Fantasy Football Hot Plays for Week 1

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Fantasy football has become a staple in most football-watching households. Many fans follow their fantasy football teams closer than they do their favorite franchise. It’s something that has ultimately increased the popularity of the game.

Those of us who play fantasy football tend to watch more games on a regular basis. We will even tune in to less intriguing matchups just to monitor players on our fantasy rosters.

Each week the schedule provides some favorable and not so favorable fantasy matchups. Determining the hot plays for the week means reviewing a handful of situations. Some of the factors are specific player matchups, anticipated number of targets and player health.

The first week of the season is always a little tricky because we don’t have a ton of information to survey. A large majority of the league’s top players seen only limited action during the preseason.

Offensive coordinators typically avoid revealing too much of their playbook in games that don’t count. The best way to predict how a player will perform is by looking at his history and basically guessing what his workload could look like.

This article breaks down a few of the juicier fantasy football matchups for week 1.