Sep 3, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers wide receivers Antonio Brown (84) and Martavis Bryant (middle) and Markus Wheaton (11) talk on the field before playing the Carolina Panthers at Heinz Field. Carolina won 23-6. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Start: Antonio Brown, Steelers (at NE)
Brown is one of the league’s elite wide receivers and will be a solid matchup week in and week out, regardless of the matchup. New England’s secondary should take a step back this season, after losing both Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner. Brown is just too dynamic of a playmaker not to take advantage of that.
Sit: Andrew Hawkins, Browns (at NYJ)
Hawkins came on pretty strong last season as a sleeper option at wideout. But, this week’s matchup likely won’t work in his favor, nor any Browns receivers for that matter. He’ll be locked up with either Revis or Antonio Cromartie, both of whom are capable of being shutdown cornerbacks. Hawkins is a must sit this week.
Start: A.J. Green, Bengals (at Oak)
This is starting to become a trend. Not to pick on the Raiders, but their secondary needs to prove that they’re formidable before I actually take them seriously. Green’s size and range make him a tough cover for most defensive backs and he should feast on the young and inexperienced corners in Oakland.
Sit: Pierre Garcon, Redskins (vs Mia)
Garson put up some solid numbers in 2013, but last season, those numbers dropped. With so much uncertainty at the quarterback position, it’s hard to tell how well a guy like Garcon will perform. De’Sean Jackson is the go-to-guy and that leaves Garcon to play second-fiddle. Miami has a talented defense, so there won’t be too many opportunities for big plays.