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(DAL) QB Tony Romo vs. (NYG) – In my opinion there are 13 quarterbacks that I think are very capable of starting each and every week while there are still a few more that are very high end number two quarterbacks. Romo himself has found himself ranked as high as the top-6 and as low as 14 in rankings that I have seen this year, and see his as a top-8 guy myself. In week one against the banged up Giants defense though? He could be top-5 or better for the week.
(IND) RB Ahmad Bradshaw vs. (OAK) – Get what you can out of Bradshaw now, as we all know that he has more than just difficulties staying on the field. With a matchup against the Raiders, circumstances won’t get much better than this for Bradshaw this season. He is getting the start and I expect him to find pay dirt.
(STL) RB Daryl Richardson vs. (ARI) – The starter for the Rams is still rather unknown, but I still think he can be serviceable as an RB2/3 in the coming weeks and hopefully longer. Against the Arizona defense, which is better against the pass, Richardson should see a good number of carries.
(NE) RB Shane Vereen vs. (BUF) – The Patriots have a tendency to pour on the points when they play the struggling Bills. With the receiving options available to Tom Brady rather lackluster at the moment I would try plugging Vereen in if I was looking for a good flex option. Vereen should be able to have a nice game catching the ball out of the backfield and should get a few carries as well behind Ridley against the Bills poor rush defence.
(PHI) WR DeSean Jackson vs. (WSH) – Make sure you have Jackson in your lineup this weekend. Not only do the Eagles and Washington more often than not play high scoring games, Washington had one of the worst secondaries last year. Jackson has the ability to be boom or bust, and with this matchup, without Jeremy Maclin, DeSean could be huge.
(NO) WR Lance Moore vs. (ATL) – Always underrated, always productive. Lance Moore is an excellent PPR player and could be a good WR3/Flex option in week one against the Falcons. It’s a divisional matchup, between two high-powered offences with lackluster secondaries. I would not be surprised if Moore nabbed a touchdown.
(CLE) TE Jordan Cameron vs. (MIA) – Cameron has been a pretty talked about player this off and preseason and will have a great chance to make a splash early in the 2013 season with a game against the Dolphins. The ‘Fins have a solid defense but tend to play better against the run than against the pass. With Josh Gordon out with a suspension for the first two weeks look for Cameron to make some noise.
(TB) QB Josh Freeman vs. (NYJ) – I’m expecting the Buccs to be able to win this game rather easily, but think that most of the damage will be done by running back Doug Martin. The Jets were awful against the run last year while maintaining a pretty solid secondary. Also, they are usually losing so teams are running on them anyway.
(MIA) RB Lamar Miller vs. (CLE) – As a ‘Fins fan I am hoping that Miller comes out in week one with an excellent game, but I am not betting on it. The Browns are a solid team making improvements and was able to beat the Dolphins last year. Miller has speed and agility but might not be able to show it off against a Browns team that only allowed 9 runs of 20 yards or more in 2012.
(SD) RB Ryan Mathews vs. (HOU) – I am not even going to mention Mathews health issues (oh wait, I just did), I am just going to mention that Houston was a near shut down run defense last year, allowing a league low in rushing touchdowns and less than 100 yards rushing a game. Mathews is going to have a hell of a time trying to get double-digit fantasy points.
(GB) WR Jordy Nelson vs. (SF) – It has been reported that Jordy Nelson will start in week one against the ‘49ers, but I am still very hesitant in getting him into my lineup for this week. Randall Cobb will also be starting and is supposed to command more targets, and James Jones who had fourteen 2012 touchdowns is also healthy and going to command targets. I might wait another week and for a better matchup before I expect big things from Nelson.
(STL) WR Tavon Austin vs. (ARI) – Austin is an extremely explosive young wide receiver who is said to be working out of the slot most of the time but is going to be used is more ways as things move forward, is going into a pretty tough week one matchup against the Cardinals. Arizona has a strong secondary led by Patrick Peterson, whom himself will likely get a few cracks at covering Austin. Austin is poised to contend for offensive rookie of the year but will have a tough time getting this started this weekend.
(NE) TE Zack Sudfeld vs. (BUF) – The tight end position is pretty up in the air after you get past the top-5 or so options, and many people are hoping Sudfeld is going to be lightning in a bottle for a few weeks while Gronk is out. While I do agree that Sudfeld will be used and will contribute, I don’t expect him to put up any eye-popping numbers and might not be a top-12 tight end this weekend.