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2013 Draft Prep: Pick-by-pick for No. 2 overall

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No. 1 overall | No. 2 | No. 3 | No. 4 | No. 5 | No. 6 | No. 7
No. 8 | No. 9 | No. 10 | No. 11 | No. 12

The good news is that you're picking second. The bad news is that unless the guy picking first is a Grade-A dork, you're not going to get Adrian Peterson. The other bad news is that there's not much difference between picking second, third, fourth or fifth this season, which means of those spots you pick last in Round 2 of snake drafts.

Oh, and you also have an agonizing decision over who to take. But at least you know it should be a running back.

Most people have Arian Foster, Doug Martin, Jamaal Charles, C.J. Spiller and Trent Richardson as candidates for the No. 2 overall selection. I don't think there's a wrong answer here among the group, but it really depends on what you're looking for and whether or not your league counts receptions.

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Foster has the pedigree of being a Fantasy dynamo but he also has a creaky back that kept him on the PUP list to begin training camp. Drafting him means also playing it safe and literally dedicating a seventh-round pick to his backup, Ben Tate. You will not easily get him in Round 8, so sucking up two of your first seven picks for one "spot" on an NFL team is a tough to digest -- luckily those Texans running backs are usually really good, so it's worth it.

Martin and Richardson are coming off of dandy rookie seasons and don't show signs of a sophomore slump. Charles came back nicely from a torn ACL in 2012 and gets the tutelage of Andy Reid as his head coach, meaning he should post sweet stats much like LeSean McCoy, Brian Westbrook and other two-way threat rushers did under Reid in Philadelphia. Spiller was a freak last year for the Bills (12 games with 10-plus Fantasy points!) and only has to avoid injury to be one of the best backs in the league.

Before you make this decision, though, get ready to monitor another team during your draft -- the one at No. 1. Before you pick in the even-number rounds, see what positions he has filled on his roster that you don't have, then pick accordingly. There will be examples later on but if he has a quarterback and you're up in Round 4 and need a quarterback, the odds are slim he'll take two. You can wait until Round 5 to snag the quarterback (or later if you're the gamblin' type). Anyway, some draft decisions will be easier because of the owner with swing picks in-between your picks.

Finally, picking second overall means getting five players in the Top 50. That's a perk.

Editor's note: The percentages listed are what position you should target based on that round for each pick.

No. 2 overall -- Round 1
Round 1 - Standard QB 0% RB 100% WR 0% TE 0%
Round 1 - PPR QB 0% RB 100% WR 0% TE 0%

It's a running back and as of this writing it should be Arian Foster if receptions do not count. Yes, even with the Round 7 price tag to handcuff him to Ben Tate. Look, even if you consider Foster's 2012 as a "down year," he still had more 10-plus Fantasy point games than anyone (excluding quarterbacks and DSTs of course). He averaged 15.5 Fantasy points per game. He's an animal. The injury concerns are valid which is why if he's still not practicing by the time of his second preseason game you can move on to another back: Doug Martin. That's who I'm taking in a PPR league. He's safe, he has a great offensive line, he should see a ton of work and he's nearly as consistent as Foster, getting 10-plus Fantasy points in 75 percent of his games. Martin doesn't carry the injury risk of Richardson or the age risk of Charles and should catch more passes and clean up at the goal line better than Spiller. Martin did pick up 30 pct. of his overall 2012 production in two games last year against weak opponents, but he has plenty more to play in 2013. The only guy better is a healthy Foster.

Players you can get here (Standard and PPR): Arian Foster, Doug Martin, Jamaal Charles
My selection at No. 2 standard: Arian Foster
My selection at No. 2 PPR: Doug Martin

No. 2 overall -- Round 2
Round 2 - Standard QB 5% RB 40% WR 40% TE 15%
Round 2 - PPR QB 0% RB 40% WR 55% TE 5%

Running backs are going to fly in drafts -- what else is new? -- but there's no guarantee there will be one available you'll really like, especially compared to the receivers who will be on the board. Thing is, receivers should be in fairly hot demand in Round 2, too. So here's the dynamic to watch: One position between running backs and receivers won't be thin on elite or near-elite talent by the time 23rd overall comes around. Whichever position offers an elite-talent player is the one you should go with. I've been in mocks where receivers start to come off the board and I feel lucky to get Demaryius Thomas in Round 2. I've been in mocks where I thank the Fantasy Gods for Reggie Bush falling into my lap. The key is to take the elite talent in Round 2, then pick up the near-elite talent in whichever position you didn't draft in Round 3. Only if you can get two elite receivers should you take both in Rounds 2 and 3. The wild card in this is Jimmy Graham; if he's there, regardless of format, take him. It's possible he's there in standard leagues but he's a longshot for PPR.

Players you can get here (standard): Reggie Bush, DeMarco Murray, Brandon Marshall, Demaryius Thomas, Jimmy Graham
Players you can get here (PPR): Demaryius Thomas, Andre Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald, Maurice Jones-Drew
My selection at No. 23 standard: Demaryius Thomas
My selection at No. 23 PPR: Andre Johnson

No. 2 overall -- Round 3
Round 3 - Standard QB 5% RB 50% WR 40% TE 5%
Round 3 - PPR QB 0% RB 50% WR 45% TE 5%

What you're supposed to do is take the best available player from the position you didn't take in Round 2. So if you went receiver in Round 2 you should come back with a running back in Round 3 and vice versa if you went running back with your last choice. The exception is if there's a very good value pick there. It's OK if you start your draft with three rushers -- that might even be encouraged depending on who we're talking about. But going rusher in Round 1 and then back-to-back receivers in Rounds 2 and 3 promises to put a strain on your running back corps the rest of the way. The flipside is that any pair of receivers you draft with your second and third picks are going to be must-starts every week and the need to pile up receiver depth later on is minimalized. This also isn't a bad time to take Drew Brees or Aaron Rodgers in a standard league (not PPR) as they offer great value, but it ties your hands in building up your roster at running back and receiver. They should only be options if you really don't like anyone available at running back or receiver.

Players you can get here (standard): Larry Fitzgerald, Maurice Jones-Drew, Lamar Miller, Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers, Andre Johnson
Players you can get here (PPR): Maurice Jones-Drew, Stevan Ridley, Roddy White, DeMarco Murray, Vincent Jackson, Darren Sproles
My selection at No. 26 standard: Lamar Miller
My selection at No. 26 PPR: Roddy White

No. 2 overall -- Round 4
Round 4 - Standard QB 5% RB 45% WR 45% TE 5%
Round 4 - PPR QB 5% RB 45% WR 40% TE 10%

The advice here is plain and simple: Round 4, and the ensuing pick in Round 5, should be used to land near-elite starters. If there's an exception it's to pick up another running back, something I'm prone to do myself. But it can't be any running back. I don't like the idea of reaching for an undesirable starter like Ryan Mathews, Rashard Mendenhall or Ahmad Bradshaw. I'd rather take a quality receiver here -- good reason to only take one receiver with your previous three picks in a standard league (the running backs are a little bit deeper in a PPR thanks to guys like Shane Vereen, Giovani Bernard and Daryl Richardson. I'm looking for Peyton Manning or maybe Cam Newton here if I need a passer, otherwise it's worth waiting. Rob Gronkowski is the only tight end worth the choice in standard leagues but he's probably gone. Jason Witten is a contender in a PPR. Don't forget to keep an eye on the team picking twice after you -- if there's a player on the board you want at a position he or she needs, you should probably go for him.

Players you can get here (standard): Marques Colston, Wes Welker, Reggie Wayne, Cam Newton, Giovani Bernard, Shane Vereen
Players you can get here (PPR): Peyton Manning, Jason Witten, Shane Vereen, Giovani Bernard, Pierre Garcon
My selection at No. 47 standard: Reggie Wayne
My selection at No. 47 PPR: Shane Vereen

No. 2 overall -- Round 5
Round 5 - Standard QB 45% RB 20% WR 25% TE 10%
Round 5 - PPR QB 40% RB 25% WR 25% TE 10%

The wait could be over for a quarterback. Any qualified veteran Fantasy signal-caller is worth a pick here if they're still up. This is why you don't reach for one early -- someone like Matt Ryan or Matthew Stafford is a dreamboat at pick 50. But maybe you want to wait a little longer -- that's fine too. In fact in a PPR that could be the right move since there should still be a handful of bargains, mainly at receiver. Really it depends on who's left at quarterback and how frisky you are to roll the dice on a bargain making it back to you when you pick at the end of Round 6/beginning of Round 7.

Players you can get here (standard): Matthew Stafford, Shane Vereen, Giovani Bernard, Tom Brady, Pierre Garcon, Rashard Mendenhall
Players you can get here (PPR): Cam Newton, Montee Ball, Matt Ryan, Eric Decker
My selection at No. 50 standard: Matthew Stafford
My selection at No. 50 PPR: Cam Newton

No. 2 overall -- Round 6
Round 6 - Standard QB 25% RB 40% WR 25% TE 10%
Round 6 - PPR QB 20% RB 40% WR 25% TE 15%

The receivers left are toward the bottom of the No. 2 talent pool and the top of the No. 3 talent pool. The quarterbacks left should include many second-year players and Tony Romo. The types of running backs left are part-timers with potential to be full-timers. They're the only ones I'd key in on drafting here since everything else should slip to you in Round 7. Hand in hand with that is the reality that running backs will dry up quickly after your next two picks, so now's the right time to bulk up at the most valuable position in Fantasy. In PPR formats Tony Gonzalez would merit drafting if he made it back to you and you wanted him.

Players you can get here (standard): T.Y. Hilton, Daryl Richardson, Ronnie Hillman, Antonio Brown, Jason Witten, Tavon Austin
Players you can get here (PPR): Robert Griffin III, Andre Brown, Tony Gonzalez, Tony Romo,
My selection at No. 71 standard: Daryl Richardson
My selection at No. 71 PPR: Andre Brown

No. 2 overall -- Round 7
Round 7 - Standard QB 15% RB 45% WR 30% TE 10%
Round 7 - PPR QB 10% RB 40% WR 40% TE 10%

Same drill in Round 7 as in Round 6 with a slight twist for PPR owners who don't mind going with receiver depth instead of running back depth. When you pick again the running backs left will be pretty bad so make sure you're cool with what you have there before you make this pick. If you're Krazy for Colin Kaepernick this is pretty much the last chance to get him. And for the love of all that is holy, if you drafted Arian Foster back in Round 1, this is the time to take Ben Tate!

Players you can get here (standard): Ronnie Hillman, Tavon Austin, DeAngelo Williams, Torrey Smith, Vernon Davis, Colin Kaepernick
Players you can get here (PPR): Mike Williams, Kenny Britt, Torrey Smith, Andrew Luck, Bernard Pierce, Pierre Thomas
My selection at No. 74 standard: Ronnie Hillman
My selection at No. 74 PPR: Mike Williams

No. 2 overall -- Round 8
Round 8 - Standard QB 10% RB 35% WR 35% TE 20%
Round 8 - PPR QB 10% RB 35% WR 35% TE 20%

Let's call this the clean-up round: Any starting spot you don't have filled should get your attention now or in Round 9 depending on the needs of the person picking after you (don't forget about that!). The exception to that is if a running back with some good potential slides into your lap or if you want to wait longer for a tight end. And if you don't have a quarterback by now, drafting two with your next two picks is advised.

Players you can get here (standard): Josh Gordon, Zac Stacy, Jared Cook, Mike Wallace, DeSean Jackson
Players you can get here (PPR): Jared Cook, BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Michael Floyd, Ryan Broyles, Kyle Rudolph
My selection at No. 95 standard: Zac Stacy
My selection at No. 95 PPR: BenJarvus Green-Ellis

No. 2 overall -- Round 9
Round 9 - Standard QB 10% RB 35% WR 40% TE 15%
Round 9 - PPR QB 10% RB 35% WR 35% TE 20%

Bye weeks, injuries and terrible play are all common occurrences in Fantasy Football. If you cleaned up your starting roster in the last round, this pick is to bolster depth. You don't have to take a second quarterback if your starter is someone you'll never bench, but if you want one this is the round to start thinking about it. Getting a running back is acceptable but there are a number of sleeper receivers that will start getting picked off in this round -- I like aiming for Golden Tate, Michael Floyd, Ryan Broyles or DeAndre Hopkins as a pick in Round 9, regardless of format. If you still need a tight end and someone like Kyle Rudolph is still around, pounce.

Players you can get here (standard): Golden Tate, Bilal Powell, Jonathan Stewart, Lance Moore, Michael Floyd, Ryan Broyles, DeAndre Hopkins
Players you can get here (PPR): Ryan Broyles, Kyle Rudolph, Zac Stacy, Anquan Boldin, Vincent Brown
My selection at No. 98 standard: Golden Tate
My selection at No. 98 PPR: Kyle Rudolph

No. 2 overall -- Round 10
Round 10 - Standard QB 10% RB 40% WR 40% TE 10%
Round 10 - PPR QB 10% RB 40% WR 35% TE 15%

A lot of people scoff at their late picks, calling them useless. Those people are idiots. Your goal with your double-digit round picks should be to find high-upside players. There's virtually no risk in taking them: If they stink after a couple of weeks you punt them away Ray Guy style for someone on waivers. If they're good, you've struck gold. A lot of people took Alfred Morris late last season and it paid off. Young pass-catchers with a lot of playing time ahead of themselves, young running backs with an old veteran in front of them on the depth chart and quarterbacks surrounded by lots of talent should be considered. DSTs and kickers can wait until the next round.

Players you can get here (standard and PPR): Rueben Randle, Alshon Jeffery, Greg Olsen, Martellus Bennett, Christine Michael, Joique Bell, Andy Dalton
My selection at No. 119 standard: Rueben Randle
My selection at No. 119 PPR: Joique Bell

No. 2 overall -- Round 11
Round 11 - Standard QB 10% RB 35% WR 35% TE 20%
Round 11 - PPR QB 10% RB 35% WR 35% TE 20%

We're still looking for high-upside bench guys. Nothing's really changed. Just remember to count the total number of open bench spots you have and plan accordingly for one to be a kicker and another for a DST (assuming you have to draft both of those). If you're overloaded at running back and thin at receiver you should make the appropriate move and go with a wideout. If you're thin at running back, though, good luck. Oh, and low-end handcuffs to your stud running backs come into play here. And if you're anything like me, you'll wait for a tight end if you couldn't get one at a fair value earlier. Time's up if you need one of those.

Players you can get here (standard and PPR): Martellus Bennett, Antonio Gates, Mohamed Sanu, Stepfan Taylor, Knile Davis, Vincent Brown
My selection at No. 122 standard: Martellus Bennett
My selection at No. 122 PPR: Rueben Randle

No. 2 overall -- Round 12
Round 12 - Standard QB 10% RB 30% WR 35% TE 10% K 0% DST 15%
Round 12 - PPR QB 10% RB 30% WR 35% TE 10% K 0% DST 15%

Two of your next three picks won't be skill-position players, so this is either the time to pull the trigger on a hot shot sleeper, a backup quarterback or tight end or a DST. The benefit of taking a DST here is that you'll get one expected to be productive. Don't let that mean you're committed to them in case they don't put up what you expect, but if you can land a Top 5 unit here and there isn't a good player left to round out your bench then there's nothing wrong with a DST. Just remember -- you can always get a DST later.

Players you can get here (standard and PPR): Sidney Rice, Malcom Floyd, Stepfan Taylor, Mike Tolbert, Bears DST, Broncos DST
My selection at No. 143 standard: Sidney Rice
My selection at No. 143 PPR: Bears DST

No. 2 overall -- Round 13
Round 13 - Standard QB 10% RB 20% WR 15% TE 10% K 0% DST 45%
Round 13 - PPR QB 10% RB 20% WR 15% TE 10% K 0% DST 45%

If you're tapped out of bench spots, now's the time for a DST. You'll get a good one while others who pick later in the round get stuck with something else. Taking a kicker would leave you with the last DST assuming the guy picking in the No. 1 slot doesn't draft a DST first. This isn't rocket science. If you went DST earlier, it's sleeper time.

Players you can get here (standard and PPR): Sidney Rice, Malcom Floyd, Stepfan Taylor, Mike Tolbert, Bears DST, Broncos DST
My selection at No. 146 standard: Bears DST
My selection at No. 146 PPR: Marcel Reece

No. 2 overall -- Round 14
Round 14 - Standard QB 0% RB 0% WR 0% TE 0% K 100% DST 0%
Round 14 - PPR QB 0% RB 0% WR 0% TE 0% K 100% DST 0%

You'll likely end up picking over what's left of the kicker population if your draft ends after 14 rounds. So, what makes a good sleeper kicker? One that plays with a potent offense, maybe one that's good but not great. Blair Walsh was a shining example of that last year with the Vikings (his incredible long-distance leg didn't hurt either). My last-to-go kicker faves include Greg Zuerlein, Robbie Gould, Randy Bullock and whoever wins the Lions gig between David Akers and Havard "Kickalicious" Rugland.

Players you can get here (standard and PPR): A kicker
My selection at No. 146 standard: Robbie Gould
My selection at No. 146 PPR: Robbie Gould

Here's what the teams look like following the draft:

No. 2 overall -- Final Rosters
Standard PPR
QB Matthew Stafford QB Cam Newton
RB Arian Foster RB Doug Martin
RB Lamar Miller RB Shane Vereen
WR Demaryius Thomas WR Andre Johnson
WR Reggie Wayne WR Roddy White
FLEX Daryl Richardson FLEX Andre Brown
TE Martellus Bennett TE Kyle Rudolph
K Robbie Gould K Robbie Gould
DST Bears DST Bears
BENCH Ronnie Hillman BENCH Mike Williams
BENCH Zac Stacy BENCH BenJarvus Green-Ellis
BENCH Golden Tate BENCH Joique Bell
BENCH Rueben Randle BENCH Rueben Randle
BENCH Sidney Rice BENCH Marcel Reece

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Report: Wes Welker may play Week 1
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9:48 pm ET) 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
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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
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(9:25 pm ET) 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
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(9:17 pm ET) 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. 


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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.


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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. 


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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. 

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Russell Wilson ready to shine Week 1?
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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.


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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.


Martellus Bennett worth starting in Week 1
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8:09 pm ET) Bears tight end Martellus Bennett posted career-best numbers in 2013, catching 65 passes for 759 yards while matching his career high of five touchdowns. Three of those five scores came in the first two weeks of the season, and he could be on the verge of starting off hot for the third straight season.

Bennett is in danger of getting lost offensively on a week-to-week basis, as there are only so many opportunities to go around for Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery, Matt Forte and the tight end. He faces a plus matchup in Week 1, with the Bills dealing with a depleted linebacker corps and the loss of free safety Jairus Byrd. While the one thing new defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz's defense did well in Detroit last year was defend the tight end, the Bills don't appear to have the personnel to match up with the imposing Bennett.

Bennett falls inside the top 12 in the weekly rankings of both CBSSports.con Fantasy experts, designating him as starter material in standard leagues. We could see a similar line to his opener against the Bengals last season: three receptions, 49 yards and one touchdown.


 
 
 
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