The Pryor Times

September 5, 2013

Fantasy Forecast: Week 1

The Pryor Times

PRYOR, OK — Editor’s Note: “Fantasy Football Forecast” is a weekly feature by Times Correspondent and local fantasy football enthusiast Dekota Gregory.

It’s that time of year again, when people hurry home from church to the nearest television set, when wives spend all Sunday avoiding their husbands, and when all football fanatics set their fantasy football roster before the first game kickoffs. Fantasy football has become popular in many households across the United States, as families and friends compete and trash talk their way to a league championship.

As every fantasy owner eyes their league’s championship, I am here to help you obtain that goal and receive all bragging rights from Week 1, telling you who I think will have the biggest week at each major position.

Quarterback: Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos

Manning is a must-start who will most likely put up big numbers every week, but this week could be his biggest of the season. The Broncos are kicking off the NFL season Thursday night against Baltimore. Manning shines on big stages, when all eyes are on him. The Ravens’ defense also has a new look and if any player can find the weak spots where Ed Reed and Ray Lewis once were, Peyton Manning can.

Running Back: Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs

Charles is known to struggle on opening Sunday, never rushing for 100 yards. But this season could be the change for Charles and Kansas City, who will play a weak Jacksonville defense. Last year’s Jaguars defense gave up more rushing touchdowns then any other team in the league. The Chiefs should also be relying on their running game, since incoming quarterback Alex Smith has yet to prove himself in Kansas City.

Wide Receiver: Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys

Bryant is projected to be the fourth-best fantasy receiver according to ESPN, and he should show the world why in Week 1. Dallas opens up the season against the Giants, and quarterback Tony Romo will need a big target to throw to in order to keep up with Eli Manning and the New York offense. Bryant will be that big target for Romo, which should give him many opportunities to score you points.

Sleeper Pick: Ryan Tannehill, Quarterback, Miami Dolphins

Tannehill’s rookie year last season was overshadowed by Andrew Luck and the other great rookie quarterbacks, but the Miami quarterback had a season worthy to get noticed. Tannehill threw for over 3,000 yards in a struggling offense that relies heavily on him. The Dolphins kickoff against Cleveland, whose defense gave up over 220 yards a game on average through the air. Tannehill should put up big numbers against the weak secondary.