Who to start and who to sit? That’s the question that plagues everyone who plays fantasy football on a weekly basis? It’s the question that leaves players anguishing in tears and second-guessing. Okay, maybe that’s a little dramatic but there’s some truth to it.

Honestly, it’s the one question you need to answer right in order to do well in this crazy game of fantasy. Will you get it right all the time? No, because football will surprise, especially if you buy into the adage: On any given Sunday, any team can beat any other team. But relax, we’re here to help you work through those decisions with as much information as you need to be confident in a decision you can stand by.

Here are the Week 1 Fantasy Football Team Defenses to Start.

Team defense is always a tricky position because you really need a commissioner who understands how to reward a defense. Points allowed is a nice idea stat, but most teams are able to score 20 points and unless your commish modifies that, team defenses will matter as much as a TE2 on your roster. So each week, we’re looking for which defenses can rack up points that can’t be taken away as the game goes on, opportunities for turnovers, sacks, and general chaos is where team defenses seize the moment.

We’ve circled the games where we see the chance for those opportunities for defenses are more likely, leading to a big splash in fantasy points, whether it be getting turnovers, hitting the quarterback, or controlling either the run, the pass, or the line, and establish the control of the pace of the game. That means stats like 3 and outs, 4th down stops, and yards allowed can impact your fantasy game.

Los Angeles Rams Team Defense vs. Chicago Bears

The Rams lost some pieces from their 2020 team, especially in their secondary, but will they miss them facing the Bears? Allen Robinson is always tough to slow down as is putting linebackers on David Montgomery. After that the Bears become more manageable. Throw Andy Dalton under center and now you have opportunity knocking.

We’re looking for the Rams to force turnovers, and keep the Bears punting throughout the game. Matt Nagy’s offense is going to be highly scrutinized, especially with his decision to start Dalton over rookie Justin Fields. The preseason is over but seeing the Bears have so much trouble running a vanilla offense makes me worried for when they open the playbook. Aaron Donald’s eyes are looking for a feast in Week 1 and may the hungriest lineman win.