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George Kittle

San Francisco 49ers

Waiver Wire Target


Kittle had a very average game this week catching four passes for 46 yards, but there could be some good news that came out of this game for him. C.J. Beathard has been named the starter for the rest of the season, and that was Kittle’s college quarterback, so you know there is immediate chemistry there that could pay nice dividends in the coming weeks


10/16/17, 05:36 PM CDT by Houdini

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Alex Collins

Baltimore Ravens

Waiver Wire Target


Collins got the majority of the carries for the Ravens this week with 15 of them for 74 yards. He looks like he will be in a time share with Javorious Allen, but this was the first time we saw him take the majority of the carries, making him more interesting going forward.


10/16/17, 05:35 PM CDT by Houdini

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Austin Hooper

Atlanta Falcons

Waiver Wire Target


Without Sanu the Falcons leaned a lot more on Hooper, who finished with seven receptions for 48 yards. He is becoming a bigger part of the Falcons offense, and he has big play potential that makes him a worthy add.


10/16/17, 05:34 PM CDT by Houdini

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Ted Ginn Jr

New Orleans Saints

Waiver Wire Target


Ginn is the deep threat receiver for Drew Brees and they connected on a 20-yard score this week. Ginn finished with four receptions for 66 yards including that score. The Saints offense is lacking the big play and Ginn can provide the pop in the passing game.


10/16/17, 05:26 PM CDT by Houdini

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Samaje Perine

Washington Redskins

Waiver Wire Target


Perine finally found the endzone this week, but his final stat line was not that pretty with nine carries for just 23 yards and three receptions for 24 yards and a touchdown. Samaje has lacked the big play, which has limited him in fantasy.


10/16/17, 05:25 PM CDT by Houdini

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D'Onta Foreman

Houston Texans

Waiver Wire Target


Foreman got his customary 12 carries and this week gained 59 yards, but was once again held without a touchdown. He is getting a consistent workload, but he is not busting the big play to make him a worthy fantasy start.


10/16/17, 05:23 PM CDT by Houdini

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Mike Wallace

Baltimore Ravens

Waiver Wire Target


After a stellar week Wallace came back down to earth, catching three passes for 30 yards. Wallace is a boom or bust.


10/16/17, 05:23 PM CDT by Houdini

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Kendall Wright

Chicago Bears

Waiver Wire Target


Wright was basically invisible this game with two catches for 36 yards, and did not make a catch until the third quarter. There is too much inconsistency in the Bears passing offense.


10/16/17, 05:22 PM CDT by Houdini

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Adam Humphries

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Waiver Wire Target


Humphries continued to be a decent part of the passing game, catching six passes for 51 yards this week. He was able to do this with Ryan Fitzpatrick having to come in for Winston, so it shows that Humphries is a regular part of their offense.


10/16/17, 05:21 PM CDT by Houdini

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C.J. Beathard

San Francisco 49ers

Waiver Wire Target


Beathard came in relief of Brian Hoyer, who was horrible, and finished with 245 passing yards with one touchdown and one interception. Kyle Shanahan has named Beathard the starting quarterback the rest of the season. He is only worth adding in deeper leagues, but he should also give you some yards on the ground.


10/16/17, 05:20 PM CDT by Houdini

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Nelson Agholor

Philadelphia Eagles

Waiver Wire Target


Agholor was scooped up in a lot of leagues last week, and he stayed hot this week catching four passes for 55 yards with another touchdown. Nelson has become a favorite target of Carson Wentz, and he is getting favorable matchups with Jeffery and Ertz drawing most of the defensive attention.


10/16/17, 05:19 PM CDT by Houdini

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Darren McFadden

Dallas Cowboys

Waiver Wire Target


Morris may already be taken in your league, but he will be sharing time with McFadden while Zeke sits on the sidelines. If you are in a deep league and need a flier, here he is.


10/16/17, 05:18 PM CDT by Houdini

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Orleans Darkwa

New York Giants

Waiver Wire Target


Darkwa is the Giant running back that has emerged as the lead back for the team. He torched the Broncos defense for 117 yards on 21 carries and caught one pass for 13 yards. He showed some nice burst and that will likely get him another big workload in their next game.


10/16/17, 05:14 PM CDT by Houdini

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Bennie Fowler

Denver Broncos

Waiver Wire Target


Fowler only had three receptions for 21 yards, but could be in line for a lot more work with the injury to Emmanuel Sanders. This is not a prolific passing attack, but he will start to seen enough targets to be added in fantasy.


10/16/17, 05:13 PM CDT by Houdini

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Eli Manning

New York Giants

The Last Eli


Did you lose Aaron Rodgers in week 6? Do you have solid skill players carrying your squad, but are looking at the wire now for a QB for the stretch run in a deep league? You may want Eli Manning right now. He’s most likely sitting there on your waiver wire or can be traded for in exchange for some bantha fodder. (for the Star Wars fans. Waz up?) Nobody is going to want Manning after throwing for 128yds and 1TD in week 6. Then in week 7, have a match up with the Seahawks?! Hell no! Then a bye in week 8?! Forget that right?

Well....with the emergence of Evan Engram, and Sterling Shepard probably returning after the bye for week 9, there may be a new hope for Manning owners looking ahead. Manning is a durable, 2 time SB champion who makes players around him better. He's been doing it well before OBJ was there. Manning made players like Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks studs. How did David Tyree’s career go after leaving Manning? He got rich, but that’s not the point, or is it? With Engram, Shepard, and after some more reps with Roger Lewis and company; Manning could have a solid weekly floor of 230yds and 2TDs. That may not sound sexy, but I’ve seen fantasy championships won with QB’s like Josh Freeman with similar production, as long as you have quality skill players around him.

The Giants schedule after they return in week 9 from their bye isn't too shabby: vs Rams, @49ers, vs Chiefs, @Redskins, @Raiders, and face the Cowboys, Eagles and @Cardinals in the fantasy playoffs.


10/16/17, 03:31 PM CDT by Pete Z

Source: www.pyromaniac.com


A.J. Green

Cincinnati Bengals

These receivers are on pace for...


Antonio Brown is on pace to have 1,867 on the season.

A.J. Green: is on pace to have 1,613 on the season.

Adam Thielen is on pace to have 1,304 on the season.


10/16/17, 12:11 PM CDT by Stagg Party

Source: www.pyromaniac.com


Antonio Brown

Pittsburgh Steelers

These receivers are on pace for...


Antonio Brown is on pace to have 1,867 on the season.

A.J. Green: is on pace to have 1,613 on the season.

Adam Thielen is on pace to have 1,304 on the season.


10/16/17, 12:11 PM CDT by Stagg Party

Source: www.pyromaniac.com


Adam Thielen

Minnesota Vikings

These receivers are on pace for...


Antonio Brown is on pace to have 1,867 on the season.

A.J. Green: is on pace to have 1,613 on the season.

Adam Thielen is on pace to have 1,304 on the season.


10/16/17, 12:11 PM CDT by Stagg Party

Source: www.pyromaniac.com


Deshaun Watson

Houston Texans

Watson on pace for eternal greatness!


Deshaun Watson is currently on pace for 40 passing TDs. Needs just 12 more to break the NFL rookie record of Wilson and Manning. (1.2 TDs/G)

Watson is also on pace to be the only quarterback this season to rush for over 500 yards.


10/16/17, 11:33 AM CDT by Stagg Party

Source: www.pyromaniac.com


Stefon Diggs

Minnesota Vikings

No Diggity


Stefon Diggs has been ruled out against the Packers for Week 6.

Fantasy Goo: Take him out of your lineup or get a goose egg from him.


10/15/17, 09:22 AM CDT by d-Rx

Source: twitter.com


Tyreek Hill

Kansas City Chiefs

Chiefs WR corps isn't very good


Tyreek Hill and the entire passing attack should be flex or bench material this week against the Steelers, but I am well aware you can’t really bench Hill. He’s too explosive and returns a lot of kicks for touchdowns, but just don’t expect a lot of production through the air. Corey Colman and Mike Wallace were the only two receivers this year to score on the Steelers and Hill can easily put up one himself, but the Chiefs may not need to pass more than 15 times this game.

Fantasy Goo: With Chris Conley suffering a ruptured Achilles tendon last weekend, it's hard to like this receiving corps much beyond Tyreek Hill.


10/15/17, 09:15 AM CDT by d-Rx

Source: www.pyromaniac.com


Chris Conley

Kansas City Chiefs

Chiefs WR corps isn't very good


Tyreek Hill and the entire passing attack should be flex or bench material this week against the Steelers, but I am well aware you can’t really bench Hill. He’s too explosive and returns a lot of kicks for touchdowns, but just don’t expect a lot of production through the air. Corey Colman and Mike Wallace were the only two receivers this year to score on the Steelers and Hill can easily put up one himself, but the Chiefs may not need to pass more than 15 times this game.

Fantasy Goo: With Chris Conley suffering a ruptured Achilles tendon last weekend, it's hard to like this receiving corps much beyond Tyreek Hill.


10/15/17, 09:15 AM CDT by d-Rx

Source: www.pyromaniac.com


Albert Wilson

Kansas City Chiefs

Chiefs WR corps isn't very good


Tyreek Hill and the entire passing attack should be flex or bench material this week against the Steelers, but I am well aware you can’t really bench Hill. He’s too explosive and returns a lot of kicks for touchdowns, but just don’t expect a lot of production through the air. Corey Colman and Mike Wallace were the only two receivers this year to score on the Steelers and Hill can easily put up one himself, but the Chiefs may not need to pass more than 15 times this game.

Fantasy Goo: With Chris Conley suffering a ruptured Achilles tendon last weekend, it's hard to like this receiving corps much beyond Tyreek Hill.


10/15/17, 09:15 AM CDT by d-Rx

Source: www.pyromaniac.com


Mike Williams

Los Angeles Chargers

Mike to make his NFL Debut!


Mike Williams, who was the 7th overall pick by the LA Chargers in April will make his NFL debut today.

Fantasy Goo: Lot's of mouths to feed, and he'll be brought back slowly, keep your expectations low unless Tyrell or Keenen get hurt.


10/15/17, 09:12 AM CDT by d-Rx

Source: twitter.com

2014 - Week 1 Fantasy Football Player Rankings - Quarterbacks

2014 - Week 1 Fantasy Football Player Rankings - Quarterbacks

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2014 Week 1 Fantasy Football Rankings - Quarterbacks

 

 

 

Quarterback Player Rankings – Week 1

 

(BYE:  NONE)

 

 

RB Rankings  WR Rankings  TE Rankings

 

 

 

Quarterbacks                 (Updated:  Friday, Sep. 5 - 5:56PM CT)

 

 

Peyton Manning - Pyro Character

1.       Peyton Manning (vs. Ind, Sunday Night)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 1 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #21 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Peyton Manning LOVES playing on the big stage - at least during the regular season - so with the Broncos being set up with a Sunday Night game at home in Week 1 against the Indianapolis Colts, you know the fireworks will be spraying high and wide. In fact, Manning and the Broncos were given the opening game of the season on Thursday night against the Baltimore Ravens last year, where Peyton proceeded to throw for 462 yards and an insane SEVEN touchdowns.

 

I’m not expecting him to repeat that performance here, but in the Donkeys matchup against the Colts last season (at Indy), Peyton threw for 386 yards and three TDs, numbers that could easily be reached and possibly outdone. You see, Manning ALSO loves to administer serious forms of “payback” when he gets the chance, as he did against the Ravens in Week 1 last season after they bounced him from the playoffs in 2012. Denver took their first loss of the 2013 season to the Colts in what was also a nationally televised Sunday Night game, so you can bet Manning will be gunning for a little vengeance this this time around.

 

As far as the tools Manning will have, Wes Welker was just suspended for the first four games of the season for violating the league’s policy on PEDs, so obviously he won’t be around. However, Demaryius Thomas will of course be there, and even though Indy will likely stick CB Vontae Davis on him, I’m still expecting a huge game from him. With Eric Decker now a New York Jet, newcomer Emmanuel Sanders will have his first chance to show just how dangerous he can be as the team’s WR2 instead of where he was going to be slotted, at the WR3 position. The job will now go to the combination of Andre Caldwell and promising second-round rookie, Cody Latimer. TE Julius Thomas has now had a full off-season of working with Peyton under his belt, so his improvement is imminent, while Montee Ball takes over for Knowshon Moreno as the Broncos lead back, a move the guys here at Pyro see as a positive for everyone involved.

 

Drew Brees - Pyro Character

2.       Drew Brees (at Atl)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 1 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #4 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Brees opens up the season with a tasty matchup against the Atlanta Falcons. Drew has faced the Falcons 30 times in his career with a 17-13 record against them. The best stat that Brees has going for him against the Dirty Birds is a 302 yards per game passing average. He has also tossed 34 touchdowns to only 19 interceptions against them. Last season Brees torched the Atlanta defense to the tune of 317 yards passing per game, with four touchdowns and only one interception. If you drafted Brees you should feel good about his week one matchup.

 

Nick Foles - Pyro Character

3.       Nick Foles (vs. Jac)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 1 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #5 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

The Eagles kick off the season at home against the Jacksonville Jaguars. That gives Foles the 5th best strength of schedule this week. Last year, the Jags gave up 23.9 fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks. That gave them a ranking of 29 out of 32. That is exactly what you want to hear as a Foles owner. In 2013, Foles played in 13 games and only started 10. That was still good enough to give him the final fantasy QB ranking of number 11, and according to value based drafting, he was number 1. Foles had an incredible TD to interception ratio of 13.5 to 1. Certainly his interceptions will rise this year, but it will not start in game one. The Jags only had 11 INTs in all of 2013, that was tied for 4th fewest in the league. This is clearly a game the Eagles will win, and Foles likes to win. Since he came into the league in 2012, Foles completion percentage is 66.78% in games they win and has an even better TD to INT ratio of 25 to 1 in those tilts. Foles will be able to spread the wealth through the air, Philly wide receivers have the best strength of schedule in week 1, they will rip up the Jags secondary.

 

Andrew Luck - Pyro Character

4.       Andrew Luck (at Den, Sunday Night)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 1 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #T-8 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Andrew Luck had his second-best fantasy game of the season against the Denver Broncos last year when he threw for 228 yards and three TDs while rushing for another 29 yards and a touchdown. In what looks to be another shootout in the making (Indy won 39-33 last year), I’m expecting at least 40 passing attempts out of Luck which he should be able to turn into a boatload of fantasy points.

 

Denver made some nice improvements to their defense this past offseason, but the Colts may have improved their offense even more. Three players returning from injury, RB Ahmad Bradshaw, WR Reggie Wayne and TE Dwayne Allen will definitely help Indy’s scoring potential, and while Hakeem Nicks may not be the same promising player from a few years back, he’ll still be a nice asset to the Colts aerial assault this season. If the Horseshoes want to win this game, it’ll be on the back of Mr. Luck, so look for a ton of fantasy action out of the third-year QB.

 

Matthew Stafford - Pyro Character

5.       Matthew Stafford (vs. NYG, Monday Night)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 1 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #25 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

The G-men roll into Motown for the early Monday night game. The Giants have a tough defense against the pass. Pyro ranks them at #25, #1 being the easiest. The Giants only gave up 11 passing touchdowns last year.  While the Giants are tough defensively, they are most susceptible to the tight end position. The concern would be if Eli and the offense fail to get going, the Lions could play some ball control if they get out to an early lead. Although the Lions will most likely have little trouble dispatching the Giants, it could be a tougher fantasy game than most people think. One major plus for the Lions however is their new offensive coordinator. Joe Lombardi has been working with Stafford and his mechanics in the off season. Stafford is only two years removed from his 41 touchdown, 5,000 yard plus season. If Lombardi, who spent the last four years working in New Orleans, can do for Stafford what he did for Breeze, then this could be the beginning to something special. Stafford usually starts each season firing right out of the gates. In the month of September, Stafford enjoys his highest completion percentage of 63.54%. In three Monday night games, Stafford has put up 4 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. Hopefully, Lombardi has worked his magic.

 

Jay Cutler - Pyro Character 

6.       Jay Cutler (vs. Buf)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 1 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #23 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Jay Cutler gets to face one of the tougher defenses against quarterbacks last season, but as they say things have changed this offseason. With Kiko Alonso on the shelf and the corners getting toasted last season Cutler will have ample chances to throw the ball around this week. In his career Cutler has averaged over 280 passing yards a game against the Bills and that should continue this week. Cutler has also been much better at home in his career tossing 89 touchdown passes to just 53 interceptions. Cutlers two best weapons on the outside also have great matchups this week as the Bills secondary is below noteworthy, especially at the cornerback position.

 

Colin Kaepernick - Pyro Character

7.       Colin Kaepernick (at Dal)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 1 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #2 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

San Francisco is travelling to Dallas for week one. Dallas could quite possibly have the worst ranked defense in 2014 when all is said and done. There are going to be points a plenty in this performance. Kaepy gets the 2nd easiest strength of schedule at the position this week. According to our Power Rankings, the Cowboys are projected to give up an average of 20.9 points per game to opposing QBs, 2nd worst in the NFL. Kaepy finished as the 9th ranked fantasy QB in 2013. He is a must start against the Cowboys, what will put him over the top is the rushing. If Harbaugh take the leash of this dog, he is going to run all day against a very suspect defense. Last year, he scored 4 rushing TDs and averaged 32.8 rushing yards per game. In his three playoff games last year, he ran for a total of 243 yards and 1 TD. Kaepernick tends to start off the season hot. He had an incredible game right out of the gates last year and for his career, in the month of September, he averages more rushing yards per game than any other month.

 

Russell Wilson - Pyro Character

8.       Russell Wilson (vs. GB, Thursday Night)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 1 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #6 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Russell Wilson has played the Packers only once in his brief but accomplished career, in the infamous replacement referee game. Russell wasn’t great in the game completing under 50% of passes but he did find the endzone twice through the air, but that game was just the third of his career. The Packers allowed 17.7 points per game to opposing quarterbacks last season and the addition of Ha Ha Clinton-Dixon doesn’t move the needle enough to expect a bad game from Wilson this time around. Wilson has also been much better through the air when playing amongst the 12th man as he has thrown for 31 touchdowns against just 7 interceptions over 16 games. Wilson had a great preseason and looked like one of the best quarterbacks in the league, and he will look to keep it going in the opening night of the season.

 

Carson Palmer - Pyro Character

9.       Carson Palmer (vs. SD, Monday Night)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 1 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #10 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


The Chargers head to Arizona for the late game on Monday night. Over his career, Palmer has done well against the Bolts. He has completed nearly 70% of his passes against San Diego.  In his 6 games against them, Palmer’s passer rating is a fantastic 116.4. He has thrown for 14 TDs and only 3 picks. While Arizona has the 10th best schedule this week for the quarterback, only four other teams have an easier schedule for the wide receiver position. Carson Palmer should come out of the gate slinging. His receivers looked fantastic in the preseason, including their #3, John Brown. The Chargers will be forced to cover each position honestly, as Palmer can look to Ellington out of the backfield as well. 

 

Matt Ryan - Pyro Character

10.     Matt Ryan (vs. NO)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 1 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #30 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Before Julio Jones went down for the season after Week 5, Matt Ryan was averaging 329.8 yards and two touchdowns per game - numbers that had him sitting firmly within the Top-5 fantasy QBs in the league. After Julio’s unfortunate departure, however, things started going downhill.

 

The good news is that Julio is back and looks as dominant as ever. The bad news is that the rapidly improving Saints defense from last year got even better during the offseason, though I don’t expect Ryan to have TOO much trouble with it this weekend. With both Julio and Roddy White back to full health and Harry Douglas earning Ryan’s trust during his reps as a starter last season, Matty Ice should put up good enough numbers to land him either in or just outside the Top-10 fantasy QBs this weekend.

 

Tom Brady - Pyro Character

11.     Tom Brady (at Mia)

 

INJURY REPORT:  QUESTIONABLE (Calf) - Returned to practice on Friday after sitting out Thursday's session. He is fully expected to play

 

Week 1 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #26 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Tom Brady has faced the Miami Dolphins 24 times in his 14 year career, missing out on his rookie season, and the year he tore his ACL against Kansas City (2008). At both home and in Miami he has shown similar numbers, so he isn’t effected by the home crowd at Sun Life Stadium. Since, his first match-up in 2001, he has thrown 367 passes, completed 211 (57% completion rate) for 2,863 yards and 24 touchdowns. He has averaged an interception per game in that span throwing 13. The Dolphins were average against the pass last season allowing 234.5 yards per game, 16th in the NFL, and Brady exposed that, as he torched the Dolphins for 480 yards passing while completing 47 of 77 attempts and throwing three touchdowns, with two interceptions. He will have his usual corps of receivers in Danny Amendola, Julian Edelman, and Rob Gronkowski. The run game will have its usual feel of Shane Vereen and Steven Ridley to take the pressure off.

 

Tony Romo - Pyro Character

12.     Tony Romo (vs. SF)

 

INJURY REPORT:  PROBABLE (Back) - Practiced in full every day this week and is fully expected to play

 

Week 1 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #29 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Tony Romo is just one of those players that just doesn’t get the respect he deserves. He has had some big blunders in big games, but he is a quarterback stud. This week Romo will be facing the stout San Francisco 49ers defense, which is not a good thing. The 49ers finished second in passing defense allowing just 157 yards per game. Romo has taken the Cowboys above the .500 plateau as he has 35 wins and 30 losses on the road. In 1,883 passing attempts he has completed 1,215 for a 64.52% completion rate. Also, Tony Romo has 14,379 yards passing with 91 touchdowns and only 43 interceptions. Romo has played San Francisco six times (3-3) and has completed 43 of 72 passes for 686 yards and five touchdowns with zero interceptions. Even though the 49ers have a great defense, they will be missing Aldon Smith, because of violating NFL’s personal conduct and susbstance abuse policies, and Ray McDonald has been accused of domestic violence of his pregnant wife. At this point McDonald is maintaining innocence, but it’s a mess in that 49er locker room. The last time Romo faced San Francisco was in 2011, and he had a great day, throwing for 345 yards on 20 of 33 passing and two touchdowns with no interceptions.

 

Philip Rivers - Pyro Character

13.     Philip Rivers (at Ari, Monday Night)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 1 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #15 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Rivers has a tough matchup in week one in the desert against the Arizona Cardinals. The Cardinals boast a strong defense, but the loss of Darnell Dockett takes the sting out of the defensive line, and will give Rivers more time to throw in this game. Arizona will look to shut the run down, and force Philip to beat them through the air. Rivers is coming off a resurgent season, where he threw for 34 touchdowns with only 11 interceptions. He will need to protect the ball in this game from the dangerous Patrick Peterson, who should be shadowing River’s #1 target, Keenan Allen, all day long. Look for Philip to target his tight ends a lot in this game. This is not the best first week fantasy matchup.

 

Ryan Tannehill - Pyro Character

14.     Ryan Tannehill (vs. NE)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 1 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #13 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Tannehill is going to get an early test of his abilities as he faces off versus Bill Belichick and the stingy Patriots defense in week one. While the Patriots defense was not dominant against the pass last year, they should get a bump in that defense from Darrell Revis. Expect Tannehill’s top target, Mike Wallace to see a steady does of Revis Island, which will make it difficult for Ryan to hit big fantast numbers in this game. It would appear that this is going to a more ball control type of a game, and Tannehill is not going to put up monster numbers in this one.

 

Ben Roethlisberger - Pyro Character

15.     Ben Roethlisberger (vs. Cle)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 1 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #16 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Big Ben is entering his 11th year as a Pittsburgh Steeler. Even though he has had some issues with girls and the law, he has always maintained a good statistical season. He has taken the Steelers to six playoff appearances, and two Super Bowls, winning one in a dramatic comeback against the Arizona Cardinals. Roethlisberger is always comfortable at home winning 54 games and losing just 18. He has attempted 2,138 passes and completed 1,352 for a 63.2% passing completion percentage. He also has 114 touchdowns with only 56 interceptions. He has also been successful against Cleveland as he has gone 17-1 against them. “Big Ben” has thrown 478 times against the Browns and has completed 299 times for a 62.5% completion percentage. Those 478 completions has turned into 4,002 yards with 27 touchdowns and just 12 interceptions. Even though these numbers are excellent, Cleveland has a strong defense, especially against the pass as they finished ninth overall. Last season, Roethlisberger was not his normal self against the “Brownies” as he only had 396 yards passing with three touchdowns and two interceptions in the two games played.


Aaron Rodgers Pyro Character

16.     Aaron Rodgers (at Sea, Thursday Night)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 1 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #32 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Aaron Rodgers was probably a very high pick for you and you are going to start him no matter what in week 1 because of it, but he has the worst matchup possible visiting the defending Superbowl Champs. Seattle was completely dominant last season against opposing quarterbacks, as they scored just 8.9 fantasy points a game against the Legion of Boom, that is 7.1 points below an average outing for a QB last season! While this season’s iteration of the Seahawks shouldn’t be as dominant, they will still be a very, very good unit. The last time these two teams faced off in 2012, Rodgers threw for just 223 yards and no touchdowns while adding 17 yards rushing. Seattle is a game changing defense and if you selected a backup you may want to consider starting him this week.

 

Robert Griffin III Pyro Character

17.     Robert Griffin III (at Hou)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 1 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #18 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Year three for RG III is upon us, and I am certain Griffin wants to put it all of last year behind him. He is going to want to show his athletic ability, and all the talk from Mike Shanahan was bogus. A new beginning for him, and what better way than to start with a team he has never faced before in the Houston Texans. The Texan defense, was solid against the pass last season finishing third against the pass allowing just 195 yards on average through the air. RG III has been able to be athletic on the road, but struggles to lead his team to victory, as he has a 5-8 record. Griffin has 415 pass attempts with 255 completions for a 61.45% pass completion percentage. Also, on the road he has thrown for 3,256 yards and 22 touchdowns with just nine interceptions.  He does damage to the defense with his legs as well. He has taken off and ran 90 times for 473 yards and has scored three times, but the Texans are getting real scary with J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney.

 

Derek Carr Pyro Character

18.     Derek Carr (at NYJ)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 1 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #12 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

We have a West coast team, heading out to the other end of the continent, and they are starting a rookie.  I am talking about the Raiders making the cross country trek to face the Jets. Carr got the official nod just days ago. The move to Carr is understandable as he outperformed Schaub during the preseason. Carr competed 67% of his passes and tossed 4 TDs. While he has the talent, and most importantly the moxie to pull this off, this is a daunting task. Being that he was just named the starter on Monday, Carr will undoubtedly have to play through some shear greenhorn nervousness. He very well may be an integral part of the offensive plan. The Jets have the ability to stop the run, as there are only four teams that Pyro has ranked tougher against running backs. New York is far more susceptible to the passing game. Carr’s wide receivers are tied for the 8th-easiest schedule.  Last year, the Jets gave up a little more than 24 fantasy points per game to opposing QBs. If you drew Cam Newton or Andy Dalton, then pulling a Kenny Rogers and gambling on Carr may just be the right move.

 

Andy Dalton - Pyro Character

 19.     Andy Dalton (at Bal)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 1 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #19 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

After signing a lucrative contract that told him he had no worries about being released, Andy Dalton will now have even more to prove on the field that he is worthy of such a deal. His first test will be against the Ravens, normally this has been a struggling point for Dalton. In six games, he is has only won two, and his passing has shown why they have lost. Andy Dalton has thrown 228 times and completed only 123 (53.9%) of them for 1,459 yards. He has averaged just one touchdown per game (six) and has thrown a gawdly 11 interceptions. Obviously, these are the type of numbers that will make anyone state the contract is well-undeserved. On the road, Andy Dalton has done better, he has won 14 and lost 10, and his passing numbers are reflected with 514 completions on 848 attempts (60.6%) for 5,913 yards and 37 touchdowns with 28 interceptions. Something in the Baltimore water that just makes his game look hideous. Last season in the two games played, Dalton threw for 555 yards with four touchdowns, and a horrible seven interceptions, just more reason why Dalton will most likely struggle in Week 1.


Cam Newton - Pyro Character

20.     Cam Newton (at TB)

 

INJURY REPORT:  QUESTIONABLE (Ribs) - After missing Wednesday's practice, Cam progressed throughout the week putting in a limited practice on Thursday and a full practice on Friday. Coach Ron Rivera called him a game-time decision, but said he would make his call before warm-ups.   PYRO's TAKE: Considering his game is at 4:25pm ET, we'd suggest going with your back-up plan if you have one.

 

Week 1 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #T-8 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

The banged up Cam Newton will start the season against division rival Tampa Bay in 2014, but this does not look like it will be as fruitful a matchup as it has been in years past. Cam is still dealing with a fractured rib, which is the biggest issue in this game if you are thinking about starting him. Newton has played the Buccaneers six times in his career, and has thrown for 10 touchdowns to only four interceptions, but more importantly has run for six touchdowns on 52 carries for 281 yards in his career against them. With the fractured rib you can count on his rushing attempts to be much less in this game, and he has only averaged throwing for 235 yards per game against the Bucs. Add to that the Bucs are going to be defensive minded under new coach Lovie Smith, which makes Cam a real risk in Week 1.

 

Chad Henne - Pyro Character

21.     Chad Henne (at Phi)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 1 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #7 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

For now, Henne gets the start, but thanks to the preseason showcase put on by Bortles, ole Chad will be on a far shorter leash than expected. Last year, Henne competed 60% of his passes. He accumulated 3,241 yards, threw 13 TDs, and 14 INTs. In fact, Henne has never completed a season in which he tossed more TDs than INTs. This week, he goes up against the Philly defense and they can be thrown on. This week, Henne’s receivers have the best matchup of all 32 teams. Unfortunately, his #1, Cecil Shorts, may not be on the field to take advantage. As of Friday’s practice, he was listed as questionable for play on Sunday. Shorts left practice early on Thursday ue to a sore hamstring. Keep your eyes on this one. They are hurting at the position right now as second year man Ace Sanders is also out with a suspension. Mike Brown will be in the mix as well as the rookie, Marqise Lee. The Jags will not have much experience on the field against a porous Philly D. Last year, quarterbacks averaged almost 18.5 fantasy points against the Philly D. Only 6 teams gave up more points to the position. This should be a nice opportunity for Henne, however, if he is not getting the job done, the Jags may pull him in favor of the rookie.

 

Geno Smith - Pyro Character

22.     Geno Smith (vs. Oak)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 1 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #3 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

 

The Jets are home to Oakland in week 1. Geno enjoys the 3rd best strength of schedule this week. His wide receivers have the 4th easiest schedule. Even his running backs are rated as having the 9th easiest schedule. Geno played Oakland once in his rookie season. He went 16 for 25 with 219 yards, 1 passing TD , 1 rushing TD, and 1 pick. Oakland does an average job against #1 pass catchers. But, Eric Decker is a fantastic red zone target.  Against #2s and #3s, they are one of the worst defenses in the league. In fact, 31 other teams guarded those two positions better than Oakland last year. 

  

Rams QB - Pyro Character

23.     Shaun Hill (vs. Min)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 1 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #1 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

When I did the write up for the Rams, I compared Hill’s last numbers of value to Bradford’s. True, I was using stats from 2010, but Hill actually had a better yards per game average, and a better touchdown ratio. In short, I think Hill is very comparable to Bradford. This week, the Rams are home to the Vikings. It could not be more of blessing for Hill. He has the easiest schedule this week for the quarterback position. His wide receivers have the 2nd-best matchup, and his tight ends have the 3rd-easiest schedule. Ideally, this will give Hill some confidence early in the game. The Vikings do a terrible job covering the 3rd receiver. In fact, for efficiency, they ranked the lowest against #3s. Look for a Rams receiver to have a big day as long as Hill can find the weak point and deliver.


Matt Cassel - Pyro Character

24.     Matt Cassel (at StL)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 1 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #22 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

The Vikings are visiting the Rams in Week 1. The Rams are most susceptible to the running back position, being tied for the 10th-easiest against that position. AP should see more passes come his way this season. Cassel is not known for the long ball. Last year he averaged 201 yards per game and a middle of the road 7.1yards per pass thrown. Because he usually looks for short passes, and the fact that the Rams are one of the best at covering the tight end position, look for him to get AP involved in the passing game. Last year, only two defenses gave up more passing yards to running backs than the Rams. In his two career games against St. Louis, Cassel passed for 225.5 yards per game. He has thrown2 TDs, and 3 picks against the Rams.


Joe Flacco - Pyro Character

25.     Joe Flacco (vs. Cin)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 1 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #27 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

The Bengals are visiting the Ravens in week 1. With Rice suspended, they may look to pass more often than not. Traditionally, Flacco has struggled against the Bengals fierce defense. In his 12 career games against them, his passer rating is one of the lowest versus any team, 71.9. He has thrown more picks than TD: 15 INTs versus 12 TDs. Flacco also has one of his lowest yardage outputs against them as well. His average is just 177.8 yards per game. Baltimore has the 24th-easiest schedule for wide receiver this week and only 2 teams have a harder schedule at the tight end position.

 

Houston QB - Pyro Character

26.     Ryan Fitzpatrick (vs. Was)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 1 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #11 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Jake Locker Pyro Character

27.     Jake Locker (at KC)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 1 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #14 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Eli Manning - Pyro Character

28.     Eli Manning (at Det, Monday Night)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 1 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #17 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Eli and the Giants have been slow to adapt to their new offense from OC Ben McAdoo. While they aimed to up Manning’s completion percentage to 70%, during the preseason, Eli did not even total 50%. He only tossed one touchdown and looked lost on more than one occasion. Chances are he will not find his bearings when the dominant defensive line of the Lions is unleashed on him come Monday night. Pyro ranks the Lions as the number 17th easiest team against the QB. It gets far better for the receivers. The Lions rank #3 against pass catchers. Manning has played 12 career games on Monday night.  He has a 61.73% completion percentage and has thrown 21 TDs and 15 INTs. Until further notice, look for another QB to get in your line up.


E.J. Manuel Pyro Character

29.     E.J. Manuel (at Chi)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 1 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #20 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Brian Hoyer Pyro Character

30.     Brian Hoyer (at Pit)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 1 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #24 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


alex smith pyro character

31.     Alex Smith (vs. Ten)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 1 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #28 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Tampa Bay QB - Pyro Character

32.     Josh McCown (vs. Car)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 1 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #31 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


 

 

 

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