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Playoff Extra: Divisional Weekend Rankings

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The fun begins now for the Playoff Challenge because the teams previously on a bye are back in action for the Divisional Round. We finally get to use guys like Peyton Manning, Frank Gore, Julio Jones and Rob Gronkowski, among others.

The Wild Card round had some big performances (Arian Foster, Marshawn Lynch and Anquan Boldin) and some duds (Aaron Rodgers, Ray Rice and Andre Johnson). But now we have an influx of talent coming off a bye, and you have some great options to choose from.

The rankings here are for the Divisional Round only, and we'll look at who to start and sit for the matchups between Baltimore at Denver, Houston at New England, Seattle at Atlanta and Green Bay at San Francisco. It should be an exciting weekend as the pressure mounts as these teams get one game closer to the Super Bowl.

Editor's note: The units listed after each player's name is the value assigned to each player in the CBSSports.com Playoff Challenge.

Quarterback

1. Tom Brady, Patriots -- 81 units
2. Aaron Rodgers, Packers -- 82 units
3. Peyton Manning, Broncos -- 80 units
4. Colin Kaepernick, 49ers -- 62 units
5. Russell Wilson, Seahawks -- 66 units
6. Matt Ryan, Falcons -- 74 units
7. Joe Flacco, Ravens -- 61 units
8. Matt Schaub, Texans -- 64 units

The last time Brady faced the Texans in Week 14 he passed for 296 yards, four touchdowns and one interception for 33 Fantasy points, and that was without an injured Gronkowski (forearm). The Texans allowed at least 19 Fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks in three of the final four games of the regular season. ... Rodgers is getting hot at the right time with 12 total touchdowns and no interceptions in his past four games, including the Wild Card victory against Minnesota, and an average 318 passing yards over that span. In Week 1 against San Francisco at home, Rodgers had 26 Fantasy points, and the 49ers have allowed at least 26 Fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks in two of their past three games. ... Manning has a tough matchup this week, but it's hard to avoid him based on his potential. He was held to 14 Fantasy points at Baltimore in Week 15, and the Ravens have allowed just one quarterback to top 15 Fantasy points since Week 10. Following that game, Manning closed the season with 59 Fantasy points in two home games against the Browns and Chiefs, and his worst game at home was Week 1 against the Steelers when he had only 24 Fantasy points. ... Kaepernick made three starts at home since taking over for Alex Smith in Week 11, and he averaged 21 Fantasy points over that span. The Packers have only allowed two quarterbacks to score at least 18 Fantasy points since Week 12, which was Matthew Stafford in Week 14 and Christian Ponder in Week 17. Still, Kaepernick has plenty of upside, and Smith had 21 Fantasy points against the Packers in Week 1 when he was still the starter. ... Wilson has a difficult matchup at the Falcons, who have only allowed two quarterbacks to score more than 18 Fantasy points all year, which were Drew Brees and Cam Newton. Otherwise, Atlanta has held down Tony Romo, both Manning brothers, Robert Griffin III and Stafford, among others. But Wilson is on an incredible roll with at least 20 Fantasy points in eight of his past nine games, with the lone exception being Week 14 against Arizona when he barely played in a blowout victory. He is hard to bench this week. ... Ryan could also struggle against the Seahawks, who have allowed one quarterback to score more than 17 Fantasy points since Week 8, which was Jay Cutler. But like Wilson, Ryan is hard to bench since he has at least 23 Fantasy points in three of his past four games. ... Flacco had 18 Fantasy points against Denver at home, and he has played well of late with at least 18 Fantasy points in six of his past eight full games, with the lone exception being two matchups against the Steelers (he also barely played in Week 17 at Cincinnati). We're leery of recommending Flacco on the road, where he has struggled for the most part this year with 14 Fantasy points or less in five games. And Denver hasn't allowed a quarterback to score 20 Fantasy points since Week 5. ... Schaub has been in a brutal funk with single digits in Fantasy points in four of his past five games, including the Wild Card victory against the Bengals. He had seven Fantasy points at New England in Week 14, and the Patriots have allowed just one quarterback to score more than 17 Fantasy points since Week 10.

Running back

1. Arian Foster, Texans -- 68 units
2. Marshawn Lynch, Seahawks -- 67 units
3. Knowshon Moreno, Broncos -- 60 units
4. Stevan Ridley, Patriots -- 63 units
5. Frank Gore, 49ers -- 59 units
6. Ray Rice, Ravens -- 65 units
7. Michael Turner, Falcons -- 54 units
8. DuJuan Harris, Packers -- 7 units
9. Danny Woodhead, Patriots -- 35 units
10. Bernard Pierce, Ravens -- 24 units
11. John Kuhn, Packers -- 5 unites
12. Jacquizz Rodgers, Falcons -- 41 units
13. LaMichael James, 49ers -- 9 units
14. Shane Vereen, Patriots -- 24 units
15. Ronnie Hillman, Broncos -- 16 units
16. Robert Turbin, Seahawks -- 23 units
17. Ryan Grant, Packers -- 19 units
18. Michael Robinson, Seahawks -- 3 units
19. Ben Tate, Texans -- 23 units
20. James Casey, Texans -- 14 units

Foster had double digits in Fantasy points in all but one game this year, including the playoff victory against the Bengals, with 18 total touchdowns. He had 15 carries for 46 yards and a touchdown and four catches for 39 yards against the Patriots in Week 14. Tate is useless because Foster is dominating the carries, and Casey is only worth using if you play in a deep PPR format. ... Lynch has six games in a row with double digits in Fantasy points, including the Wild Card victory against the Redskins, and nine of his past 10. The Falcons have allowed a running back to score in seven of their past eight games. We would avoid Turbin in most formats, but Robinson could be used in deep PPR formats since he scored on a 4-yard catch last week at Washington and has five catches for 56 yards in his past two games. ... Moreno has been awesome since taking over for the injured Willis McGahee (knee) with double digits in Fantasy points in five of his past six games, including four in a row. During that stretch was his Week 15 performance at Baltimore when he had 21 carries for 115 yards and a touchdown and two catches for 8 yards. The Ravens have also allowed a running back to score in three of their past five games. ... Ridley did a good job against the Texans in Week 14 with 18 carries for 72 yards and a touchdown. He scored in seven of his past nine games, and the Texans allowed double digits in Fantasy points to five running backs in their past seven outings. Woodhead should be considered a sleeper since he closed the regular season with at least eight Fantasy points in each of his final three games. ... Gore closed the year with double digits in Fantasy points in six of his final eight games and had 16 carries for 112 yards and a touchdown at Green Bay in Week 1. The Packers did a nice job against Adrian Peterson in the Wild Card win last week by holding him to 22 carries for 99 yards, but Green Bay has allowed a running back to reach double digits in Fantasy points in eight of the past 12 games, including the playoffs. ... We're not concerned about Rice losing too many touches to Pierce after he fumbled twice last week, but Pierce has played well of late with at least eight Fantasy points in his past three games. And Rice has a tough matchup against the Broncos, who held him to 12 carries for 38 yards and three catches for 3 yards in Week 15. Denver comes into this game having not allowed a running back to score on the ground since Week 9, a span of eight games. Darren McFadden scored on a reception in Week 14, and Jamaal Charles in Week 12 is the only running back to rush for more than 100 yards during that span. ... Turner needs a touchdown to help your Fantasy team, and he scored in six of his final seven games. But he scored double digits in Fantasy points in just three of those games, and Seattle has allowed just one rushing touchdown since Week 12, including the playoffs. Rodgers might be a better sleeper option since the Falcons could be throwing a lot in this matchup. ... Harris is going to struggle against the 49ers even if Justin Smith (triceps) is out. He was great against the Vikings with 17 carries for 47 yards and a touchdown and five catches for 53 yards. He now has at least eight Fantasy points in four of his past five games, but the 49ers should be able to contain him. Kuhn has to be considered a sleeper after two touchdowns against the Vikings in the Wild Card round, and he sees more time on passing downs than Harris.

Wide receiver

1. Demaryius Thomas, Broncos -- 48 units
2. Eric Decker, Broncos -- 46 units
3. Wes Welker, Patriots -- 48 units
4. Julio Jones, Falcons -- 45 units
5. Michael Crabtree, 49ers -- 37 units
6. Greg Jennings, Packers -- 39 units
7. Andre Johnson, Texans -- 45 units
8. James Jones, Packers -- 40 units
9. Randall Cobb, Packers -- 44 units
10. Roddy White, Falcons -- 46 units
11. Jordy Nelson, Packers -- 41 units
12. Brandon Lloyd, Patriots -- 39 units
13. Anquan Boldin, Ravens -- 29 units
14. Golden Tate, Seahawks -- 32 units
15. Torrey Smith, Ravens -- 36 units
16. Randy Moss, 49ers -- 23 units
17. Sidney Rice, Seahawks -- 34 units
18. Brandon Stokley, Broncos -- 24 units
19. Harry Douglas, Falcons -- 5 units
20. Doug Baldwin, Seahawks -- 24 units

There are several rematches in this round of the playoffs, and in some cases the No. 2 receiver was better than the No. 1 option the first time around. ... Thomas and Decker faced the Ravens in Week 15 with Decker having the better game. He had eight catches for 133 yards and a touchdown on 11 targets, while Thomas finished with four catches for 13 yards on nine targets. Following that game, Thomas closed the season with 16 catches for 224 yards and two touchdowns against Cleveland and Kansas City, and Decker had 13 catches for 141 yards and four touchdowns. Both have the chance for a big game this week, and the Ravens have allowed five receivers to score since Week 14. ... Welker and Lloyd faced the Texans in Week 14, and Lloyd had seven catches for 89 yards and a touchdown on nine targets, while Welker finished with three catches for 52 yards on nine targets. We still like Welker better this week because with Gronkowski back, Lloyd's production could be limited. Welker closed the season with 18 catches for 182 yards and two touchdowns on 24 targets against Jacksonville and Miami. ... There is some concern for Julio Jones and White facing the Seahawks corners of Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner, and Seattle has allowed just two outside receivers to reach double digits in Fantasy points this year in Brandon Marshall and Steve Johnson. Based on where they line up, look for Sherman to match up with White, and Browner to match up with Jones. We'll give Jones the edge in that matchup, but White could struggle. Still, both receivers are solid, especially White at home, and have the chance to succeed. But also consider Douglas a sleeper since he could do damage in the slot. Tony Gonzalez also has the chance to shine. ... Our weekly game of guess the best Packers receiver continues, and the reason we have them ranked Jennings, James Jones, Cobb and Nelson is health. Nelson is dealing with an ankle injury, which has limited him in practice, and Cobb also missed practice time with an illness. He also might still be bothered by the knee and ankle injuries which hampered him toward the end of the year. In Week 1 against the 49ers, Jones had the best game (four catches for 81 yards and a touchdown on six targets), but Cobb (nine catches for 77 yards on nine targets), Nelson (five catches for 64 yards on seven targets) and Jennings (five catches for 34 yards on nine targets) were all involved. It's hard to know who will do the best this week, so use health or player value as your determining factor. The good news is the 49ers have allowed a receiver to score at least 17 Fantasy points in each of the past three games. ... Johnson had eight catches for 95 yards on 10 targets against the Patriots in Week 14, but he doesn't have a great history against New England. In four career meetings, Johnson has yet to reach double digits in Fantasy points. The good thing is he had 10 or more targets in 10 of his final 12 games, and the Texans will likely be chasing points in this matchup. ... Moss got his 49ers tenure off to a good start against the Packers in Week 1 with four catches for 47 yards and a touchdown, but he's risky to trust. Crabtree had seven catches for 76 yards on nine targets in that matchup, and he closed the season on a tear with four games with at least seven catches in his final five outings, including four games with at least 93 yards and four touchdowns over that span. In their past 10 games, including the Wild Card win against Minnesota, the Packers have allowed 12 receivers to either score or reach 100 receiving yards against them. ... Get ready for the Dennis Pitta show again because the Ravens receivers could struggle. In Week 15, when Pitta scored two touchdowns against the Broncos, Smith was held to one catch for 14 yards on three targets, and Boldin had no catches on six targets. We like Boldin better than Smith because Champ Bailey will match up with Smith. And secondary receivers have had better success against Denver with six reaching double digits in Fantasy points this season. Boldin also is playing better with at least nine Fantasy points in four of his past five games, including the Wild Card win against the Colts when he had five catches for 145 yards and a touchdown. ... I'd avoid all the Seattle receivers if possible since the Falcons have allowed just eight receivers to reach double digits in Fantasy points all year. Tate has just two games with double digits in Fantasy points in his past seven outings, and Rice has just one game with double digits over that same span.

Tight end

1. Rob Gronkowski, Patriots -- 44 units
2. Aaron Hernandez, Patriots -- 37 units
3. Tony Gonzalez, Falcons -- 39 units
4. Dennis Pitta, Ravens -- 32 units
5. Owen Daniels, Texans -- 30 units
6. Jermichael Finley, Packers -- 22 units
7. Delanie Walker, 49ers -- 16 units
8. Zach Miller, Seahawks -- 12 units
9. Joel Dreessen, Broncos -- 23 units
10. Jacob Tamme, Broncos -- 23 units
11. Vernon Davis, 49ers -- 15 units
12. Anthony McCoy, Seahawks -- 7 units

Gronkowski and Hernandez are facing a Texans defense that has allowed five touchdowns to tight ends in the past five games. Hernandez contributed to that with eight catches for 58 yards and two touchdowns on 11 targets in Week 14 when Gronkowski was out. ... Gonzalez is trying to win the first playoff game in his 16-year career, and his play this week could be a determining factor. Seattle has only allowed three touchdowns to tight ends this year, but Gonzalez has two touchdowns in his past five games and has at least seven targets in nine games. This should be a game where Ryan leans on him. ... Pitta dominated the Broncos in Week 14 with seven catches for 125 yards and two touchdowns on 10 targets. For the season, Denver allowed 11 touchdowns to opposing tight ends and nine to reach at least eight Fantasy points. ... Daniels just had nine catches for 91 yards against the Bengals on 11 targets, but he was held to two catches for 24 yards against the Patriots earlier this year. New England has struggled with tight ends this year, allowing eight touchdowns and seven to reach at least eight Fantasy points, so hopefully Daniels can build off last week's performance. ... San Francisco has allowed four tight ends to score since Week 12, and Finley had seven catches for 47 yards and a touchdown against the 49ers in Week 1 on 11 targets. He has at least six Fantasy points in three of his past four games, and maybe he can close the season strong. ... We'll give Walker the nod over Davis because he has played better to close the regular season. Since Week 12, Walker has 34 Fantasy points compared to four for Davis. Even though Davis had three catches for 43 yards and a touchdown against the Packers in Week 1, it's hard to trust him.

Kicker

1. Matt Prater, Broncos -- 31 units
2. Stephen Gostkowski, Patriots -- 32 units
3. Shayne Graham, Texans -- 30 units
4. Matt Bryant, Falcons -- 30 units
5. Mason Crosby, Packers -- 28 units
6. David Akers/Billy Cundiff, 49ers -- 30 units
7. Justin Tucker, Ravens -- 27 units
8. Ryan Longwell, Seahawks -- no value assigned

DST

1. Broncos -- 36 units
2. Patriots -- 35 units
3. Seahawks -- 32 units
4. Packers -- 82 units
5. 49ers -- 37 units
6. Falcons -- 30 units
7. Ravens -- 30 units
8. Texans -- 35 units

My Divisional lineup is as follows:

QB: Aaron Rodgers, Packers -- 82 units
RB: Knowshon Moreno, Broncos -- 60 units
RB: DuJuan Harris, Packers -- 7 units
WR: Greg Jennings, Packers -- 39 units
WR: Eric Decker, Broncos -- 46 units
TE: Delanie Walker, 49ers -- 16 units
K: Kai Forbath, Redskins -- 17 units
DST: Ravens -- 30 units

The total is 297 units, and I made three transactions from last week. I added Moreno for Foster because I expect the Broncos to advance farther, and Moreno's value is better. I added Decker over Smith because Decker has been on fire of late, and I like his matchup with the Ravens much better. And I went with Walker at tight end to replace Gresham. I decided not to use a kicker this week to save a transaction, which is also why I stayed with the Ravens DST. It's a risky move to lose points, but I'd rather have five transactions going forward.

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Wes Welker expected to be suspended for Week 1
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2014) Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker will be suspended for Week 1, according to the Denver Post.

Mike Klis initially reported that there was a chance Welker's suspension wouldn't kick in until after Week 1, but issued an update later. While the NFL has yet to officially announce the suspension, the Broncos have been informed of the move. The team is expected to send out a press release confirming the information Tuesday.


Report: Wes Welker may play Week 1
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2014) Update: Welker will be suspended for Week 1, according to the Denver Post. The team is expected to send out a press release shortly.

Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker may play Week 1 against the Colts, according to the Denver Post

Welker is expected to be suspended for four games after reportedly testing positive for amphetamines. The league, however, has not officially announced the suspension. Suspensions are typically announced by Tuesday, according to Pro Football Talk. Since the NFL has yet to announce the move, it's thought Welker could be available for Week 1, but would serve his suspension once the NFL announced the move. 

There are a lot of uncertainties regarding the situation at this time. The club expects Welker to be available, provided he passes concussion protocal, but it remains to be seen how the NFL will handle this suspension. 


Randall Cobb to be tested Week 1
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2014) Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb should be in for a tough test Week 1 against the Seahawks.

Cobb caught just three passes during the preseason, picking up 34 yards and a score. His lack of work shouldn’t be a huge concern, as the Packers offense doesn’t need any fine-tuning. The main thing here is that Cobb is 100 percent healthy after playing in just six games last season due to a leg injury.

His Week 1 production could be dampened by a strong Seahawks DST. Seattle was exceptional against the pass last season, holding opposing wide receivers to just 14.79 Fantasy points per game. That figure was the second-lowest rate in the league. On top of that, Cobb may have to deal with Richard Sherman, who is considered one of the best cornerbacks in the league. Sherman may spend the majority of the game stopping Jordy Nelson, but he could find his way over to Cobb on a few occasions.

Cobb’s versatility makes him a strong candidate to be moved around the Packers’ offense. If Green Bay can create some nice matchups, and Sherman is preoccupied with Nelson, Cobb could be in for a better game than people might expect. 

Despite that, expectations should be tempered. Seattle’s DST was strong last season, and while Green Bay boasts a strong offense, things should be muted Week 1. Cobb is a fine start, considering his upside, but he carries more risk this week due to the matchup.


Jordy Nelson in for a tough test Week 1
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2014) Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson should be in for a difficult test Week 1 against the Seahawks.

Nelson had a quiet preseason, catching just two passes for 19 yards. One of those catches wound up being a touchdown. Despite the lack of action during the preseason, Nelson’s upside with a healthy Aaron Rodgers is well-known among Fantasy owners. That said, he’s going to have to work for everything he gets against Seattle.

The Seahawks rated as the best defense in the league last year. They were strong in every facet of the game. Seattle held opposing wide receivers to just 14.79 Fantasy points per game, the second-lowest figure in the league. To make things even more difficult for Nelson, he’ll likely be covered by Richard Sherman. Sherman, by many counts, is arguably the best corner in the game. 

Still, it’s tough to pass up Nelson’s upside with a healthy Rodgers. The Packers boast an overabundance of weapons, and it’s possible moving Nelson around before the play could put him in a more favorable matchup. Even if Sherman covers him the entire game, Nelson is a good enough receiver to make some noise. While he doesn’t have a great matchup, Week 1 is not the time to take a player as good as Nelson out of your Fantasy lineup. 


Eddie Lacy to have his hands full Week 1
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2014) Packers running back Eddie Lacy will have his hands full Week 1 against the Seahawks.

Lacy is coming off a tremendous rookie season, in which he rushed for nearly 1,200 yards and scored 11 touchdowns. He didn’t get a ton of use during the preseason, but seemed to be in midseason form. Lacy rushed for 61 yards on 11 carries, good for a 5.5 average over two preseason games. He also managed to run in a touchdown.

Though he looked strong in the preseason, Lacy should have a tough time against the Seahawks Week 1. Seattle allowed just 12.32 Fantasy points per game to opposing running backs last season. That was the second-lowest rate in the league. While the Seahawks lost three defensive linemen during the offseason, the club is thought to still have the top-rated Fantasy defense.

In many circles, Lacy was considered a strong Fantasy pick after the elite four running backs were off the board. With that in mind, it’s unlikely he’ll be benched in many leagues Week 1. There are better matchups out there, but Lacy is a tough player to sit. Given Green Bay’s offensive capabilities, he’s still a decent start even against the best Fantasy defenses. 


Aaron Rodgers taking on a tough task Week 1
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2014) Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has his work cut out for him Week 1 against the Seahawks.

Rodgers entered the season as one of the top Fantasy options at quarterback, but will take on the best defense in the league. Last season, Seattle held Fantasy quarterbacks to just 10.89 points per game. That was the lowest rate in the league. The Seahawks DST ranked tops in the league in limiting points and yards last year. On top of that, the team forced the most turnovers.

While Seattle lost three members of the defensive line during the offseason, the club is still expected to have one of NFL’s best defenses. If Seattle struggles to get to Rodgers, that could open things up for the Packers offense.

Given the cost to acquire Rodgers, in a snake or auction draft, he’s probably going to start for most Fantasy teams despite his tough Week 1 matchup. While there are better quarterback options for this week, Rodgers still has a strong potential for dominance. He’s healthy and still has a bevy of weapons at his disposal. It might not be Rodgers best game of the season, but he’s shown that he can put up numbers against even the best defensive clubs.


Percy Harvin looking to start the year on the right foot
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2014) Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin is looking at a strong matchup Week 1 against the Packers.

A quiet preseason was a good preseason for Harvin. After missing nearly all of last season due to a hip injury, Harvin was able to play in all but the final game of the preseason. He missed the fourth game due to a personal issue, and not because of an injury. Harvin caught seven balls for 92 yards in August.

The Packers didn’t boast a strong pass defense last season. The team allowed opposing wide receivers to average 22.94 Fantasy points per game. That wasn’t one of the worst rates in the league, but it was below-average. The team attempted to address this during the offseason, taking Ha Ha Clinton-Dix in the first round. Despite that, there’s no guarantee the team will perform better in the defensive backfield.

Despite the fact that Harvin is a five-year veteran, there are questions about how he’ll be used with the Seahawks. While Harvin was able to play during the club’s playoff run, it was unclear whether he was actually fully healthy last year. Harvin has shown the ability to be a game-changing wide receiver, so it’s assumed the Seahawks will find ways to get arguably their best playmaker the ball. The club has been been incredibly run-heavy over the past few seasons, but a healthy Harvin could make them more balanced. 


Marshawn Lynch ready to roll Week 1
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2014) Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch is looking to get off to a good start Week 1 against the Packers.

Lynch had an abbreviated preseason, carrying the ball just three times for 16 yards. That’s probably not a bad thing considering his high workload over the past couple years. Lynch also had a brief holdout during the offseason, but reported to camp in shape, and should be ready to roll.

The Packers weren’t particularly strong against the run last season, giving up 19.18 Fantasy points per week to running backs. That was the eighth worst figure in the league. While the team tried to shore up things defensively during the offseason, the loss of B.J. Raji should make it easier for teams to gash the Packers up the middle. 

With that in mind, Lynch should be a strong start. The Seahawks modus operandi the past couple years has been the run game, and that probably won’t change now. There are concerns about Lynch’s workload and lack of preseason reps, but his pedigree and matchup make this a strong start Week 1. 


Russell Wilson ready to shine Week 1?
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2014) Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson begins his post-Super Bowl year with a strong matchup against the Packers Week 1. 

Wilson performed well during the preseason, completing 78.6 percent of his passes. He threw for three touchdowns and zero interceptions. Wilson also managed three rushing touchdowns to cap off a strong preseason.

His ability to put up solid Fantasy numbers should be tested Week 1. The Packers did not boast a great defense against the pass last season. The team allowed quarterbacks to score 20.65 Fantasy points, which was the seventh worst clip in the league. Green Bay has been proactive in resolving the issue, drafting Ha Ha Clinton-Dix in the first round, but it’s unclear how much better the team’s defensive backs will perform. 

The bigger question will be whether the Seahawks open up the offense for Wilson this season. With Marshawn Lynch out for much of the preseason, Wilson showed the ability to carry the team with his arm. Now that Lynch is back, the team could opt to get back to conservative play-calling with the franchise quarterback. Wilson has all the makings of a strong matchup here, but could get the short end of the stick if the Seahawks pound Lynch.


Matt Forte should live up to billing in Week 1
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2014) Bears running back Matt Forte was ranked as a top five Fantasy running back going into the season, and he falls in the top five in both weekly running back rankings from CBSSports.com experts. After setting career highs in rushing yardage, rushing touchdowns, receptions and receiving yardage in 2013, will Forte get this season started off on the right foot in Week 1 against the Bills?

While Buffalo put together a strong defense last season, the team's particular strength was against the pass. Rushers were able to gain 4.4 yards per carry against the Bills, leaving them 23rd in the league in the category. While the Bills did a good job defending against pass-catching backs last season, they now have to play without linebackers Kiko Alonso (season-ending injury) and Nigel Bradham (suspended for Week 1) as well as safety Jairus Byrd (signed with New Orleans).

New defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz's defense was just average defending passes against running backs in Detroit last season. Forte has been excellent against Schwartz, who was the head coach of the Lions from 2009 through 2013. He has rushed for 1,005 yards and averaged 4.74 yards per carry while catching 38 passes for 360 yards in 12 career games against the Lions. Ten of those contests came with Schwartz at the helm, and Forte should be able to continue giving the Bills defensive coordinator nightmares this Sunday.


 
 
 
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