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Fantasy football: Watch your offense

Here is an unreal statistic that reflects the craziness of the NFL season: There have been 10 quarterbacks who have had a 400-yard passing game so far this season after only five weeks.

The current record for an entire season stands at 13 quarterbacks reaching a 400-yard game.

If you own a pass-heavy QB, it is paying off now more than ever.

There are some matchups that you must exploit at this point in the season, and you should take flyers on potential flex options who have an outside chance of producing in these matchups.

The Philadelphia Eagles put on a clinic for how to not tackle against the Buffalo Bills.

Bills running back Fred Jackson destroyed that unit, as it tried to play two-hand-touch on defense. Jackson accounted for 196 yards and a touchdown. Start any running back playing the Eagles right now until they can mend their defensive woes.

The Green Bay Packers allow the fourth-most passing yards per game, even though they have a solid defense.

Most of this comes from times when the Packers get so far ahead, they focus on not giving up big touchdown plays, so teams are able to accumulate passing yards by throwing underneath.

Plus, the Packers score a lot of points. Usually teams that score a lot of points tend to give up passing yards, as it becomes ‘garbage time’ when they get up.

Go find ‘Oscar The Grouches’ out there who play high-scoring teams like the Packers, Bills, New England Patriots, Oakland Raiders and San Francisco 49ers. All of those teams are in the top 10 of allowing the most passing yards per game.

After his performance against the Kansas City Chiefs, it might be worth it to start Curtis Painter if you are in need of a QB this week, as he faces the Cincinnati Bengals.

The Colts won’t be able to run against the stalwart defensive line of the Bengals, so I might as well recommend wide receiver Pierre Garcon as well.

The Raiders won an emotional game on Sunday, with their longtime owner passing away earlier in the week. This week they come down from the winning high to face the Cleveland Browns, who have had an extra week to prepare.

Browns QB Colt McCoy should produce solid numbers against a secondary defense allowing the eighth most passing yards.

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RotoDawg: Week 1 player watch

The season is almost here! Tomorrow the defending champion Green Bay Packers take on the Saints from New Orleans.

This game matches up two contenders to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl.

Last year the Packers did just that in winning it all while the Saints flamed out and lost to the Seahawks in the wild card round.

I bring this up, not to sour those Saints fans who remain loyal to Drew Brees but to make a point: the results from last year really don’t matter a whole lot anymore.

The Saints offense is considered one of the league’s best, but so is the Packers’ defense. Which of these will prevail?

In the NFL, it is hard to predict such things, but in fantasy football, those people who correctly project which players will excel in a given matchup are the owners of a victorious team come Tuesday.

Here are some players who I think will excel in matchups this week.

I look for Kevin Kolb to target Larry Fitzgerald early and often. The Arizona Cardinals should have the ball on offense quite a bit against the Carolina Panthers. Kolb could post some big numbers in this game.

Brandon Marshall should return more to form this season after posting only three touchdowns last year. He is still one of the most talented wide receivers in the game, and the Dolphins have struggled to generate any form of a rushing attack.

The New England Patriots should jump out to an early lead, forcing the Dolphins to throw the ball to catch up.

Wide receiver Lee Evans seems to have a good connection with Joe Flacco in just a short amount of time. Evans can be hit or miss, but his hits tend to be for explosive results. This is more of a gut-feeling call that Evans will outrun the Pittsburgh Steelers’ secondary on multiple occasions, as they have perennially been prone to the deep ball.

Running back Mike Tolbert has been getting the goal line work for the San Diego Chargers so far in the preseason. That is a promising sign, as the Minnesota Vikings lost some key components along the defensive line. The Chargers could exploit that weakness, especially in the red zone.

If your league starts a team defense, take a flier on the Cleveland Browns’ defense this week versus the lowly “Bungles.” They have looked good so far in the preseason against better offensive lines than the Bengals have. Also, the Bengals are starting a rookie quarterback.

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