This week, I'm making some fantasy predictions for the year, and giving you some of the best matchups for the opening week of the season.
First, the predictions.
1. If you drafted Doug Martin, it will pay dividends.
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2. Matt Ryan will achieve fantasy greatness this season.
4,500 yards and 30 TDs are in the cards for Ryan. With Michael Turner having over 600 carries the last 2 years, it would not surprise me if more pass attempts are a focus in Atlanta's offense. Ryan's touchdown totals have gone up in each of his 1st 4 years in the league, and those numbers should only go up in 2012. As long as Roddy White and Julio Jones are healthy, look for Ryan to put up huge numbers.
3. Mike Shanahan will drive you crazy...again.
Shanahan in Denver and Washington has been notorious for changing his running backs from week-to-week. Roy Helu, Alfred Morris, and Evan Royster are all in the fold, and none of them are weekly starting options. They also might be bringing back Tim Hightower after cutting him last week. When it comes to his running backs, Shanahan is full of surprises. At some point this season, he'll probably call John Riggins and see if he has a few carries left in him. Lastly, with the athletic Robert Griffin III in the mix, rushing TDs will be scarce for this bunch.
4. "Tebow Time" starts by Week 8.
After watching the Jets offense the 2nd half of last year and in the preseason this year, it's safe to say that there will be QB change sometime this season. That being said, Tebow will not help your fantasy team. In 14 starts in the regular season, he has only broke the 200 yard barrier twice, and completed 60% of his passes once. The rushing stats aren't enough to make up for Tebow's horrific passing numbers, so don't be the person that decides to pick him up just because he's on a certain 4-letter sports network 25 times a day.
5. Philip Rivers will bounce back.
Between his alleged injury in Week 2 against New England and the birth of his 6th child (yes 6th!), Rivers seemed distracted throughout most of last season and finished with a career-high 20 interceptions. While he struggled for a majority of the year, Rivers finished with 12 TDs and only 3 interceptions in the final 5 games of 2011. And for those who believe Rivers will miss wideout Vincent Jackson, his best year statistically was in 2010 when he led the league in passing yards and had 30 TDs, and Jackson only played in 5 games that season.
Now, the best matchups for Week 1.
1. Tom Brady vs Tennessee
2. Drew Brees vs Washington
3. Matt Stafford vs St. Louis
1. LeSean McCoy vs Cleveland
2. Arian Foster vs Miami
3. Chris Johnson vs New England
1. Calvin Johnson vs St. Louis
2. Andre Johnson vs Miami
3. Roddy White vs Kansas City
1. Rob Gronkowski vs Tennessee
2. Jimmy Graham vs Washington
3. Vernon Davis vs Green Bay
1. Philadelphia D/ST vs Cleveland
2. Houston D/ST vs Miami
3. Seattle D/ST vs Arizona
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