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Week 1 Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Seahawks vs Colts

Larry Rupp
Week 1 fantasy football picks: start 'em, sit 'em for Seattle Seahawks vs. Indianapolis Colts.
Week 1 fantasy football picks: start 'em, sit 'em for Seattle Seahawks vs. Indianapolis Colts. / Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

One of the closest matchups on the Week 1 NFL schedule is a battle between the Seattle Seahawks and Indianapolis Colts. FanDuel Sportsbook has the Seahawks as a 2.5-point road favorite in a game set to kick off at 1 p.m. EST on Sunday afternoon.

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

DK Metcalf Fantasy

Start DK Metcalf, WR, Seattle Seahawks: This Seattle offense has built a reputation for having boom-or-bust players in fantasy football. Wide receiver DK Metcalf seems to be the one fantasy managers can rely on most after he posted at least 100 yards or 1 touchdown in nine of his 16 games played in 2020. Metcalf saw at least four targets in every game last year and now faces a Colts' defense that gave up 17 touchdowns to opposing WRs (T-No. 17 in NFL). Quarterback Russell Wilson has built a connection with the former Ole Miss Rebel and should rely on him to get the season started.

Parris Campbell Fantasy

Start Parris Campbell, WR, Indianapolis Colts: The Indianapolis Colts are shallow at the wide receiver position and that should allow Parris Campbell to take on a bigger role. The third-year wideout saw 9 targets in Week 1 of the 2020 season before going down with an injury. Campbell is the No. 2 option in the passing game thanks to the absence of veteran T.Y. Hilton. He draws a solid matchup this week facing a Seahawks' defense that gave up the ninth-most fantasy points to opposing WRs last year. Overall, Seattle gave up the third-most passing yards per game (278.2). Assuming the Colts decide to air it out on Sunday, Campbell could be in for a big day.

Gerald Everett Fantasy

Sit Gerald Everett, TE, Seattle Seahawks: The Seahawks have struggled to find production from the tight end position over the last few years. They signed Gerald Everett this past offseason in an attempt to fix that issue. However, that doesn't mean he should be in your starting lineup. The Colts gave up the third-least amount of fantasy points to opposing TEs in 2020 (6.01 average). In fact, only three tight ends reached the end zone all season against Indianapolis. Everett is an underrated streaming option moving forward, but not in Week 1.

Carson Wentz Fantasy

Sit Carson Wentz, QB, Indianapolis Colts: The health concerns surrounding quarterback Carson Wentz should scare every fantasy manager into steering clear of him in Week 1. Assuming Wentz is ready to go by Sunday, he still faces an uphill battle. The sixth-year pro averaged just 218.3 passing yards per game last season and ended the season as the No. 22 QB in fantasy football. Going up against the Seahawks defense seems to be a favorable matchup, but there is no reason to think Wentz can get going right out of the gate. He will likely need time to adjust to a new offensive scheme.

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Larry Rupp is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Larry Rupp also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username phillyfan424. 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.