Football fans, the wait is over: After a long, grueling offseason, real NFL football is back!
The Vikings and Saints will renew pleasantries tonight in the annual Thursday night kickoff game to start the 2010 NFL regular season. As you all surely remember, these two teams played an epic game in the NFC Championship last year, which sent the Saints —my Saints!—to the Super Bowl.
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Alright, let's get to tonight's game, which hopefully will be every bit as exciting as last year's meeting between these two teams.
Percy Harvin, WR, Vikings
The Saints have an improved secondary (see Porter, Tracy) but still give up the big play on occasion. Likely, New Orleans will be stacking the box against Adrian Peterson and blitzing old man QB Brett Favre, so Harvin should get plenty of one-on-ones.
Jeremy Shockey, TE, Saints
He probably did not get drafted in a lot of leagues, but if you play in a really deep league and need a tight end spot start this week Shockey is a good pick. He comes into the season as healthy as he has been for quite a while, and shows up for these types of games.
Brett Favre, QB, Vikings
I find it hard to believe that Favre, just two weeks removed from all that uncertainty about his ankle being able to hold up, will last through the course of this game. And we all know the Saints' D is out to get him.
Look, I will be the first to admit the Saints' D got a little bit of luck last year. Sometimes, you need luck to win. I just cannot imagine this defense recreating all those turnovers and touchdowns again this season. Most fantasy experts had this unit ranked too high.
Here are today's great reads:
- Count me in as a mancrusher on Matthew Stafford this year. I know it sounds crazy, but I am bullish on the Lions offense. This could backfire in my face in a few leagues, but they look great on paper. Hopefully the Lions can discover some kind of offensive line to protect this kid, now. [Roto Arcade]
- If you are looking for a few new fantasy football resources (and who isn't), there always are newer and better sites somewhere out on the web. Luckily, one of our favorite bloggers hunted down a few new resources for you. Eventually, we will post our top resources for the 2010 season (soon, right?!?). [The Fifth Down]
- Fantasy owners are most concerned right now with setting solid starting lineups across all their leagues. But there are a ton of fantasy football story lines to watch in week one that may not involve your team. Always keep an eye on these things, because you could find a way to improve your roster via trade or the waiver wire. [SI.com]
- Already looking for a few Week One sleepers? If you have a spot on your bench already due to injury or some other reason, consider a speculative pick-up before the start of the weekend. Maybe Jabar Gaffney, Kareem Huggins, Jason Campbell, or Legedu Naanee will become the next diamond in the rough off the waiver wire. [FanHouse]
- More sleeper talk, because every fantasy owners loves to try to find the next big thing: Don't sleep on Huggy, 7 more sleepers. A lot of people are falling for Huggins right now, but I am just as interested to see how James Davis and Dexter McCluster step up their games this weekend. [Fantasy Football Fools]
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