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Alex the Great’s fantasy football advice: Week 1

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The wait is over. You did your offseason homework, drafted your team, came up with a catchy team name and after an injury riddled preseason, the time has come.

Football begins Thursday night as the New England Patriots and the Kansas City Chiefs kick off the 2017 season. For fantasy football players out there, the war has begun.

Fantasy football championships aren’t won at the draft. Just like any other sport, it requires a whole season of strategy, effort and determination. Positive game scripts, juicy player match ups, home and away consistency performance rates, injuries, the waiver wire and trades will all play a major role in determining your success in both the beginning and end of the season.

But fear not, I will be your guide, your fantasy guru if you will. ‘Alex the Great’s fantasy football advice’ will provide you with tips and tricks every week to maximize your fantasy skills and bring home some fantasy titles.

The pure focus on football player’s skills is not causing fantasy managers to fret, but Mother Nature.

Due to Hurricane Irma, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Miami Dolphins Week 1 matchup has been cancelled, leaving major fantasy implications. Major fantasy players such as Jameis Winston, Mike Evans, Desean Jackson, Jay Ajayi, Jay Cutler, Devante Parker, Jarvis Landry and either team’s defense will all have to be put on the bench this week.

There are some interesting waiver wire players to keep an eye on going into Week 1. Kendall Wright of the Chicago Bears is looking to fill the shoes of the recently injured Cameron Meredith, who is out for the season. This makes Wright an appealing pick up from the wire. Other players like Josh Doctson, Corey Coleman, Robby Anderson, and Jeremy Hill offer hidden upside for last minute replacements for your team.

The sleeper defense of the week will be the Pittsburgh Steelers in a very friendly matchup with the Cleveland Browns. Play them with confidence.

Enjoy the first week of football and check back next week for more fantasy football tips and tricks going into Week 2.

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Alex the Great’s fantasy football advice: Week 1