Fantasy Football 2012: Big-Name Boom or Bust Picks for Week 1

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Fantasy Football 2012: Big-Name Boom or Bust Picks for Week 1
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There’s an oft-spoken rule to which all good fantasy owners adhere: Start your stars. Start them every week, regardless of the matchups.

With the exception of injuries and suspensions, that’s pretty sound advice. They’ve been labeled “stars” for a reason. I’m talking about guys like Tom Brady, Ray Rice, Larry Fitzgerald and Drew Brees.

Sure, those guys have bad games, but more often than not you’re going to get above-average production from them any given Sunday (or Monday…or Thursday). This may still feel like salt in the wound for the owners who benched Ray Rice against the Steelers last season. Three touchdowns for 235 yards of total offense in two games. Break out the bandages.

It’s a new season, Rice owners. And I guess for all you other owners, too. Start your stars, but be wary. Some will exceed your expectations. Others will make you weep. It’s a necessary gamble that will pay off when you laugh your way into the playoffs.

I'm talking about stars, so even on a day they may "bust," the end result is a decent fantasy stat line. But don't plan on winning your matchup based solely on the production of the second half of this list.

Here are the stars you should bank on in Week 1. Put them in your lineup and sleep soundly.

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