Week 1 Fantasy Tips from the Playbook War Room

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With Week 1 underway, the guys at NFL Playbook have now watched enough preseason film to put together their own opinions on this week in Fantasy Football.  What makes this analysis unique is our ability to watch “All-22” film, the same game tape NFL coaches watch. This footage has allowed us to come up with one “All-22 Fantasy Sleeper” from each of Week 1’s matchups:

Bernard Scott (AP)

CIN/CLE — Bengals RB Bernard Scott:  Scott has gotten an opportunity in practice to showcase his skills during Cedric Benson’s absence, and the Bengals offensive line, particularly on the right side, has looked strong in the preseason. With rookie Andy Dalton starting, the Bengals are going to be running the ball early and often.

PIT/BAL — Steelers WR Antonio Brown: Speed, speed, speed. The Ravens secondary has been prone to coverage breakdowns this preseason, meaning Brown is going to have opportunities to make plays down the field.

Tashard Choice (AP)

DAL/NYJ — Cowboys RB Tashard Choice:  Choice is the only power back on the Cowboys roster, so not only will he be called upon to get tough yards between the tackles, but he should get some opportunities around the goal-line.

BUF/KC — Bills WR Marcus Easley:  Easley has continued to get more targets his way during the preseason.  With a lot of attention being directed towards Steve Johnson, Easley will be given opportunities to win one-on-one matchups.

NE/MIA — Dolphins WR Clyde Gates: Gates is the only true speed WR on the Dolphins roster. The Dolphins are going to have to stretch the field and take some vertical shots if they want to beat the Patriots.

TEN/JAX — Titans WR Lavelle Hawkins:  While Kenny Britt’s health remains in question, it seems Hawkins should get a lot more looks.

IND/HOU — Colts TE Dallas Clark: Clark’s name might not warrant sleeper status, but the Colts offense has heard nothing but negatives news this week. The Colts are a “seam-team” and Collins is going to rely on sure things – like Clark — to get him through the first game.

Malcolm Floyd (AP)

MIN/SD — Chargers WR Malcolm Floyd: Philip Rivers has looked awesome this preseason. In a pass happy offense, the No. 2 wideout is going to get plenty of targets.

OAK/DEN — Raiders WR Denarius Moore: He is another speedster in Oakland, and, with Jacoby Ford out this week, a spot in the WR rotation opens up. The Raiders running game sets up their play action well and Moore has shown the speed to get over top of the defense.

PHI/STL — Rams TE Lance Kendricks: Sam Bradford has looked Kendricks’ way often this preseason, going  11 of 14 with three touchdowns on passing attempts in Kendricks’ direction.

NYG/WSHRedskins QB Rex Grossman: Grossman has looked like a rejuvenated QB this preseason, reading defenses and getting the ball out on time and to the correct WRs. With the success the running game has had this pre-season, Grossman should have a good amount of one on one matchups outside.

ATL/CHI — Falcons WR Harry Douglas: Douglas is the speedy, big-play slot receiver in what is becoming more and more a passing offense. A good amount of hype has been placed on Roddy White and Julio Jones, so Douglas should be able to slide under the radar and use his speed to attack the middle of the field.

DET/TB — Detroit Lions TE: Detroit is blessed with two talented TEs in Brandon Pettigrew and Tony Scheffler, who can both catch the ball very well. A lot of Tampa Bay’s defensive  attention will be on Calvin Johnson and Nate Burleson, so Pettigrew and Scheffler should have room to roam over the middle.

Braylon Edwards (AP)

CAR/ARI — Arizona Defense: The Cardinals have been much more of a heavy pressure team this preseason. Facing off against a rookie QB bodes well for any team, especially one as aggressive as the Cardinals.

SEA/SF — 49ers WR Braylon Edwards: Braylon possesses No. 1 WR skills, and, with Michael Crabtree out, he is going to get a high number of targets his way.

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