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Week 1 Fantasy Football Matchups

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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
Pos.NameRatingComment
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
Pos.NameRatingComment
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
Pos.NameRatingComment
QBMatt Ryan
RBMichael Turner
RBJacquizz Rodgers 
WRJulio Jones
WRRoddy White
TETony Gonzalez
KMatt Bryant
DSTFalcons
Kansas City Chiefs
Pos.NameRatingComment
QBMatt Cassel
RBJamaal Charles
RBPeyton Hillis
WRDwayne Bowe
WRJon Baldwin 
TEKevin Boss 
KRyan Succop
DSTChiefs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

San Francisco 49ers at Green Bay Packers -- Sunday, 4:15 p.m. ET, Lambeau Field
San Francisco 49ers
Pos.NameRatingComment
QBAlex Smith
RBFrank Gore
RBBrandon Jacobs 
WRMichael Crabtree 
WRRandy Moss 
TEVernon Davis
KDavid Akers
DST49ers
Green Bay Packers
Pos.NameRatingComment
QBAaron Rodgers
RBCedric Benson
RBAlex Green 
WRJordy Nelson
WRGreg Jennings
TEJermichael Finley
KMason Crosby
DSTPackers

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

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

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

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Sidney Rice opting to return to Seattle
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(2:05 am ET) The Seahawks re-signed free-agent wide receiver Sidney Rice to a one-year deal Wednesday, after being cut earlier in the offseason.

Financial terms of the deal are not yet known, though it will surely pay him less than the $8.5 million he was initially set to make before he was cut. Rice is recovering from a torn ACL in October, but has been cleared to return to football activities. 


Jaguars sign Mike Brown
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(2:03 am ET) The Jaguars signed exclusive rights free agent receiver Mike Brown Wednesday. The terms of the contract are not immediately available.

Brown finished third on the team in receiving yards a year ago, finishing with 32 receptions for 446 yards and a pair of touchdowns in 11 games. 


Jets backfield takes shape following Johnson signing
by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4/16/2014) With the Jets signing Chris Johnson on Wednesday, the rest of their backfield should start to take shape, reports the New York Daily News.

The report says Johnson and Chris Ivory will work as a tandem, and Bilal Powell will be the No. 3 running back. Mike Goodson is expected to be released before the start of the season.


Chris Johnson excited for 'fresh start'
by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4/16/2014) New Jets running back Chris Johnson's two-year deal is worth $8 million with another $1 million in incentives, reports Pro Football Talk. Johnson was scheduled to make $8 million for the Titans in 2014 alone before he was released.

Meanwhile, Johnson told the Tennessean that he's looking forward to this opportunity with the Jets.

"I have a fresh start. Now I am going to go out there with a chip on my shoulder," Johnson said. "I know a lot of people are doubting me. I want to prove everybody wrong who has doubts in me."


Bengals sign punter T.J. Conley
by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4/16/2014) The Bengals signed free agent punter T.J. Conley on Wednesday. 

Conley punted in 16 games for the Jets in 2011. He averaged 42.7 yards on 92 punts, and his 38.8-yard net average was the highest in Jets history. He had 32 inside-20 kicks with just six touchbacks, and his plus-26 differential on inside-20s to touchbacks ranked tied for third in the NFL.

Conley did not play in the 2012 or 2013 regular seasons. He was with the Jets in the 2012 preseason and with Cleveland in the 2013 preseason.

Conley will challenge incumbent Kevin Huber for the starting job, but most likely he won't make the final roster.


Chris Johnson signs two-year deal with the Jets
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4/16/2014) The Jets have signed running back Chris Johnson to a two-year deal, league sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter. 

Johnson told reporters on Tuesday he was taking free agency one day at a time and added that he had other visits planned, but the Jets must have made him an improved offer to lock up the one-time 2,000-yard running back. 

Johnson has totaled at least 1,400 yards in each of his last four seasons with the Titans since running for 2,006 yards in 2009. He also scored 10 touchdowns in 2013 (four receiving). 


Clay Matthews says it's thumbs up for training camp
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4/16/2014) Packers linebacker Clay Matthews said he's diligently rehabbing his injured thumb, comparing it to a torn ACL rather than a typical bone break. As part of the injury he also had surgery on his forearm, which got damaged when he re-injured the thumb late last season. But he told USA Today that he'll be ready for the start of training camp, though he'll miss offseason workouts. 

Mike James resumes running and cutting
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4/16/2014) Buccaneers running back Mike James is working his way back into football shape after breaking his left ankle last season. He told the Tampa Bay Times that he's been running and cutting and is aiming to get back to full strength and speed. Asked if he would be ready for the team's April minicamp, James said he and the team are "taking everything day by day." 

Josh Freeman signs with Giants
by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4/16/2014) The Giants have signed quarterback Josh Freeman, reports FOX Sports.

Freeman spent last season with the Buccaneers and Vikings. His only appearance for Minnesota was against the Giants, and he completed 20 of 53 passes for 190 yards and an interception.

Freeman will try and make the final roster for the Giants as a backup to Eli Manning, who is coming off ankle surgery this offseason. The Giants also have Curtis Painter and Ryan Nassib on the roster.


Rob Gronkowski will 'take his time' coming back
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4/16/2014) Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski will "take his time and then take more time" coming back from a torn ACL suffered last season, a source told Bleacher Report

Gronkowski's heart was questioned last year when he took his time coming back from forearm and back procedures. This year he might not care how long he takes as he wants to practice patience in his rehab. 

The knee injury happened in December of last year. Usually it takes nine months to come back from an ACL injury without incident. That would mean he'd be ready to hit the field by late August. 


 
 
 
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