By Chad Samuels.
I strongly encourage everyone to start all Fantasy Football studs this opening week. There is a reason you picked them in the first four rounds of your draft, and it certainly was not to bench them.
All we have now is speculation; a few preseason games where we have seen “vanilla” defenses and no-wrinkle offenses, but no telling stats to suggest a stud should be not trusted into your lineup. Play it conservative in Week One.
Start of the Week
There is a committee at running back in Baltimore; it is one of the most feared in fantasy circles: the dreaded Three-Headed Monster. Despite this, do not hesitate to start Ravens RB Ray Rice against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week One. He has earned the starting job and should get enough touches to warrant a solid RB2 play this week.
Le’Ron McClain is the short yardage back, and Willis McGahee is looking to be the goal line back. Rice has proven he can run one in from short distance as well and may vulture a TD from McGahee. Rice, an able receiver out of the backfield, will add some extra fantasy points thanks to this versatility.
After a terrible 2008, the Chiefs will be switching to a 3-4 defense in 2009. These defensive conversions rarely do well early in the season. The Chiefs defense could also struggle because the offense should have difficulty in moving the ball versus the Ravens defense. As the Chiefs defense is forced to stay on the field, they will wear down as the game progresses. This will make it easier for Rice and company to put up very good numbers in the fourth quarter.