Each week, Tristan Cockcroft will look at each game of the NFL slate and break down some of the more notable stats to help fantasy owners make their lineups.
Houston at Buffalo: RB Domanick Davis has scored a touchdown in nine consecutive games, the second-longest active streak, but he'll be facing the league's seventh-ranked rush defense (100.3 yards allowed per game) from 2004. Buffalo was rather stingy in the red zone, so while Davis is a worthy fantasy starter, don't expect big totals. RB Willis McGahee rushed for at least 100 yards in seven of his 11 starts last season, though he'll be facing a Houston offense that allowed the fewest rushing TDs in the game (four) in 2004. At least he's comfortable at home; McGahee rushed for 100-plus yards in five of six home starts, totaling 629 rushing yards and seven touchdowns in those contests. He should be fine.
Cincinnati at Cleveland: The last time these two teams met, Nov. 28, 2004, they combined for 106 points, the second-highest scoring game in NFL history. RB Rudi Johnson has rushed for 311 yards and four touchdowns in his last three games against the Browns, the league's bottom-ranked rush defense from 2004 (144.6). He had 202 yards and two scores in their last meeting, so expect a nice start. QB Carson Palmer passed for four touchdowns in these two teams' last meeting, and he threw for 835 yards and nine scores in his final three starts in 2004. His numbers should be solid even if the Bengals build up an expected early lead. QB Trent Dilfer has passed for 540 yards, five touchdowns and one interception in three career games against the Bengals. At least he'll probably be throwing often playing from behind, but fantasy owners shouldn't be this desperate for a quarterback in Week 1 of the season.