The regular season is finally here, as the Washington Redskins and New York Giants battle on Thursday night. That means fantasy owners everywhere are now making those tough lineup decisions.
In an effort to help you set the best lineup possible, NFL Network’s stats guru David Carabello and I have found 10 trends you might want to consider for Week 1.
Chris Cooley, TE, Washington: Cooley has averaged 3.5 receptions for 29.8 yards in eight career games against the Giants. He has also scored just 1 touchdown in his past four contests against them.
Donald Driver, WR, Green Bay: Driver has averaged 6.6 receptions for 99.8 yards with 5 touchdowns in his past eight games against the Minnesota Vikings. Of course, all of that success came with Brett Favre, not Aaron Rodgers, under center.
Brett Favre, QB, N.Y. Jets: Favre has a 10-5 record and has averaged 233 yards, 1.6 touchdown passes and 1.2 interceptions in his career in season openers. He threw for 206 yards and 2 touchdowns in his last visit to Miami (Oct. 2006).
Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona: Fitzgerald has averaged 6.1 receptions for 96.7 yards in eight career games against the San Francisco 49ers. He also also scored at least 1 touchdown in three of his past four games against them.
Joey Galloway, WR, Tampa Bay: Galloway has averaged 4.6 receptions for 102.3 yards in his past six games against the New Orleans Saints. He has also found the end zone in six of his last seven contests against them.
Frank Gore, RB, San Francisco: Gore has averaged a mediocre 78 scrimmage yards in his past six games against the San Francisco 49ers. However, he has also scored 2 touchdowns in three of his last four contests against them.
T.J. Houshmandzadeh, WR, Cincinnati: Houshmandzadeh has averaged 7.4 receptions for 95.3 yards and has scored 5 touchdowns in his past eight games against the Baltimore Ravens.
Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, Jacksonville: Jones-Drew has averaged 111.3 scrimmage yards and has scored 2 touchdowns in his past three games against the Tennessee Titans. He has also scored 26 touchdowns in his last 29 games overall.
Vince Young, QB, Tennessee: Young has averaged a mere 145.8 passing yards with 2 touchdowns and 6 interceptions in four career games against the Jacksonville Jaguars. he also has just 1 rushing touchdowns in those contests.
Kurt Warner, QB, Arizona: Warner has averaged 308.6 yards for 2.1 touchdown passes in his career against the San Francisco 49ers. He has averaged 379.6 yards and thrown 6 touchdowns in his past three starts against them. He is 7-1 all-time against the 49ers, his first lost coming last season.