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Deep Sleepers: Players to target in deep leagues for week 1
Harry Douglas: Douglas had a great preseason and is expected to carry some of that into the preseason adding to the dynamic receiving threat of Roddy White and Julio Jones. Douglas has been delayed in his young career by injures but is ready to go for 2011 and could easily become a viable fantasy threat in Atlanta, one of the leagues top offences.
Thomas Jones: Jones and Jamaal Charles split carries for Kansas City fairly evenly last year, and while the trend is not expected to continue, I still believe Thomas will see a decent workload going into Buffalo. Buffalo had a weak run defence last year and no longer have thier top tackler from 2010 LB Paul Posluszny. I expect Jones will still get a quite a few touches on the ball, even more so if the Chiefs can play with a lead.
Jacoby Ford: Ford was one of the leagues most dynamic players at the end of last season so people may still have already stocked up on this guy, but if he’s available he is definitely worth a pickup. WR Louis Murphy is expected to be out for week 1 while Darrius Heyward-Bey has been nothing short of a bust so far in his young career which bodes well for the speedster Ford. Ford can also add value with a dynamic return game.
Pierre Thomas / Darren Sproles: Despite the tough matchup against Green Bay I think the New Orleans Saints run game still has potential for a good week, the tough part is figuring out which RB that will be. In PPR leagues I would have to roll with Sproles since he is the third down back, and a good pass catcher. Thomas on the other hand seems to be healthy and is a surprisingly elusive runner with good hands as well. If either of these guys wants to try to maintain a steady role on this offence now that Rookie RB Mark Ingram is also in the mix, week 1 would be a good time for them to start.
Brent Celek: Celek was a great fantasy TE in the 2009 season but had a huge drop off in 2010 when Michael Vick was the usual starter. Vick seemed to like to run the ball himself or find his WR’s for mid range to deep throws. However, this year Vick has claimed he wants to get Celek and his immense skill set more involved in the offence this season. I don’t expect Celek to jump back to his ’09 numbers, but he could surprise people who are sleeping on him.
Dud Studs: Weekly starters who may struggle week 1
Miles Austin: QB Tony Romo is back which is good for Austin, but he does have to contend with the dynamic CB duo of Antonio Cromartie and Darrelle Revis. Austin still has lingering hamstring issues which may also slow him in week one.
Matt Cassel: Going into Buffalo week 1 I believe the Chiefs will be running the ball a lot with Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones, the leagues best rushing offence last year. Matt Cassel could end up handing the ball of the majority of the game, ending a low number of pass attempts.
Chad Ochocinco: Ochocinco landed in a great situation in New England and I expect him to become a good fantasy option as a WR#3 as the season comes along. Tom Brady is a dream come true for any WR and should help boost his numbers.The Patriots however have so many options in which to spread the ball out to, it might be safest to hold off on using him this week.
Felix Jones: Felix looked good in the preseason and has seen a huge jump on the draft boards in recent weeks due to it. He’s healthy and running strong which has people thinking he could have a good 2011 season, which is quite likely. If he wants to have a good game in week 1 though he’s going to have to get involved in the passing game since not many players have success running against the Jets.
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