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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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Report: Buccaneers bringing in Dan Connolly for a visit
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2015) Former Patriots offensive guard Dan Connolly will visit the Buccaneers on Tuesday, per a report by Fox's Ross Jones, citing a source. 

Connolly has played in 87 games for the Patriots in the last seven years and hasn't played in fewer than 13 games in a season since 2008. 


Steelers RB DeAngelo WIlliams says signing was easy decision
by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2015) After playing his first nine seasons with the Panthers, running back DeAngelo Williams signed a two-year, $4 million contract with the Steelers this offseason. Among his many thoughts on the signing, he called it an easy decision, according to the Sporting News.

“I didn’t know they wanted me. I had never been on a visit before,” Williams said. “I was with the same organization for nine years. When I got the call and they said, 'hey we want to bring you in for a visit' I took it as that. Had they said we wanted to bring you in for a signing I would have had a different mindset. I had no idea what was going to transpire when I got here.”

Williams added that he is willing to do whatever it takes to get the team to the next level.

“It’s the opportunity to take maybe one or two reps or whatever it takes to make this team better,” Williams said. “That is what I will do. I want to make it to a Super Bowl and win it. I know this team has that potential and they can do it.

“Coming here was an easy decision. This is a Super Bowl contending team. Every veteran out there, veteran or rookie, they want to go to the Super Bowl and win it and get the best opportunity. I think the best opportunity is here in Pittsburgh.”

Williams has rushed for 6,846 yards on 1,432 carries with 46 rushing touchdowns in his career.


Lions WR Golden Tate doesn't feel pressure due to loss of Suh
by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2015) Although Lions wide receiver Golden Tate feels the loss of Ndamukong Suh is a blow to the team, he doesn't believe it puts more pressure on the offense, reports ESPN. 

When asked specifically about the subject, Tate was clear about his thoughts.

"No, I don't think it adds any pressure," Tate said by phone Monday. "We just need to be who we are. We know that we have a lot of weapons all over the field. We just need to reach our potential each and every week.

"We just need to go out there and play fundamentally sound football and I have no doubt our defense is going to be really good again this year and we just got to do our jobs. There's no pressure on anyone but to be ourselves and to play good football."

Additionally, Tate recognizes that Suh was a game-changing player for the Lions, but he likes the addition of Haloti Ngata.

"Obviously, losing Suh is a big hit," Tate said. "I don't care what team you are, he's the guy that can change the game. Change an opposing offense's game plan. He affects the game so much. But with that being said, I'm thankful to have [had] the opportunity to play with him for a year and be a part of something special. But the show must go on.

"The guy we got, [Haloti] Ngata, is a heck of a player. I think it's a good pickup for us. I know he has a past with coach Caldwell so he knows the ins and outs of the system, probably. But we're ready to move forward. We can't live in the past and football season must still go on. We're preparing to have a great year and build from last year."

The 26-year-old stated that he plans on focusing on the intricacies of the offensive playbook heading into this season.

"One thing I really want to focus on is learning the playbook a little bit better," Tate said. "I felt like I knew it for the most part, but details, running the plays exactly how Joe Lombardi draws them up, could help us win more games and create more opportunities for myself and our team."

Tate finished his first season with the Lions catching 99 passes for 1,331 yards and four touchdowns.


Report: LB Rolando McClain ends Patriots' visit without contract
by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2015) After visiting the Patriots on Monday, linebacker Rolando McClain and the team did not agree to terms on a contract, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. The same report states that the visit was a positive one.

McClain played in 13 games last season for the Cowboys, collecting 81 total tackles and one sack. Over his four-year career, the 25-year-old has accumulated 327 total tackles, 7.5 sacks, 23 passes defensed, three interceptions and two forced fumbles.


Cardinals S Tyrann Mathieu looks forward to being healthy
by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2015) Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu believes that he is regaining his health and he's ready to make an impact this season, according to the team's website.

“It’s been a long time since I’ve been healthy,” Mathieu said Monday. “Last year I felt like I took a back seat. I played well my rookie year and then last year it was kind of, eh, I was there but I wasn’t there. This (year) is more important for me because I really want to let everyone know I’m back and I can still make some plays.”

Mathieu tore his ACL and LCL toward the end of the 2013 season. He recently said that the comeback was "way harder than I thought."

Head coach Bruce Arians talked about how Mathieu was not himself last season.

“You saw him fight through it last year,” Arians said. “He was not the player he was used to (being) and it was very frustrating for him.”

Mathieu was aware of the chatter from the outside world and he is using that as motivation going forward.

“You hear people talk and I had time to listen to them talk, so it’s like … I hear it,” Mathieu said. “Like I said, I didn’t feel like I made enough plays last year to help our team. I am looking forward to this year because I know I can do it.”

The 22-year-old has registered 106 total tackles, one sack, three interceptions and one forced fumble in 26 games played during his two-year career.


Saints plan to rework Jahri Evans, Cameron Jordan contracts
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2015) Saints coach Sean Payton said that the team has a plan in place to rework guard Jahri Evans' contract to help create salary cap space, per ESPN's Mike Triplett

Evans is scheduled to make $6.8 million salary in 2015 and cost $11 million against the cap. 

The team might also extend defensive end Cameron Jordan's contract. Jordan is entering the last year of his contract and is scheduled to make $6.969 million this year.


Rams have agreed to terms with OL Tim Barnes
by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2015) The Rams have agreed to terms with offensive lineman Tim Barnes, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The one-year deal has a maximum value of $1 million. 

Barnes recently visited had a visit with the Chiefs before signing with the Rams. The 26-year-old spent all three of his previous seasons with the Rams, starting four of the 45 games he appeared in.


Report: Brandon Tate visits Chiefs
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2015) Free agent wide receiver/kick returner Brandon Tate visited the Chiefs on Monday, according to a report from the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, citing a source.

Tate had 17 catches for 193 yards and a touchdown for the Bengals last year. He also had a combined 571 yards in kick and punt returns. 


Lions' Riley Reiff open to playing right tackle
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2015) Lions coach Jim Caldwell said that Riley Reiff might start at right tackle next season. 

Reiff has started 32 games at left tackle over the last two seasons. The Lions aren't sure that last year's right tackle LaAdrian Waddle will be fully recovered from knee surgery, and backup tackle Cornelius Lucas is better on the left side. 

Reiff told the Daily Republic he doesn't care where he plays. 

 "I like playing, and wherever they want to put me, that's fine. I'll play," he said.


Broncos OL Michael Schofield looking to compete for starting job
by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2015) Broncos offensive lineman Michael Schofield is ready to come in and compete for a starting job this season, reports the Denver Post.

After not dressing for a single game as a rookie, Schofield added weight and he looks forward to fighting for a starting job.

"I am going in there with that mentality. In the NFL everybody is competing," Schofield said during a road trip to see family in Illinois. "They are looking for someone to step up and take over. I want to make that jump."

The third-round draft pick of the Broncos in 2014 struggled with weight issues, but he is now up to 305 pounds. He also recognized that his pass protection needs improvement.

"Personally, I felt there were reasons I wasn't out there (for games). I wasn't consistent enough in pass pro (protection). And my weight was really fluctuating," Schofield said.

Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak believes that the team's zone-blocking scheme can help Schofield elevate his game, and Schofield agrees.

"We like the Schofield kid, so we'll see. We think he's got some flexibility (in where he can play)," Kubiak said. "It will be very competitive."

"I feel like I am better suited for this," Schofield said. "You have to be able to reach block, and I feel the steps required fit me better."


 
 
 
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