By Rich Winter
With the NFL getting ready to start on Thursday, it's time to get serious about your fantasy football roster and who you should be starting, sitting or hiding in the bushes for shame waiting until the waiver wire opens so you can drop the dupers that ended up on your team.
With that, each week, White Mamba and myself, Sports Instigator, will be dropping out our fantasy, start em, sit em and drop em series for the QB, RB and WR positions.
You'll get the facts, the stats and some pretty fun rap.
Week one QB's
Aaron Rodgers - As much as my gut tells me the Seattle defense is going to be special, I have a feeling Aaron Rodgers and the Pack have something in the back pocket for a Seahawk team that (scabbed) out the last time they played. High powered green bay offense
Predictions - Rodgers 275 yards and two td's
Russell Wilson - This kid moved up my draft board every time he stepped on the field this pre-season. He looks like he has every nuance of the offense under his belt. I think he'll have to play some catch up to a GB team that is going to score.
Predictions - Wilson 250 yards 1 td, 50 yards rushing 1 td.
Tony Romo - Do the Cowboys have any chance if Romo doesn't put up big numbers? Niners D has some question marks. I think Romo goes off.
Predictions - Romo 340 yards 3 td's (one sack that makes you wonder how long his season will last)
Jay Cutler - Alright Mr. Cutler, show us what you got! Alshon Jeffrey, Brandon Marshall, Matt Forte, Martellus Bennett and a so-so defense. At home vs. the Bills, you had better go off.
Predictions: Cutler 275 yards 2 td's.
Drew Brees - Saints at Falcons always seems to be a barn burner...big game for Brees
Predictions: 325 yards and 2 td's
Matt Ryan: Ditto...big game with a high scoring outcome vs. the Saints
Predictions: Ryan 295 and 2 td's
Tom Brady - I've been touting this man's abilities all through the pre-season. Gronk is healthy finally and those receivers are pretty comfy with capt. Tom. At Miami...Pats win going away.
Predictions: Brady 325 and 3 td's
Peyton Manning - Colts at Denver - Peyton won't get 7 td's or will he? He'll put up points.
Predictions: Manning 300 yards and 2 td's...solid Denver running game takes over in second half...(Sorry Mamba)
Andrew Luck - This is a payback game for Denver and I'm anxious to see Denver's new defense and all the weapons the Colts have.
Predictions: I think Luck struggles in the first half but they'll be behind and Luck will be throwing the ball, a lot, in the second half. Luck 325 and 2 td's.
Matt Stafford - Giants at Lions - Oh my! Ummm, I think Stafford has a gigantic first half with a couple of scores. Giants will be down big so not so many yards but at least two scores
Predictions: Stafford 225 yards and 3 scores.
Joe Flacco - Just have a feeling here that Flacco gets the Ravens off to a good start. Terrible year a season ago but I think big Joe has a nice opener against the Bengals.
Flacco - 295 and 2 td's, 1 rush.
SIT EM - Starring Cam Newton
Cam Newton - He's hurt, he lost a lot of weapons, he's playing on the road. Not seeing a lot I like here.
Newton - 190 yards and 1 rushing td
Colin Kaepernick - I think Kaepernick was the most overrated fantasy QB in all draft leagues this year, and he had a terrible pre-season. He's a notorious slow starter and I think the Niners will try to run the ball.
Kaepernick - 175 and 1 td
Geno Smith - I flip-flopped on this one for a bit. They are playing the Raiders though!
Smith - 250 yards 1 td, 2 int's
Andy Dalton - Somehow I just think at the Ravens is going to be a tough one for Dalton. The Benglas might win, but not because Dalton goes off.
Dalton 244 yards, 1 score
RG3 - I think Houston is gonna hit this man hard. RG2 has struggled with the offense this camp and I don't expect it to be pretty in the first week.
RG3 - 225 yards 1 td, 40 rush
Ben Roethlisberger - I just feel an ugly game coming on with the Browns
Big Ben - 225 yards and 1 td
Alex Smith - It's a good thing you got the money because the wheels are about to come off in KC
Smith - 225 yards 1 td, 2 int's
Ryan Tannehill - Prove it to me before I believe
Tannehill - 215 yards and 1 td, 2 int's
Josh McCown - I think Tampa wins this game and I'm interested to see how McCown does as the man. Interested means I sit him...This week.
McCown - 220 and 2 td's
Philip Rivers - I just anticipate an ugly game with Arizona.
Rivers - 255 yards and 1 td
Carson Palmer - Ditto
Palmer - 220 yards and 1 td
Nick Foles - For some reason, I'm not digging Nick Foles and the Eagles this week. That receiving corps has been banged around this preseason and I think the Eagles win but they win on the ground.
Foles - 240 and 1 td.
Matt Cassel - Oh Dear Lord Minnesota...always looking for a QB...
Cassell - 220 and 1 td, 2 int's (Bridgewater comes in late)
Derek Carr -
Eli Manning - Is this the end for Eli in New York...at Detroit...we shall see 5-0 preseason Giants..
whoever the Rams start;