Aaron Rodgers is now unquestionably one of the top five QBs in the NFL, and the Eagles are going through a serious transition. The Philly secondary no longer has Sheldon Brown, and rookie Nate Allen may be good, but he'll still go through some growing pains when he faces a player like Rodgers.
Obviously Mark Sanchez won't be in midseason form on opening night. No one says he won't be a sold fantasy play come November, but it doesn't seem very wise to play him in Week 1 against the talented Baltimore "D."
Matt Forte didn't have the season many fantasy prognosticators figured he would last year (many had him ranked in their preseason top five overall), but he is determined to come back strong in his third season. With Mike Martz around, his role will certainly be different, but the Bears take on Detroit in Week 1; the Lions were ranked 25th in rushing yards per game in 2009.
LaDanian Tomlinson is rejuvenated now that he's wearing green and white, and looked a lot more like his old self this preseason. As with Sanchez, it would be tough to imagine him putting up huge numbers against the Ravens, though he could be a potential "flex" player for the week.
Santana Moss could turn out to be one of the pleasant surprises of the fantasy season. No one seems to view him as an upper-tier fantasy wide out, but he may end up having a remarkable season thanks to the arrival of Mike Shanahan and Donovan McNabb.
It'll be Santonio Holmes later in the year, but Braylon Edwards is the number one man right now. Edwards does drop some balls, but he also has the ability to make catches that can make Sanchez look good even on a bad day.
Having Dallas Clark on your fantasy team is like having another wide receiver. Last year, he became the second-ever tight end to catch 100 balls in a year, and with Peyton Manning throwing him the rock, its not unreasonable to think he can do it again. He is a bad matchup for anyone.
Dustin Keller's 45 catches and 522 yards weren't mind-blowing numbers, but they weren't awful, either. The Jets would be wise to incorporate him into the offense more, as he'll be a good out for Sanchez and could help him avoid some costly turnovers. From a fantasy perspective, he certainly isn't a bad play against Baltimore.
Billy Cundiff could be a good play against the Jets, as its reasonable to expect a low-scoring affair. The Jets' defense is good enough to clamp down and keep the Ravens out of the end zone, but its inevitable that Anquan Boldin and Ray Rice are going to get their yards. Cundiff could very well have a three or four field goal day.
Best Jet Nick Folk was able to convince the Jets that he was healthy enough to contribute to their quest for a Super Bowl, and he's on a mission to show that last season's struggles were a mere aberration. He has a strong leg and showed what he is capable of in Dallas. The only question is whether the Jets offense will get him close enough to pick up valuable fantasy points this week.
I'll take the Chicago defense against Detroit, and not even because I don't believe in the Lions. To me, it's the potential for sacks ala Julius Peppers and crew. Da Bears may not be able to get into the postseason in a brutal NFC North, but they'll still be a tough team to score on.
Best Jet The Jets defense is the top-ranked group in most ranking lists, and their battle with Baltimore should be a defensive slugfest. Darrelle Revis may not be a force right off the bat, but the Jets "D" is loaded with playmakers. There's potential for a lot of bonus points via picks, sacks and fumble recoveries.