START ‘EM -- Andre Johnson, Houston Texans: Purely derived from the Pay It Forward theory. Johnson recently restructured his contract -- converting half of his $10.5 million salary in 2013 to bonuses. Of course he doesn’t lose any guaranteed money, but frees up space for the organization -- a consummate team guy. It’s only right that Matt Schaub gives back to his top receiving threat Week 1. Plus the fact they’ll be playing the San Diego Chargers, who’ll vie for the top pick in the 2014 NFL Draft this season, doesn’t hurt either.
SIT ‘EM -- Victor Cruz, New York Giants: The trouble with Cruz is he’s nearly a must- start every week, but the devil is in the details my friend. After missing the Giants’ mini-camp in May in protest of getting a new contract, Cruz came up limp in the second game of the preseason with a heel injury. He is out of a boot now, however he’s been limited in practice all week. Add in his subpar performances against the Dallas Cowboys in 2012 (6 receptions, 58 yards / 2 receptions, 23 yards) and Cruz is definitely a cause for concern for fantasy owners Week 1.
START ‘EM -- Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys: Forget the fact that Witten caught 110 balls on 148 targets from Tony Romo in 2012. Forget the fact he went for 20/177 in two games against the New York Giants last year. Focus on the Giants, whose linebacking corps is questionable at best and lost Pro Bowl safety Stevie Brown for the season. If he averaged 10 receptions -- albeit 18 did come in one game -- against a better linebacking group and a healthy secondary, what will he do without those factors?
SIT ‘EM -- Jermichael Finley, Green Bay Packers: This more-than-likely stems from the fact I just don’t like Finley. I never want anything to do with him. Sorry if my bias is showing through here, but it’s my column -- deal with it. Bias aside, I see Finley as the fourth red zone option for Aaron Rodgers behind James Jones, Eddie Lacy and, believe it or not, Randall Cobb. That’s not good for a 6’4”/240-pound tight end. He did go for 7/47/1TD in the opener against San Francisco last year, so what do I really know? He would score only one more touchdown throughout the next 15 games, however.