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With the regular season NFL openers finally at hand, fantasy football owners in both traditional and daily leagues are ready to start setting their Week 1 lineups. Who will step up? Who will fail to meet expectations? (All references to player salaries are according to USA TODAY's new daily fantasy game, FantasyScore.)

Studs

WR Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys: The San Francisco 49ers defense will be without linebackers NaVorro Bowman (knee) and Aldon Smith (suspension) and the secondary is in shambles. Bryant could have the top fantasy week among receivers. His $7300 salary seems a bargain compared to the $8,000 for top-rated wideout Calvin Johnson.

RB Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs: The Tennessee Titans defense may need time to gel in the conversion to a 3-4 alignment. Charles should rack up receptions and yardage, especially with WR Dwayne Bowe suspended.

TE Vernon Davis, San Francisco 49ers: The battered Cowboys defense could be even worse than the last-ranked unit in 2013. Davis will go wild downfield. Is any linebacker able to slow him down?

QB Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears: The Buffalo Bills' new defensive coordinator, Jim Schwartz, typically has been steady against the run, and this defensive line is great. But the back end is quite vulnerable. WRs Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery, RB Matt Forte and TE Martellus Bennett should help Cutler have a huge day.

Duds

RB Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers: It's difficult to bench him, but his typical work might not account for much on the road against the Seattle Seahawks' stout run defense. Plus, there's the risk that the Packers will abandon the ground game and resort to midrange passes against last season's No. 1 defense.

TE Jordan Cameron, Cleveland Browns: Pittsburgh Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau knows where Brian Hoyer (or gimmick play Johnny Manziel) will try to attack. It's hard to expect elite results from Cameron given his quarterback limitations and the defensive mind he's staring down.

QB Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins: Don't rush to trust RG3 in his first regular-season execution of the Jay Gruden offense. He's not comfortable in the pocket yet. On the road, he must fend off pressure from a relentless Houston Texans pass rush.

WR Mike Wallace, Miami Dolphins: Wallace has struggled to connect with QB Ryan Tannehill in coordinator Bill Lazor's new offense. The New England Patriots' healthy, reloaded defense now includes shutdown cornerback Darrelle Revis, who's likely to shadow Wallace and snuff out his fantasy contributions.

Sleepers

QB Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals: Save a spot for him on Monday night at home against a San Diego Chargers secondary that served as one of the most favorable fantasy matchups last year. Palmer should have plenty of time to pick them apart.

WR Brandin Cooks, New Orleans Saints: Many drafters made ridiculous reaches for the overhyped rookie, but his $4600 salary may come with production that rivals other receivers costing nearly twice. QB Drew Brees has frequently torched the Atlanta Falcons and he should look to use his speedy new toy immediately.

New York Jets defense: Though the Jets secondary could use some polishing, the Oakland Raiders' cross-country trip is ripe for the fantasy picking. Rookie QB Derek Carr's NFL baptism will come at the hands of Rex Ryan's defense, which have the upper hand along the line of scrimmage.

RB Ahmad Bradshaw, Indianapolis Colts: The Colts will probably have to throw often to keep up with the high-powered Denver Broncos. Starting RB Trent Richardson has been a dud. Bradshaw, who's returning from a neck injury, is the better receiver and could start his takeover of the No. 1 job with a reception-filled day.

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