Well, we are back for another great season of Fantasy Football, and that means more picks for Startem and Sitem
Here are my picks for week 1:
QB start: John Kitna - This will be one of the best weeks to take advantage of John Kitna as your starter, as he goes against a NFL JV squad in the Atlanta Falcons. I see him going for 275 yards with 3 TD's.
QB sit: David Garrard - This week will be a tough one with Jerry Porter OUT, and last year's TD sniper Reggie Williams banged up. The Tennessee defense is tough against the run, and that means Garrard will be forced to throw to a group of B list WRs. I sit him week 1 and use another QB option. I see 165 yards and 0 TD's.
RB start: Michael Turner - Going against a Lions Defense that has more leaky spots than a sponge, Michael Turner will be able to carve up the oposition, and gain plenty of yards. He is a big play RB with big play ability every time he touches the ball, and in his first meaningful game as a starter, I see him wanting to make a statement with 135 yards and 2 TD's.
RB sit: Fred Taylor/Maurice Jones-Drew - Though on paper, you would think this is a great matchup for the RB tandem in Jacksonville, the Titans actually have a top 5 rushing defense that looks to cause problems for these 2 RBBC players. Look to insert another dependable back for week 1. I see them splitting carries and what few yards there are to go around with production in the range of 36 yards and 0 TD's for Fred Taylor, and 55 yards and 0 TD's for Maurice Jones-Drew.
WR start: Desean Jackson - Philadelphia, on the surface, looks to be in big trouble at the WR spot with the loss of Kevin Curtis and Reggie Brown in week #1, however, what the rest of the league hasn't caught on to yet is the young gun on the team Desean Jackson. He is fast, has great hands, learns quickly, and what may be most important this week against a weak Rams secondary, is a winning attitude that should carry him to his first big game of his short NFL career. I see him carving up the Rams defense to the tune of 8 catches for 106 yards and 2 TD's.
WR sit: Dwayne Bowe - Though he has the skill set to be one of the NFL's elite receivers, he has a host of things going against him this week. One, he has Brodie Croyle throwing him the ball. Two, he faces a tough challenge in the New ENgland Patriots in Foxboro. Three, the Chiefs ofensive line is so undersized and fragile, that they can't protect Larry Johnson in the running game, and they will be piling up on Croyle all day. This means either Croyle will have no time to throw, or they will leave more guys back in coverage making his ability to get open more limited. I see this one with 5 catches for 86 yards and 0 TD's.
TE start: Ben Utech - The Bengals love to throw, and they spent a ton of money in the off season to get Utech in the mix. He gives them a dimension that was missing from last season's disappointing finish, and makes their offense that much more explosive against a Ravens defense that will be on the field all day. I see 5 catches for 66 yards and 1 TD.
TE sit: Dallas Clark - Going against the tough Bears defense that is on a mission to show the world that last year was an aboration, Dallas Clark will be matched up against top tier pro bowl callibur defenders all day. Combine that with little practice time with Peyton, and you have a week with little to no production. I see 3 catches for 47 yards and 0 TD's.
K start: John Kasay - The Panthers won't run the score up on the Chargers even a little, but they should move the ball fairly well between the 20's, so look for Kasay to hit 3 FG's and 1 XP.
K sit: Neil Rackers - The Cardinals offense looked terrible all pre season, and they look to be as bad in the regular season. Combine that with a terrific pass and run defense in the 49ers, and you have little ball movement and a bad day for Neil Rackers. I see a down week with 1 FG and 1 XP.
D start: Cinncinatti Bengals - They will be all over Ravens rookie starting QB Joe Flacco, and he will take his lumps in his first NFL regular season start. He will be confused by new blitz packages and defensive schemes that will wreak havoc on his young arm. I see 2 INT's, 2 fumbles, 6 sacks.
D sit: Tampa Bay Buccaneers - They will have a tough time stopping the high powered air attack of the New Orleans Saints even after the hurricane blew through. I see a bad game for a defense that has historically been one of the league's best. Here is the bottom line.....0 INT's, 0 Fumbles, 0 points.
That about does it for me this week. Check back next Friday for week 2 picks.