Fantasy Football Week 1: Studs Who Will Falter to Start Season

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistSeptember 9, 2012

NEW ORLEANS - SEPTEMBER 09:  The NFL shield logo at Louisiana Superdome on September 9, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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That’s right folks; it’s the first Sunday of the 2012 NFL regular season and the excitement is through the roof about the fantasy matchups we all have today.

It’s imperative to get off on the right foot and set the tone for the league in order to properly make fun of those you love and care about.  

Isn’t that what fantasy football is all about?

If you are looking for any advantage you can get, all of the following stud fantasy players will be duds in Week 1, so either sit them down if you have another viable option or enjoy your Sunday if you’re playing against these stars.

Good luck (unless you’re in my league!)


Arian Foster, RB, Houston Texans

With questions around a knee injury that sprang up for the star running back and consensus fantasy football No. 1 overall pick Arian Foster, the likelihood of an outstanding game are very low.

Add in the fact that the Texans are playing a very beatable Miami Dolphins team, and Houston may not have to play Foster for more than half the game. While it throws a wrench in your fantasy team’s plans, the Texans are just trying to keep their star healthy.

Foster will get 10 or less fantasy points Sunday, but if you handcuffed Ben Tate, now would be the time to start him. Once Houston goes up big, Foster will sit and Tate will have a field day.


Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars

After missing the entire preseason holding out for a better contract, the Jacksonville Jaguars will play their star running back Maurice Jones-Drew, but he will not start.

Rashad Jennings will get the start, but MJD will see the field in some capacity. The problem for the Jaguars is that they saw the damage that can be caused to a player by a holdout with the Chris Johnson incident last year and they don’t want the same.

The Minnesota Vikings may be a mediocre team in all facets of the game, but their run blocking is solid and they will give the duo of Jaguars' backs trouble. With no practice, MJD’s production will be almost non-existent.


Greg Jennings, WR, Green Bay Packers

While there is no doubt that Greg Jennings is one of the best wide receivers in football today, there are so many talented players on the field at any time for the Green Bay Packers that someone has to suffer.

The Packers play a ridiculously tough defense in the San Francisco 49ers Week 1, and they will focus most of their double-team efforts on Jennings and his big-play abilities.

Aaron Rodgers will find his targets one way or another, but Jennings won’t get more than three catches for 40 yards on Sunday against the stingy 49ers defense. As much as it hurts, there are lesser wide receivers that will get better numbers.


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