Well with the first game of the year done and over with we look forward to a much anticipated Sunday in fantasy. With just one game we already have an injury in Marques Colston and the first step in the ascension of James Starks towards a starting job. There will definitely some interesting developments this weekend as we look to see how our fantasy forecast plays out and we begin to see the true value of our picks.
With that being said, let’s take a look at some player match ups going into week 1.
Matthew Stafford – We’ve been hyping Stafford all preseason, and if we’re going to see it, it will be right out of the gate. He will face a formidable pass defense in Tampa with Aqib Talib, but also an aged Ronde Barber. Even with Talib, Stafford with have Calvin Johnson and offense that will be pass heavy.
Matt Schaub – Usually, the Colts defense plays fast and aggressive because Manning has given them a lead. Now that they will be facing a life without a Manning powered offense, and they will be exposed for what they really are, a very mediocre defense. Though the Texans will run the ball with or without Foster, they will be able to control the pace of the game a little better and Schaub and the Texans offense should be able to dictate the tempo a little better in passing situations.
Mark Sanchez – I wouldn’t put too much stock in Sanchez for huge fantasy season, but going against a hurting Dallas secondary could certainly lead to a big week, especially if your a Peyton Manning owner in a pinch for a starter. The Cowboys secondary hasn’t been very strong over the past few seasons and with Terrance Newman out and Mike Jenkins gimped, on top of an emotional atmosphere Sanchez could be big.
Jamaal Charles – Buffalo will look to do the only thing they can with their run defense from last season, and that’s improve. They were dead last in 2010, giving up 169 yards a game. However, it doesn’t look like the change will happen in week 1. Matt Cassel will play, but he is still recovering from a rib injury suffered in the preseason. Look for them to lean a little more on Charles and the run game.
Darren McFadden – Denver was the second worst run defense last season and RunDMC racked 196 total yards and 4 TDs week 7 and 140 total yards in week 15. Even if the Broncos have improved upon the run defense, McFadden is primed for a good game, especially with coaches Hue Jackson and Al Saunders looking to run their offense through him.
Tim Hightower – Their is a great debate going on about whether or not the glass is half full or half empty with Hightower in Washington. I’m going the optimistic route and putting him as an under the radar pick for the week. The Giants are decimated on the defense losing LBs Clint Sintum and Jonathan Goff along with 3 corner. This will should allow the Redskins to be able to move the ball and create some red zone looks for Hightower.
Vincent Jackson – After sitting out for almost the entirety of last season Jackson is ready to prove he is worth the money he demenaded in a contract. Nothing fuels a player like a new contract, and Jackson is in a pass friendly offense with an elite QB in Philip Rivers. Minnesota may have been ranked 10th against the pass last season, but San Diego in coming in strong.
Santonio Holmes – Pretty much for the same reason mentioned above for Mark Sanchez, is the same reason to go with Holmes this weekend. The Cowboys may have Mike Jenkins back, but he will probably not be a full speed and even if it is Orlando Scandrick or Alan Ball it won’t matter, Holmes has great upside in this match up.
Jacoby Ford – Hue Jackson has been raving about Ford, and even if he is only half serious about it then it could be a big night for the receiver. He is set to be the only wide out in every formation. He is a big play threat on deep outs, run plays, and the return game. The Broncos were bad all around on defense last season and shouldn’t look to make an immediate turnaround.
Owen Daniels – After starting off slow last season, Daniels came on strong in the last 4 games of the season. He will now be fully recovered from a torn ACL he suffered 2 seasons ago and will be a prime target for Matt Schaub as his number two read after Andre Johnson. Another player looking to take advantage of a reeling Colts team.
Lance Kendricks – He may be a rookie, and maybe I’m reaching a little here, but he will face a Philadelphia defense that has traditionally been weak against the TE position, and will look to draw coverage from fellow rookie Casey Matthews who hasn’t wowed in training camp. He has looked like the best receiver and has been targeted as such.
Fred Davis – With Chris Cooley questionable going into game, Davis could step up and win the role. Again, the Giants are hurting at the LB position and will have a rookie, Greg Jones, at the MLB spot. He looked like the better player over Cooley last season and could take over the position if he’s given the opportunity.
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Written by David Willow
My name is David Willow. Your NFL and Fantasy Jedi. I have lived in Dallas, TX most of my life. I have been following both football and basketball since I was a child. I love being able to research and analyze different players and teams. I've been a fantasy sports enthusiast for around 8 years with some titles to back that. I have a Bachelors degree in History with a minor in English. Other hobbies include me being part of an acting workshop for five years, playing guitar, and working out. Hit me up with any comments, questions or opinions.