I've said time and time again that I believe Charles is the No. 2 player in fantasy football this year. We'll see exactly why Week 1 against the Jags.
Everything has been said about Peterson's ridiculous 2012 season. He'll need to be every bit as good this year to get the Vikings back to the playoffs.
Forte will be in the MVP discussion this year. You heard it here first. He starts that campaign with a huge game against the Bengals, both on the ground and through the air.
Easily the most polarizing player in the first round, Foster will make those who passed on him look foolish with a huge game against the Chargers.
With Andre Brown on the shelf, Wilson will have a chance to prove he deserves to be a workhorse back. He won't disappoint this week.
Martin was a monster last season, and that was without two key offensive linemen for most of the year. He may actually be able to outperform his rookie year, and he'll have success Week 1, despite drawing a tough matchup.
Come next year, we'll all be talking about Ridley as a first-round pick. He'll start that campaign with a bang against the Bills.
Morris remains one of the few true workhorses in the league, and Philadelphia presents a great matchup. He'll look like one of the best backs this week.
Fantasy owners consistently view Johnson as a bust, but is that only because of the unrealistic expectations he set for himself with his 2,000-yard season? He'll start the season with a strong performance in a loss.
Like Michael Vick, McCoy could be a star in Chip Kelly's offense. He'll look like the stud he was in 2011 against the Redskins on Monday night.
That Richardson can do what he does on an offense this poor is incredible. He'll be the only Brown to please his owners this week.
Don't pay any attention to Joe Philbin's coachspeak from the preseason. Miller is the man in Miami, and could easily finish the season inside the top 20 at the position.
Under tough circumstances with the Bills chasing most of the game, Spiller will still give his owners a productive day. That's what you need out of your first-round pick.
Bush has a new home in Detroit, where the Lions' pass-happy offense could be just what he needs.
Despite the ineptitude of the Jacksonville offense, MoJo keeps on putting up big seasons. There's no reason to expect that to stop this year.
McFadden finally stayed healthy last year, and he managed to have the worst year of his career. It's hard to trust someone in this offense, which is why McFadden can't be counted on as more than a RB3 at this point.
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.
If, if, if. If Murray can stay healthy, he can be an RB1. It's all just a matter of him staying on the field.
It may be an ugly week for the defending Super Bowl champs, but Rice will give his fantasy owners the sort of high-floor production they expect of him from week to week.
Every year the fantasy community anticipates a Gore decline, and every year he keeps on proving a lot of people wrong. He may cede more carries to LaMichael James and Kendall Hunter this year, but he's still an RB2.
Ball won't waste any time starting his ascension to the top of the depth chart in Denver. He'll lead the team in carries and sneak in the end zone on a middle screen, rewarding owners who continued to show faith in him late in draft season.
Lynch propelled himself into the fantasy elite, but it may be a challenge for him to get going against a strong Panthers defense. Don't let that discourage you, though.
We all know what to expect from Bradshaw at this point. He's one of the toughest players in the league, and though he'll likely miss a few games because of foot injuries, he's a strong RB3 in most leagues.
Did the Steelers feel confident in Redman or exceedingly unconfident in Jonathan Dwyer when they released the latter? Hard to say, but no matter what Redman could be a nice little fantasy player before Le'Veon Bell returns.
Despite all the evidence to the contrary, I think Mathews can be an RB3 this season. He had a strong preseason, and is clearly the best player on this offense.
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.
Green-Ellis will manage a short-yardage touchdown, but we'll start to see why a changing of the running-back guard is likely in Cincinnati this season.
Richardson will start for the Rams this year, but temper your expectations. Zac Stacy will likely get goal-line carries, and Isaiah Pead is expected to have a role when he returns from his one-game suspension.
Mendenhall may never reach the heights a lot of people expected of him, but volume can be a running back's best friend. He'll have that volume as Arizona's starter this year.
With Jonathan Stewart out, Williams could become a weekly starter in all types of fantasy leagues. For now, I consider him a decent RB3.
Eighty-two combined yards and four catches in an NFL debut against one of the league's better defenses? It could certainly be worse.
If I could only have one Jets running back, I'd rather have Powell than Chris Ivory. I'd be sick to my stomach if I had to start either of them, though.
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.
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.
Ballard takes a backseat to Ahmad Bradshaw in the offense, but will still have a role, and could find himself as a fantasy starter if and when Bradshaw's foot troubles catch up with him.
The Chargers offense clearly lost a lot of its explosiveness when Darren Sproles left town. Woodhead isn't nearly the athlete Sproles is, but he can play in that same capacity with less electricity.
Hillman continues a troubling pattern begun in the preseason, losing a fumble for Denver's only turnover. After that, John Fox gives the lion's share of the work to Montee Ball.
Green Bay drafted Lacy to legitimize their running game, and fantasy owners drafted him as a second or third back. He won't do that against a stout 49er defense Sunday.
Reece proved he could be a decent fantasy player when given enough touches to make a real impact. Until that happens this year, he doesn't belong on rosters.
The Jets brought in Ivory over the offseason, but it appears Bilal Powell has held him off, at least heading into Week 1 of the season. Doesn't change the fact that neither is worth starting.
Bell could actually end up carving himself out a nice role, especially since the Lions can deploy Reggie Bush in so many different ways. He shouldn't be thought of as a starter, but he should be on a roster.
With LaMichael James out three-to-four weeks, Hunter will get all the time as Frank Gore's backup. Unless Gore goes down, he is not a fantasy option.
Jackson still holds some fantasy value as C.J. Spiller's backup, but right now he's no more than a depth back.
It'll take an injury to Lamar Miller to make Thomas relevant in fantasy leagues this year. Stay away form him until that happens.
Tolbert shouldn't be anywhere near a fantasy roster right now, but pay attention to how they use him with Jonathan Stewart out. He may end up being roster-worthy.
Tate is the most essential handcuff in the league this year, but he can't be started in fantasy leagues as long as Foster is healthy.
Pierce may end up playing a larger role later in the season, but he'll be sqeezed from the gameplan after the Broncos jump on top. You shouldn't have to consider starting him this week.
Vereen is being drafted as a legitimate flex play, but he won't show that this week. Avoid him if you can.
Rodgers is an exciting athlete, but Jackson has a stranglehold on this job. He shouldn't be anywhere near your starting lineup.
Moreno will get a little burn on opening night, but it'll take an injury to Ball or Hillman for him really to get involved in the offense.
Leshoure is probably the odd man out in the Lions backfield. There isn't a guarantee he appears in the projections all season long.
Greene could end up having some value if he's able to secure goal-line carries, but until that happens he is barely even roster-worthy.
Bush barely registers this week, carrying just six times for 17 yards.
Michael is a necessary handcuff for Lynch owners. Whoever is the starting running back in this offense will be worthy of starting every week.
If you were in a "guys whose real life teams hope they never see the field" fantasy league, Gerhart might be the No. 1 pick.
Davis isn't the necessary handcuff that Ben Tate is, but Charles owners should do their best to own him. He'll need an injury to the starter to really make an impact in fantasy leagues.
We know Brown can be a weapon in fantasy leagues, but he won't have that chance as long as LeSean McCoy is healthy.
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