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Before creating that lineup for Week 1, check Jeff's Fantasy Football Fodder and Forecast

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Your fantasy football season is about to begin!

All the studying, mock drafting, and anxiety over whether we'd actually have an NFL football season are behind us.

It's time to focus on week 1 and getting you that all important first win. We'll incorporate weather forecasts for each stadium and offer if weather will play an impact. This week, three out of four games we highlight are played in the comfy confines of a dome.

Before we get to the guidance, pick every NFL game this week and throughout the season with our Pigskin Picks. It's simple, fun, and easy.


Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions

Game time: 1 p.m. at Ford Field

Forecast: Controlled and comfy

OVER/UNDER = 43.5 points

Detroit is favored by 3 points.

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What you need to know:

  • Kenny Golladay averaged 20 fantasy points/game last year against Chicago and will be covered by a rookie cornerback.
  • Anthony Miller will also face poor cornerback coverage.
  • Matthew Stafford is a fade against Chuck Pagano's defense, but not a fade on the season. This is projected to be a low scoring game.
  • With far too many moving parts in Detroit's backfield, it's stay away at all costs!


Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings

Game time: 1 p.m. at U.S. Bank Stadium

Forecast: Controlled and comfy

OVER/UNDER = 45.5 points

Minnesota is favored by 3 points.

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What you need to know:

  • Aaron Jones averaged 28 fantasy points/game last year against the Vikings, and they'll be missing some of their best defensive linemen.
  • Dalvin Cook hasn't been paid just yet, but did average 28 fantasy points/game versus the Lions in a PPR format last year.
  • Adam Thielen should have plenty of volume sans Stefon Diggs, and his seasonal outlook is extremely rosy.
  • Irv Smith is a sneaky tight end play.

Los Angeles Chargers at Cincinnati Bengals

Game time: 4:05 p.m. at Paul Brown Stadium

Forecast: Middle 80s, 30% chance of a first half shower, humid, N 10-15 mph

OVER/UNDER = 42.5 points

Los Angeles is favored by 3 points.

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What you need to know:

  • First, this game is on News Channel 3!
  • You have to sit A.J. Green given he'll be facing top cornerback coverage in Casey Hayward.
  • Starting the Chargers defense is a smart play against a rookie quarterback, even a quarterback with Joe Burrow's collegiate credentials.
  • Tyrod Taylor is a not so sneaky lower end QB1 that should benefit from his rushing prowess against a porous Bengals defense.
  • Keenan Allen faces a first time starter and operates without Mike Williams. Giddy up!
  • Ekeler will probably not be as efficient as last year, and Tyrod will gobble up some of his rushes.

Dallas Cowboys at Los Angeles Rams

Game time: 8:20 p.m. at SoFi Stadium

Forecast: Controlled and comfy

OVER/UNDER = 51.5 points

Dallas is favored by 3 points.

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What you need to know:

  • Jalen Ramsey should shadow Amari Cooper, which means lock in Michael Gallup and CeeDee Lamb. There are plenty of available targets leftover from last season.
  • The Rams play at a fast pace in Sean McVay's offense. With an over/under of nearly 52 points, a Jared Goff/Robert Woods stack could flourish.
  • While Cam Akers is an intriguing rookie, avoid their backfield til we get some clarity on how totes are divvied up.
  • Dallas is stout in their tight end coverage: expecting Tyler Higbee to pick up where he left off last year is wishful thinking.

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