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Week 1 fantasy football cheat sheet

(Each week, the PFF Fantasy cheat sheet will have all the relevant fantasy football content for the week in one place for you to keep track and review as needed as you prepare for that week in fantasy.)

Getting someone new involved in fantasy is always fun. My best friend, a diehard Bears fan, resisted fantasy for years, mostly because he didn’t see the need to add anything to a game he already enjoyed. Last year, with two kids and an ever-increasing home life that didn’t involve going out as much, he relented and joined my longtime home league when someone else bailed. He figured he’d draft and we’d have something to text about.

A successful draft, lucky breaks in season, and a surprise third-place finish later, he spent a big part of the last month texting me ideas and theories and clever things he’s thought of. He’s one of the smartest people I know, and he has taken to this game quickly. The only problem was that a year ago, his wife told me that if he became obsessed with the game, she’d hold me responsible. That was happening, and I feared her wrath.

Then this week, the reveal: He had taken the initiative to start a league with his extended family (a superflex league, no less — I’m like a proud papa). The league included him, his cousins, his mom, a bunch of relative newbies … and his wife. She can’t yell at me! She’s one of us now!

Get friends involved in fantasy. It’s fantastic.

On to the Week 1 advice.

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