Greetings fellow fantasy geeks. I know it sucks that the Giants lost last night, but as many offering their "condolences" to me today remarked, "Your team does not heat up until November." Well maybe last year, but not typically. But hey, this is about fantasy football. As I've mentioned before, if you want real, true professional projections and fantasy information, please visit the SB Nation fantasy page, including the Fantasy War Room. It's great stuff, and it's information that Ed and I plan on using to dominate the Big Blue View Wrecking Crew League. Meanwhile, my columns will be based on gut feelings and having fun. So let's go....
Mikey's Week 1 Faves
Cam Newton, QB, Carolina--Remember last year when Cam Newton came out of nowhere and put up stupid fantasy numbers his first two weeks? The Bucs were dreadful against the run last year, and so-so against the pass. Yes, 2011 does not equal 2012, but I fully expect Cam to run (and pass) wild in Tampa.
Tom Brady, QB, New England--A couple years ago the Pats beat the Titans 59-0 and I think Brady had six touchdown passes....in the snow! Brady just owns these guys, and he's going to be playing with a chip on his shoulder all season. I'd be surprised, however, if he does another one of those 60 yard intentional grounding plays.
LeSean McCoy, RB, Philadelphia--It pains me to write that, but I don't think the Browns have been able to stop the run since 1986. It would not surprise me to see him put up 150 yards on the ground and another 75 receiving.
Calvin Johnson, WR, Detroit--Spags is now in New Orleans, but even if he was still in St. Louis, he wouldn't be able to figure out how to stop this match up nightmare.
Jimmy Graham, TE, New Orleans--Pundits are expecting huge things from Jimmy this season, and Jimmy thinks that Jimmy expects huge things from Jimmy as well.
Mikey's Week 1 Duds
Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay--It pains me to put Mr. Discount Double Check here, because we own him in the BBV league. But I think he's going to lay an egg at home against the stout Niners' defense, because they are going to terrorize Rodgers all game.
Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, Jacksonville--MJD said something about being in game-shape after missing all of training camp and the preseason and showing up to work a few days ago. If by "game-shape" he meant playing Madden or Scrabble, okay. But not football.
Trent Richardson, RB, Cleveland--A rookie against the Eagles, in a game that they will be playing from behind for all or most of it? Yeah, don't expect much.
Benjarvis Green-Ellis, RB, Cincinnati--Finally out from under a pass-first, everything-by-commitee Patriots' running game, and into a conservative Bengals team, Green-Ellis draws the Ravens in his first game, in Baltimore. Um, yeah, I don't think so.
Mikey's Week 1 Sleepers
Nate Washington, WR, Tennessee--Kenny Britt is fragile and Nate is a speedster who might have some opportunity, especially if the Patriots go up 59-0.
Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle--If your starting QB has an awful Week 1 match up, you might take a flyer on this kid against the Cardinals. He can run, he can throw, he can make Matt Flynn hate himself for signing in Seattle.
Brandon LaFell, WR, Carolina--The Bucs may double team Steve Smith and Cam can't throw the ball to himself. I think this talented kid will be a hot waiver wire guy in a few weeks.
Mikey's Week 1 Deep Sleepers
Mark Ingram, RB New Orleans--Mikey's Gut Feeling feels like Ingram will have one of those Jerome Bettis 3 carries, 3 yards, 3 TD games against Washington
Mikey's Week 1 Crazy Predictions
Adrian Peterson, coming back from a devastating injury in 2011, will run for 100 yards and 2 TDs against the Jags at home, but he will only have been started in 20% of all leagues.
Peyton Manning will throw for 350 yards, 3 TDs and 0 picks in his return against the Steelers on Sunday Night Football. Cris Collinsworth will foam at the mouth in delight, although his true love is still Tony Romo.