Week 1 Fantasy Football Roundup | Sharapova's Thigh

Antonio Gates could be diving into the end zone on Monday against the Chiefs.

Welcome to our first fantasy football roundup of the 2010 regular season. It's a weekly piece we do here, featuring useful links to fantasy football projections, rankings, injured players to keep an eye on, and random quality articles that we find around the web. I also make some of my own predictions that are sure to go wrong. You've been warned.

Feel free to email(sharapovasthigh@gmail.com) me any fantasy football links that you think belong on here, and I'll consider adding them to the post.

Great fantasy football articles from around the web...

And some picks of my own(based on standard league scoring systems):

Week 1's Best

QB: Aaron Rodgers... Rodgers was the top fantasy quarterback of 2009 in many formats, and could possibly have an even better season in 2010. The Packers' quarterback topped 20 fantasy points nine times last season, and did not reach double-digit fantasy points only one time(at Chicago in week 14). This week, he goes into Philadelphia to take on an Eagles defense that ranked 17th against the pass in 2009. Rodgers and his offense looked absolutely terrific in the preseason, and they should be able to continue their success this week against the Eagles.

RB: Chris Johnson... The top player in fantasy football against a Raiders defense that ranked 29th in the league last year? Um, yes, please.

WR: Andre Johnson... In his two games against the division rival Colts in 2009, Johnson totaled 15 catches, as part of his 101-reception season. The best wide receiver in the NFL will have a big game in what the Texans view as about as much of a "must win" game as you'll have to start the season.

TE: Antonio Gates... With Vincent Jackson suspended, Rivers will be looking the star tight end's way even more than usual. Gates had seven catches for 118 yards and two touchdowns in week 12 versus the Chiefs in 2009. Don't be surprised if he has a similar performance against them again this week.

K: Nate Kaeding... Kaeding totaled 25 fantasy points in his two games against the Chiefs last season. Another double-digit effort should be in store this week against the Kansas City club.

D/ST: Baltimore Ravens... Ray Lewis and the Ravens are usually as pumped up as any team in the league before each game. Now they're motivated to face former Ravens defensive coordinator Rex Ryan and his trash-talking Jets team. The Ravens are going to bring it against the Jets' second-year quarterback Mark Sanchez, who threw just 12 touchdowns compared to 20 interceptions in 2009. He should improve this year, but don't expect that to show in week one against the Ravens.

Sleeper Picks

QB: Kyle Orton... With the loss of Brandon Marshall in the offseason, many seem a bit down on Orton for 2010. Marshall's certainly a big, big loss, but Orton should still be able to put up solid passing numbers in an offensive perfectly designed for his game. Against a Jaguars pass defense that ranked 27th last season, he should be able to put up 220+ passing yards and a couple of touchdowns.

RB: Cadillac Williams... Cadillac's kind of a forgotten player these days for fantasy football, but he's currentlythe clear starter((Kareem Huggins may change that as the season goes on though) in Tampa Bay with the release of Derrick Ward. This week he has a bad Browns run defense at home, and could get you 15+ fantasy points.

WR: Johnny Knox... Knox is being undervalued by about every fantasy football site I've seen outside of Rotoworld. He's been Jay Cutler's primary target in camp and preseason, and is a perfect fit for Mike Martz's offense. He's put on eight pounds of strength to go with his 4.3 speed, and watched much video of Isaac Bruce and Torry Holt excelling in Martz's offense. He gets the Lions in Chicago this week.The Lions' defense was last against the pass last year, and allowed a whopping 35 passing touchdowns.

TE: John Carlson... The Seahawks' tight end had touchdowns in each of the last four games of 2009. He also had six receptions against the team he faces this week, the 49ers, in week two of 2009.

K: Robbie Gould... Gould had 14 fantasy points in each game against the Lions last year. The weather looks fine in Chicago for Sunday's game against the Lions, so another good performance should be in store for the Bears' kicker.

D/ST: Arizona Cardinals... A below average defense, but facing a rookie quarterback(Sam Bradford) making his first NFL start. Usually, that goes well for the defense.

Shit Picks

QB: Joe Flacco... The Ravens' passing game will be improved this year with the growth of Flacco at quarterback, and the additions of Anquan Boldin and T.J. Houshmandzadeh at wide receiver. However, don't expect them to look very good against the Jets this week. The Jets allowed the least amount of passing yards(153.7 per game) and passing touchdowns(8) in the NFL last season.

RB: Marion Barber... Consider him the #2 in Dallas right now, with Felix Jones appearing to be the Dallas back you'd rather have. Maybe that will change in the coming weeks, but stay away from Barber until we get a better idea of his role.

WR: Braylon Edwards... As I've already alluded to, expect Sanchez to struggle against the Ravens defense. Don't look for Braylon to be much of a factor this week.

TE: Owen Daniels... Daniels is coming off a knee injury and is only expected to get 25 snaps or so this week against the Colts. That is if he even plays, as he's currently listed as "Questionable" on the injury report.

K: Jeff Reed... Reed's usually a solid option, but Dennis Dixon may not lead the Steelers' offense into scoring position.

D/ST: Carolina Panthers... With the loss of Julius Peppers in the offseason, many expected a drop in production from the Panthers' pass rush. That certainly may be the case, but the Panthers were able to generate tremendous pressure from their starting defensive line and linebackers in the preseason. Still, this week will be a tough matchup for this defense in New York for the Giants' first game in their new stadium.


I'll likely update the post before Sunday's 1 PM ET games, so keep checking back.

Update(9/12, 11:35 AM ET): Not much has changed. There's few injuries to watch going into the first week of the season, and weather's a minimal factor at this time of the year as well. If you're still debating on some moves though, check out the "Last minute decisions" from Gregg Rosenthal of Rotoworld.

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