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Top fantasy football starts and sits for Week 1

You gonna be starting any 49ers?

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The 2017 regular season is kicking off in just two days, and that means it is time to start finalizing your fantasy football lineups for Week 1. I just wrapped up a three-week long fantasy football draft last night. It’s a 14-team keeper league I started about ten years ago. We have an owner in the Philippines, and an owner in Korea, so it is hard to get everybody on the phone for a single day.

Since the last couple rounds of the draft are flyers for the most part, I decided to grab two rookies on the San Francisco 49ers roster. I drafted running back Matt Breida and tight end George Kittle. When I draft, I usually skip the kicker position, and instead draft someone I can stash for a few weeks and replace with a kicker. So, this year it is Devontae Booker, and once he can be added to my injury spot, I’ll add a kicker.

But are there some 49ers worth considering right off the bat in Week 1? Running back Carlos Hyde and wide receiver Pierre Garçon are the two most significant options. Hyde is a must-start, even against a potentially solid Carolina Panthers defense. I think Garçon is a must-start in PPR leagues, a maybe start in standard leagues.

As the season moves on, wide receiver Marquise Goodwin will be an intriguing option if he can build on that Minnesota Vikings preseason game. He’s going to be on the field regularly, and is the team’s primary deep threat. I would hold off for now, but as someone who is regularly available, I highly recommend giving him a look.

The player who could be interesting exclusively in PPR leagues is fullback Kyle Juszczyk. The 49ers “offensive weapon” will get a lot of work between running back and tight end, and if the 49ers offensive line struggles, he could be a regular quick check-down option. He has considerably less value in standard leagues, but in PPR, he will be someone to track, particularly in bye weeks.

Where it can get particularly interesting is special teams and defense. The 49ers offense remains a question mark, which could mean plenty of field goal attempts for Robbie Gould. I think he’s as decent an option as many of the kickers out there. As for defense? The 49ers are going to bring an aggressive group that should improve from last year. And facing a potentially rusty Cam Newton in Week 1 could have some unexpected value.

What are your fantasy lineups looking like this week? When I’m not running NN, I also manage SB Nation’s fantasy football content. Swing by to check out rankings for the week, with start/sit and waiver advice coming regularly. I’m happy to answer questions in the comments if you want to talk fantasy.