It’s here! Week 1 of the NFL season starts tonight! And we have a doozy, as the Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams take on the Buffalo Bills Thursday night. It should be a good one, but what we’re looking for today are some defenses that would should start and some we should not for Week 1
It’s hard not to be at least a little intrigued by this game. Baker Mayfield gets to face the team that just tossed him aside for DeShaun Watson. Both sides should be fired up for this one and I expect Mayfield will be inconsistent in his first game as a Panther.
The Steelers have some strong offensive skill players, but their offensive line and quarterback are iffy at this point. The Bengals D/ST put up big points on the Steelers last season and there’s not much reason to think that will change drastically this year.
Los Angeles Rams vs. Buffalo Bills
Yeah, the Rams have Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey among others, but they’re facing the Bills here. There are times when a strong defense can shut out a great offense, but it doesn’t happen that often in today’s NFL. Sit the Rams and stream a D/ST with a better matchup. The same can probably be said for the Bills as well, but I like them a little more this week.
These two teams met last season in Week 1 and had a shootout. You did not want to play either D/ST that week and this also might be a good week to sit both defenses. Both Ds are worthy of rostering in fantasy, but your chances for negative points are real. The Bucs finished with negative 3 fantasy points in this one last season. There are plenty of good waiver wire plays at D/ST this week.