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Fantasy Football Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em Week 1: RB Trent Cannon

By Luis Tirado Jr.
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 10: Trenton Cannon #40 walks on the field in the first quarter against the Atlanta Falcons during a preseason game at MetLife Stadium on August 10, 2018 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 10: Trenton Cannon #40 walks on the field in the first quarter against the Atlanta Falcons during a preseason game at MetLife Stadium on August 10, 2018 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Heading into Week 1 fantasy football, don’t waste your time starting New York Jets running back Trent Cannon as he won’t be much of a factor against the Detroit Lions.

As the New York Jets prepare for their Week 1 Monday Night Football matchup against the Detroit Lions, it’s expected they’ll have a heavy workload when it comes to their ground game. With Isaiah Crowell and Bilal Powell leading the way, the plan is to make things easier for starting rookie quarterback Sam Darnold to not put too much pressure on his shoulders. Should fantasy football owners consider starting rookie running back Trent Cannon?

In the grand scheme of things, no. While Cannon has some incredible speed and will likely be an X-factor later on this upcoming season, he’s nowhere near starting material for fantasy football owners this week.

It’s best to either start Crowell or Powell if you own them on your fantasy team than take a big risk on a player that still has a lot of work to do in order to be a playmaker on offense. Cannon had some issues during preseason action as he had a few turnovers and clearly needs more coaching and training for the next level.

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Cannon might be worth a FLEX role later on during the season but for Week 1, it’s best to sit him and not even think twice about it. With Crowell and Powell likely to get the majority of reps in this matchup, Cannon will barely be used if at all.

The Jets will continue to mold Cannon towards being a contributor in the future but it’ll take patience for him to get to the level needed to thrive in the pros. Until then, stay away from Cannon when it comes to your finalizing your lineups this week.

If you’re a risktaker when it comes to fantasy football, Cannon might be worth stashing on your bench if you can afford to. He will undoubtedly heat up as the season progresses and before he becomes a popular fantasy option, could be worth starting or even trading later on in the year.

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