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Green Bay Packers at Seattle Seahawks - Thursday 8:30pm

Green Bay Packers

Aaron Rodgers - - He is one of the elite QBs and even with the tough matchup, you should probably be starting him using the never sit your studs rule. That being said, if you managed to land a good backup that has a juicy matchup this week, maybe you roll the dice on them, maybe.

Eddie Lacy - - Can he avoid the sophomore slump and live up to his 1st round draft grade? I expect big things from him thios season, but he starts the season with a brutal matchup, so don't be discouraged if he is slow out of the gate. Should see plenty of touches as the Seahawks talented secondary could mean more running by the Packers.
James Starks - - While he has shown flashes and could see a little more action this season to spell Lacy, this week's matchup is too tough to even think about utilizing his services.
DuJuan Harris - - Had a strong pre-season and could work himself into the mix, but likely won't be used enough to have any real fantasy value, barring injury.

Jordy Nelson - - Has a tough matchup to open the season, so probably won't put up big numbers, though still should get some production out of him. There will be better days for Nelson and the rest of the Packers offense.
Randall Cobb - - Can bust a big play on any touch, so any week he can get it done. But definitely will have his hands full this week, making him a bigger risk than usual.
Jarrett Boykin - - With Jones out of the loop, he could be more involved in the passing game this season, which could allow him to be a breakout candidate. But considering the brutal matchup to open the season, it is probably in your best interest to pass him up when filling out the lineup card this week.
Davante Adams - - The rookie certainly has some upside, but he is probably more a bench stash for later down the line and not worth breaking out right off the bat in Week One, especially against an elite defense like the Seahawks employ.

Andrew Quarless - - While he probably will have some moments this season, I really hope you aren't already reaching this deep to find some TE production.

Mason Crosby - - The Packers offense has plenty of firepower, but finding the end zone could be quite the challenge this week, especially playing in front of a rabid crowd, so Crosby could be the main scoring option this week.

Green Bay Packers - - The defense will likely have their hands full this week with a solid Seahawks offense that typically does a good job of taking care of the QB and the ball, so there may not be a ton of fantasy production to be found here this week.

Seattle Seahawks

Russell Wilson - - While he may not always air it out a ton, he does have a good matchup to open the season and is also capable of doing some damage on the ground.

Marshawn Lynch - - Faces a defense that struggled against the run last season, but should be improved. Though this is Marshawn "Beast Mode" Lynch, who should open the season in style and make for a must start yet again.
Robert Turbin - - Turbin still listed ahead of fantasy draft darling Christine Michael, though neither really has much value with Lynch utilizing beast mode.
Christine Michael - - Still nothing more than the No. 3 RB is Seattle, so really just a handcuff to Lynch. If the unthinkable were to happen, I do believe Michael would leapfrog Turbin and be the better option of the two. Hopefully we don't find out.

Percy Harvin - - Healthy and primed to light it up this season, assuming he can stay healthy, which is a big if. A good matchup to open the season should give him a chance to start with a bang.
Doug Baldwin - - One of those players that will have a good game here and there, but struggle to produce most of the time. Hopefully you are not already reaching this far for starting WR help or you could be in for a very long season.
Jermaine Kearse - - He has a history of inconsistency, but definitely capable of exploiting an iffy Packers pass defense and picking up where he left off last season.
Paul Richardson - - The rookie has no real fantasy value since the Seahawks are not a very pass friendly offense. I may see as much action as he will Thursday (And I have a newborn, meaning no soup for me :).

Zach Miller - - Some owners had high hopes for him last season and while he did have some good times, for the most part he failed to live up to the lofty expectations. I don't see any reason that should change this season, making him nothing more than a bye week fill-in. Since the bye weeks aren't in play yet, neither should Miller.

Steven Hauschka - - The offense has been rolling during the pre-season and the Packers are coming off a tough season, though they are looking to improve this season. Early on, kickers can be key as offenses are still working out kinks, so expect a busy day for Hauschka.

Seattle Seahawks - - Arguably the top defense in the land faces a tough matchup this week against the high-powered Packers. Playing at home should help their cause and allow them start the season off with a semi-successful performance.

Favorite: Seattle Seahawks by 5.5
Prediction: Seattle Seahawks 23 - Green Bay Packers 16

New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins - Sunday 1:00pm

New England Patriots

Tom Brady - - Split with the Dolphins decent pass defense last season, though is expected to actually have a full complement of receivers this time around (Though Gronk is still up in the air). When Brady has all his weapons, his upside is through the roof, so definitely want to get him in to open the season.

Shane Vereen - - You never know what Belichick will do with the running game, but rumors are swirling that Vereen could be very busy this season and probably the RB to own in New England. A good matchup makes him a nice option this week. I almost made him a 4 football option, but my distrust of the Patriots RB handling scared me off. Like the upside of Vereen this week.
Stevan Ridley - - Who knows how the RB situation will play out and likely to be the goal line guy, but you just never know. Nice matchup helps, but if you can afford to take a wait and see approach with Ridley, I would.
James White - - Who knows how the rookie will be used, but I wouldn't want to find out the hard way. So for now, just stash him on the bench in case he sees extended action down the road.
Brandon Bolden - - You never know with Belichick, but I wouldn't expect Bolden to get the necessary touches to merit starting.

Julian Edelman - - Should continue to see plenty of looks from Brady, especially early on as he is finding a comfort zone with his other receivers. A good matchup makes him a good option out of the gate.
Aaron Dobson - - An injured foot has limited his camp work, so he may be a little behind the 8 ball, so even with a solid matchup, he may be a little rusty. Probably wise to pass on him this week and let him find his groove before starting him.
Danny Amendola - - If he can stay healthy, he could be the best option at WR. Nice matchup this week, so certainly worth considering. Though early on, Brady may go with the receivers he is more familiar with when it counts.
Brandon LaFell - - Who knows how the Patriots receiving corps will play out, though Edelman, Amendola and Gronk are probably the main options, so you may want to hold off on LaFell until/if he proves he is a worthy option.
Kenbrell Thompkins - - Started hot last season and fizzled down the stretch. A good camp has him back in the mix, but with so many options, it may be best to play it safe and make Thompkins prove his worth before you consider starting him.

Rob Gronkowski - - Says he will be ready to roll in the season opener from that torn ACL, but he has not played in the pre-season. While he may be rusty, his upside it too good to pass up, so if he can play, start him. But you will need to watch his status closely to make sure he is able to play. Sounds like he will go, but not every snap. That still probably makes him better than 95% of the TEs in the league.
Tim Wright - - Has shown flashes during his career and could be a nice fit in the Patriots offense, either as a 2nd TE option or to fill-in for the injured Gronk. If Gronk plays, probably not worth gambling on him, though if Gronk is out, he may be worth a bump up and a shot. Still risky as he got a late start and may not quite be up to speed.

Stephen Gostkowski - - The offense should be able to start the season off in style and give Gostkowski plenty of scoring opportunities.

New England Patriots - - The defense brought in some new key pieces and should be improved, which should lead to more fantasy success this season. Face an offense that has a history of inconsistency, but should be improved. Good upside this week though.

Miami Dolphins

Ryan Tannehill - - Had success against the Patriots last season and another year with his receivers should only help his cause. Though this year the Patriots defense should be much improved. Still a guy that could help you out of a bind though.

Knowshon Moreno - - Sounds like he should be the main man, but who knows for sure. As the expected No. 1, he is probably the one to start, but no sure thing. Patriots offense should be improved, but I can see Moreno still producing, assuming he gets the touches.
Lamar Miller - - Sounding like Moreno is now the main option, though Miller should get touches. May be best to see how the situation plays itself out.

Mike Wallace - - Year two should be an improvement, though this week he will have his hands full. Still a guy that can bust a big play at any time, so still worth starting if your other options aren't ideal.
Brian Hartline - - One of those guys that just quietly flies under the radar and often is sitting on the waiver wire to help in a pinch. Does not have many big games, but is a guy you can count on for some decent production most weeks.
Brandon Gibson - - While he may have his moments, I don't recommend counting on one to open the season, so probably best to look elsehwere.
Rishard Matthews - - Like Gibson, he will probably produce a couple/few times. But who knows when those could happen. Thus he is too risky of an option to rely on.

Charles Clay - - Hopes to continue to improve and take the next step in his game. Against a talented secondary, he could be a key to moving the ball, giving him some nice upside.

Caleb Sturgis - - The offense should be improved with another year of seasoning, though the Patriots could make it tough to finish drives, making Sturgis busy to open the season.

Miami Dolphins - - The defense is liable to be improved, but they will have their hands full to open the season against the talented veteran Brady and his strong offense.

Favorite: New England Patriots by 4.5
Prediction: New England Patriots 27 - Miami Dolphins 20

Oakland Raiders at New York Jets - Sunday 1:00pm

Oakland Raiders

Derek Carr - - The rookie impressed during the pre-season and was the rookie QB to win a starting job. The Raiders will likely continue to run it early and often, especially early on. So it is probably a little early to rely on him, but he is at least on the radar.

Maurice Jones-Drew - - Looks like he will be the main option, though you just never know. Has upside, but lets see how the carries are split and how the offense functions. If you need a Raiders RB, he is probably the one to start.
Darren McFadden - - Maybe with a lighter load, he can finally stay healthy. I'll believe it when I see it and who knows what his role in the offense will be. I'd bet he has a decent one and may be a bye week option, but until he proves his worth, I'd let him sit out.
Latavius Murray - - While he may see some touches, he is probably not going to be used much until when/if MJD and/or DMC succumb to injury.
Marcel Reece - - Has his moments, but with more options in the running game, he may not see as much action touching the ball.

James Jones - - the big off-season addition will get a chance to be the main man. Carr has potential and this duo could be strong down the line, but it may take time. Does have upside, but I'd rather wait to see how the offense functions with Carr under center.
Rod Streater - - You never know how the offense will function with a rookie QB under center, especially when making their first start, on the road. So probably not worth starting Streater at this time.
Andre Holmes - - Could be a nice sleeper down the line, but until he proves to be a worthy option, I'd continue to hold off on starting him.
Denarius Moore - - Can he channel his old fantasy worthy self or is he on the fantasy scrap heap? At this time I'd keep him on the junk pile, but if the Raiders find the answer at QB, you never know.

Mychal Rivera - - The tight end can be a young QBs best friend. The question is, will he be? Has upside, but hard to rely on the Raiders passing game until we see how Carr and the offense function.

Sebastian Janikowski - - The offense likely will have some ups and downs, which likely means they will once again count heavily on their talented, big legged kicker.

Oakland Raiders - - The defense has its ups and downs, though maybe they could take advantage of the young Jets QB who is still learning his way.

New York Jets

Bilal Powell - - Likely the odd man out who likely won't see enough action to be on the fantasy radar.

Greg Salas - - Hopefully you are not this desperate for WR help. If so, cut him and hit the waiver wire. There has to be a much better option out there.

Favorite: New York Jets by 4.5
Prediction: New York Jets 20 - Oakland Raiders 16

Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers - Sunday 1:00pm

Cleveland Browns

Brian Hoyer - - Holding off Johnny Boogiejams, though not a bad matchup this week as the Steelers defense isn't what it once was. Playing in Pittsburgh is not easy task though and since his receiving corps is not ideal, it is probably wise to take a pass on him at this time.
Johnny Manziel - - While the Browns may have a package or two for him, you can forgot about him showing the money until later in the season.

Terrance West - - The rookie may be the future and could push Tate for touches, but until he proves his worth, I'd continue to let him ride the pine.
Isaiah Crowell - - The rookie may see some touches, but probably not enough to have any real fantasy value at this time.

Miles Austin - - If he can stay healthy, he is certainly capable of producing, especially since the Browns receiving options are limited. At this point, I'd take a wait and see approach with the entire Browns passing game, except for Cameron.
Andrew Hawkins - - Had some good moments in Cincinnati, but now will be counted on for a larger role. Is he ready for a bigger load? Definitely an explosive option and has upside, but I'd hold off on starting him at this time.

Billy Cundiff - - The Browns offense is liable to struggle to finish drives again this season, which could mean plenty of FG attempts again this season. Steelers defense isn't what it used to be, though still have some weapons, plus playing in Pittsburgh is never fun.

Pittsburgh Steelers

LeGarrette Blount - - Can probably find the end zone any week, but may be a touchdown or nothing and faces a good Browns defense, so I'd rather go with an option that is more involved in the offense.
Dri Archer - - The rookie may get some touches, but with Bell and Blount not being disciplined, he likely won't get enough touches to justify starting.

Antonio Brown - - Capable of a big play on any touch, but faces a tough defense and will draw a lot of attention from the defense, including one of the top corners in the league.
Markus Wheaton - - The youngster is being counted on to take the next step, though faces a good pass defense this week. Although he could benefit from Brown drawing all the attention.
Lance Moore - - Lets see how he fits into the offense before we consider him a viable starting option.
Darrius Heyward-Bey - - I'd make him prove he will have a role in the offense and produce before I consider him.

Shaun Suisham - - Browns tough defense could force the Steelers to settle for FGs, so he could be extraordinarily busy this week.

Favorite: Pittsburgh Steelers by 6.5
Prediction: Pittsburgh Steelers - Cleveland Browns

Tennessee Titans at Kansas City Chiefs - Sunday 1:00pm

Tennessee Titans

Kansas City Chiefs

Favorite: Kansas City Chiefs by 5
Prediction: Kansas City Chiefs - Tennessee Titans

Jacksonville Jaguars at Philadelphia Eagles - Sunday 1:00pm

Jacksonville Jaguars

Philadelphia Eagles

Favorite: Philadelphia Eagles by 10.5
Prediction: Philadelphia Eagles - Jacksonville Jaguars

Buffalo Bills at Chicago Bears - Sunday 1:00pm

Buffalo Bills

Chicago Bears

Favorite: Chicago Bears by 6.5
Prediction: Chicago Bears - Buffalo Bills

New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons - Sunday 1:00pm

New Orleans Saints

Drew Brees - - No brainer pick here as he has a good matchup against a defense he has a good history again, so definitely start the season with Brees in the lineup (Get used to just plugging him in as there are very few times to even think about sitting him).

Pierre Thomas - - Who knows how he will be used in the offense this season. May be wise to take a wait and see approach with him at this time.
Mark Ingram - - Many expect him to step it up this season and he did have a nice pre-season. A good matchup probably makes him worth rolling the dice on, though who knows how the RB situation will play out. So definitely a gamble, but one I would consider taking if your RB options are limited to open the season.
Khiry Robinson - - Has shown flashes, but it can be tough to figure out the Saints running game, so probably would be in your best interests to pass on him at this time.

Marques Colston - - Seems to be the forgotten man with the excitement of Cooks, but his good rapport with Brees will likely help him continue to be a good starting option, especially with a tasty matchup like he has this week.

Jimmy Graham - - Don't think, just start him. You took him awfully high in the draft for a reason. As long as he is suiting up, he should be in your starting lineup, no thought required.
Ben Watson - - While he may have his moments, you never know when they might come. I'd venture to guess there is a safer option out there on the waiver wire if you are already this desperate for TE help.

Atlanta Falcons

Favorite: New Orleans Saints by 2
Prediction: Atlanta Falcons - New Orleans Saints

Minnesota Vikings at Saint Louis Rams - Sunday 1:00pm

Minnesota Vikings

Saint Louis Rams

Favorite: Saint Louis Rams by 4
Prediction: Saint Louis Rams - Minnesota Vikings

Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens - Sunday 1:00pm

Cincinnati Bengals

Baltimore Ravens

Favorite: Baltimore Ravens by 2.5
Prediction: Baltimore Ravens - Cincinnati Bengals

Washington Redskins at Houston Texans - Sunday 1:00pm

Washington Redskins

Houston Texans

Favorite: Houston Texans by 2.5
Prediction: Houston Texans - Washington Redskins

San Francisco 49ers at Dallas Cowboys - Sunday 4:25pm

San Francisco 49ers

Dallas Cowboys

Favorite: San Francisco 49ers by 5.5
Prediction: Dallas Cowboys - San Francisco 49ers

Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Sunday 4:25pm

Carolina Panthers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Favorite: Even
Prediction: Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Carolina Panthers

Indianapolis Colts at Denver Broncos - Sunday 8:30pm

Indianapolis Colts

Denver Broncos

Peyton Manning - - You took him awfully high in the draft for a reason, so if you even think about sitting him to open the season against his former team, you probably should just consider the league's entry fee a donation.

Ronnie Hillman - - While he should see some touches, I'd hesitate to start him at this time since who knows just how much he will be used. I can see him being useful down the line, but who knows how useful.
C.J. Anderson - - May see some touches, but I wouldn't expect there to be enough of them to give him any real fantasy value.

Demaryius Thomas - - No need to fret over this selection, just start him and count your lucky stars that you have one of the best WRs in the game anchoring your receiving corps.
Andre Caldwell - - Has his moments, but he really hasn't moved on the depth chart with Sanders replacing Decker, though a banged up Welker could give him a little more upside.
Cody Latimer - - The rookie could turn into a pleasant surprise this season, but I'd be hard pressed to rely on him just yet. So just sit on him until the time comes that he is ready for action.

Julius Thomas - - Busted out in a huge way last season and there are no indications that he will be slowing down, so ride him hard if you are one of the lucky ones to own him.
Jacob Tamme - - He may have his moments, but he is more likely to post a goose egg than to produce, so I'd pass on him as usual.

Matt Prater - - Suspended the first four games, so you can forget about starting him for awhile.
Brandon McManus - - Steps in for Prater and it never hurts to be kicking for he Broncos high-powered offense. If green, so will be dealing with a different type of pressure.

Favorite: Denver Broncos by 7
Prediction: Denver Broncos - Indianapolis Colts

New York Giants at Detroit Lions - Monday 7:10pm

New York Giants

Detroit Lions

Favorite: Detroit Lions by 4.5
Prediction: Detroit Lions - New York Giants

San Diego Chargers at Arizona Cardinals - Monday 10:20pm

San Diego Chargers

Arizona Cardinals

Favorite: Arizona Cardinals by 3.5
Prediction: Arizona Cardinals - San Diego Chargers
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