It is early in the week. But this is your only chance to start the season undefeated and with so much uncertainty heading into the first week of the season, it is important to keep tabs on your players. Don’t fret though, here are your early 2013 Week 1 Fantasy Football Notes.
Terrelle Pryor, Oakland Raiders: No real surprise here that talent wins and he’ll start for Oakland. He gets a decent matchup against the Colts, but unless you drafted him to start you should have better options. With that being said, he could do some damage on the ground and with a cushy matchup in garbage time.
Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins: Will start and the matchup is ideal against the Eagles.
Blaine Gabbert, Jacksonville Jaguars: Sound the Chad Henne bell, because Gabbert has a sore thumb. Either way, unless you’re desperate or playing for next season this doesn’t matter.
E.J. Manuel and Jeff Tuel, Buffalo Bills: The Undrafted Free Agent, or the First Rounder against an underrated New England Patriots D-Unit isn’t exactly a good thing. It isn’t likely to be any better when they meet the 2nd time around either though. Pass on both this week.
Geno Smith, New York Jets: Could get an extended opportunity as the starter, great news for opposing D/ST units, bad news if you were counting on starting him, or Mark Sanchez. There is a song about that though, I think … You do it to yourself, you do and that’s what really hurts?
Montee Ball, Ronnie Hillman and Knowshon Moreno, Denver Broncos: Running Back by Committee and until the fat lady sings weekly we likely wont know who the best Bronco back to own is weekly. Ball figures to emerge, but Moreno has got the job done in the past. It is a downright awful situation heading into the season for anyone who invested in this backfield.
Rashard Mendenhall, Arizona Cardinals: Coach Arians says his Bell Cow will be fine, but fantasy owners would like better than fine. Mendenhall ran with a burst this preseason and stands to hold significant fantasy value, but his body has to hold up. St. Louis isn’t the best matchup in the world if you have other options.
Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers: Now targeting Week 2 for his return, did anyone drop him hastly? Quick, check your Waiver Wire. In the meantime, starting another Steelers back in Week 1 would be a mistake.
Ahmed Bradshaw, Indianapolis Colts: Coach Pagano says he’ll play and the matchup is Tony the Tiger GREAT, but can you trust he’ll get enough carries to be more than a Flex play? Keep tabs this week because they’ll be increasing his snaps in preparation for the lion’s share of carries this weekend.
Lamar Miller, Miami Dolphins: Is the starter heading into Week 1, but is this news or a surprise to anyone?
Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears: Start with confidence, as Marshall is claiming that he was just being cautious. This is obviously great news for his fantasy owners, but given it was Marshall’s 3rd hip surgery and his high ADP any health related news is concerning.
Sidney Rice, Seattle Seahawks: Is expected back for practice Wednesday, but hopefully you’ve got better options in standard leagues heading into Week 1.
Santonio Holmes, New York Jets: Practiced yesterday, but unless he wears a Bucs uniform on offense, I wouldn’t trust him in Week 1.
Victor Cruz, New York Giants: Practiced yesterday and reported that his heel felt fine. Good news for fantasy owners, but monitor his progress this week.
Rob Housler, Arizona Cardinals: Is considered day-to-day, which isn’t encouraging considering he didn’t practice Monday. A sleeper TE for many, but don’t worry, there should be lots of available options for you.
Jordan Cameron, Cleveland Browns: Returned to practice yesterday and should be owned in all formats at this point.
Julius Thomas, Denver Broncos: He is the starter for Week 1 and could be a decent value play if you’re desperate. Just remember there is only 1 football and a lot of options for Mr. Manning. Fantasy owners wish the Running Back situation was this clear.
Dan Carpenter, Buffalo Bills: Rookie Dustin Hopkins injured his groin Monday and Carpenter was signed. It isn’t a great situation, but a Place Kicker is a Place Kicker, no? There are only 32 jobs and some awful deep and funky leagues, right?
Keep checking back for more 2013 Week 1 Fantasy Football Notes, here at The Fake Football.