Tennessee @ Pittsburgh – Thursday 8:30 NBC
Titans: Kenny Britt was taken in the first round of this year’s NFL draft, and with Nate Washington suffering a hamstring injury, the rookie is likely to get the start in Week 1. The Titans may have finally found a stud to line up outside.
Steelers: I’m very curious to see how the three-headed monster of Willie Parker, Rashard Mendenhall and Mewelde Moore works. Who will get goal-line carries? How many touches will Mendenhall steal from Parker? RBBC is so common in the league, but this is one murky situation that fantasy owners are somewhat lost in.
Miami: Year 2 of the Wildcat offense is underway, but
Atlanta: Tony Gonzalez wanted out of
Kansas City: Matt Cassel was already rumored to be in danger of not starting and then he strained his MCL against
Baltimore: Ray Rice has been one of the most sought-after RBs as the preseason as worn on by casual owners and experts alike. When he clinched the starting job in
Philadelphia: Brian Westbrook will be back in the starter’s role after missing nearly all of training camp and not playing a single down in the preseason. Westbrook is known for not practicing all week and still performing on Sunday, but a months-long absence from the field will hurt him this time around if he doesn’t have his full speed underneath him yet.
Jacksonville: Torry Holt moving to
Indianapolis: Donald Brown has been a trendy pick in the past few weeks and he will face a true test against the Jags’ bulky defensive line. While he will serve as the complement to Joseph Addai (at least for now) it will be important to see how he does when given opportunities, because if he can clash with John Henderson and come away with even the slightest bit of success, it will spell good things for his fantasy owners.
Dallas: Roy Williams came into
Detroit: The biggest question here is who will be the starter under center? And if the guy who starts (whether it is Matthew Stafford or Daunte Culpepper) falters, will he be pulled for the QB on the bench?
New Orleans: All eyes will be on the Saints’ backfield this week. Pierre Thomas and Reggie Bush are both questionable, but will most likely go if given the opportunity. Thomas has been a trendy pick from the starting gun of the 2009 fantasy football season and will have to perform well each week to keep Bush from stealing his starting spot. There’s no better opportunity for Thomas to do that than this week against the Lions.
New York: I think we’re all anxious to see what Mark Sanchez does in his NFL debut. He finished off the preseason well, completing all five of his passes for 67 yards and a touchdown on his lone drive against
Houston: Steve Slaton came into 2008 as a third-round pick who would hopefully get some carries here and there, but he blew away expectations when he topped all rookie runners in rushing yards and was sixth in the league. The times have changed now and fantasy owners are counting on big things from the 5-foot-9 back who is not only a good runner, but a solid receiving option as well. Slaton gets a tough first test against
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