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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.
Brandon Bolden - - You never know with Belichick, but I wouldn't expect Bolden to get the necessary touches to merit starting.
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.

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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.
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.
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.
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.

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

Geno Smith - - Having a year under his belt, in addition to some new toys, can only help his cause. Not a bad matchup and he could surprise, though it is still hard to rely on him to open the season.

Chris Ivory - - We will finally get to find out how the Jets RB situation will play out. I would guess both Ivory and CJ2K will have a role. A good matchup will help, but it may be wise to see how it plays out, at least if you can afford to start another RB.
Chris Johnson - - Can Johnson find his old form and return to being a relevant starting fantasy RB? Only time will tell, but likely will be in some sort of split carries deal. But his explosiveness may give him more upside and with a good matchup this week, he could be worth the start.
Bilal Powell - - Likely the odd man out who likely won't see enough action to be on the fantasy radar.

Eric Decker - - Dealing with a major downgrade at QB, but you will have that when you are showed the money. He should be a key piece of the passing game, as long as Smith can get him the ball. A solid matchup gives him upside to open his Jets career.
Jeremy Kerley - - Smith continues to improve, which should help the passing game get better, but who knows how the throws will play out. The addition of Decker could help or hinder the other receivers. So hopefully you can avoid the non-Decker WRs for now.
David Nelson - - Like Kerley, he could step it up with more help in the passing game, or struggle again. Either way, it is not time to rely on him.
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.

Jeff Cumberland - - Will the rookie be the main option or will Cumberland still see some targets? I'd rather not have to find out the hard way.
Jace Amaro - - We shall see if the rookie can produce, though I really, really hope you aren't forced to reach this deep for a starting TE already.

Nick Folk - - The offense should be an upgrade from last season and with a favorable matchup to open the season, there should be plenty of scoring chances for Folk to open the season.

New York Jets - - The defense will likely be better than expected as they do have some good weapons. Facing a rookie QB making his debut, on your home field to boot, could certainly allow the Jets defense to be worth gambling on this week.

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.

Ben Tate - - Looks like he may be the main man and tote a heavy load this season, at least early on. Not a bad matchup to open the season and the Browns offense is expected to be a run heavy offense, which could allow Tate to open the season in style. Still a gamble, but I do like his upside this week.
Isaiah Crowell - - The rookie may see some touches, but probably not enough to have any real fantasy value at this time.
Terrance West - - The rookie may be the future and could push Tate for touches, but until he proves his worth (And makes the coaching staff happy), I'd continue to let him ride the pine.

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.
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.
Taylor Gabriel - - I really hope you are not even thinking about this. Oh you weren,'t, just reading what I wrote. Sorry about wasting five seconds of your life with a sentence about...ummm...oh yeah, Taylor Gabriel.
Travis Benjamin - - Explosive when healthy and is a big play waiting to happen. But still a very hit or miss option and with the Browns offense not exactly lighting up the pre-season, it may be wise to pass.

Jordan Cameron - - He may be the passing game, which is both a blessing and a curse. Defenses won't have to respect the receivers as much, which means he won't slip through the cracks. He is talented enough to overcome it though, so still a nice starting option.

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.

Cleveland Browns - - The defense is coming off a nice year and should be even better this season. But they need help from the offense to allow them to stay semi-fresh. Steelers have had protection issues, though Big Ben typically limits his mistakes and is comfortable against the Browns.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Ben Roethlisberger - - Faces a good Browns defense, that should be tough to throw on. Still he has plenty of experience against them, but not the best matchup for Big Ben, so if you have a better matchup to exploit, it is a good time to use it.

Le'Veon Bell - - With no suspension currently in the works for his Mary Jane DUI, he should be the focal point of the running game, especially this week against such a good pass defense. Expect him to open the season in style
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.

Heath Miller - - Continues to be a nice red zone threat, though the Browns have a good pass defense and kept him in check last season. Always capable of scoring, but not the ideal week to utilize his services.

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

Pittsburgh Steelers - - The defense is in flux, but the Steelers just seem to reload and still have plenty of weapons. Definitely should benefit from facing a Browns offense that struggled during pre-season.

Favorite: Pittsburgh Steelers by 6.5
Prediction: Pittsburgh Steelers 20 - Cleveland Browns 16


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

Tennessee Titans

Jake Locker - - Before he was hurt last season, he was showing signs of life and has some new toys and more experience at the WR position (By the old ones aging). Not the best matchup, so probably not a good week to run him out there, though there will be some times he will be worth a shot.

Shonn Greene - - The veteran is holding off the rookie, for now, but who knows how carries will play out. This is a tough matchup this week, so it is probably wise to pass him up this week.
Bishop Sankey - - The rookie is still probably the 2nd fiddle to Greene and with a tough matchup this week, it is probably best to bypass both Titans runners and see how the situation pans out.
Dexter McCluster - - Who knows if/how the Titans will use the big play waiting to happen, but until we know, I'd forget about using him.

Kendall Wright - - Expect him to take the next step, though not the ideal matchup this week. But he and Locker's familiarity should pay some dividends and allow him to merit a start if you don't have a ton of good matchups to exploit this week.
Nate Washington - - One of those guys that is under the radar, but has some good moments. Still just a guy to utilize if you are in a bind and the matchup is right. This is not the matchup to merit gambling on him.
Justin Hunter - - His size makes him deadly in the red zone and he could be a nice option in TD heavy leagues. A tough matchup to open the season probably makes him a little bit too risky to rely on, although I think he will turn into a nice option as the season progresses.

Delanie Walker - - Has shown flashes throughout his career, though not the ideal matchup to open the season. So I would think it would be wise to strongly consider other options.

Ryan Succop - - Wasn't out of work long and he starts off against his former team, so he may be a little extra motivated. But needs the offense to help get him chances. Touchdowns may be tough to come by, so he may be the main scoring threat.

Tennessee Titans - - The defense is capable, but will have its hands full with a solid Chiefs offense that typically doesn't make mistakes, which will limit their chances to put up fantasy points.

Kansas City Chiefs

Alex Smith - - While the Chiefs may open up the passing game a little more, Smith still likely won't light it up a ton often, though he should give solid numbers most weeks. No Bowe this week does hurt, but with defenses worrying about Charles, he could still make some plays.

Jamaal Charles - - One of the top RBs in all the land against an iffy run defense. Sounds like a good recipe to me, though he is one of the guys that matchup really doesn't matter.
Knile Davis - - While he could see some touches to spell Charles, he really is nothing more than a handcuff at this time.

Dwayne Bowe - - Suspended for this game, so he made it easy for you to make a decision on him this week. Next week, he will be back in the mix.
Donnie Avery - - Has his moments, but is a risky option. But with Bowe suspended this week, maybe he will see enough touches to merit gambling on if you are already in a pinch.
Junior Hemingway - - Even with Bowe out, I'd have a tough time placing Junior Hemingway into my starting lineup.
Frankie Hammond - - Really hope you aren't forced to go here. If so, you can probably contact your tax guy to see if there is any way to write off your fantasy losses for the season.
A.J. Jenkins - - Suffered a concussion last week, so his iffy fantasy value took another hit, so I'd forget about him.

Travis Kelce - - I may be biased as I followed his college career closely, but trust me, he has huge talent, as long as he keeps his head. Chiefs may even use him in the slot some, so nice upside. With Bowe out this week, he may just be worth taking a shot on this week. Still risky, but he may just pay off.
Anthony Fasano - - With Kelce in the fray, Fasano may not see much action as a receiver and I'd wager that Kelce will be the bigger fantasy threat.

Cairo Santos - - The rookie kicker should get a trial by fire this week as the Chiefs offense should be able to move the ball, though with Bowe out, it could make it a little tougher to finish drives, which could mean a busy opener for the rookie.

Kansas City Chiefs - - The defense should once again be one of the best in the league and faces an offense that is young, though has some nice raw talent. But playing them in Kansas City should really help the defense produce this week.

Favorite: Kansas City Chiefs by 5
Prediction: Kansas City Chiefs 23 - Tennessee Titans 13


Jacksonville Jaguars at Philadelphia Eagles - Sunday 1:00pm

Jacksonville Jaguars

Chad Henne - - He may not be able to hold off Bortles for long, but this week he may be forced to throw it more than normal and he does have a more receiving threats this season, so could be worth a shot if you are in a pinch (And no in a pinch isn't Aaron Rodgers playing the Seahawks, stick with Rodgers if that is your other QB).

Toby Gerhart - - Finally gets his shot to be the main man and should see plenty of action. He does have a good matchup this week, though who knows if he will get many touches late in the game, so definitely not his best week, though still a serviceable option.
Denard Robinson - - See Todman and Storm, which means he is not ready to be considered as a starter.
Jordan Todman - - Who knows how the touches could play out beside Gerhart, so it may be best to just avoid the rest of the Jacksonville RBs at this time.
Storm Johnson - - See Todman and apply the same logic.

Cecil Shorts - - When in doubt, go to the familiar face and Shorts is just that. It also helps he has been successful and the Jaguars may be forced to throw it more than usual this week, which could bode quite well for Shorts fantasy value. The hamstring that limited him in the preseason is supposedly 100% and he is locked and loaded.
Allen Hurns - - The rookie shined in the pre-season and worked his way up the depth chart. With the Jaguars potentially playing keep up, maybe he could surprise and produce, though I prefer to see him produce on the big stage before using him.
Marqise Lee - - The rookie has plenty of talent and could turn into a nice option down the line, but like many rookie WRs, there will be ups and downs. He probably will be better off once Bortles takes over, though this week he has upside since the Jags may be forced to air it out more than normal.
Mike Brown - - Looks like he has fallen behind a couple rookies, so who knows if he sees enough action to give him a nod. I wouldn't recommend taking a shot on him.

Clay Harbor - - Out with an injured calf, not that you would want to start him anyway.
Marcedes Lewis - - He has been one of those under the radar guys who usually sees some touches and has a good game here and there. The Jaguars could be forced to air it out late, so he could be a pleasant surprise.

Josh Scobee - - The offense is still a work in progress and may be forced to bypass FG attempts late, so may be a good time to explore other kicking options this week.

Jacksonville Jaguars - - The defense will find the going tough to open the season against the fast paced and high powered Eagles offense, so I'd look elsewhere this week.

Philadelphia Eagles

Nick Foles - - Lets see if he can keep it rolling this season. A great matchup to open the season should certainly help his cause, so definitely want to ride him in the opener.

LeSean McCoy - - No thought required here. One of the best backs in the league against a struggling defense. That is the definition of no brainer.
Darren Sproles - - Will be interesting to see how they work him into the offense, but a good matchup this week probably makes him worth gambling on, at least in PPR leagues.
Chris Polk - - With Sproles in the mix, he probably won't see many touches, so I'd forget about relying on him.

Jeremy Maclin - - Healthy and ready to roll. May not be as familiar with Foles as Cooper, but he is explosive and there is a reason everyone is excited he is back in the mix. Great matchup should help him start the season in style.
Riley Cooper - - A healthy Maclin and some new weapons could cut into his touches down the road, but he should still get his. Has a favorable matchup in the opener, so certainly worth giving him a shot.
Jordan Matthews - - The rookie could turn into a nice sleeper, though Foles has some familiar and capable weapons at his disposal that will likely get the bulk of the looks, at least early on.
Brad Smith - - May have his good weeks, but most of the time he will likely struggle, so I'd pass him by when filling out rosters and starting lineups.

Zach Ertz - - Celek will likely steal some looks and who knows how often the TE will be used with a healthy Maclin and the addition of Sproles and Matthews. A good matchup this week could help his cause though, so certainly a guy worth plugging in if you need him.
Brent Celek - - May still have his moments, but Ertz is probably the better receiving option at this time, so I'd probably only consider Celek if you are really in a major bind.

Cody Parkey - - The rookie will be tested early and often, but he should be quite busy on the high-powered Eagles offense. Just needs to settle down and knock it through the uprights.

Philadelphia Eagles - - The defense should be improved, but still probably has a ways to go. They could benefit from facing an offense that is not exactly a thing of beauty.

Favorite: Philadelphia Eagles by 10.5
Prediction: Philadelphia Eagles 34 - Jacksonville Jaguars 17


Buffalo Bills at Chicago Bears - Sunday 1:00pm

Buffalo Bills

E.J. Manuel - - Heads into year two with high expectations and some new weapons at his disposal. Not the ideal matchup this week, so probably best to take a pass on him, though there will be times he could help your cause.

C.J. Spiller - - Can break one on any touch and his role will likely expand this season and Jackson continues to grow older, though still probably not (And probably never will be) an every down guy. Good matchup gives him nice potential this week.
Fred Jackson - - The wily veteran just keeps getting the job done and should continue to see plenty of touches, though I do expect Spiller to cut into them some this season. Still a solid fantasy option and has a good matchup this week.
Bryce Brown - - With Spiller and F-Jax as the main guys, he probably won't see enough bones thrown in his direction, so at this time, he isn't ready for your lineup.

Sammy Watkins - - The injured ribs should be fine for this week and while the rookie may have some ups and downs, he is an explosive playmaker and the Bills will want to get him going this week to give teams something to worry about. Not a sure thing as the matchup is not ideal, but is a big play waiting to happen.
Robert Woods - - Expectations are raised heading into year two and he flashed talent last season, so is capable of getting it done. Facing what should be a pretty solid pass defense, so probably not the best week for him.
Mike Williams - - Steps onto a new team and will be counted on for veteran leadership and to produce. Not the ideal matchup and may be best to see how he fits in with his new squad.
Marquise Goodwin - - Likely won't see enough action to consider him fantasy worthy.

Scott Chandler - - Is a guy that has his good days and his iffy ones. Not a bad bye week fill-in from the waiver wire, but not a guy you want to be forced to rely on week-to-week.

Dan Carpenter - - The offense has more than enough weapons to make plays and get him scoring chances, so worth giving him a shot this week and probably beyond.

Buffalo Bills - - The defense has some talented weapons and is capable of making big plays and we all know that Cutler has a tendency to accidentally throw the ball to the wrong team at times, so they are not a bad option this week.

Chicago Bears

Jay Cutler - - Bills should be a solid pass defense again this season, but when you have the trio of Forte, Marshall and Jeffery, you can probably throw the ball and produce on just about anyone.

Matt Forte - - Expect him to once again be very busy and he should be able to take advantage of the Bills iffy run defense and continue to put up large numbers.
Ka'Deem Carey - - His only real shot is probably for Forte to get injured, which nobody wants to see happen.

Brandon Marshall - - One of the best receivers in the game and even with an iffy matchup this week, he should be in your starting lineup this week and every week.
Alshon Jeffery - - Really emerged last season and with defenses worrying about Forte and Marshall, Jeffrey is often the poison that is picked, much to the joy of fantasy owners.
Santonio Holmes - - He may not have the explosiveness he once had, but he has looked good and he should find the ball at times, though maybe not enough to merit starting him often. Only time will tell but I definitely don't want to rely on him at this time though.
Josh Morgan - - Probably the 4th or 5th option in the passing game and he faces a good pass defense, so I'd definitely look elsewhere for WR help.

Martellus Bennett - - A tough matchup this week may not help his cause, but with defenses worrying about the big three, he can often be forgotten about and come up with big plays.

Robbie Gould - - The offense should be able to make some plays, even against a solid Bills defense. The defense could force them to settle for some FG attempts.

Chicago Bears - - The defense has playmakers and should bounce back from a dreadful 2013. Facing a Bills offense that is relying on a lot of youth, so could force some big plays, which they have a good history of turning into points.

Favorite: Chicago Bears by 6.5
Prediction: Chicago Bears 27 - Buffalo Bills 16


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).

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.
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.
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.
Brandin Cooks - - The rookie definitely is a risky option since you never know with rookie WRs, but with Brees throwing him the ball, there is plenty of upside. Still hard to rely on him out of the gate, but with Stills banged up, he could be worth the gamble.
Kenny Stills - - Dealing with that injured quad, so could be limited or sit out. So may be worth sitting him to see how the addition of Cooks plays into the equation, especially since you have an injury excuse to use.
Joseph Morgan - - A banged up Stills could help his cause, but I'd be hesitant to reach this far for WR help.

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.

Shayne Graham - - Was cut so owners were panicking, but now he is back at a likely pay cut. Should be quite busy on the Saints high-powered offense.

New Orleans Saints - - The defense should be improved, though they face a healthy offense that has plenty of weapons, so probably will have a tougher go of it this time around.

Atlanta Falcons

Matt Ryan - - Faces a pass defense that is capable, but he has great weapons at his disposal and should be able to bounce back this season. May be forced to play keep up, so nice upside to open the season.

Steven Jackson - - Lets see if he can bounce back his season as defenses will be forced to worry about the lethal passing game. Has upside if he can find his old form, but until he proves himself, he is risky.
Jacquizz Rodgers - - Likely will have a similar role to last year, which means he has a little value as a fill-in in PPR leagues, but probably not a guy you want to rely on if you can avoid it.
Devonta Freeman - - I'd forget about starting the rookie until he proves to have a big enough role in the offense to consider him starter worthy.

Julio Jones - - Back to healthy and ready to get back to being one of the top receivers in the league. You start him regardless of the matchup, so plug him in and hope he breaks a big play or two.
Roddy White - - The veteran should continue to produce and with defenses having to worry about Jones, that should only help him find openings in the defense.
Harry Douglas - - With Jones and White healthy, he is back to No. 3, though he is still liable to have some nice games, though often he likely won't get enough touches to merit starting.
Devin Hester - - While he can break a big play, he likely won't see much action on offense and is likely just a special teams threat with his new team.

Levine Toilolo - - Has huge shoes to fill, but unless he proves he can produce, there is no reason to consider him fantasy worthy.

Matt Bryant - - The offense should bounce back this season and a good Saints defense could make it tough to finish drives and result in a big day for Bryant.

Atlanta Falcons - - The defense should be improved, but they will have their hands really full this week against a great Saints offense.

Favorite: New Orleans Saints by 2
Prediction: New Orleans Saints 27 - Atlanta Falcons 23


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

Minnesota Vikings

Matt Cassel - - Who knows how long he will hold off the rookie, but faces a good defense this week and wasn't much of a fantasy threat last season. Expect plenty of handing it off to ADP, though his receivers could help his cause a time or two.

Adrian Peterson - - Faces a tough run defense, but he is one of the top RBs in the league and has proven time and time again that he can light up any defense. If you have him, just plug him into your lineup.
Matt Asiata - - Likely nothing by a handcuff to ADP, so I'd forget about using him.

Cordarrelle Patterson - - Extremely explosive and expected to take his game to another level this season. The QB issues may not help, but he can hurt defenses in so many ways, though does face a tough matchup this week.
Greg Jennings - - Lets see if he can get it together in year two. Not the ideal matchup to open the season, so may be best to explore your other options this week.
Jarius Wright - - Maybe with Simpson out, he could pull a surprise good game out of his hat, but I wouldn't feel good about my chances if I was forced to rely on him as a starter.

Kyle Rudolph - - Talented tight end should be able to step it up more this season, though faces a tough matchup in the opener on the road against a tough Rams defense.

Blair Walsh - - A tough Rams defense could make points hard to come by, so Walsh could be a key scoring option.

Minnesota Vikings - - The defense struggled last season, though they could benefit from facing an offense that lost their starting QB during pre-season and is using a lot of youngsters.

Saint Louis Rams

Shaun Hill - - Will get his chance to be the main man and he does have some young talent that can make plays and a good matchup to open the season. But still hard to rely on him considering his history of limited fantasy production.

Zac Stacy - - Expect him to be the offense this season with Bradford lost, at least early on. Not a bad matchup this week, so should be a nice option to start the 2014 campaign.
Benny Cunningham - - While he has his moments, who knows how much of a role he will have this season, especially as the rookie Mason gets more comfortable in the offense.
Tre Mason - - The rookie could see action down the line, but until he proves he is worthy, I'd keep him on the pine.

Brian Quick - - See Britt and apply the same logic. Who knows which WR will step up and it could be a week-to-week thing.
Kenny Britt - - New team and if he can get his head on straight, he could make a nice option. Though he needs the QB situation to provide some help. At this time, it may be wise to bypass the Rams WRs.
Tavon Austin - - Like the other Rams WRs, it may be best to see how it plays out, even with a good matchup this week. Does have big play ability if he gets a chance.
Chris Givens - - Could surprise with a good matchup, but may be more likely to get you little production.
Austin Pettis - - Who knows if he will have a role, but I wouldn't want to gamble on him.

Jared Cook - - Has shown some flashes, but even with a good matchup this week, who knows who will step up in the passing game.
Lance Kendricks - - Has his moments, but never really produced over the long haul, so hard to rely on him.

Greg Zuerlein - - Strong leg and with a good matchup this week, he should get plenty of scoring chances as the offense could struggle to find the end zone.

St. Louis Rams - - The defense is loaded with strong weapons and plenty of playmakers. Facing an offense that is not exactly a pillar of consistency, outside of ADP, so should be a nice option this week (And many other weeks as well).

Favorite: Saint Louis Rams by 4
Prediction: Saint Louis Rams 19 - Minnesota Vikings 16


Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens - Sunday 1:00pm

Cincinnati Bengals

Andy Dalton - - He had some success against the Ravens last season with five total touchdowns, though he did throw seven interceptions. The Ravens pass defense should be better, though they still may have some trouble against the pass, so he has plenty of potential. Though this year he has a new offensive coordinator, so we shall see how the offense functions this season, but I wouldn't be afraid to use him.

Giovani Bernard - - The Ravens kept him in check last season, at least as a runner. As a receiver is another story as he gave them fits. Expect a larger role this season, so definitely a guy that you will be counting on quite often in 2014.
Jeremy Hill - - I can see the rookie getting more action than expected as the Bengals may not want to overuse Gio. But lets see how he is used before starting him, especially with an iffy matchup in the opener.

A.J. Green - - He has given the Ravens, and many teams, fits during his career, so keep riding your stud WR each and every week.
Marvin Jones - - Out with an injured foot and is targeting a return after the bye, so maybe he will be back in the mix come Week Five.
Mohamed Sanu - - Looks like maybe, just maybe, he will live up to the potential as he has flashed at times throughout his career. Still hard to rely on him until he can show some consistency, but if you are really in a bind, maybe he can help you out of it.
Dane Sanzenbacher - - Maybe with Jones out he can see some action, though I'd expect he will not be targeted often with the other weapons available to Dalton.

Jermaine Gresham - - Eifert will likely continue to push him into the background, though likely will still have his moments. I'd rather use a tight end that is the main man, not worrying about another TE stealing touches.
Tyler Eifert - - In the same boat as Gresham and while he could produce, who knows which TE, if either, will be the man this week. There are worse options out there though.

Mike Nugent - - The Ravens defense should be better, though the Bengals offense should be able to find success, though early on, they could struggle to finish with a new coordinator calling the shots.

Cincinnati Bengals - - The defense should again be pretty good and they had plenty of success against the Ravens last season, making them a good option in the opener.

Baltimore Ravens

Joe Flacco - - The addition of Smith and a healthy Pitta should help his cause, though the matchup this week is less than ideal. But there are certainly worse options out there, so if you need him, he could pay off.

Bernard Pierce - - With Rice suspended, he will be the main man. Not much of a matchup this week as they face a good run defense that kept them in check last season. Though he should see plenty of touches, which should allow him to be a solid producer.
Justin Forsett - - May see some touches to spell Pierce, but I'd be hesitant to consider him much of an option.

Steve Smith - - Weird seeing him in a new uniform, but could be a nice complement to Torrey and allow him to get back to his old big play self. Not the best matchup and still may be getting on the same page as Flacco.
Torrey Smith - - He split with the Bengals last season, but can make big plays against anyone. Not the best matchup this week and -the addition of the other Smith could impact him (For the good or the bad, we shall find out).
Jacoby Jones - - Probably will be mainly used as a special teams threat, especially since they added Steve Smith to the mix.
Marlon Brown - - The youngster showed flashes last season, but the addition of Steve Smith could cut into his chances. A tough matchup probably means you should shy away from him.


Justin Tucker - - A tough Bengals defense could force the Ravens to settle for Tucker FG attempts.

Baltimore Ravens - - The defense has plenty of weapons and picked Dalton off seven times in two meetings last season. Dalton has struggled with interceptions, including his share of pick sixes.

Favorite: Baltimore Ravens by 2.5
Prediction: Cincinnati Bengals 23 - Baltimore Ravens 20


Washington Redskins at Houston Texans - Sunday 1:00pm

Washington Redskins

Robert Griffin III - - While he may not have had the best preseason, last season he was solid coming off injury and is another year removed from it, so could be back to form. Still likely will cut down on his running, but he still will tuck it and go. Tough matchup this week, though his legs could come in handy (And he may need them to escape a strong pass rush).

Alfred Morris - - Expect him to continue to see plenty of action and not a bad matchup this week as the Texans have had issues against the run in the past.
Roy Helu - - His receiving skills could help him see an expanded role, though we've heard that before, so lets see if it actually plays out. Texans run defense should be better this season, but that may be the way to find success.

Pierre Garcon - - Was targeted early and often last season and while D-Jax being in the mix could cut into them, it could help his overall production as defenses have another weapon to worry about. Tough matchup to open the season though.
DeSean Jackson - - Big play threat still has it and with defenses having to worry about other weapons, he could continue to make big plays. The matchup is not one to write home about though.
Andre Roberts - - Could be a quiet producer that slips between the cracks, but the matchup is not one you want to mess with, at least when we are talking about the No. 3 WR.
Santana Moss - - The veteran is probably just playing out the string and likely won't have much fantasy impact (It has been awhile since he has been relevant in the fantasy football community).

Jordan Reed - - Expected to take the next step in his progression and be a big time option, now that he is healthy. Does have a tough matchup to open the season, but he is not exactly an easy cover for defenses.

Kai Forbath - - The Redskins offense has weapons, but hasn't looked great in the preseason and they will have their hands full with a healthy and talented Texans defense that will be looking for redemption.

Washington Redskins - - The defense has some playmakers, but not an ideal fantasy option. On the plus side, they are facing an offense led by a QB that isn't exactly instilling confidence in anyone, so they could surprise this week.

Houston Texans

Ryan Fitzpatrick - - A good matchup should help his cause, though he is still feeling his way with his new teammates and offense. Certainly has shown he is capable in the past, so wouldn't be surprised if he had a good day, but I wouldn't go in expecting it.

Arian Foster - - Healthy to open the season and with Tate out, he could see a heavier workload. A good matchup and not exactly ideal QB situation could mean a big opener for the one time undisputed champ of RBs.
Alfred Blue - - The rookie could turn into the No. 2 as the season progresses, but at this time, he probably is nothing more than bench filler.
Jonathan Grimes - - With Foster's injury history, he could see some touches to keep him fresh, but who knows how the touches will breakdown, so probably best to pass on him.

Andre Johnson - - He has slipped in many drafts because he doesn't have a QB. He didn't really last year either, so I'm not buying his demise, making him a nice value pick for many owners. A good matchup should help reward owners that took a chance on him.
DeAndre Hopkins - - The youngster is expected to be more involved in the offense, though he still is probably the 3rd option, but one that should make a solid option much of the season. Nice matchup this week can only help.

Garrett Graham - - Has potential, but probably the 4th option on offense, which could mean he is very inconsistent. If you are in a pinch, he can help, but definitely a hit or miss option.

Randy Bullock - - The offense has a good matchup, but needs Fitzpatrick to step up and lead them to success. He has the weapons to do it, which could help Bullock get his chances.

Houston Texans - - The defense should be improved now that it is getting healthy and added more pieces. Face an offense with weapons, but one that could be susceptible to turning it over.

Favorite: Houston Texans by 2.5
Prediction: Houston Texans 20 - Washington Redskins 13


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

San Francisco 49ers

Colin Kaepernick - - A great matchup should allow him to start the season with a bang, so definitely a QB that deserves to be in your lineup on opening day.

Frank Gore - - A good matchup should allow the veteran to continue to produce, though you have to wonder how much longer he can fight off father time. Keep riding him until he loses that battle, especially when he has juicy matchups like this week.
Carlos Hyde - - The rookie likely will find some sort of role in the offense to spell Gore and does have a nice matchup this week, so you never know. But he is probably an option that will become useful as the season progresses.

Michael Crabtree - - Go figure, dealing with an injury. Watch that calf injury closely and if he goes, the matchup is too good to not at least consider gambling on him.
Anquan Boldin - - With Crabtree banged up, he could be heavily involved in the passing game against a struggling defnse, so definitely a guy worth running out there this week.
Stevie Johnson - - Probably will fall out of grace with fantasy owners this season, unless Crabtree continues to deal wit hinjuries, in which case he could surprise. If Crabtree is out, he could be worth a dice roll, but may be best to see how he fits in with his new team.
Quinton Patton - - Likely won't see much action, so I'd forget about utilizing him.

Vernon Davis - - A great matchup should allow him to start the year in style, so definitely want to have him in your starting lineup (Well most weeks you will start him, but especially this week).

Phil Dawson - - The offense should be able to light up a struggling defense and give Dawson a ton of scoring chances.

San Francisco 49ers - - A tough defense may be missing some pieces, but still has plenty of talent and faces a QB that has had some issues taking care of the ball.

Dallas Cowboys

Tony Romo - - He continues to be overlooked, but when it is all said and done, he usually is pretty productive fantasy wise. This week's matchup leaves a lot to be desired, but he has the weapons to have some success.

DeMarco Murray - - Faces a tall order this week against a good defense, though he can break big plays and is a strong receiver, which will help him in PPR leagues. In PPR leagues, he is probably a must start since he should be busy. In non-PPR, he is still probably worth starting, unless you are loaded at RB.
Lance Dunbar - - A tough matchup won't help his cause, nor will the expected lack of touches.

Dez Bryant - - He is Dez Freaking Bryant. He can light up any defense and should see plenty of looks from Romo, so got to have him in your lineup, even with less than ideal matchups like he has this week.
Terrance Williams - - The youngster is being counted on to step up his game, but not the best matchup to rely on him against a strong 49ers defense.
Cole Beasley - - While he may have a good time here and there, like in the past, most of the time he will struggle to produce and is not worth the trouble, unless you are in a major pickle.
Devin Street - - Move along please. No fantasy value to be found from the rookie, at least not at this time.

Jason Witten - - A tough matchup to open the season, though he can give any defense fits, so definitely should be in your lineup, at least in TE required leagues.

Dan Bailey - - A tough 49ers defense could make touchdowns hard to come by and force the Cowboys to settle for Bailey FG attempts.

Dallas Cowboys - - The struggling defense will have their hands full with a good 49ers offense that typically does a good job of not beating themselves.

Favorite: San Francisco 49ers by 5.5
Prediction: San Francisco 49ers 27 - Dallas Cowboys 16


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

Carolina Panthers

Cam Newton - - Keep an eye on the injured ribs, but he expects to play and has a solid matchup. It may limit his running though, which could limit his production some, but still probably worth starting, assuming he can play.
Derek Anderson - - Would start if Cam can't play, but hard to rely on him unless you don't have a backup QB, which is unlikely. So hopefully you don't need to rely on him.

DeAngelo Williams - - With Cam banged up, the Panthers may run it a little more and there should be plenty of carries to go around. Cam may be less willing to run it in at the goal line, which could give D-Will at TD chance.
Jonathan Stewart - - Healthy, for now, and should see his share of touches. A good matchup should help his cause and allow him to merit taking a chance on if you need to roll with him.

Kelvin Benjamin - - The rookie has looked strong and could be in for one heck of a career. Defenses may try to key on him, which could be frustrating for a rookie. Not a bad matchup, so could be worth a start, although it may be best to watch and learn with him.
Jerricho Cotchery - - Will be counted on to step up and help take pressure off the talented rookie. Has his moments, but definitely has had an inconsistent career. Not a bad matchup, but I'd prefer to see how he fits in before starting him.
Jason Avant - - We shall see how often he gets looked at, so probably not worth giving him a shot.

Greg Olsen - - With so many new faces, you can bet Cam will lean more heavily on his talented TE, especially early in the season. So should be a nice start for Mr. Olsen.

Graham Gano - - The offense could struggle to finish drives with Cam banged up and so many new WRs, which could bode well for Gano's fantasy value.

Carolina Panthers - - The defense should be pretty tough again this season and facing an offense that while talented, is using a new starting QB, so there could be some issues while McCown gets comfortable with his new digs.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Josh McCown - - Gets a chance to be the main man and has a very talented corps of receivers, which should help his cause. Tough matchup this week, but he is still more than capable of producing some nice numbers.

Doug Martin - - Should return to carrying a heavy load and will look to put the sophomore slump behind him. Tough matchup, but his receptions and many touches should help him produce good numnbers.
Bobby Rainey - - May see some touches, but probably not enough to merit starting him as the Bucs will likely return to riding Martin hard.

Vincent Jackson - - The talented receiver likely will continue to produce, even though this week's matchup is less than ideal. But he can light up and defense and is always in the discussion to start.
Mike Evans - - The rookie proved his worth during preseason and could be a nice option this season, especially as he gets NFL experience. Not the best matchup, but with the defense focusing on Jackson, he could make them pay.
Robert Herron - - Likely won't see enough action to have any real fantasy value.

Brandon Myers - - With defenses forced to focus on Martin, Jackson and Evans, he could slip through the cracks and make them pay. May be a little inconsistent though, but if you need him, he could help out.

Patrick Murray - - The offense has the weapons to succeed and a tough matchup could force them to settle for FGs. But the inexperienced undrafted rookie will feel a pressure like no other, so we shall see how he handles it.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers - - The defense has some playmakers, but will have their hands fill with a good offense that usually takes care of the ball. Though a banged up Cam could help their cause. Still not the ideal starting option.

Favorite: Even
Prediction: Carolina Panthers 23 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers 20


Indianapolis Colts at Denver Broncos - Sunday 8:30pm

Indianapolis Colts

Andrew Luck - - Has the weapons to succeed and may be forced to air it out and while the Broncos defense should be improved, Luck is more than capable of putting up monster numbers as he tries to match Manning.

Trent Richardson - - He may have a short leash this season, but the Colts will likely try to establish the run early on to keep the Broncos offense on the sidelines. We shall see if they stick with it and Richardson gets it done.
Ahmad Bradshaw - - Likely will get some touches, but Richardson is expected to get his chance to shine. Who knows how much the Colts will run it if they get into a passing match with the Broncos. His receiving skills could help his cause though.

T.Y. Hilton - - The return of Wayne could help open the field for him, so definitely worth giving him a shot, especially in a potentital shootout.
Reggie Wayne - - The Colts will be glad to have their veteran back and he has a good matchup to open the season, so definitely worth starting in a potential shootout.
Hakeem Nicks - - Can he find his old form and turn into a valuable receiving option? Only time will tell, though it may be best to see how it plays out. Though the Colts may air it out late, so could be worth a shot if you are in a bind.

Dwayne Allen - - A good matchup could help, though who knows how the targets could be split at TE. Fleener hasn't quite lived up to the hype, which could bode well for Allen. If you need to roll the dice, he could pay off.
Coby Fleener - - Still waitig for him to find his game, at least consistently. A good matchup this week could help, though I'd rather look at a more consistent option that is not worrying about splitting touches.

Adam Vinatieri - - Never hurts to have a kicker involved in a potential shootout, so the ageless wonder is worth starting yet again.

Indianapolis Colts - - The defense will have their hands full this week against arguably the league's best offense, so not a good time to consider them.

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.

Montee Ball - - The Broncos will continue to run the ball when the defense dictates it, so expect Ball to be in for a big season. A good matchup will help him get off to a strong start, especially since the Colts will be geared up to slow Manning.
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.
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.

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.
Emmanuel Sanders - - Big things were expected from the newcomer and with Welker out, he could be counted on right off the bat. When you have Peyton Manning throwing the rock, you are worth the risk, even as a new member of the team.
Wes Welker - - Suspended four games for violating the drug policy, so no need to worry about the concussion this week.
Andre Caldwell - - Has his good times and with Welker suspended, he could be in for an expanded role and be a nice gamble this week.
Cody Latimer - - The rookie could turn into a pleasant surprise this season, but I'd be hard pressed to rely on him just yet (Though maybe with Welker out, he could surprise). 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.

Denver Broncos - - The defense should be improved, though they will be facing a capable offense this week. But they will get plenty of chances to make plays, which makes them an option with upside, even with a less than ideal matchup.

Favorite: Denver Broncos by 7
Prediction: Denver Broncos 34 - Indianapolis Colts 24


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

New York Giants

Eli Manning - - Coming off a tough season, but my gut says he could tease us this week against a defense that can be thrown on. I wanted to make him a four football option, but last year's struggles still resonate strongly. So I'd prefer to see him prove his worth before running him out there. But if you need to gamble on QB this week, he could be your guy.

Rashad Jennings - - Coming off a big year and is the main man, at least for now. Lions run defense should be solid, but he is certainly capable of getting the job done, making him worth being in your lineup.
Andre Williams - - The rookie could see his role increase as the season goes, but who knows if/when he will touch the ball enough to merit starting. I wouldn't count on it just yet.
Peyton Hillis - - Likely won't see much action as the Giants are liable to look at the other RBs before the veteran.

Victor Cruz - - He should continue to produce and should benefit from a good matchup to open the season and keep on trucking.
Rueben Randle - - With Nicks gone, there is no doubt who is No. 2 and a good matchup should help him get the job done and put up some solid numbers.
Odell Beckham - - Expected to miss a couple/few weeks with an injured hamstring, so he may be useless until the 2nd half of the season since he missed so much time. Even then he may not be an ideal option.

Larry Donnell - - Who knows if the Giants will use the TE much, so I'd definitely shy away from them all, unless one emerges down the line.

Josh Brown - - If the offense can get back on track, he could be quite busy as they do have plenty of weapons. Lions defense isn't a slouch, so that could mean FG attempts.

New York Giants - - The defense will have their hands full against a talented Lions offense, so probably not a good week to consider them.

Detroit Lions

Matthew Stafford - - The Giants pass defense isn't bad, but he has too many weapons to keep down, so definitely a guy that should be penciled into your starting lineup (Pretty much every week).

Reggie Bush - - Should continue to get his share of touches to make big plays. The addition of Tate could open it up a little more and give him more chances to produce. Always has good upside.
Joique Bell - - Emerged last season and likely will continue to have a nice role in the offense and get his share of TD chances. Reliance on TDs could make him a little riskier, but on this offense, he is worth the shot every week.

Calvin Johnson - - With a name like Megaton, he has to be good. Don't think, just start him.
Golden Tate - - No longer the go to receiver, which should help him make big plays. Lets see if he can show more consistency as a Lion, but could be worth rolling him out there to open the season.
Ryan Broyles - - We shall see if he can find himself and produce, but I wouldn't consider him until he shows you something good.

Brandon Pettigrew - - The addition of Ebron likely means bad times are coming for his fantasy value. Hopefully you found yourself with a better TE option after the draft was over.
Eric Ebron - - The rookie will likely force his way past Pettigrew, but it could take some time. May be best to hold off on him, but if you need him, he could certainly help.


Detroit Lions - - The defense has plenty of weapons and are facing an offense that struggled to protect the QB and the ball last season, so could definitely take advantage of that.

Favorite: Detroit Lions by 4.5
Prediction: Detroit Lions 27 - New York Giants 23


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

San Diego Chargers

Philip Rivers - - Will have his hands full with a tough pass defense, so probably not an ideal week to utilize the Chargers signal caller.

Ryan Mathews - - Lets see if he can step it up a little more this season, but a tough matchup this week, so may be best to explore other options.
Donald Brown - - Likely won't see enough action to consider him a fantasy threat.
Shaun Draughn - - Who knows how much action he will see, but I wouldn't bet on it being enough to consider him much of a fantasy threat.

Keenan Allen - - Will look to build on a monster rookie season, though this week he will have his hands full with a good pass defense and will be dealing with arguably the best CB in the game.
Malcom Floyd - - With Peterson likely focusing on Allen, he could take advantage and merit giving him a shot, though hopefully you have a stronger option available in the opener.
Eddie Royal - - Not the ideal matchup, though maybe he could be key to throwing the ball. Still would prefer to stay far away from him.

Antonio Gates - - The veteran still has some tread left, but the tank isn't exactly filled up anymore. Not the best matchup, but he is still a tough cover for many defenses.
Ladarius Green - - He may be the future, but still has to worry about Gates stealing production, so may be best to hold off on him with a tough matchup this week.

Nick Novak - - A good Cardinals defense will likely make touchdowns tough to come by and force the Chargers to settle for FG attempts.

San Diego Chargers - - The defense is still trying to find itself, but they could benefit from facing Mr. Pick Six.

Arizona Cardinals

Carson Palmer - - Has a good matchup and plenty of weapons, though the Cardinals may try to utilize the skills of Ellington even more this season, which could cut into Palmer's production. But not a bad option this week if you need him.

Andre Ellington - - Big things are expected from the youngster and he has a great matchup to open the season, so you probably want to find a way to get him into your lineup.
Stepfan Taylor - - Struggled and doesn't look like he is near ready to produce. Though with Ellington suddenly dealing with injury, he could get a shot. I'd probably see how the touches would play out before starting him.

Larry Fitzgerald - - The veteran should continue to produce and has a good matchup to open the season, which means you should rely on him as a starter this week.
Michael Floyd - - Expected to take the next step, but still has to contend with Fitzgerald. A good matchup gives him plenty of upside this week, so certainly should be in the running to start.
John Brown - - Was impressive during preseason and could be a nice option, though could get lost in the shuffle at times with Fitz and Floyd drawing the bulk of the looks from Palmer.

John Carlson - - Is capable, but may not get many looks in the passing game, so probably not worth giving him a chance.

Chandler Catanzaro - - The rookie should get his share of chances, but needs to step up and nail the ones he gets.

Arizona Cardinals - - The defense should again be pretty tough, even without some pieces. They face a capable offense though, but still can make even good offense squirm.

Favorite: Arizona Cardinals by 3.5
Prediction: Arizona Cardinals 20 - San Diego Chargers 13
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