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Texans RB Arian Foster
From Justin P. in Anaheim, CA: I'm trying to decide between starting Ryan Matthews and Frank Gore this week. Who do you recommend?


Answer: We'd roll with Frank Gore. He's facing an abysmal Dallas defense that's missing their top two players (DeMarcus Ware left in free agency and Sean Lee is hurt again). They had the 27th ranked rush defense last year and allowed a whopping 4.7 yards a carry. We think Carlos Hyde will eventually steal a good portion of Gore's reps but doubt that happens this week. Matthews is up against a top-ranked Cardinals rush defense, which limited opponents to just 84 rushing yards a game and 3.7 yds. a carry and he's playing on the road.




From Terrance W. in Cocoa, FL: I've got a tough decision this week. I'm in a two QB league and have to decide between Russell Wilson and Cam Newton for one of my starters (my other QB is Drew Brees). Which do you recommend based on the match-ups?


Answer: As you've obviously already decided, Brees is a must start. Regarding the other two, we'd stick with Russell Wilson. He's got a nice home match-up against a Packers defense that allowed almost 250 passing yards a game last year. The last time his team played the Packers at home it was a low-scoring affair but you never really know with those things - this time it could be a whole different story. Newton's match-up doesn't look bad at first glance, the Bucs ranked 17th against the pass last year, but we like the additions they've made this off-season to their D-line and secondary and think they'll be much improved this year. He's also got a whole new cast of receivers and aside from Benjamin, who may take some time to develop, we don't see any guys who can stretch the field. He'll do some damage with his legs but we're concerned about the Carolina passing attack.




From Brendan in Metairie, LA: I'm in a league that starts 2 WRs and need to choose between starting Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Crabtree and DeSean Jackson. Who do you recommend? Thanks.


Answer: Fitzgerald and Jackson have the best match-ups. The Cardinals face the Chargers 29th-ranked pass defense and QB Carson Palmer always seems to have a great game against his hometown team, while the Niners play a hapless Dallas pass defense that was burned repeatedly last year. DeSean Jackson faces a Texans team that was very solid against the pass last year (they were 2nd in the league in yards allowed). However, they may be without Jonathan Joseph, which would present some opportunities for RGIII to connect with him on the deep ball. I would definitely start Crabtree, who should be Colin Kaepernick's number one receiver. It's a tough call between the other two. I don't think Fitzgerald is slowing down but teams are double-teaming him a lot. I'd probably start Jackson over him if Joseph is out for the Texans; if not, go with Fitzgerald and hope he doesn't get double-teamed.








Eagles QB Nick Foles
From Rick S. in Boise, ID: I know it's early in the season to be talking waivers but are there any players you'd recommend picking up based on how the pre-season's gone?


Answer: We don't pay a lot of attention to the pre-season as the stats can be deceiving. A lot of back-ups look real good because they're playing against their opponent's 2nd or 3rd stringers. However, sometimes what happens in pre-season can help to confirm an earlier hypothesis. One guy we really like off of waivers is Cincinnati Bengals rookie RB Jeremy Hill. We watched quite a few Bengals games last year and felt Gio Bernard was often ineffective running up the middle. He's a small back and not really built to move the pile or take a constant pounding. Our feeling when Hill was drafted was that they'd eventually employ a timeshare with Gio as the speed back and Hill as a Jerome Bettis-type power runner. The fact Hill was more effective throughout the pre-season than Bernard just makes us that more convinced that he'll eventually split reps.

Another player we'd consider picking up in larger leagues is Eagles rookie WR Jordan Matthews, who's looked amazing this pre-season. Even LeSean McCoy has been gushing about his ability. The Eagles should pass a lot this year under Chip Kelly. I'm concerned about how many targets he'll get behind Maclin, Cooper, Ertz and Celek in the pecking order but you never know: by the end of the season he could possibly supplant one of those WRs on the depth chart. I doubt he becomes a 1,000 yard receiver this year but he should have a few decent games.

Finally, it's a no-brainer to pick-up Emmanuel Sanders if you're lucky enough to find him on waivers. We already felt he'd end up the #2 WR on the Broncos because of Welker's history of concussions. Now that Welker's suspended for the first four games, Sanders has the opportunity to develop a rapport with Peyton Manning. Even when Welker comes back we doubt Manning utilizes him as often as he'll look to Sanders.