The 2014-2015 NFL season is finally upon us, and the new season looks to have a lot in common with last season. The Broncos, Seahawks, Colts, 49ers, and Eagles look to be the cream of the crop. The Broncos look to make another trip to the Super Bowl and scored some great additions to the team via free agency in the offseason. Eric Decker is gone, but Emmanuel Sanders was signed away from Pittsburgh and should fill that void perfectly. However, the biggest additions made by the Broncos were on defense. Denver added seasoned pass rusher DeMarcus Ware from Dallas, and upgraded the secondary with the additions of Aqib Talib and T.J Ward.
Seattle comes into the season primed to repeat behind the best defensive unit in football. Richard Sherman heads a stingy secondary that picked off opposing quarterbacks a league leading 28 times last season. The Seahawks lost some depth on defense, but return most of the key components. The Seahawks lost depth with Clinton McDonald, Chris Clemons, and Red Bryant gone from the defensive line. That trio racked up 11.5 sacks last season.
The only other teams making noise are the Colts, Eagles, and 49ers, but we feel even with the additions those teams made, the Broncos and Seahawks are a slight cut above.
In our opinion, the Broncos will rebound from their disastrous Super Bowl performance against Seattle, and capture the Lombardi Trophy in a rematch against the Seahawks.
Now, how about we get into some Fantasy Football? We have completed so many drafts with friends, and through sites like DraftKings and Fanduel, that we’re ready for some fantasy football action. We are going to give you a short rundown of our must starts in Week 1.
Nick Foles– Foles will lead a loaded Eagles offense against a Jacksonville defense that ranked 26th against the pass and 29th against the run last season. Foles lost DeSean Jackson to Washington, but added Darren Sproles to the backfield alongside stud running back LeSean McCoy. We look for Foles to light up this Jaguars defense in route to a huge opening week victory. If you’re like the Rotoguys, and waited until the 5th or 6th round to grab Foles, you’re about to see immediate payoff to the tune of 25+ points right out of the gate.
Montee Ball– Ball will fill the shoes of Knowshon Moreno who left for Miami in the offseason. Ball has a year under his belt and should be much more prominent in the Broncos offense this season. He has worked on his pass blocking, and that is very important when it comes to Peyton Manning. The Colts gave up an average of 109 yards per game on the ground, ranking them 21st against the run in 2013. We look for the Broncos to get an early lead, and then play the ground game. We believe Ball will see the century mark and the end zone in Week 1.
Cecil Shorts- Jacksonville plays Philly this week and expect the Jags to be playing catch up. Chad Henne will probably put the ball in the air a minimum of 35 times in this game, and with Justin Blackmon suspended, expect Shorts to see double digit targets, and about a 15-20 point performance in Week 1.
Jordan Cameron– Cameron is another player you probably scored value with in your Fantasy Football Draft. Cameron had an average draft position of the 6th round in most Fantasy Leagues. The Browns will open up against the Steelers and with Josh Gordon selling cars; Brian Hoyer has to throw the ball to someone. We look for Cameron to see double digit targets in this matchup and double digit points all the same.
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