Yes, we are officially on regular season time! Thank the football Gods the NFL is back! Sadly one of the best in the game will be out for a while, but we’ll talk more about that later. Tonight we get a matchup that could be a preview of the NFC Championship game. The Packers and Saints are both full of talent and this should be a great game to start the season. There are plenty of fantasy starters out there tonight and also plenty of fringe starters. Let’s take a look at some of them:

Lance Moore: This hurts me deep down in the loins, but Moore is out with a groin injury (which means it’s hurting him in the loins as well). This helps Jimmy Graham the most and I’m looking for a huge game from him unless Chuck Woodson shadows him, but I don’t believe that will be the case.

James Starks: Ryan Grant and Starks are splitting time, but if Starks is outplaying Grant he will stay out there. And that’s my prediction. Starks is a bit of a wildcard and I might go with someone safer if you can, but I like James tonight.

Marques Colston: The loss of Moore helps him a little, but like I said I think it helps Graham more. If you own Colston you start him until he breaks down.

Jordy Nelson: When it’s crunch time Donald Driver is the guy, but soon that will change to Nelson. I think it happens sooner than later and I wouldn’t even be surprised if we saw it start tonight.

Peyton Manning: It looks like he had another procedure on his neck and will be out 2-3 months (most likely more). This hurts the Colts receivers quite a bit, but I’m still cool with Reggie Wayne and Dallas Clark because they are old and so is Kerry Collins. He’ll lean on them. We’ll just have to keep an eye on Austin Collie and Pierre Garcon, but I’d rather not start them this week. As far as holding onto Manning goes, if you have room you should hold onto him for now, but if you are in a very shallow league and need that space to compete in the first half of the season I’d make that move.

Arian Foster: He didn’t practice today and is set to be a game time decision. If he does go there is a chance he would split time with Derrick Ward and Ben Tate. If you own Foster I would hope he doesn’t go so he can heal up and you don’t have to worry about it lingering. If Foster is out, Ward will most likely get the bulk of the work since he is much better than Ben Tate in pass protection.

Sidney Rice: He didn’t practice today and it looks like he may not go. I would look for other options.

Daniel Thomas: He tweaked his hammy and is trying his hardest to be a huge bust. Of course it is way too early to call him a true bust, but in fantasy we have very short attention spans. This opens up more looks for Reggie Bush and made them sign Larry Johnson. You know things are bad when those two things happen.


  1. herschel says:

    @Doc: ward is still available on my ww. worth picking up? even in a worse case scenario (foster sits and misses time), he would still be part of a timeshare with tate. does that make him worthwhile in a ppr league?

  2. timmy riggins says:

    @Doc: hi, please share your thoughts. 10-team, 6pts/td, 25yds/1pt, 15 WEEK NO PLAYOFF league (best overall record wins): Have Orton as only QB now, would you outright cut manning for Cutler (only decent qb with upside on waivers?), etc.

  3. Get off my Ditka says:

    @ Doc,

    hey man, i drafted Ridley in the 8th round of a keeper league (because i was hoping to keep him for next year). BUT (and that’s a big but), i also have Delone Carter, Roy Helu, and CJ Spiller as possible keepers.

    I need some WR depth, and Nate Burleson just became availabe via FAAB. You think Ridley is the one to drop here? OR should i wait it out a few weeks (as i don’t need WR depth until the bye weeks start).

  4. JR says:

    I am starting charles but need to decide between Foster, Jacobs, Tate for the 2nd spot. Also need to pick 2 from Austin, M. Williams(TB) and Santana Moss.

  5. Plaxidental Discharge says:

    1 point per 10 yards rushing and recieving
    6 points rushing and recieveing TD’s
    Non PPR

    Who do I start at flex this week?

    Marshawn Lynch, Brandon Jacobs, Julio Jones?

  6. Oilcan Giuseppe says:

    Doc:non ppr flex play….start Welker or Graham?

  7. beano says:

    yo doc!

    ryan grant, amendola, or steve smith (car) .5 PPR. Thanks!

  8. Doc

    Doc says:

    @Oilcan Giuseppe: Tough, leaning Welker

    @Plaxidental Discharge: Jacobs

    @JR: Jacobs if Foster doesn’t play. I’m worried about Austin if Revis is on him. I might sit him. My rankings might not say that. Going to adjust.

  9. Doc

    Doc says:

    @beano: urgh, Grant

  10. unstopabull says:

    Just got done with 12team draft and I think I did surprisingly well pick in the 7th spot.

    Big Ben, Cassell
    CJ, Ingram, Pierre, Moreno, R.Brown
    Roddy, VJ, Collie, Smith(Car), K ox
    Vernon, Cook

    We start 3 WR and I don’t know which W3 I should go with. I loved Collie but w/o PM maybe not so much.

    Also I think I have to start Moreno as my RB2 and sit Ingram or PT. Would you do this? I like Ingram but how long until he starts and gets the maj. of the carries? Doesn’t help playing GB in the first week.

    I love my team overall but happen to be playing a strong team with great match ups this week so any pointers would be appreciated.

  11. unstopabull says:

    @unstopabull: Draft was last night, would have passed on Collie had I known

  12. Anthony says:

    Need Adivce – MY starts are currently QB Brees, WR Mike Williams, WR Brandon LLoyd, RB Mike Turner, RB Knowshon Moreno, TE Jason Witten, W/R/T – Rob Gronkowski – Who you leave Gronkowski in that slot or would you pick one of these options: collie, garcon, davone bess, or LT ???

  13. hideousmutants says:

    Who do you like for Flex in a PPR league:
    Shonn Greene
    Miles Austin

  14. Bungler says:

    I picked up ARI for def this week, but looking at your rush analysis, I wonder if there might be some vulnability to Williams and Newton (running, not passing). NYG, KC and SF are all available – should I switch and, if so, to who (I’m leaning SF)?


  15. principal blackman says:

    Hey, Doc, thanks for the supurb fake football advice. I’m in a league that allows a QB in the flex position, which means QBs went super duper high and I got stuck taking Eli in the 4th round. That preamble brings me to my question: who should I start at flex? I have Tavaris Jackson, Addai, Amendola, Ryan Grant & James Stark as potential candidates. I’m leaning towards Addai, but I also hate my bench and am having a hard time seeing through my disappointment/rage.

  16. Drew Crew says:

    If foster sits, in ppr do i go with Tate, Addai, or Tolbert?

  17. jerky says:

    12 team ppr …I get the real JC Jamaal Charles and Greg little …I give up J. Best Britt and lynch ……deal or no deal

  18. John says:

    Ive been flip flopping back and forth who would you start at your flex spot non ppr league

    Moreno or Fred Jackson?

  19. MrHappyTime says:

    Burleson, Lee Evans, or Braylon Edwards for the year?

  20. Oilcan Giuseppe says:

    Doc:10 team non ppr….better p/u for flex position,Daniel Thomas, or Meachem?

    also,considering the fact that the Colts wont be able to pass the ball like the Colts,along w/ Addai’s tendency to miss time,how valuable do you think Delone Carter can be this yr?

  21. B-Real says:

    Hey Doc,

    I hope all is well….I need some advice this week regarding my line-up.

    QB- Do I start Cutler or Bradford?
    RB- Jahvid Best or Mendenhall?
    Def- Browns or 49ers?


  22. will says:

    Derek Ward or Kendall Hunter as a backup RB?

  23. ProjectBadass says:

    .5 PPR league
    I have Gore…After last night, would you drop Pierre Thomas and pick up Kendall Hunter?

  24. Joel says:


    Ingram is my RB2. RB 3 is jacobs, 4 is mcgahee. (1 is CJ2k).

    needless to say, after last nite I’m in major freakout mode. Do you still think Ingram is a wash compared to Blount/Dangelo?

  25. Van Haggard says:

    Doc, who should I start if Sidney can’t go? Mike Thomas vs TEN or Jacoby Ford @ DEN? Thanks!

  26. timSTi says:

    @Doc: Who do you like better from here on out.. WARNING THIS IS BAD.. Collins or Fitzpatrick? 1pt/20yds 6pt TD’s..

    Gonna make a move for Bradford i think as that team has Rivers & Bradford.. I own Peyton, but with the injury bug already (Foster, Rice, D.Thomas, Moore, & Manning OUCH) I might just drop him and pick up Burleson.. Fun start to the year.. Good thing this is my cheaper, non keeper league.. :/

  27. Semi-Panic says:

    I’m an unfortunate P. Manning owner in a PPR league. Is giving up Welker & R. Bush for Manningham & Freeman a fair trade?

  28. Doc

    Doc says:

    @Drew Crew: Hmmm, I’ll lean Collins, but it’s a crapfest.

    @Van Haggard: I like both ok fr this week and about the same. Ford is more risk reward which is the way I usually go.

    @Joel: I do, bad matchup for him last night. Looked good when he had a chance to not run against a stacked front.

    @ProjectBadass: PT looked good, but he’ll have a hard time carving out fantasy points. I could see doing that if you don’t need points from that slot right now.

    @will: Hunter unless you need Ward for this week.

    @B-Real: I like the 49ers and Best for PPR, Mendy for Non. Cutler/Bradford is a crapshoot. Cutler, but that’s shaky.

    @Oilcan Giuseppe: Hope you went Meachem. I like Carter a lot, but scoring will be down for the Colts.

    @MrHappyTime: Burleson

    @John: Moreno, but close

    @jerky: Deal

    @Drew Crew: Addai

  29. Wilsonian says:

    Wondering a couple of roster questions in a league that’s 0.5 PPR. And I’m more interested regarding the season on the whole, not just for the immediate, foreseeable future.

    I’ve got the following on my bench: Mike Thomas, Ingram, Moore, and Gronkowski. Would you drop any of them for any of the following:

    Starks, Nelson, Green, Cook, Kendricks, Smith (CAR)?

  30. Doc

    Doc says:

    @Wilsonian: tough call. I sure wish Moore would have been healthy for last night’s game. I’d probably drop him for Starks though.

  31. Wilsonian says:

    @Doc: what do you think about Nelson? Do you like him over Thomas? It’s a 3 WR league with a W/RB slot. I’ve got VJax, White, Santonio in the starting slots and DeAngelo in the flex, but i don’t want to leave myself too short on WRs.

  32. Doc

    Doc says:

    @Wilsonian: Nelson will be #3 at best. Thomas is #1 for the time being. I’m sticking with Thomas.

  33. ProjectBadass says:

    .5 PPR

    How do you rank my bench RBs Daniel Thomas, Pierre Thomas, and CJ Spiller?

  34. Chris says:

    Doc, do you guys have any strategy for keeper leagues? I can’t find one on here. Also, where would you draft Peyton Manning in a keeper league? I would only draft him in the late rounds because if I draft him say in the 10th round, I only lose a 9th rounder next year. What should I do Doc?

  35. Wilsonian says:

    I dropped Moore for Starks and Gronk for Nelson. After hearing about Colston being out 4 weeks, should I drop Nelson for Moore or Meachem?

  36. Doc

    Doc says:

    @Chris: I’d draft him in Dynasty, but it depends on how many you keep and if you have an IR spot.

    @Wilsonian: If Moore is ready for next week I’m loving him. I’d try for Moore again.

    @ProjectBadass: Spiller, Thomas, DT

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