Fantasy football Player Projections: Breaking down Week 1
Week 1 of the NFL season is finally here, which means it's time to set fantasy rosters. Which quarterback will carry his owner to victory? Which running backs will crush through defenses for 100 or more yards? Michael Beller breaks down all of the Week 1 matchups, and presents his projected player rankings by position, to help fantasy owners win this week's matchup.
Click the position labels for the full list of projected player rankings, and click the team logos, paired by matchup, to see projected stats of each game.
Just last week I predicted Manning would throw 45 touchdown passes this year. It all starts Week 1, as he'll toss two scores to Demaryius Thomas and one apiece to Eric Decker and Montee Ball.
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.
I'm on record as believing Tony Romo will finish the season as a top-five quarterback. It all starts against the Giants this week.
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.
Thomas will kick off the 2013 season in a big way, catching eight balls for 121 yards and two scores. He'll score the first touchdown of the season on a 32-yard strike from Peyton Manning.
Everything is set up for Brown's breakout season in Pittsburgh. As the focal point of the passing game, he'll end the season as a top-12 receiver, and will get it started Week 1 against the Titans.
A foot injury limited Garcon, but he was a top-15 receiver when healthy. If Griffin throws more and runs less this year, Garcon will be the primary beneficiary. He has breakout potential in 2013.
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
Witten had a monster 2012, and he'll pick right up where he left off. He remains one of the best tight ends in the game.
Olsen has developed a great relationship with Cam Newton, one that could have him among the elite tight ends this year. He'll get that all started on Sunday.
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.
With an offense driven by Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch, Hauschka may finish the year in the top 10 at the position. If the offense shows the necessary juice, consider Hauschka a regular starter.
Bailey's got a huge leg and is part of what could be a very good offense. He should be considered a weekly starter.
With E.J. Manuel at the helm for the Bills, the Patriots defense has a huge day. If they're available in your league, they make a great stream option.
Miami's defense was under the radar last season, but that won't be the case in 2013, especially after it gets off to a huge start against Brandon Weeden and the Browns.
Houston has one of the best defenses in the league and a great matchup against the Chargers. They'll be the top performing defense this week.