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Buffalo Bills
Gillette Stadium | Monday, September 14 | 7:00 p.m. EST (ESPN)
Pick: Patriots 41, Bills 13
New England Patriots
Pos.PlayerProjection
QBTrent Edwards
185 pass yards, 1 pass TD, 1 INT
Edwards has weapons at his disposal in Terrell Owens and Lee Evans, both of whom gained more than 1,000 yards last year. But with Lynch missing the game due to suspension, the offense will struggle. Look for Edwards to throw with limited success. If you have another option, this is the week to go with it.
RBFred Jackson
2 rec, 10 rec yards, 70 rush yards
Jackson is more than capable of picking up the load in Lynch's absence, but New England's run defense is stout. Jackson could be a decent second RB option in deep leagues.
WRTerrell Owens
5 rec, 80 yards, 1 TD
Owens tends to succeed during his first year at new places, so a big season is expected. Against the Pats D, he'll find a few openings and should reach the end zone once.
WRLee Evans
5 rec, 60 yards
Owens' presence in the lineup will assure Evans sees fewer double-teams than in the past. With the Patriots running out to a quick lead, Evans should get his receptions and is a viable WR option in deep leagues.
WRJosh Reed
1 rec, 25 yards
Will there be enough touches for Reed behind Owens and Evans? Probably not -- this is why he isn't worth a start.
TEDerek Schouman
2 rec, 10 yards
Schouman will split touches with Derek Fine, but neither are worth starting.
KRian Lindell
1 PAT, 2 FGs
Kickers are tough to figure out in Week 1, but Lindell is a solid choice.
Defense
1 sack
Buffalo's defense is not the strength of its team, and should be exposed against the high-scoring Patriots offense. Look for another option.
Pos.PlayerProjection
QBTom Brady
315 pass yards, 4 pass TD
The 2007 MVP should pick up right where he left off. Expect Bill Belichick to send a message to the NFL that the Patriots are back, and a big day from Brady should be the primary indication.
RBFred Taylor
2 rec, 15 rec yards, 70 rush yards, 1 rush TD
Patriots RBs are always tough to figure out because they spread the wealth, but look for Taylor to get the start and the majority of carries. He should reach the end zone once in a lopsided game.
RBLaurence Maroney
50 rush yards
Expect the Patriots to score often and early, then let the running game wind out the clock. He won't reach the end zone, but will get some yardage.
WRRandy Moss
9 rec, 120 yards, 2 TD
Two years after breaking the season-single scoring record, Moss will get off to a hot start against a poor Bills defense. Expect some big plays from New England's passing game including a couple TDs from Moss.
WRWes Welker
11 rec, 95 yards, 1 TD
Welker is Brady's security blanket so he will get plenty of touches. While Moss may get the bigger numbers, Welker will be a big asset in leagues with points for receptions and is a must-start for your squad.
WRJoey Galloway
2 rec, 25 yards
Galloway hasn't impressed in training camp, but the Pats love the veteran's speed. He should see some action, but we can't recommend starting him unless you did a really poor job drafting your team.
TEChris Baker
2 rec, 15 yards, 1 TD
Ben Watson may get the start, but Baker and Brady looked in sync through the preseason and the veteran tight end should get a touchdown on a short-yardage score.
KStephen Gostkowski
5 PATs, 2 FGs
The most valuable kicker in fantasy football will have another fine game. Plug him into your lineup without hesitation.
Defense
2 sacks, 1 INT
After trading Richard Seymour, the Patriots defense looks vulnerable. Fortunately for New England fans, the Bills aren't much of a test, especially without Marshawn Lynch. Look for Buffalo to attack the Patriots' new cornerbacks but with little success.
 
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