Friday, September 5

Creative Jucies Flow. "Start 'Em Sit 'Em" Retires. "Name Calling" Is Introduced. Week 1

Name Calling Is Our Weekly Feature where we help you figure out which name to call for that flex position, #3 wideout spot, or any other lineup conundrum you may be faced with. Our goal is to help you decide on borderline starters by revealing who will hit pay dirt and who will implode. None of this "start Tom Brady" or "sit Derek Hagan" non sense. No loving, hating, flaming, or video gaming either. Just a bit of name calling is all. "Do we have a schedule for you... Best part is, unlike the offseason, we think we're going to be able to stick to it!" This is awkward. First day in and crazy come from nowhere schedules already are putting us off. Umm... I'll just get on with it then... Who You Gonna Call Chad Pennington - If you're in a 12 team league or bigger and you have say, Mat Schaub as your starter going up against the Steelers, look Pennington's way. Two of New York's cornerbacks have been limited in practice this week and are questionable for Sundays matchup, which could open up room for the passing game. Both CB's play on the right side of the defense, which could also mean a huge night for Ted Ginn, as he'll be playing the Jets' third stringer. Plus, Chadwick may have a little grudge against his former team. Some guy pulled out of retirement and stole his job or something. Lawrence Maroney - Maroney has a cake walk first matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs, he was good down the stretch at the end of last season, and the word on the street is that Belichick won't throw the bal 3289 times a game this year. Lawrence should benefit. Start him in all leagues. Patrick Crayton - Crayton shows up around three times a year and the rest of the season just fades into oblivion. Bank on this week being one of those three times. Cleveland got brutalized by passing games all last year, giving up 29 touchdowns through the air, the second highest total in the league. Crayton's the number 2 guy in Dallas so he'll get the looks. Plug him in as a 3rd wide receiver or a flex guy in 12 teamers. Derrick Mason - Joe Flacco is starting this game for the Ravens and it will be his first chance against an NFL defense. Actually, Cincinatti being called an NFL defense is arguable. They can't stop the pass at all. Flacco has an easy matchup to start his career and he'll be targeting his number 1 wideout and safety option Derrick Mason early and often. Mason's a quality start in all leagues. Who You Not Gonna Call Donovan McNabb - Reggie Brown and Kevin Curtis are not expected to play. The St. Louis Rams were surprisingly not horrible against the pass last year. Donovan's not going to put up big numbers against St. Louis throwing to Hank Baskett. Maurice Jones Drew and Fred Taylor - Two. That's how many running backs got 100 rushing yards off the Tennessee Titans during the regular season. Fourty eight. That's how many yards Taylor and MoJo combined for in last year's season opener against the Titans. Four. That's how many names Maurice Christoper Jones-Drew has. While that is tempting, resist. Sit both guys in 12 team leagues. DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart - I'm not picking on running back by commitees. Really, I'm not. It's just that the two best timeshares in the league both have ridiculously hard matchups in this first week. The Chargers front seven might be the best in the league. DWill and JStew won't get enough individual touches to put up solid numbers against the Bolts. In all normal sized leagues they should be on your bench. Any Denver Wide Receiver - Brandon Marshall being out is not good for the rest of the wide outs on his team. They'll get more opportunities, but overall, Darrell Jackson and Keary Colbert and whoever else you might think would benefit is not a good fantasy option. They're playing the Raiders. Oakland actually has a good secondary. All Denver WR's will be playing up a spot so they'll be faced against better corners than they're used to. A guy like Jackson is not a fantasy starter when he's going up against Nnamdi Asomugha. That's it folks. A special, abbreviated week 1 Name Calling for a special, umm, abbreviated week that had a game on Thursday. Aww that's a reach. I just got busy.

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