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Baltimore Ravens at Denver Broncos - Thursday 8:30pm

Baltimore Ravens

Joe Flacco - - Can he pickup where he left off last season and take his game to the next level? Defections and injuries likely won't help his cause and he faces a good pass defense on the road to open up, so may not be the best week to rely on him.

Ray Rice - - With the receiving corps in a less than ideal situation, you can bet Rice will be ridden really hard this season. While the season opening matchup is not a good one, Rice is a stud RB that will find a way to get his.
Bernard Pierce - - While he likely will see some touches like last season, his value is best as a handcuff to Rice and if you are already forced to start him, it could be a long season.
Justin Forsett - - May see some touches to spell MJD, but likely not enough of them to have any fantasy value.

Torrey Smith - - The big play threat found the end zone twice in the playoffs last season against the Broncos and with Boldin gone and the TE position banged up, he likely will be expected to step up his game in 2013.
Steve Smith - - Can make a big play against any defense, but a tough matchup to open the season makes him a risky option. If you have other good options, may be a nice time to give Smith a break. Don't get too cute though and start someone not worthy.
Marlon Brown - - The rookie has shown some potential and could develop into a nice WR at some point. That time is not now though, so I would not consider him a fantasy starter at this time.
Jacoby Jones - - He is being counted on for a larger role in the passing game and has made some big plays in the past. Although this week's matchup is a tough one and I'd like to see him produce on a consistent basis before considering him anything more than a spot starter.

Owen Daniels - - A solid matchup should help his cause and while he can be hit-or-miss, he certainly has the potential to get the job done.
Ed Dickson - - Keep an eye on that hamstring, but with Pitta out he will be counted on for a bigger role in the passing game and he has shown flashes of potential to do just that.

Justin Tucker - - The Broncos talented defense could make it tough for the Ravens offense to finish drives and force them to settle for some Tucker FG attempts.

Baltimore Ravens - - The defense lost some key pieces, although they also added some good pieces. May take some time to gel and facing one of the top offenses on the road will likely make it a tough first week of the season.

Denver Broncos

Peyton Manning - - Had plenty of success against the Ravens good pass defense last season and the Broncos will be looking for revenge after the Ravens inexplicably ended the Broncos Super Bowl hopes. The addition of Welker makes his WR corps crazy good.

Montee Ball - - The rookie is still battling with the other RBs and needs to improve his pass blocking. Still likely the favorite, but could he be brought along slowly? May be the best option if you need one of the Broncos runners, although it may be best to watch this situation play out if you can.
Ronnie Hillman - - Broncos could employ a big time RB by committee, especially early on. Who knows where Hillman will fit in, so it is probably a good idea to watch and learn. He may be the running as the No. 1 guy at the moment, but that fumblitis could become problematic.

Demaryius Thomas - - I expect he could benefit from the addition of Welker as defenses may not be able to focus as much attention on him. Although we really can only speculate, so hopefully questions are answered this week.
Wes Welker - - The newcomer has battled an injured ankle and you have to wonder how the catches will be divvied up between the big three WRs. Broncos will produce against pretty much everyone this season, so I would not be afraid to rely on him.
Emmanuel Sanders - - Will be asked to step it up this season to help make up for the loss of Wallace. Has shown flashes of potential, just never quite had enough chances. He will get them starting this week.

Julius Thomas - - The tight end position is kind of up in the air, but with the trio of WRs at Manning's disposal, the TE position could be overlooked often and likely become very inconsistent.
Jacob Tamme - - There are three capable TEs in Denver, but with the strong WR corps, it may be pretty rare for the TEs to have a productive fantasy game.
Joel Dreessen - - See the rest of the Broncos TE corps that is liable to be used sporadically in 2013.

Matt Prater - - The offense should really light up the scoreboard this season, which should lead to a busy Prater. The Ravens defense could force the Broncos to settle for more FG attempts than usual this week.

Denver Broncos - - The defense will feel the loss of Miller, but they still have plenty of talent. The Ravens typically do not hurt themselves with mistakes, but they could have a little trouble with the revamped passing game.

Favorite: Denver Broncos by 8.5
Prediction: Denver Broncos 30 - Baltimore Ravens 20


New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills - Sunday 1:00pm

New England Patriots

Tom Brady - - There are questions about his brand new receiving corps, especially while Gronk is banged up. But he is Tom "Freaking" Brady. He will likely find a way to get it done again. Certainly helps to have a good matchup to open the season.

Shane Vereen - - His receiving skills could come in quite handy as the rest of the receiving corps learns the ropes and get comfortable with Brady. Could be a nice week to give him a shot if you need to utilize his services.
LeGarrette Blount - - You never know what Belichick might pull, but I certainly wouldn't gamble on Blount being a factor, at least not at this point of the season.
Stevan Ridley - - The Bills had one of the league's worst run defenses last season and with the receiving corps banged up and new to Brady, you could see a very heavy dose of Ridley to open the season.

Julian Edelman - - He is the only WR that has a history with Brady, so that may count for something. While he could surprise, at this time I'd probably just keep your eyes on him for the future.
Danny Amendola - - Has been banged up during the pre-season, so he may not be quite on the same page as Brady yet. But if he is healthy, he is a younger version of Wes Welker that could really be a huge factor this season. Nice upside with a good matchup to open the season.
Brandon LaFell - - Between his hit-and-miss nature and the tough matchup this week, it is probably not a good idea to rely on him this week.
Aaron Dobson - - The rookie was a hot name early on, but Thompkins appears to have passed him up, so he likely is way too big of a gamble at this time.
Kenbrell Thompkins - - The rookie has really impressed in the pre-season and could turn into a favorite of Brady. Still hard to rely on rookie WRs, but with Brady's limited options, he does have some nice upside to open the season (Still has plenty of risk to boot).
Josh Boyce - - The rookie could get some cracks as well, so keep an eye on him, but not quite ready to gamble on at this time.

Rob Gronkowski - - If he is able to play, his upside is too good to pass up, even if it may take him some time to knock off the rust. But my guess is he will sit out at least the first game so keep your eyes on him.

Stephen Gostkowski - - When Tom Brady is leading the offense, you can expect the ball to move down the field. But with injuries and a young WR corps, finishing drives could be tough, which may keep Gostkowski very busy to open the season.

New England Patriots - - Belichick will likely have some wrinkles for the Bills rookie QB, which could definitely allow the Patriots to continue to turn mistakes into touchdowns.

Buffalo Bills

E.J. Manuel - - That injured knee could be healthy enough to allow him to play in Week One. Considering rookie QBs often struggle and he has missed a lot of precious training camp with that injured knee, it is wise to hold off on him.
Jeff Tuel - - Will get the start if Manuel is not ready to roll. Lets see, an undrafted rookie free agent making his NFL debut against a solid defense. I think I'd pass on him.

C.J. Spiller - - He will definitely has his work cut out for him to open the season. He faces a solid run defense that will likely be keying on him and forcing the rookie QB to beat them. But he should be very busy and has the ability to break one at any time. Could see a lot of short passes his way to help pile up points in PPR leagues. Not as high on him this week in non-PPR leagues, although still worth starting.
Fred Jackson - - Spiller is expected to be the main man, so F-Jax is probably best suited as a handcuff. He likely will still get some touches, but probably not enough most weeks to make him much of a factor.
Anthony Dixon - - Likely won't see many touches, so he is not a guy you should be considering for your fantasy team.

Stevie Johnson - - The veteran will need to overcome a rookie QB making his first career start. Although the Bills may be forced to the air late, so that could help his cause. Still riskier than he was in the past.
Robert Woods - - The rookie has some nice potential, but will be dealing with a rookie QB making his NFL debut. Although maybe he can get some garbage time production if the Bills fall behind and are forced to play catchup.
Mike Williams - - Coming off a solid season and should be able to produce this week against a Jets defense that likely will experience growing pains this season. Definitely has good upside this week.
T.J. Graham - - Hard to rely on a backup WR that will be relying on a rookie QB making their NFL debut.

Scott Chandler - - The tight end can be a rookie QBs best friend. Maybe he will figure into the offense more this season. But for now, I'd recommend taking a wait and see approach.

Dan Carpenter - - Brought in and could wind up starting. Might be best to find another kicker until this situation plays out. A rookie QB making his debut could mean limited scoring chances anyway.
Dustin Hopkins - - The rookie could be counted on heavily this season as the Bills offense will likely struggle to find the end zone. Definitely has upside, although with a rookie QB making his first career start, there may be a little too much risk here.

Buffalo Bills - - The defense has some capable play makers, but still has to keep moving in the right direction. Maybe Brady having so many new faces will allow them to capitalize on the wrong place wrong time and force a turnover or too. Still hard to rely on the Bills against the Patriots.

Favorite: New England Patriots by 7
Prediction: New England Patriots 30 - Buffalo Bills 13


Oakland Raiders at Indianapolis Colts - Sunday 1:00pm

Oakland Raiders

Matt Schaub - - With Foster possibly not 100%, maybe he throws it a little more to open the season. The addition of Hopkins could help his cause, though the Texans will likely continue to live by defense and the running game.
Terrelle Pryor - - Won the starting job, but you can bet he will have some growing pains as he learns on the job. His running ability does give him some potential to put up some solid points though.

Maurice Jones-Drew - - The Chiefs struggled against the run last season and you can bet MJD carries a heavy load again this season. The matchup makes him a nice option to open the season with.
Darren McFadden - - When healthy, he typically is the focal point of the offense and with a raw QB under center, that likely will be the case again. Also helps that the Colts defense will likely have issues defending the run again this season.

James Jones - - Can he continue to be a big TD threat this season? A tough matchup to open the season, although he did find the end zone in both meetings with the 49ers last season. Plus Nelson not being 100% could help increase his targets.
Denarius Moore - - With a green QB under center, it may be best to see how this situation plays out before relying on any of the Raider WRs.
Rod Streater - - Is capable of making a big play, although he will need to QB to get him the ball, which is up for debate with a new starter with little time under center in the NFL.

David Ausberry - - The tight end can be a young QBs best friend. The question is will the Raiders and Pryor utilize the TE in the passing game? I would not recommend finding out the hard way.

Sebastian Janikowski - - With the offense appearing to be in rebuilding mode yet again, Janikowski could be a key scorer again this season. A solid matchup could help his cause, although he has risk with the unknowns about the offense.

Oakland Raiders - - The defense has some playmakers, but this week they take to the road to face a good offense that typically limits mistakes.

Indianapolis Colts

Andrew Luck - - The youngster is coming off a strong rookie campaign and he should be in good position to improve this season. It sure helps his fantasy value this week to open up at home against an iffy defense.

Trent Richardson - - Expect the Browns to ride their stud RB early and often this season. Not a bad matchup to start the year, especially if he continues to improve his receiving skills.
Ahmad Bradshaw - - That injured foot should not be a factor and he is expected to carry the bulk of the load against an iffy defense. His ability to beat teams on the ground and in the passing game should make him a strong option, when healthy.
Vick Ballard - - Likely will see some touches, although Bradshaw is expected to be the main man, so he likely will be get the necessary touches to have any real fantasy value.

Reggie Wayne - - The veteran's career may be winding down, although he is still crafty and a key piece of the passing game who should be in for another good season. With a nice matchup this week, there is no reason he shouldn't start with a bang.
Hakeem Nicks - - When healthy, he has the talent to be one of the top receivers in the NFL. He is striving to do just that this season. A good matchup to open the season should help him get off to a strong start.
T.Y. Hilton - - The youngster put up some solid numbers last season and had a good pre-season, so he appears poised to take the next step. Although the addition of DHB could cut into his chances. A nice matchup definitely gives him some good upside.

Dwayne Allen - - Both Colt TEs had their moments last year, although you never really knew which would step up. A solid matchup gives them both the potential to produce.
Coby Fleener - - Will he take the next step in year two and use the college connection with Luck to his advantage? Definitely has the talent and matchup to produce this week if you need to go there, although it may be ideal to see him step it up first.

Adam Vinatieri - - The offense should be able to start the season in style as they face an iffy Raiders defense, which should give Vinatiere plenty of scoring chances.

Indianapolis Colts - - The defense is improving, although they still have a ways to go. Definitely could benefit from facing an inexperienced QB playing on the road, so they do have some upside this week.

Favorite: Indianapolis Colts by 7
Prediction: Indianapolis Colts 27 - Oakland Raiders 13


Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New York Jets - Sunday 1:00pm

Tampa Bay Buccaneers


Doug Martin - - The Jets defense looks like it could be in for a long season, so expect Martin to be very busy this week with the potential to blow up this week.
Mike James - - If your name is not Doug Martin, you likely won't see much action, so it is pretty safe to forget the rest of the Tampa Bay RBs.
Bobby Rainey - - Likely won't see enough touches to have any fantasy value.
Michael Smith - - Likely won't see many touches as long as Martin is able to walk, so you can pretty much forget about the rest of the Tampa Bay RBs.

Vincent Jackson - - Coming off a big season and should continue to get it done in 2013. This week he faces a defense that is not quite what it once was, so he should be able to start the season off in style.
Louis Murphy - - Likely won't see many touches, so probably not worth taking a chance on.

Brandon Myers - - Manning is more than willing to use the tight end and Myers could be a nice addition to the passing game. A good matchup this week should help his cause.
Luke Stocker - - Who knows if the Bucs will utilize the TE enough this season to merit starting Stocker, but until they prove it, I'd continue to forget about him.


Tampa Bay Buccaneers - - The defense may not be one of the top defenses, although they are certainly heading in the right direction and could really benefit from facing a Jets offense that appears to be a train wreck at this time.

New York Jets

Geno Smith - - The rookie likely will be thrown into the fire with Sanchez banged up. It has been a rough pre-season for the youngster and while he could turn into a solid option, at this time, he is nowhere near ready for prime time.
Michael Vick - - We will see how the new look offense works in the NFL. A good matchup should be able to help him get off to a strong start to the season.

Chris Johnson - - The offensive line upgrades should help him bounce back this season and potentially work his way back toward the elite RB category. Tough matchup this week is not ideal, although he certainly can break a big one against any defense. Likely will be the focal point of the offense.
Chris Ivory - - He is expected to be the main man at RB, although likely not a full-time guy. But he should shoulder a heavy load this week and the matchup is a solid one. May be best to watch and learn with him, but if you need to go with him, I probably would not be afraid.
Bilal Powell - - Expected to have a role in the offense, although Ivory appears the favorite to be the better option. Probably not wise to take a chance on him.

Eric Decker - - Expectations are that Decker may be impacted the most by the addition of Welker, although who knows if that will truly be the case. I'd still expect him to be a nice fantasy option regardless and we could be surprised and see him continue to produce large numbers. Not the ideal matchup this week, although he can produce against anyone and he had success last season against the Ravens. Add in the familiarity factor with Manning and I think you still roll with him.
Jeremy Kerley - - The Jets offense is just too much of a mess to rely on any piece really. Hopefully you are not this desperate already. If so, it could be a very long season.
Stephen Hill - - He appears poised to step it up a notch this season, although with the QB situation kind of messy at the moment, it is probably best to keep your eyes on him for down the line and not consider him starter worthy at this time.
Jacoby Ford - - Like the rest of the Raider WRs, needs help from the QB who will be learning as he goes.

Jeff Cumberland - - Has shown some flashes, but with the QB situation up in the air, he is a risky option. Although the TE can be a huge help to a rookie QB.
Kellen Winslow - - Maybe he can bounce back, but until the time he actually shows something, I'd continue to forget about him.
Zach Sudfeld - - The rookie has been moving up the draft boards and he could turn into a capable producer, even with Gronk in the mix. Definitely like his upside, especially with Gronk still dealing with injury.

Nick Folk - - The offense could be a mess this season, which gives him plenty of risk. Playing at home against an iffy, although improving, Bucs defense could allow him to get some scoring chances.

New York Jets - - The defense is rebuilding, like the rest of the team, and while they could turn into a solid unit, at this time it may be best to wait and see. The Bucs have typically been a team that limits mistakes.

Favorite: Tampa Bay Buccaneers by 2.5
Prediction: Tampa Bay Buccaneers 23 - New York Jets 13


Miami Dolphins at Cleveland Browns - Sunday 1:00pm

Miami Dolphins

Ryan Tannehill - - Will the Dolphins take the reins off him in 2013 and allow him to air it out more? Has a nice matchup, but he likely won't be asked to take to the air a ton as the Dolphins look for a balanced offense.

Knowshon Moreno - - Moreno's pass protection could help him see a larger role in the offense. At this point, the Broncos running game is kind of up in the air, so it may be best to take a wait and see approach and hope we get some answers in Week One.
Lamar Miller - - Expected to start, although other RBs will likely see action as well. But he likely is the one to start if you need one. Doesn't hurt that he faces an iffy run defense.
Daniel Thomas - - Miller appears to be the starter, although Thomas should have a role as well. Although that role will probably be limited enough to make him a risky fantasy option.
Mike Gillislee - - The rookie is probably 3rd in the pecking order and likely won't see enough action to merit starting. That could certainly change as the season progresses.

Mike Wallace - - Has familiarity with the Browns and has had some good games. Likely will draw Haden this week, so that could hurt his chances some. Plus he is still trying to get on the same page as his new teammates. Always capable of busting a big play though.
Brian Hartline - - With Haden likely looking to take away Wallace, he could benefit by getting a few extra targets against a defense that can be thrown on. Could make him a worthy option this week.
Rishard Matthews - - Likely won't be involved in the offense much, so it is probably wise to forget about utilizing his services.
Brandon Gibson - - Maybe the new scenery will help his cause, although he likely will see few balls with Wallace and Hartline likely hogging the bulk of the receptions.

Charles Clay - - Likely won't be utilized enough as a receiver to benefit your fantasy team.
Dion Sims - - The rookie may see action, but I'd consider him a non-factor in the fantasy world, unless he proves otherwise down the road.

Caleb Sturgis - - Between the improving Browns offense and the Miami offense still trying to find its groove, the rookie could be pressed into action early as he tried to connect on key FGs with touchdowns potentially tough to come by.

Miami Dolphins - - The defense continues to look to improve and could benefit from facing a young QB with a new head coach on the road to open the season.

Cleveland Browns


Ben Tate - - With Foster possibly being brought along slowly, key word possibly, he could be more involved in the offense this week, which should give him a chance to be a worthy starter if you need him.
Chris Ogbonnaya - - While he has shown some flashes, he likely will see very limited action, assuming Richardson stays healthy (Knock on wood).

Josh Gordon - - Suspended for the first two games of the season, so you can forget about him until at least Week Three.
Nate Burleson - - Has shown some flashes, but has a history of inconsistency. Add in that he could be pushed by Broyles for touches and he has a little more risk than you would want to take in the season opener.
Greg Little - - Has shown flashes, but has not exactly stepped up his game. With Gordon suspended and a good matchup this week, he could be a worthwhile option if you need to roll the dice with him.

Jordan Cameron - - Looking like he could be a nice surprise this season as he and Weeden appear to have developed some nice chemistry. Between a good matchup this week and no Gordon, he could start the season off nicely. Keep an eye on that injured groin just to be on the safe side.
Jim Dray - - With Housler banged up, he could step up and see some looks. I really, really, really hope you are not already this desperate for TE help.

Billy Cundiff - - The Browns offense appears to be heading in the right direction. This week they face a defense that likely will give up yards, but could be tough to find the end zone against, so the newcomer could be quite busy.

Cleveland Browns - - The defense has plenty of weapons that can make big plays and should only continue to improve. Against an offense still working out the kinks, they could make some plays and merit a start.

Favorite: Miami Dolphins by 1.5
Prediction: Cleveland Browns 23 - Miami Dolphins 20


Kansas City Chiefs at Jacksonville Jaguars - Sunday 1:00pm

Kansas City Chiefs

Alex Smith - - Has a solid matchup, although Charles is liable to be the focal point of the offense (And understandably so). Still more than capable of producing, but probably not a guy that will light up the fantasy scoreboard (At least not yet).

Jamaal Charles - - Has a great matchup to open the season and is poised to really have a huge season as he is another year removed from injury and will be the focal point of an improved offense.
Knile Davis - - Likely won't have much of a role in the offense (Maybe a few touches to spell Charles), so nothing more than a handcuff to Charles at this point.

Dwayne Bowe - - He and Smith have not appeared on the same page just yet, at least in pre-season games. My gut says that once they start counting, that will change (Has more risk than expected though). A good matchup should help his cause.
Donnie Avery - - Lets see if he can fill the No. 2 WR void the Chiefs have struggled with for years. I'd forget about him until he proves he is worthy.
A.J. Jenkins - - Maybe the change of scenery will help get him going. But this potential bust will likely need to time to mature and learn the offense. Forget about him at this time.

Anthony Fasano - - Maybe Smith will get the TE more involved in the offense and give him some nice potential. Although he may need to hold off Kelce some. Probably best to take a wait-and-see approach.
Travis Kelce - - I may be biased as a fellow Bearcat, but I think he will develop into a nice option long-term. At this time he is not ready to contribute, especially since he is not exactly 100% health-wise.

Ryan Succop - - The offense should be improved this season and get him plenty of scoring chances. A good matchup this week should allow him to start off strongly.

Kansas City Chiefs - - The defense has some capable weapons, although likely will have their ups and downs. Could take advantage of an offense that will also likely struggle, so could be a nice surprise this week.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Chad Henne - - If Gabbert could not go, he would get the start. Still hard to rely on him.

Toby Gerhart - - Likely won't touch the ball much with ADP running rampant, so again this season is nothing more than a handcuff.
Jordan Todman - - Has shown some flashes during the pre-season, but his fantasy value is likely nil with MJD healthy.
Denard Robinson - - Maybe they will find a way to get him the ball in space, but likely more of a gadget guy who will not get enough touches to merit starting. But we can watch and learn.

Justin Blackmon - - Suspended the first four games of the season, so sit him on the bench until his return.
Cecil Shorts - - Coming off a solid season and should continue to be a nice option, especially while Blackmon is out. Chiefs pass defense is decent and Gabbert is dinged up, so he may have a little more risk. But should still have at least solid numbers when the final whistle sounds.
Ace Sanders - - I'm pretty much just wasting your time having you read this. Not like you were actually thinking about starting him.
Mike Brown - - Could benefit from Blackmon's suspension, but I would certainly not recommend relying on him.
Tandon Doss - - Likely will be asked to step it up this season, although there have to be plenty of other options available to you with more upside and less risk.

Marcedes Lewis - - He has had some good times, but is an inconsistent option. Really is best suited as a backup option to help cover the bye weeks and injuries.

Josh Scobee - - While the offense does have some weapons, there are quite a few holes as well. A solid matchup could help their cause, but ideally you will have a kicker on a better offense.

Jacksonville Jaguars - - The defense is coming off a tough year and while they face a struggling Chiefs team, they have talent on offense and Smith typically does a good job limiting mistakes.

Favorite: Kansas City Chiefs by 3
Prediction: Kansas City Chiefs 20 - Jacksonville Jaguars 13


Tennessee Titans at Pittsburgh Steelers - Sunday 1:00pm

Tennessee Titans

Jake Locker - - Another year under his belt should help his cause, as well as the improvement from the WR corps as they mature. On the road in Pittsburgh is not the best way to start the season.

Chris Johnson - - The offensive line upgrades should help him bounce back this season and potentially work his way back toward the elite RB category. Tough matchup this week is not ideal, although he certainly can break a big one against any defense. Likely will be the focal point of the offense.
Shonn Greene - - Could he be the goal line guy and turn into a sneaky fantasy option? Maybe we will find out as the season goes on, but the Steelers should still be pretty tough against the run, so you likely want to look elsewhere.

Kendall Wright - - Injured knee has forced him to miss some pre-season and he still may not be ready for Week One. With a tough matchup and the injury concerns, it is probably wise to forget about him this week.
Justin Hunter - - The rookie has the talent to get it done, but still not expected to be involved in the offense enough to make an impact, at least at this time.
Nate Washington - - Has shown some flashes in the past, but has a history of inconsistency. A tough matchup this week, plus that he is a little dinged, probably make him a lower tiered option this week.
Dexter McCluster - - Is capable of making big plays, although he is often pretty hit-or-miss. A good matchup gives him some upside, but he is still really best suited as bye week option, not a guy to be plugging in to open the season.

Delanie Walker - - Will get his shot to be the main man at TE and certainly has the talent to produce. Questions is, will the Titans get him the ball enough? Has upside, but may be best to see how he is used before relying on him.


Tennessee Titans - - The defense has struggled in recent years and will likely have their hands full with a capable Steelers offense that typically limits mistakes. Although if the o-line didn't straighten itself out, they could put some pressure on Roethlisberger.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Ben Roethlisberger - - With the RB situation not exactly rock solid, I expect Big Ben to take on a larger role in the offense, at least this week against a struggling Titans pass defense.

LeGarrette Blount - - You never know what Belichick might pull, but I certainly wouldn't gamble on Blount being a factor, at least not at this point of the season.
LaRod Stephens-Howling - - Could see some action, but probably at the bottom of the food chain, making his upside pretty limited.

Antonio Brown - - Coming off a good season and will be counted on to step up even more this season. Has the talent to do just that and potentially take his game to the next level. A good matchup to open the season can only help his chances.
Lance Moore - - Coming off a good season and has a good matchup to kick off Week One. This game has shootout written all over it, so definitely a guy you should strongly consider starting.
Markus Wheaton - - The rookie could be counted on more and more as the season progresses, but at this time, he is probably not a guy you want to consider starter worthy.
Darrius Heyward-Bey - - Has shown flashes during his career and maybe the change of scenery could help him live up to his potential. Definitely on a better offense now, so certainly has nice upside. Although it could take time to work himself into the mix and he will likely need to hold of Hilton.

Heath Miller - - Still battling an injured knee, although could be ready for the opener. Probably a good idea to prove he is healthy and has gotten in football shape before relying on him.
David Paulson - - With Miller banged up, he could be counted on to produce. This is an awfully far reach to open the season. Hope you don't need to go here.

Shaun Suisham - - The offense still has plenty of weapons, although with the RB situation up in the air, you have to wonder if they are forced to settle for more FGs than usual.

Pittsburgh Steelers - - While the defense has lost some pieces, they should still be a pretty good defense and should give the young Locker some trouble and potentially force him into a mistake or two.

Favorite: Pittsburgh Steelers by 7
Prediction: Pittsburgh Steelers 23 - Tennessee Titans 10


Cincinnati Bengals at Chicago Bears - Sunday 1:00pm

Cincinnati Bengals

Andy Dalton - - The Red Rocket hopes to take his game to the next level and it certainly helps to have A.J. Green at his disposal. Tough matchup to begin the season as they take to the road to face a stout Bears defense.

BenJarvus Green-Ellis - - The addition of Bernard will likely cut into his role, although his hard running style should make him the main option still, at least in the short-term. Not the ideal matchup though, but still has a chance to put up solid numbers if you need to go there.
Giovani Bernard - - The rookie looked good during pre-season and likely will have a decent size role in the offense. The law firm is probably still the main man, though Bernard should see his role expand as the season progresses. With an iffy matchup, it is probably a good week to sit him out and watch how the situation plays out.

A.J. Green - - Faces a tough task this week against a very good Bears defense, although as he has proven time and again, he can make big plays against anyone, so you pretty much have to start him every week.
Marvin Jones - - Has shown some flashes, but for the most part he has not been anywhere near productive enough to consider him a viable member of the fantasy community.
Mohamed Sanu - - His size makes him a nice red zone option, as he was displaying last season prior to injury. Not the ideal matchup this week though, so probably best to hold off on him.
Brandon Tate - - Likely won't see enough action to merit a spot on your roster, much less a spot in your starting lineup.

Jermaine Gresham - - Has been up-and-down during his career, although the addition of the rookie Eifert may have lit a fire under him. Will be interesting to see how it plays out and who becomes the more lethal receiver. Iffy matchup this week may give you an excuse to look elsewhere.
Tyler Eifert - - It remains to be seen how the rookie will be used and how effective he will be fantasy wise. For now, it may be a good idea to wait and see if you have that option.

Mike Nugent - - A tough Bears defense will likely make it tough for the Bengals to finish drives, which could force Nugent to attempt a few field goals.

Cincinnati Bengals - - Cutler often takes a beating and the Bengals D-Line could dominate and be up in Cutler's grill all day. This should lead to a few sacks as well as the potential for some turnovers.

Chicago Bears

Jay Cutler - - The Bengals defense is tough to throw on and will likely get pressure on him, so may be a tough day for him. Although he certainly has the weapons to still put up some solid fantasy numbers.

Matt Forte - - Expect the offense to go through Forte again this season and while the Bengals defense should be tough again this season, they can have some issues against top RBs, especially those that are good pass catchers.

Brandon Marshall - - As always, you can expect Cutler to throw the ball his way and then throw it again. So should be golden again this season, especially in PPR leagues. Not the ideal matchup this week, but like his counterpart A.J. Green, you pretty much plug him and forget him.
Alshon Jeffery - - The youngster is being counted on to step up his game in 2013. He may continue to have some growing pains and with an tough matchup this week, it is probably best to let hiom sit out this one.
Marquess Wilson - - The rookie likely won't see anywhere near enough action to consider him fantasy worthy.
Domenik Hixon - - Who knows how much he will be used, but with a tough matchup this week, it is probably not a good move to start him.

Martellus Bennett - - Could be a big addition to the passing attack, assuming Cutler can get comfortable with throwing the ball to the tight end again. May be best to see if this actually happens if you have that luxury.

Robbie Gould - - The Bengals defense could make it tough for the Bears to find the end zone, which could mean Gould is counted on for the bulk of the scoring.

Chicago Bears - - The defense should be one of the top defenses in the league again. They may have their hands full this week against an offense that has plenty of weapons and typically does a good job of taking care of the ball.

Favorite: Chicago Bears by 3.5
Prediction: Cincinnati Bengals 20 - Chicago Bears 16


Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions - Sunday 1:00pm

Minnesota Vikings

Christian Ponder - - The youngster should continue to step up his game and should benefit from the addition of some talented weapons at WR. He likely will continue to hand it off early and often to ADP, but the added weapons should allow him to produce some solid fantasy numbers.

Adrian Peterson - - Some friendly advice. As long as he is playing, he is in your starting lineup. Doesn't matter if he is playing against the Madden defense All-Stars of all time. Just start him.

Greg Jennings - - Could be a welcome addition to the offense, but there are questions how he will fair away from Green Bay and on a more run heavy offense. Likely the go to WR though, so he should get his share of looks.
Cordarrelle Patterson - - The rookie may have some nice long-term potential, but he is still learning the ropes and likely will have some growing pains.
Jerome Simpson - - Never really panned out last season and has more competition this year. Probably not a guy you want to rely on as a starter.
Jarius Wright - - Has shown some flashes, although the addition of Patterson could make it tough for him to produce long-term. May be best to look at other options.
Lestar Jean - - Not expected to see enough action to consider him much of a fantasy threat.

Kyle Rudolph - - He lit up the Lions pass defense in the last meeting and should again be a pretty key part of the offense. Should continue to be a nice red zone option.

Blair Walsh - - The offense should be able to move the ball on the Lions, although a healthier defense this season could make them settle for a few Walsh FG attempts. Never hurts when he can connect from pretty much anywhere in the stadium.

Minnesota Vikings - - The defense has some capable weapons that will make plays this season, but they likely will have their hands full against a good Lions offense, that likely will be more potent with the addition of Reggie Bush.

Detroit Lions

Matthew Stafford - - Has a solid matchup to open the season and likely will be asked to air it out often again this season. So you can expect more of the same from him in 2013. Went for over 300 yards in both meetings last season.

Reggie Bush - - Could be a perfect fit for this offense, especially as a receiver. Should get plenty of touches and will have plenty of chances to make a big play.
Joique Bell - - Likely will have a role in the offense, although he may not get quite enough touches to merit starting. Best to just see how he is used to see if he can help down the line.
Mikel Leshoure - - May see some touches, although with Bush and Bell also in the mix, there likely will not be enough of them to merit starting him.

Calvin Johnson - - If you needed any convincing for any reason (Which you should never), he caught 12 passes for 207 yards and a touchdown in the previous meeting.
Golden Tate - - Last season the Seahawks WR corps were frustrating. You really never know who would step up from week-to-week. That may be the case again this season, although we all hope that we see more consistency from someone. Maybe Tate is ready to emerge, but it may be best to watch and learn.
Kevin Ogletree - - Just don't see him being involved in the offense enough to consider him much of a fantasy threat.
Ryan Broyles - - The rookie is hoping to step up his game this season, although it is probably best to make him prove his worth before starting him.

Brandon Pettigrew - - Gave the Vikings trouble last season and should again be a guy that Stafford looks to utilize quite a bit.

David Akers - - The offense should be able to move the ball pretty well and get him plenty of scoring chances. Lets see if the move from the crazy San Francisco winds to the dome will help him fix his accuracy issues.

Detroit Lions - - The defense is healthier than last season and certainly has some playmakers. They are facing an offense that typically limits mistakes, although their starting QB is still learning the ropes.

Favorite: Detroit Lions by 3.5
Prediction: Detroit Lions 27 - Minnesota Vikings 23


Seattle Seahawks at Carolina Panthers - Sunday 1:00pm

Seattle Seahawks

Russell Wilson - - Once he got rolling last season, he really took off and was huge down the stretch. He is expected to keep it going this season. Not the ideal start for the Seahawks facing a decent defense, a few time zones away, with a 1:00 kickoff to boot. Should still get the job done though.
Terrelle Pryor - - Won the starting job, but you can bet he will have some growing pains as he learns on the job. His running ability does give him some potential to put up some solid points though.

Marshawn Lynch - - Expect the Seahawks to hit the Beast Mode switch on Lynch and allow him to run wild as usual. Plug him in, no questions asked.
Robert Turbin - - Likely won't see enough touches to have any fantasy value.
Christine Michael - - Has shown some nice potential, but the Seahawks will pretty much unleash the Beast and limit the touches of any other RBs.

Doug Baldwin - - He has a good game here or there, but typically is way too hit-or-miss to consider him a viable fantasy option.

Zach Miller - - Maybe this season will see him used a little more frequently. Still is best suited as a fill-in and not your every day option.

Steven Hauschka - - The Seahawks should be able to put up some points, although they have struggled on the East Coast for 1:00 kickoffs in recent years. This could mean more FG attempts than usual for Hauschka.

Seattle Seahawks - - The defense should once again be one of the league's best. The Panthers offense has some capable weapons and Newton has typically done a solid job limiting mistakes. Though the Seahawks are still more than capable of making some big plays.

Carolina Panthers

Cam Newton - - The Seahawks shut him down pretty well last season, but could benefit from the early kickoff and the extra year of seasoning. Still a pretty risky option, although he could use his legs to his advantage and put up some good numbers still. If you have another good option you are itching to try, maybe you make the change, although it is tough to sit your studs, especially to open the season.

DeAngelo Williams - - Expected to be the main man in a potential RB by committee, but this week's matchup leaves an awful lot to be desired. Probably not the ideal week to give him a starting nod.
Mike Tolbert - - Likely will see some touches again this season and could vulture a TD here or there. That might be pretty tough to do this week against a stout Seahawks defense.
Kenjon Barner - - With Stewart sidelined, the rookie could get a bone thrown his way here and there. Dealing with a foot injury and with a tough matchup, it is probably not a good idea to go here.

Jerricho Cotchery - - Has moved up the depth chart with Wallace gone and while he has made some plays, he typical does not touch the ball enough to really be a fantasy factor. He may see more touches this year, but more often than not it will likely continue to be too few.
Tiquan Underwood - - Just not expected to be a big enough factor to consider him much of a fantasy option.
Tavarres King - - After the big three, there likely won't be many passes to go around, so it is unlikely we will see much from any of the other Bronco WRs.

Greg Olsen - - Should continue to be heavily involved in the offense this season. He was pretty quiet last year against the tough Seahawks defense though.
Ed Dickson - - Keep an eye on that hamstring, but with Pitta out he will be counted on for a bigger role in the passing game and he has shown flashes of potential to do just that.

Graham Gano - - The offense has good weapons, but will definitely have their hands full against a tough Seahawks defense. That likely means touchdowns will be tough to come by, so Gano could be a key contributor.

Carolina Panthers - - They had a pretty solid game in last year's meeting with an interception return for a TD. Maybe they can repeat the performance, although Wilson has certainly matured since that meeting.

Favorite: Seattle Seahawks by 3
Prediction: Seattle Seahawks 20 - Carolina Panthers 16


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

Atlanta Falcons

Matt Ryan - - Coming off a big season and still has the weapons to keep it going this season (And added a key one in S-Jax who is another good receiver). The Saints defense will likely struggle against the pass again this season, so he should start the season with a bang.

Steven Jackson - - The newcomer should fit in nicely as a Falcon and his first game he faces one of the league's worst defenses, so there is a good chance he opens his Falcons career in style with a big game.
Jacquizz Rodgers - - Likely will have a minor role in the offense, which means he really is not a guy you want to rely on as a starter.

Julio Jones - - Lets see, one of the most talented WRs in the game against a bad Saints pass defense. Hold on, doesn't matter. Jones starts every week regardless of the matchup, but most definitely this week.
Roddy White - - Unless that ankle injury were to flare up and force him out, you definitely need to plug him in against a bad Saints pass defense.
Harry Douglas - - Probably more of the same from Douglas, lots of quite games with a good one thrown in here or there. Only a guy to start if you are in a bind.


Matt Bryant - - This game is a matchup of high-powered offenses whose defenses are still lacking, so you can bet on plenty of points being thrown up this week. Never hurts to have your kicker in a potential shootout.

Atlanta Falcons - - The defense may be going in the right direction, but it may take some time to get it going. Facing a high-powered Saints offense is not going to help the cause.

New Orleans Saints

Drew Brees - - Between a good matchup and the fact the he faces an offense that should light up the scoreboard, he likely will be very busy to open the season and should continue to be one of the elite QBs in the game.

Pierre Thomas - - Likely will have some role in the offense, but who knows if there will be enough touches to merit starting him.
Mark Ingram - - Sounds like maybe he is getting it together and he could have an impact this year, especially as the likely goal line guy, A good matchup this week could give him enough upside to merit rolling the dice on him.

Marques Colston - - Battling a foot injury, although he typically plays through injuries and he is not expected to be impacted. Keep your eyes and ears open just to be on the safe side, but definitely a guy you want to start this week against an iffy defense.
Kenny Stills - - The rookie has impressed and could be a nice sleeper this season. Like most rookies, he will likely be hit-or-miss and is probably the 5th option in the passing game, so probably not ready to start.
Nick Toon - - Does not appear like he will be a factor at this time.

Jimmy Graham - - Don't think, just start him every week he is available to play. There is Graham and then there are the rest of the TEs (Although a healthy Gronk is with him).


New Orleans Saints - - The Saints defense will likely be in for another tough season, although they will have some good moments. This week is not liable to be one of them as they face a complete and high-powered Falcons offense.

Favorite: New Orleans Saints by 3
Prediction: Atlanta Falcons 37 - New Orleans Saints 34


Arizona Cardinals at Saint Louis Rams - Sunday 4:25pm

Arizona Cardinals

Carson Palmer - - He is certainly an upgrade at QB and if the Cardinals unleash him, he could definitely put up big numbers, especially with Fitzgerald at his service. May take some time to get it going though, but does have upside.

Stepfan Taylor - - The rookie could have some long-term value, but at this time he is likely too far down the depth chart to consider him a viable fantasy option.
Ryan Williams - - It really doesn't sound like he is in the team's good graces, but he could see some touches this week. Probably not enough of them to consider him for your fantasy squad.
Jonathan Dwyer - - Expect the Steelers to employ a heavy RB by committee, especially until Bell is healthy. Who knows how the carries will be divvied up. The main man will have plenty of potential against a poor run defense.

Larry Fitzgerald - - There is no argument that he has elite talent, but he has been lacking the QB to get him the ball. That should all change this season with Palmer in the mix. Expect Fitzgerald to be heavily involved in the offense this season starting this week.
Michael Floyd - - The youngster should definitely benefit from the addition of Palmer, although there likely will be some growing pains. But he certainly has the talent to get the job done.
Ted Ginn Jr. - - Expect him to mainly be a special teams guru with very little fantasy value.

Robert Housler - - Dealing with an ankle injury, so it is probably best to play it safe and look elsewhere. Palmer is not afraid to use the TE, so he could surprise this season.
John Carlson - - Likely won't have much of a role in the passing game, so it is pretty safe to assume you can pass on him.
Jake Ballard - - The rookie Sudfeld likely will make it tougher on him to get his chances, but with a banged up Gronk, he could get a chance.

Jay Feely - - The addition of Palmer should help the offense get going, which could help his fantasy value this season. Though it may take a little time for the offense to find itself.

Arizona Cardinals - - The defense definitely has some playmakers that can make good things happen. The Rams offense has potential, but is still a work in progress, so the Cardinals defense could get it done this week.

Saint Louis Rams

Sam Bradford - - I think he improves this season with an upgraded receiving corps, although he still may be inconsistent. Had some success last year against the Cardinals, whose pass defense is actually pretty good, so probably not the best option out there.

Zac Stacy - - The rookie could get some touches, but it is unlikely there will be enough of them to merit starting him.
Benny Cunningham - - With Pead suspended, maybe he sees a little action. Probably not much, so you can forget about him.
Isaiah Pead - - Suspended for this game, so you can forget about him this week. Actually, you can probably let him ride the pine for a bit until he proves himself worthy.
Daryl Richardson - - He showed some flashes last season and is now the main man. Could start the season off in style as he faces a defense that struggled against the run last season and is missing their best LB.

Chris Givens - - Found the end zone in both meetings with the Cardinals last season (Even though they were good against the pass) and looks to be the go to guy for Bradford this season (Tavon Austin could push him as the season progresses).
Austin Pettis - - Has shown some flashes, but Austin and Givens have the looks of the go to guys for Bradford, although
Tavon Austin - - The rookie has the skills to turn into a big play threat. If he can get the ball in the open field, good things can happen. May take some time for him to get it going, but has nice upside and can probably make a big play against anyone.
Kenny Britt - - Lets see if he can stay healthy and out of trouble. Definitely has the talent to produce against anyone, although this week's matchup is less than ideal.
Stedman Bailey - - The rookie likely won't see enough action at this time to have any really fantasy value. Though you could keep an eye on him for down the road.
Brian Quick - - Still hasn't panned out, although he could turn into a nice red zone option, assuming he ever puts it all together. Until that time, forget about him.

Jared Cook - - Could definitely turn into a nice TE option this season, although it may take a little time to get the chemistry with Bradford developed. Does have the upside to merit a start if you need him.
Lance Kendricks - - The addition of Cook will likely kill the limited fantasy value of Kendricks, who had his moments.

Greg Zuerlein - - With more weapons on offense, they should be able to move the ball pretty well and get Legatron plenty of scoring chances again this season. Cardinals defense has enough weapons to stop them in the red zone and force a lot of FG attempts this week.

St. Louis Rams - - The defense continues to improve and they could take advantage of Palmer's propensity for throwing to the wrong team, which has resulted in quite a few pick sixes.

Favorite: Saint Louis Rams by 6
Prediction: Saint Louis Rams 26 - Arizona Cardinals 20


Green Bay Packers at San Francisco 49ers - Sunday 4:25pm

Green Bay Packers

Aaron Rodgers - - Has a tough matchup to open the season, although he did put up some good fantasy numbers last season against the 49ers, even if he did struggle somewhat.
Matt Flynn - - Maybe if Pryor really struggles he will get a chance. Yeah, pretty sure it is one of the worst ideas ever to consider him starter worthy for your fantasy team.

Eddie Lacy - - The rookie is expected to carry the bulk of the load, but this week's matchup leaves an awful lot to be desired as he faces one of the league's best defenses, on the road to boot.
James Starks - - Likely won't see many touches with Lacy leading the way. Plus he has a brutal matchup to open the season.
Johnathan Franklin - - Lacy will be the main man, so he likely won't see much action. Add in the tough matchup this week and you should definitely look elsewhere.

Jordy Nelson - - Dealing with a knee injury, although he is expected to play. But with a tough matchup, it may make some sense to be cautious with him this week. If you don't like your other options, play him, but it may be a good week to explore other options.
Randall Cobb - - Can make big plays on any touch and had some success last season against the 49ers tough defense. Riskier than usual, although he certainly has the skills to make a big play happen.
Jarrett Boykin - - Likely won't get many touches, so there should be no reason to consider him for your fantasy squad.

Jermichael Finley - - Has looked like a new man during pre-season, so maybe he is ready to step up his game. Tough matchup this week, although he did have some success last season. Packers will likely air it out often again.

Mason Crosby - - The 49ers tough defense could make it tough for the Packers to finish drives and force them to rely on the leg of Crosby.

Green Bay Packers - - The defense will likely have its ups-and-downs and really struggled to contain Kaepernick and the 49ers offense last season. You can bet they will be more prepared this time around, which could help some and maybe allow them to produce some, but likely will be another long day.

San Francisco 49ers

Colin Kaepernick - - Gave the Packers fits in the playoffs and put up huge numbers (181 yards rushing with two touchdowns and 257 yards passing with two more touchdowns). They likely will be a little more prepared this time, but after the previous meeting, he is a must start.
Blaine Gabbert - - Dealing with an injured thumb, but is expected to play. Still hard to rely on him considering his limited success thus far.

Frank Gore - - Went over 100 yards in both meetings last season and he could definitely do it again as the Packers may worry a little too much about Kaepernick's running ability.
Kendall Hunter - - Likely won't get enough touches to consider him worth starting, except as a bye week or injury fill-in. Hopefully you are not already reaching this far for a starting RB.
LaMichael James - - Expected to sit out with an injured knee, so we will have to wait longer to see if he will have an increased role in the offense this season.

Anquan Boldin - - The veteran may take some time to get on the same page as his new teammates, but he certainly has the talent and experience to start the season off with a bang.
Quinton Patton - - The 49ers are still looking for another WR to step up. I'd forget about any of them not named Boldin until they prove otherwise.

Vernon Davis - - Was inconsistent last season, although it appears that Kaepernick may try to get him more involved this season, which should give him plenty of upside.

Phil Dawson - - The offense should be be able to give the Packers defenses fits again this season and get Dawson plenty of scoring chances with his new team.

San Francisco 49ers - - While they face a powerful offense, they had success last year pressuring Rodgers and forced some mistakes. Definitely could be able to do it again this go around.

Favorite: San Francisco 49ers by 5
Prediction: San Francisco 49ers 27 - Green Bay Packers 23


New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys - Sunday 8:30pm

New York Giants

Eli Manning - - Has a good matchup this week, although the Cowboys did keep him in check last season. But he has had some good times in the past and has more than enough weapons to light up the Cowboys defense.

Rashad Jennings - - Likely won't get many touches and his value is really as a handcuff to the injury prone DMC.
David Wilson - - With Bradshaw gone, the path is cleared to a big season for the youngster. Has a good matchup and an injury to Brown will likely mean a bigger than normal load for Wilson, giving him a lot of upside this week.
Peyton Hillis - - If team = 'Tampa Bay', position = 'RB' and name = 'Doug Martin', start = 'YES', Else, start = 'NO'.
Michael Cox - - The rookie may see a little action, although it will likely be pretty limited making him a poor fantasy option and that is putting it nicely.

Victor Cruz - - Dealing with an injured heel, but expects to play with no ill effects. Cowboys defense struggled against the pass last season and likely will have some issues again this season.
Rueben Randle - - The youngster has shown some flashes, but with so many other options, he will likely again be inconsistent, barring an injury that moves him up the depth chart.


Josh Brown - - The offense should be able to move the ball on an up-and-down defense and should be able to get him some scoring chances.

New York Giants - - The defense is coming off a tough season and is still battling some injuries. Definitely have the playmakers to make things happen, especially if Romo throws some of those ill advised passes.

Dallas Cowboys

Tony Romo - - Faces a pass defense that will likely have issues again this season and had plenty of success against the Giants last season and throughout his career.
Brandon Weeden - - Chud has done wonders for many QBs, which could bode well for Weeded in 2013 and beyond. Still a work in progress though and while he faces an iffy pass defense, he will have to take to the road. If you are in a bind already, I would not be surprised to see him produce this week.

DeMarco Murray - - When healthy, he can be one of the top RBs in the league. A good matchup to open the season can only help his cause, so definitely an option that merits starting.
Joseph Randle - - The rookie likely will get some touches to spell Murray, but there probably will not be enough of them to merit starting him. Really just a handcuff to the injury prone Murray.

Dez Bryant - - Should be quite busy again this season and should be able to start the season in style against an iffy pass defense.
Terrance Williams - - The rookie has the talent to make plays, but with so many other options, he will likely be hit-or-miss. Probably not a guy you want to rely on.
Dwayne Harris - - May have an occasional good moment, but likely won't have enough of them to consider him fantasy worthy.

Jason Witten - - He went crazy in the previous meeting with the Giants and has a good history against them, so definitely want to make sure he is in your starting lineup.

Dan Bailey - - The offense should be able to move the ball well and get Bailey plenty of scoring chances.

Dallas Cowboys - - The defense should be improved, although likely will still have some issues. Giants typically take care of the ball and have plenty of weapons.

Favorite: Dallas Cowboys by 2.5
Prediction: Dallas Cowboys 27 - New York Giants 24


Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Redskins - Monday 7:10pm

Philadelphia Eagles

Mark Sanchez - - Expected to sit out this week thanks to an injured shoulder. Who knows what his status is going forward, but for now, it is best to just avoid the Jets QB situation entirely.

LeSean McCoy - - The Redskins did a good job against him (And most RBs) last season, though this is a new year and he could be a nice fit in the new offense. Has good upside and this game could be a potential shootout.
Bryce Brown - - Likely will get some touches, although McCoy is still the main man and the Redskins run defense is pretty solid.

Riley Cooper - - Likely will get a chance to produce this season in what could be a good offense, assuming the system works. A good matchup this week does give him upside if you need to give him a chance.
Damaris Johnson - - Could see some targets as the Eagles may spread the wealth. May be best to take a wait and see approach with the non-Jackson WRs.
Brad Smith - - Just not expected to see enough action, especially with a rookie QB at the helm.

Brent Celek - - Has a good history with Vick and it comes down to how much he is used in Kelly's fast paced offense. A good matchup gives him some upside, especially since he is one of the more familiar receivers to Vick.
Zach Ertz - - The rookie has potential to make plays. Just a matter of how often he is targeted or if Celek is the main receiving option.

Alex Henery - - The offense should be improved this season and if they go as fast as expected, there could be plenty of scoring chances, especially since they have a good matchup to open the season.

Philadelphia Eagles - - The defense has some weapons, but is still trying to find itself. A fast paced offense could lead to a tired defense. Add in that they face a good offense and it could be a tough opening night.

Washington Redskins

Robert Griffin III - - Supposedly is 100%, although you have to wonder if early on, he limits his rushing attempts, which help build his fantasy value. Had plenty of success against the Eagles (Though they are solid against the pass) last season, so still has plenty of upside.

Alfred Morris - - Should carry the bulk of the load against a defense that is susceptible to the run. With RG3 just coming back, they may employ Morris as a runner a little more than they may want to.
Roy Helu - - Has looked good thus far and maybe he finally he will get a chance to prove his worth again. Morris is still the main man and is expected to carry the bulk of the load.
Evan Royster - - May see some action, although he will likely see limited action as Morris and potentially Helu tote the rock most of the time.

Pierre Garcon - - Healthy and ready to step it up this season. Faces a solid pass defense, although he had success against them last season. Expect him to remain RG3's go to receiver.
DeSean Jackson - - It is still up in the air how well his skills fit in the offense. Has the talent to be huge and is the only proven WR in the mix, so he has plenty of upside, especially when you consider the good matchup he has to open the season.
Andre Roberts - - Maybe with a QB that has a propensity for slinging the ball around, he could have some solid games this season. Still liable to be pretty inconsistent though, so really not an ideal fantasy option.
Santana Moss - - The veteran still has his moments, but as he gets older and the other WRs improve, his value could slip. Likely will have his moments, but likely will be a little more inconsistent than in the past.
Leonard Hankerson - - May see some touches, but likely will be inconsistent as he has been in the past.


Kai Forbath - - The offense should be able to give the iffy Eagles defense fits and give Forbath plenty of scoring chances.

Washington Redskins - - The defense has some weapons, but could take advantage of the Eagles new offense, especially if Vick has one of those, "Oops, wrong team" games.

Favorite: Washington Redskins by 4.5
Prediction: Washington Redskins 30 - Philadelphia Eagles 23


Houston Texans at San Diego Chargers - Monday 10:20pm

Houston Texans


Arian Foster - - When he is healthy, he is a no brainer. May be brought along slowly at first, but with his history, he likely still merits a start. Keep your ears open to see if they tip their hand.

Andre Johnson - - AJ should be quite busy again this season and starts the season against a defense that is rebuilding, so should be able to start the season in style.
DeAndre Hopkins - - The rookie could be just what the Texans have been looking for, a complement to AJ. Likely will have some ups-and-downs like most rookie WRs, but the talent is there.
Keshawn Martin - - Likely won't be involved in the offense enough to consider him worthy of a spot on your roster, much less a spot start.
Lestar Jean - - Not expected to see enough action to consider him much of a fantasy threat.

Garrett Graham - - May see some touches, although likely not enough of them to consider him a viable fantasy option.

Randy Bullock - - The offense should be able to light up the struggling Chargers defense and get him plenty of scoring chances.

Houston Texans - - The Chargers offensive line needs to improve this season and they will be tested early against a stout Texans defense. Expect them to pressure Rivers and potentially force some mistakes.

San Diego Chargers

Philip Rivers - - Even with the WR injuries, he still has some weapons that are capable of making plays. Not the ideal matchup to open the season, but may be forced to play keep up and air it out a good deal.

Ryan Mathews - - Hoping to step up his game in 2013, but could be a tough start to the season against a tough Texans defense.
Danny Woodhead - - We shall see how he fits in with his new team. Could be a factor as a receiver, though this week's matchup is a tough one and it may be a good excuse to sit him and see how he will be used.
Ronnie Brown - - May see some touches, but with a tough matchup and so many other options, he likely won't be involved in the offense enough to merit starting him.

Keenan Allen - - The rookie could be pressed into action thanks to all the WR injuries this off-season. A tough matchup makes him a risky option, so it is wise to forget about him until he proves he is worthy.
Malcom Floyd - - Expects to be ready to open the season and is liable to be the main WR threat for the Chargers. Texans have had some issues with the pass at times, but since he has been banged up much of the pre-season, he may be rusty.
Vincent Brown - - With Floyd coming off injury, he could benefit and get more chances than usual. Hopefully you have a more proven option at your disposal.

Antonio Gates - - Hopes to be healthy this season and get his groove back. Assuming he has not lost much thanks to injuries, he certainly has the talent to get the job done and with injuries beating up the WR corps, he could benefit.

Nick Novak - - The offense still has some weapons, but this week they face a stout Texans defense that could make points hard to come by.

San Diego Chargers - - The rebuilding defense will likely have their hands full against a good Texans offense that typically takes good care of the QB and the ball.

Favorite: Houston Texans by 3
Prediction: Houston Texans 24 - San Diego Chargers 17
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