Are you worrying about who you should start in your lineup this week? Isn't that a great feeling? Football is finally back, which means fantasy owners will get a first look at how their teams play out.
If you're not satisfied with your roster, there's no reason to panic. The goal of the fantasy football season is not to go undefeated. You want to win enough to make the playoffs and maximize your potential for a title run.
Here are some players that will help you on your championship quest in Week 1, and a few names you want to avoid for the first slate of Sunday games.
Terrelle Pryor (at Colts) - The first player listed on the first start/sit post of the year is ... Pryor? Surely this will convince you all to come back for more tips in the future. On a serious note, the Raiders defense is terrible, which means their offense is probably going to be playing in catch-up mode against the Colts. Pryor isn't a great passer to any extent, but he can rack up points on the ground. Expect a lot of runs, and possibly a touchdown or two with his legs.
Daryl Richardson (at Cardinals) - Arizona's defense allowed 137 yards rushing per game in 2012. Richardson is penciled in as the starter for the Rams, and while their depth chart could change down the road, the time to use him is now. St. Louis loves to pass, but Richardson is going to be a factor on Sunday.
T.Y. Hilton (vs. Raiders) - Despite showing obvious superior talent, Hilton is still sitting at No. 3 on the depth chart behind Darrius Heyward-Bey. That shouldn't deter you from starting the second-year receiver, though. He's explosive and is capable of breaking off several huge plays against a poor Raiders defense.
Zach Sudfeld (at Bills) - Rob Gronkowski is (probably) not playing. That leaves Sudfeld to reap most, if not all of the benefits in his stead. Last season, Gronk caught five passes for 104 yards and a touchdown in Buffalo. While Sudfeld isn't quite the same caliber, he's going to be heavily involved in the offense, at least until the Patriots are up by several touchdowns.
Buccaneers D/ST (at Jets) - Geno Smith is the starting quarterback for New York. Also, it's New York. Do we really need to provide you with any other details? If you're planning on streaming defenses, the Bucs D/ST looks like a good choice for Week 1.
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Carson Palmer (at Rams) - There were only three quarterbacks who threw for multiple touchdowns against St. Louis in 2012. The Palmer/Arians era should lead to more success than the Cardinals have become accustomed to on offense in recent years, but their passing game faces a tough matchup in Week 1.
DeAngelo Williams (vs. Seahawks) - He finished with six carries for six yards last season against Seattle. While Jonathan Stewart's injury puts Williams in a featured role, it's hard to expect much production in Week 1 against a Seahawks line that added several pieces in the offseason.
Mike Wallace (at Browns) - His last game against the Cleveland was horrible (one catch, nine yards). The game before that against the Browns was just as bad (one catch, 11 yards). Joe Haden seems to have Wallace's number. As the Dolphins' new wideout continues to develop a rapport with Ryan Tannehill, it might be best to let him sit this one out on your bench.
Martellus Bennett (vs. Bengals) - Two factors are at play here. 1) Cincinnati locked down opposing tight ends in the second half of last season. 2) Bennett's role in Chicago's new offense is unknown. He caught the eye of every fantasy owner last year after a hot start with the Giants, but his numbers fell off. Can he see enough targets to provide value with the Bears? Let's wait to see how it goes.
Green Bay D/ST (at 49ers) - The Packers defense finished No. 11 in the NFL last year in points allowed per game (21.0). The 49ers offense finished No. 11 in points scored per game (24.8). San Francisco runs the ball well, and Colin Kaepernick is a playmaker against any defense. Green Bay will likely allow several touchdowns.
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