Thursday night Starts and Sits

Minnesota Vikings at New Orleans Saints

Thursday, September 9, 2010
New Orleans, Louisiana
8:30pm eastern
NBC

START (Every league)

Drew Brees: The only time a player of Brees’ caliber should be on your bench is during his bye week. And even then, it’s still a tough decision.

Pierre Thomas: Minnesota’s run defense will provide a stiff challenge, but with Mike Bell no longer cutting into the workload, Thomas should make for a serviceable RB2/RB3 in Week 1.

Marques Colston: He’s a top-flight fantasy option that should be in your starting lineup every week. Yes, Brees likes to spread the ball around, but Colston is the No. 1 receiving option on a pass-happy offense.

Adrian Peterson: He’s an every week starter no questions asked. You didn’t draft this guy at the top of the first round just to sit him.

Percy Harvin: The migraines are an issue, but with Sidney Rice out of action for the first half of the season, Favre will need to lean on the second-year wideout more than ever.

Visanthe Shiancoe: He’s not the type of tight end that will rack up a ton of targets, but Shiancoe is deadly in the red zone. The only reason you should be sitting him is because you drafted a top-8 tight end this summer.

Yes, both kickers in this game are worthy of a starting roster spot in Week 1. This should be a relatively high-scoring affair in a kicker-friendly environment (dome).

START (Deeper leagues)

Brett Favre: He’ll have to throw the rock to keep up with the high-powered Saints, but expect to see some mistakes and interceptions. Keep Favre on your bench if you have a better option or a more favorable matchup.

Bernard Berrian: Consider Berrian a WR3/WR4 this week. With Rice out, Berrian becomes the outside vertical threat on the Minnesota offense. However, he’s a limited route-runner and will have some inconsistent weeks that make you want to pull your hair out.

Jeremy Shockey: Shockey will once again be one of the more inconsistent and underwhelming tight ends in the fantasy world, but he’ll have a chance on Thursday night to exploit the Vikings’ Cover-2 defensive scheme. Tight ends that can get down the seam are known to kill the Cover-2.

SIT

Minnesota D/ST: Yes, this is one of the better units in the league. But on the road in New Orleans vs. Drew Brees is a bad spot for a secondary that has several questions marks.

New Orleans D/ST: Darren Shaper is out and second-year defensive back Malcolm Jenkins will move to safety to fill in. The Saints aren’t a terrible start in Week 1, but if you have a better option, we advise you take it.

Reggie Bush: He’ll make some plays, but this guy is way too inconsistent to trust in Week 1. Until we see a steady level of production and playing time, owners are advised to look in another direction.

Devery Henderson, Lance Moore and Robert Meachem: Meachem is coming off toe surgery and has fallen down the depth chart. Moore was a complete bust last season and Henderson is one of the more inconsistent players in the fantasy world. There are several more reliable options on the board, however, don’t be surprised if one of these guys blows up. If that happens, our money is on Henderson.

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