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Tennessee Titans @ Pittsburgh Steelers

Opening night.  NFL football.  Blood, sweat, beers.  It is here! We’ve all been waiting for it.  We all love it.  What else could you ask for?  The defending champs vs. the team with the best record last year.  Defense, defense and some more defense!  Even though I am a Fantasy Football nerd I still love watching good defense, but what should we be looking for fantasy wise?

There are some fantasy questions that can be answered here in the opener.  How will Chris Johnson and LenDale White be used?  Some talk of CJ getting more looks in his second season, but White went on a tequila-free diet and wants the ball.  And will the slimmed down White be able to punch it into the endzone as often as he did last year?  If not, fantasy value plummets.

And will Justin Gage prove to be a reliable 3rd receiver?  Will Kerry Collins have his old bones ground into dust and then reconstituted into a Terrible Towel in which Casey Hampton then chokes on while mistaking it for a banana fruit roll up?

The Steelers aren’t much of a fantasy stream to be panned while you sport your old miners beard and one of those jugs with the x’s on it. But this will be a big test for the Steelers’ RB’s.  Fast Willie Parker has a propensity to go up against tough defenses and gain about 2 yards a carry or break something.  If I were a Parker owner I would just hope he gets out of this game alive or we could start seeing a lot of Rashard Mendenhall.

Will Ben Roethlisberger turn back into the viable fantasy starter of yesteryear? Will he ever get his TV fixed again?

Hines Ward and Santonio Holmes are #3 Wr’s on most fantasy rosters.  Will they be worth their spots?

Oh, and if you have the Steelers defense you probably took them too early and you better hope they have a couple picks for TD’s and 10 sacks.  And they’ll need to do that often.

This is it.  Don’t forget your cups.

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  1. dave says:
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    Aren’t you supposed to be telling us if hines ward and santonio holmes will be worth their spots tonight? You are not even giving your opinion… how about a start / sit? How about a week #1 ranking?

  2. dbhammel says:
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    Tough calls this week: at WR2 and Flex start two of Anthony Gonzalez, Brandon Marshall, and Donald Driver. At RB2 start Cadillac, Orange Julius, or Buckhalter. Thanks!

  3. Dad says:
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    @Doc: I’m excited it’s finally starting. Way to complitment the quality advice, insights and fun of Razzball baseball. Only my 2nd season for fantasy football.

    Finally, Julius Jones or Willie Parker for week 1?

  4. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    so i joined a new 2nd league this year to compliment my long running keeper league. most of the guys had been playing together for years, and they needed to fill out the league and i know the commish. anyway, 1 point per reception so semi-ppr. only 10 teams. 1 flex start. also start an HC and margin of vicotry counts. here is my unbelievably loaded team.

    QB: mcnabb, palmer
    RB: mjd, sjax, dmac, kevin smith, rice
    WR: white, jennings, welker, moore
    TE: zach miller
    K: gould
    D: chargers
    HC: belichick

    i can’t imagine a reasonable scenario where i am not in position to win this league in week 16.

  5. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:
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    Ditto on good job, Doc. I’m kinda hoping that Parker breaks down, and I am an owner, thanks to the wonders of auto-draft (yeah, I’m gonna be whining for awhile, I guess.) My RB’s are so bad that I will likely have to start Jamal Lewis, who rumor has it almost had a date with the Turk. Thankfully, AL KOHOLIC offered me a deal where I could handcuff Mendenhall, whom I think has a great deal of potential. Hopefully he will last more then a play or two, like last year. At least this year I didn’t waste a draft choice on him.

    I, too enjoy a good defensive match, and this is a great one to kick off the season.

  6. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:
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    I grabbed Mike Bell a couple days ago, but I have Steven Jackson, Ray Rice, Julius Jones, and McFadden ahead of him (plus Marshawn Lynch and Justin Fargas)…..would it be worth offering him to the Pierre Thomas owner in exchange for Michael Bush? That would give me both of McFadden’s handcuffs.

  7. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Paulie Allnuts: ah yes,football is here.missed starting hanson in our rcl league or i would have taken a point from the leader,3 baseball and 3 football teams,i think im going to stick with 2 of each next year

  8. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: I need you to take points from the leader. I am 7 points back, with a bit over 10% of the season to go. The other day I wanted to start La Porta, as he was playing in a double header. I guess I forgot to press the submit number, so I lost a homer and several Ribbies. Can’t afford to get sloppy. I guess I will have to consider trading a wide-out in RCL, to improve my putrid running back situation.

    I have 5 FBB and FF – way to many, especially now, when they are both active. I guess I have to learn to say no when asked to join a league. But I’m an addict, and fantasy is my crack. Was counting on two starts from the Freak this week in Yahoo playoffs; now I will get nadda. In another league last week, I had HanRam miss several days, after going 0-14. Went down to the Sunday night game. The only player my opponent had active was Kooz. I needed him to go 1-4 at best, with no ribbies. He gets 3 ribbies, and my team goes down. Fantasy can be a rough game, at times. Good thing that I don’t play for money…

  9. Denys says:
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    hey guys,

    which is these should I play as my 2nd RB (behind MJD) for week 1.

    Knowshon Moreno, Ahmad Bradshaw, Willis McGahee, Rashard Mendenhall… I know, “slim pickings”.

    Also need to start 3 of these receivers (.5 ppr league): Wes Welker, Vincent Jackson, Antonio Bryant, Lee Evans, Davone Bess.

    Any help appreciated.

  10. Denys says:
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    by the way i’m leaning towards like i listed them. moreno as my 2nd RB, and Welker/Jackson/Bryant as WRs.

  11. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Denys: i’d maybe go evans over bryant. you know the bills will have to put up points to have a chance, TO will get the most attention, and the pats secondary looks to be their weak spot.

  12. Iceman says:
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    Start Justin Gage vs. PIT, or Chris Chambers @ OAK?

  13. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    is anyone leaning towards starting mike bell over chris johnson(playing the steal curtain)

  14. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC:

    Final week last year, I started DeShaun Foster over Chris Johnson (Foster was playing STL, CJ was facing PIT) and it cost me the championship.

    Play the talent.

  15. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @mgeoffriau: yeah,thats what i wanted to hear,thanks

  16. Elijah says:
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    Too bad we haven’t freakin drafted yet.

  17. Levo says:
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    Non PPR league, do i start Donald Driver or Josh Morgan?

  18. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @dbhammel: A Gonz and Marshall and I like OJ this week.

    @Dad: I like OJ.

    @Paulie Allnuts: Thanks, should be a great game!

    @mgeoffriau: It’s an idea. I like Bush as DMacs handcuff. Bell could possibly get you more if he has a big game Sunday.

    @Denys: Check Knowshon’s status. I don’t like him this week, but if he plays he might be your best bet. After that I’d go Bradshaw. Wes Welker, Vincent Jackson, Antonio Bryant. Make sure Welker starts. If not go with Evans.

    @Iceman: I’d go with Chambers.

    @AL KOHOLIC: I could see taking the risk, but I usually run my studs out there.

    @Levo: Driver.

    Hi all, thanks for your patience. Just got into Woodstock and am in an awesome b&b with the wifey. Have a fun opening night all!!!!

  19. Elijah says:
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    @Doc:

    Sooo is our league still gonna count in the standings if we’re drafting after the season starts? Can we still even set our lineups for week 1? Never used ESPN.

  20. mrfootball says:
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    Derrick Ward or Carnell Williams as my starting running back ?

  21. mrfootball says:
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    how was your defensive player draft Doc

  22. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Doc: whats the deal with chambers?he was awesome then went to san diego,is he washed up or due a big year

  23. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Elijah: is it a rcl league?why havent you drafted

  24. Elijah says:
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    The commish is a moron? no clue.

  25. Elijah says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC:
    And yes it is, thats why I’m asking here of course.

  26. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Elijah: you have 45 minutes to draft get teams entered and set for tonight,thubk id be canning the commish

  27. Elijah says:
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    Hes a lazy ass…I’m frankly pissed off…this whole RCL thing is totally half-ass…

  28. Elijah says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC:

    He scheduled it for tomorrow btw.

  29. Elijah says:
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    Right now, my opinoin of the RCL is a bit lower than my opinoin of Al Michaels new Toupee.

  30. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Elijah: your comish volunteered,it was up to him and you others in the league to draft,not the rcl,who is kind enough to provide us the site

  31. Elijah says:
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    Eh, volunteer or not, I should think there should be some effort to provide oversight.

  32. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Elijah: if you would have bitched the last 2 weeks at him as much as you are now,then he might have remembered,im betting that he forgot about tonights game

  33. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: im not picking on you,just that the rcl expects the leagues and its participants to be aware of when to draft,your commish is stuupitttt

  34. Elijah says:
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    Well, exactly. But nonetheless I’d like a ruling here.

  35. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Doc: @Elijah: we nominate DOC to handle this

  36. Elijah says:
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    Sure, that’s his job. To run the football portion of the sight and oversee it. I imagine he’s getting paid to do just that.

  37. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    i dont think they get paid,and again,he has nothing to do with the individual leagues ,they provide the site

  38. Elijah says:
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    Frankly, if Doc is putting in that much work for free, he’s a sucker.

  39. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Elijah: i call him a gamer,a trooper or a hell of a good guy,if you join a yahoo league and some dumbass doesnt draft till after the season,who do you blame,1 person only,the commish,yahoo doesnt control the leagues either,drink a beer ,smoke a fatty and draft tomorrow night

  40. Elijah says:
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    Wow. Titans blew that coverage like a Tijuana hooker.

  41. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Elijah: on a brighter note,big ben with a td and the steal curtain doing its thing,the 2 of them have me 22 points so far

  42. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Elijah: spoke to soon

  43. Elijah says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC:

    Jinxed yourself. I got the Titans dee in my money league, so far, not too bad.

  44. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Elijah: i have chris johnson in my keeper league and i love tenn,so its hard rooting against them

  45. Elijah says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC:

    They’ve been the better team tonite, but all that matters is the scoreboard.

  46. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Elijah: Not sure what I could have done. 2 people dropped out at the last second. The commish emailed me and I posted something in the forums hoping people would fill out the league. I wish I could conjure up team managers out of thin air, but I’d probably conjure up unlimited beer instead.

  47. Elijah says:
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    Yeah. But whats the call then?

  48. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Doc: im in then

  49. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Elijah: If Espn will let you guys I will. Sorry it’s been a mess.

  50. Elijah says:
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    Ok. Sorry if I blew my top, just I get frustrated by incompetence.

  51. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Elijah: i can imagine ,opening night and all,hint ,if you draft either the tenn or pitt def,then draft another one real late,new orleans plays detroit wk 1

  52. Elijah says:
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    OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOH Ben got HIT!

  53. Elijah says:
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    Maybe some extra innings?

  54. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    oh hines,

  55. Doc

    Doc says:
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    That was a heartbreaker

  56. Elijah says:
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    I’m busting out the violin Doc.

  57. Elijah says:
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    Titans DC needs to be shot, lol.

  58. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Doc: i think a def that goes to o.t. without giving up a score should get something,like a pitchers era kinda

  59. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: Sounds like a good idea to me.

  60. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Doc: a big ben td pass would work also

  61. Elijah says:
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    Big Ben’s escapability continues to cover up Pitts poor OL play, he’s amazing.

  62. Doc

    Doc says:
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    Wow, Ben made some big time plays there. The guy is good.

  63. Elijah says:
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    Yeah he saved Pitt’s bacon once again. Tenn on the other hand is what we thought they were: a team lacking a bigtime playmaker on offense.

  64. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Doc: he had a cheap hailmarry int and a few sacks but ill take it,my team is pretty solid if he has a good year

  65. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    what a way to start the year,great game

  66. Elijah says:
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    Ben might be ok in FF this year, they need to pass to move the ball. The running game hasn’t been good at all since Arians took the reins.

  67. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Elijah: i trade mendenhall,he just doesnt seem to run downhill,but that was one hell of a def. to run on

  68. Elijah says:
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    Its only part Mendy’s fault, that OL just is bad. If they had an ordinary QB the steelers would be really average. Its just Ben is the best QB I’ve ever seen (by far) at avoiding the pass rush. Its a huge X-factor for Pitt.

  69. Elijah says:
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    Hmmm, rumour is Troy is DOA for the year. I guess that means Fitz is next.

  70. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Elijah: thier saying 4 to 6 weeks,

  71. Elijah says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC:

    Good news, still, the curse is obviously still in full swing. The bait and switch dual cover crap wasn’t gonna fool Scratch.

  72. Elijah says:
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    Sprained MCL, could be 3 weeks could be 10.

  73. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Elijah: yeah but i just traded for that def in the rcl and drafted them in my keeper,they will still be goodmbut you dont grow palamalu`s on tree`s,hehe

  74. Elijah says:
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    Lol. They need to start up a Polamanu republic somewhere.

  75. BSA says:
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    Word of Advice: When reading Razzball football do not have multiple tabs open with your fantasy baseball team on it. The names definitely can be confusing, especially before the coffee.

    Great job here Doc! Seamless writing and insights.

  76. darren lobo says:
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    Polamalu was dominant in the 15 seconds he played at least, lol.

    @Doc: Knowshon Moreno is #4 on the broncos depth chart after the preseason. Should owners be worried? How do you see this playing out?

  77. darren lobo says:
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    Also, how much higher would you value Marshawn Lynch had he not been suspended the first 3 games? Basically, once his suspension is up, whos value does he rival? Ronnie Brown?

  78. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @BSA: Gracias sir.

    @darren lobo: Crazy. Looks like he’s out 3-6 weeks. Ryan Clark is a stud back there as well.

    I have Lynch on a lot of teams because I value his skills, but I do worry about his line, which is god awful. He has power and can catch the ball so I’d put him up there with DMac.

  79. BOO says:
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    I just picked up Mike Bell in my league and dropped dead weight Jamal Lewis. Should I play him over Vincent Jackson in my flex spot this week? I have DMC and Lance Moore too, but they don’t seem as appealling as BELL. Whatcha thinK?

  80. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @BOO: It’s between DMac and Bell. I like both about equally, but I’m starting DMac.

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