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Week 1 consensus start/sit

Happy weekend and welcome to the first consensus start/sit list of the 2011 season. For those who are new to the blog this season, this consensus start/sit is not my own list on who to start or sit, but instead is a tally from all these great links you've read throughout the week. I go through each of these start/sit sites and record which players got the most votes as a start or sit. It's basically a consensus from the experts on which players you should start or sit, outside of the obvious studs and duds. It goes without saying I'm sure, but as always take into account your own team makeup and scoring system when making these decisions.

Without further ado, your Week 1 consensus start/sit players listed in no particular order. 

Start: Kyle Orton, Matthew Stafford, Josh Freeman
Sit: Sam Bradford, Joe Flacco, Jay Cutler

Start: DeAngelo Williams, Beanie Wells, Tim Hightower
Sit: Michael Turner, Felix Jones, Marshawn Lynch

Start: Santonio Holmes, Mario Manningham, Kenny Britt
Sit: Jeremy Maclin, Miles Austin, Austin Collie, Chad OchoCinco, Dwayne Bowe

Start: Jared Cook, Lance Kendricks
Sit: Tony Gonzalez, Zach Miller

Start: Browns, 49ers, Cardinals
Sit: Giants, Cowboys

Start: Neil Rackers, Alex Henery, Nick Folk
Sit: David Buehler, Adam Vinatieri


clothesminded said…
Hey fflibrarian,

Between you and John Paulsen I have a super solid team I'd be happy to rock in a 12 team league in my 16 team league. Just one question, for you and your readers:

Would you roll will cook or Gronk at TE this week? JP is high on gronkowski but everyone seems high on cooks matchup...

What say you and your cloud?

I have Tim Hightower and Ben Tate vying for my rb2 slot.....what do ya'll think? Hightower or Tate?
Eric Belair said…
clothesminded: I'm starting Gronk over Cook this week with confidence. So should you!
Eric Belair said…
Gianpaolo: Hightower is a must-start this week. He's a full-time back in a scheme that will make him a star, and, on top of that, he's playing a decimated Giants D. Tate will be sharing carries with Ward - probably close to a 50/50 or 60/40 split.
Todd said…
Ms. Librarian!

Love the blog - Have you ever gone back to look at how the consensus starts & sits have done over the years? In other words, "From 2006 to 2010, in a standard scoring league, starts 'won' (ie. scored higher than a set number of points per position) X% of the time, and sits won (ie. scored less) Y% of the time.
fnzeee said…
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N8Dawg said…
I talked a lot of people out of sitting Ray Rice this week. How quickly we forget it takes several weeks before patterns/trends with Matchups are accurately established.
Anonymous said…
So much for the consensus of sitting Miles Austin and starting Manningham. Cost me my week.
Todd - yes, here's the first multi-year accuracy post from last June for QBs; I'm woefully behind in updating it for 2010 but hope to do so this season at some point.

N8Dawg - yup, I think sometimes we get too caught up in matchups and forget to start our studs...

Which leads me to Anon. Since it's the start of the season I'll remind you all that this is just a general consensus of what experts are saying. It doesn't mean you should just take this advice straight up and even if you do, well then deal with it. Sorry if I sound like an ass (and I do wish this advice had work out for you), but please remember that the decision is ultimately yours. I'd like to suggest a no whining rule here but then I'd probably have to ask for no self-congratulatory comments say what you want but remember that no one forced you to follow these suggestions.
Anonymous said…
Anon, The librarian provides sources for information. This is called guidance...make your choices based on are responsible for your own choices, period....probably something good to incorporate into your life as well.
Anonymous said…
I was in no way blaming the librarian for the decision I made. In fact, I didn't see this post until after I had set my lineup yesterday. I was just bemoaning the fact the consensus across the web (from sites to message boards)was wrong and that I had gone against my better instincts.

No offense intended and I love the site.
Thanks Anon, I appreciate that. Consensus pretty much everywhere was down on Austin and high on Manningham for sure. The uncertainty is why we love (and hate) fantasy football, right?! Here's to Week 2!

Now back to getting today's post ready...

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