Week 1 is in the books and it provided many surprises for fantasy owners as well as unbelievable frustration as well. Who would have guessed that guys like Marcus Mariota, Andy Dalton and Alex Smith would outscore supposed studs like Peyton Manning, Drew Brees and Russell Wilson?
On opening weekend of the NFL's 2015 regular season, New Orleans travels to Arizona to face the Cardinals. Last season, the Saints could confidently score on any team and in bunches in most cases. In only four games did they score fewer than 20 points. Unfortunately, they had to do so in order to have any chance of winning.
The Denver Broncos aim for their 10th win of the season when they take on the Oakland Raiders tonight at 8:20 p.m. ET on the NFL Network. The Broncos (9-3) have won seven games overall and have already clinched the AFC West division title. The Raiders (3-9) have lost five in a row and would love nothing more than to get a win over the division champs and take some pressure off of first-year head coach Dennis Allen in the process.
What can the Oakland Raiders do for you this fantasy season? Check out Athlon Sports' team report as we break down the rookies, veteran players to watch and avoid, fantasy playoff schedule and more to help you get ready for the 2012 season.
Inside the Locker Room
with Eric Gilmore, Freelance Writer
There are contenders and there are pretenders, and sometimes this late in the season it’s impossible to separate the two. One moment a team like the Buffalo Bills can look like the best team in the AFC East. The next their fast start can fall like a house of cards.
Oakland Raiders coach Hue Jackson raved about speedy receiver Jacoby Ford in the offseason, saying he had the potential to be a standout No. 1 receiver.
Ford did show his knack for racking up big yards in just a few catches last week against Denver’s suspect pass defense. In Carson Palmer’s first start as the Oakland QB, he targeted Ford six times and the former Clemson standout pulled down five of them for 105 yards and a score.
It is Week 9, the fifth week of bye weeks, and some big names go on vacation this weekend. You need to find someone on the waiver wire to step in and hold down the fort for a week, or maybe more in some cases.