Fantasy Football News 9/4/13: Week 1 Key Matchups
Fantasy Football Daily: Week 1 Waiver Wire Names
September 4, 2013
Each week during the NFL season this year, we’ll be taking a look ahead to the upcoming week’s schedule and picking out a few widely-available fantasy players who have favorable matchups that could lead to big scoring. This is our inaugural edition of the 2013 season, so let’s check out some of the potential sleepers in Week 1.
Isaac Redman, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers: With the official announcement that he’d be making the start in Week 1, Redman’s name has shot up the waiver wire ranks. He’s by far the best option in the Steelers’ sketchy-looking backfield, which also contains Felix Jones, LaRod Stephens-Howling and an injured Le’Veon Bell. Speaking of Bell, he’s going to try and return next week, which makes Redman more of a plug-and-play-type guy. He’s going against the Titans this week and should be able to provide some nice numbers.
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Steven Hauschka, K, Seattle Seahawks: If you’re still wrestling with the hit-or-miss kicker you picked up in the draft, why not give Hauschka a shot? He’s a reliable leg on a pretty dynamic offense and should provide some degree of confidence in your K position. He’ll be seeing the Panthers this week, and Carolina gave up the 4th most fantasy points to kickers last year. That sounds promising, but even if Hauschka doesn’t quite live up to expectations this week, he should do fine at home in the dome this season.
Ronnie Hillman, RB, Denver Broncos: The Broncos will face the defending champion Ravens in the opener tomorrow, and although Baltimore is somewhere in the middle of the road when it comes to fantasy run defense, Hillman’s situation is worth a look. Denver will reportedly be flipping through their trio of RBs on a “drive-by-drive” basis, so Hillman should get a decent amount of carries (and will likely start). If you’re dealing with an injury or question in production on your normal flex-spot player, Hillman may be worth a look.
Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Indianapolis Colts: When it comes to Colts receivers, everyone’s fantasy attention is on Reggie Wayne and T.Y. Hilton. Heyward-Bey is worth some low-end consideration as well, however. He’s still technically the No. 2 receiver on the team, which means he’ll get a lot of field time in the Colts’ 2-TE, 2-WR set. Though he won’t get as many targets as Wayne, and won’t see the big-play opportunities Hilton will, Heyward-Bey’s on-field presence makes him a lower-end consideration for the Oakland game.
Washington Redskins Defense: The Redskins D is generally viewed as a lower-end option or one-week plug-in when it comes to fantasy. They could come up big in their home game against the Eagles, however. Philadelphia is still getting used to their new up-tempo offense, and a persistent effort from Washington could pester the Eagles into a series of mistakes. Also, let’s not forget Philly QB Michael Vick’s opening-day performance last year against the lowly Browns: he finished with four interceptions and two fumbles.
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