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Welcome to the Fantasy Sharks debut and Week 1 edition of Feast or Famine! Every week I will predict if certain players will produce above (feast) or below (famine) our player projections. A couple guys this week may be obvious, but some might surprise you.

FEAST

Eddie Lacy RB, Green Bay

Projection: 3 Fantasy Points

Lacy will get a majority of the work this Sunday with only John Kuhn and Johnathan Franklin to compete with for the valuable carries. Lacy will be able to hold his own as DuJuan Harris managed 4.8 yards per carry in Green Bay’s playoff loss to San Francisco.

Arian Foster RB, Houston

Projection: 5 Fantasy Points

Houston had 508 rush attempts in 2012, which ranked fourth in the NFL. They are a run-first team and Foster is their stud. I understand that Ben Tate will be in the mix and that Foster had some preseason injury concerns, but he will get enough touches to do his thing. San Diego is nothing special and will most likely be down early, which means even more running plays for Houston. Remember last year when Houston was going to ease him back in after his hamstring injury? He put up 79 yards and two touchdowns against a decent Miami run defense.

Terrelle Pryor QB, Oakland

Projection: 11 Fantasy Points

A lot of people are talking about how terrible Oakland is on defense (offense too) and how the Indianapolis Colts are going to blow the Raiders out. That’s all fine and probably true. However, people aren’t talking about how bad Indianapolis is on defense or Pryor’s ability to run! Two great components for fantasy production by a quarterback. For what it’s worth, Pryor had 299 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns in his lone start last year.

Jordan Cameron TE, Cleveland

Projection: 4 Fantasy Points

Cameron has been getting a lot of buzz this preseason, and rightfully so. Tight ends flourish under Cleveland’s new head coach Rob Chudzinski and offensive coordinator Norv Turner. For example, look at what Kellen Winslow turned into during the 2007 season with Chudzinski. Cameron will see a lot of action this week with Josh Gordon out and he is the only real red zone threat in the passing game.

FAMINE

Doug Martin RB, Tampa Bay

Projection: 18 Fantasy Points

Even though it is fun and easy to make fun of the New York Jets and Rex Ryan, you have to give them credit where credit is due - they play good defense. Martin is a stud but he will not be flying out of the gates this fantasy season. Ryan likes to take away the main threat of an opposing offense, and Martin is just that. Antonio Cromartie will be able to handle Vincent Jackson, which should allow for more attention on Martin. You are definitely starting him, but temper expectations.

DeMarco Murray RB, Dallas

Projection: 19 Fantasy Points

The offensive line in Dallas is, to put it lightly, not good. This game will be a high-scoring shootout and Murray will need to be a contributor in the passing game (which he can be) if he wants to reward fantasy owners in Week 1.

Julio Jones WR, Atlanta

Projection: 17 Fantasy Points

New Orleans gave up 7,042 yards in 2012. In other words, they were officially the worst defense of all time. Jones managed a combined stat line of nine catches for 118 yards in the two games Atlanta faced New Orleans. The main weakness of New Orleans is its rush defense. Since Atlanta now has a NFL-caliber running back in Steven Jackson, the Atlanta game plan will be tilted toward the run game.

Giovani Bernard RB, Cincinnati

Projection: 15 Fantasy Points

Three things: 1) Bernard is a rookie. 2) BenJarvus Green-Ellis is the starter. 3) Chicago has a very good defensive line.