U.S. Markets open in 21 mins

Favorable IDP matchups for Week 1

Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute
Jim Coventry, RotoWire
Special to Yahoo Sports

Let’s look at IDPs who have favorable Week 1 matchups, based upon season-long projections. IDP formats can be quite different, so we’ll list players of varying levels. Some will be players found on the waiver wire while in other leagues players will be automatic starters.

DEFENSIVE LINE

Everson Griffen, Vikings vs. Saints – Minnesota starts the year against Drew Brees and the Saints. The Vikings should be strong enough against the run to put the Saints into numerous passing situations. That should give Brees plenty of dropbacks, providing Griffen opportunities to find his way into the sack column.

Cameron Jordan, Saints at Vikings – 
Sure, the Vikings made some upgrades along the offensive line, but they still project to be a mediocre unit, at best, and it’ll likely take that unit a while to gel. In addition, it won’t surprise if this game is high scoring, making this a great spot for Jordan.

Johnathan Hankins, Colts at Rams – 
With Andrew Luck out, this should be a low-scoring game, which should allow the Rams to ride Todd Gurley. Assuming that’s the case, Hankins will have more opportunities than usual to pile up tackles, especially if the Rams can hold a lead late.

Geno Atkins, Bengals vs Ravens – 
The Bengals open the season against the Ravens, who lack a high-level talent in their rushing attack. In addition, their OL projects to be significantly weaker than it was last year. In what could be a lower-scoring divisional matchup, Atkins could be in position to be a dominating force.

[Pick One Winner A Week. Play Survival Football for chance at $100K]

LINEBACKER

NaVorro Bowman, 49ers vs. Panthers – 
With Cam Newton having missed much of preseason as he recovers from shoulder surgery, it’s a strong likelihood the Panthers limit their offensive attack to a heavy dose of the run along with short passing. Bowman should find himself frequently in the middle of the action, allowing him to post strong numbers.

De’Vondre Campbell, Falcons at Bears – 
After the Bears lost WR Cameron Meredith for the year, their limited receiving corps likely will force them to stick to a short-passing attack that leads to safety. In addition, they’ll run the ball as often as possible and likely will abandon the run only if the game gets out of hand. Either way, the potential for Campbell to start the year with a solid performance looks like a strong possibility.

Paul Posluszny, Jaguars at Texans – 
After preseason buzz that Posluszny would move to outside LB, the coaching staff had a change in plans and moved him back to the middle. However, he’s expected to primarily be used on early downs, potentially limiting his season-long upside. The good news this week is the Jags face the Texans, who don’t exactly have an explosive offense. In what could be a low-scoring game with plenty of running plays, Posluszny could outperform projections.

Robert Quinn, Rams vs Colts – 
It’s hard to ask for a better draw to open the season, as Quinn faces the weak OL of the Colts, and a backup QB. Although Indy will try to run the ball, it’s not likely it will have sustained success, and once the offense becomes one-dimensional, look out, as Quinn has a great chance to reward fantasy managers.

Whitney Mercilus, Texans vs Jaguars – 
Not only does the Jaguars’ offensive line have to worry about J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney, but Mercilus is quite a force to be reckoned with. The best thing about this matchup is that Blake Bortles will be under center, and the Texans’ pass rushers should have a field day. Mercilus should see enough one-on-one assignments to wreak havoc.

DEFENSIVE BACK

Malik Hooker, Colts at Rams – 
The Colts likely will be limited on offense without Andrew Luck. As a result, the Rams could find themselves going with a very run-heavy approach, which should allow Hooker to find himself being in position to make a reasonable number of stops.

Joe Haden, Steelers at Browns – 
This is more about the narrative of this being a revenge game for Haden, who was let go by the Browns last month. From spending the offseason with the team, he’ll likely know DeShone Kizer‘s weaknesses quite well and that could put him in position to make a big play or two. In addition, he’ll have also squared off with each of the Browns WRs, which also could help him find his way onto the stat sheet.

Andrew Sendejo, Vikings vs. Saints – 
The Saints are masters at using the middle of the field in both their rushing and passing attacks, so opposing safeties often have opportunities for posting big stats. Sendejo, behind the solid front seven of the Vikings, should be in line for a strong outing.

  • The stock market is about to set a bearish record
    Business
    MarketWatch

    The stock market is about to set a bearish record

    The U.S. stock market is hours from hitting a notable milestone, but it isn’t one that investors will feel particularly good about. Both the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) and the S&P 500 (SPX) have been mired in correction territory for months, ever since Feb. 8, when concerns that inflation was returning to the economy sparked a selloff that led to their dropping 10% from record levels hit earlier in the year. Amid months of rangebound trading, neither index has been able to fully recover or exit correction territory (the Nasdaq Composite Index (COMP) , which never officially corrected, is currently at record levels).

  • Don’t cheat yourself with the 4% rule
    Business
    MarketWatch

    Don’t cheat yourself with the 4% rule

    If you’re planning for retirement, you’re probably thinking about how much you’ll need, how long the money will last, and how much you can safely take out each year. You recognize that in retirement there will be a balancing act between spending on current needs while also preserving enough for your later years. Instead, all-too-often, retirees use simplified rules of thumb to determine how much to take out each year.

  • Virginia Man Totals $300,000 Sports Car 1 Day After Buying It
    Finance
    Fortune

    Virginia Man Totals $300,000 Sports Car 1 Day After Buying It

    Totaled Saturday,” the Fairfax County Police Department wrote in a post Saturday after a Virginia man crashed his $300,000 car. The man totaled the car after driving too fast into a tree, NBC Washington reported.

  • Papa John’s Further Shuns Founder, Evicting Him From Offices
    Finance
    Bloomberg

    Papa John’s Further Shuns Founder, Evicting Him From Offices

    Papa John’s International Inc.’s board put further distance between the pizza chain and its outspoken founder John Schnatter for using a racial slur, agreeing to review all ties to him, evict him from the headquarters, and remove him from all marketing materials. A special committee of independent directors ordered the termination of a so-called founder’s agreement that designated Schnatter as the brand’s face and voice and is requesting he cease media appearances on behalf of the firm, the company said in a statement after a Sunday night board meeting. Schnatter came under pressure after a media report that he used a racial slur and graphic descriptions of violence against minorities in a conversation with the company’s former media agency, Laundry Service.

  • What's in the Cards for Kinder Morgan (KMI) in Q2 Earnings?
    Finance
    Zacks

    What's in the Cards for Kinder Morgan (KMI) in Q2 Earnings?

    Kinder Morgan Inc KMI is expected to post second-quarter 2018 results on Jul 18. In the last reported quarter, the company delivered positive earnings surprise of 4.8%. Let’s look at the estimate revisions to get a clear picture of what analysts are thinking about the company before earnings release.

  • The Single Biggest Reason to Stay Away From Canadian Marijuana Stocks
    Business
    Motley Fool

    The Single Biggest Reason to Stay Away From Canadian Marijuana Stocks

    The stocks of Canadian marijuana growers have skyrocketed. Canopy Growth Corporation's (NYSE: CGC) share price has nearly quintupled over the past 12 months. Aurora Cannabis (NASDAQOTH: ACBFF) stock has quadrupled.

  • IBM Poised to Report Third Straight Quarter of Growth
    Business
    Motley Fool

    IBM Poised to Report Third Straight Quarter of Growth

    International Business Machines (NYSE: IBM) has now reported two consecutive quarters of revenue growth after a nearly six-year period of slumping sales. Also driving this growth will be IBM's growth businesses, which includes its cloud computing business. IBM expects the as-a-service portion of its cloud business to be a long-term growth engine for the company.

  • One Man’s Obsession With Lawn Care
    U.S.
    WSJ

    One Man’s Obsession With Lawn Care

    For most people, lawn care is a tiresome chore or something they pay other people to do. But for Oktay Mustafayev, who lives in Fair Lawn, N.J., lawn care is life. Video/Photo: Rob Alcaraz/The Wall Street Journal

  • Mark Cuban says the best investing advice he got when young was to be as poor as possible first
    Business
    MarketWatch

    Mark Cuban says the best investing advice he got when young was to be as poor as possible first

    Mark Cuban once drove around a real hunk of junk — seriously. The billionaire Dallas Mavericks owner says the best pieces of investing advice he got when young was to be as poor as possible first. The “Shark Tank” star these days doles out a lot of advice to young entrepreneurs on CNBC but he says it doesn’t take a million-dollar idea to become rich.

  • Oil Falls as Saudis Offer More Supply, U.S. Weighs SPR Release
    Business
    Bloomberg

    Oil Falls as Saudis Offer More Supply, U.S. Weighs SPR Release

    Oil retreated below $70 a barrel as Saudi Arabia was said to offer extra crude to some customers, while the U.S. was said to consider tapping emergency supplies to offset losses elsewhere. Saudi Arabia offered additional cargoes of its Arab Extra Light crude to at least two buyers in Asia, people familiar with the matter said. Meanwhile the U.S., which is seeking to choke off crude exports from Iran, is said to be mulling a release from its 660 million-barrel Strategic Petroleum Reserve.

  • 3 Dividend Stocks That Should Pay You the Rest of Your Life
    Business
    Motley Fool

    3 Dividend Stocks That Should Pay You the Rest of Your Life

    Picking dividend stocks with high yields is only part of the equation for dividend investors. Three of our Motley Fool investors have identified three dividend stocks that you can safely bet on for years to come. Here's what you need to know about Verizon (NYSE: VZ), Eli Lilly (NYSE: LLY), and Procter & Gamble (NYSE: PG).

  • 3 Best Big Pharma Stocks to Buy for the 2nd Half of 2018
    Business
    Motley Fool

    3 Best Big Pharma Stocks to Buy for the 2nd Half of 2018

    Few big pharma stocks excited investors in the first half of 2018. Three big pharma stocks, in particular, could be set to move higher. AbbVie stock was on a roll this year until the company's announcement in March of disappointing phase 2 study results for Rova-T in treating small-cell lung cancer.

  • Nunes: Indictment of Russians leaves out targeting of GOP
    Politics
    Fox Business Videos

    Nunes: Indictment of Russians leaves out targeting of GOP

    Special Counsel Mueller indicts 12 Russian officers for election meddling before Trump-Putin summit; Rep. Devin Nunes reacts on 'Sunday Morning Futures.'

  • CVS Apologizes After White Manager Called Police on Black Customer Over Coupon
    Finance
    Fortune

    CVS Apologizes After White Manager Called Police on Black Customer Over Coupon

    CVS has apologized after a white store manager in Chicago called police on a black customer who was attempting to use a coupon that store staff accused her of counterfeiting. The incident was first described on late Friday by Camilla Hudson, the 53-year-old victim, in a post that quickly went viral (though according to Hudson, the post has since been removed by Facebook for unspecified violations). Hudson, who is black, later described the events in detail to Block Club Chicago, saying that she entered a CVS at 6150 North Broadway, and attempted to make a purchase using an automated checkout machine.

  • Business
    Benzinga

    Benzinga's Bulls & Bears Of The Week: AT&T, Facebook, Intel, Netflix, Twitter And More

    Benzinga featured looks at many investor favorite stocks over the past week. Bullish calls included a number of leading tech stocks. Bearish calls included retailers and a newly minted merger. The new earnings reporting season began this past week,

  • Why Have Sirius XM Holdings Inc. Shares Climbed 26% So Far in 2018?
    Business
    Motley Fool

    Why Have Sirius XM Holdings Inc. Shares Climbed 26% So Far in 2018?

    Sirius XM (NASDAQ: SIRI) quietly continues to build its subscriber base despite seemingly being less needed in the marketplace than it once was. The satellite company has added customers even with the rise of unlimited access to nearly all music created for around $10 a month and the proliferation of podcasts. Numbers were up across the board in the first quarter for Sirius XM, which operates on the calendar year and has not yet reported second-quarter results.

  • Boeing Rethinks Aerospace Rulebook as `797' Plans Take Shape
    Finance
    Bloomberg

    Boeing Rethinks Aerospace Rulebook as `797' Plans Take Shape

    Boeing Co. is seeking to rewrite the rules for creating commercial jets as it hones plans for a new midrange aircraft nicknamed the 797. For decades, Boeing pushed its planes to fly ever farther. More recently, Airbus SE has been edging into the niche by bumping up the range of its popular single-aisle jetliner, the A321neo.

  • Amazon Prime Day 2018: The best deals for tech and gaming
    Business
    The Independent

    Amazon Prime Day 2018: The best deals for tech and gaming

    Amazon Prime Day is back for a third year and this time round the online retailer has declared that over one million offers will be announced. The shopping event begins on 16 July and will run for 36 hours, with discounts on both the company’s own offerings

  • Better Buy: Amazon.com, Inc. vs. Netflix, Inc.
    Business
    Motley Fool

    Better Buy: Amazon.com, Inc. vs. Netflix, Inc.

    Investments in Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) and Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX) have returned 2,500% and 10,600%, respectively, over the past 10 years. Amazon, on the other hand, used to have far more cash than debt on hand.

  • These 2 Dividend Stocks Are Worth a Look
    Business
    Motley Fool

    These 2 Dividend Stocks Are Worth a Look

    When it comes to returning big value to shareholders and regularly increasing its dividend payout, few companies have a better track record than AT&T. The telecom giant has delivered an annual dividend raise for 34 years running. Last year the company recorded roughly $17.6 billion in FCF, and this year it's guiding for a whopping $21 billion in FCF. The telecom giant has recently become a leader in the entertainment space thanks to its successful acquisition of Time Warner.

  • A Reduced Payout Could Be Coming for These High-Yield Dividend Stocks
    Business
    Motley Fool

    A Reduced Payout Could Be Coming for These High-Yield Dividend Stocks

    As a dividend investor myself, I know how hard that can be. Right now, I believe the yields offered by CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) and Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS) are simply too high to be sustainable. As a result, reduced payouts could be coming for both of these high-yield dividend stocks.

  • Here's Why Wynn Resorts Is Feeling a Lot of Pain in Macau
    Business
    Motley Fool

    Here's Why Wynn Resorts Is Feeling a Lot of Pain in Macau

    Wynn Resorts (NASDAQ: WYNN) was one of those hardest hit by the news, but also the one that rebounded the most. There are good reasons for both reactions, but if analyst predictions for the rest of the year don't pan out, investors can expect to see Wynn Resorts folding its hand again. The June gaming report from Macau regulators revealed a second consecutive month of below-forecast revenue for the only legal place to gamble in China.

  • Here's How Teva Pharmaceuticals Pulled Off a 28.3% Gain in the First Half of 2018
    Business
    Motley Fool

    Here's How Teva Pharmaceuticals Pulled Off a 28.3% Gain in the First Half of 2018

    Shares of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries (NYSE: TEVA), the world's largest producer of generic drugs, rose 28.3% in the first half of 2018, according to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence. In the first quarter of the year, Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK-A)(NYSE: BRK-B) doubled its stake in Teva Pharmaceuticals. In particular, David Maris, who downgraded Teva Pharmaceuticals in January, completely changed his tune and upgraded the stock a few weeks ago.

  • This Is the Worst Reason to Sell Twitter Stock
    Business
    Motley Fool

    This Is the Worst Reason to Sell Twitter Stock

    Twitter (NYSE: TWTR) has had a problem with fake accounts for a very long time. Twitter is finally addressing this problem by purging approximately 70 million fake accounts, according to a Washington Post report (subscription required). Wall Street harshly punished Twitter stock when the news broke, with a big sell-off before cooler heads prevailed. Here's why Twitter's move is a poor reason to sell shares.

  • FANG surge leads stock market recovery, putting Netflix in spotlight
    Business
    Reuters

    FANG surge leads stock market recovery, putting Netflix in spotlight

    By Caroline Valetkevitch and Noel Randewich NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The FANGs have gotten their bite back, and they are helping Wall Street erase the wrenching correction that beset it in February. Facebook, Amazon.com, Netflix and Google's parent Alphabet have led the technology and consumer discretionary sectors back to record high levels in recent days. Whether they can haul the wider market over that threshold likely hinges on the rush of quarterly scorecards due soon from the four of them, starting with Netflix late on Monday.