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Just some quick random thoughts as opening kickoff for NFL Week 2 kicks off.
1. Matchup WR thoughts
Not sure how helpful the matchup rankings I posted yesterday are going to be.
I looked at several statistics to try to determine the rankings. As in any prediction or projection, there are flaws and windows for fail, but I’m going to throw some wide receiver matchups to watch:
It’s not going to be a great week for receivers, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see Bernard Berrian finish as the top receiver this week. The Lions gave up the most fantasy points to WRs last season and were the 28th worst fantasy team against receivers in Week 1 of 2009. If Berrian’s healthy, he only needs two or three long bombs from that gunslinger Brett Favre to rack up an impressive performance.
The next worst team? A Bears team that could be lit up by Hines Ward and Santonio Holmes this week.
TJ Houshmandzadeh, Terrell Owens, Louis Murphy, Chad Ochocinco and Chris Henry have very favorable matchups from a fantasy perspective.
The teams that appear to be havens for WRs this year after the Lions and Bears: San Francisco, Tampa Bay, Kansas City, Green Bay, Buffalo, Seattle, New Orleans and St. Louis.
2. Matchup TE thoughts
Visanthe Shiancoe has the best matchup, followed by Todd Heap, Zack Miller (OAK), Kellen Winslow, Chris Cooley and Dustin Keller in that order.
The 10 best matchups for fantasy tight ends, based on the full 2008 season and Week 1 of 2009 are Detroit, San Diego, Kansas City, Buffalo, St. Louis, New England, the New York Jets, Houston, Minnesota and Jacksonville.
3. Running backs in for a good week
Several of the misaligned running backs will get back on track this week. Despite the low matchup ranking for Maurice Jones-Drew, he’ll post a great game. So will Michael Turner, Darren McFadden, Clinton Portis and Jamal Lewis.
Chris Johnson could bounce back, or LenDale White could emerge as the No. 1 option for Tennessee. My money’s on White.
If Denver can’t produce a solid fantasy rusher against Cleveland, we’ll be stuck with that mess we saw last week all season.
4. Joe Flacco
Last Friday before I got some terrible news (explanation coming), I wanted to write a bold predictions column.
Among the predictions was Joe Flacco emerging as a significant passing threat in 2009.
Call me a fruit fly if you want, but I’m talking 3,500 yards and 25 TDs. Rice’s slashing style will keep defenses off-kilter.
Again, it’s bold, but Flacco did have 300 yards passing in the opener. We’ll see what happens this week, but I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see Flacco keep chucking it.
5. My week-long absence
I said I’d explain the terrible news. My father passed away on Sept. 11. He had been sick for a while, but it was still a rough time for my family.
Last week, I cut myself off from all things fantasy football while we mourned and took care of everything that needs to be taken care of during such a difficult and stressful time.
It’s been a little rough getting back into the swing here because my dad was such a nut about the fantasy football. I’ll be running his teams this year, and that’s going to be tough, too.
He would have loved the performances of Tim Hightower and Michael Bush last week. They were two dynasty keepers he had high hopes for. He also would have gave me an “I told you so” after Flacco threw for 300 yards.
He will be missed greatly on Sundays, draft days and on the golf course.
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