Week One Fantasy Surprises

Every week it seems like different players come out of nowhere and are big contributors for your fantasy team. The objective of this series throughout the year will be to identify hidden gems in time to put them in your lineup before it is too late. I won’t be telling you to start players such as Adrian Peterson, but talking about key match-ups and players who could either be found on the bench or waiver wire in most leagues.

QB:  Mark Sanchez vs Cowboys:

Sanchez is too inconsistent to use as a full time fantasy option but he does have a favorable matchup this week against the Cowboys. The Cowboys were one of the league’s worst defenses against the pass last season and now they will be playing without cornerback Terence Newman. Expect around 210 yards and two touchdowns.

RB: Beanie Wells vs Panthers:

Wells is only entering his third year but it seems like he has been in the league much longer. This is due to the fact that every offseason we hear about this is going to be when he breaks out. He could get off to a great start this season as he faces a very favorable matchup against the Panthers. With nobody else to steal carries from him, Wells is worth starting in all leagues this week. Expect around 110 total yards and a touchdown.

WR: Kenny Britt vs Jaguars:

Britt over the past two years that he has the potential to be an elite receiver but the rap has been that he’s a character concern. He didn’t change anyone’s stance on that this offseason recording an impressive three arrests during the lockout. Right away this season he has a chance to shine against a very weak Jaguar secondary with Matt Hasselbeck throwing him the ball. Expect around 80 yards and a touchdown.

TE: Lance Kendricks vs Eagles:

If the preseason was any indication, Sam Bradford is going to be looking for the rookie tight end out of Wisconsin early and often. The Eagles defense has had trouble containing tight ends so it wouldn’t be surprising if Kendricks makes a big impact in his NFL debut. Expect around 60 yards and a touchdown.

K: Alex Henery vs Rams:

As fantasy owners know, the Eagles could put up a ton of points and with David Akers gone, Henery now gets those opportunities. The Rams are a solid defensive unit but he should still get his fair share of opporunities. Expect around two field goals and three extra points.

DEF: Browns vs Bengals:

If you are the kind of fantasy owner who picks a different defense each week based on matchups, there’s a very good chance that you are well acquainted with the Bengals schedule. The Browns get the first crack at them in the battle of Ohio and should be available in most leagues. Expect around four sacks, two interceptions and fumble recovery.


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