Start vs. Sit: Who to Play, Who to Bench Week 1
Start vs. Sit: Who to Play, Who to Bench Week 1

This article is part of our Start vs. Sit series.

Welcome into the first installment of Start vs. Sit of the 2019 season. I'm thrilled to be writing this column again for the fourth year in a row and helping you make the best lineup decisions every week of the season. 

Week 1 is always a crapshoot. For every interesting inter-conference matchup like an Auburn vs. Oregon, there are plenty of teams opting to open their seasons with cupcakes. I get it. It's fine. But it drags down the overall quality of the slate for fans. On the other hand, it makes some of our start/sit situations much easier. Still, there are a handful of matchups that are tricky for lineup purposes this weekend, and that's why I'm here to help.

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Patrick Taylor Jr., RB, Memphis (-5.5) vs. Mississippi

Darrell Henderson is gone, which clears the runway for Taylor to take off as the next big-time Memphis running back. Not that Taylor was any slouch last year, but it feels as though his 16 rushing touchdowns flew under the radar with Henderson absorbing so much of the spotlight. This week he leads a Memphis backfield against a Mississippi defense that returns 71 percent of its defensive production from a year ago, per SBNation. While that's a good figure, it's a lot of returning production from one of the nation's worst defenses as the Rebels allowed 30.3 fantasy points per game against rushers. 

Taylor should be in line for a heavy workload and, if the game script

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John McKechnie
John is the 2016 FSWA College Writer of the Year winner. He is a Maryland native and graduate of the University of Georgia. He's been writing for RotoWire since early 2014.
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