and Williams will lose some carries to Beanie.

  10. Zach P. says:

    Pick two for this afternoon’s games (PPR league): Meachem, Law Firm, Ryan Williams, Decker

  11. Jeff says:

    @JeffM: Manning

  12. Jeff says:

    @Scott: Very very close. I think K. Smith is gonna get a lot of receiving action today, so I would go with him.

  13. JeffM says:

    RG3 or P Manning?

  14. Scott says:

    Antonio Brown or Kevin Smith? PPR

  15. Jeff says:

    @and1mcgee: Torrey Smith

    @Mj: That is a big time crapshoot in WASH, but with an elite option starting at TE, I don’t see anything wrong with that move.

    @and1mcgee: Brees

    @B.o.B: BGE, Brown. More guaranteed workloads.

    @Brian: Hillis

  16. Brian says:

    Hillis or Marshawn?

  17. B.o.B says:

    Please pick 2 between Law Firm, Donald Brown, AP, Tate, Gerhart

  18. and1mcgee says:

    Brees or Vick today for .5 pt PPR league?

  19. Mj says:

    Should I drop backup TE Rodolph (A Hernandez starter) and pick A Morris for RBI depth in a 14 team?

  20. and1mcgee says:

    Amendola or Torrey, ppr?

  21. Jeff says:

    @DT: Charles

  22. Jeff says:

    @Aaron: Cutler

    @Pat: T. Smith

    @Chiefin_It: Ridley

  23. DT says:

    Stevan Ridley or Jamaal Charles standard scoring?

  24. Chiefin_It says:

    Stevie Johnson, Stevan Ridley or Sidney Rice? PPR League

  25. Pat says:

    Flex – T. Smith, R.Brown or A. Hernandez?

  26. Aaron says:

    J. Cutler or P. Manning?

  27. Jeff says:

    @justin: Maclin

    @Crystal: Harvin and Decker

  28. Jeff says:

    @Petter: DHB should be safer.

  29. Crystal says:

    N Washington, P Harvin or Torrey S?

    Also B Lloyd, E Decker, Sproles or Benson for flex player on different team?

  30. justin says:

    Lynch or maclin for flex ?

  31. Jeff says:

    @TheRealTaz: I think Gerhart is good out of those.

    @TJW: Amendola, TRich. Sounds like Johnson’s groin might be a problem

    @hogan: Amendola right now while AP is splitting.

    @cfaris09: K. Smith

  32. Petter says:

    Standard league, DHB or Alfred Morris?

  33. cfaris09 says:

    TD heavy lg, Lloyd or KSmith?

  34. Jeff says:

    @Jonathan Silsby: No, stick with Maclin

  35. hogan says:

    FLEX spot in my PPR return yardage league: AP, Donald Brown, or Danny Amendola?

  36. TJW says:

    1WR & 1 FLEX: Amendola, T Richardson, Stevie Johnson?

  37. TheRealTaz says:

    Who to start at flex: Gerhart, Turbin, Redman, Jacquizz? Currently have Gerhart there. Greg Olsen an option too but I think the RBs are all better choices. Thanks!

  38. Jonathan Silsby says:

    Should I start t. Smith over Maclin?

  39. Jeff says:

    @Jonathan Silsby: Start Foster still.

  40. Jonathan Silsby says:

    Should I start Tate over Foster? Thinking that they will be up early, and Texas will pull Foster at that point.

  41. Jeff says:

    @Michael Shermer: Foster is #1 for sure now that he is active. After that, I would lean Lynch, unless you want to just remove all the risk in the equation and start Ingram early. @AdamH’s question was similar but I think Thomas will get as many or more touches as Lynch this week, but I wouldnt expect Ingram to. I’d go Foster then Lynch here.

  42. J says:

    Fred Davis or Reggie Wayne in a flex

    Young, Gerhart, Wright, or Lafell in a flex n a different league

  43. Spruce Goose says:

    R. Wayne or Hillis? .5ppr Thanks

  44. Michael Shermer says:

    Pick 2 RBs: Foster, Tate, Lynch, Ingram

  45. Jeff says:

    @AdamH: Do you have any other late game options? Since Pierre plays early, I guess it depends on how much risk you want to take. It sounds like Lynch should play, but his workload is questionable. If you want to take the risk out, start Thomas.

  46. AdamH says:

    Lynch or pierre Thomas?

  47. Jeff says:

    @Cobby: I would swap TRich for Bush and leave the WRs just like you have them.

  48. Cobby says:

    At the moment I’ve got S.Smith and Titus Young at WR and DeSean Jackson sitting.
    Michael Bush in my Flex spot, I could put TRich in, but concerned how much he plays.

  49. Jeff says:

    @B.o.B: Heyward-Bey. I would wait until we officially see the Redman/Dwyer split before starting either of them.

  50. B.o.B says:

    Redman or Heyward-Bey at Flex?

  51. Jeff says:

    @ianw14: I love Torrey Smith

  52. ianw14 says:

    Reggie Wayne or Torrey Smith standard non-PPR?

  53. Jeff says:

    @Scott: I like Jennings and DHB

  54. Jeff says:

    @Jeff: Brutal. I would go with Crabtree and stay away from the other two that could really kill you by either leaving the game early or not seeing much work.

    @cstinso1: I like your style. I would give Al Morris a run.

  55. Scott says:

    PPR, pick 2: Hillis, DHB, Rashad Jennings. Also, Ridley or Torrey Smith at flex?

  56. cstinso1 says:

    Looks like worst case scenario in SEA w/ Lynch playing but possibly limited- don’t feel great starting Lynch or Turbin. Get cute and pick up Al Morris to start? Or Ingram …

  57. Jeff says:

    @ianw14: Charles but it should be close.

    @Tourinct: PPR Flex: K. Smith, .5 PPR: Still stick with TRich

  58. Jeff says:

    Gerhart, Lynch or Crabtree for flex spot. .5pts ppr

  59. Tourinct says:

    PPR flex, Turner, K smith, Tate?

    .5 PPR, Richsrdson or R Williams?

  60. ianw14 says:

    Doug Martin or Jamaal Charles

    Standard scoring

  61. Jeff says:

    @Alex: McGahee and Benson should get more work, go with them.

    @Keir: Gates unless Foster is a late scratch.

  62. Jeff says:

    @Sven: Toss up. Thomas.

    @Alex: Streater should start on Monday, I’d roll the dice with him. The others are buried behind other targets right now.

  63. Keir says:

    PPR. Flex question, Antonio Gates vs. Ben Tate? Hernandez is my starting TE.

  64. Alex says:

    Pick Two: Turbin (@Ari), McGahee (vs. Pit), Benson (vs. SF)

  65. Jeff says:

    @Ryan: Bush and Nate Washington in PPR

    @ferdi: Still lean Richardson at this point

    @Tami: Brown

    @Mr. Smith: Ryan Williams. Who knows how many touches Morris will get.

    @travis finck: Ronnie Brown

  66. Alex says:

    Standard scoring league: Randall Cobb (vs. SF), Rod Streater (vs. SD), Devery Henderson (vs. Was)?

  67. Sven says:

    Demaryius Thomas or Mike Wallace in ppr?

  68. travis finck says:

    BJGE or Ronnie Brown

    • C.D. Carter says:

      I’d go Ronnie. Chargers beat writers expect him to get a significant workload, and the Raiders defense isn’t exactly a brick wall.

  69. Mr. Smith says:

    Ryan Williams or Alfred Morris? PPR.

  70. Tami says:

    Antonio Brown, Decker, or Lloyd?

  71. ferdi says:

    T. Richardson or M. Hardesty?

  72. Ryan says:

    Need 2 from Reggie Bush, Stevan Ridley, Nate Washington… PPR. Thanks

  73. ryan says:

    PPR we/te flex…Titus or Pettigrew?

  74. Kdubya says:

    Desean, randy moss or Malcolm floyd

  75. stoopid says:

    Need an RB2 & Flex in half ppr:

    Lynch/Turbin, R.Jennings, L.Moore, Lafell, or Ingram?

  76. Kathy says:

    D Tom or djax

  77. Billy says:

    .5ppr: Richardson, Torrey Smith, or Maclin as my flex?

  78. Dan says:

    Lynch or Tate, standard?

  79. CMM says:

    Similar to Kdubya above, not loving my QBs: how much do you like Russ Wilson, start him over Roethlisberger?

  80. Kathy says:

    D Thomas or T richardson

  81. Saucy says:

    With Alfred Morris now starting, do I go with Morris or Bess at flex? (PPR)

  82. Bill M says:

    Alfred Morris or Rashad Jennings as flex play in standard league?

  83. Mattz says:

    non-ppr 14-player league: start one: Dwyer, D.Brown, CJ Spiller – can’t decide

  84. El guey says:

    Please rank: Lloyd, Torrey, colston, Meachem, a. Morris
    ESPN standard 16tm thanks!

  85. Tom says:

    Amendola (w 20 ret yds = 1 pt) or T Richardson in the flex spot?

  86. Kdubya says:

    D brown or S green

  87. Willy Evans says:

    Need one for flex: E. Decker, K. wright, J. Dwyer, P. Thomas, or S. Holmes ??

  88. Wilsonian says:

    Could also sneak in Ronnie Brown instead of Redman, DJax, or DHB.

  89. Bill M says:

    Kevin Smith or Deangelo Williams in ppr?
    Torrey Smith or Brandon Llloyd, also in ppr?


  90. Maciej says:

    Scared enough of Texans taking it easy on Arian in what should be an easy game for them to start Kevin Smith and his awesome matchup over Foster even if Foster is active?

  91. Wilsonian says:

    Redman getting the start. Still leaning DHB over him in a flex 0.5 PPR? What about DJax… Redman over him?

  92. Sven says:

    Very concerned about starting Stevie in the flex since even if he plays, he might not avoid Revise Island (I know he has before, but precedent does not mean it always happens) .

    What is the latest news?
    Would you recommend starting Kendall Wright, Kyle Rudolph, or even Titus Young (Note: already have Calvin starting)?

  93. ral says:

    pick a WR and Flex from the following: V.Jackson, N. Washington, J. Blackmon, W. McGahee, and D. Brown. thanks!

  94. Chris says:

    R. jennings, R. brown, T. gerhart, A. peterson, S. greene – pick 3

  95. Jrmiletti52 says:

    Flex Kevin smith or torrey smith

  96. Kdubya says:

    Not in love with my qb situation but I have to decide between freeman and Wilson.

  97. Tim says:

    Which two do you like best? Rashad, Sproles, R Bush, Lynch

  98. Bert says:

    Maclin or D.Thomas as WR2?

    and in a different league who do you like best for my flex spot?
    Adrian Peterson, Rashad Jennings, P.Hillis, Kendall Wright or Malcolm Floyd?

  99. AaRon says:

    Ppr league

  100. Marino says:

    Flex play (.5 pt RB /1pt WR) PPR league: M. Bush, Ingram or L. Moore. Already starting Sproles, Forte and Colston. Leaning towards Ingram. Thx

  101. AaRon says:

    Desperate flex: a. Morris or d. Bess?

  102. John says:

    Pick 2: Charles, Kevin Smith, Tate

  103. travis finck says:

    BJGE or Alfred Morris

    Kendall Wright, Meachem, DHB – pick 2

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