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Should I start or sit Kenny Golladay in Week 1 fantasy football?

The Lions WR is coming off a great 2018 and has an ideal matchup against the Cardinals. We look at the fantasy implications for Sunday.

Detroit Lions wide receiver Kenny Golladay against Buffalo Bills cornerback Tre’Davious White in the fourth quarter at New Era Field. Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

There’s a lot going right for Kenny Golladay entering the opening week of the NFL season. Not only is the the wideout coming off his first 1,000 receiving yard campaign, but there might not be a more appealing matchup on the slate in Week 1 than the Cardinals. Generally speaking, this would not be the case, as a meeting with Arizona would imply a long afternoon filled with Patrick Peterson. However, with the All-Pro CB sidelined for six weeks due to suspension, the Cardinals find themselves scrambling for answers.

When Detroit lines up to take their first offensive snap of the year on Sunday, they’ll do so opposed by two corners making their NFL debut. Yet, while Byron Murphy can at least rely on the pedigree and implied skill that comes with being a second-round pick in the Draft, Chris Jones does not have such a benefit. Jones is an undrafted free agent from 2018, who, ironically enough, was a member of the Lions practice squad the past season. So, in short, Golladay should be licking his chops at the prospect of welcoming this duo to the league.

Fantasy Impact: There were only three receivers that accumulated 100-plus targets who finished last year averaging more yards per reception than Golladay’s mark of 15.2 — Mike Evans, Tyreek Hill, and T.Y. Hilton. That’s some pretty exclusive company for Golladay to be apart of at this stage of his career. Considering both his high-floor and his upside within this matchup, Golladay should be thought of as a borderline WR1.

Recommendation: Start