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Week 1 Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Browns vs Chiefs

Max Staley
Week 1 fantasy football picks: start 'em, sit 'em for the Cleveland Browns and Kansas City Chiefs.
Week 1 fantasy football picks: start 'em, sit 'em for the Cleveland Browns and Kansas City Chiefs. / Jason Miller/Getty Images

Two of the AFC's best face off in what should be the most exciting matchup of Week 1, as the Cleveland Browns travel to Arrowhead to take on the Kansas City Chiefs. Kansas City is currently a 6.5-point favorite, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

If you need some help with your fantasy football lineup, here's some start 'em, sit 'em advice for this Week 1 clash.

Nick Chubb Fantasy

Start Nick Chubb, RB, Cleveland Browns: Nick Chubb is obviously a worthy start every week, but he could be in for a monster showing in Week 1. The Chiefs' defense is absolutely atrocious against the run, having ranked No. 31 by rush defense DVOA in 2020. Kansas City also surrendered top-10 production to opposing fantasy RBs last year. Look for Chubb to go bananas against one of the most beatable run defenses in the league.

Clyde Edwards-Helaire Fantasy

Start Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, Kansas City Chiefs: The Chiefs are a tough team to write about here. Their fantasy-relevant players are all every-week starters. There aren't going to be any weeks where you'll even think about benching the likes of Tyreek Hill or Travis Kelce, for example. And KC's more secondary players like Mecole Hardman and Demarcus Robinson aren't really on the weekly fantasy radar yet. We'll go with running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire here. This game has the highest over/under of the week, suggesting it should be a shootout. And with KC being a 6.5-point in this projected shootout, CEH could see a few more carries than usual. Like the rest of the Chiefs' offense, CEH should have little trouble lighting it up here.

Odell Beckham Jr. Fantasy

Sit Odell Beckham Jr., WR, Cleveland Browns: This is a pretty good matchup for the Browns' passing game. But it's hard to trust Odell Beckham Jr. in his first game back from an ACL injury. For one, the Chiefs were great at stopping wide receivers last year, surrendering the second-fewest PPR points to the position. Baker Mayfield might have more luck spreading the ball to his backs and tight ends in this one. In an extremely loaded Browns' skill-position group, Beckham could be someone to avoid in Week 1 as we wait to see how his rehab went.

Mecole Hardman Fantasy

Sit Mecole Hardman, WR, Kansas City Chiefs: Look, you're starting the elite Chiefs' fantasy players. Mecole Hardman generated a ton of buzz throughout the offseason, but it's probably best to take a wait-and-see approach before tossing him into your lineup. The departure of Sammy Watkins (145 targets from 2019-20) should give him a bigger opportunity this year, but Hardman just hasn't produced yet. Despite playing all 16 games, Hardman failed to reach the 100-yard mark once. He recorded fewer than 60 yards in 14 of those 16 as well. Until he proves otherwise, Hardman is best left on the bench.

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Max Staley is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Max Staley also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username mstaley1212. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.