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"Hash Marks" Harris: Back To Football

It's hard to believe the regular season is upon us but it's "Back to Football" time. Do you have what it takes to be crowned fantasy football champion once again?

Week 1 Likes:



Drew Brees (at Atlanta) –He's thrown for 4,000 yards in eight straight seasons. Brees swept the Falcons in 2013, averaging 300 passing yards, two touchdowns and a 113.0 QB rating in both games.

Nick Foles (vs. Jacksonville) –Foles in 2013: 27 touchdowns to just two interceptions. His 119.2 QB rating was good for third-best in a single season in NFL History. Foles has even more weapons now on offense.

Ben Roethlisberger (vs. Cleveland) –Roethlisberger is 17-1 all-time against the Browns, including 9-0 at home. He's thrown multiple touchdowns in four of his last five home games against Cleveland.

Running Backs

Jamaal Charles (vs. Tennessee) –Charles' career average yards per carry is 5.6! Even I had to triple check that total. Last season he went over the century mark at Tennessee with one rushing touchdown.

Matt Forte (vs. Buffalo) –With more weapons on offense, Forte will still get attention. But the Bears' all-around back will still carry the load. The Bills rush defense will miss Kiko Alonso too much.

Chris Johnson (vs. Oakland) –The Jets' players say that he still has it. Then again, Johnson has never recorded less than 1,000 rushing yards in a single season. Oakland coming to the East Coast doesn't help matters either.

Wide Receivers

Calvin Johnson (vs. N.Y. Giants) –The Giants did go 5-0 in the preseason. But it's Monday Night Football, and it's Megatron. Get this, Johnson has 100 receiving yards in 18 of his last 30 games played.


Highlight photos from the last game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cleveland Browns during the 2013 season. The Steelers defeated the Browns 20-7.

A.J. Green (at Baltimore) – **Green has been so consistent since he came into the league. It's an AFC North road game, but at Baltimore last season he snagged eight catches for 151 yards with a score.

Antonio Brown (vs. Cleveland) –In 2013, Brown became the first player in NFL History to record at least five receptions and 50 receiving yards in all 16 games of a regular season. Against Cleveland in 2013, he had six receptions for 92 yards with a score and nine receptions for 87 yards, respectively.  

Tight Ends

Jimmy Graham (at Atlanta) –I love Brees this week. Usually a big game by Brees means a big game by Graham. The question is, does he dunk after he scores the second time?

Rob Gronkowski (at Miami) –My only concern is his health. But he has been cleared to play. He's also never lost to the Dolphins in six career games played. Pats' fans will be thrilled to have him back.

Jordan Cameron (at Pittsburgh) –With Josh Gordon gone for the season, Cameron has moved into a bigger role. He had a breakout season last year and will pick up where he left off as he heads into 2014.

Defense/Special Teams

Seattle Seahawks (vs. Green Bay) –Playing at home in front of the 12th man on kickoff night, if you thought that place was loud, just wait until Thursday. Though the Packers have a powerful offense, the Seahawks got better on defense.

Philadelphia Eagles (vs. Jacksonville) –Whether it's Chad Henne or Blake Bortles, it doesn't matter. Jacksonville has too many holes on offense. Philadelphia will force multiple mistakes and keep the Jaguars to less than 10 points.

Houston Texans (vs. Washington) –J.J. Watt, Jadeveon Clowney, Brooks Reed and Brian Cushing will make it very tough for RGIII and the Redskins' offense. Despite a down year, Houston had a top-10 defense in 2013.


Stephen Gostkowski (at Miami) –He was the only kicker in the league in 2013 to have multiple field goals made in each game. Also, he will get points because the Patriots score many touchdowns.

Justin Tucker (vs. Cincinnati) –Tucker tied Gostkowski for the league lead with 38 field goal makes in 2013. He also made 4 field goals in four different games last season.

Adam Vinatieri (at Denver) –The oldest kicker in the league led the league with 15 makes from 40-49 yards in 2013. Despite his age, he's averaged at least 23 made field goals in each of the last four seasons.

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