by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
We think we know everything we need to know about the upcoming NFL season. Of course, in the matter of a few days everything we think we know is going to change… And change… And then change some more! It’s part of the fun of fantasy football, as things are consistently changing and we need to monitor and adjust. With that in mind, let’s take a look at how things currently look as we head into Week 1:
- Andrew Luck – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Detroit
- Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Miami
- Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – at Jacksonville
- Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – vs. Oakland
- Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers – at Denver
- Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Washington
- Eli Manning – New York Giants – at Dallas
- Derek Carr – Oakland Raiders – at New Orleans
- Carson Palmer – Arizona Cardinals – vs. New England
- Tyrod Taylor – Buffalo Bills – at Baltimore
- Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers – at Kansas City
- Blake Bortles – Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. Green Bay
- Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Tampa Bay
- Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – at Indianapolis
- Kirk Cousins – Washington Redskins – vs. Pittsburgh
- Jameis Winston – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Atlanta
- Brock Osweiller – Houston Texans – vs. Chicago
- Robert Griffin III – Cleveland Browns – at Philadelphia
- Andy Dalton – Cincinnati Bengals – at New York Jets
- Ryan Fitzpatrick – New York Jets – vs. Cincinnati
- Alex Smith – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. San Diego
- Jimmy Garoppolo – New England Patriots – at Arizona
- Dak Prescott – Dallas Cowboys – vs. New York Giants
- Marcos Mariota – Tennessee Titans – vs. Minnesota
- Joe Flacco – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Buffalo
- We can be as high on Dak Prescott as we’d like, but the Giants’ defense is improved and should put the pressure on the rookie early and often. There’s a good chance Dallas tries to go run heavy, behind Ezekiel Elliot, in an attempt to protect Prescott. Of course, that type of offensive approach would also limit his potential impact.
- While the Redskins signed Josh Norman in the offseason, is that really enough to guide us away from Ben Reothlisberger? Antonio Brown is going to still make an impact and with Le’Veon Bell suspended the Steelers should also look to go pass heavy. Don’t shy away from Roethlisberger based on matchup concerns.
- The Broncos suffered some big losses to their defense in the offseason, but they are still likely going to be among the best groups in the NFL. Does that mean we should be avoiding Cam Newton? Of course not, as you don’t get cute with your stars.
- In two matchups against the Buccaneers last season Matt Ryan combined to throw for 666 yards and 3 TD. It’s easy to be down on him, but it’s also easy to imagine an impressive first week’s performance.
- Marcus Mariota should take a step forward this season, but the Titans are going to go run heavy and that’s going to limit his upside. It’s hard to imagine that he’s going to be more than a low-end QB2 (at best) until he proves otherwise.
Make sure to check out all of our Week 1 rankings: