Happy Jew Year!

While my Hebrew friends all over the world will be blowing the Shofar on Thursday to celebrate the start of the New Year, my fantasy football brothers and sisters will be gearing up for the start of a different kind of new year – the beginning of the NFL Season.

Yes, the NFL Season kicks off on Thursday night with a tasty matchup. The Superbowl Champion New Orleans Saints will host the offensive juggernaut Minnesota Vikings at 8:30 PM EST.

You are probably expecting the Vikings/Saints game to be a shootout resulting in your favorite fantasy studs scoring oodles of points for your team. However you may be surprised to learn that since the NFL Season started introducing games on Thursday night in 2002, only 4 games have resulted in 30 or more total points.

So should we expect another low scoring contest like when the Steelers and Titans combined for only 23 in 2009? Don’t bet on it, honey. Honey??? Did I just write “honey?” Ah yes, a perfect segue back to Rosh Hashanah. Did you know that apples and honey are a traditional snack eaten by Jews on Rosh Hashanah? Why apples and honey? Because, they are the perfect food to symbolize a sweet new year.

Transitioning back to fantasy football, I will tell you the Top 5 players in the Saints/Vikings most likely to have a “sweet” start to the “New Year.” Drum roll, please…

5. Reggie Bush – Reggie wasn’t impressive in 2009, but Bush is still solid in PPR leagues, especially leagues that give points for punt returns. He won’t get many carries but I expect him to gobble 4 or 5 receptions and break one for a score.

4. Percy Harvin – With Sidney Rice out until at least Game 6, expect Harvin to continue to gain Old Man Favre’s trust. Harvin can be especially deadly on kickoff returns. I am forecasting six catches for eighty yards and a pretty touchdown.

3. Pierre Thomas – Can we expect big things from Pierre this season? Oui. Oui. With no Mike Bell breathing down his neck, expect Thomas to continue to ripen like a bottle of fine French wine. 10 carries for 75 yards and 3 receptions for 20 yards sounds about right with one TD.

2. Adrian Peterson – Now that Chester Taylor packed his bags and is long gone, it’s likely that AP will start getting more involved in the passing game. Expect Favre’s old age to catch up with him which will mean more carries for Peterson. My crystal ball tells me AP will roll for 85 yards on 20 carries, gobble 15 yards on two catches, and score 2 touchdowns.

1. Drew Brees – Do you feel that? That’s not any sort of Brees. It’s Drew Freakin’ Brees. Sporting a new shiny Superbowl ring, the pressure is off. We can expect even more incredible stats than last year. He will start the year with 3 TDs and over 300 yards on his way to another MVP caliber season. And if you aren’t in awe of Brees yet: jump to 4 minutes and 6 seconds of this link. It’s truly incredible.

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One Response to “Happy Jew Year!”

  1. A C Slater says:

    Scott I have been reading a lot of good things about Robert Meachum this week but Devery Henderson is still the starter. Which receiver should I start and why?

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