It’s not a secret. If you own Demaryius Thomas, you’re going to play him.

The same goes for Odell Beckham, Jr. Julio Jones, Jamaal Charles and so on. I don’t need to tell you to play those guys.

I’m here to tell you about those mid-priced guys that you’re probably on the fence over.

Do I start Teddy Bridgewater? How about Carlos Hyde? Ryan Mathews or Darren McFadden? This is my version of the bargain bin. Those plays that really define your matchup for the week, and perfectly compliment the crop of studs you have already locked into your lineup.

Here are a few predictions that should help you battle these conundrums for Week 1.

Blen’s Week 1 Fantasy Matchups

DeSean Jackson vs. Miami Dolphins 

I really like DeSean Jackson this week against the Miami Dolphins.

Point blank, D-Jax is too fast for Miami’s corners Brent Grimes (32 years old and plays like it) and Brice McCain (Steelers wash out). Jackson also has a good rapport with Kirk Cousins, even though I don’t think Cousins is good.

I’m comfortable with the idea of Jackson beating the Dolphins secondary over the top of a long touchdown Sunday.

John Brown vs. New Orleans Saints

This game is going to be a shootout with offensive talent on both sides.

Brandin Cooks is another fantastic play (even though Arizona’s secondary has good playmakers). However, John Brown is still flying primarily under the radar and is primed for a huge week vs the depleted Saints defense.

I like him over Larry Fitzgerald as well as Michael Floyd, who’s questionable to play as he returns from three fractured fingers.

Doug Martin vs. Tennessee

The mean is slowly starting to come around on Doug Martin, but his price isn’t close to where his production will be. And if you’re a DFS player, that’s a good thing.

If you’re someone who has Martin in a season-long league, then Week 1 is going to make you very happy. Tennessee surrendered 2,000 yards to opposing running backs in 2014 and didn’t get any better during the offseason. With a rookie quarterback at the helm and a rejuvenated Martin, expect a massive dose of him vs. the Titans.

Mike Wallace vs. San Francisco 49ers 

Notice the trend with my wide receivers this week? They’re all big-play breakthrough candidates in really good situations vs. very susceptible defenses.

The 49ers may be especially susceptible after the turnover they endured during the offseason, which has left them with virtually no pass rush and a suspect crew of cornerbacks. Given Wallace’s tenure in Miami still fresh on everyone’s mind, there’s a good chance no one is thinking about this one.

Mike Wallace finds the end zone on Monday night, book it.

Sam Bradford vs. Atlanta

I haven’t been able to gauge how people feel about Sam Bradford in his new home quite yet, but I know exactly how I feel about it.


If he’s able to stay healthy, all bets are off. He has the talent and offensive scheme built for top-5 quarterbacks and the Atlanta Falcons are probably the best team in the league to begin your resurgence against.

With the bright lights of Monday Night Football squarely on the showman Chip Kelly, he’ll unleash the healthy Bradford. That I am sure of.