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Fantasy football start/sit advice, Week 1: WRs to start, WRs to fade

Here are two sneaky wide receivers who could really help your lineup this week as well as a pair of surprising names to avoid.

Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver D.J. Chark looks on prior to the game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at TIAA Bank Field.  Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

Get down the list of wide receivers after the likes of Michael Thomas and DeAndre Hopkins and you have to start looking a little closer at the matchups before making a critical lineup decision. Beyond that, you have to factor things like in injuries and changes to the depth chart. Taking all those things into consideration, here are a pair of receivers worth your attention this week in fantasy football, as well as two names you should leave on the bench.

Wide Receiver Starts

DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles vs. Washington Football Team

There’s a good chance Jackson is still sitting on the waiver wire in your league, and if you’re doubtful about who to put into one of those second tier lineup spots, Jackson might be your guy. So why is a 33-year-old receiver who barely saw the field worth putting into your lineup? Injuries have once again decimated Philadelphia at the position, meaning Jackson is going to start this week in what should be a pretty favorable matchup.

D.J. Chark Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Indianapolis Colts

Chark isn’t exactly an under-the-radar type player. He finished the season with 1,008 receiving yards and eight touchdowns on an otherwise underwhelming Jags team last season. New offensive coordinator Jay Gruden likes to throw the ball, which is good news for Chark’s overall prospects this season. But the main thing to focus on here is that Chark’s a No. 1 receiver on a team that will most likely be playing from behind on Sunday.

Wide Receiver Sits

DeVante Parker, Miami Dolphins vs. New England Patriots

Parker was one of the bigger surprises in fantasy last season, going from just another disappointing Dolphins first-round pick to a 1,202-yard, nine-touchdown season. That included four games with 100+ yards over the last half of the year. There’s no reason to think he can’t get close to those numbers again this year too, but we might be best to wait a week before popping him into your starting lineup. Parker’s been dealing with an undisclosed injury leading up to the season opener. He was able to return to practice on Tuesday, but the lack of information around what’s been ailing him makes it hard to assume he’ll be at or near 100 percent this week. More importantly, the reason you should avoid Parker this week is the matchup against the Patriots and cornerback Stephon Gilmore.

Amari Cooper, Dallas Cowboys vs. Los Angeles Rams

You won’t see Cooper’s name on this side of the ledger very often, but this is one of those week’s where you should avoid him. It’s a matchup issue this week. He’s going to be seeing a lot more of the league’s highest-paid cornerback, Jalen Ramsey, than anyone would choose to. Last season, Cooper was limited to just 19 yards against the Rams. Dallas also has other very good options to get the ball to, including Michael Gallup and CeeDee Lamb as they try and take advantage of the side of the field where Ramsey isn’t.