Jake Ciely’s fantasy take on NFL’s opening weekend

Jake Ciely’s fantasy take on NFL’s opening weekend


TIME NOW TO WRAP UP YOUR FANTASY FOOTBALL TEAMS–AND WHO BETTER TO BRING IN THAN ONE OF THE TOP EXPERTS IN THE NATION, THE SENIOR REPORTER OF ROTOEXPERTS-DOT COM, JAKE CIELY. “THANKS A LOT BRUCE. NATHAN EPSTEIN JOINED BY JAKE CIELY OF ROTOEXPERTS.COM YOU’RE SHOW, THE WASHINGTON HUDDLE EVERY FRIDAY NIGHT, 10:30 ON FOX 43. JAKE, IT’S WEEK ONE OF THE FOOTBALL SEASON, THAT MEANS WE GOT WEEK ONE. TWO BIG INJURIES. ANDREW LUCK IS OFFICIALLY OUT FOR WEEK ONE, ODELL BEKCHAM IS QUESTIONABLE FOR SUNDAY NIGHT. THIS HAS A RIPPLE EFFECT FOR BOTH OF THEM. WITH ANDREW LUCK, PEOPLE ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE REST OF THE TEAM. IF YOU HAVE DONTE MONCRIEF, YOU PROBABLY DON’T WANT TO START HIM. YOU’RE CONCERNED ABOUT FRANK GORE, BUT HE’S PROBABLY NOT ONE OF YOUR STARTING RUNNING BACKS ANYWAY. THE BIG ONE IS T.Y. HILTON. YOU’RE STARTING HIM ANYWAY. I KNOW SCOTT BENCH SOMEBODY LIKE THAT, DESPITE WHAT IT MEANS FOR YOUR LOSS OF VALUE. ODELL BECKHAM, ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THINGS, I TELL PEOPLE ALL THE TIME, IF YOU’RE WAITING FOR SUNDAY NIGHT, UNLESS YOU HAVE ANOTHER PLAYER IN THAT GAME OR MONDAY NIGHT, YOU NEED A BACKUP PLAN. YOU CAN’T PUT ODELL BECKHAM AT THE WIDE OUT POSITION, ASSUME HE’S GOING TO PLAY, THEN FIND OUT FIVE MINUTES BEFORE GAMETIME HE’S OUT BECAUSE OF AN ANKLE. THEN YOU’RE IN A TOUGH SPOT. STERLING SHEPHERD ON THE SAME TEAM, IF YOU CAN GO GET HIM, OR LOOK AT SOME OF THE MONDAY NIGHT OPTIONS. WE TALK ABOUT FANTASY IN TERMS OF STRATEGY, AS FAR AS MATCHUPS, WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST PIECE OF ADVICE HEADING INTO THIS FOOTBALL SEASON? IT’S A TWITTER WANT TO KNOW IF THEY SHOULD BENCH PEOPLE THEY DRAFT IN THE FIRST FIVE ROUNDS BECAUSE THEY HAVE A TOUGH MATCHUP IN WEEK ONE. BIGGEST THING, IF IT’S THE FIRST FIVE ROUND WITH YOUR PICKS, START THEM. DON’T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT. DON’T OVERRATE THE MATCHUPS. IT’S WHEN YOU GET DEEPER IN THE SEASON, YOU HAVE PEOPLE YOU PICK OFF THE WAVIER WIRE, IT’S WEEK ONE PEOPLE. YOU JUST DID YOUR DRAFT! DON’T BENCH THESE STUDS. FINALLY, LAST 20 SECONDS, WHAT IS YOUR MOST WORRISOME MATCHUP HEADING INTO WEEK ONE. IT WOULD PROBABLY BE THE INDIANAPOLIS COLTS NOT HAVING ANDREW LUCK, BUT IF YOU’RE LOOKING AT A DEFENSIVE SITUATION…THE SEAHAWKS. AFTER THAT EDITION OF SHELDON RICHARDSON, I’M LOOKING AT ANYONE FACING THIS TEAM, YOU MAY WANT TAKE A STEP BACK, BUT IT’S AARON ROGERS, SO I’M NOT THAT CONCERNED. HE’S JAKE CIELY, ROTO EXPERTS.COM. YOU CAN SEE HIM EVERY FRIDAY NIGHT AT 10:30 ON THE WASHINGTON HUDDLE. IT PREMIERES THIS FRIDAY.

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