Fantasy football can at times be a very funny place to seek help when you need it most. One week, a so called “expert” will tell you to start “Player A” because “Player A” is a “can’t miss” starter who will blow up that week. A week later, that expert will deny giving that advice to their readers or followers but will be more than happy to tell you to start “Player B” this week. It would be almost comical in some instances if it wasn’t so tragic for the people who take the advice of these charlatans.
As a staff member of DLF, I can tell you that everyone affiliated with this site both loathes and detests this behavior. Every staff member on the DLF team constantly tries to learn and better ourselves so we may be of better help to you. Part of that process is being accountable for our successes, as well as our failures. We’re doing that each and every week as we’re offering personalized lineup advice as part of our premium content. We’re answering every question posted in a timely manner and helping out as best we can – those answers are public knowledge and we’ll stand by them every week.
We’ve also decided to roll out this new series entitled, “Calling Our Shots.” The premise of this series is to get some predictions for the upcoming week. Some writer’s predictions are bold, some are solid, while others, well, we wouldn’t place too much money on them in Las Vegas!
When we’re right, we’ll share our successes. When we’re wrong, it should present a great way for our loyal readers to give us a good (and hopefully friendly) ribbing. The point is we don’t hide from the advice we give or the predictions we make.
We also want to take this to a whole new level.
Our community is an essential part of the success of DLF. This weekly series also asks YOU, the readers, to post your own shots in the comments below. We all have that coach in our league who says, “Yeah, I could have told you not to start that guy” and perhaps that’s even you who thinks that! Well, here’s your chance to make those bold predictions when they count – before the games are played. We invite everyone to blow up the comments section on this post and make any player predictions you want for the week – this will give you a perfect opportunity to officially say, “I told you so,” or offer a brutally embarrassing piece of ammunition for your opponent to use against you next week. Either way, this is a great way for the community and the writers to have some good old fashioned fun each and every week!
Every person who is featured in subsequent weeks will be put into a drawing after week 17 for a free yearly membership or their renewal to our premium content and a free DLF T-shirt!
With that being said, here are the DLF shots we’re calling for Week One:
Indianapolis @ Chicago
Eric Dickens – Brandon Marshall has a double-digit reception game in being reunited with Jay Cutler.
Jaron Foster – Andrew Luck will total 3+ touchdowns.
Philadelphia @ Cleveland
Jeff Beran – Michael Vick finishes with at least 55 yards rushing, 250 yards passing, and four total touchdowns.
Jaron Foster – Chris Ogbonnaya will lead Cleveland in rushing.
St. Louis @ Detroit
Steve Wyremski – Steve Smith (STL) – 5+ catches, 70+ yards receiving.
TheFFGhost – Danny Amendola will post over 6 catches and 70 receiving yards.
Jarrett Behar – Kevin Smith – 100 yards, 1 TD.
Eric Olinger – Calvin Johnson will have 130+ yards receiving and 2 TDs, successfully starting his goal of 100 yards in all 16 games.
Eric Dickens – Matt Stafford throws for 4+ TD’s versus the Rams.
Eric Hardter – Kevin Smith will have over 110 total yards.
Jaron Foster – Matt Stafford will have 400+ yards passing.
Miami @ Houston
Jeff Beran – Reggie Bush finishes with 0 TDs and less than 85 total yards because Houston keys on him all game.
Jaron Foster – Foster with 200+ total yards.
Atlanta @ Kansas City
Ken Kelly – Julio Jones eats the Kansas City Chiefs defense alive and scores not once, but twice on Sunday.
TheFFGhost – Dexter McCluster emerges as a potent weapon for Kansas City with over five receptions
Steve Wyremski – Matt Ryan – 300 yards+ passing and 3+ TDs. Julio Jones – 125+ yards receiving and 1+ TD.
Eric Hardter – Julio Jones will lead all WRs in receiving yards.
Jaron Foster – Jonathan Baldwin with 5+ receptions.
Jacksonville @ Minnesota
Eric Olinger – Jared Allen collects at least 2 sacks vs Jacksonville.
Jaron Foster – Laurent Robinson with 100+ yards.
Ken Kelly – Justin Blackmon scores his first touchdown in the second quarter.
Washington @ New Orleans
Steve Wyremski – Pierre Garcon – 6+ catches, 100+ yards receiving, 1+ TD.
TheFFGhost – Garcon goes for over 100 yards in receiving – he is for real, folks!
Jarrett Behar – RGIII will be a Top 10 QB Week 1.
Eric Dickens – Roy Helu Jr. is the RB to own in Washington (at least week one!) & ends up w/ double digit fantasy points.
Jaron Foster – 2 TDs for Lance Moore
Ken Kelly – Kyle Shanahan inserts himself at running back
Buffalo @ NY Jets
Jaron Foster – Fred Jackson and CJ Spiller with 100+ total yards each.
Ken Kelly – The Jets fail to score a touchdown until garbage time
New England @ Tennessee
Steve Wyremski – Stevan Ridley – 120 yards+ rushing, 25+ receiving, 1 TD.
Eric Olinger – Jake Locker will lead all first time starting QBs in passing yards in week 1…and INTs.
Jaron Foster – 2 TDs for Jared Cook.
Seattle @ Arizona
TheFFGhost – Lynch plays but exits early, Turbin will rush for at least 50 yards.
Jaron Foster – Turbin will lead both teams in rushing.
Ken Kelly – Ken Whisenhunt attempts to call Kurt Warner to coax him out of retirement at halftime.
San Francisco @ Green Bay
Steve Wyremski – Michael Crabtree – 6+ catches, 80+ yards receiving.
Eric Olinger – Alex Smith throws for 300 yards and 2 TDs vs. Green Bay.
Jeff Beran – Jordy Nelson finishes with 115 yards receiving and 1 TD.
Jaron Foster – Four Green Bay receivers will finish with 5+ receptions.
Carolina @ Tampa Bay
Eric Dickens – Jonathan Stewart plays AND goes over 75 yards rushing for the Panthers. Doug Martin goes for 100+ yards versus the Panthers.
TheFFGhost – Freeman looks great at the helm of Tampa bay’s revamped offense throwing at least two touch downs, passing for over 250 yards and rushing for over 40 yards.
Jaron Foster – Freeman will have 250+ yards passing
Ken Kelly – Jonathan Stewart sits and DeAngelo Williams leads the league in rushing after week one.
Pittsburgh @ Denver
Steve Wyremski – Willis McGahee – 50 yards rushing, 0 TDs.
Eric Olinger – Peyton Manning will throw more INTs and fewer TDs than Ben Roethlisberger.
Eric Hardter – Peyton Manning will throw for under 240 yards.
Jaron Foster – Roethlisberger with 3+ total TDs
Cincinnati @ Baltimore
Steve Wyremski – AJ Green – Maximum 4 catches for 50 yards.
Jaron Foster – 2 TDs for Torrey Smith.
San Diego @ Oakland
Ken Kelly – Robert Meachem has fewer than two catches on Monday.
TheFFGhost – McFadden lights up the night rushing for over 100 yards and 50 yards of receiving.
Jaron Foster – Jackie Battle will lead San Diego in rushing.
Now it’s your turn!
We at DLF would like to encourage all our readers to submit their predictions in the comments section. We’ll dig through them and feature one lucky reader in next week’s article. Some weeks will feature a reader who has strung together several correct predictions, while other weeks will focus on a reader who went way out on a limb and pulled a rabbit out of a hat. Be sure to mix in same safe bets and some predictions that come straight from the gut, no matter how weird they sound to everyone else.
Remember, every person who is featured in subsequent weeks will be put into a drawing after week 17 for a free yearly membership or their renewal to our premium content and a free DLF T-shirt!
Let the games (fantasy, reality and “just for fun”) begin and good luck to everyone this week as you call your own shots!