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Week 1 Fantasy Football Matchups

Senior Fantasy Writer

For those of you that drafted Ray Rice and can't fathom benching him right out of the gate, we completely understand. However, for those of you that always take matchups into consideration, here are some numbers you should know. He's scored exactly one touchdown in five career games against the Steelers. He had back-to-back 100-total-yard games against them in 2009 but couldn't do any better than 64 total yards in three tries last year.

Since John Harbaugh became Ravens head coach his team has scored just six rushing touchdowns on Pittsburgh (eight games) with only one 100-yard rusher (Rice, Dec. 27, 2009). We can't blame you for starting Rice -- we think he'll be phenomenal against lesser defenses -- but unless the Steelers' scheme evaporates, he might not give you what you drafted him for in Week 1.

Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants -- Wednesday, 8:30 p.m. ET, MetLife Stadium
Dallas Cowboys
QBTony RomoHas 275+ yards & 2+ TDs in 3 of his last 4 against the Giants.
RBDeMarco MurrayDAL called 23 or less runs in 5 of last 6 vs. NYG; no rush TDs in last 4 vs. NYG
RBFelix Jones Averaged 38.2 total yds w/ no TDs in 6 gms with 11 or less carries last yr.
WRDez BryantHas at least 70 yds or 1+ TD in every gm vs. NYG (14-278-4 in 4 games).
WRMiles AustinExactly 1 TD in each of last 3 years against Giants but just one 100-yd game.
TEJohn Phillips Might have to help more as a blocker. Scored 1st NFL TD last yr vs. NYG.
DSTCowboysAllowed 31, 37, 20 & 41 points to NYG over last four w/ 3 sacks, 5 INTs.
New York Giants
QBEli ManningAt least 300 yards & 2 TDs in five of last six vs. Dallas w/ 2+ TDs in all six
RBAhmad BradshawHad 130+ total yards in 2 of last 3 vs. DAL; 2 TDs in game he didn't have 130+
RBDavid WilsonMakes NFL debut. Giants RBs totaled 4 TDs vs. Dallas in 2011.
WRHakeem NicksScored and/or caught for 100 yds in 4 of 5 career games vs. DAL w/ 4 TDs.
WRVictor CruzHad 6-178-1 last game vs. DAL. Cowboys DBs improved but Cruz still a factor.
TEMartellus BennettFirst game ever vs. Cowboys after 4 yrs there. Should be familiar with defense.
DSTGiantsNine sacks in 2011 vs. Cowboys w/ 48 total points allowed.

Atlanta Falcons at Kansas City Chiefs -- Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET, Arrowhead Stadium
Atlanta Falcons
QBMatt Ryan
RBMichael Turner
RBJacquizz Rodgers 
WRJulio Jones
WRRoddy White
TETony Gonzalez
KMatt Bryant
Kansas City Chiefs
QBMatt Cassel
RBJamaal Charles
RBPeyton Hillis
WRDwayne Bowe
WRJon Baldwin 
TEKevin Boss 
KRyan Succop

Buffalo Bills at New York Jets -- Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET, MetLife Stadium
Buffalo Bills
QBRyan Fitzpatrick
RBFred Jackson
RBC.J. Spiller
WRSteve Johnson
WRDavid Nelson 
TEScott Chandler 
KRian Lindell
New York Jets
QBMark Sanchez 
RBShonn Greene
RBBilal Powell 
WRSantonio Holmes 
WRStephen Hill 
TEDustin Keller
KNick Folk 

Indianapolis Colts at Chicago Bears -- Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET, Soldier Field
Indianapolis Colts
QBAndrew Luck
RBDonald Brown
RBVick Ballard 
WRReggie Wayne
WRT.Y. Hilton 
TECoby Fleener
KAdam Vinatieri
Chicago Bears
QBJay Cutler
RBMatt Forte
RBMichael Bush
WRBrandon Marshall
WRAlshon Jeffery 
TEKellen Davis 
KRobbie Gould

Jacksonville Jaguars at Minnesota Vikings -- Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET, Mall of America Field
Jacksonville Jaguars
QBBlaine Gabbert
RBMaurice Jones-Drew
RBRashad Jennings
WRJustin Blackmon
WRLaurent Robinson
TEMarcedes Lewis 
KJosh Scobee
Minnesota Vikings
QBChristian Ponder
RBAdrian Peterson
RBToby Gerhart
WRPercy Harvin
WRJerome Simpson 
TEKyle Rudolph
KBlair Walsh 

Miami Dolphins at Houston Texans -- Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET, Reliant Stadium
Miami Dolphins
QBRyan Tannehill 
RBReggie Bush
RBDaniel Thomas 
WRDavone Bess 
WRBrian Hartline 
TEAnthony Fasano 
KDan Carpenter
Houston Texans
QBMatt Schaub
RBArian Foster
RBBen Tate
WRAndre Johnson
WRKeshawn Martin 
TEOwen Daniels
KShayne Graham

New England Patriots at Tennessee Titans -- Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET, LP Field
New England Patriots
QBTom Brady
RBStevan Ridley
RBShane Vereen 
WRWes Welker
WRBrandon Lloyd
TERob Gronkowski
KStephen Gostkowski
Tennessee Titans
QBJake Locker
RBChris Johnson
RBJavon Ringer 
WRKenny Britt
WRNate Washington
TEJared Cook
KRob Bironas

Philadelphia Eagles at Cleveland Browns -- Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET, Cleveland Browns Stadium
Philadelphia Eagles
QBMichael Vick
RBLeSean McCoy
RBDion Lewis 
WRJeremy Maclin
WRDeSean Jackson
TEBrent Celek
KAlex Henery
Cleveland Browns
QBBrandon Weeden 
RBTrent Richardson
RBMontario Hardesty 
WRGreg Little
WRJosh Gordon 
TEJordan Cameron 
KPhil Dawson

St. Louis Rams at Detroit Lions -- Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET, Ford Field
St. Louis Rams
QBSam Bradford
RBSteven Jackson
RBIsaiah Pead 
WRDanny Amendola 
WRSteve Smith 
TELance Kendricks 
KGreg Zuerlein
Detroit Lions
QBMatthew Stafford
RBKevin Smith
RBMikel Leshoure
WRCalvin Johnson
WRTitus Young
TEBrandon Pettigrew
KJason Hanson

Washington Redskins at New Orleans Saints -- Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET, Mercedes-Benz Superdome
Washington Redskins
QBRobert Griffin III
RBAlfred Morris
RBEvan Royster 
WRPierre Garcon
WRSantana Moss 
TEFred Davis
KBilly Cundiff
New Orleans Saints
QBDrew Brees
RBDarren Sproles
RBMark Ingram
WRMarques Colston
WRLance Moore
TEJimmy Graham
KGarrett Hartley

Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- Sunday, 4:15 p.m. ET, Raymond James Stadium
Carolina Panthers
QBCam Newton
RBDeAngelo Williams
RBJonathan Stewart
WRSteve Smith
WRBrandon LaFell 
TEGreg Olsen
KJustin Medlock
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
QBJosh Freeman
RBDoug Martin
RBLeGarrette Blount 
WRVincent Jackson
WRMike Williams 
TEDallas Clark 
KConnor Barth

Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals -- Sunday, 4:15 p.m. ET, University of Phoenix Stadium
Seattle Seahawks
QBRussell Wilson
RBMarshawn Lynch
RBRobert Turbin 
WRSidney Rice
WRDoug Baldwin 
TEZach Miller 
KSteven Hauschka 
Arizona Cardinals
QBJohn Skelton 
RBRyan Williams
RBBeanie Wells
WRLarry Fitzgerald
WRAndre Roberts 
TERob Housler 
KJay Feely 

San Francisco 49ers at Green Bay Packers -- Sunday, 4:15 p.m. ET, Lambeau Field
San Francisco 49ers
QBAlex Smith
RBFrank Gore
RBBrandon Jacobs 
WRMichael Crabtree 
WRRandy Moss 
TEVernon Davis
KDavid Akers
Green Bay Packers
QBAaron Rodgers
RBCedric Benson
RBAlex Green 
WRJordy Nelson
WRGreg Jennings
TEJermichael Finley
KMason Crosby

Pittsburgh Steelers at Denver Broncos -- Sunday, 8:20 p.m. ET, Sports Authority Field at Mile High
Pittsburgh Steelers
QBBen Roethlisberger
RBIsaac Redman
RBRashard Mendenhall 
WRAntonio Brown
WRMike Wallace
TEHeath Miller 
KShaun Suisham
Denver Broncos
QBPeyton Manning
RBWillis McGahee
RBRonnie Hillman 
WRDemaryius Thomas
WREric Decker
TEJacob Tamme
KMatt Prater

Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens -- Monday, 7:00 p.m. ET, M&T Bank Stadium
Cincinnati Bengals
QBAndy Dalton
RBBenJarvus Green-Ellis
RBBernard Scott 
WRA.J. Green
WRArmon Binns 
TEJermaine Gresham
KMike Nugent
Baltimore Ravens
QBJoe Flacco
RBRay Rice
RBBernard Pierce 
WRTorrey Smith
WRAnquan Boldin
TEEd Dickson 
KJustin Tucker

San Diego Chargers at Oakland Raiders -- Monday, 10:15 p.m. ET, Coliseum
San Diego Chargers
QBPhilip Rivers
RBRyan Mathews
RBRonnie Brown 
WRRobert Meachem
WRMalcom Floyd
TEAntonio Gates
KNate Kaeding
Oakland Raiders
QBCarson Palmer
RBDarren McFadden
RBTaiwan Jones 
WRDarrius Heyward-Bey
WRDenarius Moore 
TEBrandon Myers 
KSebastian Janikowski

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Player News
Still some questions for Travis Kelce
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10:17 am ET) Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce, who caught the attention of Fantasy owners with his big-play ability in the preseason and showed flashes of it through the first three weeks, finally turned in the performance everyone was hoping to see Week 4 against New England, emerging as quarterback Alex Smith's favorite target after playing just a peripheral role in the passing game earlier in the year.

Is it validation that Kelce is a starting-caliber tight end in Fantasy? I'd say so. He now has two games with 80-plus receiving yards and two touchdowns in a span of four weeks, making him the eighth-best tight end in standard scoring. That says a lot right there.

But is he so good that you should feel comfortable shopping Jimmy Graham if you happen to own both? I'm not ready to make that leap. For one thing, the Chiefs passing game isn't the most stable in the league. A different player has led the team in targets each week. For another, Kelce doesn't see the field all that much -- at least not like we're used to seeing from the league's top tight ends. He played only 52 percent of the team's snaps Monday, down from 65 percent in Week 3. He played less than 40 percent of their snaps each of the first two weeks.

Because the Chiefs are lacking a standout wide receiver, I believe that number is more likely to rise than fall going forward. But until we see that it is rising consistently, Kelce remains a solid but not especially high-end starter at tight end.

Redskins add Gabe Miller in roster tweaks
by Larry Hartstein |
(10:14 am ET) The Redskins signed linebacker Gabe Miller and nose tackle Robert Thomas to their practice squad and released defensive lineman Hebron Fangupo from the squad.

Carson Palmer's shoulder issues not solved
by Larry Hartstein |
(10:09 am ET) Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer said the bruised nerve in his throwing shoulder hasn't progressed as much as he had hoped, but still thinks he can show coaches he's capable of starting Week 5 at Denver, reports ESPN's Ed Werder. Drew Stanton has started the past two games and could face the Broncos if Palmer can't practice fully this week.

It is time to sit Tom Brady
by Chris Towers |
(10:08 am ET) We all mostly assumed Tom Brady's 2013 season was an aberration, right? Sure, he posted his lowest touchdown total and yards per attempt mark since 2006, but hey, he didn't have Rob Gronkowski to throw to! So, what's the excuse now?

With Gronkowski playing a higher percentage of the snaps than any game prior, Brady still put up a dud on Monday night against the Chiefs, in the worst showing of an already disappointing season. He has now failed to even reach 15 Fantasy points in his first four games this season, and is off to the worst start of his career.

Even in his disappointing 2013 campaign, Brady had 75 Fantasy points through four games, compared to 43 after Monday's 6-point effort. It isn't all on Brady of course, as the Patriots' receiving corps beyond Gronkowski and Julian Edelman is pretty much a disaster -- though, of course, it isn't likely to get any better moving forward.

At this point, what looked to be an aberration is settling into the new reality. Brady's skills have slipped just enough that he can no longer make up for the subpar talent the organization has surrounded him with. And things won't get any easier for Brady in Week 5, with the Bengals on the schedule. No team has been stingier against opposing quarterbacks than the Bengals, who have allowed just two touchdowns through three games, with six total interceptions.

At this point, sitting Brady is a pretty easy call. In fact, the more pertinent question is whether the 26th-ranked Fantasy quarterback is still worth owning in 99 percent of leagues. 

Jamaal Charles' ankle is sore after three-touchdown night
by Larry Hartstein |
(12:35 am ET) Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles said he felt good during the 41-14 win over the Patriots, but admitted afterward his injured ankle was sore, reports "I'm ready to get off it and ice it up," he said.

Charles got 21 touches and scored three touchdowns, two receiving, in his first action since spraining his ankle Week 2. He'll play the 49ers in San Francisco on Sunday.

Stephen Gostkowski barely sees the field
by Larry Hartstein |
(12:30 am ET) Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski hit two PATs and attempted no field goals in the Week 4 loss at Kansas City. He plays the Bengals on Sunday night.

Julian Edelman quiet on MNF
by Larry Hartstein |
(12:28 am ET) After three straight strong outings, Patriots receiver Julian Edelman was held to 23 receiving yards in Monday's loss at Kansas City. Edelman caught four of his eight targets and is up to 26 grabs this season.

Edelman cut his route short on Tom Brady's first interception, and he was unable to hang onto at least one catchable throw. Edelman will try to bounce back Sunday night against Cincinnati.

Rob Gronkowski notches third touchdown
by Larry Hartstein |
(12:24 am ET) Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski drew just three targets in Monday night's loss in Kansas City. He hauled in an 18-yard pass in the first half and a 13-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter, his third score this season.

Tom Brady wasn't able to get the ball to Gronk, who saw double coverage. But rookie Jimmy Garoppolo found Gronkowski for the late score.

Gronkowski's 31 yards marked a season low, and he has not cleared 50 yards in any game. He'll play the Bengals on Sunday night.

Brandon LaFell only bright spot for Patriots
by Larry Hartstein |
(12:14 am ET) Brandon LaFell led the Patriots in every receiving category in Monday's 41-14 loss to the Chiefs. He caught six of his 10 targets for a career-best 119 yards and a touchdown, producing his first 100-yard game since Week 5 last season when he played for Carolina.

A 6-3, 210-pounder, LaFell showed his strength late in the third quarter when he caught a slant and shed a tackle en route to a 44-yard score. This was only his third career 100-yard game.

LaFell will try to keep it going Week 5 when New England hosts the Bengals.

James White sees first NFL action
by Larry Hartstein |
(12:09 am ET) Patriots rookie running back James White was active for the first time Week 4, and he ended up receiving six touches as the game got out of hand. With the Chiefs winning big in the fourth quarter, White entered and ran three times for 21 yards while catching all three of his targets for 15 yards.

White plays the Bengals on Sunday night.