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Fantasy Football Week 1 difficult to gauge

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Football season is here once again, and so is the mass migration of so many people to their computers for everyone's favorite game: Fantasy Football.

Many questions arose during the offseason with the multitude of player movement throughout the league, inevitably changing strategies across the board.

Week One is possibly the toughest week to gauge when it comes to fantasy football as owners try to predict what players will respond to great seasons or bounce back to down years.

PUT 'EM IN

QB Jay Cutler DEN Vs. BUF - Cutler is primed for a big year and it will be from the start against a relatively weak Bills' defense. With weapons like Javon Walker and Rod Smith, Cutler should be able to amass 250 yards and at least two touchdowns with relative ease.

RB Julius Jones DAL Vs. NYG -- In four career games against the Giants, Jones has averaged more than 110 total yards from scrimmage (70 on the ground). This year, Jones is more confident with Wade Phillips as the new head coach and should get your team around 140 total yards and break through the line for a touchdown.

RB Adrian Peterson MIN Vs. ATL -- Yes, this seems like a bit of a stretch, and he will be splitting carries with Chester Taylor, but Taylor is not a goal line back. Peterson should get the majority of the touches in the red zone, and should get in for a couple of scores against a Falcons' defense that has players still recovering from last year's injuries.

WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh - CIN Vs. BAL -- Even against the Ravens' tough secondary T.J. has averaged 87 yards per game and totaled five touchdowns in four career games. With Chris McAllister focused on Chad Johnson, look for T.J. to rake in 110 receiving yards and score at least once.

WR Ronald Curry OAK Vs. DET -- The Lions have a below average defense and Curry should reap the benefits, even with new QB Daunte Culpepper. Use him as a third wideout in leagues that call for that many at the position and he'll bring in about 75 yards and a score.

TE Dallas Clark IND Vs. NO -- With so many weapons' on the Colts' offense, Clark should have free reign over the middle of the field. He should reach the 60-yard mark with a great chance to scoop up a touchdown.

SIT 'EM DOWN

QB Philip Rivers SD Vs. CHI - This is a bit of a no-brainer. The Bears' secondary and linebackers will be on lockdown and, with a subpar group of receivers, Rivers will struggle. Expect no more than 175 yards from him, and even with a touchdown possible, it should be cancelled out with two or three interceptions.

HB Cedric Benson CHI Vs. SD -- Along the same lines as Rivers, Benson is facing a stout Chargers' defense out to dominate the line of scrimmage. He should only be able to squeeze out about 55 yards with no scores, and a fumble likely.

WR Lee Evans BUF Vs. DEN -- On either side of the field, Evans will find trouble with Broncos' corners Champ Bailey or Dre' Bly. Owners making the mistake of starting Evans will find his output to be no more than 50 yards and he will also be held out of the end zone.

TE Kellen Winslow, Jr. CLE Vs. PIT -- The Steelers always have great linebackers and Winslow will not be able to break through. He only averaged 27.5 yards with no touchdowns in the two games against the Steelers last year, and owners should see about the same performance Sunday.



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