The time for glory is upon us! Finally the good ole times are back! We’ve waited 7 months for this! FOOTBALL is finally back! Don’t over think things in Week 1! Play your studs and and let the young potential that you drafted show you that they can and will produce as you hoped they would. There are a ton of great match-ups this week, it could produce numerous high scoring games to open the season! Let’s have some fun!
- In-Season team management articles will be available weekly!
Weekly Top 80 Wide Receiver Rankings – (Tuesday)
Weekly Sleepers/Start’ems – (Wednesday)
Big Point Kickers 7+ points – (Wednesday)
- WEEK 1 SLEEPERS and START’EMS!
Eli Manning NYG @ Dal - Since 2006 Eli has faced the Cowboys 13 times and in those 13 games he has had quite a bit of success. He has been able to produce 27 total passing touchdowns compared to 14 interceptions, 10 games with multiple passing touchdowns while producing 6 games with 270+ yards passing and 4 games with at least 300+ yards passing.
Matthew Stafford Det vs Min - In his past 2 healthy seasons Stafford has matched up against the Vikings 4 different times and has had great success. He has put together 3 games with atleast 300+ yards passing while throwing for 7 touchdowns compared to just 1 interception and added a rushing touchdown as well. Stafford has produced 2 multiple touchdown games and is sure to rack up the points again this week.
Tom Brady NE @ Buf – Even with a rebuilding receiving corp Brady is a must start against the Bills. He has destroyed the Bills in the past 8 games. Brady has put up great numbers, 22 total touchdowns compared to 7 interceptions while posting 300+ yards in 4 of those 8 games while throwing for multiple touchdowns in 6 of those 8 games.
Colin Kaepernick SF vs GB - Kaep showed his skill-set last year and looks to enter 2013 on a high note. Kaepernick took over the starting QB job from Alex Smith who is now with the Chiefs after Smith suffered a concussion in week 11 and Kaepernick never looked back. Over the final 11 games including the post season Kaep produced 14 passing touchdowns, 5 rushing touchdowns compared to just 5 interceptions and 6 fumbles lost. In those 11 games he was able to record 6 games with multiple touchdowns while throwing for at least 240+ yards in 5 games and rushing for 50+ yards in 5 games as well, including 181 yards on 16 carries against the Packers where he added 2 passing and 2 rushing touchdowns last year.
- RUNNING BACKS
Marshawn Lynch Sea @ Car – Lynch produced double digits in standard Fantasy points in 11 of 16 games, including 5 in a row to close the 2012 season. And in 2 years as the starter for Seattle he has scored 25 total touchdowns with more than 1,400 total yards in each season including rushing for 70+ plus yards in 24 of his last 31 games as a Seahawk.
Stevan Ridley NE @ Buf – Ridley dominated carries for New England with 290 for 1,263 yards 4.4 YPC and 12 touchdowns during the regular season. He was able to produce 10 games with at least 70+plus yards rushing while adding 10 touchdowns in 16 games. He also managed to produce 17+ carries in 10 of 16 games last season. Expect those carries to be on the rise with the Patriots receiving corp rebuilding.
Jamaal Charles KC @ Jax – He set career highs in carries (285) and rushing yards (1,509) despite having 3 games with fewer than 10 carries. When he had 17 or more carries, which happened 9 times, he finished with double digits in standard Fantasy points. He also showed his explosiveness with 2 games with at least 226 rushing yards. While Reid was in Philadelphia he had 3 primary running backs in Duce Staley, Brian Westbrook and LeSean McCoy. That trio combined for 6 seasons with 1,000-plus yards rushing, 7 seasons with 1,500 total-yards, 9 seasons with at least 50-plus receptions and 5 seasons with 10 total touchdowns.
Steven Jackson ATL @ NO - Jackson has been and will continue to be the “work-horse” we all have grown to love. He has produced 8 straight 1,000-plus yard rushing seasons with 6 seasons with 40-plus receptions and has 7 seasons with at least 250-plus carries. With the expectations of being the Falcons new work-horse, we look back at the Falcons old work-horse Michael Turner’s numbers, Turner recording 300-plus carries and 1,300-plus rushing yards in 3 of his last 5 seasons along with posting double digits in touchdowns in each of last 5 seasons with the Falcons.
Maurice Jones-Drew Jac vs KC - On one hand, is coming off a Lisfranc fracture and averaged “only” 83.3 total yards per game in 2012 AND will be 28 when the season starts. But on the other hand, he’s considered among the most prolific Fantasy rushers thanks to averaging at least 110 total yards per game over the last 3 years while easily collecting over 320+ total touches in each season.
- WIDE RECEIVERS
Roddy White ATL @ NO - White recorded his 6th straight season of 80+ receptions, his 3rd straight season of 90+ receptions and his 5th season with at least 1,200+ yards receiving (3rd season of 1,300+ yards) as he turned in another fantastic 92reception/1,351 yards/ 7TD season. White led the Falcons again for the 4th straight season in targets (167) and was able to record 73 first-down receptions. Expect a shoot out in Week 1 against the high powered Saints.
Antonio Brown Pit vs Ten - Brown desperately needs to step up as the leading receiver for the Steelers in 2013 and he’ll get the chance to start the season off with a bang against the Titans who allowed the 7th most yards through the air last season (3,957). Missing 3 games with a high-ankle sprain, Brown failed to duplicate his team MVP season of 2011, when he was a 1,000-yard receiver and kick returner. Brown caught nearly as many passes (66) as he did the season before (69), but his yardage dropped from 1,108 to 787 and his punt return average declined from 10.8 yards per return down to to 6.8 YPR. Brown remains a nice No.3 Fantasy receiver.
DeSean Jackson Phi @ Was - In his last 7 games against the Redskins Jackson has been a bit hit or miss but under new HC Chip Kelly I’m going out on a limb and expecting him to be a hit in Week 1. Against the Redskins Jackson has produced 4 touchdowns on 18 receptions for 364 yards with 3 games with at least 70+ yards receiving.
Vincent Jackson TB @ NYJ - In previous years, Jackson has not had the most success against the Jets but it was because he was matched up against his new teammate CB Darrell Revis. Now Jackson gets to face up against Jets top CB Antonio Cromartie who was very solid last year. But in the end Jackson finished 2012 with career highs in receptions (72) and yards (1,384) on 147 total targets and added 8 touchdowns to the list. Jackson and Freeman only got better as the season went on and of Jackson’s 72 receptions, 61 went for first-downs, 24 went for 20+ yards and 6 went for 40+ yards and will be a main target for Freeman.
Kenbrell Thompkins NE @ Buf – Rookie Thompkins will emerge as Brady’s top outside target. Tom Brady and Bill Belichick utilize and maximize each and every players abilities making them that much better. Brady will continue to be a high volume passer in a high powered offense, it’ll be up to Thompkins to take advantage of the man-to-man coverage and convert on the targets he receives.
- TIGHT ENDS
Vernon Davis SF vs GB - Davis is expected to take on a bigger role in 2013 than he had in 2012 because of lose of top WR Michael Crabtree (Achilles). Davis finished the 2012 regular season with 41 receptions for 548 yards and 5 touchdowns. They were easily his worst stats since 2008, the year before his breakout season. In Kaepernick’s 7 regular-season starts Davis had just 1 game with 10-plus Fantasy points and it was also his only game with more than 4 Fantasy points. That changed in the post-season as Davis corralled at least 5 receptions (11 total) for at least 100 yards (210 total yards) in the Niners’ last 2 games with a touchdown (against the Falcons and Ravens. Expect to see those numbers more often this season.
Jason Witten Dal vs NYG – Witten started off 2012 slow but blew up the Giants in Week 7 last year as he recorded 18 receptions for 167 yards receiving. Over the last 8 games against the Giants Witten has recorded 4 games with at least 7 receptions including 2 crazy games with 18 receptions and 14 receptions, 4 games with 70+ yards, 2 games with at least 150 yards receiving and 2 touchdowns all on 59 receptions that have totaled 549 yards.
Jordan Cameron Cle vs Mia – Cameron has the potential to be a big red-zone target for 2nd-Year QB Brandon Weeden. Cameron is 6-5 and will give much smaller DBs a tough time as he possess great pass catching hands, great route running ability and is very physical. Cameron has breakout written all over him if Weeden can rely on him early and often.
Zach Sudfeld NE @ Buf - 6 foot 7 Sudfeld is another huge target for Brady who has posted more than 4,800 passing yards for the 2nd year in a row, more than 37 total touchdowns for the 3rd year in a row and for the 2nd time in his past 3 years he had fewer than 10 interceptions. Gronkowski is expected back weeks 2 or 3 and with no Hernandez, Sudfeld expects to be that No.2 TE target for Brady if he can remain healthy. Grab him in leagues that he is not owned in, you’ll be thanking me later in the season!
ATTENTION TEAM OWNERS – If your players are not listed it is NOT because I don’t like them. They could have a better match-up within the next 2 weeks and I could be saving them for another weeks article. Good luck and enjoy!