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Curtis Samuel

Carolina Panthers

Samuel Back in Pads


Curtis Samuel was back in full pads for today's practice (Wednesday), he has missed almost all of training camp with a hamstring problem that began as a issue in the spring. He's been out for so long that it's hard to see him having a immediate early-season role.

Fantasy Goo: Samuel is the ultimate utility knife if he can get healthy, he can pick up the big plays vacated by Ginn and match anything fellow rookie McCaffrey does in the passing game.


08/16/17, 08:15 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Ty Montgomery

Green Bay Packers

Green Bay Rookie's on Display


“Ty Montgomery’s likely absence from Saturday night’s preseason game at Washington will put an even bigger spotlight on the depth-chart battle involving three of Green Bay’s third-day draft picks. Williams is the front-runner in part because he’s shown the best aptitude for pass protection in the backfield. Jones has displayed a different gear in the open field that he’d love to show off in a game if he gets a crease. Mays is the best example of compact power, at 5-10 and 230 pounds.”

Fantasy Goo:Ty performed very well last year with the 3rd best juke rate of 34% and the best yards per contact per touch of all RBs at 2.8. The issue with Montgomery is Jamaal Williams is in line to take away the short yardage work and it’s unclear what type of volume Ty can handle as he rushed double digits in only 1 game.


08/16/17, 07:58 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.packers.com


Jamaal Williams

Green Bay Packers

Green Bay Rookie's on Display


“Ty Montgomery’s likely absence from Saturday night’s preseason game at Washington will put an even bigger spotlight on the depth-chart battle involving three of Green Bay’s third-day draft picks. Williams is the front-runner in part because he’s shown the best aptitude for pass protection in the backfield. Jones has displayed a different gear in the open field that he’d love to show off in a game if he gets a crease. Mays is the best example of compact power, at 5-10 and 230 pounds.”

Fantasy Goo:Ty performed very well last year with the 3rd best juke rate of 34% and the best yards per contact per touch of all RBs at 2.8. The issue with Montgomery is Jamaal Williams is in line to take away the short yardage work and it’s unclear what type of volume Ty can handle as he rushed double digits in only 1 game.


08/16/17, 07:58 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.packers.com


Jaron Brown

Arizona Cardinals

Jaron Number Two?


Larry Fitzgerald is the No. 1 wideout. Brown? “He’s No. 2 right now,” Coach Bruce Arians said Tuesday.
“I’ve been here for a while,” Jaron Brown said. “Every camp is different. We obviously have injuries, and that gives me an opportunity. I just try to take advantage.

Fantasy Goo: I could see Jaron shooting up draft boards, and I like him as a last round dart throw, but this just makes that receiving corps all the more crowded. A torn ACL prevented Jaron from possibly breaking-out last year. Yesterday we thought JJ Nelson would emerge, I’m sure we will be re-visiting this regularly.


08/16/17, 04:21 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Cole Beasley

Dallas Cowboys

Beasley Under the Radar


NFL Next Gen Stats have revealed many of their numbers to the public recently. Hartbeat picked this one out on Twitter: Cole Beasley adding another advanced stat that he thrives in, Top 10 in separation among all pass catchers.

Fantasy Goo: Beasley was one of the most efficient weapons in the NFL last year. His Defense-adjusted Yards above Replacement and Defense-adjusted Value over Average ranked as 5th best among WRs. For more on Beasley and others check out the Pyro Pulse podcast episode 6, WR Tiers.


08/15/17, 05:08 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


John Brown

Arizona Cardinals

John Brown’s Health Back in Question


WR John Brown looking like sickle cell IS NOT being managed by the Cardinals. Could be another injury plagued season for Brown. Arians said WR John Brown not practicing full time is a concern (He's been participating in certain drills during practice).

Fantasy Goo: JJ Nelson was the WR11 in PPR scoring weeks 13-17, it appears as though we should be drafting Nelson as one of our late round flyers immediately. If the Brown news continues to be negative we will begin to see Nelson’s stock rise. Jaron Brown and Chad Williams are names we should also keep an eye on, but Arians has complained about their lack of performance publicly.


08/15/17, 04:28 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Maxx Williams

Baltimore Ravens

Maxx Looks Slow, Open Door for Watson


“Tight end Maxx Williams deserves a ton of credit for persevering through a serious knee surgery and getting back onto the field this summer. But in watching him run, it’s still pretty clear that he has a ways to go. He has bulked up and gotten considerably stronger, so it will be interesting to see whether he becomes more of a blocking tight end, assuming he’s on the season-opening roster.”

fantasy Goo: Ben Watson appears to be worth a last round flier. Denis Pitta was the number eight TE overall last year and he only scored 2 TD’s. Watson was the number 6 TE in 2015 with Drew Brees throwing him 6 TD’s.


08/15/17, 03:54 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.baltimoresun.com


Ryan Mathews

Philadelphia Eagles

Ryan Matthews Released


After passing his physical earlier today, The Eagles have informed former starting RB Ryan Mathews that he's been released. This move was completely expected, the Eagles save a bunch of money by releasing him now.

Fantasy Goo: Hartbeat would like to see him land in: IND, SF, MIA or CHI (all backup roles). I think the Giants or Ravens should see what he has left in the tank, even if it’s just a few games Matthews is a talented back, he’s just been drenched with injuries. I don’t think the team that picks him up has to pay much for him.


08/15/17, 03:30 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Devonta Freeman

Atlanta Falcons

Freeman in Concussion Protocol


Coach Quinn says Devonta Freeman is in concussion protocol, will be ruled out for Sunday's game. This really means nothing if he’s back by next week, but if this lingers like Jay Ajayi’s concussion, Coleman might actually be worth his draft value in the sixth round.

Fantasy Goo: Despite being only 206 lbs he had the 3rd most RZ carries with 53. Although Coleman is an extremely strong receiver Freeman was still top 5 in catches among RBs on only a 63% snap share.


08/14/17, 04:34 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Leonard Fournette

Jacksonville Jaguars

Fournette Battling Same Issues


Jaguars rookie RB Leonard Fournette suffered a foot injury and HC Doug Marrone said team intends to be "careful with him." Fournette battled a recurring foot/ankle injury throughout his final season at LSU. It was a real problem most of the year.

Fantasy Goo: Fournette was clocked running 22.9 MPH at LSU last season, for reference Tyreek Hill was the NFLs fastest player at 23.2MPH. It appears as though Jacksonville is being cautious, but rookies need to get on the field and learn the nuances of the NFL, especially pass blocking.


08/14/17, 03:31 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Jordan Matthews

Buffalo Bills

Matthews Must Play With Pain


Bills' WR Jordan Mathews has what team is calling "a chip fracture in his sternum" and is week to week.
The good news is that it’s just a pain tolerance issue. The bad news is that it can be pretty painful.

Fantasy Goo: Matthews move to Buffalo had very little effect on his projections, but with lack of practice with his new team he will almost certainly get off to a slow start. Check the Pyro Pulse Podcast (Ep.5) to get the hot, sticky goo on how this affects the value of the other Bills and Eagles skill players.


08/14/17, 03:29 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Marqise Lee

Jacksonville Jaguars

Lee High Ankle Sprain Opens Door for Hurns, Again


Jaguars WR Marqise Lee suffered a high-ankle sprain, source said. He'll push hard to be ready for Week 1, but caution could push it back.

Fantasy Goo: Lee was the 39th overall pick of the 2014 draft. In 2016 he caught a career-high 63 passes for 851 yards and three touchdowns. He was finally healthy after continuous injuries the last two years. I think many would rank him higher if we could be sure that he has beaten Allen Hurns out for regular targets.


08/14/17, 02:56 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Jordan Reed

Washington Redskins

Reed Has "Special Shoes"


“Redskins tight end Jordan Reed said his new cleats and orthotics have made a difference for his sprained big toe. Reed said, "I'll be out there shortly." He remains on the PUP list.”

Fantasy Goo: Jay Gruden has made it very clear that the offense runs through Jordan Reed, this was never more prominent than when the Redskins let their two best WRs based on production walk this offseason. Reed has obviously red flags when it comes to injuries, he is one dirty hit away from a career ending concussion. When he is healthy, there is no TE that I would rather have, Reed has averaged the most fantasy points per game over the past two seasons and is targeted on a minimum of 15% of his routes.
For more see Hartbeat TE Gold Diggers vol.1


08/13/17, 08:24 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Sterling Shepard

New York Giants

Shepard Back in Practice


“Just 11 days after he was carted off the practice field with an ankle injury fearing the worst, Shepard practiced fully with his teammates on Sunday. There appeared to be very few restrictions on the second-year receiver, who also didn't seem to be favoring his injured ankle at all.”

Fantasy Goo: Shepard finished second among rookie WRs in targets, catches, yards and touchdowns. In general, second year WRs see a jump in fantasy production by 16%, but Sterling is more likely to move in an inverse fashion. With the Giants bringing in Brandon Marshall and Evan Engram, Shepard is the most likely to see a decrease in targets. See Hartbeat, WR Gold Diggers vol.1 for more.


08/13/17, 07:55 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Robby Anderson

New York Jets

Robby With Early Bomb


With Enunwa out for the season the New York Jets will be looking for one of their young receivers to step-up. On their first drive Josh McCown connected with Robby Anderson for a 53 yard gain and finished the drive with a 4-yard TD pass to Charone Peake. Anderson finished the first half with three receptions for 71 yards.

Fantasy Goo: Anderson could be a nice late-round flyer, but this offense doesn’t project for much fire-power. Anderson projects for a 63/830/4 line and Peake is nothing more than a DFS GPP play or possible bye-week flyer.


08/13/17, 08:14 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Travis Kelce

Kansas City Chiefs

Kelce to Return Next Week


After the game, Chiefs coach Andy Reid provided an update on a few of those guys, specifically Travis Kelce. “They are close,” Reid noted of those three guys. “(They will) potentially get some work this next week, we’ll just see how it goes. They’ve got a big rehab session (Saturday), so we’ll see.”

Fantasy Goo: Since he fractured his patella in 2013 and missed his entire rookie campaign, Kelce has not missed a game. Kelce led all TEs last season in fantasy points, but he also thrived under advanced metrics, also leading the league in Success Rate on 65% of his plays. – Hartbeat
I five games without Maclin on the field over the past two years Kelce averages 2.76 more PPR points per game even though he did not score a TD in any of them.


08/12/17, 07:56 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Jay Ajayi

Miami Dolphins

Ajayi Still in Concussion Protocol


Running backs coach Danny Barrett believes Kenyan Drake could be an every-down back if Jay Ajayi misses multiple games. He said Drake is “more reliable, more dependable, being where he’s supposed to be – especially in our passing game”

Fantasy Goo: I’m not necessarily buying what they’re selling, but Ajayi out for 10 days so far does concern me. Gase was not happy with Ajayi to start last year and it was a work-ethic issue. A concussion requires medical clearance and cannot be put in the same category, but Gase seems to have the old-school mentality of, “you can’t make the club from the tub.” If Ajayi is out for any amount of time we can expect about a 50/50 split from Drake and Damien Williams, neither is built for work-horse carries.


08/12/17, 06:23 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Kenyan Drake

Miami Dolphins

Ajayi Still in Concussion Protocol


Running backs coach Danny Barrett believes Kenyan Drake could be an every-down back if Jay Ajayi misses multiple games. He said Drake is “more reliable, more dependable, being where he’s supposed to be – especially in our passing game”

Fantasy Goo: I’m not necessarily buying what they’re selling, but Ajayi out for 10 days so far does concern me. Gase was not happy with Ajayi to start last year and it was a work-ethic issue. A concussion requires medical clearance and cannot be put in the same category, but Gase seems to have the old-school mentality of, “you can’t make the club from the tub.” If Ajayi is out for any amount of time we can expect about a 50/50 split from Drake and Damien Williams, neither is built for work-horse carries.


08/12/17, 06:23 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Jordan Matthews

Buffalo Bills

Bills replace Watkins with Jordan Matthews


“Bills acquired WR Jordan Matthews and a 2018 third-round pick from the Eagles in exchange for CB Ronald Darby.” I’m not quite sure what the Bills are thinking here, they now have three (Zay Jones, Anquan Boldin) receivers that play predominantly out of the slot.

Fantasy Goo: For Matthews this is pretty much a lateral move, if he continues to play from the slot. He is far more successful from the slot compared to playing the outside receiver positions. Podcast (Ep.5) to get the hot, sticky goo on how this affects the value of the other Bills and Eagles skill players.


08/11/17, 07:38 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: pyromaniac.com


Sammy Watkins

Los Angeles Rams

Sammy to Rams


“Bills have acquired CB E.J. Gaines and Rams 2018 second round pick for WR Sammy Watkins and Bills 2018 sixth round pick.” This is a nice piece for Goff to show if he’s is worth the draft position. Rams GM has also stated publicly that he would like to sign Sammy to a long term deal.

Fantasy Goo: This is a slight downgrade for Sammy depending on how Goff is able to recover from a dismal rookie year. Sammy is currently going at the end of the third, I’m going to wait just a few picks to see if I can get him in the 4th now. This puts a hurting on all of the Robert Woods truther’s out there, Woods will only have value now if Sammy goes down again. Check the Pyro Pulse Podcast (Ep.5) to get the hot, sticky goo on how this affects the value of the other Rams skill players.


08/11/17, 07:25 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: pyromaniac.com


Ezekiel Elliott

Dallas Cowboys

Six Game Suspension


NFL suspended Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott six games for violating the league's personal conduct policy. Reports out of the Ezekiel Elliot camp say the player is considering sitting out all of the 2017 NFL season if suspended. Zeke will be appealing the decision with his lawyers in full force, the appeal will most likely be heard by Roger Goodell because the initial suspension was handed down by Todd Jones.

Fantasy Goo: Staggs projections have about a 100 point drop-off for Zeke in terms of year end points. He drops from RB3 to RB14 projections wise, his rank will be slightly higher because we can factor in replacement value with other RB's. Check the Pyro Pulse Podcast (Ep.5) to get the serious goo on who to stream/handcuff Elliot with, and how this affects the value of the other Cowboys skill players.


08/11/17, 01:29 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: pyromaniac.com


Leonard Fournette

Jacksonville Jaguars

Fournette Talking Speed


Fournette told NFL Network after his first preseason game that the step up in competition didn’t faze him at all. In fact, while many players say the speed of the game is difficult to get used to in the NFL, Fournette thought the opposite was true after he carried nine times for 31 yards and a touchdown in a preseason win over the Patriots.

Fantasy Goo: Fournette was clocked running 22.9 MPH at LSU last season, for reference Tyreek Hill was the NFLs fastest player at 23.2MPH. Impressive, but more talk like this and Fournette will run right into a brick wall week 1. If he thinks the Patriots team he saw last night was indicative of full-speed, first string, NFL game-day, he’s in for a rude awakening.


08/11/17, 09:13 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Houdini's Sleepers v02

Houdini's Sleepers v02

Posted by d-Rx on 08/26/12

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Sleepers…wow I really can’t impress how important it is to grab a sleeper.  When I speak of sleepers, I am looking for players that have a chance to produce major numbers for you, despite their perceived value in most national publications.  Sleepers can take many forms, from a player who underperformed the previous year to a player that is just never on people’s radar until it is too late because they are overpaying for the previous year’s statistics.  This is my list of sleepers for this season.

 

QBs

 

The quarterback position is one that has gotten stronger and stronger over the last 4 years, and with the return of Peyton Manning the field just got even better.  The quarterback position, in my opinion is one that you can and should wait to pick.  Last year, I and Pyromaniac.com were all over Matthew Stafford and he was the 10th to 11th QB off the boards in most leagues and performed as the 4th best Fantasy QB on the season.  This season there will be no value with Stafford as he projects to go in the 2nd round in most drafts.  Think about the depth at this position: Rodgers, Brady, Brees, Stafford, E. Manning, Romo, P. Manning and Cam Newton.  The quarterback position has become what the running back position was 15 years ago when every team had a main back and there was no RBBC.  Even after those 8 quarterbacks I think there are 4 real good sleepers at the position this year, which is why I will wait to draft a quarterback with no need to overpay. 

 

 

Matt Ryan – Matt Ryan jumps off the page to me as a perfect sleeper for this season.  He is the example of the player who just gets overlooked.  Last season was dominated by huge performances at the quarterback position and Ryan posted some nice numbers with 4,177 yards passing, 29 TD’s and 12 INT’s, but compared to Brady, Rodgers and Brees, those numbers are under the radar.  Now consider that Julio Jones, an ultimate game-breaker, is entering his second season and is healthy and showing everyone in the preseason that he is going to make his mark this season.  Ryan also has the benefit of arguably the best hands in the game with Roddy White.  White and a healthy Jones will give Ryan weapons that will fit in well the more pass oriented offense of new OC Dirk Koetter.  Then you have to factor in that Michael Turner has another year on him and looks like a candidate to have a major drop off in production, which would mean that the Falcons may rely more on their passing attack and Ryan will be the benefactor.  I expect Ryan to improve on last year’s stats and I am projecting 4,500 yards, 35 TD and 15 INT.  He will be on the board late for you especially since he is not a running quarterback, but look at his weapons and look for a steal after the big names are gone.

 

 

Philip Rivers – Philip Rivers was the 5th quarterback taken in most drafts last year, and that was where the experts thought the tier ended.  Rivers had a tough year with the interceptions and threw 20 last year.  He did manager to throw 27 TD and threw for 4,624 yards, not too bad.  Everyone is going to say with Vincent Jackson gone his numbers will go down.  Really?  With Jackson in and out of the lineup Rivers has thrown for over 4,000 yards 4 years in a row and the last two over 4,500 yards.  Then you need to look at those interceptions and decide if that is going to happen again, or if it was an anomaly.  I believe the latter is more accurate when you look at Rivers’ history.  Rivers threw 33 INT over the previous 3 seasons total and I expect him to be in the 10-13 range this year.  Rivers is also going to get a lot more opportunities to throw at the beginning of the season with the injury to Ryan Matthews.  Rivers is a competitor and he is the happiest guy that he has a healthy Antonio Gates to throw the ball to.  No one will be taking Rivers early this year, especially the people he burned last year, but that means he is a great sleeper value as he could still be on the board as the 10th or 11th QB. 

 

 

Jay Cutler – Cutler has been a fantasy disappointment ever since he left Denver.  The Bears paid a lot to get Cutler and have done nothing to give him weapons to take advantage of his strengths, until now.  Cutler is getting reunited with his good friend Brandon “two faces” Marshall along with his QB coach from Denver, Jeremy Bates.  Then the Bears gave Cutler more help through the draft with 6’ 3” 216 pound Alshon Jeffery.   Cutler threw for over 4,500 yards in Denver and will have the chance to do that this year in Chicago.  Cutler is a more polished quarterback, since he spent so much time learning and running for his life in Chicago, and finally has receivers to complement his talent.  Forte is a great receiver out of the backfield and Devin Hester is finally going to be used more sparingly and effectively.  Cutler is being viewed as the 12-14th best QB and he legitimately has a chance to be a top 10 fantasy QB by the end of this season. 

 

 

RBs

 

The running back position is one that is very top heavy and then there are a lot of guys that all look the same on paper.  Here are a few guys that will not be drafted as starters for teams, but could be before the season is over.

 

 

Doug Martin – Martin was selected in the first round by the Buccaneers in the first round this year with the expectation that he would be able to step in and be a factor right away.  The competition in front of him, LeGarrette Blount, does not have the confidence of the front office or coaching staff, or they would not have drafted Martin in the first round.  Blount has a history of fumbling and that will lose you a job faster than anything else as a running back.  Martin has carried to main workload in the preseason and looks like he will be the one who gets the most opportunities on a run heavy team.

 

 

Daniel Thomas – Daniel Thomas was hampered by a hamstring injury for most of his rookie season.  He was supposed to be lead back in the offense, but when he went down Reggie Bush stepped up.  Bush is going to be the reason that Thomas drops in your drafts.  Let everyone else overpay for Bush and you can sneak in late and take Thomas who should finish with better stats at the end of the year.  Reggie Bush has proved one thing in his NFL career; he cannot carry the ball inside the tackles.  Thomas is a bigger back who looks for contact and delivers punishment to those that tackle him.  Bush is not going to see as many carries this year because Thomas is the load back in this offense as well as the goal line back.  When Thomas was at his most healthy in weeks 2 and 3 last year he posted 202 yards on 41 carries for 4.9 yards per attempt.  As long as he is healthy he will be a great sleeper this year. 

 

 

Stevan Ridley – Ridley is going to be given the chance to be the starter for the New England Patriots with the departure of “The Law Firm”.  The competition will come in the form of Shane Vereen, but Vereen is dealing with a foot injury and Ridley has taken advantage in the preseason and will be the starter for the Pats.  Ridley is going to be used as both a rusher and a receiver as was evidenced by his performance in the Patriots 3rd preseason game where he had 16 rushes for 87 yards with a TD and 3 receptions for 17 yards in three quarters.  With all the weapons around him, Ridley should be able to find some big holes in the defense.  Ridley has a chance to impact the fantasy world this season. 

 

 

WRs

 

With the NFL becoming a passing league there have become fewer and fewer sure fire number one receivers, but it also means there is a lot more depth at the position than ever before and there are some good sleepers .  A key to winning your league will be getting quality receivers at the WR3 and WR4 for flex weeks especially if they have the potential to score like a WR2. 

 

 

Robert Meachem – Robert Meachem is on the move this year from the Saints to the Chargers which I believe will prove to be a great move for him.  Meachem has all the talent in the world and can make great catches and has very good speed.  He was mired in a very crowded receiving corps in New Orleans and had a hard time getting targets, which will not be a problem in San Diego with the departure of Vincent Jackson.  There is also no competition for the starting spot with the injury to Vincent Brown in the preseason.  Meachem is going to have to learn to be more of an every down player and though he has the tendency to take off a few plays I think having Philip Rivers in his ear should help correct that problem.  Look for Meachem to take a huge step this year with more opportunities and a value if he slips into the 6th round or beyond.

 

 

Torrey Smith – Torrey Smith showed everyone last year that he is a home run threat with his straight up the field speed.  As a rookie he finished with 50 receptions for 841 yards and 16.8 yards per catch average.  Smith is the dynamic receiver on the Ravens and will continue to pressure defenses this year, but I expect him to have better chemistry with Flacco and having Ray Rice will always allow for big plays in the play action game.  If you are in a league that rewards for longer TD’s you will want to be targeting Smith.  Smith only had 2 games last year where he posted more than 100 yards receiving but in those 2 weeks he had 11 catches for 317 yards and 4 TD.  As he develops you can expect more 100 yard games and he should finish with 70 receptions for 1000+ yards this year.

 

 

Brandon LaFell – Brandon LaFell is entering his third season this year and has the opportunity to make the classic jump as a third year receiver.  LaFell is going to be under the radar as most people will be focusing on Steve Smith after his resurgence last season.  Lafell increased his numbers significantly from his rookie season and finished with 36 catches for 613 yards and 3 TD’s.  LaFell had an impressive 17 yards per catch average on the season but only posted one 100 yard receiving game.  LaFell should slip in most drafts because those numbers don’t jump out at you, but let’s consider the situation he is in this year.  Cam Newton will be entering his second season and should be a better passer this season.  Steve Smith is the one who is going to draw the double coverage leaving LaFell and his speed one on one in most cases.  I expect him to be available past round 10 in most drafts and that would be a steal if he finishes as I project with a 1,000 yards and around 60 receptions. 

 

 

Pierre Garcon – Garcon has slipped in some drafts and if he does he will be a steal for you.  Garcon has never had a 1,000 yard receiving season, even with a healthy Peyton Manning , which is why there are many non believers in Garcon with rookie RG III throwing him the pill.  The fact is Garcon has loads of talent and has proved in his career he can make the most ridiculous catches look easy, but has also dropped the easy ones.  The latter point could be why he did not see as many targets from Peyton.  Garcon is clearly the best receiver in Washington and RG III will look to him early and often (think of Steve Smith and Cam Newton last season).  Garcon will make an impact in both standard and PPR leagues and he should have no problem surpassing the 1,000 yard mark and setting career highs across the board. 

 

 

TEs

 

At the tight end position this season I feel it is very similar to the quarterback situation as there is more depth at this position than ever before.  Gronkowski and Graham are well ahead at the top, but if you miss on one of them don’t worry and feel like you need to jump and grab the next tight end as there will be some good talent available late, and if you don’t get one of the top ones, I would wait until later and grab two tight ends back to back in rounds 9 and 10.  Here are some of the tight ends that make me feel confident in that strategy. 

 

 

Brandon Pettigrew – Brandon Pettigrew finished outside the top 10 of scoring for tight ends even though he had 83 receptions on the season.  Being part of the Lions offense that spreads defenses gives him many opportunities to make plays.  The disappointment last season was that he only mustered 777 yards on those 83 receptions with his longest play going for 27 yards.  He is a big bodied tight end, but he does not have the game breaking ability of Graham or Gronkowski, but he should become a bigger weapon as the Lions continue to spread defenses out and having Stafford at quarterback is a plus.  Megatron presents an issue as he does steal red zone opportunities as he rightly should, but Pettigrew should be able to improve on his numbers from last season.  Pettigrew should continue to see a lot of short targets to take pressure off the running backs who are constantly injured and who will most likely be without Jahvid Best for the entire season.

 

 

Jared Cook – Jared Cook may be the tight end that I am most excited about this season.  Cook made a huge jump last year when you look at his season totals compared to 2010, although it was not felt in fantasy as he did most of his damage in the last 3 weeks of the season.  Those 3 weeks are what has me so interested in grabbing him this year.  In those 3 games he had 21 receptions for 335 yards and a TD.  Cook was able to raise his yards per catch average for the third year in a row and finished the season with 15.5 yards per catch average.  Cook will be helped by the return of Kenny Britt who should draw the double coverage and leave Cook alone against linebackers.  Cook has the potential to become a 1,000 yard receiver and top 65 receptions next year.         

 

 

Jermaine Gresham – Jermaine Gresham is entering his third season and has had at least 52 receptions in each season.  Gresham was a very consistent tight end last season as he had 4 or more catches in 9 of the 14 games he played in last year.  He never had a huge game as he has yet to have a 100 yard receiving game.  That said he is part of a young and up and coming offense and with Andy Dalton and AJ Green entering their second seasons there is hope in Cincinnati.  Gresham needs to improve on his yards per catch average which was 10.6 last season but he should get more opportunities this season.  Gresham should become a bigger part of the offense as they need to help draws attention away from AJ Green and Gresham should be the major benefactor. 

 

 

Fred Davis – Davis was another under the radar last season and scored like and a demon, but he still may slip in fantasy drafts this season.  Davis had career highs with 59 receptions for 796 yards and 3 TD in only 12 games played.  RG III will give him better quarterback play than he had last season with Rex Grossman and John Beck.  Davis is falling behind names like Tony Gonzalez and Jason Witten and he has a chance to be closer to Antonio Gates in stats by the end of the season.  If you wait on a tight end Davis is a great option.   You would like to see more TD production, but the Redskins are a completely different offense this season and Davis should see more opportunities in the redzone. 

 

 

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