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It's Week 1 of the NFL season, and with that comes the return of fantasy football. I know you are all in six leagues, and I'm sure there are some of you out there in even more, but whether you are in 2, 6 or 16, I've got another avenue for you to consider this season, and every Friday I'll be talking to you about it here at BaseballGuys.com.

Fanduel.com and BaseballGuys.com have joined forces this season. Every week there will be a contest set up at Fanduel.com for my audience to sign up and play a weekly, salary cap game that includes yours truly as one of the participants. Let me explain to you what that means.

If you drafted Calvin Johnson in the first round you feel great, but what if he tears his ACL in Week 1. That smile will certainly turn upside down as you realize your prospects for a championship winning season just got flushed down the gutter. We've all been there an it's demoralizing.

That's where Fanduel.com can help. Their weekly game is just that – it's a one week game. You pick your team in Week 1. In Week 2 you're free to take whomever you wan (you can repeat your team for Week 1 if you wish, or you could chose an entirely new group of players as you will likely prefer). Your team stinks one week, no matter. Next week pick a new one and have at it again. You get a salary cap, fit the players into that (the positions are as follows: QB, RB, RB, WR, WR, WR, TE, K, D), and off you go. Oh yeah, the best part is that you can win money too. Here is the info for Week 1:

$5K Sun Rush #2

1st prize is $1,000. 2nd prize is $600. 3rd prize is $400. And so on with 100 people earning at least $15.

But before you go and sign up at Fanduel.com there's this – wouldn't you like to know who to play? Now I'm not going to tell you who my team is, after all you will be competing against me each week, but that doesn't mean I won't offer some helpful advice each week.

So have at it folks.

Here are some Week 1 thoughts.

QUARTERBACK RECOMMENDATIONS

Drew Brees, Saints ($9,600): As great as he is, and as good as the matchup is with the Falcons, he's just too expensive for my taste.

Carson Palmer, Cardinals ($6,300): If looking to go the bargain route, here's an option. In a new offense that is going to attack defenses, Palmer's got a HOF receiver (Larry Fitzgerald), an emerging youngster (Michael Floyd) and a steady third option (Andre Roberts) out wide. It's not clear what the team is going in the backfield at the moment, so there might be a lot of passing versus the Rams.

Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers ($8,000): An intriguing option since he's completed 75 percent of his passes while throwing for eight touchdowns the last three times the Titans have visited Pittsburgh.

RUNNING BACK RECOMMENDATIONS

Joique Bell, Lions ($4,600): Obviously Reggie Bush will get the lion share of the touches in Week 1 (see what I did there?), but the Vikings figure to get a whole of passes thrown at them this week and both Bush and Bell can help in that respect. Bell is a risky play no doubt, but if you need a cheap start cause you loaded up your lineup in other spots, he's an obvious choice that you can turn to.

Daryl Richardson, Rams ($6,000): He's cheaper than a guy like Christopher Ivory ($6,300) and I like that a lot this week. The Rams have been raving about Richardson's burst and his ability to take the pigskin up the gut of the defense, so watch out Cardinals defenders. Look for them to showcase their young runner in an effort to establish him this season.

WIDE RECEIVER RECOMMENDATIONS

Danny Amendola, Patriots ($6,700): He seemed like an obvious option, but with the Pats announcing the reason he's been missing time is a groin injury, I'd recommend you avoid him this week.

Pierre Garcon, Redskins ($6,200): He's gone for more than 250 yards and three touchdowns the last two times he's played on Monday Night Football. Can's see why anyone would pay, for example, $800 more to roster Jordy Nelson who is working his way back from knee surgery this week.

Playing a hunch and looking for a cheap option? Three names: Rueben Randle ($4,800), Davone Bess ($4,600) and Kenny Stills ($4,500).

TIGHT END RECOMMENDATIONS

Jordan Cameron, Browns ($4,900): A team that runs a tight end friendly offense that is without it's top receiver (Josh Gordon). Sounds like a good spot for Cameron to establish himself as a serious threat in 2013.

Jared Cook, Rams ($5,500): Most folks, including myself, have Cook as a top-10 option this week. At that cost he's nearly a must play.

Jimmy Graham is great, but at $7,500 boy are you paying for it. Wouldn't you feel better going $6,800 with Jason Witten or $6,600 with Vernon Davis if you wanted an elite option? That's for you to decide.

KICKER RECOMMENDATIONS

Blair Walsh, Vikings ($5,100): His cost is moderate for the position, he will be kicking indoors in Detroit, and he set an NFL record last year going 10-for-10 on kicks of 50-yards.

DEFENSE RECOMMENDATIONS

Tampa Bay vs. the Jets ($5,100): They face a rookie QB (Geno Smith) who has no true threats to throw to out wide and a backfield with an injury prone bruiser (Chris Ivory) and a moderately talented 3rd down back (Bilal Powell). It could get ugly for the Jets.

To sign up to take me on in the contest over at FanDuel.com click on the link to Sun Rush #2.

 

By Ray Flowers




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The co-host of The Drive on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio (Sirius 210, XM 87: Mon-Fri 7-10 PM EDT), Ray also hosts his own show Sunday night (7-10 PM EDT). Ray has spent years squirreled away studying the inner workings of the fantasy game to the detriment of his personal life. Specializing in baseball, football and hockey, some consider him an expert in all three.

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