Fantasy Football: Updated Week 1 Players Vital To Winning Your Matchup

John SzurlejAnalyst ISeptember 8, 2011

Fantasy Football: Updated Week 1 Players Vital To Winning Your Matchup

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    This week we have learned several things that are sure to turn the fantasy world upside down.

    Peyton Manning is most likely done for the season after his neck surgery.

    LeGarrette Blount is now considered to be the feature of a running back by committee in Tampa Bay.

    Arian Foster has been frolicking after a hamstring injury scare.

    Lance Moore is out for the Saints season opener, and on it goes.

    Here is a post injury report Fantasy Update listing players vital to your team's victory in Week 1!

Mark Sanchez: New York Jets

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    It's been a while since we could say a Jets quarterback was a fantasy stud, but this year it looks like that's the case.

    Mark Sanchez now has the weapons in receivers Santonio Holmes, Plaxico Burress and Derrick Mason to become a real threat in the air.

    Although the Jets do prefer to run a decent amount, the matchup against the Dallas Cowboys this Sunday is too tempting to ignore.

    Dallas' secondary is pathetic and should allow a big game from the Jets QB.

    Start him with confidence!

Nate Burleson: Detroit Lions

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    With all the attention that will be given to Calvin Johnson by the Buccaneers secondary, Burleson should be open most of the game.

    Burleson is one of Matt Stafford's favorite targets and the man catches almost everything thrown to him.

    Burleson should shine in this matchup and has the possibility of a 100-yard game and two scores.

Tim Hightower: Washington Redskins

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    The speculation of Hightower actually making a difference in Mike Shanahan's play calling long term remains to be seen. However, Hightower has had a monster preseason and is hot at the moment.

    The Giants have severe issues with the defensive unit at all positions, but most notable are the issues surrounding defensive linemen Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora, that will limit the effect of stopping the run.

    Other notable areas of concern are in the Giants linebacking corps.

    Hightower should carry his preseason success to this game and have a big day!

    I won't be surprised to see him run for 120 yards and at least one touchdown.

Darren McFadden: Oakland Raiders

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    The Oakland Raiders face off against the Denver Broncos on Monday Night Football.

    Despite Denver head coach John Fox's defensive approach and smash mouth style of football, don't expect to see Denver solve this puzzle.

    Darren McFadden looks unstoppable when he runs against the Broncos, and even if they can find a way to contain him, he'll still rush for over 100 yards.

    Start him by all means!

Ben Roethlisberger: Pittsburgh Steelers

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    This is a fantasy matchup made in heaven if you ask me.

    Roethlisberger has many weapons to use in the Pittsburgh passing attack and they should all be on display as they take on the Baltimore Ravens.

    The Ravens are usually know for their defense. However, some reshuffling in the secondary makes this matchup worthy of a bright green light.

    Even if the game is low scoring, you can get quality yardage and at least two touchdown passes from "Big Ben."

Vincent Jackson: San Diego Chargers

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    Vincent Jackson has looked unstoppable this summer, and he shouldn't cool off this week against the Minnesota Vikings.

    There is no cornerback on the Vikings that can take him out of the game, and the Vikings defense tends to wear down easily during games.

    If Phillip Rivers needs a go-to guy, Jackson is the man.

    Expect a good game out of him, and that means points for you!

Jamal Charles: Kansas City Chiefs

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    Even though the Buffalo Bills are better up the middle since improving on their defense, the Chiefs will still be led by the running attack of Jamal Charles.

    Even with an injured quarterback at the helm, the Chiefs will dictate this game by mixing the running plays with different backs and different points of attack.

    That shouldn't worry you though, as Charles should have a productive day against an average Bills team.

Larry Fitzgerald: Arizona Cardinals

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    The Cardinals face the Carolina Panthers with their new and improved quarterback, Kevin Kolb.

    I don't think this is a major revelation, but against the Carolina secondary Fitzgerald will feel like he's back in college.

    Big, big day from Fitz.

Willis McGahee: Denver Broncos

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    It's not often that I would recommend a non-starter on one of these lists, but given the role that McGahee is serving in Denver, I have to.

    Although Knowshon Moreno is the feature back in the Broncos lineup, McGahee will see most of the third down snaps, red zone opportunities and goal line plays.

    That makes him an automatic part-time fantasy stud, and he should see 45 yards rushing, 25 yards receiving and at least one score in the matchup.