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Start or sit Marvin Jones in Week 1 fantasy football?

Did you draft a big-name wide receiver you don’t trust? Week 1 is just getting started and Marvin Jones could be the savior you never knew you needed. We look at the fantasy implications for Sunday.

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Detroit Lions wide receiver Marvin Jones celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the first quarter against the Seattle Seahawks at Ford Field. Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Antonio Brown, Odell Beckham Jr, Mike Evans and Stefon Diggs. There’s a good chance you snagged one of these stud wideouts early in your drafts to “set it and forget it” as weekly starters in your WR designations. With a roster cut in the Bay Area to a sickness going around in Tampa Bay’s locker room, you might be sweating your lineups and need some salvation.

Look no further than the Motor City and Marvin Jones for your Week 1 savior.

Darrell Bevell, the new offensive coordinator in Detroit, plans to run the ball as often as possible: Bevell recorded two top 10 as well as a top three ranking for rush attempts in his five seasons in Minnesota and four top-three rankings during his time in Seattle (ranked first in 2012). It would behoove Bevell to feed Kerryon Johnson often in this matchup, Arizona has the third worst run defense according to coming into this season and gave up the most fantasy points to opposing fantasy running backs in 2018 (25.7/game).

I get it and agree with what you’re probably thinking, Johnson is a must-start in all formats, but the Lions receivers should’t be overlooked and could have success against a secondary sans Patrick Peterson, who’s targets reached a career low of 52 in 2018, and Robert Alford, who will start the season on the injured reserve. Jones recorded one more catch and one more score than Golladay in the games they played together last season proving Matthew Stafford can support two viable fantasy wide receivers in favorable matchups. Jones averaged just under seven targets per game and recorded three scores in his first five games last season; he should be able to run circles around rookie cornerback, Byron Murphy, or one of the other bevy of unproven DBs in Arizona’s secondary on Sunday.

The Lions may look to keep Kyler Murray and Cliff Kingsbury on the sideline to slow the game down, but with an over/under at 47, this game has shootout potential.

Advice: Start