Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em: Thursday Night Kickoff

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady reacts on the sideline after throwing an interception to Tampa Bay Buccaneers strong safety Mark Barron in the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)

The beer has been purchased, the nachos have been made, and hell, even the lawsuits have been settled. All of this brings us here, on the eve of our first football game of the season.

With our drafts firmly in the rearview mirror, it’s time to set our sights on the first of hopefully plenty of W’s. With some injury news still in the air concerning some Sunday studs (lookin’ at you Alshon), it could make for some interesting lineup decisions in week one, where our knowledge of playing time, or team roles remain somewhat shrouded in mystery.

Let’s see which Patriots and Steelers players are worthy of week one consideration, and which others might be better off left riding the pine.

Start ‘Em

Heath Miller, PIT TE

With star running back Le’Veon Bell and sophomore speedster Martavis Bryant both out for week one, Big Ben will be looking to use each and every weapon at his disposal, and Miller is my favorite.

The Patriots ranked 13th in the NFL in allowing fantasy points to opposing tight ends last season, and with such limited options to throw to, don’t be surprised to see a lot of Miller early and often.

Julian Edelman, NE WR

Not surprisingly, New England hasn’t released much (read: nothing) regarding the ankle of their number one wideout. It’s hard to imagine Edelman missing the start of the season, especially after a flame-emoji worthy hype video on Wednesday. 

Give me Edelman, or give me death.

Sit ‘Em

Brandon Bolden, Dion Lewis, NE RB’s

With the Patriots seemingly wanting to rip the soul out of each and every opponent this season, you can bet plenty of points will be scored. With the hooded one, Bill Belichick, calling the shots, who knows which back will get the most carries, touches, or goal line looks.

While Brandon Bolden will probably receive more carries, Dion Lewis is expected to take over the ‘Shane Vereen’ role for the Pats this season, which could make him an interesting PPR play in the future. Key word there is ‘future’.

Until LaGarette Blount returns from his suspension, avoid the murky New England backfield.

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