The start of the NFL season is less than 24 hours away! Hearts will be broken after the first kickoff and shit talking will follow shortly after. The excitement!
This week I face “Jake from StateFarm” and boy it can’t get any easier. Phil really needs to find something he good at because this fantasy football stuff isn’t it.
QB matchup: Stafford vs Matt Ryan
I have Stafford facing one of the easiest defensive back fields in the league, The Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings gave up the 3rd most fantasy points to QBs last season. The vikings are the vikings and havent made significant changes defensivly. He is projected to get 21 points and he will easily get those points. It’s what he does as a top 10 QB!
Matt Ryan faces the New Orleans Saints who gave up the most points to QBs. This was without Sean Peyton coaching and the suspension of a few defensive players. I don’t think this defense will be as easy as last year. In addition this is a division rivalry and the Saints are going to want to make a statement this game. Either way this game will be a shoot out.
Advantage: Jake from Statefarm by 1-5 points
WR matchup: Torrey Smith, Cecil Shorts, Victor Cruz vs Damaryius Thomas, Bowe, Desean Jackson
Torrey is the only receiving option in Baltimore. Flacco needs to get him the ball to extend plays and give Ray Rice a break. He faces Denver which is a good defense but will be dealing with suspensions and injuries on the defensive side. Peyton will be putting up points and Baltimore will ditch the running game and air the ball out.
Cecil Shorts will get a lot of looks with Blackmon serving his suspension but it will be MJD running that offense until further notice.
The New York Giants like to throw the ball and Eli likes throwing it to Victor Cruz. I expect to see Salsa twice versus the unproven Cowboys. These guys always play a good game and scoring will be in the 20s as usual
Damaryius will be the victim of too many mouths to feed in Denver. That’s why I didn’t think he was a smart draft choice this season. He will get a few looks deep but not enough to make a splash to start the fantasy football season.
Bowe is facing a pudding of a defense in Jacksonville. Alex Smith will get him the ball this game and frequently. Great matchup for Bowe.
Desean Jackson will be in a game that is going to be run, run, run. I don’t see either the Eagles or Redskins throwing it much this game.
Advantage: Chavez by 5-10 points
RB matchup: CJ Spiller, Chris Ivory vs Ray Rice, Matt Forte.
This is is. This is why I drafted CJ Spiller. He faces a stout New England Defense this week but with his talent and amount of workload he will get he will produce points. It may not be pretty and amazing plays but he will get points, especially since he is the only one in Buffalo with any type of play making ability.
I expect a lot of check down passes to Chris Ivory from Geno Smith. The Jets need to keep it simple for Genos first NFL game. There will be lots of short passes and run plays. Chris Ivory will be sharing time with Bilal Powell but Ivory is the guy the want running the ball. If he doesn’t get hurt I expect a decent game from Ivory.
It’s Ray Rice. He will get the ball plenty of times and will break a few for great yardage. I’m not worried about mile high stadium or Denver’s defense. Ray Rice is a star no matter who or where he plays.
Another RB that will see the ball plenty of times and will score early is Matt Forte. Cincinnati is an up and coming team with a good defense but I think with the amount of yards and the touchdown Matt Forte will be fine against anyone.
Advantage: Jake from Statefarm by 10-15 points
TE matchup: Jimmy Graham vs Jason Witten
I don’t expect any surprises from Jimmy Graham and the New Orleans Saints. He will get his 50-70 yards with a TD or 2. He is a big target for Drew Brees in the Red Zone. The fact that they also face the Falcons gives me a feeling it will be a shoot out.
Romo will get Witten the ball when he isn’t giving it to his boy Dez Bryant. Witten is a consistent TE that will give you 30-50 yards and may or may not score a TD. I don’t see Witten getting the TD this game though.
Advantage: Chavez by 5-10 points
Flex matchup: Issac Redman vs Lamar Miller
Issace Redman was named the starter for the Pittsburg Steelers but the team will focus on throwing the ball until the find the main guy or until Bell comes back. The fact that he will be facing the Titans who gave up the 4th most points to RB makes me feel a bit better that Redman can produce something this game.
Miller is the starter in Miami and does not face much competition from Danial Thomas. Now the samething was said about Danial Thomas last year and look at him now. I think we will see if Miller is the guy they want him to be early if not they will fall back on just chucking the ball out to Wallace all game. The browns are not that bad of a defense either so they can give this young squad problems offensively.
DEF/Kicker matchup: St Louis vs San Francisco.
St Louis face the Arizona Cardinals that still have no running game. The Cardinals do finally have a quarterback that can get the ball out to Larry Fitzgerald, but I feel that the defensive backs in St Louis are better than they get credit for so I think they will be able to handle and control the Arizona Cardinal offense from going off. Low score game is in the works
San Francisco are hosting the Green Bay Packers. I will never bet against Aaron Rodgers and think this game will be entertaining to watch. Green Bay is no slum of an offense and can put up points if they need too. Typical score game is probably what you will get.
Advantage: Chavez by 1-5 points.
So this matchup won’t end with me killing Phil as I would have hoped for but it is a win! So fuck off Phil you suck.