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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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Saints T Terron Armstead will not require neck surgery
by Igor Mello |
(11:38 am ET) Saints tackle Terron Armstead told reporters Monday he will not need surgery on his injured neck, ESPN. Armstead sat out the final two games with the injury and indicated he may be fully recovered in approximately a month.

Jaguars DL Roy Miller set for offseason surgery
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(11:35 am ET) Jaguars defensive lineman Roy Miller is scheduled to undergo surgery to repair a torn meniscus in the near future, according to the Florida Times-Union on Monday. Miller sat out the final two games of the season before opting for surgery. His season ends with 30 tackles and one sack.

Dolphins' Mike Wallace on benching: It was 'coach's decision'
by Igor Mello |
(11:29 am ET) Dolphins wideout Mike Wallace denied reports of him asking out of Sunday's 37-24 loss to the Jets, per the Miami Herald. Wallace did not play the second half of Week 17, citing it as a "coach's decision." He told reporters he likes the coaching staff in Miami and wants to be back in 2015.

Wallace showed some frustrations throughout the season for the lack of big plays in the aerial attack. He still managed to lead the team in yards (862), receiving touchdowns (10) and was second in receptions (67) this season. He is due to make $9.85 million next season.

Redskins OT Trent Williams (ankle) scheduled for an MRI
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(11:18 am ET) Redskins offensive tackle Trent Williams' trip to the Pro Bowl could be in jeopardy. According to ESPN, Williams, who was seen on crutches, is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Monday or Tuesday to make sure no ligaments are torn in his left ankle.

Williams sustained the injury in Sunday's season finale against Dallas and was unable to return.

Jaguars announce DT Sen'Derrick Marks has torn ACL
by Igor Mello |
(10:45 am ET) The Jaguars announced Monday that defensive tackle Sen'Derrick Marks has a torn ACL that will need reconstruction, reports the Associated Press. Marks is going through the prerehab process before he goes under the knife.

Marks sustained the injury in a Week 17 loss to Houston. His season ends with 44 combined tackles, 8 1/2 sacks and one fumble recovery.

RG3 wants to be back with Redskins in 2015
by Michael Hurcomb |
(10:38 am ET) Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III said he wants to return to Washington in 2015. However, Griffin -- who has one year left on his rookie contract -- said he has not had any discussions with coach Jay Gruden about his status for next season.

"We haven’t had that discussion or cleared the air on any of that kind of stuff," Griffin said, per ESPN. "My focus is, I want to be here. I want to help this team win, try to turn this thing around and change the culture around here. That’s my only focus. If coach Jay and this organization wants me around, then I’ll be here I’ll be ready to go. I’ll make sure that happens."

The Redskins finished last in the NFC East in 2014 with a 4-12 record. Griffin went 2-5 in seven starts this season and missed several weeks due to an ankle injury. He is 14-21 in three seasons with Washington. He was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.

Eagles coach Chip Kelly: I want LeSean McCoy back next season
by Igor Mello |
(10:34 am ET) Eagles coach Chip Kelly said on WIP-FM Radio in Philadelphia on Monday morning he wants running back LeSean McCoy back next season.

Both of McCoy's best statistical seasons have come under Kelly. He rushed for 1,319 yards in 2014, the second-highest total of his career. McCoy is the only running back in Eagles history with three seasons of at least 1,300 rushing yards. He is under contract through 2017 and is set to make $9.75 million next season.

"The season just ended, and ... I'm an Eagle. I love it here," McCoy said following Sunday's win over the Giants, per the Philadelphia Inquirer. "My six years here have been excellent. I've been very, very, very productive here. I have a great relationship with my coaches, the owner.

"We'll see what happens. It's a business. Anything can happen; I know that. But I'm sure we can work something out. And hopefully, everything does work out. They know how I feel about them. I know how they feel about me. So we'll see what happens. At the end of the day, it's a business."

Eagles' Nick Foles: I expect to be the QB in 2015
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(10:28 am ET) Eagles quarterback Nick Foles told reporters Monday he expects to be the quarterback in 2015, according to the Philadelphia Daily News.

"They can bring in anybody they like. I’m going to compete," Foles said.

Foles signed a four-year, $2.769 million contract in 2012 and is due to be a free agent in 2016. He declined to comment when asked about seeking an extension. Foles is eligible for one after the season.

Foles tossed 27 touchdowns and two interceptions in 2013, but took a bit of a step back in 2014 before his season was cut short due to a broken collarbone. He threw for 2,163 yards with 13 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in nine games before getting hurt. Mark Sanchez took over for Foles and went 4-4 with a 14 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. The Eagles finished 10-6, falling just one game shy of a playoff spot.

Bills QB Kyle Orton announces his retirement
by Igor Mello |
(10:20 am ET) The Bills announced that quarterback Kyle Orton has informed the team he's retiring from professional football, reports CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora on Monday.

After being released by the Cowboys in July and contemplating retirement, Orton signed with the Bills at the end of the preseason. He was named the starter over EJ Manuel in Week 5 and led the Bills to a 9-7 season. He threw for 3,018 yards with 18 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in 12 games.

"I just have been going at it for 10 years and it's just a family decision and I've decided to get home and be a dad and call it a day," Orton said in a statement.

Orton, 32, was a fourth-round draft pick by the Bears in 2005. He spent three seasons in Chicago before he took over as the starter for four different teams. His 10-year career ends with a 59.5 completion percentage, 18,037 yards with 101 touchdowns and 69 interceptions in 87 games.

Ravens' Harbaugh: Haloti Ngata will 'be ready to go'
by Michael Hurcomb |
(9:51 am ET) Ravens coach John Harbaugh has no concerns about defensive tackle Haloti Ngata's conditioning as he is set to return from a four-game suspension. Ngata missed the final four games of the season for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances.

"I’m confident Haloti will be ready to go. That’s his job, to be ready to go," Harbaugh said, per ESPN. "I’m confident he’ll do it. He has done it before. He has been there, he knows what’s at stake." 

The Ravens will travel to Pittsburgh to play the Steelers in the opening round of the playoffs Saturday.