The NFL season just started again and people everywhere will be forced tomake some decisions about which players belong in the starting lineup and which players belong on the bench. This article will take a quick look at five players who should almost definitely sit on the bench for at least the first week of the regular season.

1. Both Bengals Running Backs

Both Jeremy Hill and Gio Bernard should stay on the bench in week 1. They have an extremely difficult matchup against a Jets defense that allowed the 3rd fewest points to opposing fantasy running backs last season. And they split carries! Do you really expect two players who split work evenly to be legitimate fantasy starts against a Jets defense that almost certainly limit both of them to single digit fantasy points?

Keep them on the bench for week 1.

2. Richard Rodgers

The Packers tight end looks like he has a great matchup against a Jaguars defense that struggled against opposing fantasy tight ends last year. Unfortunately, he'll have to contend with the far more talented Jared Cook for touches. It's hard to believe that Rodgers will continue to play a big role in the Packers offense when Cook is both faster and more skilled than Richard Rodgers. I would actually drop him if he's still on your fantasy team right now.

3. Jeremy Maclin

It's really hard to sit a guy like Maclin, especially when he was one of the top fantasy wide receivers last season. But it's probably the right decision this time, given his extraordinarily tough matchup against the Chargers.

Last year, Maclin managed to accumulate just eight fantasy points in his two divisional games against the Chargers. Additionally, the Chargers ranked fourth in terms of total fantasy points allowed to opposing wide receivers and are an elite defense in terms of pass coverage. If the Chiefs want to win in week 1, they will focus far more on running the ball against a Chargers defense that couldn't stop any running back last year.

4. Blake Bortles

Bortles had an excellent fantasy season last year, finishing as the fourth highest scoring quarterback in what was his best year ever as a starter. In week 1, Bortles will immediately face a tough challenge against a Packers defense that was very stingy against the pass last season. Bortles might get some extra points if the game turns into a blowout, but Bortles will find it tough to find openings against a defense that allowed more than 20 fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks just once last year.

5. Bengals D/ST

This actually looks like an inviting matchup against a Jets team currently quarterbacked by Ryan Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick is generally turnover prone and has a penchant for throwing interceptions at the wrong moments, but he is actually a decent quarterback. And the Jets take care of the ball much more than people think. Opposing defenses managed to score just the 7th fewest fantasy points against the Jets last season and only scored in double digits four times. This looks appealing, but the Bengals really aren't an elite play this week. Fantasy players should instead sit the Bengals defense look at these other defenses for help.

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