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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: Vikings' Adrian Peterson won't attend OTAs on Tuesday
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2015) Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is reportedly set to skip organized team activities on Tuesday, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Peterson is frustrated with management in Minnesota for not showing him support through his legal case for child abuse. Peterson has not participated in any offseason activities so far, but skipping Tuesday's workout will cost him $250,000 in bonuses if he does not attend 90 percent of OTAs and minicamps.

Peterson has three years, $44.25 million left on his contract with Minnesota.


Cardinals S Tyrann Mathieu finally cast-free
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(5/24/2015) After a couple of injury-plagued seasons, Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu enters training camp almost completely healthy, without a brace on his knee or cast on his thumb, per NFL.com. 

The Cardinals will need a healthy Mathieu to offseason the loss of former defensive coordinator Todd Bowles and cornerback Antonio Cromartie. In two seasons, Mathieu has 100 tackles and three interceptions but has been hampered by nagging injuries. 

"It just feels good to be free," he said. 


Giants' Bennett Jackson making transition to safety
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/23/2015) Giants second-year cornerback Bennett Jackson is spending the offseason transitioning to safety. 

"At the end of the day, I’m a DB,’" Jackson said, per the New York Post. "I think my strengths are cover skills, I got good speed and I got good ball skills. The thing it’s gonna take for me to get out there and make an impact is, I just got to learn the defense and really just communicate the calls fluently."

"It is all in front of him," coach Tom Coughlin said. "We think he can cover. He has done a good job of getting us lined up and then we will see how he plays."


O'Brien impressed with Jadeveon Clowney's work ethic
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/23/2015) Texans coach Bill O'Brien has been impressed with the work defensive end Jadeveon Clowney has put in to recover from microfracture surgery in his knee. 

"I've been impressed with the way JD's been working," O'Brien said, per HoustonTexans.com. "He's been out there. He's in early. He's rehabbing. But he's also being able to take part in some of the things that we do in the weight room. He's not able to do all of the things that we do on the field just yet, because of his rehab. But he's on the right track."


AJ McCarron throwing deep for Bengals
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/23/2015) Bengals quarterback AJ McCarron has recovered from the shoulder soreness that bothered him for most of his rookie year. 

McCarron is now throwing deep again. "I feel great," McCarron said, per the Cincinnati Enquirer. "Body feels great and I feel like I'm slinging it better than I ever have, really."


Brooks Reed injured, may miss time at Falcons' OTAs
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/23/2015) Falcons linebacker Brooks Reed suffered a groin injury during the recently-completed voluntary minicamp, per ESPN.

The injury was termed "minor", but it still might keep Reed from full participation in the Falcons' upcoming OTAs, which start Tuesday. 


GM: EJ Manuel on 'equal footing' with Bills' other QBs
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/23/2015) Bills general manager Doug Whaley denied reports that the team is moving on from quarterback EJ Manuel

The team acquired Matt Cassel and Tyrod Taylor in the offseason.

In an interview with Jim Rome, Whaley said, "I look at it this way, in this business controversy sells,. The more controversy that you can drum up then the more intereste people are going to be."

"For us we’re excited about the future of all three of those guys," Whaley said. "It’s going to be a great competition. And we can keep three quarterbacks. So I dismiss that as just someone trying to get something stirred during this down time and lack of media stories for the NFL." 

Whaley said all three quarterbacks have an equal shot of winning the starting job. 

"I look for him to come in and compete and try to take the job," he said. "Everybody has got an equal footing. It’s a clean slate for all four of our quarterbacks. We’re not tied to anybody. We just want the best man to start."


Bengals' Vontaze Burfict may start year on PUP
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/23/2015) Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict's rehab may not be progressing as quickly as the team had hoped.

Burfict had microfracture knee surgery and initial post-surgery reports said that he could be recovered by the start of training camp. 

This week, the team's website said that Burfict's status was "up in the air" and that a return by the start of the season would be a "tight call".

If Burfict isn't ready by the opener, the Bengals may choose to put him on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list. 


So far, so good for Texans rookie CB Kevin Johnson
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/23/2015) First impressions aren't necessarily important for first-round picks in the NFL. They are far more critical to lower selections and undrafted free agents who desperately need to raise a few eyebrows immediately lest they be back out looking for work.

But whether necessary or not, Texans first-rounder Kevin Johnson is making one heck of a first impression on Bill O'Brien. The clornerback opened some eyes at minicamp.

"This is a guy that's a very quick guy," O'Brien said. "He's a tall guy. He's a guy that has really good transition ability. He's got what I call really good recover transition. If he's getting beat, he can stick his foot in the ground and really make up a lot of ground.

"He's a very bright player. If you ask him questions in the morning meeting, he really has obviously studied the night before. He's working out on his own and doing things to help stay up on material that's being installed."

Johnson believes he needs to do the little things right to make a big impact in his rookie year.

"From the training room to the classroom to the film study, everything is just more detailed," he told the team website. "I'm just trying to take it all in and use everything around here and just get better."


Bears CB Tim Jennings could transition into slot role
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/23/2015) Bears cornerback Tim Jennings is "still trying to figure out" where he will fit into the secondary this season, the Chicago Tribune is reporting.

The nine-year veteran, who is entering his sixth season in the Windy City, has 95 career starts and led the league in interceptions in 2012. He is even a two-time Pro Bowler. But he spent significant time as the slot corner in minicamp. That's an unsatisfying role for him that he just might be forced to embrace.

Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio prefers his outside corners tall and physical. Jennings is 5-8, 185 pounds. He might still earn an outside role opposite Kyle Fuller, but do achieve that goal he must at the very least outperform free agent pickup Alan Ball, who better fits the ideal description.

If the words of new coach John Fox are any indication, that's unlikely to happen.

"Dimension-wise, he's built like a nickel corner," Fox said. "He's played it before."

Jennings has started all but three games over the last seven years.


 
 
 
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