The wait is over: football is finally here.
The 2011 NFL regular season starts on Thursday night with the defending Super Bowl champions Green Bay Packers hosting the New Orleans Saints.
This means millions of fantasy football players have to get their team ready for Week 1.
The following list includes seven quarterbacks you should not put on your team for kickoff week.
You do not want to play Jay Cutler in Week 1.
The Chicago Bears’ starting quarterback will not be able to provide you with a lot of points.
He’s still missing the protection of his offensive line and has no reliable targets down the field.
Chicago will lose their season opener against the Atlanta Falcons, and if you are lucky enough Cutler will throw only one interception.
The bench should be the preferred place for Cutler on Sunday.
Rivers was one of the best fantasy quarterbacks in 2010, and the Chargers’ team appears to be stronger than last season.
For McNabb and the Minnesota Vikings the 2011 season will hold many surprises.
The veteran McNabb will once again prove why he had been one of the elite quarterbacks in the NFL for more than a decade, but playing him on Sunday will bite you.
Chad Henne and his Miami Dolphins will host the New England Patriots on Monday night.
Having to play against the Tom Brady and the Patriots’ defense could be too much for Henne, who does not even have the full support of the Dolphins fans.
If the Dolphins' own fans do not believe Henne will get it done, why would you?
Keep him out of the game and save you some frustration.
Coach Carroll and his Seattle Seahawks will head south and play the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park.
Both teams are a work in progress, but with a better defense and home field advantage the 49ers will prevail.
Tarvaris Jackson, in his first year as a Seahawk, will not be a factor in Sunday’s matchup.
It’s going to be defensive game, in which the team with the better run defense ends up on top.
Play Niners’ RB Frank Gore, but keep Tarvaris Jackson and 49ers’ QB Alex Smith out of the game.
The 2011 No. 1 overall draft pick Cam Newton will have to get used to losing.
The former Auburn Tiger completed only 42.1 percent of his passes in the preseason.
He will also experience a lot of pressure with an offensive line that is unable to provide protection.
The OL gave up a total of 12 sacks (Newton 4, Clausen 7, Anderson 1) for a total loss of 78 yards.
The Panthers open their season against the Arizona Cardinals, another struggling team.
Nevertheless, Arizona QB Kevin Kolb will lead his team to a win, and hand Newton his first of many losses of the 2011 season.
Keep Newton out of the game, it will spare you some shame.
The Buffalo Bills are coming off a 4-12 season, and the future does not seem much brighter for Chan Gailey’s team.
The Bills’ starting quarterback Ryan Fitzgerald had his statistically best season of his five year NFL career. Fitzgerald threw for a total of 3,000 yards including 23 TDs and 15 INTs.
Despite Fitzpatrick’s improvement, the team as a whole still belongs to the bottom third of the league.
The Bills open their season against the Kansas City Chiefs and their quarterback Sam Cassel.
The Chiefs will most likely fight for the division title and can’t afford to lose against a weak Bills team.
Fitzpatrick might play a solid game in the team’s losing effort, but do not count on it. Place him on your bench.
Redskins’ head coach Mike Shanahan announced that Rex Grossman will be the teams’ starting quarterback for the upcoming season.
The nine-year veteran has to prove that he deserves the starting job. Since he led the Chicago Bears to Super Bowl XLI, success has been a scarce product of Grossman’s play.
The Redskins open their season against Eli Manning and the New York Giants.
It’s going to be a Manning against Grossman and we all know how that story ends.
Give Rex a rest this Sunday.