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Saturday, September 8, 2018

2018 FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 1 GUYS I LIKE/HATE EACH GAME

Today we unveil a new feature where yours truly zeroes in on guys I LIKE or HATE in each game of the NFL slate in terms of fantasy football.  This will mostly be a list of guys who are not considered top guys and possibly available on waiver wires since we all love Antonio Brown or David Johnson every game.  So let's get to it:

Steelers VS. Browns:  I LIKE David Njoku a ton for the Cleveland Browns not only for this game but long-term.  This optimism will only go up once Baker Mayfield is installed as the starting QB.  One guy I HATE is Jarvis Landry who I don't think sniffs 100 catches this season given the proclivities of Tyrod Taylor under center and the vast arsenal of receiving weapons on the Browns.  

Bengals VS. Colts:  I LIKE John Ross to finally show his breakneck speed and big-play ability in a game that could have shootout tendencies.  On the flip side, avoid Eric Ebron as I think Colts QB Andrew Luck will be keying on more on Jack Doyle.  

Titans VS. Dolphins:  I really like Miami Dolphins wideout Danny Amendola and especially in PPR formats with Devante Parker our injured.  Try to avoid Corey Davis as Delanie Walker and Rishard Matthews figure to be the primary receivers for QB Marcus Mariota.  

49ers VS. Vikings:  In another game that could have a ton of points, Marquise Goodwin should get a ton of looks from QB Jimmy Garoppolo and this is especially true with since the 49ers will likely be coming from behind later in the game.  This scenario hurts 49ers running back Alfred Morris who doesn't catch the football and could be looking at a quiet game.

Houston VS. New England:  James White is going to catch 5-8 balls for sure in this one as the Texans and Pats will be marching up and down the field all game long.  Just be sure not to go overboard with Philip Dorsett after a decent preseason.  The guy stinks.

New Orleans VS. Tampa Bay:  Peyton Barber should be started everywhere as the Buc's will lean on the run game to try and keep this one close and that also means a bunch of short throws from QB Ryan Fitzpatrick.  Also, while I do like the long-term outlook on Tre'Quan Smith, Cameron Meredith seems like he is healthy enough now to hold him off.  

Jacksonville VS. Giants:  Keelan Cole is now the new number 1 wideout for the Jaguars with Marqise Lee out for the season and his skill set torched the Giants defense a year ago.  I do think Sterling Shepard should be benched for Week 1 just to see how things play out given the massive competition for catches on the Giants now.  

Buffalo VS. Ravens:  I am not liking most offensive players in this one but John Brown seems ready to do his big-play thing again now that he has his health in order.  Just do yourself a favor and bench anyone in a Bills uniform who plays offense.  

Kansas City VS. Chargers:  Mostly big-name players all around in this one but I do think Mike Williams is well worth starting since the shootout scenario is in play here and he is the team's top red-zone weapon.  Meanwhile, Antonio Gates needs to work off a bunch of rust before we go down that road again.  

Seattle VS. Denver:  I'm a Chris Carson fan all the way and he needs to be in your lineup Week 1 since the Broncos are horrible stopping the run.  Just be careful with Tyler Lockett who does have a prime spot now in the Seattle offense but needs to prove he can do it before entering the circle of trust.  

Washington VS. Arizona:  Jamison Crowder will catch 80 balls at least this season.  Mark it down.  Just don't fool around too much with Adrian Peterson.  

Dallas VS. Carolina:  Michael Gallup looks to honestly be the only competent receiver on the Cowboys this season which is telling how bad this group is.  That makes him a decent play in PPR leagues.  Just leave Dak Prescott on the bench for the reasons stated above.

Chicago VS. Green Bay.  Liking Randall Cobb a bunch now that he is healthy and working the slot with Aaron Rodgers slinging it.  Mitchell Trubisky has all the toys now but again we got to see him do before diving in.

Jets VS. Detroit:  Bilal Powell has always been underrated and he can also catch the ball very well which will help in a game that could see a bunch of points.  Just don't go back to the well on Kenny Golladay just yet before seeing if there is enough leftover behind Marvin Jones Jr. and Golden Tate.  

Rams VS. Oakland:  Jared Goff is the real deal and he will show that once again this season as he looks out at a tremendous batch of receivers.  As far as Oakland is concerned, Marshawn Lynch is gimpy and running into a fierce Rams defensive line that is legit.  


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