“It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” Sing it Andy Williams. Yes folks; it’s that time we all love, NFL kickoff weekend and the first game of our fantasy season. With the holiday, live football games and kids going back to school, remember that this is a short week so get those rosters set.
Hopefully you are happy with your draft and confident that you have a team that can take you through to the playoffs. If you were paying more attention to the Hooters waitress bringing your beer than your draft strategy, there is still plenty of time to improve your team.
Over the weekend the teams have had to cut rosters down to 53. This sometimes creates opportunities for other teams to pick up these players and can become fantasy gold on another team. When the Giants could not put
Marshawn Lynch returns.
There are two ways to improve your team from here on out and that’s either to make a trade or pick someone off the waiver wire. Every year there are players you can get off waivers that can help you make the playoffs or fill injury needs. Even though you can’t read into preseason numbers, you can still look at players that are in good situations that can produce sometime this season.
Frank Gore owners, but he’s also been a target in drafts as some questions Gore’s durability.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis – 249 yards, 5.1 average, 3 TDs. Granted the Patriots backfield is crowded and you never know which one of the RBs will be the ‘flavor du jour’ but all of the RBs ahead of him have missed time due to injury and we saw last season that Green-Ellis can be a fantasy starter.
DeAngelo Williams. Goodson will have to work on his ball carrying as he had three fumbles during the preseason.
Jamal Lewis at the moment is the starter but Lewis is at the end of his career and
Steve Smith has been slowed by Injury. The Giants will need someone to throw to in the red zone and Nicks could be the go-to-guy.
Troy Williamson – 267 yards, 1 TD. Williamson was a disappointment in
Torry Holt is slowing down. It’s worth keeping an eye on for now.
Chris Henry – 224 yards, 4 TDs. Chances are that Henry was drafted in your league but if he’s still available, put in your claim as Henry has an opportunity to put up some big numbers this year.
Chansi Stuckey has been named the No. 2 WR but Clowney put up the best stats during the preseason and could have a chance to start later in the year. Keep him on your radar.
This Thursday kicks off the season with the Steelers playing at home against the Titans. This will be a tough match up between two good defenses. This marks the sixth season the NFL opens with the Super Bowl Champions. Last season, the Giants kept the champs’ winning streak at 5-0.
Good QB matchups this week:
Drew Brees against the Lions
. Brees will start 2009 where he left off last season by shredding the Lions defense. The Lions were the worst team in the league last season and there is no way they have improved enough to stop Brees in this games. This game will get ugly early.
Palmer against the Broncos
Chris Henry. The Broncos have been a mess this offseason and I think the heat gets turned up on Josh McDaniels after a poor showing in this game.
Good RB matchups this week:
LeSean McCoy against the Panthers
Jon Beason not ready yet for the season with his knee injury, which is a big cause for concern for the team’s run defense. Look for the Eagles to control their game with the run as they will have great success on the ground.
Le’Ron McClain against the Chiefs
. We know this is a committee situation but it is one that can produce with any of the RBs. The Chiefs are a work in progress and have too many holes to be able to stop this three-headed monster. If you can flex one of these guys, then you will have starter points.
Bad QB matchups this week:
Jason Campbell against the Giants
. Last season
Byron Leftwich against the Cowboys
. Leftwich has won the job but the offense has been slowed by injuries to the starting WRs and was at the bottom of the league this preseason for passing. Leftwich has a slow release which will allow the
Bad RB matchups this week:
James Davis against the Vikings
. The Vikings were the best-run defense last season and they should continue being tough against the run this season. On top of the tough matchup, the Vikings will jump out to a big lead early forcing the Browns to abandon the run. Those two reasons alone should tell you to keep these guys on the bench.
Xavier Omon against the Patriots
. The Bills run offense ranked at the bottom of the league this preseason even though they played an extra game. Not a good sign. New England has owned
Week 1: I’m happy how my drafts have turned out and look forward to setting my lineups and watching live football. Always play your studs and look for favorable match ups to fill your other positions.
Good Luck to everyone in Week 1.