This article is part of our Exploiting the Matchups series.
If you're a fan of silver linings, perhaps you've already noticed that there have been fewer spring/summer injuries in the NFL this year. That's what happens when OTAs and preseason games are cancelled; simply put, players have been exposed to fewer situations with heightened injury risk.
A pessimist might call it the calm before the storm, arguing that the reduction in preparation will lead to increased frequency of injuries during the season. Combining this potential impact with the obvious threat posed by the ongoing pandemic, it won't come as any surprise if the 2020 campaign sets a record for cumulative missed games across the league.
But, for the time being, we actually head into Week 1 with the majority of NFL depth charts looking cleaner than they normally would at this time of year. There are still a few injury situations with relevance for start/sit decisions, but most of our analysis will focus on other aspects of the matchups.
We are adding one small change to Exploiting the Matchups this year, displaying the percentage of leagues in which a player is listed as a starter (as of Wednesday evening) on both Yahoo and ESPN. This should give you a better idea of whether the start/sit recommendation is geared toward a "standard" 10/12-team league, or if it's mostly intended for shallower or deeper formats.
A matchup upgrade for a player who is five percent started probably won't be enough to warrant a lineup spot in your 10-team league, but it could