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The defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens kick off defense of their title and the 2013 NFL regular season by renewing acquaintances with the Denver Broncos at 8:30 p.m. ET tonight on NBC. A scheduling conflict with the Orioles forced the Ravens to open their season on the road, but it’s only fitting that their first game takes place at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

After all, Baltimore’s improbable 38-35 double overtime victory over Denver in the AFC Divisional Round was the game that simultaneously sparked the Ravens’ magical playoff run and shockingly ended the Broncos’ promising season. Baltimore may be the current holder of the Lombardi Trophy, but this Ravens team looks a lot different than the one that won Super Bowl XLVII in February. Denver has made some personnel changes as well, but it’s the Bronco who won’t be on the field tonight that could have the biggest impact on the outcome.

Five Things to Watch

Baltimore debuts “new” defense
Ray Lewis. Ed Reed. Bernard Pollard. Cary Williams. Dannell Ellerbe. Ma’ake Kemoeatu. They are the answers to the question – “How many defensive starters from the Ravens’ Super Bowl win are no longer with the team?” Baltimore will field six new starters on defense and while the likes of linebacker and former Bronco Elvis Dumervil, free safety Michael Huff and defensive end Chris Canty aren’t exactly no-names, the fact remains this unit lost a lot of talent and, perhaps more importantly, experience. Drawing Peyton Manning and company for an opening assignment certainly doesn’t help the transition either.

The Von Miller effect
Denver’s defense will have to make do without the services of Miller, the Broncos’ All-Pro linebacker who was second in Defensive Player of the Year voting to J.J. Watt last season. Miller is suspended for the first six games and his presence on the field will be sorely missed. This is especially the case for Denver’s pass rush, as Miller finished third in the NFL with 18.5 sacks last season. The Broncos upgraded their defensive line and secondary through free agency and the draft, and these two units will both need to step up right out of the gate to help offset Miller’s absence.

The Broncos’ Three Horsemen
At first glance this might refer to Peyton Manning’s new three-headed monster at wide receiver — Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker and new Bronco Wes Welker. But in this case, the reference is for the Broncos’ trio at running back. First-round pick Montee Ball has generated most of the headlines and attention during training camp, but veterans Ronnie Hillman and Knowshon Moreno certainly can’t be ignored. Whether one of these guys takes the lead or new offensive coordinator Adam Gase goes with the committee approach, the Broncos need to establish some sort of running game. Denver averaged a meager three yards per carry on 41 attempts in the playoff loss to Baltimore, which makes it harder for Manning to utilize the play-action game. This also was one of the reasons why the Broncos were just 7-for-16 in third-down conversions in that heart-breaking defeat.

Ravens take flight?
Besides the changes on defense, Joe Flacco will be without two familiar targets to throw to in 2013. Wide receiver Anquan Boldin was traded to San Francisco in March and tight end Dennis Pitta dislocated his hip during training camp and most likely won’t play this season. These two combined for 126 receptions for 1,590 yards and 11 touchdowns last season or 38 percent of the Ravens’ receptions, 40 percent of their passing yards and half of Flacco’s touchdown passes in 2012. Not only do wide receiver Jacoby Jones and tight end Ed Dickson have some big shoes to fill, but fellow wideout Torrey Smith also needs to step up and establish himself as more than just a deep threat. Smith averaged an impressive 17.4 yards per reception last season, but he was fourth on the team with only 49 catches.

Championship hangover vs. revenge factor
It’s a shame that some sort of compromise couldn’t be worked out between the Orioles and Ravens so the defending Super Bowl champions could open their season at home. Now Baltimore not only has to hit the road, it has to break in all of its new pieces in one of the NFL’s loudest home environments. Then there are the Broncos, who would like nothing more than to hang an L on the champs, especially given what took place in January.

Baltimore Key Player: Elvis Dumervil, LB
If there’s any Raven who has been chomping at the bit for this game it is Dumervil. The former Bronco was released by the team in March following a bizarre set of occurrences and ended up signing with the Ravens as a free agent. The plan is for Dumervil to team with Terrell Suggs to provide consistent pressure from both edges. One way to slow down Peyton Manning and the Broncos’ passing attack is to make him uncomfortable in the pocket. You know Dumervil would love to get Manning down on the turf a time or two.

Denver Key Player: Manny Ramirez, C
An offensive lineman may not be considered a critical piece by many, but it is when it’s the guy tasked with getting the ball into the hands of Peyton Manning. Ramirez isn’t a rookie as he has already played in 35 games in five seasons including 11 starts at right guard for Denver last season. However, he will be making his NFL debut at center tonight because the Broncos have already lost two centers to injuries. Projected starter Dan Koppen tore his ACL and is out for the season and backup J.D. Walton was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list after undergoing multiple ankle surgeries in the offseason. The Broncos have turned the job over to Ramirez and it will be up to him to get the offense off on the right foot by not only making sure Manning gets the football in his hands, but when No. 18 wants it too.

Final Analysis

Give the NFL credit for this much: it sure knows how to kick off a season. The rematch between Baltimore and Denver is a fitting season opener as the defending world champs return to the scene of last season’s signature playoff victory. Much has changed for both teams since that Jan. 12 AFC Divisional Round matchup, however, as the Ravens have rebuilt their defense and the Broncos gave Peyton Manning more offensive weapons.

The Ravens are still good enough to compete with pretty much any other team, but the Broncos have too much firepower for John Harbaugh’s new-look defense to contain. While Denver’s defense will miss Von Miller’s pass-rushing presence, the unit makes enough stops to allow Manning and company to take care of the rest. Don’t worry Rahim Moore, this game won’t come down to a last-minute, “Hail Mary” pass.

Denver 31, Baltimore 20

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Week 1 of the 2013 fantasy football season is here and it's only fitting that the quarterback who finished 2012 with the most fantasy points comes in at No. 1 in the first installment of Athlon Sports' weekly Fantasy Football Quarterback Rankings. Drew Brees tallied the most fantasy points of any signal-caller last season and the Saints' field general should get off to another strong start with his head coach (Sean Payton) back on the sidelines and a home game against NFC South division rival Atlanta on tap.

Likewise, Falcons' quarterback Matt Ryan is a strong play for Week 1 considering the Saints set an NFL record for most yards allowed last season. Tom Brady has a brand-new receiving corps in 2013, but expect little drop-off, especially with Buffalo the opponent in Week 1. The Bills will send our first-round pick EJ Manuel to make his NFL debut. For now, Manuel and fellow rookie Geno Smith of the New York Jets (who is not ranked) are probably wait-and-see options at best.

That is not the case, however, for Aaron Rodgers, who is a must-start every week. Those who are fortunate enough to own Rodgers, however, may want to temper expectations a little bit since the Packers have the tough opening assignment of facing the 49ers on their own turf. Cam Newton is another top fantasy option who could get out of the gate slowly as the Panthers host Seattle. And of course, all eyes will be on the games that will open and close the first week of the regular season as Peyton Manning and Joe Flacco will square off in Denver tonight for the second time in eight months, while Robert Griffin III will mark his return from a serious knee injury suffered in January and Michael Vick will help usher in the Chip Kelly era in Philadelphia when they share the stage on "Monday Night Football."

Each week during the NFL season, we will rank enough players at each position to appease everyone from those in 8-team leagues to 16-team leagues, those that can start two QBs, two TEs, three RBs and four WRs. We cut out the rest, because if you're looking at who the 50th-best running back or the 17th-best kicker is for that week, you need more help than any Web site can give you.

2013 NFL Week 1 Fantasy Football Rankings — Quarterbacks

RkPlayerTeamOPPNotes
1Drew BreesNOvs. ATLNo. 1 fantasy QB last season.
2Tom BradyNEat BUFBrady set to break in new weapons.
3Matt RyanATLat NOSaints awful on D last season.
4Peyton ManningDENvs. BAL (Thurs.)Manning gets chance at some payback.
5Aaron RodgersGBat SFTough opening draw for A-Rodg.
6Colin KaepernickSFvs. GBCK feasted on Pack last time.
7Andrew LuckINDvs. OAKLuck should get off to strong start.
8Matthew StaffordDETvs. MIN 
9Tony RomoDALvs. NYGGiants' D already banged up.
10Cam NewtonCARvs. SEASeahawks figure to be tough on Cam.
11Robert Griffin IIIWASvs. PHI (Mon.)Everyone will be watching RG3's knee.
12Russell WilsonSEAat CAR 
13Michael VickPHIat WAS (Mon.)Can he make Kelly's offense hum?
14Eli ManningNYGat DAL 
15Ben RoethlisbergerPITvs. TEN 
16Sam BradfordSTLvs. ARIReady to break out?
17Joe FlaccoBALat DEN (Thurs.)Needs to find new targets.
18Jay CutlerCHIvs. CINCan he and Trestman thrive?
19Matt SchaubHOUat SD (Mon.) 
20Carson PalmerARIat STLIs he the QB Cards have been missing?
21Andy DaltonCINat CHI 
22Alex SmithKCat JACJaguars should ease transition.
23Josh FreemanTBat NYJ 
24Ryan TannehillMIAat CLEIs he ready to take the next step?
25Brandon WeedenCLEvs. MIA 
26Philip RiversSDvs. HOU (Mon.)Can he find his old form?
27EJ ManuelBUFvs. NERookie's time to shine.
28Terrelle PryorOAKat INDRaiders' offense has yet to impress.

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

OFFENSIVE SCORING
All touchdowns are 6 points
1 point for 25 yards passing
1 point for 10 yards rushing/receiving
Receptions are .5 points
Interceptions/fumbles are minus-2 points

Additional Week 1 Positional Rankings

Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Defense/Special Teams

Kickers

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The 2013 fantasy football season is upon us and Athlon Sports' Week 1 running back rankings starts with the league's reigning MVP. Adrian Peterson came nine yards shy of breaking Eric Dickerson's single-season record in 2012, and he's already stated that 2,500 yards is the goal in '13. Peterson's quest begins on the road as Minnesota will be in Detroit to face the Lions.

Jamaal Charles could post some big Week 1 numbers as the Andy Reid era in Kansas City will commence in Jacksonville. The Jaguars were 30th in the NFL against the run last season. Other head coaches who will be making their pro debuts include Cleveland's Rob Chudzinski and Philadelphia's Chip Kelly. These two have reputations as offensive masterminds and each has the luxury of a top-flight running back at their disposal in Trent Richardson and LeSean McCoy, respectively.

Steven Jackson will play his first game in a Falcons' uniform against a Saints' defense that was the worst in the league in stopping the run in 2012. Maurice Jones-Drew will try to flash his old form after being limited to just six games last season, while Arian Foster will more than likely be brought along slowly by the Texans following his injury-shortened training camp.

Each week during the NFL season, we will rank enough players at each position to appease everyone from those in 8-team leagues to 16-team leagues, those that can start two QBs, two TEs, three RBs and four WRs. We cut out the rest, because if you're looking at who the 50th-best running back or the 17th-best kicker is for that week, you need more help than any Web site can give you.

2013 NFL Week 1 Fantasy Football Rankings — Running Backs

RkPlayerTeamOPPNotes
1Adrian PetersonMINat DETQuest for 2,500 begins in Detroit.
2Jamaal CharlesKCat JACExpect plenty of touches in Reid's system.
3Doug MartinTBat NYJ 
4Marshawn LynchSEAat CARPanthers may be tougher test than many expect.
5C.J. SpillerBUFvs. NEPats pretty good against run last season.
6Ray RiceBALat DEN (Thurs.) 
7Alfred MorrisWASvs. PHI (Mon.)Eagles' D did not look good in preseason.
8LeSean McCoyPHIat WAS (Mon.)What will Kelly do with him?
9Trent RichardsonCLEvs. MIAPoised for big sophomore season?
10Stevan RidleyNEat BUF 
11Steven JacksonATLat NOSJax makes his Falcons' debut.
12Maurice Jones-DrewJACvs. KCIs MJD back?
13Arian FosterHOUat SD (Mon.)Texans have said they will limit him early.
14Matt ForteCHIvs. CINShould be active in new offense.
15David WilsonNYGat DALClear-cut No. 1 following Brown injury.
16Chris JohnsonTENat PITCan he break down Steel Curtain?
17Frank GoreSFvs. GB 
18Reggie BushDETvs. MINBack on turf, should catch plenty passes.
19Lamar MillerMIAat CLECan he produce like a No. 1 back?
20Darren SprolesNOvs. ATL 
21DeMarco MurrayDALvs. NYG 
22Darren McFaddenOAKat INDA strong start would help silence the critics.
23Daryl RichardsonSTLvs. ARI 
24Eddie LacyGBat SFRookie has tough opening draw.
25Ahmad BradshawINDvs. OAK 
26Ben TateHOUat SD (Mon.)Could see plenty of carries on Monday night.
27Montee BallDENvs. BAL (Thurs.)Will he get No. 1 reps?
28Chris IvoryNYJvs. TB 
29Ryan MathewsSDvs. HOU (Mon.) 
30DeAngelo WilliamsCARvs. SEA 
31Rashard MendenhallARIat STLCan his legs/knee hold up?
32BenJarvus Green-EllisCINat CHI 
33Isaac RedmanPITvs. TENStarter in PIT, but won't get all the carries.
34Giovani BernardCINat CHIRookie brings explosiveness to Bengals' O.
35Shane VereenNEat BUFCould be busy against Bills.
36Mark IngramNOvs. ATLFalcons struggled against run last season.
37Vick BallardINDvs. OAK 
38Ronnie HillmanDENvs. BAL (Thurs.)More than 1 DEN RB will see touches.
39Knowshon MorenoDENvs. BAL (Thurs.) 
40Danny WoodheadSDvs. HOU (Mon.)Ready to pounce if Mathews falters.
41Bryce BrownPHIat WAS (Mon.) 
42Bernard PierceBALat DEN (Thurs.) 
43Michael BushCHIvs. CIN 
44Jacquizz RodgersATLat NO 
45Roy HeluWASvs. PHI (Mon.)Looked pretty good in preseason.
46Shonn GreeneTENat PIT 
47Fred JacksonBUFvs. NE 
48Christine MichaelSEAat CARRookie opened many an eye during preseason.

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

OFFENSIVE SCORING
All touchdowns are 6 points
1 point for 25 yards passing
1 point for 10 yards rushing/receiving
Receptions are .5 points
Interceptions/fumbles are minus-2 points

Additional Week 1 Positional Rankings

Quarterbacks
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Defense/Special Teams

Kickers

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To the surprise of no one, Calvin Johnson tops Athlon Sports' Week 1 Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Rankings. What perhaps is most impressive about Johnson's record-setting 2012 season is that he caught just five touchdown passes, yet still led his position in fantasy scoring. Johnson owners would no doubt love see him reach the end zone a few more times in 2013, starting with his opening game against Minnesota.

One wide receiver that found paydirt quite a bit last season was Dez Bryant. In the last eight games alone, Bryant scored 10 touchdowns. He will look to carry over that strong finish to Sunday night's marquee matchup against the Giants. The Atlanta vs. New Orleans pairing should be good news for any one who has Julio Jones, Roddy White, Marques Colston or Lance Moore on their roster. Also, Denver's trio of Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker and Eric Decker will put Baltimore's remade secondary to the test right out of the gate as the NFL regular season kicks off with a rematch of January's AFC Divisional Round double-overtime thriller.

Each week during the NFL season, we will rank enough players at each position to appease everyone from those in 8-team leagues to 16-team leagues, those that can start two QBs, two TEs, three RBs and four WRs. We cut out the rest, because if you're looking at who the 50th-best running back or the 17th-best kicker is for that week, you need more help than any Web site can give you.

2013 NFL Week 1 Fantasy Football Rankings — Wide Receivers

RkPlayerTeamOPPComments
1Calvin JohnsonDETvs. MINNo. 1 fantasy WR had just 5 TDs in '12.
2Dez BryantDALvs. NYGCaught fire late last season.
3Julio JonesATLat NOSaints' D was league's worst in '12.
4A.J. GreenCINat CHIBears' DBs will be good test.
5Demaryius ThomasDENvs. BAL (Thurs.)No Reed or Pollard in Ravens' secondary.
6Brandon MarshallCHIvs. CINWill the hip be an issue?
7Roddy WhiteATLat NOAnkle injury shortened preseason reps.
8Larry FitzgeraldARIat STLCan he and Palmer click?
9Vincent JacksonTBat NYJ 
10Andre JohnsonHOUat SD (Mon.) 
11Reggie WayneINDvs. OAK 
12Marques ColstonNOvs. ATL 
13Victor CruzNYGat DALHeel could limit him against Cowboys.
14Pierre GarconWASvs. PHI (Mon.)Healthy entering season for a change.
15Randall CobbGBat SF 
16Danny AmendolaNEat BUFCan he fill Welker's shoes?
17Wes WelkerDENvs. BAL (Thurs.)From Brady to Peyton = WR's dream.
18Dwayne BoweKCat JACCan he breakout in Reid's system?
19Antonio BrownPITvs.TENBig Ben's new No. 1 target.
20Hakeem NicksNYGat DAL 
21Torrey SmithBALat DEN (Thurs.)Needs to do more than catch deep ball.
22Mike WallaceMIAat CLEDolphins need him to go long.
23Steve SmithCARvs. SEA 
24Cecil ShortsJACvs. KC 
25DeSean JacksonPHIat WAS (Mon.)Can he thrive in Kelly's system?
26Jordy NelsonGBat SFHad knee surgery early in training camp.
27Eric DeckerDENvs. BAL (Thurs.)Enough passes for 3 WRs in DEN?
28Anquan BoldinSFvs. GBNo Crabtree for CK to find.
29T.Y. HiltonINDvs. OAK 
30Stevie JohnsonBUFvs. NE 
31James JonesGBat SF 
32Mike WilliamsTBat NYJ 
33Chris GivensSTLvs. ARIOozes big-play ability.
34Lance MooreNOvs. ATL 
35Greg JenningsMINat DETHow soon until he misses Rodgers?
36Tavon AustinSTLvs. ARIRams aren't saying how they will use rookie.
37Kenbrel ThompkinsNEat BUFEmerged during preseason.
38Sidney RiceSEAat CAR 
39Miles AustinDALvs. NYGSomewhat forgotten man in Big D.
40Golden TateSEAat CARNo Percy Harvin means opportunity.
41Emmanuel SandersPITvs. TEN 
42Vincent BrownSDvs. HOU (Mon.)Someone needs to emerge in SD.
43Kenny BrittTENat PITIn final year of rookie contract.
44Michael FloydARIat STLFitzgerald could use a legit sidekick.
45Greg LittleCLEvs. MIAJosh Gordon will miss first 2 games.
46Alshon JefferyCHIvs. CINMarshall and Cutler could use help.
47Denarius MooreOAKat INDMay be only relevant Raider pass-catcher.
48Rueben RandleNYGat DALAn injury away from starting.
49Brian HartlineMIAat CLEWallace can't do it all by himself.
50Kendall WrightTENat PITKnee issue limited preseason reps.
51Malcom FloydSDvs. HOU (Mon.) 
52Darrius Heyward-BeyINDvs. OAKLuck has the arm, can DHB hold on?
53Jeremy KerleyNYJvs. TBWill he and Geno develop chemistry?
54Ryan BroylesDETvs. MINCJ draws a lot of attention from the D.
55DeAndre HopkinsHOUat SD (Mon.)Texans drafted Hopkins to contribute early.
56Mohamed SanuCINat CHI 
57Andre RobertsARIat STL 
58Jacoby JonesBALat DEN (Thurs.)Ravens' No. 2 with Boldin now in SF.
59Santonio HolmesNYJvs. TB 
60Nate BurlesonDETvs. MINComing back from broken leg.
61Josh MorganWASvs. PHI (Mon.) 
62Riley CooperPHIat WAS (Mon.)No Maclin means Eagles need a No. 2.
63Jason AvantPHIat WAS (Mon.) 
64Robert WoodsBUFvs. NEManuel-to-Woods = rookie magic?

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

OFFENSIVE SCORING
All touchdowns are 6 points
1 point for 25 yards passing
1 point for 10 yards rushing/receiving
Receptions are .5 points
Interceptions/fumbles are minus-2 points

Additional Week 1 Positional Rankings

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Tight Ends
Defense/Special Teams

Kickers

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With Week 1 of the NFL regular and fantasy season set to kick off tonight, the only tight ends that will soon be making news are the ones that will be on the field. Leading the way in Athlon Sports' Week 1 tight end fantasy rankings is New Orleans tight end Jimmy Graham. With Rob Gronkowski still making his way back from offsesaon back surgery, Graham is the clear-cut No. 1 fantasy option at the position and should be targeted early and often by Drew Brees against Atlanta on Sunday.

The Falcons' tight end is no slouch in his own right, as Tony Gonzalez looks to turn back the clock for yet another season. The Dallas' Jason Witten rightfully belongs in the top tier of fantasy tight ends, as he can help Tony Romo and the Cowboys get off to a strong start by doing some damage against the Giants.

Outside of the top five, some younger tight ends will attempt to make a name for themselves, including Zach Sudfeld, the man who will fill Gronkowski's spot for New England. If Sudfeld can make a strong impression during Gronk's absence, there's a chance he could remain fantasy relevant all season long. Remember what Aaron Hernandez did as Gronk's sidekick the past few seasons.

Each week during the NFL season, we will rank enough players at each position to appease everyone from those in 8-team leagues to 16-team leagues, those that can start two QBs, two TEs, three RBs and four WRs. We cut out the rest, because if you're looking at who the 50th-best running back or the 17th-best kicker is for that week, you need more help than any Web site can give you.

2013 NFL Week 1 Fantasy Football Rankings — Tight Ends

RkPlayerTeamOPPNotes
1Jimmy GrahamNOvs. ATLThe clear-cut No. 1 w/ no Gronk.
2Tony GonzalezATLat NOCan the old man do it again?
3Jason WittenDALvs. NYGRomo's trust in Witten obvious.
4Vernon DavisSFvs. GBPotential is there, is the effort?
5Owen DanielsHOUat SD (Mon.) 
6Jared CookSTLvs. ARIAppears ready to break out.
7Zach SudfeldNEat BUFTalk about your fast risers.
8Kyle RudolphMINat DET 
9Antonio GatesSDvs. HOU (Mon.)Rivers' most trusted target.
10Greg OlsenCARvs. SEACam likes throwing to his TE.
11Jermichael FinleyGBat SFTeam pleased with early signs.
12Brandon MyersNYGat DALEli should like throwing to him.
13Jordan CameronCLEvs. MIA 
14Martellus BennettCHIvs. CINFirst TE Cutler has had since Olsen.
15Fred DavisWASvs. PHI (Mon.)RG3 to Davis could be special.
16Brandon PettigrewDETvs. MIN 
17Coby FleenerINDvs. OAKReady to cash in on Stanford ties.
18Brent CelekPHIat WAS (Mon.)The top TE in Philly, for now.
19Julius ThomasDENvs. BAL (Thurs.)If Peyton trusts him, watch out.
20Jermaine GreshamCINat CHI 
21Tyler EifertCINat CHICan he overtake Gresham?
22Dwayne AllenINDvs. OAKEnough work for 2 TEs in IND?
23Ed DicksonBALat DEN (Thurs.)Flacco loved throwing to Pitta.
24Zach ErtzPHIat WAS (Mon.)Kelly has high hopes for rookie.
25Zach MillerSEAat CAR 
26Dallas ClarkBALat DEN (Thurs.)Veteran ready if Dickson stumbles.

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

OFFENSIVE SCORING
All touchdowns are 6 points
1 point for 25 yards passing
1 point for 10 yards rushing/receiving
Receptions are .5 points
Interceptions/fumbles are minus-2 points

Additional Week 1 Positional Rankings

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Defense/Special Teams

Kickers

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In Week 1 of the 2013 fantasy football season, opportunity knocks for the New England Patriots' and Tampa Bay Buccaneers' defenses. Both of these teams will be facing rookie quarterbacks making their NFL debuts, which is why both DSTs are top-five fantasy options to open the season. Seattle, San Francisco, Houston, Chicago and Cincinnati all should remain solid weekly starts, but it's the Patriots who appear to have the best matchup in Week 1, which is why they come in at No. 1 in Athlon Sports' defense/special teams rankings.

Each week during the NFL season, we will rank enough players at each position to appease everyone from those in 8-team leagues to 16-team leagues, those that can start two QBs, two TEs, three RBs and four WRs. We cut out the rest, because if you're looking at who the 50th-best running back or the 17th-best kicker is for that week, you need more help than any Web site can give you.

2013 NFL Week 1 Fantasy Football Rankings — Defense/Special Teams

RkTeamOPPNotes
1New England Patriotsat BUFPats' opportunistic D vs. rookie QB.
2Seattle Seahawksat CARHawks D vs. Cam will be fun.
3Houston Texansat SD (Mon.)Texans' D gets Cushing back, maybe Reed?
4Tampa Bay Buccaneersat NYJBucs' new secondary could torment Geno.
5Cincinnati Bengalsat CHIBengals 2nd in sacks last season.
6Chicago Bearsvs. CINBears ready to show their not old just yet.
7Pittsburgh Steelersvs. TENIs the Steel Curtain fraying?
8San Francisco 49ersvs. GB49ers will have hands full w/ Rodgers and co.
9Indianapolis Coltsvs. OAKOakland's offense does not scare anyone.
10St. Louis Ramsvs. ARIRams looking to abuse Cards' O-line.
11Cleveland Brownsvs. MIABrowns' D could be sneaky solid.
12Denver Broncosvs. BAL (Thurs.)Broncos will miss Von Miller.
13Green Bay Packersat SFPack couldn't stop CK last time out.
14Kansas City Chiefsat JACCan the Chiefs' D bounce back?
15Arizona Cardinalsat STLCards' D has new coordinator.
16Baltimore Ravensat DEN (Thurs.)Will the Ravens' "new" D hold up in Denver?

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

DEFENSIVE SCORING
0 points allowed = 12 points
1-6 points allowed = 10 points
7-13 points allowed = 8 pts
14-20 points allowed = 6 points
21-27 points allowed = 2 pts
28+ points allowed = 0 points
Safeties = 2 points
Fumbles recovered = 2 points
Interceptions = 2 points
Sacks = 1 point
Defensive/Special Teams TDs = 6 points

Additional Week 1 Positional Rankings

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends

Kickers

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New England's Stephen Gostkowski and Atlanta's Matt Bryant are two of the top options on Athlon Sports' Fantasy Football 2013 Kicker Rankings for Week 1. Both the Patriots and Falcons figure to score a fair number of points against their respective opponents, which generally means plenty of chances for the kicker to score as well. The thin air in Denver makes Sports Authority Field at Mile High a welcoming environment for kickers, which is why both the Broncos' Matt Prater and the Ravens' Justin Tucker are among the top five to open the season.

Each week during the NFL season, we will rank enough players at each position to appease everyone from those in 8-team leagues to 16-team leagues, those that can start two QBs, two TEs, three RBs and four WRs. We cut out the rest, because if you're looking at who the 50th-best running back or the 17th-best kicker is for that week, you need more help than any Web site can give you.

2013 NFL Week 1 Fantasy Football Rankings — Kickers

RkPlayerTeamOPPONENT
1Stephen GostkowskiNEat BUF
2Matt BryantATLat NO
3Blair WalshMINat DET
4Justin TuckerBALat DEN (Thurs.)
5Matt PraterDENvs. BAL (Thurs.)
6Phil DawsonSFvs. GB
7Randy BullockHOUat SD (Mon.)
8Dan BaileyDALvs. NYG
9Greg ZuerleinSTLvs. ARI
10David AkersDETvs. MIN
11Garrett HartleyNOvs. ATL
12Kai ForbathWASvs. PHI (Mon.)
13Josh BrownNYGat DAL
14Sebastian JanikowskiOAKat IND
15Steven HauschkaSEAat CAR
16Robbie GouldCHIvs. CIN

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

KICKER SCORING
PATs = 1 point
39 yards and under = 3 points
40-49 yards = 4 points
50-59 yards = 5 points
60+ yards = 6 points

Additional Week 1 Positional Rankings

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Defense/Special Teams

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Fantasy Football 2013 Kicker Rankings: Week 1
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The 2013 NFL regular season is set to kick off in just over a week! With most teams expected to rest their starters in their final preseason game, this is a perfect time to unveil Athlon Sports' final Fantasy Football Big Board before the games count.

As was the case early on, injuries continue to dominate the majority of the preseason headlines. Football is a physical, violent sport, even in the preseason, as evidenced by the number of players who have been added to the injury report each week. Injuries have shuffled up many a depth chart, and also has made its presence known at the top of our Big Board.

Running backs dominate the top 10, taking the first nine spots, but that doens't mean none of these guys don't have question marks either. For example, Adrian Peterson is our clear-cut No. 1, but the reigning NFL MVP received some bad news this week with the announcement of All-Pro fullback Jerome Felton's four-game suspension. Peterson will still get his yards and touchdowns, but he also will feel the loss of his lead blocker during the first month of the season, to some degree.

Following Peterson is Arian Foster, whose recent return to practice is the only reason he remains at No. 2. Foster has been fairly durable during his career, but he's had a ton of carries in recent seasons and starting this season off first with a calf injury and then a back issue is not what anyone, but especially a Foster owner, wanted to see. In Foster's defense, several of the backs behind him, such as Doug Martin (shot to head during preseason game) and Jamaal Charles (foot sprain earlier in training camp), have had their own health-related issues as well.

This just reinforces that not only do injuries go hand-in-hand with action on the field, they also can have a significant impact during a fantasy season, especially if they become a factor before Week 1 is even played.

Fantasy Football 2013: Final Preseason Big Board (Top 250)
Last updated Aug. 27

RkPlayerTeamPOSByeComment
1Adrian PetersonMINRB5Felton suspension big loss for AP.
2Arian FosterHOURB8His hold on this spot is tenuous.
3Marshawn LynchSEARB12 
4Ray RiceBALRB8 
5Doug MartinTBRB5 
6Jamaal CharlesKCRB10Looks to be over early foot sprain.
7C.J. SpillerBUFRB12 
8Trent RichardsonCLERB10 
9LeSean McCoyPHIRB12 
10Aaron RodgersGBQB4 
11Calvin JohnsonDETWR9 
12Drew BreesNOQB7 
13Peyton ManningDENQB9 
14Dez BryantDALWR11 
15A.J. GreenCINWR12Appears to 100 percent for Week 1.
16Matt ForteCHIRB8Has looked good so far.
17Brandon MarshallCHIWR8 
18Julio JonesATLWR6 
19Demaryius ThomasDENWR9 
20Tom BradyNEQB10Needs young options to produce.
21Alfred MorrisWASRB5 
22Steven JacksonATLRB6 
23Vincent JacksonTBWR5 
24Andre JohnsonHOUWR8 
25Randall CobbGBWR4 
26Jimmy GrahamNOTE7 
27Cam NewtonCARQB4 
28Stevan RidleyNERB10Has had strong preseason.
29Chris JohnsonTENRB8Has broken off some big plays.
30Roddy WhiteATLWR6Ankle injury shouldn't be an issue.
31Larry FitzgeraldARIWR9 
32Wes WelkerDENWR9Ankle injury has limited game reps.
33Maurice Jones-DrewJACRB9Looks to be healthy once again.
34Matt RyanATLQB6 
35Victor CruzNYGWR9Will his heel issue linger?
36Marques ColstonNOWR7 
37Reggie WayneINDWR8 
38Frank GoreSFRB9 
39David WilsonNYGRB9Oozes big-play ability.
40Jason WittenDALTE11 
41Colin KaepernickSFQB9 
42Tony GonzalezATLTE6 
43Darren SprolesNORB7Top-10 RB in PPR leagues.
44Mike WallaceMIAWR6 
45Danny AmendolaNEWR10Can he stay on the field?
46Hakeem NicksNYGWR9 
47Dwayne BoweKCWR10Could be primed for huge season.
48DeMarco MurrayDALRB11 
49Eddie LacyGBRB4Playing with a chip in shoulder.
50Reggie BushDETRB9Value goes up in PPR leagues.
51Steve SmithCARWR4 
52Eric DeckerDENWR9 
53Antonio BrownPITWR5 
54Pierre GarconWASWR5 
55Matthew StaffordDETQB9 
56Tony RomoDALQB11Early signs are encouraging.
57Darren McFaddenOAKRB7OAK offense struggling already.
58Montee BallDENRB9Workload remains to be seen.
59Ryan MathewsSDRB8 
60Jordy NelsonGBWR4Back at practice following knee surgery.
61DeSean JacksonPHIWR12 
62Torrey SmithBALWR8 
63Andrew LuckINDQB8 
64Russell WilsonSEAQB12 
65Robert Griffin IIIWASQB5Seems to be on track for Week 1 start.
66Vernon DavisSFTE9 
67Rob GronkowskiNETE10PUP list definite possibility.
68Chris IvoryNYJRB10 
69Lamar MillerMIARB6He feels he should be the starter.
70Anquan BoldinSFWR9 
71James JonesGBWR4 
72Cecil ShortsJACWR9 
73Ahmad BradshawINDRB8 
74DeAngelo WilliamsCARRB4Opportunity is there, can he seize it?
75Eli ManningNYGQB9 
76Ben RoethlisbergerPITQB5 
77Greg JenningsMINWR5 
78Tavon AustinSTLWR11 
79Mark IngramNORB7All depends on Saints' game plan.
80Giovani BernardCINRB12Rookie already making noise.
81BenJarvus Green-EllisCINRB12 
82Stevie JohnsonBUFWR12Bills' QB issues complicate matters.
83Sidney RiceSEAWR12 
84T.Y. HiltonINDWR8 
85Miles AustinDALWR11If healthy, capable of No. 1 WR stats.
86Mike WilliamsTBWR5 
87Lance MooreNOWR7 
88Rashard MendenhallARIRB9Health, O-line are main issues.
89Daryl RichardsonSTLRB11Can he carry the load?
90Owen DanielsHOUTE8 
91Kyle RudolphMINTE5 
92Greg OlsenCARTE4 
93Brandon MyersNYGTE9 
94Michael VickPHIQB12It's his job, now what?
95Sam BradfordSTLQB11Rams' offense could be sneaky.
96Jared CookSTLTE11Strong start, will it carry over?
97Jermichael FinleyGBTE4Seems to be in prove-it mode.
98Shane VereenNERB10Versatility is a huge plus.
99Andre BrownNYGRB9Could score double-digit TDs.
100Ronnie HillmanDENRB9He, not Ball, could be starter.
101Ben TateHOURB8Must-have handcuff for Foster owners.
102Joe FlaccoBALQB8 
103Andy DaltonCINQB12 
104Kenny BrittTENWR8 
105Emmanuel SandersPITWR5 
106Chris GivensSTLWR11Big-play threat to keep an eye on.
107Josh GordonCLEWR10If Weeden develops, he could rise.
108SeahawksSEADST12 
109Michael FloydARIWR9 
110Golden TateSEAWR12Harvin's injury offers opportunity.
111Vick BallardINDRB8 
112Le'Veon BellPITRB5Will miss at least a month.
113Isaac RedmanPITRB5Can he seize the job in PIT?
114Jay CutlerCHIQB8Bears' new-look offense worth watching.
115Carson PalmerARIQB9O-line issues already arising.
116Matt SchaubHOUQB8 
11749ersSFDST9 
118Bryce BrownPHIRB12 
119Bernard PierceBALRB8 
120Denarius MooreOAKWR7 
121Vincent BrownSDWR8Someone needs to step up in SD.
122Rueben RandleNYGWR9An injury away from starting.
123Ryan BroylesDETWR9Just needs to stay on the field.
124Antonio GatesSDTE8 
125Martellus BennettCHITE8 
126Isaiah PeadSTLRB11 
127Mikel LeshoureDETRB9 
128Jacquizz RodgersATLRB6 
129TexansHOUDST8 
130Josh FreemanTBQB5Squarely on hot seat in TB.
131Brandon PettigrewDETTE9 
132Fred DavisWASTE5Don't forget about him.
133Jordan CameronCLETE10Another TE who could emerge.
134Coby FleenerINDTE8Will he benefit from Stanford ties?
135Shonn GreeneTENRB8 
136Bilal PowellNYJRB10 
137Michael BushCHIRB8 
138Malcom FloydSDWR8Should be ready for Week 1.
139Kendall WrightTENWR8Knee sprain a step back.
140DeAndre HopkinsHOUWR8 
141Alshon JefferyCHIWR8He and Marshall could be deadly duo.
142BengalsCINDST12 
143Alex SmithKCQB10 
144Brian HartlineMIAWR6 
145BearsCHIDST8 
146PatriotsNEDST10 
147Kenbrell ThompkinsNEWR10Brady showing trust in rookie already.
148Andre RobertsARIWR9 
149Justin BlackmonJACWR9Can you wait four games?
150Greg LittleCLEWR10 
151Philip RiversSDQB8Has not been a good preseason.
152Ryan TannehillMIAQB6 
153Jake LockerTENQB8Has he turned the corner?
154Brandon WeedenCLEQB10Make or break season?
155BroncosDENDST9Von Miller suspension hurts.
156SteelersPITDST5 
157Jonathan DwyerPITRB5 
158Johnathan FranklinGBRB4 
159Roy HeluWASRB5More of a receiving threat than Morris.
160Danny WoodheadSDRB8 
161Pierre ThomasNORB7 
162Joseph RandleDALRB11Dunbar's injury should lead to more touches.
163Ed DicksonBALTE8Hamstring injury holding him back.
164Dwayne AllenINDTE8Is there room for 2 TEs in IND?
165Jermaine GreshamCINTE12 
166Rob HouslerARITE9Palmer loves his TEs.
167RamsSTLDST11 
168Christian PonderMINQB5 
169EJ ManuelBUFQB12Should start, if healthy.
170Geno SmithNYJQB10Knee issue only adds to Jets' QB drama.
171Stephen GostkowskiNEK10 
172Blair WalshMINK5 
173Matt BryantATLK6 
174PackersGBDST4 
175RavensBALDST8 
176CowboysDALDST11 
177Santana MossWASWR5 
178Jacoby JonesBALWR8 
179Darrius Heyward-BeyINDWR8 
180Santonio HolmesNYJWR10Finally back on practice field.
181Jeremy KerleyNYJWR10 
182Justin ForsettJACRB9 
183Ryan WilliamsARIRB9Back on field, but for how long?
184Zach SudfeldNETE10Appears to be Gronk's replacement.
185Tyler EifertCINTE12 
186Phil DawsonSFK9 
187Justin TuckerBALK8 
188Matt PraterDENK9 
189Randy BullockHOUK8 
190Fred JacksonBUFRB12 
191Jonathan StewartCARRB4Will start season on PUP list.
192Nate BurlesonDETWR9 
193Robert WoodsBUFWR12Rookie battling for No. 2 WR spot.
194T.J. GrahamBUFWR12Can he hold off Woods?
195Robert TurbinSEARB12 
196Christine MichaelSEARB12Rookie has looked good in preseason.
197Lance DunbarDALRB11Sprained foot could cause him to miss Week 1.
198Julius ThomasDENTE9Has he separated himself from pack?
199Zach MillerSEATE12 
200Brent CelekPHITE12 
201DolphinsMIADST6 
202Blaine GabbertJACQB9He's the starter, but does it matter?
203Matt FlynnOAKQB7Feeling the heat from Pryor.
204Chad HenneJACQB9 
205Mohamed SanuCINWR12 
206Julian EdelmanNEWR10If Amendola gets hurt, he's next up.
207Austin CollieSFWR949ers need more WRs.
208Scott ChandlerBUFTE12 
209Marcedes LewisJACTE9 
210Mike TolbertCARRB4 
211Rashad JenningsOAKRB7 
212Brandon LaFellCARWR4 
213GiantsNYGDST9 
214BuccaneersTBDST5 
215Andrew HawkinsCINWR12 
216Daniel ThomasMIARB6 
217Zac StacySTLRB11 
218Zach ErtzPHITE12 
219Heath MillerPITTE5Week 1 return still a possibility.
220Josh BrownNYGK9 
221Dan BaileyDALK11 
222CardinalsARIDST9 
223FalconsATLDST6 
224BrownsCLEDST10 
225Greg ZuerleinSTLK11 
226Sebastian JanikowskiOAKK7 
227Brian QuickSTLWR11 
228Cordarrelle PattersonMINWR5 
229Keenan AllenSDWR8 
230Justin HunterTENWR8 
231Aaron DobsonNEWR10Appears to have been passed by fellow rookie.
232Rod StreaterOAKWR7 
233Mark SanchezNYJQB10Coaching staff not helping Sanchez.
234Nick FolesPHIQB12Ready if needed.
235Dallas ClarkBALTE8Does he have anything left in the tank?
236David AkersDETK9 
237Garrett HartleyNOK7 
238Steven HauschkaSEAK12 
239Delanie WalkerTENTE8Late arrival to training camp.
240Brandon LloydFAWR Plenty of teams with WR issues.
241Jarius WrightMINWR5 
242Eddie RoyalSDWR8 
243Nate WashingtonTENWR8 
244Anthony FasanoKCTE10No. 1 TE in KC, for now.
245Travis KelceKCTE10Lot to learn, but lots of potential.
246Luke StockerTBTE5 
247Davone BessCLEWR10 
248Austin PettisSTLWR11 
249Riley CooperPHIWR12 
250Jason AvantPHIWR12 

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

OFFENSIVE SCORING
All touchdowns are 6 points
1 point for 25 yards passing
1 point for 10 yards rushing/receiving
Receptions are .5 points
Interceptions/fumbles are minus-2 points

Additional Fantasy Football Rankings:

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Defense/Special Teams
Kickers

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Entering the regular season, quarterback appears to be fairly deep, as evidenced by Athlon Sports' Fantasy Football 2013 Quarterback Rankings. For example, take Michael Vick, who currently checks in at No. 15. Vick beat out Nick Foles for the Eagles' starting job and it's not out of the question that the veteran could bounce back in a huge way running Chip Kelly's offense. While there are certainly safer options than Vick, he also could pay off in a huge way for the owner willing to take a chance.

Another potentially risky pick that could reap big rewards is Robert Griffin III. While the reigning NFL AP Offensive Rookie of the Year has yet to play in a preseason game, he appears to be right on schedule with his recovery from knee surgery with his sights set squarely on starting the Redskins' "Monday Night Football" opener against Vick's Eagles. RGIII's potential, in terms of both risk and reward, is why he sits just outside the top 10 at No. 12.

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Fantasy Football 2013: Final Preseason Quarterback Rankings
Updated Aug. 27

 

RkPlayerTeamBye
1Aaron RodgersGB4
2Drew BreesNO7
3Peyton ManningDEN9
4Tom BradyNE10
5Cam NewtonCAR4
6Matt RyanATL6
7Colin KaepernickSF9
8Matthew StaffordDET9
9Tony RomoDAL11
10Andrew LuckIND8
11Russell WilsonSEA12
12Robert Griffin IIIWAS5
13Eli ManningNYG9
14Ben RoethlisbergerPIT5
15Michael VickPHI12
16Sam BradfordSTL11
17Joe FlaccoBAL8
18Andy DaltonCIN12
19Jay CutlerCHI8
20Carson PalmerARI9
21Matt SchaubHOU8
22Josh FreemanTB5
23Alex SmithKC10
24Philip RiversSD8
25Ryan TannehillMIA6
26Jake LockerTEN8
27Brandon WeedenCLE10
28Christian PonderMIN5
29EJ ManuelBUF12
30Geno SmithNYJ10
31Blaine GabbertJAC9
32Matt FlynnOAK7
33Chad HenneJAC9
34Mark SanchezNYJ10
35Nick FolesPHI12
36Terrelle PryorOAK7
37Kevin KolbBUF12
38Kirk CousinsWAS5
39Matt CasselMIN5
40Jason CampbellCLE10
41Bruce GradkowskiPIT5
42Ryan FitzpatrickTEN8
43Ryan MallettNE10
44Shaun HillDET9
45Vince YoungGB4
46Brock OsweilerDEN9
47Matt MooreMIA6
48Drew StantonARI9
49Kyle OrtonDAL11
50Luke McCownNO7
51T.J. YatesHOU8
52Mike GlennonTB5
53Matt HasselbeckIND8
54Tyrod TaylorBAL8
55Derek AndersonCAR4
56Josh JohnsonCIN12
57Kellen ClemensSTL11
58Chase DanielKC10
59Tyler WilsonOAK7
60Matt BarkleyPHI12

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

OFFENSIVE SCORING
All touchdowns are 6 points
1 point for 25 yards passing
1 point for 10 yards rushing/receiving
Receptions are .5 points
Interceptions/fumbles are minus-2 points

Additional Fantasy Football Rankings:

2013 Big Board (Top 250)
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Defense/Special Teams
Kickers

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NFL training camps are in full swing, although injuries have prevented several running backs from taking part in practice. While the top spots on Athlon Sports' Fantasy Football 2013 Running Back Rankings remain largely unchanged, there is certainly one injury situation worth watching.

Houston's Arian Foster has yet to make his training camp debut, as he was first sidelined by a calf injury he sustained during OTAs in March and then a back issue. The team doens't think either issue is that serious or will be factor come Week 1, but considering Foster is behind only Adrian Peterson on our rankings, it goes without saying the sooner he shows up on the practice field the better.

LeSean McCoy, Maurice Jones-Drew and Darren McFadden are just a few of the others who are coming back from significant injuries. Each are capable of putting up huge numbers, but only if they are fully healthy. Getting through training camp unscathed would be a huge step and will only help each player's draft position.

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Fantasy Football 2013: Final Preseason Running Back Rankings
Updated Aug. 27

 

RkPlayerTeamBye
1Adrian PetersonMIN5
2Arian FosterHOU8
3Marshawn LynchSEA12
4Ray RiceBAL8
5Doug MartinTB5
6Jamaal CharlesKC10
7C.J. SpillerBUF12
8Trent RichardsonCLE10
9LeSean McCoyPHI12
10Matt ForteCHI8
11Alfred MorrisWAS5
12Steven JacksonATL6
13Stevan RidleyNE10
14Chris JohnsonTEN8
15Maurice Jones-DrewJAC9
16Frank GoreSF9
17David WilsonNYG9
18Darren SprolesNO7
19DeMarco MurrayDAL11
20Eddie LacyGB4
21Reggie BushDET9
22Darren McFaddenOAK7
23Montee BallDEN9
24Ryan MathewsSD8
25Chris IvoryNYJ10
26Lamar MillerMIA6
27Ahmad BradshawIND8
28DeAngelo WilliamsCAR4
29Mark IngramNO7
30Giovani BernardCIN12
31BenJarvus Green-EllisCIN12
32Rashard MendenhallARI9
33Daryl RichardsonSTL11
34Shane VereenNE10
35Andre BrownNYG9
36Ronnie HillmanDEN9
37Ben TateHOU8
38Vick BallardIND8
39Le'Veon BellPIT5
40Isaac RedmanPIT5
41Bryce BrownPHI12
42Bernard PierceBAL8
43Isaiah PeadSTL11
44Mikel LeshoureDET9
45Jacquizz RodgersATL6
46Shonn GreeneTEN8
47Bilal PowellNYJ10
48Michael BushCHI8
49Jonathan DwyerPIT5
50Johnathan FranklinGB4
51Roy HeluWAS5
52Danny WoodheadSD8
53Pierre ThomasNO7
54Joseph RandleDAL11
55Justin ForsettJAC9
56Ryan WilliamsARI9
57Fred JacksonBUF12
58Jonathan StewartCAR4
59Robert TurbinSEA12
60Christine MichaelSEA12
61Lance DunbarDAL11
62Mike TolbertCAR4
63Rashad JenningsOAK7
64Daniel ThomasMIA6
65Zac StacySTL11
66Marcel ReeceOAK7
67DuJuan HarrisGB4
68Knowshon MorenoDEN9
69Michael TurnerFA 
70Mike GillisleeMIA6
71LaMichael JamesSF9
72Kendall HunterSF9
73LaRod Stephens-HowlingPIT5
74Toby GerhartMIN5
75Knile DavisKC10
76Joique BellDET9
77Felix JonesPIT5
78LeGarrette BlountNE10
79Stepfan TaylorARI9
80Ronnie BrownSD8
81Shaun DraughnKC10
82Donald BrownIND8
83Latavius MurrayOAK7
84Montario HardestyCLE10
85Andre EllingtonARI9
86Brian LeonardTB5
87Mike JamesTB5
88Kerwynn WilliamsIND8
89Willis McGaheeFA 
90Cedric BensonFA 

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

OFFENSIVE SCORING
All touchdowns are 6 points
1 point for 25 yards passing
1 point for 10 yards rushing/receiving
Receptions are .5 points
Interceptions/fumbles are minus-2 points

Additional Fantasy Football Rankings:

2013 Big Board (Top 250)
Quarterbacks
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Defense/Special Teams
Kickers

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There is no change atop Athlon Sports' Fantasy Football 2013 Wide Receiver Rankings as the preseason wraps up, but that doesn't mean some of the top options haven't had trouble-free training camps either. Roddy White sustained a sprained ankle that put an end to his preseason snaps, while Victor Cruz was sidelined by a heel injury. Both are expected to be ready to go and be in the starting lineup in Week 1.

New England's Danny Amendola is another wideout who has already gotten nicked up, which is nothing new for the former Ram. Amendola has a golden opportunity with the Patriots to produce legitimate No. 1 wide receiver numbers, but it all comes down to him staying healthy. The good news for Tom Brady is that undrafted rookie Kenbrel Thompkins has made the most of an unsettled receiving corps and appears to have emerged as a legitimate option in the Patriots' passing game. Thompkins checks in at No. 53 in our final preseason rankings, while Amendola is just outside of the top 15 at No. 17 overall.

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Fantasy Football 2013: Final Preseason Wide Receiver Rankings
Updated Aug. 27

 

RkPlayerTeamBye
1Calvin JohnsonDET9
2Dez BryantDAL11
3A.J. GreenCIN12
4Brandon MarshallCHI8
5Julio JonesATL6
6Demaryius ThomasDEN9
7Vincent JacksonTB5
8Andre JohnsonHOU8
9Randall CobbGB4
10Roddy WhiteATL6
11Larry FitzgeraldARI9
12Wes WelkerDEN9
13Victor CruzNYG9
14Marques ColstonNO7
15Reggie WayneIND8
16Mike WallaceMIA6
17Danny AmendolaNE10
18Hakeem NicksNYG9
19Dwayne BoweKC10
20Steve SmithCAR4
21Eric DeckerDEN9
22Antonio BrownPIT5
23Pierre GarconWAS5
24Jordy NelsonGB4
25DeSean JacksonPHI12
26Torrey SmithBAL8
27Anquan BoldinSF9
28James JonesGB4
29Cecil ShortsJAC9
30Greg JenningsMIN5
31Tavon AustinSTL11
32Stevie JohnsonBUF12
33Sidney RiceSEA12
34T.Y. HiltonIND8
35Miles AustinDAL11
36Mike WilliamsTB5
37Lance MooreNO7
38Kenny BrittTEN8
39Emmanuel SandersPIT5
40Chris GivensSTL11
41Josh GordonCLE10
42Michael FloydARI9
43Golden TateSEA12
44Denarius MooreOAK7
45Vincent BrownSD8
46Rueben RandleNYG9
47Ryan BroylesDET9
48Malcom FloydSD8
49Kendall WrightTEN8
50DeAndre HopkinsHOU8
51Alshon JefferyCHI8
52Brian HartlineMIA6
53Kenbrel ThompkinsNE10
54Andre RobertsARI9
55Justin BlackmonJAC9
56Greg LittleCLE10
57Santana MossWAS5
58Jacoby JonesBAL8
59Darrius Heyward-BeyIND8
60Santonio HolmesNYJ10
61Jeremy KerleyNYJ10
62Nate BurlesonDET9
63Robert WoodsBUF12
64T.J. GrahamBUF12
65Mohamed SanuCIN12
66Julian EdelmanNE10
67Austin CollieSF9
68Brandon LaFellCAR4
69Andrew HawkinsCIN12
70Brian QuickSTL11
71Cordarrelle PattersonMIN5
72Keenan AllenSD8
73Justin HunterTEN8
74Aaron DobsonNE10
75Rod StreaterOAK7
76Brandon LloydFA 
77Jarius WrightMIN5
78Eddie RoyalSD8
79Nate WashingtonTEN8
80Davone BessCLE10
81Austin PettisSTL11
82Riley CooperPHI12
83Jason AvantPHI12
84Josh MorganWAS5
85Terrance WilliamsDAL11
86Donnie AveryKC10
87Jon BaldwinSF9
88Domenik HixonCAR4
89Percy HarvinSEA12
90Michael CrabtreeSF9

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

OFFENSIVE SCORING
All touchdowns are 6 points
1 point for 25 yards passing
1 point for 10 yards rushing/receiving
Receptions are .5 points
Interceptions/fumbles are minus-2 points

Additional Fantasy Football Rankings:

2013 Big Board (Top 250)
Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Tight Ends
Defense/Special Teams
Kickers

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Post date: Tuesday, August 27, 2013 - 16:30
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The most intriguing name in Athlon Sports' Fantasy Football 2013 Tight End Rankings entering the regular season remains Rob Gronkowski. The Patriots need to decide whether to keep Gronk on the active roster or place him on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list, which means he would be guaranteed to miss the first six games. For now, Gronk maintains his top-five status, but that doesn't mean he should be treated as such come draft time.

In fact, the emergence of undrafted rookie Zach Sudfeld during the preseason, may make the decision to shelve Gronkowski for the first six weeks easier. Sudfeld has opened many an eye already, which is why he comes in at No. 22 on our rankings. If Gronk does end up on the PUP and Sudfeld makes an early impact on the Patriots' passing game, then it's entirely possible that Sudfeld takes over the Aaron Hernandez role in New England this season.

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Fantasy Football 2013: Final Preseason Tight End Rankings
Updated Aug. 27

 

RkPlayerTeamBye
1Jimmy GrahamNO7
2Jason WittenDAL11
3Tony GonzalezATL6
4Vernon DavisSF9
5Rob GronkowskiNE10
6Owen DanielsHOU8
7Kyle RudolphMIN5
8Greg OlsenCAR4
9Brandon MyersNYG9
10Jared CookSTL11
11Jermichael FinleyGB4
12Antonio GatesSD8
13Martellus BennettCHI8
14Brandon PettigrewDET9
15Fred DavisWAS5
16Jordan CameronCLE10
17Coby FleenerIND8
18Ed DicksonBAL8
19Dwayne AllenIND8
20Jermaine GreshamCIN12
21Rob HouslerARI9
22Zach SudfeldNE10
23Tyler EifertCIN12
24Julius ThomasDEN9
25Zach MillerSEA12
26Brent CelekPHI12
27Scott ChandlerBUF12
28Marcedes LewisJAC9
29Zach ErtzPHI12
30Heath MillerPIT5
31Dallas ClarkBAL8
32Delanie WalkerTEN8
33Anthony FasanoKC10
34Travis KelceKC10
35Luke StockerTB5
36Charles ClayMIA6
37Kellen WinslowNYJ10
38Tony SchefflerDET9
39David PaulsonPIT5
40Jacob TammeDEN9
41Gavin EscobarDAL11
42James CaseyPHI12
43Tom CrabtreeTB5
44Garrett GrahamHOU8
45Ladarius GreenSD8
46Taylor ThompsonTEN8
47Joel DreessenDEN9
48Tony MoeakiKC10
49David AusberryOAK7
50Ben WatsonNO7

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

OFFENSIVE SCORING
All touchdowns are 6 points
1 point for 25 yards passing
1 point for 10 yards rushing/receiving
Receptions are .5 points
Interceptions/fumbles are minus-2 points

Additional Fantasy Football Rankings:

2013 Big Board (Top 250)
Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Defense/Special Teams
Kickers

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Von Miller's pending four-game suspension turned out to be of the six-game variety, which is why Denver's DST continues its tumble down Athlon Sports' 2013 Fantasy Football Defense/Special Team rankings. Even though he's just one player, the Broncos will sorely miss Miller's presence to put pressure on the quarterback and propensity to make big plays. The Broncos' D will be just fine once Miller gets back, but his 2013 season debut won't happen until Oct. 13. His absence alone is enough reason to move the Broncos down a couple of more spots, as the Bengals, Bears and Patriots units seem safer at this point.

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Fantasy Football 2013: Final Preseason Defense/Special Teams Rankings
Updated Aug. 27

RkTeamBye
1Seahawks12
249ers9
3Texans8
4Bengals12
5Bears8
6Patriots10
7Broncos9
8Steelers5
9Rams11
10Packers4
11Ravens8
12Cowboys11
13Dolphins6
14Giants9
15Buccaneers5
16Cardinals9
17Falcons6
18Browns10
19Vikings5
20Chargers8
21Panthers4
22Redskins5
23Chiefs10
24Jets10
25Lions9
26Bills12
27Titans8
28Eagles12
29Colts8
30Saints7
31Jaguars9
32Raiders7

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

DEFENSIVE SCORING
0 points allowed = 12 points
1-6 points allowed = 10 points
7-13 points allowed = 8 pts
14-20 points allowed = 6 points
21-27 points allowed = 2 pts
28+ points allowed = 0 points
Safeties = 2 points
Fumbles recovered = 2 points
Interceptions = 2 points
Sacks = 1 point
Defensive/Special Teams TDs = 6 points

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2013 Big Board (Top 250)
Quarterbacks
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Kickers

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Kickers may be the least liked position in fantasy football, but unless your league doesn't use one, you need one to fill out your starting lineup. New England's Stephen Gostkowski tops Athlon Sports' final preseason kicker rankings, but there's always a kicker or two who comes out of nowhere each season, like Minnesota's Blair Walsh did in 2012.

Could that breakout kicker in 2013 be another rookie? Caleb Sturgis and Dustin Hopkins beat out established veterans to seize the kicking jobs in Miami and Buffalo, respectively, but there's a reason they start out near the bottom of our rankings. A better breakout candidate for this season could be Houston's Randy Bullock. He was expected to be the Texans' kicker after being a fifth-round pick in 2012, but he suffered a groin injury early in training camp, which caused him to miss the entire season. He's healthy now and should get plenty of opportunities to finish off scoring drives and kick field goals for a team that is expected to contend for the AFC title.

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Fantasy Football 2013: Final Preseason Kicker Rankings
Updated Aug. 27

 

RkPlayerTeamBye
1Stephen GostkowskiNE10
2Blair WalshMIN5
3Matt BryantATL6
4Phil DawsonSF9
5Justin TuckerBAL8
6Matt PraterDEN9
7Randy BullockHOU8
8Josh BrownNYG9
9Dan BaileyDAL11
10Greg ZuerleinSTL11
11Sebastian JanikowskiOAK7
12David AkersDET9
13Garrett HartleyNO7
14Steven HauschkaSEA12
15Robbie GouldCHI8
16Mike NugentCIN12
17Mason CrosbyGB4
18Adam VinatieriIND8
19Alex HeneryPHI12
20Shaun SuishamPIT5
21Rob BironasTEN8
22Rian LindellTB5
23Ryan SuccopKC10
24Kai ForbathWAS5
25Shayne GrahamCLE10
26Graham GanoCAR4
27Nick NovakSD8
28Jay FeelyARI9
29Caleb SturgisMIA6
30Dustin HopkinsBUF12
31Josh ScobeeJAC9
32Nick FolkNYJ10

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

KICKER SCORING
PATs = 1 point
39 yards and under = 3 points
40-49 yards = 4 points
50-59 yards = 5 points
60+ yards = 6 points

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With about 40 games left in the regular season, fantasy baseball playoffs are just around the corner. Athlon Sports has everything you need to catch up on what took place on the fantasy diamond during the past seven days. Our fantasy junkies bring you last week's top hitters, some starting pitchers who are on a roll, and also identify the waiver wire pick ups and spot starters you need to keep an eye on.

Top 25 fantasy baseball hitters of last week (Aug. 12-18):

 NamePos.TeamRHRRBISBBAOPS
1Alfonso SorianoOFNYY951820.4841.515
2Will Venable*OFSD72510.4061.125
3Miguel Cabrera3BDET441000.3031.088
4Chris Davis1B/OFBAL63600.4091.409
5Mark Trumbo1/3/OFLAA53810.2801.053
6Mike TroutOFLAA61520.3911.142
7Joe MauerC/1BMIN62700.3751.037
8Curtis GrandersonOFNYY71220.4171.167
9Alejandro De AzaOFCWS91420.2580.706
10Hunter PenceOFSF61910.2960.901
11Jon Jay*OFSTL51610.4001.084
12Khris DavisOFMIL43500.4671.662
13Jason HeywardOFATL53400.3851.231
14Martin Prado2/3/SS/OFARI61700.3790.972
15Brandon Belt*1BSF82400.3081.033
16Justin Ruggiano*OFMIA42500.6672.171
17Jayson WerthOFWAS50420.4171.023
18Marlon Byrd*OFNYM32700.4001.152
19Eduardo Nunez*3B/SSNYY50520.3700.858
20Jedd Gyorko*2B/3BSD43500.3451.104
21Dexter FowlerOFCOL60610.3600.848
22Brandon Phillips2BCIN41520.3100.769
23Chris Getz*2BKC50230.3330.727
24Paul Goldschmidt1BARI53500.2590.987
25Alex Rodriguez*3BNYY51410.3570.974

* - less than 70% owned in Yahoo! leagues

Weekly Waiver Wire:

Jedd Gyorko, 2B/3B, SD (32% owned in Yahoo! Leagues)
After hitting six home runs in May, the Padres rookie was much more widely owned. However, he suffered a groin injury in early June, which caused him to miss more than a month. On top of that, he struggled upon his return, batting just .100 with a run and RBI in 13 games in July. It looks like Gyorko may have rediscovered his swing, as he slugged three home runs last week, giving him 13 for the year. Despite all his missed time, Gyorko is tied for ninth among second base-eligible players with those 13 round-trippers. He could be a sneaky source of power if you are in need of some at second or from a MI spot.

Adam LaRoche, 1B, WAS (54%)
Admittedly it has been a very up-and-down season for LaRoche. He was very good in May (.330-7-19) and very bad in July (.159-2-10). However, he has four home runs and nine RBIs in 15 games in August so far and he's in no danger of losing his spot in the Nationals' lineup. LaRoche is still a top-10 first baseman in terms of power (18 HR) and in his career he has been a strong finisher (.297-82-258 in 412 games in August and September).

Leonys Martin, OF, TEX (46%)
Texas' 25-year-old outfielder has been flying somewhat under the radar, but that may be about to change, especially if he stays atop the Rangers' lineup. Martin has come on strong since May and thanks in large part to his legs (27 SB, 5 3B), he has moved into top-50 OF territory in Yahoo! leagues. The left-handed swinger has cooled off somewhat this month, hitting just .246 in August, so far, but he also has stolen seven bases and driven in nine runs. If you are in need of speed, Martin is certainly worth a roster spot, and the additional category production is just an added bonus.

Alex Rodriguez, 3B, NYY (35%)
A-Rod may be MLB's (and the Yankees' front office for that matter) public enemy No. 1 right now, but he's still playing and getting the job done at the plate. He helped key the Yankees' rally against Boston on Sunday night with a home run off of Ryan Dempster and is a borderline top-10 third baseman over the past two weeks (.319-2-6). While Alfonso Soriano has been the spark to the Yankees' recent offensive output, Rodriguez can't be overlooked and could prove valuable down the stretch, especially at a position that's already without the services of David Wright and has seen other names struggle.

Will Venable, OF, SD (30%)
Outside of the aforementioned Soriano, no one was hotter at the plate last week than San Diego's Venable, who posted a .406-2-5 line with seven runs and a stolen base. In fact, Venable's hot streak goes back to the beginning of August as he has gotten a hit in all 15 games he has played this month. For the month so far, Venable is batting .377 with five home runs, eight RBIs, 12 runs and five stolen bases. He's just a .256 career hitter, so ride this hot streak as long as you can, especially from a guy who most likely will finish the season with 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases (17, 14 currently).

Top 20 fantasy Starting Pitchers of last two weeks:

 NameTeamIPWKERAWHIP
1Clayton KershawLAD22.02211.230.77
2Bronson Arroyo*CIN14.02140.640.43
3Anibal SanchezDET22.02242.050.86
4Mat LatosCIN22.12180.810.99
5Zack GreinkeLAD20.03140.901.15
6Andrew Albers*MIN24.1271.850.66
7Martin Perez*TEX22.13202.421.03
8Hyun-Jin RyuLAD14.02100.640.79
9Brandon Beachy*ATL14.02101.290.71
10Chris SaleCWS23.13201.931.20
11Cole HamelsPHI23.01201.960.87
12Yu DarvishTEX22.12282.821.07
13Max ScherzerDET21.02152.570.81
14Dan Haren*WAS14.01121.930.71
15Tony Cingrani*CIN11.11140.790.79
16Marco Estrada*MIL11.0180.820.45
17Stephen StrasburgWAS17.01202.120.88
18Alex Wood*ATL12.10160.730.65
19Tyson Ross*SD14.01141.290.93
20Justin VerlanderDET23.01222.740.91

* - less than 70% owned in Yahoo! leagues

Top 5 Spot Starts for the Week (Mon. - Sun.):

1. Brandon Beachy (ATL) at New York Mets (Tues.) (48% owned)
Beachy has made four starts since returning from Tommy John surgery. In the first two, he gave up 10 earned runs in 10 innings, in his last two he has allowed just two over 14 frames. He’s also produced a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 19:4 overall. Beachy will match up with Mets’ rookie Zach Wheeler on Tuesday night at Citi Field, but considering the Braves are 16-3 since Beachy’s first start on July 29, I like his chances in this one.

2. Sonny Gray (OAK) vs. Seattle (Tues.) (23%)
Gray was mentioned in this space last week, and chances are this won’t be the last time you see his name, especially if his ownership rate stays under less than a quarter of all Yahoo! leagues. All the 23-year-old rookie did his last time out was pitch eight shutout innings against Houston. Next up is Seattle, a team that ranks in the bottom third of the majors in runs scored on the road.

3. Martin Perez (TEX) at Chicago White Sox (Fri.) (20%)
Texas has had to deal with injuries in their rotation throughout the season, which has made the performance of Perez that much more important. The 22-year-old lefty has gone 6-3 with a 3.48 ERA in 12 starts. He has put together four straight quality starts and gets the White Sox, who are the third-worst scoring team in the majors, at home. Perez has a tidy 2.20 ERA (8 ER in 32 2/3 IP) in five starts at home this season.

4. Dan Haren (WAS) at Chicago Cubs (Tues.) (68%)
Haren struggled mightily before the All-Star break, going 4-10 with a 5.61 ERA. The veteran right-hander has dealt with back issues and other maladies in each of the past two seasons, but it looks like he may have finally turned the corner health-wise. Haren has allowed a total of three earned runs in his last three starts and also picked up his first career save in a 15-inning marathon against Atlanta on Saturday. Instead of the mighty Braves, Haren’s next scheduled trip to the mound comes against a Cubs’ offense that has scored a grand total of five runs and been shutout four times in their last six games at Wrigley Field.

5. Jake Arrieta (CHC) vs. Washington (Wed.) (2%)
Part of the trade that sent Scott Feldman to Baltimore, Arrieta has made the most of his opportunities in the Cubs’ rotation so far. His last time out he shut down St. Louis by holding the Cardinals to just two hits over seven scoreless innings. In a Cubs’ uniform, Arrieta has given up just four hits and five walks, while striking out nine, in 13 innings. The Nationals, meanwhile, struggle to score runs away from home, as only the Marlins have scored fewer on the road this season.

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Thanks in large part to the efforts of rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III and running back Alfred Morris, the Washington Redskins doubled their win total from the previous season (5-11 in 2011 to 10-6 in '12) as they won the NFC East. Of course, last season didn't end on a good note, as the 'Skins not only coughed up a 14-0 lead at home to Seattle, but RGIII also tore the ACL in his right knee in the 21-14 loss to the Seahawks in the NFC Wild Card game.

This marked the second time in his playing career that RGIII had to undergo reconstructive surgery on his right knee, which is why the team is understandably going to great lengths during training camp to ensure that the reigning AP NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year is completely healthy before putting him back out on the field.

Even though the Redskins are returning 21 of 22 starters from last season, how far the 2013 team goes will more than likely hinge on RGIII's recovery and his ability to stay healthy throughout the season. With RGIII, Morris and full seasons from wide receiver Pierre Garcon and tight end Fred Davis, Washington's offense has a chance to be one of the NFL's best. The defense also should be better in 2013 with Pro Bowl linebacker Brian Orakpo and a few other key pieces back from injury.

So can RGIII play in enough games to get the Redskins back to the postseason and possibly defend their NFC East crown? Athlon’s panel of experts debates:

Washington Redskins' 2013 Game-by-Game Predictions

WKOPPKevin
Ewoldt
Braden
Gall
Steven
Lassan
Mark
Ross
1Philadelphia (Mon.)
2at Green Bay
3Detroit
4at Oakland
5BYEBYEBYEBYEBYE
6at Dallas
7Chicago
8at Denver
9San Diego
10at Minnesota (Thurs.)
11at Philadelphia
12San Francisco (Mon.)
13New York Giants
14Kansas City
15at Atlanta
16Dallas
17at New York Giants
Final Projection11-59-710-69-7
NFC East5-13-34-23-3

Kevin Ewoldt (@HogsHaven), Hogs Haven
With RGIII coming back from major knee surgery and the Redskins facing all first-place opponents in the NFC East, common logic one would think it'd be hard for the Redskins to repeat their 10-win season. However, here are some key points: Of the Redskins' 22 starters from last season, 21 are returning. The lone player that left per the Redskins' decision was free safety Madieu Williams, who could not get the job done. The Redskins drafted a lot of defenders so it's hard to imagine the defense regresses any, especially with the return of Brian Orakpo, who essentially missed all of last season. On the offensive side, Pierre Garcon is 100 percent healthy again and the Redskins were 9-1 with him in the lineup last year. Playmaker Fred Davis also returns. Finally, Kirk Cousins has looked phenomenal this year so far, so barring any setbacks with RGIII, the offense should be able to still get the job done. 11-5.

Braden Gall (@BradenGall)
This is a quality football team that is an elite football team with Robert Griffin III under center and a mediocre one with Kirk Cousins playing. I am a big fan of Cousins, but don't think he can lead this team to the playoffs should RG3 miss some time. The biggest concern with Griffin is his ability to stay healthy and he won't do that unless he tweaks the way he plays the game — which is easier said than done. A winning record in this division puts them into contention for the NFC East title and a potential wild card spot, but in a loaded NFC, odds are the Redskins take a small step back — especially, if their star quarterback misses any time at all.

Steven Lassan (@AthlonSteven)
The recovery of the right knee of quarterback Robert Griffin III likely holds the cards to how the NFC East will play out. If Griffin returns at full strength by the season opener and picks up where he left off, Washington could be the team to beat in the NFC East. If Griffin suffers any setback, backup Kirk Cousins is plenty capable, but the Redskins will miss Griffin’s playmaking ability. Washington’s roster has gotten deeper over the last few years and all but one starter from last season’s 10-6 team returns. Also, receiver Pierre Garcon and linebacker Brian Orakpo are back to full strength, which should provide a boost for this team. Even if Washington doesn’t win the division, coach Mike Shanahan will have his team in the mix for a wild card. Of course, this season all hinges on Griffin and avoiding any setbacks with his knee injury.

Mark Ross
Even if I knew Robert Griffin III would play all 16 games during the regular season, I still would pick Washington to win fewer games this season than the 10 they did last year. Obviously, RGIII and the health of his surgically repaired knee is the key to the Redskins' success this season, but I have other concerns as it relates to how this team is built.

Washington's defense finished near the bottom in both yards allowed and passing defense last season. Because of salary cap issues, the team did nothing during free agency to shore up this side of the ball and it has already lost one of its draft picks (safety Phillip Thomas) to a season-ending injury. Yes, linebacker Brian Orakpo will be back and, presumably, so will defensive lineman Adam Carriker, but I'm not sure how much of a difference they will make on the unit's overall performance.

While this is pretty much the same team (21 of 22 starters return) that won 10 games last season, the 2013 version has a second-year quarterback coming off of a significant injury and a schedule that includes Super Bowl contenders Atlanta, Denver, Green Bay and San Francisco, in addition to a rugged NFC East slate. RGIII was Washington's x-factor last season, but he's too much of a question mark entering this one to not expect the Redskins to take a small step back, at minimum.

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After just missing out on the playoffs in 2011 with a 9-7 record, the Tennessee Titans struggled throughout last season, finishing a disappointing 6-10. Both the offense and defense shared the blame, as quarterback Jake Locker went through quite a few growing pains in his first season as the starter and the Titans gave up the most points (29.4 per game) in the entire NFL.

The team was extremely busy on the free agent market, as it sought to revamp its offensive and defensive lines and add quality depth to other positions. In the draft the Titans took Alabama guard Chance Warmack with the 10th overall pick and traded up to get Tennessee wide receiver Justin Hunter early in the second round.

The additions along the offensive line and the signing of free-agent tight end Delanie Walker should only help Chris Johnson in the running game, which likewise will make Locker's job easier. Former Titans' defensive coordinator Gregg Williams also has returned to help current DC Jerry Gray turn around a Titans' defense that had trouble slowing down teams last season.

Third-year head coach Mike Munchak needs to get his team back into playoff consideration, as Titans owner Bud Adams has made it clear he wants to win and soon. Locker also finds himself on the hot seat, as the 2011 first-round pick needs to show Adams, general manager Ruston Webster, Munchak and the coaching staff, his teammates and the fans that he's the long-term answer at quarterback.

Can Locker and company win enough games to be a playoff contender in 2013? Athlon’s panel of experts debates:

Tennessee Titans' 2013 Game-by-Game Predictions

WKOPPWilly
Daunic
Braden
Gall
Brad
Hopkins
Steven
Lassan
Terry
McCormick
Darren
McFarland
Mark
Ross
Nathan
Rush
1at PIT
2at HOU
3SD
4NYJ
5KC
6at SEA
7SF
8BYEBYEBYEBYEBYEBYEBYEBYEBYE
9at STL
10JAC
11IND
12at OAK
13at IND
14at DEN
15ARI
16at JAC
17HOU
Final Projection10-68-89-78-88-88-88-810-6
AFC South5-13-34-23-32-43-34-24-2

Willy Daunic (@WillyD1025), co-host of 102.5 The Game's "Sports Night"
The Titans offseason was filled with a multitude of moves designed to give the team the best chance to win right now.  Mike Munchak and crew probably don't have the luxury of another bad season. As a result there are a ton of x-factors for this club, and the percentages tell you they are more likely to be 6-10 than 10-6. However, I have a strange feeling it's going to hit. The key is the revamped offensive line — adding free agent G Andy Levitre and first-round pick Chance Warmack. They must be a Top 10 unit with the physical presence that hasn't been there in years.  If they can, fellow first-round picks Jake Locker, Chris Johnson, Kenny Britt and Kendall Wright can take a step forward.

Braden Gall (@BradenGall)
The Titans offense should be much improved with a healthy Jake Locker, rebuilt offensive line and a full year of Dowell Loggains calling the plays. The talent around Locker has improved dramatically through the draft and free agency so the offense could be one of the AFC's better units — if Locker can stay on the field. Defensively, this team needs to iron out the linebacking position and continue to develop a consistent pass rush. The addition of players like Bernard Pollard will help give this team a physical edge it has lacked since Jeff Fisher left town. One or two upsets and this team could push for a winning record, otherwise, it will win the games it is supposed to and lose those it shouldn't win.

Brad Hopkins (@b_hop72), Oilers/Titans LT for 13 years (1993-2005), now co-host of 102.5 The Game's "The First Quarter"
The Titans entered the new millennia this offseason by scratching checks to build depth. [Ryan] Fitzpatrick, [Andy] Levitre, [Shonn] Greene, etc. are insurance that this year goes according to schedule... for them of course. The Titans competing for a divisional title would be "fun" for the fans in 2013, but making it into the playoffs seems to be the focus this year for Mike Munchak and crew. A steal in Week 1 against the Steelers leads to confidence. That confidence carries this team through another tough road trip before getting on a roll in mid-season. If the key guys can stay healthy through November, this team has the talent to finish 9-7 and possibly slip into a wild card spot.

Steven Lassan (@AthlonSteven)
After a busy offseason in the free agent market and five picks in the first four rounds of the NFL Draft, the Titans have positioned themselves to make a run at a wild card spot in 2013. While the active offseason helped to address some of the concerns, Tennessee still has huge question marks on defense, and quarterback Jake Locker has never started for a full season. Locker has plenty of talent in his supporting cast, and the offensive line was upgraded by the signing of former Buffalo guard Andy Levitre, and the team’s first-round pick in Alabama road grader Chance Warmack. It’s not quite a make-or-break year for Locker, but it’s time for the former first-round pick to take the next step in his development. After a 6-10 finish last season, Tennessee should be closer to .500. But the Titans will fall short of a playoff bid, putting coach Mike Munchak’s job in jeopardy.

Terry McCormick (@terrymc13), TitanInsider.com
The Tennessee Titans have the potential to be much improved over last season when they dipped to 6-10. The offensive line is better, which should make Chris Johnson better. Kendall Wright, Nate Washington and a healthy Kenny Britt should give QB Jake Locker some nice targets to throw to. Locker’s progress is key to the offense developing, and he must not only stay healthy but has to become a more reliable passer. Defensively, the Titans added several pieces, though there were no obvious difference-makers on the defensive line. The biggest change there might be in attitude where safety Bernard Pollard will bring some aggressiveness, which will no doubt be encouraged by Gregg Williams who come back from a year suspension to help coordinator Jerry Gray. The Titans should at least be more competitive than in 2012, but there are still a lot of things that have to break right for them to think playoffs. A tough schedule that includes seven games against playoff teams from a year ago won’t help.

Darren McFarland (@dmac_1025), co-host of 102.5 The Game's "Sports Night"
As you can tell from my predictions, the 2013 season will be streaky. Two tough road tests to start the season and then four of the next five at home to build that confidence back up. Which is precisely what they will have to do on the both sides of the ball during the course of the season. Some games will rely on the much more aggressive defensive philosophy that was installed in the off season with the hire of Gregg Williams and some games will be won by the legs of Chris Johnson and Shonn Greene behind the much improved offensive line. The NFL is a Quarterback dominated league and in the end, the Titans will have to figure out what they have in Jake Locker.

Mark Ross
I really like what the Titans did in the offseason, using free agency and the draft to address key areas of need and depth to pivotal positions. I do think that Jake Locker will put up better results in his second season as the starting quarterback, as a rebuilt offensive line provides better protection and bigger holes for Chris Johnson and Shonn Greene to run through. I also believe the defense will be better as the young guys now have more experience under their belt and veterans like Bernard Pollard and George Wilson are around to set the example.

Optimism aside, however, what I don't like about the Titans in 2013 is something they have no control over — their schedule. The Titans will face five playoff teams from last season, including Houston and Jacksonville twice, and that doesn't include road games at Pittsburgh and St. Louis, where the franchise's winnnigest head coach, Jeff Fisher, now works. If Locker continues to develop, the offensive line jells and the defense plays more physical, the Titans should stay in the hunt for a potential wild card spot all season. If the pieces don't come together, however, it could signal the end of Mike Munchak's career-long relationship with the only franchise he has ever played or coached for.

Nathan Rush
The Titans enter a make or break season for coach Mike Munchak and quarterback Jake Locker with their collective sights set on the final AFC Wild Card spot — with which the division-rival Colts staggered into the playoffs against all odds last year. A 10–6 record should get the job done. In order to do that, however, a few things must happen. Tennessee needs to avoid an 0–2 start by splitting a brutal two-game road trip — at Pittsburgh and at Houston — to open the season. The Titans need to go 4–2 in the division, most likely sweeping the Jaguars and then splitting with the Colts and Texans. Tennessee must protect LP Field in winnable non-division games against the Chargers, Jets, Chiefs and Cardinals. Expectations may be low in Nashville, but 10 wins (and a playoff berth) are within reach for the Titans in 2013.

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To say the Cardinals are starting over this season isn’t so much obvious as it is a vast understatement. They have a new general manager in Steve Keim and a new coach in Bruce Arians. Of the 88 players on the roster after the draft, 46 are new, including 21 veterans. That’s what happens when a team loses nine straight games after a 4–0 start, finishes 5–11, its third straight non-winning season, and goes through quarterbacks like most people go through socks. The instability at the position is what cost Ken Whisenhunt his job, and Arians and Keim quickly tried to remedy the mess by acquiring Carson Palmer. Make no mistake, though: Palmer is a transitional quarterback, and this is a transitional season. The Cardinals just want to establish a foothold in Arians’ first year and then hope they find their quarterback of the future in the 2014 draft.

Athlon Sports NFC Power Ranking: 16th

Related: 2013 Arizona Cardinals Schedule Analysis

Offense
Let’s start with this truth: The Cardinals can’t be much worse than they were in 2012, when they ranked dead last in total offense and rushing yards, and 28th in passing. There’s little question Palmer will be a significant upgrade over the quartet of quarterbacks — John Skelton, Kevin Kolb, Ryan Lindley, Brian Hoyer — who took snaps last year. Palmer still has a strong arm and can zing the ball downfield, attributes that are essential to both Arians — who likes to go deep — and wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, who was probably singing a chorus of “Hallelujah” when the Cardinals traded for Palmer. Palmer’s downside: He too often throws it to guys in the wrong uniform. He’s had 50 interceptions the last three seasons. Given Arians’ fondness for taking chances, Palmer’s interception rate probably isn’t going to drop.

Also, Palmer isn’t the most mobile of quarterbacks, which makes the development of the offensive line vital. The tackle position was a nightmare last season, but the line should be stabilized somewhat by the return of left tackle Levi Brown, who missed all of 2012 with a torn pectoral muscle. Also, the interior of the line was upgraded with the first-round selection of guard Jonathan Cooper, who will start from Day 1. The team also signed veteran tackle Eric Winston in late July to a one-year deal, adding to its offensive line depth.

The improvement of the offensive line is critical in not only keeping Palmer healthy but also establishing some consistency in the running game. Newly acquired Rashard Mendenhall rushed for more than 1,000 yards as recently as 2010, but both he and 2011 second-round pick Ryan Williams haven’t been able to stay off the disabled list. Mendenhall had just 51 carries last season, and Williams has only 58 rushes in his NFL career. Mendenhall likely will get first crack at the starting job, but watch out for Williams. He has the lateral quickness and ability to make defenders miss. If he can stay healthy, he could have a breakout season.

The passing game should be more effective if for no other reason than Palmer will be able to get the ball to Fitzgerald, who should reclaim his stature as one of the NFL’s best receivers. Second-year pro Michael Floyd also could have a big year; he came on in the second half of 2012. The Cardinals are a bit thin at receiver, though, and can’t afford a key injury.

Arizona won’t be one of the league’s elite offenses this year, but it has the potential to move the ball downfield and score some points, something the Cardinals couldn’t do last year.

Defense
The short-term memory is the Cardinals’ defense collapsing down the stretch in 2012, allowing 123 points in its last four games. But the statistic is misleading; by that point, the defense was exhausted and beaten down physically and emotionally by the offense’s ineptitude. A more accurate read — and predictor of how the defense will play this year — came in the first four games, when the Cardinals gave up 61 points.

Arizona is particularly strong up front. Defensive end Calais Campbell (63 tackles, 6.5 sacks) could be headed to his first Pro Bowl, and under tackle Darnell Dockett should be more effective in the 3-4 hybrid scheme expected to be used by first-year defensive coordinator Todd Bowles.

The Cardinals also have few worries at cornerback, where Patrick Peterson emerged as a shutdown corner in 2012 and the acquisition of veterans Antoine Cason and Jerraud Powers solidified the other the side of the field. In fact, Arizona has so much depth at the position, it should be able to effectively cover four-wide schemes.

The question marks are at linebacker and safety. The four-game suspension of inside linebacker Daryl Washington for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy is huge. Washington is a Pro Bowl talent and arguably the team’s best player. Arizona did sign Jasper Brinkley and draft LSU’s Kevin Minter in the second round, but they’re not Washington.

Also, Arizona needs to find a pass-rush threat at linebacker; Washington had more sacks (nine) than Sam Acho and O’Brien Schofield combined (eight) last year. Given Washington’s absence, the lack of an elite pass-rusher could be fatal in the first month of the season. In hopes of potentially addressing this need and soften the blow when Washington serves his suspension, the Cardinals signed two-time All-Pro John Abraham to a two-year contract in late July. Abraham, 35, spent the last seven seasons in Atlanta playing defensive end, but he is expected to make the move to outside linebacker in Bowles' scheme.

At safety, the Cardinals lost starters Adrian Wilson and Kerry Rhodes. While there’s no question Wilson’s game had slipped, he still was the defense’s leader. Fifth-year pro Rashad Johnson will replace Wilson, but he’s yet to prove he’s an every-down player.

The Cardinals’ plans at free safety are intriguing, to say the least. Rookie Tyrann Mathieu will move there from cornerback, and he has the physical skills to eventually be one of the league’s best. But can he stay clean? If so, Arizona will have found a steal in the third round; if not, the team’s last line of defense will be an issue all year.

Specialists
Punter Dave Zastudil averaged 46.5 yards per kick last year and dropped 46 punts inside the 20. Placekicker Jay Feely made 25-of-28 field goals and combines his accuracy with a strong leg; he made a 61-yarder last year. Arizona could be special in the return game. Arians plans to use both Peterson — who returned four punts for touchdowns in 2011 — and Mathieu on punt returns. Mathieu also might be used on kickoffs. Both players are extremely dangerous with the ball in their hands, and by using a two-man return game on punts, teams won’t be able to angle the ball away from a single returner.

Final Analysis: 4th in NFC West
The San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks, the Cardinals’ division rivals, might be the two best teams in the league, and both improved in the offseason. But Arizona should be able to take a step forward from last year’s 5–11 record, if for no other reason than it has a capable quarterback in Palmer. Assuming he stays healthy, Palmer is probably worth at least a couple of wins by himself. The keys will be the offensive line, the secondary and the health of Mendenhall and Williams at running back. If everything goes well, the Cardinals could be around .500 in December, and that would be a victory in Arians’ first season as coach.

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AFC EastAFC NorthAFC SouthAFC West
Buffalo (8/14)Baltimore (8/26)Houston (8/29)Denver (9/3)
Miami (8/16)Cincinnati (8/27)Indianapolis (8/23)Kansas City (8/21)
New England (8/30)Cleveland (8/19)JacksonvilleOakland (8/13)
NY Jets (8/15)Pittsburgh (8/28)Tennessee (8/22)San Diego (8/20)
    
NFC EastNFC NorthNFC SouthNFC West
Dallas (8/22)Chicago (8/20)Atlanta (8/27)Arizona
NY Giants (8/30)Detroit (8/13)Carolina (8/14)St. Louis (8/23)
Philadelphia (8/19)Green Bay (8/29)New Orleans (8/26)San Francisco (9/3)
Washington (8/16)Minnesota (8/21)Tampa Bay (8/15)Seattle (8/28)

 

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TeamCloserSetupWatch List
ArizonaBrad ZeiglerJ.J. PutzJoe Thatcher, Heath Bell
AtlantaCraig KimbrelJordan WaldenScott Downs, Luis Ayala, Anthony Varvaro, Eric O'Flaherty, Jonny Venters (DL)
BaltimoreJim JohnsonFrancisco RodriguezDarren O'Day, Tommy Hunter, Brian Matusz, Troy Patton
BostonKoji UeharaJunichi TazawaMatt Thornton, Andrew Bailey, Andrew Miller, Joel Hanrahan (DL)
Chicago (NL)Kevin GreggJames RussellBlake Parker, Pedro Strop, Kyuji Fujikawa (DL)
Chicago (AL)Addison ReedNate JonesMatt Lindstrom, Jesse Crain (DL)
CincinnatiAroldis ChapmanSam LeCureJ.J. Hoover, Jonathan Broxton, Sean Marshall (DL)
ClevelandChris PerezJoe SmithCody Allen, Rich Hill
ColoradoRex BrothersMatt BelisleWilton Lopez, Rafael Betancourt (DL)
DetroitJoaquin BenoitJose VerasDrew Smyly, Al Albuquerque, Phil Coke, Octavio Dotel (DL)
HoustonJose Cisnero*Josh Fields*Wesley Wright, Hector Ambriz
Kansas CityGreg HollandAaron Crow Tim Collins, Luke Hochevar, Kelvin Herrera
LA AnglesErnesto FrieriDane De La RosaKevin Jepsen, Michael Kohn Ryan Madson (DL)
LA DodgersKenley JansenBrandon LeagueRonald Belisario, Paco Rodriguez, Carlos Marmol
MiamiSteve CishekChad QuallsMike Dunn, A.J. Ramos
MilwaukeeJim HendersonJohn AxfordMike Gonzalez, Brandon Kinzler
MinnesotaGlen PerkinsJared BurtonCasey Fien, Josh Roenicke
New York (NL)LaTroy Hawkins*David Aardsma* Scott Rice*, Josh Edgin, Bobby Parnell, Frank Francisco (DL)
New York (AL)Mariano RiveraDavid RobertsonBoone Logan, Preston Claiborne, Joba Chamberlain
OaklandGrant BalfourRyan CookSean Doolittle
PhiladelphiaJonathan PapelbonJustin De FratusJustin De Fratus, Jacob Diekman, Mike Adams (DL)
PittsburghMark MelanconJustin WilsonTony Watson, Bryan Morris, Jason Grilli (DL)
St. LouisEdward MujicaTrevor RosenthalSeth Maness, Jason Motte (DL)
San DiegoHuston StreetLuke GregersonDale Thayer
San FranciscoSergio RomoSantiago CasillaJavier Lopez, Jose Mijares
SeattleDanny FarquharOliver PerezCharlie Furbush, Carter Capps, Yoervis Medina, Stephen Pryor (DL)
Tampa BayFernando RodneyJoel PeraltaJake McGee, Alex Torres
TexasJoe NathanJason FrasorTanner Scheppers, Neal Cotts, Robbie Ross, Joakim Soria
TorontoCasey JanssenSteve DelabarBrett Cecil, Aaron Loup, Darren Oliver, Sergio Santos (DL)
WashingtonRafael SorianoTyler ClippardCraig Stammen, Ian Krol

*Houston and the New York Mets are employing a closer-by-committee approach right now.

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The Dallas Cowboys have missed the playoffs in each of the past three seasons and have posted a 22-26 record during this span. Owner Jerry Jones has already said he doesn't "want to go 8-8" again, so the pressure is on head coach Jason Garrett to win in 2013.

Last season, the Cowboys were doomed by a combination of injuries, turnovers, an inconsistent running game and a defense that gave up the most yards in team history. The offseseason brought about both personnel and coaching staff changes, as 73-year-old Monte Kiffin was hired to replace Rob Ryan as defensive coordinator. Kiffin is switching the Cowboys from a 3-4 to a 4-3 scheme, which means several players will be in new positions this season.

Jones signed quarterback Tony Romo to a six-year, $108 million contract extension, so this is his team. He has weapons in wide receivers Dez Bryant and Miles Austin and tight end Jason Witten, but Romo needs a little more help from the running game (31st in the NFL last season), while also cutting down on his own mistakes (19 INTs).

Can Garrett and Romo win enough games during the season to have a shot at making the playoffs? Athlon’s panel of experts debates:

Dallas Cowboys' 2013 Game-by-Game Predictions

WKOpponentBraden
Gall
Steven
Lassan
Mark
Ross
Ralph
Vacchiano
Charean
Williams
1New York Giants
2at Kansas City
3St. Louis
4at San Diego
5Denver
6Washington
7at Philadelphia
8at Detroit 
9Minnesota
10at New Orleans
11BYEBYEBYEBYEBYEBYE
12at New York Giants
13Oakland
14at Chicago
15Green Bay
16at Washington
17Philadelphia
 Final Projection9-79-79-78-88-8
 NFC East3-34-24-24-23-3

Braden Gall (@BradenGall)
This will be the most scrutinized coaching staff in the NFL in 2013. Jason Garrett has had multiple chances to cap a year with a win and a playoffs berth. Yet, both times, the Cowboys came up short. The offensive line and secondary have been reworked over the last few seasons and appear to be improving finally. However, a shift to the 4-3 scheme on defense and a peculiar play-calling tension between Jerry Jones, Garrett and offensive coordinator Bill Callahan gives this team plenty of drama to contend with. Tony Romo is a vastly underrated quarterback who has been given little help along the way. So as long as Jones is meddling with his roster and coaching staff, this team won't compete for a Super Bowl. And will miss the playoffs once again in 2013.

Steven Lassan (@AthlonSteven)
With the Cowboys missing out on the playoffs for the last three seasons, this is a make-or-break year for coach Jason Garrett. The Cowboys have the necessary pieces to win the NFC East, but also plenty of question marks. Quarterback Tony Romo needs to cut down on his mistakes, and he needs help from an offensive line that is still searching for help at guard this offseason. I’m skeptical about the hire of Monte Kiffin as the defensive coordinator, especially as Dallas is trying to transition back to the 4-3. The schedule isn’t too challenging, and with plenty of question marks surrounding the Eagles, Giants and Redskins, the Cowboys will have a shot at the wild card if they don’t win the division. I think Dallas is in the mix for the wild card, but if the defense struggles to transition to the 4-3, the Cowboys will slip back to 8-8 and Garrett will be on his way out.

Mark Ross
Pretty much everyone that wears a blue star on their helmet is on the hot seat this season, although the warmest seat by far belongs to Jason Garrett. He needs to lead his team to no worse than a 9-7 mark, and even then I'm not sure that will be enough, especially if it means the Cowboys miss the playoffs for a fourth straight season. Dallas wasn't a horrible team last season, the Cowboys just made too many self-inflicted mistakes on offense and gave up entirely too many yards on defense. Both of these areas can be "fixed," but the defense's job will be a lot harder with the shift from a 3-4 to a 4-3. The schedule's manageable, but drawing Denver, Green Bay and New Orleans places even more emphasis on the division. I think the Cowboys are good enough to post a winning record, but given the landscape of the NFC, the only way 9-7 gets them in the playoffs is if they win the NFC East. The last time Dallas finished better than .500 in divisional play was 2009, which coincidentally also was the last time the Cowboys won the NFC East and went to the postseason.

Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoNYDN), New York Daily News
In critical year for both coach Jason Garrett and quarterback Tony Romo, the Cowboys are in an interesting spot — too talented to completely collapse, but probably not talented enough to be anything but a fringe contender. A rough early schedule makes things even more perilous — especially considering the amount of offensive powerhouses their questionable defense will have to stop. In the division alone the Cowboy' defense will have its hands full. Romo alone is good enough to win plenty of games, but everyone knows how erratic he can be. That will keep Dallas around .500 and probably just outside the playoff chase.

Charean Williams (@NFLCharean), Fort Worth Star-Telegram
The Cowboys don’t look much different on paper than they did last season… or the previous season. Could it mean another 8-8 finish? The hope is in their division, the worst in the NFC. They need to sweep Philadelphia again, and sweep either Washington or the Giants — while splitting with the other — to go 5-1 in the division and get to nine victories and the playoffs. The schedule looks favorable for a strong start. It is the first time since 2007 that the Cowboys have kicked off a season at home, and, in fact, they began 2011 and 2012 with back-to-back road games. It should be noted, however, that they are 0-4 against the Giants at home since AT&T Stadium, formerly known as Cowboys Stadium, opened. It is the first time since 2009 that the Cowboys have finished at home. The last two years their playoff hopes came down to a road game at a division opponent, with losses at the Giants in 2011 and at the Redskins in 2012 keeping Dallas out of the postseason. This season, the Cowboys get Philadelphia at AT&T Stadium to close out the season. If it comes down to that game, with a playoff berth on the line, count the Cowboys in.

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The Green Bay Packers have posted 10 or more wins in the regular season four straight years and have won the NFC North the past two. Unfortunately for Packer fans, they also have watched their team exit in the Divisional Round of the NFC playoffs in each of the past two postseasons.

Last season Aaron Rodgers and company ran into the buzz saw that was San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who torched the Packers defense with both his arms and legs (NFL-record 181 yards rushing) as the 49ers rolled up 579 yards of offense in the 45-31 victory.

The offseason saw the departure of both wide receiver Greg Jennings and defensive back Charles Woodson via free agency, while the draft brought in much-needed reinforcements for the running game and defense. As long as Rodgers is in there, the Packers should be a contender in the NFC North. He can't be expected to carry this team alone, however, as the offensive line needs to do a better job protecting him (sacked an NFL-high 51 times in 2012) and the running game needs to provide more support.

The defense also needs to do its part, especially along the line, if this Packers team wants to do more than just win a third straight NFC North title only to make yet another early postseason exit.

What will the Packers' record be at the end of the 2013 regular season? Athlon’s panel of experts debates:

Green Bay Packers' 2013 Game-by-Game Predictions

WKOpponentBraden
Gall
Bill
Huber
Steven
Lassan
John
Rehor
Mark
Ross
Evan "Tex"
Western
1at San Francisco
2Washington
3Cincinnati
4BYE BYEBYEBYEBYEBYEBYE
5Detroit
6at Baltimore
7Cleveland
8at Minnesota
9Chicago (Mon.)
10Philadelphia
11at New York Giants
12Minnesota
13at Detroit (Thurs.)
14Atlanta
15at Dallas
16Pittsburgh
17at Chicago
 Final Projection10-611-511-511-511-511-5
 NFC North5-15-14-25-14-24-2

Braden Gall (@BradenGall)
As long as No. 12 is under center, this team will likely be the frontrunner to win the NFC North. However, this team isn't nearly as talented or healthy as the 15-1 team from two years ago. The schedule is nasty with huge NFC tests with almost every other playoff contender as well as the toughest division from the AFC (North). The running game should be better and the front seven should be deeper but with injuries piling up already in the preseason, in particular along the offensive line, this team looks more like a three- or four-seed rather than a first-round bye.

Bill Huber (@PackerReport), PackerReport.com
This is a challenging schedule but the Packers should be a better all-around team than they were in 2012, when they finished 11-5. In their first five games, the Packers face four playoff teams — including both Super Bowl participants. In fact, there really isn't a soft spot on the schedule. Of the 16 games, only Cleveland failed to post at least a .500 record in either 2011 or '12, and 11 of the 16 games will be against teams that reached the playoffs in one of those two seasons — a list that doesn’t include two matchups against Chicago, which won 10 games last year. An improved running game should lend to a better passing game, as well, thanks to better protection and the return of play action. A defense that finished fourth in sacks last season used a first-round pick on Datone Jones and will benefit from the return of last year’s first-round pick, Nick Perry, who missed the final 10 games. Over the last four seasons, the Packers have 17 more interceptions than any team in the league, so an improved pass rush should only accentuate that strength.

Steven Lassan (@AthlonSteven)
It’s been a relatively quiet offseason in Green Bay. The Packers weren’t active in free agency and continue to build through the draft, while keeping their core Aaron Rodgers and Clay Matthews in Lambeau for the long haul. However, tackle Bryan Bulaga’s knee injury in training camp was a significant setback for a team hoping to improve its offensive line. Only one of Green Bay’s regular-season losses was by more than eight points, so with most of its core returning, Mike McCarthy’s team will be in the driver’s seat for the NFC North title. Road trips to San Francisco, Cincinnati, Baltimore and Dallas will be tough, but the Packers should emerge with another 10- or 11-win season. As long as Green Bay’s offensive line keeps Rodgers upright, the Packers will be a threat to win the Super Bowl.

John Rehor (@jrehor), Packerstalk.com
The Packers offense expects to be explosive again in 2013. QB Aaron Rodgers, arguably the best player in the league, leads a high-powered passing attack with WRs Randall Cobb, Jordy Nelson, James Jones, and TE Jermichael Finley all capable of producing at a high level. The much maligned running game should also receive a boost with the additions two RBs added in April’s draft bruising Eddie Lacy, and shifty Johnathan Franklin to go along with incumbents DuJuan Harris, James Starks, and Alex Green. The Packers offense should be even better in 2013 than it has been in the past few years and that is a scary thought.

The biggest question mark remains the defense. After being shredded by the 49ers in the divisional round of the playoffs last season, Dom Capers’ squad enters 2013 with something to prove.  Clay Matthews and company will receive some help with the addition of first-round pick Datone Jones, and the continued maturation of up and comers such as Casey Hayward and Nick Perry. K Mason Crosby is hoping for redemption following a 2012 campaign he would like to forget. He will be pushed hard by his competition Giorgio Tavecchio during training camp to earn the kicking duties.

An 11-5 record should be enough to get the Packers into the playoffs, perhaps even win the NFC North for a third consecutive season. But if the defense plays the same as it did against San Francisco, which ended their 2012 season, it will be a quick playoff exit for the fourth time in five seasons under head coach Mike McCarthy.

Mark Ross
It's no secret. Green Bay's title hopes are tied directly to the right arm and legs of one Aaron Rodgers. As long as No. 12 is on the field the Packers should make the playoffs. Rodgers could use some help carrying the load, however, especially considering he was sacked an NFL-high 51 times last year. Unfortunately, he has already lost his left tackle (Bryan Bulaga) for the season, which is not how Packer fans wanted this season to start. It's even more critical now for draft picks Eddie Lacy and Johnathan Franklin to help jumpstart the running game and the rest of the offensive line to jell.

The defense could help take some of the pressure off of the offense by increasing its level of play. Similar to Lacy and Franklin, the team is expecting big things from first-round pick Datone Jones along the defensive line. The secondary also must find a way to replace the experience and savvy of the departed Charles Woodson.

Schedule-wise, Green Bay has the unenviable task of opening on the road against the defending NFC champion 49ers. After the Week 4 bye, however, things open up somewhat and barring significant injuries to other key pieces, the Packers should be able to win more than enough games to get into the playoffs and claim a third straight NFC North crown.

Evan "Tex" Western (@acmepackingco), Acme Packing Company
Try as I might, I just can't convince myself to pick the Packers against recent nemeses San Francisco or New York on the road. However, the team's home schedule sets up well and I like the matchup with Atlanta in December. Even with an improved running game and pass rush, though, 11 wins and a third straight NFC North title sounds about right to me.

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Even kickers haven't been immune to the injury bug as league-wide preseason action gets ready to heat up. Tampa Bay's Connor Barth tore his Achilles in a charity basketball game just prior to the start of training camp, prompting the team to sign Lawrence Tynes. While Tynes doesn't even appear in the top half of Athlon Sports' Fantasy Football 2013 Kicker Rankings, it doesn't mean the veteran should be ignored either. After all, how many last year predicted that Minnesota's Blair Walsh would go from  unheralded rookie to an All-Pro and fantasy's No. 1 kicker?

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Fantasy Football 2013: Preseason Kicker Rankings
Updated Aug. 5

 

RkPlayerTeamBye
1Stephen GostkowskiNE10
2Blair WalshMIN5
3Matt BryantATL6
4Phil DawsonSF9
5Justin TuckerBAL8
6Matt PraterDEN9
7Randy BullockHOU8
8Dan BaileyDAL11
9Josh BrownNYG9
10Garrett HartleyNO7
11Sebastian JanikowskiOAK7
12Greg ZuerleinSTL11
13David AkersDET9
14Steven HauschkaSEA12
15Robbie GouldCHI8
16Mike NugentCIN12
17Mason CrosbyGB4
18Lawrence TynesTB5
19Adam VinatieriIND8
20Alex HeneryPHI12
21Shaun SuishamPIT5
22Rob BironasTEN8
23Ryan SuccopKC10
24Nick NovakSD8
25Jay FeelyARI9
26Shayne GrahamCLE10
27Kai ForbathWAS5
28Graham GanoCAR4
29Josh ScobeeJAC9
30Nick FolkNYJ10
31Rian LindellBUF12
32Dan CarpenterMIA6

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

KICKER SCORING
PATs = 1 point
39 yards and under = 3 points
40-49 yards = 4 points
50-59 yards = 5 points
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Preseason action has yet to really begin and there are already several familiar names missing on Athlon Sports' Fantasy Football 2013 Tight End Rankings. While Aaron Hernandez' omission goes without saying, Dennis Pitta's season-ending injury was unexpected and means the loss of one of the league's most productive tight ends (not to mention one of Joe Flacco's favorite targets) from last season. Will Ed Dickson be able to step up and fill Pitta's big shoes? Only time will.

Speaking of time, it may be running out on Rob Gronkowski as it relates to his status as one of the top fantasy tight ends. The Gronk underwent back surgery in June and it's looking more and more likely that he will start the season on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list, which means he would miss the first six games, at minimum. His uncertainty, not to mention ever-growing medical file, is why Gronkowski is barely hanging in at No. 5 in our rankings.

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Fantasy Football 2013: Preseason Tight End Rankings
Updated Aug. 5

 

RkPlayerTeamBye
1Jimmy GrahamNO7
2Jason WittenDAL11
3Tony GonzalezATL6
4Vernon DavisSF9
5Rob GronkowskiNE10
6Owen DanielsHOU8
7Kyle RudolphMIN5
8Greg OlsenCAR4
9Antonio GatesSD8
10Brandon MyersNYG9
11Jared CookSTL11
12Jermichael FinleyGB4
13Martellus BennettCHI8
14Brandon PettigrewDET9
15Ed DicksonBAL8
16Dustin KellerMIA6
17Fred DavisWAS5
18Coby FleenerIND8
19Jordan CameronCLE10
20Dwayne AllenIND8
21Jermaine GreshamCIN12
22Jake BallardNE10
23Tyler EifertCIN12
24Rob HouslerARI9
25Zach MillerSEA12
26Jacob TammeDEN9
27Brent CelekPHI12
28Marcedes LewisJAC9
29Zach ErtzPHI12
30Delanie WalkerTEN8
31Heath MillerPIT5
32Joel DreessenDEN9
33James CaseyPHI12
34Travis KelceKC10
35Luke StockerTB5
36David PaulsonPIT5
37Kellen WinslowNYJ10
38Tony SchefflerDET9
39Scott ChandlerBUF12
40Tony MoeakiKC10
41Garrett GrahamHOU8
42Anthony FasanoKC10
43David AusberryOAK7
44Ben WatsonNO7
45Levine ToiloloATL6
46Gavin EscobarDAL11
47Julius ThomasDEN9
48Tom CrabtreeTB5
49Michael HoomanawanuiNE10
50Taylor ThompsonTEN8
51Jeff CumberlandNYJ10
52Ladarius GreenSD8
53Logan PaulsenWAS5
54Jordan ReedWAS5
55Vance McDonaldSF9
56Chris GraggBUF12
57Zach SudfeldNE10
58Orson CharlesCIN12
59Richard GordonOAK7
60Lance KendricksSTL11

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

OFFENSIVE SCORING
All touchdowns are 6 points
1 point for 25 yards passing
1 point for 10 yards rushing/receiving
Receptions are .5 points
Interceptions/fumbles are minus-2 points

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NFL training camps are in full swing and even though preseason action has yet to really begin, Athlon Sports' Fantasy Football 2013 Wide Receiver Rankings have seen their fair share of changes. It actually started back in May when San Francisco's Michael Crabtree tore his Achilles. Although it's possible he could return before the end of the season, the injury all but ruined Crabtree's status a potential breakout candidate for this season.

The hits have kept coming, unfortunately, with Jeremy Maclin also already lost for the season because of a torn ACL and Percy Harvin out until at least November because of hip surgery. These injuries present opportunities for bigger numbers from the likes of an Anquan Boldin, DeSean Jackson and Sidney Rice, as well as open the door for someone else on the respective team's roster to emerge.

Fortunately, there are still plenty of legitimate No. 1 options who are healthy, a list that begins with Calvin Johnson. The man named as Megatron broke Jerry Rice's single-season record for receiving yards and was fantasy's No. 1 wide receiver last season despite catching just five touchdown passes.

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Fantasy Football 2013: Preseason Wide Receiver Rankings
Updated Aug. 7

 

RkPlayerTeamBye
1Calvin JohnsonDET9
2Dez BryantDAL11
3A.J. GreenCIN12
4Brandon MarshallCHI8
5Demaryius ThomasDEN9
6Julio JonesATL6
7Vincent JacksonTB5
8Andre JohnsonHOU8
9Randall CobbGB4
10Roddy WhiteATL6
11Larry FitzgeraldARI9
12Victor CruzNYG9
13Wes WelkerDEN9
14Marques ColstonNO7
15Reggie WayneIND8
16Jordy NelsonGB4
17Mike WallaceMIA6
18Danny AmendolaNE10
19Hakeem NicksNYG9
20Dwayne BoweKC10
21Steve SmithCAR4
22Eric DeckerDEN9
23Antonio BrownPIT5
24Pierre GarconWAS5
25DeSean JacksonPHI12
26Torrey SmithBAL8
27Anquan BoldinSF9
28Stevie JohnsonBUF12
29James JonesGB4
30Cecil ShortsJAC9
31Greg JenningsMIN5
32Tavon AustinSTL11
33Sidney RiceSEA12
34T.Y. HiltonIND8
35Mike WilliamsTB5
36Miles AustinDAL11
37Lance MooreNO7
38Kenny BrittTEN8
39Emmanuel SandersPIT5
40Chris GivensSTL11
41Josh GordonCLE10
42Denarius MooreOAK7
43Michael FloydARI9
44Kendall WrightTEN8
45DeAndre HopkinsHOU8
46Alshon JefferyCHI8
47Golden TateSEA12
48Malcom FloydSD8
49Brian HartlineMIA6
50Andre RobertsARI9
51Rueben RandleNYG9
52Justin BlackmonJAC9
53Greg LittleCLE10
54Ryan BroylesDET9
55Vincent BrownSD8
56Santana MossWAS5
57Brandon LloydFA 
58Santonio HolmesNYJ10
59Brandon LaFellCAR4
60Andrew HawkinsCIN12
61Jacoby JonesBAL8
62Jeremy KerleyNYJ10
63Darrius Heyward-BeyIND8
64Cordarrelle PattersonMIN5
65Justin HunterTEN8
66Keenan AllenSD8
67Rod StreaterOAK7
68Braylon EdwardsNYJ10
69Jarius WrightMIN5
70Stephen HillNYJ10
71Davone BessCLE10
72Mohamed SanuCIN12
73Austin PettisSTL11
74Nate WashingtonTEN8
75Jason AvantPHI12
76Nate BurlesonDET9
77Doug BaldwinSEA12
78Donnie AveryKC10
79Terrance WilliamsDAL11
80Eddie RoyalSD8
81Josh MorganWAS5
82Jon BaldwinKC10
83A.J. JenkinsSF9
84Leonard HankersonWAS5
85Dexter McClusterKC10
86T.J. GrahamBUF12
87Robert WoodsBUF12
88Domenik HixonCAR4
89Percy HarvinSEA12
90Michael CrabtreeSF9

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

OFFENSIVE SCORING
All touchdowns are 6 points
1 point for 25 yards passing
1 point for 10 yards rushing/receiving
Receptions are .5 points
Interceptions/fumbles are minus-2 points

Additional Fantasy Football Rankings:

2013 Big Board (Top 250)
Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Tight Ends
Defense/Special Teams
Kickers

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NFL training camps are in full swing and while no significant injuries have yet to befall any quarterbacks, they have still had an impact on Athlon Sports' Fantasy Football 2013 Quarterback Rankings. For example, Seattle's Russell Wilson has already been dealt a big blow with new wide receiver Percy Harvin expected to be out until at least sometime in November after undergoing hip surgery.

Wilson, who tied Peyton Manning's rookie record with 26 touchdown passes a year ago, is still a viable starting option, but the loss of his presumed No. 1 option does impact his value and has caused him to fall a few spots in our rankings below. Philadelphia's Michael Vick also has already lost a key target with Jeremy Maclin's season-ending ACL injury. Vick's case, however, is a little different in that the veteran's fantasy value was already in question due to his contract status (one year) and a new coaching staff leading the Eagles.

Tom Brady has plenty of question marks of his own as it relates to weapons give the turnover the Patriots have seen at wide receiver and the current state of their tight end depth chart. However, Brady's track record speaks for itself, which is why we have him ranked as a top-five fantasy QB.

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Fantasy Football 2013: Preseason Quarterback Rankings
Updated Aug. 5

 

RkPlayerTeamBye
1Aaron RodgersGB4
2Drew BreesNO7
3Peyton ManningDEN9
4Tom BradyNE10
5Cam NewtonCAR4
6Matt RyanATL6
7Colin KaepernickSF9
8Matthew StaffordDET9
9Andrew LuckIND8
10Tony RomoDAL11
11Eli ManningNYG9
12Russell WilsonSEA12
13Robert Griffin IIIWAS5
14Ben RoethlisbergerPIT5
15Andy DaltonCIN12
16Joe FlaccoBAL8
17Michael VickPHI12
18Jay CutlerCHI8
19Philip RiversSD8
20Sam BradfordSTL11
21Matt SchaubHOU8
22Josh FreemanTB5
23Carson PalmerARI9
24Alex SmithKC10
25Ryan TannehillMIA6
26Jake LockerTEN8
27Christian PonderMIN5
28Brandon WeedenCLE10
29Geno SmithNYJ10
30Matt FlynnOAK7
31Kevin KolbBUF12
32Chad HenneJAC9
33EJ ManuelBUF12
34Mark SanchezNYJ10
35Kirk CousinsWAS5
36Blaine GabbertJAC9
37Nick FolesPHI12
38Ryan FitzpatrickTEN8
39Jason CampbellCLE10
40Matt CasselMIN5
41Bruce GradkowskiPIT5
42Shaun HillDET9
43Drew StantonARI9
44Ryan MallettNE10
45Matt MooreMIA6
46Matt HasselbeckIND8
47T.J. YatesHOU8
48Terrelle PryorOAK7
49Kyle OrtonDAL11
50Brock OsweilerDEN9
51Matt BarkleyPHI12
52Mike GlennonTB5
53Tyrod TaylorBAL8
54Derek AndersonCAR4
55Tarvaris JacksonSEA12
56Chase DanielKC10
57Colt McCoySF9
58Josh JohnsonCIN12
59Kellen ClemensSTL11
60Ryan LindleyARI9

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

OFFENSIVE SCORING
All touchdowns are 6 points
1 point for 25 yards passing
1 point for 10 yards rushing/receiving
Receptions are .5 points
Interceptions/fumbles are minus-2 points

Additional Fantasy Football Rankings:

2013 Big Board (Top 250)
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Defense/Special Teams
Kickers

 

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