It's only Week 1, but that doesn't mean fantasy owners don't need a sneaky start or two. Adrian Peterson, Maurice Jones-Drew, Jahvid Best, Jonathan Stewart, Rashard Mendenhall, Ryan Mathews and Kenny Britt are all out, questionable, suspended or limited for Week 1, and there are ways for fantasy owners to capitalize.
Here is a look at the sneakiest QB, RB, WR and TE plays for Week 1…
Note: The order below does not trump our weekly rankings which are updated throughout the week.
were the 2nd-worst against the pass in 2011, and while they may be better in that area in 2012, it's doubtful that they'll suddenly become stingy. Locker has produced when given the opportunity, and it's likely that the Titans
will be playing from behind for most of the game. He'll miss Kenny Britt
(suspension), but Nate Washington
, Kendall Wright
, Damian Williams
and Jared Cook
are capable of posting solid numbers.
were mediocre against the pass in 2011, but they haven't had much of a chance to game plan against Wilson, who has played so well so far as a rookie. Wilson can make plays with his legs and has a healthy Sidney Rice
to throw to. Golden Tate
may be out, but Doug Baldwin
and Braylon Edwards
should be able to pick up the slack.
Smith is questionable with an ankle injury, but if he plays, he should produce RB1/RB2-type numbers. He scored seven touchdowns in six games down the stretch in 2011, averaging 84 total yards per contest. Throw in the fact that the Rams
were the 2nd-worst against the rush last season, and we have the recipe for a big game for Smith. If he can't play look for Keiland Williams
to take his place.
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