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.