Football Week One

In what will be a weekly feature throughout fantasy football season I’ll be bringing you weekly advice. Who to sit, who to start, what matchups to watch and a pickup or two. I’m not here to tell you to put Adrian Peterson and Larry Fitzgerald in your starting lineups; I’ll try and focus more on borderline players.

So here it is: Week One of the NFL season.


Carson Palmer, Bengals vs. Denver

Palmer begins his return against a Broncos’ team in real flux. Denver ranked 26th against the pass last year, it’s an improved unit, but I like Palmer’s chances.

T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Seahawks vs. St. Louis

Houshmandzadeh and quarterback Matt Hasselbeck get to face the Rams, Seattle’s whipping boy for a while. Look for a good Seahawks debut for the receiver.

Chester Taylor, Vikings at Cleveland

Minnesota will likely not need Adrian Petersen past the first series and it’s possible they will try and limit the early beating their star takes. Brett Favre loves to throw the ball and Taylor is pretty good catching it out of the backfield.


Willie Parker, Steelers vs. Tennessee

Parker has been named starter, but I’m unconvinced about how much that actually means. Rashard Mendenhall lurks in the wings, and the Titans just aren’t all that likely to give up a ton of yards.

Jay Cutler, Bears at Green Bay

Lambeau Field is a harsh place to make his Bears’ debut. I think you need to be in wait-and-see mode with Cutler, as in wait-and-see if he has any actual targets. A Sunday night in Green Bay probably isn’t the time to find out.

Braylon Edwards, Browns vs. Minnesota

New quarterback against that defense spells trouble for all the Browns. Edwards could hear boos quickly if he doesn’t show improvement from last year’s disappointments. Just not the best situation for Week One.

Matchup to watch: Trent Edwards vs. New England defense

Edwards has a lot of weapons around him with Lee Evans and Terrell Owens hauling in his passes. If he is going to be this season’s quarterback sleeper, he should still be productive against the Patriots. He doesn’t need to pick up 25 points this week but if he gets 15, all the owners that took a flyer on him can feel good about the season.

It’s also worth watching to see how defenses intend to handle coverage. Both Owens and Evans deserve a no. one cornerback, but most teams don’t have that kind of depth. New England is one of the few teams that can try and go one-on-one on both sides of the field, but will they?

Pickup of the Week: Tim Hightower, Cardinals vs. San Francisco

Chris Wells is the future in Arizona, but some injuries have held him back in the preseason. Hightower remains no. one on the depth chart and will get plenty of touches this week. Last year the 49ers were ranked 23rd against the run and Hightower scored a touchdown on them last year. He’s got a chance to have a big opening day.

Finally: Don’t forget to set your rosters for Thursday’s games. This first weekend can sneak up on you, especially if your draft happened a couple weeks ago. Starting your year with a loss because you forgot to adjust your lineup isn’t the way to go.