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Joe Flacco, QB, Ravens
It's a good week to play this marginal starter. Flacco, who looked sharp in preseason, launches his sophomore campaign against the Chiefs, who have a new coach and have switched from a 4--3 defense to a 3--4, and thus are bound to be unsettled.
Thomas Jones, RB, Jets
Though he was second in the AFC in rushing TDs in 2008, Jones, 31, lost fantasy luster with the arrival of rookie RB Shonn Greene and the prospect of shared carries. Jones is worth a start here: To keep pressure off rookie QB Mark Sanchez, the Jets should run plenty in Houston.
Julius Jones, RB, Seahawks
Even under pass-friendly coach Mike Holmgren, Seattle ran well against the Rams in '08, totaling 370 yards and four TDs in two meetings. Now that the Seahawks have a more run-oriented coach in Jim Mora, their lead back is a must start at home against St. Louis.
Mike Sims-Walker, WR, Jaguars
After missing Jacksonville's earlier preseason games with an ankle sprain, Sims-Walker looked spry last Thursday against Washington (four catches for 65 yards and a TD). This week he goes against a Colts secondary that will be without Pro Bowl safety Bob Sanders.
Terrell Owens, WR, Bills
RB Marshawn Lynch is suspended for the first three games of the season and backup Fred Jackson, though likely to play in the opener against New England, has been dealing with a wrist injury. Expect the Patriots to concentrate on shutting down the Bills' passing game.