Fantasy Football: Week 1 NFL Player Breakdowns By Matchup

Keet Bailey@@KeetBaileyCorrespondent IISeptember 8, 2010

How will Brett Favre and the Vikings handle week 1 opponent New Orleans?
How will Brett Favre and the Vikings handle week 1 opponent New Orleans?Chris McGrath/Getty Images

With less than 48 hours remaining until the 2010 NFL season officially kicks off, NFL Soup is kicking off it's first week of fantasy football weekly advice columns.

We get it started by picking up our weekly Fantasy Football Player Breakdowns, where we analyze every NFL matchup by grading both major and minimal fantasy options on each team.

Read on for some brief analysis and a grade for the top fantasy options on each team for the first week of the 2010 season:

Minnesota Vikings @ New Orleans Saints

QB Brett Favre - He may be 41 and rusty, but he's not dead. ****

RB Adrian Peterson - Last time we checked, the Saints can be run on. *****

RB Toby Gerhart - Only has value in deep leagues, but could score. *

WR Percy Harvin - Could be absolutely electric while Rice is out. ****

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WR Bernard Berrian - Jury is still out, but he still has the speed to kill. ***

WR Greg Camarillo - Already developing chemistry with Favre, could be killer in the slot. **

TE Visanthe Shiancoe - Not a PPR demon, but dangerous in the red-zone. ****

Minnesota Defense - They'll get a couple sacks, but you can't expect the world against the Saints. ***

QB Drew Brees - He's still a top-three fantasy passer, no matter what defense he's facing. *****

RB Pierre Thomas - It's always tough to run against the Williams Wall, and he always gets nicked up. ***

RB Reggie Bush - Should see a lot of action, but matchup doesn't bode well. **

WR Marques Colston - He's the top guy, but Brees does spread the ball around a ton. ****

WR Robert Meachem - Is really emerging as a deep threat, but isn't consistent yet. ***

WR Devery Henderson - Taking a back seat to Meachem, and now has Moore to worry about again. **

WR Lance Moore - How active will he be in the slot on Thursday night? **

TE Jeremy Shockey - Minnesota isn't great against tight ends, so there's potential. ***

New Orleans Defense - They won't shut the Vikes offense down, but they can create turnovers. ***

Cleveland Browns @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers

QB  Jake Delhomme- It’s hard to tell which Delhomme we’ll see. But Tampa isn’t too great against the pass. ***

RB Jerome Harrison- Shifty back that exposes weak rushing defenses. Good start this week. ****

RB Peyton Hillis- Hard to tell how many carries he’ll get as he will share time with Davis and Harrison. *

WR Brian Robiskie- He’s #1 receiver for the team, but unproven. *

WR Mohamed Massoquoi - The deeper threat of the wide outs. Still unproven. *

TE Ben Watson- One of Delhomme’s favorite targets. Tampa Bay is weak against tight ends. ***

Cleveland Defense- Usually not reliable, but against such a weak offense, they may not be bad. ***

QB Josh Freeman- Unproven, and coming off a thumb injury.  But, playing the Browns. **

RB Carnell Williams- Has disappointed in the last 2 years, but Browns defense is suspect vs. the run. ****

RB Kareem Huggins- Unsure of how many carries he will receive, but he can run. **

WR Mike Williams- Will be matched up against Eric Wright, and has an unproven QB. **

WR Reggie Brown- Will play against Sheldon Brown most of the game. Will be a factor in the short game. ***

TE Kellen Winslow- Browns biggest weakness is the middle of the field in coverage. He’ll expose it. ****

Tampa Bay Defense- Weren’t  horrible last season, but against a Browns offense that has looked pretty solid, I’m not sold. **

Miami Dolphins @ Buffalo Bills

QB Chad Henne- Showed promise in 2009. However, Buffalo was 2nd against the pass defensively. ***

RB Ronnie Brown- Facing the team that finished 2nd to last against the run in 2009. He’s safe. *****

RB Ricky Williams- Will get his fair share of carries, and still facing a below average rush defense. ****

WR Brandon Marshall- Has shown chemistry with Henne but will most likely be covered against McKelvin. ****

WR Brian Hartline- Will make plays in the short game if given an opportunity, but inexperienced. **

TE Anthony Fasano- Henne likes his tight ends. Fasano is a nice red zone target. ***

Miami Defense- If they can stop the run, they’ll be fine. Don’t worry about Trent Edwards. ****

QB Trent Edwards- Really not much you can say about Edwards and fantasy value. *

RB C.J. Spiller- Spiller is special and is going against a team that was mediocre in 2009.****

RB Marshawn Lynch- Will get some carries from Lynch, but could also be dealt soon. **

WR Lee Evans- He can produce, but needs a quarterback to do so. Unsure about this matchup. ***

WR Steve Johnson- Showed very little in the pre-season. Poor quarterback. *

TE Johnathan Stupar- Really not much value with the Buffalo tight ends until Shawn Nelson comes of suspension. *

Buffalo Defense- They are quite suspect to the run, and with Ricky Williams and Ronnie Brown, they'll have their hands full. **

Cincinnati Bengals @ New England Patriots

QB Carson Palmer- He’s not a bad option for a start if you don’t have a top quarterback. He’s got plenty of options to throw to. ***

RB Cedric Benson- He’s looked pretty strong in training camp and preseason. New England’s run defense isn’t amazing, but it’s not bad either. ***

RB Bernard Scott- With Benson getting most of the carries, Scott’s value seems a bit limited here. **

WR Chad Ochocinco- He is what he is, and that’s a productive wide receiver. ****

WR Terrelle Owens- With Ochocinco and Caldwell around him, he will get open. ***

TE Jermaine Gresham- He will be one of Palmers favorite targets, and New England is a bit questionable in the middle of the field defensively. ***

Cincinnati Defense- They have improved quite a bit over the last couple of season. But they are still facing Tom Brady. ***

QB Tom Brady- You’re going to start him almost every week as it is. But the Cincy secondary isn’t too shabby. ****

RB Laurence Maroney- Hard to tell what the Pats will do with the running backs. Be cautious. **

RB Sammy Morris- Rumor has it that Morris could get more carries, but may not be utilized much in the red zone. **

WR Randy Moss- Moss will go up against Leon Hall, who is pretty solid. But he’s still Randy Moss. ****

WR Wes Welker- Arguably the 2nd best PPR receiver in the game. He looks to be 100%, and will look to expose Roy Williams. ****

TE Rob Gronkowski- Despite Crumpler being the starter, he will won’t be the pass catcher for the Pats. Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez will see more receptions. ***

Patriots Defense- They aren’t the same Super Bowl defense from a few years ago, but they are still solid. The Bengals look to have a stout rushing attack and good passing game. ***

Indianapolis Colts @ Houston Texans

QB Peyton Manning- Manning is a start every week regardless, and the Houston secondary is slightly above average. *****

RB Joseph Addai- He may not get you 100 yards every week, but he scores touchdowns. ***

RB Donald Brown- Looked just average in the preseason, and may not see the end zone much. **

WR Reggie Wayne- A top PPR option, and scores touchdowns. No brainer against the Texans. *****

WR Pierre Garcon- Will go up against Glover Quin who’s one of the up and coming corners. However, Manning is still his QB. ***

TE Dallas Clark- The top option in PPR leagues at TE. Manning finds Clark on a regular basis. *****

Indianapolis Defense- They are mostly questionable against the run. The Texans run game is a question mark here. ***

QB Matt Schaub- One of the more underrated quarterbacks in fantasy. Having the best receiver in the league doesn’t hurt. ****

RB Arian Foster- Foster took over the job early in the preseason and didn’t look bad at all. Going up a less than stellar Colts rush defense will help. ***

WR Andre Johnson- Johnson is a must start every week. He’s the No. 1 wide receiver in the NFL. *****

WR Kevin Walter- A bit of a down year in 2009, but he should bounce right back. ***

WR Jacoby Jones- Jones secured himself as a sleeper candidate last season. He’s also the punt returner. **

TE Owen Daniels- Still isn’t 100 percent, and he may not be on the field as much as you’d like for the Colts game. **

Texans Defense- While they aren’t bad, it’s not smart to pick a defense that’s facing Peyton Manning.

Denver Broncos @ Jacksonville Jaguars

QB Kyle Orton- Orton is coming off a career year in 2009. Not a bad matchup start going up against the Jacksonville secondary. ****

RB Knowshon Moreno- Moreno looks to breakout in a big way this way. A good RB2 option this week. ****

WR Eddie Royal- Going up against Rashean Mathis won’t be easy, but he could still see some receptions. ***

WR Jabar Gaffney- Gaffney will work the slot and can expose the middle of the field in Jacksonville. ***

WR Demaryius Thomas- He’s questionable for the game, so keep him on the bench. He’s still behind Brandon Lloyd, but that may not last long. *

TE Daniel Graham- Graham isn’t a fantasy tight end at all. Stay away. *

Broncos Defense- They should handle the air game easily. But they’ll struggle with Maurice Jones-Drew. ***

QB David Garrard- His fantasy value is limited as it is, and he’s playing against a solid secondary. *

RB Maurice Jones-Drew- You’re going to start this top 5 pick every week regardless. The Broncos rush defense is questionable as well. *****

RB Rashad Jennings- Expect him to see a few carries, but not enough to start him this week. *

WR Mike Sims-Walker- This matchup doesn’t look great going up against Champ Bailey. I’d sit him. **

WR Mike Thomas- He could see a few more receptions with Sims-Walker being guarded by Bailey. Still not starter worthy. *

TE Marcedes Lewis- We like tight ends who have mediocre QB’s. He’ll get some receptions, but if you have better options, don’t hesitate to sit him. ***

Jacksonville Defense- They need quite a bit of work. Aaron Kampmann will help, but Orton and Moreno will look to expose all of their weaknesses.

Oakland Raiders @ Tennessee Titans

QB Jason Campbell- As of now, we’re going to sit Campbell until he shows us something worthy of a fantasy start. However, he could play surprisingly well against Tennessee’s secondary. **

RB Michael Bush- Expect him to see more carries as the bruiser is going to score touchdowns. Just not against Tennessee’s rush defense. ***

RB Darren McFadden- He’ll be utilized more in the passing game, but isn’t worth a start, especially this week. **

WR Darrius Heyward-Bey- Didn’t see many balls in 2009, but does have the advantage of a less than stellar Tennessee secondary. ***

WR Louis Murphy- With Chaz Schilens out, Murphy will have to step up. Not much value here. *

TE Zach Miller- One of my biggest sleepers of 2010. Campbell does love his tight ends, and Miller can catch and score. ****

Oakland Defense- Vince Young and Chris Johnson will cause fits for the inexperienced defense. **

QB Vince Young- Right now, I don’t see much fantasy value in Young. He’s not going to score much as that’s Chris Johnson’s job. **

RB Chris Johnson- The #1 overall pick in most leagues needs to be starting on a weekly basis. Enough said. *****

RB Javon Ringer- Not a bad sleeper pick, and candidate for 5-10 touches a game. Fantasy value is limited unless Johnson goes down, however. **

WR Nate Washington- With Vince Young as his quarterback, you can’t expect many receptions. Be cautious. **

WR Justin Gage- Just like with Washington, it’s not fair right now to expect many catches for the Tennessee wide receivers. **

TE Bo Schaife- He’ll get his receptions, but he doesn’t get into the end zone. There are better options. **

Tennessee Defense- Going against the talented, yet unproven Raiders offense, I’m giving the Titans defense the start here. ****

Carolina Panthers @ New York Giants

QB Matt Moore- Finished 2009 with a bang, but has looked very mediocre in preseason. Hold off until he shows us something positive. **

RB DeAngelo Williams- One of the top backs in the NFL and should be started ever week regardless. *****

RB Jonathan Stewart- Excelled in 2009, but does split time with Williams. He’ll still score. Giants rush defense is slightly above average, however. ****

WR Steve Smith- We’re hoping that Matt Moore shows a bit more. Smith will still get his receptions and isn’t a bad start most weeks. ***

WR Dwayne Jarrett- Hasn’t looked bad overall. But we’re still questioning the QB situation and Jarrett’s involvement. Sit and watch closely. **

TE Jeff King- There are many better options. He’ll split time with Dante Rosario and doesn’t see the end zone. *

Carolina Defense- The Giants look to pound the ball early against the weak front 7. If they do, then Eli Manning will expose the secondary. Let’s hold off on the Panther defense. *

QB Eli Manning- The Panthers secondary wasn’t bad last season, but I’m comfortable with Manning against them. ****

RB Ahmad Bradshaw- We’re anticipating that Bradshaw and the Giants will have no problems with Carolina. ****

RB Brandon Jacobs- He will be involved as well as Danny Ware, but Bradshaw will get the most carries. ***

WR Steve Smith- Manning’s favorite target in 2009, Smith looks to play the shorter routes against Richard Marshall. ***

WR Hakeem Nicks- This could be a nice matchup with the young Nicks going up against veteran Chris Gamble. I’m starting Nicks this week. ***

TE Kevin Boss- He’ll get his reception in the middle of the field as the Panthers will stack the box. But there are better options overall. **

New York Defense- The Giants rush defense was above average last season, and will really have to work to shut down the two headed monster in Carolina. Start if you have no top options. ***

Detroit Lions @ Chicago Bears

QB Matthew Stafford- There will be better options, but we are expecting Stafford to improve quite a bit this season. Watch him, but don’t start against the Bears revamped defensive line that looks to get quite a bit of pressure. **

RB Jahvid Best- I’m liking Best here in his first NFL start against the Bears questionable defense. At the very least he should catch a few passes as well. ***

RB Kevin Smith- Smith has been disappointing, barely surviving cuts. I don’t see much fantasy value here, even against the Bears. *

WR Calvin Johnson- Johnson looks to rebound from 2009 with a developed quarterback. He’ll start against Zackary Bowman. I like Calvin in this matchup. ****

WR Nate Burleson- This is an intriguing matchup as he could get around 5 or 6 catches. He’s a sleeper in week 1. ***

TE Brandon Pettigrew- I’m going to sit Pettigrew against the Bears. Their linebackers are athletic enough to cover him, but he’s not a bad option overall. **

Detroit Defense- Hold off on this start. While Cutler and the Bears offense has looked mediocre, the Detroit defense isn’t anything to write home about, still. **

QB Jay Cutler- I’m not a big fan of Cutler after leading the league in interceptions, but this matchup is as good as ever. Detroit finished dead last against the pass in 2009. ****

RB Matt Forte-  Forte may not be a bad option here, despite having a disappointing 2009. He’ll share carries with Chester Taylor, however. ***

RB Chester Taylor- Taylor looks to get a few carries and receptions against Detroit. But there are better options at RB. **

WR Devin Hester- Hester isn’t a legit No. 1 receiver, and he will be challenged by Johnny Knox, but this matchup looks good for him. ****

WR Johnny Knox- I think that Cutler and the offense will have a big day, and I see Knox apart of it. ***

TE Greg Olsen- If Cutler can cut down the turnovers, Olsen can have a big year. In this game, I like Olsen quite a bit. ****

Chicago Defense- This is what’s killed Chicago in the last few years. Urlacher is back and Lovie Smith is allowing his defensive coordinator make the play calls. But hold off for now. **

Atlanta Falcons @ Pittsburgh Steelers

QB Matt Ryan- Ryan is coming off a nice season. He’s a nice option as a QB2, but should not be started against the Steelers who still have a top notch pass rush. **

RB Michael Turner- The Burner is back and should have a great season. Despite a solid rush defense of Pittsburgh, Turner should still get quite a few carries and a touchdown or two. ****

RB Jason Snelling- He’s going to get more carries than Norwood, and can catch out of the backfield. However, with Turner getting the bulk, and the Steelers defense, we’re keeping Snelling on the bench. **

WR Roddy White- White is proving to be a reliable receiver. He should be covered by the inconsistent Ike Taylor and I like White in this matchup. ****

WR Michael Jenkins- Jenkins is coming off of a shoulder injury, and could see receptions taken in favor of Brian Finneran and Harry Douglas. **

TE Tony Gonzalez- Gonzalez is a tight end to start nearly every week. Despite Polamalu keeping an eye on him, he will find a way to make a few plays. ***

Atlanta Defense- This may not be a bad matchup for Atlanta. They were pretty bad against the pass in 2009, but they will be going up against the speedy Dennis Dixon at quarterback who is much less of a passing threat. Their rush defense should remain top 10 status. They aren’t my first choice, but certainly not a bad one. ***

QB Dennis Dixon- Dixon is more of a rushing threat than passing and he has almost no fantasy value currently. *

RB Rashard Mendenhall- Mendenhall  was productive last season, but is facing a very solid rush defense. ****

RB Mewelde Moore- Moore will spell Mendenhall here and there. But against this rush defense, we’re sitting him being the 2nd RB on the depth chart. **

WR Hines Ward- He’s always smiling, but the first 4 games of the season he may not be as he’ll be limited in pass catches with Dixon at the helm. ***

TE Heath Miller- Miller shouldn’t be a bad start here as Dixon will buy time in the pocket to dump it off to his tight end. But there are some better options ***

Pittsburgh Defense- Even with Michael Turner, the Steel Curtain should be able to be productive defensively. Start with confidence. ****

Arizona Cardinals @ St. Louis Rams

QB Derek Anderson- Despite the invisible Rams defense, I’m still not counting on Derek Anderson to make plays. He shouldn’t even be on your roster. *

RB Beanie Wells- Wells finished 2009 on fire, and he’s going up against a bad Rams defense. He’s A-OK to start. *****

RB Tim Hightower- Hightower will still get some carries, but he’s not a fantasy option in my book. **

WR Larry Fitzgerald- You have to love Fitzgerald, and even with a poor quarterback, he’ll still make plays. Derek Anderson at least gets the ball down the field.  *****

WR Steve Breaston- Aside from some punt returns and a few receptions, poor quarterback play makes Breaston’s value limited. **

TE Ben Patrick- There are many other options at tight end here. Anderson isn’t much for getting the ball to his tight ends. *

Arizona Defense- They took a big drop in 2009. Going against Steven Jackson won’t make it any easier, despite a rookie starting for St. Louis.

QB Sam Bradford- Being a rookie on a team that just lost its No. 1 receiver is going to hurt his fantasy value. The Cardinals pass defense is nothing to talk about, but I’m not keen on playing rookie quarterbacks. **

RB Steven Jackson- The bright spot on the Rams offense is this stud RB. Start him against a poor rush defense in Arizona. Start him every week. *****.

WR Laurent Robinson- He struggled in the preseason, and injured himself. As of now leave him off your team, but monitor his progress. *

WR Mark Clayton- Based on the Rams lack of WR talent, there’s a good chance he gets in the game. However, a rookie QB, and heavy running game makes his value limited as of this moment. **

TE Michael Hoomanawanui- He’s not listed as the starter, but his emergence at the end of the preseason suggests that he will see the ball. Rookie tight ends love their TE’s. **

St. Louis Defense- Even going against Derek Anderson, they should not be played. More likely they are in your free agency pool. *

Green Bay Packers @ Philadelphia Eagles

QB Aaron Rodgers- Being a top 3 quarterback, Rodgers is a must start every week. *****

RB Ryan Grant- Grant is proving to be a very solid fantasy RB. Go ahead and start him against the improving Philly defense. ***

WR Greg Jennings- The matchup against Asante Samuel will be a tough one, but we’re still starting Jennings this week. ***

WR Donald Driver- He’s going to have to step up this week against Ellis Hobbs. He’s not a bad option, but no more than a WR3 or Flex. ***

TE Jermichael Finley- Finley is quietly moving up among fantasy TE’s, and he’ll be determined to work the middle of the field against the inconsistent Philadelphia linebackers. ****

Green Bay Defense- This is hit or miss. If they can put pressure on Kolb and make him sweat, then they will succeed. They are a top team in accordance with turnovers. ***

QB Kevin Kolb- This isn’t the ideal first week matchup for Kolb. Sit him until he shows he can succeed. **

RB LeSean McCoy- McCoy is solid RB3 or Flex option this week. He’s facing a tough defense, however. ***

WR DeSean Jackson- He’ll be working against All-Pro Charles Woodson. Luckily, Philly has many options to expose the Packer defense. ***

WR Jeremy Maclin- He can be a down field threat with his speed. I like him against Tramon Williams. ****

TE Brent Celek- No brainer here as Celek is a top TE. Start with confidence as he’ll be Kolb’s go to man if he’s in a bind. ***

Philadelphia Defense- Proceed with caution. Word on the street is that Aaron Rodgers is legit. **

San Francisco 49ers @ Seattle Seahawks

QB Alex Smith- In a two QB league, give Smith the start against this weak defense. ****

RB Frank Gore- Gore is productive as they come, and he’s facing a rush defense that’s sub par. ****

RB Anthony Davis- Davis is more of a dynasty league guy, but he could get some red zone looks this week. **

WR Michael Crabtree- Crabtree didn’t disappoint after the bye week, and shouldn’t disappoint in this game. ***

WR Ted Ginn Jr.- Despite Morgan being the teams No. 2, we anticipate Ginn seeing more receptions. **

TE Vernon Davis- One of Smith’s favorite targets from last year. He’s a no brainer against the Seahawks. ****

San Francisco Defense- If they can get pressure on Hasselbeck, then they’ll be in good shape. They should have no problem stopping the run. ****

QB Matt Hasselbeck- Against an improving San Fran defense, we’re not even starting Hasselbeck in a 2 QB league. *

RB Justin Forsett- He will get his fair share of carries, but won’t make much of a dent against a stout 49er rush defense. **

RB Leon Washington- Julius Jones isn’t worth discussing. Washington will at least have the return duties and could provide some value. **

WR Deion Branch- I don’t see Hasselbeck doing much and Branch averaged less than 10 yards per catch in 2009. *

WR Mike Williams- There’s some potential here, but not much against the 49ers. **

TE Jon Carlson- This is probably the best fantasy value for the Seahawks. He’ll get his share of receptions and should have at least one score on Sunday. ***

Seattle Defense- Just say no. Not that the 49ers offense is on par with the Colts or Saints, but Seattle’s defense needs work. *

Dallas Cowboys @ Washington Redskins

QB Tony Romo- Romo is a solid option as a QB1 and even better QB2 in this week’s Sunday night matchup. ****

RB Felix Jones- Barber will get his carries, but Jones should be the feature back against a mediocre rush defense. ****

RB Marion Barber- He’s going to be utilized more in the red zone to pound the ball in. The touchdowns are there, but may not be guaranteed. ***

WR Miles Austin- Expect Austin to have a big day going up against DeAngelo Hall. ****

WR Roy E. Williams- He’s been terribly inconsistent, and will most likely fall on the depth chart soon. *

TE Jason Witten- Witten should be starting every week as he’s one of Romo’s favorite targets. ****

Dallas Defense- They get to the quarterback and can force turnovers. They should be a safe play this week. ***

QB Donovan McNabb- He’s at best a QB2 in most leagues. He can make plays on the run, but has few options in Washington. ***

RB Clinton Portis- Portis has been a solid RB for the Redskins, but I don’t see him being very productive against the Cowboys. He should be a RB3 this week. **

WR Santana Moss- Moss’ ability to get downfield will help McNabb, but Terrence Newman should shut him down. **

WR Joey Galloway- There’s almost no value here. Devin Thomas should take over eventually. *

TE Chris Cooley- He’s healthy and will be a top option for newly acquired McNabb. ***

Washington Defense- I’m not ready to start a defense that’s running a new 3-4 against a powerful Cowboys offense. *

Baltimore Ravens @ New York Jets

QB Joe Flacco- This is a tough matchup for Flacco going against the 2009 top defense. ***

RB Ray Rice- Rice should be started in all formats. If he doesn’t rush for a lot of yards, he’ll certainly get the ball out of the backfield. ****

RB Willis McGahee- It’s hard to start McGahee against the Jets, but he does offer touchdown potential. Start with caution. **

WR Anquan Boldin- He’s worth a start every week because of his play making ability. ****

WR Derrick Mason- He’s quietly one of the more productive receivers. But Boldin’s presence will limit him. **

TE Todd Heap- He’s going to be a nice option for Flacco, especially in the red zone. But there are some better options. ***

Baltimore Defense- What’s not to love about this hard nosed defense? They will get pressure on Sanchez and force turnovers. *****

QB Mark Sanchez- He started off nicely in 2009, but fell on his face. Don’t start him against this defense. **

RB Shonn Greene- Greene is a tough running back, but I’m not sold on his ability to take over full time just yet. Start as a RB3 if you need to. **

RB LaDainian Tomlinson- He’ll get his fair share of the snaps, but against this defense, his value is limited. **

WR Braylon Edwards- He hasn’t been productive in fantasy since 2007. Don’t hope for much in this game. **

WR Jerricho Cotchery- He’s not a bad slot receiver, but with Sanchez looking to struggle in this game, his value is very limited. *

TE Dustin Keller- Keller is a sleeper tight end, but he needs to prove much more before we start him in any game. *

New York Defense- If they can get to Flacco, then they’ll just have Ray Rice and Willis McGahee to worry about. They are still a top defense. ***

San Diego Chargers @ Kansas City Chiefs

QB Philip Rivers- I think Rivers is a play maker and he should be successful in his first week. *****

RB Ryan Mathews- What a perfect defense for Mathews to breakout in week 1. Start immediately. ****

RB Darren Sproles- He’ll get some return duty and will catch the ball out of the backfield. Start if you’re desperate, however. ***

WR Malcolm Floyd- He’ll have to go against Brandon Flowers. I like the big target in this matchup. ***

WR Legedu Naanee- Naanee will play opposite Floyd, and will exceed in the short-intermediate game. There are better options. **

TE Antonio Gates- There’s no reason to sit Gates, ever. Especially not against the Chiefs. ****

San Diego Defense- The Charger defense looks to be quite good again. Cassel shouldn’t change that. ****

QB Matt Cassel- He’s got a lot to prove before we start him at all. But watch closely. **

RB Jamaal Charles- He’s going to get the carries, as well he should. He’s explosive and can still produce against the Chargers. ****

RB Thomas Jones- He’ll get around 15 touches in the game, but is mostly a red zone threat. **

WR Dwayne Bowe- I’m a fan of Bowe if Cassel can get his head on straight. Start Bowe. ***

WR Chris Chambers- He’s not a bad down field threat, but I think Jammer will be able to keep him covered. **

TE Leonard Pope- Don’t bother with Pope. He has the potential to be solid, but not in fantasy. *

Kansas City Defense- Go ahead and sit them this week. The Chargers should have a good night. *

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