Fantasy Football Week 1: Monday Night Football Preview (Chargers Vs Chiefs)

TheFantasyFix.comAnalyst ISeptember 13, 2010

Monday Night Football is Finally Here, and the cheerleaders too...
Monday Night Football is Finally Here, and the cheerleaders too...Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Monday Night Football is FINALLY here! Let's take a quick look at the match-ups and what to expect from our fantasy studs.

San Diego Chargers vs. Kansas City Chiefs
While the other game tonight has more national significance, this game has a number of significant fantasy questions waiting to be answered.  For the Chargers, Ryan Matthews has to fill Ladainian Tomlinson's Hall of Fame sized shoes.  Matthews looked good during the preseason (but so did fellow rookie CJ Spiller and he laid an egg in week one) and Norv Turner has promised plenty of work for the Fresno State Bulldog.  

There are huge questions surrounding the Chargers passing game.  Antonio Gates looks like a sure thing, but from there…?  Philip Rivers is playing without his left tackle and best wide receiver.  Malcolm Floyd and Legedu Naanee have shown flashes in the past, but that was with Vincent Jackson drawing all the attention.  That being said, Vincent Jackson was no sure thing when he burst on the scene. Philip Rivers might be that special type of QB to make all his receivers better… unless that receiver is Craig “Buster” Davis.
I like the prospects for Jamaal Charles – that Chargers defense seems to leak talent every offseason without any significant additions.  

The big question is, how does Charlie Weis handle the Chiefs offense?  Without a doubt Charles is their best player, but remember Wies' Patriot teams?  Those running backs weren’t exactly fantasy gold.  Throw in Thomas Jones and his 14 touchdowns lurking in the shadows and Charles is no sure thing.  

The only other fantasy relevant Chief is the enigmatic Dwayne Bowe. He’ll get you 150 yards and two touchdowns in one game this season, but the difficulty is picking the right game.  

On that passing game, Charlie Weis was a genius with Tom Brady, but Brady can read a defense like he can woo supermodels.  Let’s see what Charlie can do with Matt Cassel.  

Final Analysis:  These aren’t great defenses, so expect solid fantasy numbers from your stars Charles, Gates and Rivers.  The others could turn out to be fantasy monsters, but there are too many unknowns to count on them at this point.

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