You probably won’t need to make any pickups this week since you likely just finished your draft – but here are a few players who you should monitor this week. I am guessing none of these guys are currently owned in your leagues – one or two of them could be worth a roster spot a week from now.
Robert Woods, WR , Buffalo: The Bills are going through another rebuilding stage with a rookie quarterback in EJ Manuel, but veteran Kevin Kolb thinks the team has a solid rookie in Woods that Manuel can grow with. Buffalo isn’t predicted to play with a lead a lot, and Woods could be the beneficiary. Yards are yards in fantasy and the score doesn’t matter. It wouldn’t be surprising if he enters 2014 as the team’s top WR.
Patrick Edwards, WR, Detroit: The Lions’ depth chart lists Edwards as the starter opposite Calvin Johnson on a team that has more passing attempts than any other the past two season. The Lions also signed running back Reggie Bush, who is a great receiver. … Basically a starting receiver who will always face single-coverage in a high-octane offense is available in your league. Go sign him. Nate Burleson was the incumbent No. 2 receiver, but like many things – it was just time to move on.
Ace Sanders, WR , Jacksonville: With Justin Blackmon suspended for the first few games, someone has to step up for the Jaguars. This is another team that likely won’t have the lead, so either Sanders or Mike Brown could be worth an add. Sanders had a decent preseason, not spectacular, but us journalists need to stick together.
Anthony Fasano, TE, Chiefs: The funny thing about fantasy sports is how the trickle-down effect is sometimes ignored. Many think Dwayne Bowe is going to struggle because they view Alex Smith as a quarterback who doesn’t take many chances down the field - but then those same people don’t boost Fasano’s value for playing with Smith. Smith likes to throw to running backs and tight ends. Fasano is the starting tight end – don’t overthink it.
Isaiah Pead, RB, St. Louis: Watch how Daryl Richardson plays against Arizona. If he struggles, the Rams could turn to Pead in the next few weeks.
Jacksonville’s defense: The Jaguars play the Raiders in Week 2 – so really watch Oakland against Indianapolis to see if you want the defense facing the Raiders each week. It will be interesting to see if Oakland is as terrible as many expect. Jacksonville might be at the top available defense in Week 2.
The most important thing about Week 1 is to not over think your team. If you have been banging your head against the wall all week because you are considering benching Aaron Rodgers because he is facing the 49ers – you might want to quit playing fantasy football. You are going to be too stressed all season. You drafted Aaron Rodgers to play him in the opener.
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