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Fantasy Football: Week 1 Positional Locks, 5 Podcasts to Follow All Season

Bears tailback Matt Forte (1,487 total yards, 4 TD in 12 games last year) is a healthy lock for big numbers against the Colts in Week 1.
Bears tailback Matt Forte (1,487 total yards, 4 TD in 12 games last year) is a healthy lock for big numbers against the Colts in Week 1.Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images
Jay ClemonsFantasy Sports Lead WriterSeptember 5, 2012

Week 1 Fantasy Locks

The Mission: To be informative, enlightening and 100-percent accurate each NFL weekend.

The Realistic Goal: To be informative, somewhat enlightening and accurate for 67 percent of the following calls.

Quarterback: 275 Total Yards and/or 3 TD

1. Drew Brees vs. Washington
2. Aaron Rodgers vs. San Francisco
3. Tom Brady @ Tennessee
4. Eli Manning vs. Dallas
5. Matthew Stafford vs. St. Louis
6. Cam Newton @ Tampa Bay

Running Back: 115 Total Yards and/or 2 TD

1. Arian Foster vs. Miami
2. Ray Rice vs. Cincinnati
3. Matt Forte vs. Indianapolis
4. LeSean McCoy @ Cleveland
5. Darren McFadden vs. San Diego
6. Steven Jackson @ Detroit
7. Chris Johnson vs. New England
8. DeAngelo Williams @ Tampa Bay (if J-Stew sits)
9. Ahmad Bradshaw vs. Dallas

Wide Receiver: 105 Total Yards and/or 1 TD

1. Calvin Johnson vs. St. Louis
2. Marques Colston vs. Washington
3. Wes Welker @ Tennessee
4. Andre Johnson vs. Miami
5. Victor Cruz vs. Dallas
6. Roddy White @ Kansas City
7. Percy Harvin vs. Jacksonville
8. Larry Fitzgerald vs. Seattle
9. A.J. Green @ Baltimore

Kicker: Three Field Goals (or Nine Points)

1. Alex Henery @ Cleveland
2. David Akers @ Green Bay
3. Robbie Gould vs. Indianapolis
4. Mason Crosby vs. San Francisco
5. Matt Prater vs. Pittsburgh
6. Mike Nugent @ Baltimore

Sleepers Of The Week

QB Christian Ponder vs. Jacksonville
RB Mark Ingram vs. Washington
WR Donald Jones @ N.Y. Jets
TE Martellus Bennett vs. Dallas

The Dream Lineup

QB Tom Brady, Patriots
RB Arian Foster, Texans
RB LeSean McCoy, Eagles
WR Calvin Johnson, Lions
WR Marques Colston, Saints
RB/WR Matt Forte, Bears
TE Rob Gronkowski, Patriots
K Mason Crosby, Packers
D/ST Houston Texans


Radio Daze

The process of contending for a fantasy championship goes deeper than reading The Fantasy Blog every day (although that's certainly a good start).

Radio podcasts can be extremely beneficial for fantasy owners who live and breathe football talk—from early the slate of Week 16 games before Christmas.

Here are five fantasy podcasts that I lean on during the fall months:

1. ESPN—Fantasy Focus with Matthew Berry and Nate Ravitz

2.—Fantasy Football with Dave Richard, Nathan Zegura and Jamey Eisneberg

3. KFAN in Minneapolis—Fantasy Football Weekly with Paul Charchian

4.—Fantasy Sports Podcast featuring Chris Liss and Jeff Erickson

5.—Fantasy Sports Geekly with Sean Baligian and Scott Bischoff

Jay Clemons can be reached on Twitter, day or night, at @ATL_JayClemons.

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