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  • 24 May 2019
    The anticipations been building and its finally time -- Week 1 of the 2016 fantasy football season is here. Our first tip: Relax and dont let the hype of the NFL opener Thursday between the Panthers and the Broncos get you too high or low on your team.With so much waiting, its easy for fantasy players to magnify the results of the first game. Dont overreact -- even if youre ahead or behind significantly in your first matchup -- to one game in 16 slated for opening week. Its not going to decide a win or loss either way and there are many more games to consider on Sunday and Monday.Here are some other key tips to get off to an excellent start in your fantasy league:---STICK WITH STARSYou didnt draft your top players to sit them in the fantasy season opener. Yes, on paper it may look like Cam Newton has a very challenging matchup against the Broncos. Jameis Winston appears to have a better one vs. Atlanta. But Winston has not yet proven he can deliver strong fantasy results, while Newton can perform well against all levels of competition. Especially with a Super Bowl loss to avenge and the potential for Denvers defense to spend a lot of time on the field given Trevor Siemian making his first start at quarterback.You dont bench your standouts based on matchups. Keep that in mind all year.---WATCH AND LEARNThere are still some running back situations that bear watching, like those in Tennessee and Seattle. DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry are both viable flex options for your opener, but it will be interesting to see how Tennessee splits touches against Minnesota. It could be a 60-40 split in favor of Murray with Henry getting goal line looks. For the Seahawks, it appears to be an open competition between preseason sensation Christine Michael and 2015 promising star Thomas Rawls. The battle for touches will shake out against Miami, but both RBs appear to be risky starts because their workloads are very uncertain. Also keep an eye on the Ravens RB picture.---BRIGHT BROWNS?A new era begins for the Browns this week at Philadelphia with Robert Griffin III at quarterback. The offense looked potent in the preseason, and rookie wide receiver Corey Coleman and running back Duke Johnson look like respectable starting options in larger leagues, especially in point-per-reception formats. If the Eagles defense gets overworked, Cleveland could start showing development as a new force in the AFC for fantasy resources.---THE SHOOTOUTThe Raiders travel to New Orleans, where a high-scoring game is expected. The Saints defense looks vulnerable again, and their offense still looks like it can quickly score. For the Raiders, Derek Carr is a Top 10 fantasy quarterback this week, wide receiver Amari Cooper may explode, Michael Crabtree is a strong start and Latavius Murray should run for a TD or two. Start Saints rookie wideout Michael Thomas in larger leagues and Coby Fleener should score in his New Orleans debut. Also, Washington and Pittsburgh may produce a lot of points, so running back DeAngelo Williams and quarterback Kirk Cousins are strong starts.---CHIEF CONCERNIt appears Jamaal Charles will not be available for the season opener against the Chargers. The team does not quite know when he may be back close to his better form. That puts Spencer Ware in the spotlight as the teams lead RB for the opener, and maybe beyond. He rushed for six TDs last year and looked good in the preseason. Start him with confidence, hell make the most of the opportunity.---THEM BOYSEzekiel Elliott will make his pro debut against the Giants, and the Cowboys should lean heavily on the run with rookie Dak Prescott at QB. If you drafted Elliott early, you may reap instant rewards. He has superstar abilities and is in a great situation. Dont even be afraid to trade for him before Sunday. Prescott will get time to throw and will not bog down the offense like other Dallas backups did last year. He will help ensure that Dez Bryant bounces back this year. For the Giants, rookie WR Sterling Shepard could look like a breakout performer in his very first pro game.---HAVE CONFIDENCE AND FUNBe happy with the team you drafted and roll them out with confidence this week. All you can do is set the best possible lineup and then its on the players to execute from there. Dont concern yourself with who your opponent starts, because all you can do is control who you play.Dont overthink your lineup decisions. 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Cheap Baseball Jerseys .C. -- When North Carolina freshman Ryan Switzer reported to training camp in August he was a little miffed to learn he was third on the depth chart at punt returner. ARCADIA, Calif. -- Tamarkuz was fed a steady diet of one-turn races throughout his career, but in his 20th and perhaps final career start, he successfully stretched out around two turns to win the $1 million Breeders Cup Dirt Mile on Friday at Santa Anita, scoring an 11-1 upset over the likes of Dortmund, Gun Runner, and Runhappy.The win was his first in a Grade 1 race, an important milestone for a 6-year-old horse owned by Sheikh Hamdans Shadwell Stable, where he will go to stud, perhaps quite soon. Though his connections wouldnt yet say he was retired, they acknowledged that this win will take Tamarkuz to a new level when we take him home, said Joe DeSantis, the assistant racing manager for Shadwell.Tamarkuz was always intended for the Dirt Mile. Shadwell also had pre-entered Frosted in the Dirt Mile, as well as the Classic, and ended up putting him in the Classic on Saturday. Both are trained by Kiaran McLaughlin.Now all the media knows why Frosted is running in the Classic. We knew we had a horse who would win the Dirt Mile, McLaughlin said, laughing.Tamarkuz ($25.80), with Mike Smith aboard, rallied into a hot pace and drew away for a 3-1/2-length victory in the two-turn mile. Gun Runner held on for second by a neck over Accelerate.The races disappointments were its early leaders. Dortmund, sent off at 3-5, pressed the pace of Runhappy but tired in the lane and was fourth. Runhappy, last years champion male sprinter, set a quick pace for a half-mile but began a steady fade on the final turn and finished eighth in the nine-horse field, his second straight disappointing race since returning from a nine-month layoff.Tamarkuz was fractious behind the gate before the start, then raced wide while toward the rear for the first part of the race. The pace, though, was to his liking -- an opening quarter in 22.dddddddddddd45 seconds, a half in 45.37. He closed steadily at the weary front-runners, got the lead at midstretch and was never in danger thereafter. He completed one mile on the fast main track in 1:35.72.This is so satisfying, DeSantis said. This is what he needed -- a two-turn race with speed.Gun Runner pressed the pace while three wide, got the best of Dortmund and Runhappy, but could not stave off Tamarkuz. Dortmund seemed to show the effects of three straight losses against California Chrome prior to this race.Tamarkuz, by Speightstown, was bred in Kentucky by John Gunther, was purchased as a yearling for $325,000 by Shadwell, and began his career in Britain before heading to Dubai and then last year to the United States. In six prior starts for McLaughlin, he had never won, but in his last two starts, he had finished second in the seven-furlong Forego to A. P. Indian and second in the one-turn-mile Kelso to Anchor Down.Hed been second, fourth, a little unlucky, McLaughlin said. We knew he had potential.We thought he was sitting on a big effort, DeSantis said.The victory was the third in a Breeders Cup race for McLaughlin, all with horses owned by Shadwell.Its a great honor. Its fabulous to be part of that team, McLaughlin said.Tamarkuz has now won eight times in 20 starts, and the $550,000 he earned on Friday increased his career earnings to $1,840,444.Hes very well balanced. He should make a nice stallion, McLaughlin said.DeSantis said his boss, Rick Nichols, and Sheikh Hamdan would decide whether Tamarkuz races again. If this was his final start, it was quite the curtain call. ' ' '