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David Carr, Oakland Raiders (away vs. New Orleans Saints) – An ideal matchup against last year’s worse defense against opposing quarterbacks. Should post great numbers.
Eli Manning, New York Giants (away vs. Dallas Cowboys) – I’m expecting a high scoring game vs. a shaky Cowboys defense. Manning has the weapons in Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, and the returning Victor Cruz to put up good fantasy numbers.
Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (away vs. Atlanta Falcons) – Crazy how I have all three of my “Aww” quarterbacks playing on the road but I really love this matchup vs. the Falcons, who are still trying to find their identity on defense. Winston is more polished and in better shape to lead your fantasy team to a win.
Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers (away vs. Denver Broncos) – I’m not saying that Carolina can’t win this game Thursday night against the Broncos, I just think he won’t produce great fantasy numbers this week. Denver’s defense is still one of the best in the league so benching the MVP from last year may be your best bet, especially if you have a good backup with a better matchup.
Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins (away vs. Seattle Seahawks) – I expect a good year from Tannehill under Adam Gase scheme but just not week one away against the “Legion of Boom”. Find another option if possible.
Aww Running Backs
Spencer Ware, Kansas City Chiefs (home vs. San Diego Chargers) – If Jamaal Charles is out, Ware is a must start. End of story.
Ameer Abdullah, Detroit Lions (away vs. Indianapolis Colts) – The Lions should be able to move the ball well against the Colts which should open holes for Ameer. A favorable matchup and good weapon should equal a good game for Abdullah.
Ryan Mathews, Philadelphia Eagles (home vs. Cleveland Browns) – Rookie Carson Wentz will be getting the starting nod at quarterback, which means 20 plus touches for Mathews. He is worth trusting at home against Cleveland.
Naw Running Backs
Terence West/Justin Forsett/Buck Allen, Baltimore Ravens (home vs. Buffalo Bills) – Who’s starting??? Right now, it’s all a mess in Baltimore and Coach Harbaugh said that it’ll be running back by committee. Avoid them if possible.
Melvin Gordon, San Diego Chargers (away vs. Kansas City Chiefs) – I made an early fantasy projection that Gordon will have over 1,000 yards rushing and at least six touchdowns this season. What I did not say is – He’ll start in week 2.
Aww Wide Receivers
Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Bucs (away vs. Atlanta Falcons) – Evans is a top 10 wide receiver going into this season. He was in the top five in dropped catches last year, but expecting great things this season. It’ll start with a great matchup against the Falcons.
Donte Moncrief, Indianapolis Colts (home vs. Detroit Lions) – One of my favorites this season and I’m expecting him to make a lot of noise in Indy. A great matchup against the Lions, which should be a shootout.
Golden Tate/Marvin Jones Detroit Lions (away vs. Indianapolis Colts) – As you all can see I am in love with the Colts/Lions season opener from a fantasy perspective. Both Tate and Jones should see a bunch of targets as the new top options for Matthew Stafford.
Naw Wide Receivers
Kelvin Benjamin, Carolina Panthers (away vs. Denver Broncos) – The Broncos defense only allowed seven touchdowns to wide receivers last season and when you factor in Aqib Talib and Chris Harris, it will be very tough for Benjamin to catch the football.
Jarvis Landry, Miami Dolphins (away vs. Seattle Seahawks) – In a PPR league, it’ll be tough to sit Landry this week but the Seahawks will make things tough for him and the entire offense.
Aww Tight Ends
Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys (home vs. New York Giants) – In Dak Prescott’s first NFL regular season game, Witten should get a lot of looks his way. Fact – In the last six meetings against the Giants, Witten scored seven touchdowns. He is a solid tight end to start this weekend.
Clive Walford, Oakland Raiders (away vs. New Orleans) – This game should be a shootout plus the Saints have allowed the most touchdowns to tight ends last season. Walford could be a nice sleeper pick to start (especially if you own Jimmy Graham or Tyler Eifert).
Naw Tight Ends
Martellus Bennett, New England Patriots (away vs. Arizona Cardinals) – It would not surprise me if Bennett starts off good in week one, but I just don’t have faith in Jimmy Garoppolo, especially on the road against a stingy Cardinals defense.
Jordan Cameron, Miami Dolphins (away vs. Seattle Seahawks) – Sorry to all the Dolphins fans reading this article but there’s no way I would start any Dolphins players this week against the Seahawks.
Aww Team Defense
Los Angeles Rams (away vs. San Francisco 49ers) – A favorable matchup for the new look Rams. The 49ers are not a great offensive team so a few turnovers should be in the works.
Naw Team Defense
Pittsburgh Steelers (away vs. Washington Redskins) – The Steelers have some issues in their defensive backfield and they’re facing a Redskins team, who will throw a ton so this game could be a potential shootout.