Fantasy Football Start/Sit: Week 1

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Aug 13, 2015; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns running back Isaiah Crowell (34) in a preseason NFL football game at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Start: Jeremy Hill, Bengals (at Oak)

Not only is Hill the best play in the division at running back this week, but maybe in the entire NFL. The Raiders have some talent in their front seven, but there’s no way all of the pieces are going to come together in the first week. Hill was a major fantasy surprise as a rookie last year, finishing in the top 10 among all running backs in scoring.

Sit: Isaiah Crowell, Browns (at NYJ)

Although the Browns will likely be running the ball often on Sunday, it is still difficult to put Crowell above most of the other backs in the league. The Jets have a stout defense and it will be hard to run on them effectively. Crowell may also have to share carries with rookie Duke Johnson, which limits his fantasy value this week. 

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Start: Lamar Miller, Dolphins (at Was)

Miller has been a hot name this fantasy preseason and for good reason. He is a gifted runner and improvements made to the offense should open things up a little more for him. He’ll take on the Redskins in Week 1, who are no slouches on defense, but the fast pace of the Dolphins’ offense is sure to wear them down.

Sit: Carlos Hyde, 49ers (vs. Min)

Nothing really jumps out at you about the 49ers to start to season, particularly in the running game. Hyde showed some flashes last season, but he will need to do a lot more before fantasy owners should trust him. Plus, he’ll be going against an upstart Vikings defense. Please sit him.