1. Aaron Rodgers - - Should San Francisco's top defense scare you? Not me. Rodgers isn't a different beast altogether at home and with how good their run defense is, he's Green Bay's main option for touchdowns and first downs for that matter
2. Drew Brees - - I hope Sean Payton at least get's NFL Sunday ticket or something. Drew has a chip on his shoulder and has stones of steel for his twitter stances against Goodell this offseason. He'll have a lot to prove in his home opener. Redskins fans, this will hurt
3. Tom Brady - - Brady's offensive line hasn't looked great. But what's looked worse so far is what the Titans call their secondary. Let Tom feast
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4. Cam Newton - - Even though it's a road game, this competition is light for red hot Cam coming off his record breaking NFL rookie season. Hopefully Steve Smith is at full strength
5. Eli Manning - - The Cowboys defense is respectable at times and I really like Ryan their defensive coordinator. But Eli straight torches them everytime they play, Look for a nicked up Dallas squad to have no answer for a 350+ yard passing day for the goofy Manning.
6. Matthew Stafford - - The only thing that will stop Stafford from being a top 3 QB pick in this sure blowout is the fact that they may be running the clock late in the 3rd quarter
7. Tony Romo 13. Ben Roethlisberger
8. Phillip Rivers 14. Jay Cutler
9. Peyton Manning 15. Robert Griffin
10. Michael Vick 16. Josh Freeman
11. Matt Ryan 17. Andrew Luck
12. Matt Schaub 18. Joe Flacco
1. LeSean McCoy - - My No.1 rated fantasy back may get his best matchup in Week One. Letta Eagle feast, this one could get ugly. Say to the tune of 160 yards rushing 25 receiving 3 total touchdowns?
2. Arian Foster - - Ditto for most people's No.1 fantasy back. Miami will be putrid this year and it's hard to predict who else will contend for the top pick in next spring's rookie Draft. The only thing that will dent Foster's value is a Ben Tate closer coming in the 4th quarter
3. Ray Rice - - The Bengals have the most underrated defense in the NFL and they get nary the respect they deserve. Ray Rice, already such a big part of the passing game, will be featured even more on a team down two tight ends and featuring a slowing Anquan.
4. Chris Johnson - - Chris Johnson will get good total offense yardage out of this one and he may do a trick from his break out years. 100 yards rushing and receiving. I liked the burst he showed in the preseason, I hope you drafted him this summer
5. Darren McFadden - - The Chargers defense looked like it could be in trouble this year. And Carson Palmer couldn't be happier as he's hurting for receivers. The month of September is McFadden's time to shine before blowing a (fill in the blank injury)
6. Matt Forte - - Matt Forte may be featured even moreso in an offense that is devoid of Mike Martz fascination with the passing game. The Colts are switching to a 3-4 which is well known for stopping the run but it's also well known for having a learning curve time adjustment. Chicago will rumble in this easy victory.
7. Jamaal Charles - - I'd like to pick this electrifying former track star higher but it's no little task recovering from an ACL injury. The Falcons can be attacked versus the run but Peyton Hillis may vulture his touchdowns.
8. Fred Jackson - - Sometimes you start stars despite the matchups and this is that time. The Jets pose a big threat to Fred Jackson but your everydown guys you just have to believe in
9. DeMarco Murray - - People love the Giants pass-rushers but New York can be run on. Keep in mind that regular season defense last year finished worse than 25th. Hopefully DeMarco's breakout last year break's thru to this new season
10. Steven Jackson - - Even though the Rams have a decent chance to get blown out, Steven Jackson is just too good to sit. He is the rams best offensive weapon and they will utilize him so, guaranteed for at least 20-25 touches.
11. Ahmad Bradshaw - - One of my sleepers this year, the injury bug hasn't been kind to hm but just go look at how many multi-touchdown games this guy produces on the games he's in for. It's astounding.
12. Frank Gore - - No Desmond Bishop will hurt Green Bay's run defense that much like New York, that may be the formula for how you best the Pack. Control the clock and play keep away from Aaron Rodgers.
13. Doug Martin - - This is the rookie to own at least for the beginning of the season. Much healthier than Trent and playing an average defense with an offense built around a ground game.
14. Michael Turner 27. Cedric Benson
15. Darren Sproles 28. Trent Richardson
16. Willis McGahee 29. Rashad Jennings
17. Stevan Ridley 30. Mark Ingram
18. Peyton Hillis 31. Donald Brown
19. Ben Tate 32. Beanie Wells
20. Reggie Bush 33. Maurice Jones-Drew "the return of"
21. DeAngelo Williams 34. Isaac Redmon
22. Kevin Smith 35. Marshawn Lynch
23. Law Firm 36. C.J. Spiller
24. Shonne Greene 37. Ronnie Brown
25. Michael Bush 38. Alfred Morris
26. Toby Gerhart
1. Calvin Johnson - - Remember how good Megatron erupted into the season? An NFL record for 4 2+ touchdown games to start a season!
2. Larry Fitzgerald - - Some stars are start-proof no matter the matchup. Fitzie is one such man, even if a Tim Burton character is throwing him the football.
3. Andre Johnson - - Andre Johnson was the no.1 fantasy wide receiver for so long, for so many drafts. Don't let his injury plagued 2011 season may you forget why. He will eat up the Dolphins
4. Greg Jennings - - the master of the backshoulder fade will have motivation to produce this year as it's his contract season. How in the world is the 49er-Green Bay game not nationally televised in primetime I ask you?
5. A.J. Green - - Andy Dalton looked a little off in the preseason, but that being said these two young guns have great deep chemistry together. Any given play could go 50 for a bomb touchdown and that one play could win or lose the week matchup for ya
6. Julio Jones - - Poor Kansas City may be without their two best and brightest defensive stars in Brandon Flowers and Tamba Hali. All the more time for Mattie Ice to throw touchdown darts.
7. Roddy White - - As mentioned one number earlier Kansas City may have only one respectable cornerback suit up in this game. I'm predicting Stanford Rout will be covering White thus giving Julio the edge.
8. Brandon Marshall - - Indy has orchestrated at least 3 medicore trades for backup worthy cornerbacks. A 3-4 defense runs a lot of man and that's a hard scheme for average to poor corners. Brandon Marshall will give you double digit gold this week.
9. Victor Cruz - - Like before I think The Cowboys will put their respectable corner (Brandon Carr) on Hakeem Nicks and that means we see how the rookie can fare against the salse dancer. Cue the band
10. Hakeem Nicks - - that being said, Nicks isn't too far off. He's usually a safe bet for a touchdown catch.
11. Wes Welker - - It's hard to imagine that is could be little Wes's last year in the the Northeast. Sadly like a Danny Woodhead, I just don't think any other team would use him like the Pats have so perfectly schemed. He'll have a contract to play for.
12. Dez Bryant - - De zBryant has looked electric in the early going this year. I expect him to turn in another great week one primetime performance against a New York team hurting at corner
13. Jordy Nelson - - Can't leave an Aaron Rodgers too far down on this list. You beat the 49ers by passing usually and Green Bay may need to rely more on the air than usual.
14. Percy Harvin 28. Reggie Wayne
15. Brandon Lloyd 29. Vincent Jackson
16. DeMaryius Thomas 30. Malcom Floyd
17. Antonio Brown 31. Darryius Heyward Bey
18. Steve Smith 32. Titus Young
19. Jeremy Maclin 33. Nate Washington
20. Eric Decker 34. Justin Blackmon
21. Marquis Colston 35. Kendall Wright
22. Stevie Johnson 36. Greg Little
23. Dwayne Bowe 37. Michael Crabtree
24. DeSean Jackson 38. Anquan Boldin
25. Torrey Smith 39. Lance Moore
26. Pierre Garcon 40. Mike Williams
1. Jimmy Graham - - Superdome? Check. Week One Check. Angry Drew Brees? Touchdown Jimmy Graham!
2. Rob Gronkowski - - The Patriots have their best group of receivers since Randy Moss rode off into the sunset. Should open things in the middle quite nicely
3. Jermichael Finley - - Despite missing training camp time for his new baby boy as well as battling injuries. I think the Green Bay passing arsenal will be on full display here
4. Aaron Hernandez 8. Brandon Pettigrew
5. Antonio Gates 9. Fred Davis
6. Vernon Davis 10. Jared Cook
7. Tony Gonzalez
1. Houston Texans - - Ryan Tannehill's starting receivers are Davone Bess and Legedu Naanee. Jake Long is nursing a severe injury. Yes please, I'll take two.
2. Philadelphia Eagles - - Believe it or not Tannehill hasn't looked like the worst rookie quarterback. I can't believe I'm saying this, but Colt McCoy may not have been all that bad Weeden fans. Look for sacks and picks a plenty
3. Chicago Bears - - Andrew Luck will fair better but a rookie quarterback is a safe bet usually. Brian Urlacher will return and give some swagger to a team that's always a threat for a punt return 6 pointer.
4. Baltimore Ravens 8. Green Bay Packers
5. Detroit Lions 9. Minnesota Vikings
6. Buffalo Bills 10. Seattle Seahawks
7. Pittsburgh Steelers
1. Sebastian Janikowski - - Give me this Polish boomer, especailly right before the half when the team is insane enough for him to attempt a 59 yarder.... and then he'll make it
2. Dan Carpenter
3. Rob Bironas