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Fantasy Player Projections: Week 1

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New Orleans Saints
vs
Atlanta Falcons
Superdome | Sunday, Sep. 08 | 01:00 PM EST (FOX)

Atlanta Falcons

    1. Matt Ryan
    2. Matt
      Ryan
      QB
    3. PASS YDS351
    4. PASS TD2
    5. INT0
    6. RUSH YDS0
    7. RUSH TD0

    Ryan will wash the bitter taste of last year's NFC Championship Game out of his mouth against the Saints, throwing for 351 yards, the highest total of the week, and two scores.

    1. Steven Jackson
    2. Steven
      Jackson
      RB
    3. RUSH YDS72
    4. RUSH TD1
    5. REC YDS43
    6. REC TD0

    Jackson will shine in his Falcons debut, showing exactly why the team targeted him so aggressively in the offseason. He'll rack up more than 100 yards from scrimmage and punch in a short-yardage touchdown.

    1. Jacquizz Rodgers
    2. Jacquizz
      Rodgers
      RB
    3. RUSH YDS23
    4. RUSH TD0
    5. REC YDS0
    6. REC TD0

    Rodgers is an exciting athlete, but Jackson has a stranglehold on this job. He shouldn't be anywhere near your starting lineup.

    1. Julio Jones
    2. Julio
      Jones
      WR
    3. REC YDS127
    4. REC TD1

    Jones has been the No. 1 receiver in Atlanta in the minds of fantasy owners for at least a year, but this is the season it will finally show on the field. It all starts against the Saints.

    1. Roddy White
    2. Roddy
      White
      WR
    3. REC YDS101
    4. REC TD1

    White remains a reliable, prolific target for Matt Ryan. That won't change against one of the friendliest secondaries in the league.

    1. Tony Gonzalez
    2. Tony
      Gonzalez
      TE
    3. REC YDS54
    4. REC TD0

    The ageless tight end keeps on ticking, though he may have fewer opportunities this year after the addition of Steven Jackson. It'll be a tepid start to the 2013 season for Gonzalez.

    1. Matt Bryant
    2. Matt
      Bryant
      K
    3. PAT3
    4. FG3

    A big day for the Falcons' offense means a big day for Bryant. He'll reward his owners with at least nine points, and perhaps more if your league gives out yardage bonuses.

    1. Atlanta Falcons
    2. PTS ALLOWED28
    3. SACKS3
    4. INT0
    5. TD0

    We've grown accustomed to shootouts between the Falcons and Saints, and this week will be no different. Of course, that makes it hard to start either defense.

New Orleans Saints

    1. Drew Brees
    2. Drew
      Brees
      QB
    3. PASS YDS321
    4. PASS TD4
    5. INT0
    6. RUSH YDS0
    7. RUSH TD0

    What more can you say about Drew Brees? The guy is a fantasy monster, and now that he's officially reunited with Sean Payton, we're betting he'll welcome his coach back with a big day.

    1. Darren Sproles
    2. Darren
      Sproles
      RB
    3. RUSH YDS0
    4. RUSH TD0
    5. REC YDS49
    6. REC TD1

    Sproles is just as large a non-factor in the running game as teammate Mark Ingram is in the passing game, but that makes Sproles far more valuable in the Saints' offense. He'll score one of New Orleans' four touchdowns this week.

    1. Mark Ingram
    2. Mark
      Ingram
      RB
    3. RUSH YDS54
    4. RUSH TD0
    5. REC YDS0
    6. REC TD0

    Ingram could be a relevant player in fantasy leagues if he gets enough touches, but that's always a risky proposition given the fact that he simply doesn't factor into the passing game.

    1. Pierre Thomas
    2. Pierre
      Thomas
      RB
    3. RUSH YDS38
    4. RUSH TD0
    5. REC YDS16
    6. REC TD0

    I don't see enough reps in New Orleans for Thomas to be relevant in fantasy leagues. There isn't a reason to start him this week.

    1. Marques Colston
    2. Marques
      Colston
      WR
    3. REC YDS73
    4. REC TD1

    Colston will put any fears about his foot to rest right off the bat Week 1, catching Drew Brees' first touchdown pass of the season. Get ready for a big season.

    1. Lance Moore
    2. Lance
      Moore
      WR
    3. REC YDS53
    4. REC TD1

    You can pretty much bet on Moore for about seven or eight productive fantasy games a year, but it's hard to know which ones they'll be. This will be one of them. Get him in your lineup.

    1. Kenny Stills
    2. Kenny
      Stills
      WR
    3. REC YDS19
    4. REC TD0

    It's hard to break into the New Orleans' offense. If one of the receivers goes down, Stills could be a fantasy factor, but he won't be until then.

    1. Jimmy Graham
    2. Jimmy
      Graham
      TE
    3. REC YDS99
    4. REC TD1

    It's time for Jimmy Graham to create a tier of one at the tight end position. He'll begin his domination of linebackers and safeties with seven catches, 99 yards and a score this week

    1. Garrett Hartley
    2. Garrett
      Hartley
      K
    3. PAT4
    4. FG0

    Hartley can be a frustrating fantasy kicker because the Saints are so efficient, usually finding the end zone instead of settling for a field goal. He'll give his owners one of those all-PAT days Sunday.

    1. New Orleans Saints
    2. PTS ALLOWED30
    3. SACKS3
    4. INT0
    5. TD0

    The Saints gave up the most fantasy points to quarterbacks, running backs and wide recievers last year. Yeah, they're still pretty bad.

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