Beginning today, and going through the end of the regular season, I'll be letting the public know who I think are the best starts for the upcoming fantasy weekend and who you should stash on your bench if at all possible.
As far as the "starts" go, they're going to be guys who you might not consider in everyweek starter, or a sleeper as you may want to call them. Of course, you should always start Adrian Peterson, Aaron Rodgers, Peyton Manning, Chris Johnson, etc. You get the picture.
This week's start is going to be my boy Alex Smith, who I was fortunate enough to keep in my league with great value. Smith is the former No. 1 draft pick, turned super NFL bust, turned upstart quarterback for the 49ers. The stars are aligning this year for Smith to have a great season. Last year, he won the starting job midway through the season and proceeded to have a great stretch over the second half of the season. You could even make the argument that the 49ers are building their own version of the Cowboys famed "Triplets" from the 90s with RB Frank Gore, WR Michael Crabtree and Smith being the wild card. Then throw in TE Vernon Davis and they have a formidable offense brewing in San Francisco. On Sunday, Smith goes up against a Seattle defense that was putrid last season and allowed 27 passing touchdowns. I'd expect better than 300 yards passing and 2-3 touchdowns. You're welcome.
As for the guy you should bench, this kind of goes against my explanation from above when I was talking about guys you should always start. And I'm not saying this guy is going to have a terrible week, but it's going to be well below what you'd expect of him. That guy is your own Tony Romo. Romo is in that must-start category, and it's likely you won't have a better option this week, but if you have anyone behind him, like Smith, I'd suggest swallowing your pride and stashing Romo on the bench in Week 1. The Cowboys are down right tackle Marc Colombo, and most likely will also be missing left guard Kyle Kosier to injury. Thrown in the Redskins top-notch secondary and the fact that Dez Bryant is going to be seeing his first NFL game action, and it could be a slow week for Romo. I'm just sayin'.