Final Notes Before Week One (Podcast)
Here we go another year of fantasy football is ready to start on Thursday but before the games begin, the guys from the Fantasy Philosophers Podcast wanted to touch on a few up and coming names to remember, as well as some players with key matchups this weekend. Below we have our full 20 minute podcast below, and as always, you can find this podcast broken down into sections at the fantasy philosophers home page.
Deji Karim – With Rashad Jennings done for the season, it’s time to target Deji Karim in deep leagues as Maurice Jones-Drew isn’t likely to play a full season coming off microfracture knee surgery.
Antonio Brown – Anyone that paid attention to the Steelers this preseason knows that Antonio Brown is a receiver that could breakout this year. Brown is likely be the teams third receiver on the depth chart but should be viewed as the possible No.2 receiver on this team for fantasy, as Hines Ward is on his last legs.
Big Ben vs. Ravens – While the Ravens may seem like a bad start on paper, their secondary is thin and Baltimore did little to improve a pass rush that posted under 30 sacks a year ago. Roethlisberger will exploit this secondary with receivers like Brown, as the Steelers offense will spread the field for four receivers at times to create miss matches. Rookie corner back Jimmy Smith will be targeted early and often in this game.
Reggie Bush A Feature Back?
It looks like the Dolphins will go with Reggie Bush as basically a feature runner as rookie Daniel Thomas has struggled in camp and they released veteran Larry Johnson. Time to believe in Bush as at least a flex play option in PPR leagues.
Brandon Lloyd Should Be Strong Against the Raiders
Oakland doesn’t have Nnamdi Asomugha at corner and Brandon Lloyd should take advantage of the Raiders lack of talent at on the outside. Tyvon Branch and Michael Huff with be busy in this game, and Lloyd should have his opportunities for big plays.
Beanie Wells – The Cardinals host the Panthers this week and Wells is a great start to begin the season. Chester Taylor was recently signed but he will serve on special teams for now.
A.J. Green - Look for the rookie to make for a decent WR-3 play in his first game against the Browns this week. Maybe Green won’t be a consistant player this year, but he should have a decent stat line in this one.