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January 18, 2018
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Tom Brady

New England Patriots

Tom Still Terrific?


Tom Brady was first listed on the team's injury report with an Achilles injury heading in to Week 11.
Weeks 1-10: 21.2 fantasy points per game, 110.9 passer rating
Weeks 11-17: 14.2 fantasy points per game, 87.3 passer rating

Fantasy Goo: This should line up for a good week for Brady, Tennessee is 8th in fantasy points allowed to RB’s, but just below average against QB’s. The Patriots are 13 point favorites on Saturday Night, if Brady doesn’t do it at home in prime-time then something is wrong.


01/09/18, 07:30 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Alvin Kamara

New Orleans Saints

Primary Role Shifting


Saints have run 5 times at/inside opponent's 5-yard line over last 4 weeks (including playoffs):
Alvin Kamara 3 carries, Zach Line 1, Mark Ingram 1. Kamara was in on all 3 Saints run plays at/inside 5 vs. Panthers last week, including Line's 1-yard TD run.

Fantasy Goo: If you’re trying to decide between Kamara and Ingram for the playoff run, Kamara looks to be the much better play.


01/09/18, 07:20 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Jay Ajayi

Philadelphia Eagles

It's A Trap


Jay Ajayi (knee) is practicing in full for the Divisional Round.

Fantasy Goo: Atlanta is 5th in fantasy points allowed to RB’s this year and they are more susceptible to pass-catching backs. Todd Gurley rushed 14 times for 101 yards in the Rams' Wild Card loss to the Falcons, adding four receptions for 10 additional yards. Ajayi might have been drafted before Gurley this year, but that was clearly a mistake. Ajayi has talent, but he’s far from a good option this week.


01/09/18, 07:16 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com


Chris Hogan

New England Patriots

Back in Action


Chris Hogan (shoulder) is expected to return for Saturday's Divisional Round game against the Titans.

Fantasy Goo: He’s going to take a couple of weeks to get in tune with the offense, I’m looking to save him until the Super Bowl if you’re in one of those one and done fantasy playoff tournaments.


01/09/18, 07:14 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com


Drew Brees

New Orleans Saints

Strength vs Strength


Saints RBs led NFL during regular season in receptions (9.0) and receiving yards (77.8) per game.
Vikings held opposing RBs to fewest yards per target (4.2) and 3rd-fewest yards per game (30.6).

Fantasy Goo: The Vikings have been absolutely sick in all aspects on defense this year. If the Saints are going to pull this one out it sounds like it’s going to have to be a Brees week, I’m not so sure he’s going to be the guy you want to start on the road this week.


01/09/18, 07:12 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


LeSean McCoy

Buffalo Bills

Not The Real McCoy


LeSean McCoy said if he plays Sunday, "I want to be able to cut well enough to where I don't have a lot of pain cutting. I just want to be close, or the best as far as 100 percent as I can get. The type of game like this, you got to lay it all on the line.”

Fantasy Goo: McCoy is a poor play against the Jags this week. The Jags strength on defense is against the pass (#1 in FP allowed), but they are still strong against the rush (11th). I’m not taking any Bills on fantasy playoff squads or in DFS this week.


01/04/18, 09:29 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Derrick Henry

Tennessee Titans

Arrow Pointing Down


DeMarco Murray (knee) didn't practice again Thursday. Derrick Henry show ready to go.

Fantasy Goo: The way to attack KC is through the air, they rank 9th in fantasy points allowed to RB’s. They will most likely be in negative game script. KC hasn’t allowed any team to score over 20 points in Arrowhead all year.


01/04/18, 09:27 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Julio Jones

Atlanta Falcons

No Fly Zone


Julio Jones finished 11th in NFL in red-zone targets but caught only 5 of 19. He finished 4th in targets inside 10 but only caught 4 of 11.

Fantasy Goo: The Rams have a strong pass defense, especially against outside receivers, but are second worst in fantasy points allowed to RB’s. Freeman and Coleman are the only Falcons I am considering this week.


01/04/18, 09:25 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Kenny Golladay

Detroit Lions

Under the Radar


In the first game with TJ Jones (shoulder) on IR last week, Kenny Golladay played 95% of snaps and led DET WRs with 8 targets.

Fantasy Goo: Marvin Jones has a history of shredding the Packers defense and is a solid play at $6500 on DK, but Golladay is half the price ($3300) and will probably see a similar number of targets. If Detroit had something to play for I’d be stacking the heck out of this game, but I still think it’s smart to have one of these guys in the line-up this week.


12/31/17, 09:46 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Patrick Mahomes

Kansas City Chiefs

Rookie Debut


Patrick Mahomes was 2nd in PFF’s QB Rating when kept clean in preseason. He rushed for 744 yards, 22 TDs in his last two years at Texas Tech. Denver has allowed multiple passing TDs to six-straight QBs not named Petty or Brissett.

Fantasy Goo: The rookie was supposed to take over for Alex Smith much earlier this season, but Smith and the Chief’s came out firing on all cylinders and kept the rookie on the bench. Mahomes will get his chance this week as Smith gets a week off before the playoffs. Denver may be packing it in, but they still have one of the best defenses and I expect they will play more inspired this week against a division rival.


12/31/17, 09:32 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Wayne Gallman

New York Giants

Last Man Standing


Giants will be without Shepard (neck), Engram (ribs), and King (concussion) vs. WAS. Wayne Gallman has 9, 7, 8 target counts in last three weeks.

Fantasy Goo: Washington ranks 24th in fantasy points allowed to RB’s and Gallman is $4200 on DK. Feels like a great way to save and pay up at other positions.


12/31/17, 09:21 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Alex Collins

Baltimore Ravens

Burfict Situation


Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict ruled out for game Sunday at Baltimore because of shoulder injury.

Fantasy Goo: Collins becomes a solid RB1 this week. Cincinnati’s run defense is a sieve with Burfict out.


12/31/17, 09:19 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Akeem Hunt

Houston Texans

Akeem No Dream


Charcandrick West is out Sunday vs Denver with an illness. Akeem Hunt and Kareem Hunt only RBs on active roster for KC. It would be a surprise to see Kareem play much. That means a ton of Akeem Hunt and likely some De'Anthony Thomas on passing downs.

Fantasy Goo: Akeem is min price ($3000) on DK so the definition of a free-square, but there’s a reason he’s bounced around the NFL and never earned a starting role. Denver is 5th in fantasy points allowed to RB’s, I’m not rostering Akeem when there are so many other options this week.


12/31/17, 09:17 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


DeAndre Hopkins

Houston Texans

Milestone Not Worth The Risk


Bill O'Brien on DeAndre Hopkins' status: 'Probably won't know up until game time'. Typically, we might classify this as coach-speak, but Hopkins has never missed a game, and is four catches away from 100 for the season. He's probably pushing hard to play.

Fantasy Goo: This is an awesome match-up for the Houston WR’s going against a very weak Indy pass defense, but there is really no reason for Hopkins to play, especially with the calf injury. At $8400 on DK he’s just way too pricey given this news. A sneaky start might be Will Fuller at $4300, he has 5 targets in each of the past three games and is coming off some difficult match-ups. Earlier in the season he was a superstar with Watson throwing the ball, but he has always had the big play in his arsenal no matter who the QB is.


12/29/17, 10:03 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Dion Lewis

New England Patriots

Vultures Are Always Flying


James White (ankle) remained limited at Thursday's practice. White was absent for last week's win over Buffalo but should be out there against the Jets in Week 17. He ranks eighth among running backs with 56 catches this year.

Fantasy Goo: Lewis dominated last week with White and Burkhead out, even though Gillislee vultured a TD. I would imagine that White playing will take away the five receptions Lewis had last week and the Jets actually have a better rush defense than the Pats week 16 opponent (Buf). The Pats will be looking to lock-up home field advantage and won’t be resting their starters, but they will probably be looking to get everyone some work as they prep for the playoffs. Gillislee appears to be nursing a hammy and is not expected to play, but let’s not forget how White performed last year in the Super Bowl.


12/29/17, 09:47 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

Pittsburgh Steelers

Stars Sitting


The Steelers Marcus Gilbert tells reporter Tim Benz that the Steelers won't play Ben Roethlisberger or Le'Veon Bell in finale vs. Cleveland. Landry Jones will be under center for Pittsburgh and Fitzgerald Toussaint and Stevan Ridley will form a thoroughly underwhelming RB committee against the Browns.

Fantasy Goo: Underwhelming is an understatement for these two backs, a highly respected fantasy website hasn’t even updated the news on these two since the pre-season and doesn’t even recognize them as being on the team. The one player of note in this is Martavis Bryant, The Alien averages over 17 ppr points per game with Landry at the helm as opposed to 8.4 ppg with other QB’s. He also has 5 TD’s in 5 home games with Landry. Granted most of this production comes from 2015 when they worked together often in the preseason, but Bryant could be a very sneaky GPP play this week.


12/29/17, 09:23 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Jacksonville Jaguars

Play To Win The Game


Despite already being locked into the AFC's No. 3 seed, Jaguars coach Doug Marrone has no plans to rest starters in Sunday's game against the Titans. "Make no mistake about it, just so there is not a lot of talk during the week: When the players come in (Wednesday), we are talking about how we are going to play to win and do everything we possibly can to win this game, period," Marrone said. "I am not even thinking about what happens beyond that, and that is the way we are going to go about our business this week."

Fantasy Goo: I think it’s crazy of him to do, but I’m sure he has Tom Coughlin in his ear feeding him that old-school philosophy. Looks like Bortles, Fournette, Westbrook and Cole will be safe plays against a Titan’s team hoping to hold on to the sixth seed in the AFC.


12/26/17, 10:00 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

Los Angeles Rams

Resting Starters


McVay hints that there will be Rams starters “who won’t play at all” on Sunday. The Rams are already locked into either the No. 3 or 4 seed in the NFC and will host a Wild Card round playoff game.

Fantasy Goo: Gurley, Goff, Woods, all sitting this week? That’s going to destroy so many hopes and dreams for teams that rode Gurley all year.


12/26/17, 09:58 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


DeMarco Murray

Tennessee Titans

Grind It Out


Mike Mularkey said he's not ruling DeMarco Murray out just yet. He's day-to-day. The Titans are holding out hope to have him in limited role.

Fantasy Goo: They are really grinding him into the dirt if they play him this week. I didn’t see the injury, but it sounded pretty ugly from sources in the know. Keep away from him in whatever format you are playing this week, I’m giving Derick Henry a solid upgrade as the Titans are trying to hold on to the final playoff spot in the AFC.


12/26/17, 05:17 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Philadelphia Eagles

All Locked Up


Pederson on playing Foles vs. Cowboys: “I’ve got to get him as many reps as he can and then be smart about it. Obviously, we have a lot of football left. Our season is really just beginning, quite honestly. We’ll be smart.”

Fantasy Goo: This is why you don’t play a championship game in week 17. I’m staying away from the Eagles regular starters, pretty much across the board, as they have a first round bye all locked up. Guys like Blount, Clement, and Nelson Agholor might have some DFS appeal, but we have to get closer to Sunday to see what they plan on doing.


12/26/17, 05:15 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Training Camp Battles (2012)

Training Camp Battles (2012)

Posted by d-Rx on 08/01/12

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Quarterback Battles

 

Cleveland Browns: Brandon Weeden vs. Colt McCoy

The Scoop: Not really much of a competition here. McCoy’s career QB rating is an abysmal 74.5 and he has thrown just as many interceptions as touchdowns in his first two seasons. Meanwhile, the Cleveland Browns did not draft a 28 year old rookie in the first round with intentions to sit him. Weeden is currently taking snaps with the first team.

 

Fantasy Impact: The Cleveland Browns expect ride running back Trent Richardson this year. It’s a good thing too, because with either quarterback the passing game will be abysmal.

 

Edge: Weeden

 


Jacksonville Jaguars: Blaine Gabbert vs. Chad Henne

 

The Scoop: Gabbert’s rookie season was marked with sloppy play, barely completing 50% of his passes. Henne looked as though he was finally putting it together for Miami until a shoulder injury abruptly ended his season. Jacksonville’s aggressive pursuit of Henne has sparked this controversy, but it’s too early to give up on the young quarterback of the future.

 

Fantasy Impact: I’m personally more of a believer in Henne than Gabbert, but considering Gabbert is likely to start I wouldn’t draft either quarterback.

 

Edge: Gabbert

 


Tennessee Titans: Matt Hasselbeck vs. Jake Locker

 

The Scoop: The Titans brought in Hasselbeck last year to start and to mentor first round pick Jake Locker. While Hasselbeck preformed well last year, Locker exceeded expectations in his limited playing time. Will the Titans want Locker to sit and watch for another year, or is the future now in Tennessee?

 

Fantasy Impact: Either quarterback could end up being a formidable backup.

 

Edge: Hasselbeck

 


Miami Dolphins: Matt Moore vs. David Garrard vs. Ryan Tannehill

 

The Scoop: While Miami is insisting that all three quarterbacks are in contention to start, this really is a two man competition, as Tannehill won’t be thrown to the wolves with two veteran QB’s on the team. Matt Moore looked impressive after taking over for an injured Chad Henne last season, helping Miami go 6-3 in their last 9 games. After sitting out the entire 2011 season due to injury, Garrard is hoping to recapture his Pro Bowl form from the 2010 season as a member of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

 

Fantasy Impact: Both Moore and Garrard could end up surprising people. Best case scenario, I see the Dolphins’ quarterback as a mid-level backup.

 

Edge: Garrard

 


Arizona Cardinals: Kevin Kolb vs. John Skelton

 

The Scoop: Arizona gave up Domanique Rodgers-Cromartie and spent a lot of money to acquire Kolb last year, and Kolb repaid them with an inconsistent, injury plagued season. With backup QB John Skelton at the helm, the Cardinals rallied to a 5-2 record, allowing for a little quarterback controversy in Arizona. However, during this stretch, Skelton himself was inconsistent and threw more interceptions (14) than touchdowns (11).

 

Fantasy Impact: With Larry Fitzgerald in the mix, there is always fantasy potential for a quarterback in Arizona.

 

Edge: Kolb

 


Seattle Seahawks: Tavaris Jackson vs. Matt Flynn vs. Russell Wilson

 

The Scoop: Jackson is coming off the best year of his career, but when compared to quarterbacks around the league his numbers were subpar. Seattle responded this offseason by signing Packers’ backup Matt Flynn who threw for 480 yards and 6 touchdowns in his lone start last season, and by drafting Wisconsin’s Russell Wilson, an undersized quarterback with elite intangibles.

 

Fantasy Impact: Of the three, only Flynn will truly make an impact. His performance against the Lions last season is a fantasy owner’s dream.

 

Edge: Flynn

 

 

Running Back

 

Washington Redskins: Tim Hightower vs. Roy Helu vs. Evan Royster

 

The Scoop: All three of these players saw solid time at running back last season. Hightower began the season as the #1 back, but an ACL tear sidelined him for the season in late October. After a brief Ryan Torain stint, rookie running back Roy Helu stepped up and started 5 games, galloping his way to three straight 100-yeard rushing games and finishing 2nd among rookies in rushing yards with 640.  To further complicate matters, Washington signed rookie Evan Royster in late November, and he put up two 100-yard rushing games and a 5.9 yards per carry average.

 

Fantasy Impact: All three can put up great fantasy numbers, but I don’t even think Mike Shanahan knows who will get the carries from week to week.

 

Edge: Royster

 

 

Carolina Panthers: DeAngelo Williams vs. Jonathan Stewart vs. Mike Tolbert

 

The Scoop: The last team expected to pick up another running back this offseason was the Carolina Panthers, but that’s exactly what they did in signing ex-Charger Mike Tolbert. The Panthers claim they will utilize Tolbert as a fullback, so while he may steal some carries from the other two he isn’t stealing their playing time. Expect this classic “Thunder and Lighting” tandem (Williams and Stewart respectively) to continue doing what they’ve done for the past few years: splitting the carries.

 

Fantasy Impact: The major question is who will get the goal line carries. Unfortunately, the answer will most likely be Cam Newton.

 

Edge: Split

 

 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: LeGarrette Blount vs. Doug Martin

 

The Scoop: Blount followed up an impressive rookie season with a pedestrian sophomore campaign, averaging only 4.2 yards per carry, scoring only 5 touchdowns, and failing to break 50 yards in 7 games. In steps Doug Martin, the rookie first round choice out of Boise State. So far, Martin’s work ethic has and performance on the practice field has earned him a majority of the reps.

 

Fantasy Impact: It seemed last year that there were times Tampa Bay abandoned the run for no apparent reason. If they can recommit to running the football, I see the #1 back putting up huge numbers.

 

Edge: Martin

 


Arizona Cardinals: Beanie Wells vs. Ryan Williams

 

The Scoop: Beanie Wells is coming off his best season as a Cardinal, topping both 1,000 rushing and 10 touchdowns for the first time in his career. Despite his success, Arizona is very high on Ryan Williams, a second year back out of Virginia Tech who was sidelined last season with a patella injury. This factor, plus the fact that Wells has started training camp on the PUP list, calls for an interesting situation brewing in Arizona.

 

Fantasy Impact: There is no reason to believe that Arizona’s #1 back won’t duplicate Wells’ numbers from last year. 

 

Edge: Wells

 


Buffalo Bills: Fred Jackson vs. CJ Spiller

 

The Scoop: Fred Jackson was having a career year last season That is, until a fractured leg abruptly ended his season. In stepped C.J Spiller to pick up the slack, and all he did was average 5.2 yards per carry. Jackson is old for a running back at 31, but he didn’t experience a full work load until 2009. Spiller, the more dynamic runner of the two, seems poised to prove he was worth the 9th overall pick in 2010.

 

Fantasy Impact: Whether it was Jackson or Spiller, the Bills #1 back was often in double digit fantasy points last season. Expect the trend to continue this season.

 

Edge: Spiller

 


Cincinnati Bengals: Benjarvus Green-Ellis vs.  Bernard Scott
 

 

The Scoop: The Bengals have insisted that they implement a running back by-committee approach this season after letting go veteran Cedric Benson this offseason. Green-Ellis, who came over as a free agent from the Patriots, is a power back who has never fumbled in his NFL career. Scott has been a steady backup for the Bengals and is expected to get around 10 carries a game.

 

Fantasy Impact: Green-Ellis has 24 touchdowns over the past two seasons, with all but one coming inside the redzone. It is shocking that nobody is talking about him. He will be a major sleeper. 

 

Edge: Green-Ellis

 


Detroit Lions: Jahvid Best vs. Mikel Leshoure vs. Kevin Smith

 

The Scoop: Best has big play ability, but is oft-injured and coming off a series of concussions suffered last season. Leshoure, a bruising power back with workhorse potential, is returning from an Achilles tear and has been suspended for the first 2 games of the 2012 season because of off the field issues (2 arrests). Smith is a dependable 3rd down back, but is not suited to handle a large workload.

 

Fantasy Impact: The Lions are dying for a complement to their passing game, and a healthy Best is a high-end #2 back. Unfortunately, Best can’t seem to stay healthy.

 

Edge: Best

 


Indianapolis Colts: Donald Brown vs.  Delone Carter

 

The Scoop: Out of the two, Donald Brown has been the more steady and consistent back. New Colts Head Coach Chuck Pagano seems to think that Carter’s potential is greater than Brown’s, but Carter first needs to solve his fumbling issue in order to earn the coaches trust.

 

Fantasy Impact: With rookie Andrew Luck starting at quarterback, the Colts will rely heavily on the running game. Drafting one of these backs late is a low risk/high reward move.

 

Edge: Brown 

 


Kansas City Chiefs: Jamaal Charles vs. Peyton Hillis

 

The Scoop: This tandem possesses the classic combination of power and speed. Charles is a speedster with a career average of 6.1 yards per carry. The problem is that Charles is coming off a torn ACL, an injury that is devastating for running backs in particular. Hillis will provide the punch and is expected spell Charles and receive the bulk of the goal line carries. 

 

Fantasy Impact: Charles’ big play ability and knack for piling up yards will make him a solid #1 back regardless, assuming he can return to his 2010 form. Hillis is the one who will suffer from this pairing despite getting the goal line carries.

 

Edge: Charles

 


New England Patriots: Stevan Ridley vs. Shane Vereen

 

The Scoop: With Danny Woodhead’s role set as the 3rd down back/receiver out of the backfield, the competition boils down to Ridley vs. Vereen. Ridley impressed the New England coaches last season in a limited role, averaging 5.4 yards per carry in the last 3 weeks of the season. However, he was plagued by a few key fumbles late in the season. Vereen is expected to play a larger role in the Patriots offense, but first he must prove he can stay healthy for an entire season.

 

Fantasy Impact: Ultimately, the Patriots hope that one of these backs can fill the void left by Green-Ellis. However, when was the last time a New England back could ever be trusted week after week?

 

Edge: Ridley

 

 

Wide Receiver

 

Arizona Cardinals: Andre Roberts vs. Early Doucet vs. Michael Floyd

The Scoop: With Fitzgerald as the #1 receiver, this battle is for the 2nd spot. Floyd was the 12th overall pick in this year’s draft, but he showed up slightly out of shape and has warranted concern about his work ethic. Roberts put up 51 catches for 586 in his second season, which is impressive considering the QB mess in Arizona last season. Doucet is the most established of the three, but is better suited as a slot receiver.

 

Fantasy Impact: Whoever the #2 receiver is should have many opportunities, as teams will be gearing there defenses towards Fitzgerald. If the quarterback situation in Arizona gets worked out, there could be decent contributions here.

 

Edge: Roberts

 


Carolina Panthers: Brandon Lafell vs. David Gettis vs. Louis Murphy

 

The Scoop: To ignite the battle for the #2 receiver, the Panthers recently acquired Louis Murphy from the Oakland Raiders. Murphy isn’t exactly a stud, averaging only 28 catches for the past two seasons. Lafell and Gettis have been only slightly better, both averaging 37 catches per season over the same stretch.

 

Fantasy Impact: With Smith, solids TE’s and a dynamic running game, the Panthers aren’t asking these receivers to do much, so don’t expect significant production out of this spot.

 

Edge: Lafell

 


Cincinnati Bengals: Mohamed Sanu vs. Tate vs. Armon Binns

 

The Scoop: With the departure of Jerome Simpson and Andre Caldwell, the Bengals are looking to fill a spot that was surprisingly productive last season. While Tate is now an NFL veteran, he has rarely been used as anything other than a return specialist. In fact, last year he didn’t even record a single catch. Still, Tate has more experience than both Sanu, a third round pick in this year’s draft, and Binns, whose most impressive game occurred in preseason of last year.

 

Fantasy Impact: Even with QB Andy Dalton’s anticipated improvement, this spot will bear little significance. WR A.J Green and TE Jermaine Gresham are still Dalton’s top targets.

 

Edge: Sanu

 


Cleveland Browns: Mohamed Massaquoi vs. Josh Gordon

 

The Scoop: Brown’s Head Coach Pat Shurmur asserted this offseason that Greg Little and Mohamed Massaquoi were penciled in as the starting receivers, but that was before Cleveland took Josh Gordon in the 2nd round of the supplemental draft. Massaquoi has greatly underperformed in Cleveland and last year had only 31 catches for 384 yards and 2 touchdowns. Gordon is definitely the more talented of the two, but he missed spring practices and will be playing catch up for most of training camp.

 

Fantasy Impact: Don’t expect much here. Cleveland has shaky quarterback play and will elect to run the ball more often than not.

 

Edge: Massequoi

 

 

Detroit Lions: Titus Young vs. Nate Burleson

 

The Scoop: Burleson had a personal best 73 receptions last year and provided a security blanket for Stafford when Megatron was double and triple teamed. As a rookie last season, Young caught 48 passes for 607 yards and 6 touchdowns. Burleson is over 30 and is better suiting in the slot, while Young is 23 and poised for a breakout season.

 

Fantasy Impact: With one of the best QB’s in the league in Matthew Stafford running the show, Titus Young is expected to become one of the top #2 receivers in the game.

 

Edge:  Young

 


Green Bay Packers: James Jones vs. Randall Cobb vs. Donald Driver

 

The Scoop: Never has a battle for the #3 WR position gained this much hype. Jones saw his receptions go down last year, but had a career high 7 touchdown receptions. Cobb excelled in the return game as a rookie and showed flashes of brilliance at the receiver position, but has the least experience of the three. Finally, the veteran Driver is the most decorated of the three, but has seen his receptions drop every year since 2006.

 

Fantasy Impact: With Aaron Rodgers as the Packers QB, all three of these players figure to produce, but as fantasy players they are too inconsistent to start every week.

 

Edge: Jones

 


Kansas City Chiefs: Jonathan Baldwin vs. Steve Breaston

 

The Scoop: The Chiefs were very disappointed with Baldwin’s performance as a rookie last year a fear that he lacks the consistency required from a #2 receiver. Breaston is the definition of consistency, having at least 4 catches in 11 games last season. A key stat to highlight the difference between the two: Baldwin caught 41.2% of his targets; Breaston caught 63.5%.

 

Fantasy Impact: With Matt Cassel returning, the passing game in Kansas City figures to return as well. Still, neither of these players will put up massive numbers.

 

Edge: Breaston

 


New England Patriots: Deion Branch vs. Jabar Gaffney Donte Stallworth

 

The Scoop: Despite the QB mess in Washington last season, Gaffney managed 68 receptions and almost broke 1000 yards receiving. Stallworth also comes over from Washington, but he was significantly less productive with only 22 receptions. Branch reunited with QB Tom Brady last season and it was as though the two never parted, but age is becoming a factor, as Deion is already 33 years old.

 

Fantasy Impact: With Tom Brady as the Quarterback, everyone on New England has fantasy impact, but whoever the third receiver is will be the 5th option behind Welker, Lloyd, Hernandez, and Gronkowski.

 

Edge: Gaffney

 

 

New York Jets: Stephen Hill vs. Chaz Schilens

The Scoop: With experienced players Santonio Holmes and Jeremy Kerley atop the depth chart going into preseason, an intense battle has broken out between Schilens and Hill for the 3rd spot. Schilens has breakaway speed, but Hill has all the talent in the world to become the next big thing. Coming out of Georgia Tech’s wishbone offense though, Hill may need time to develop, similar to the situation Damarius Thomas was in a few years ago.

 

Fantasy Impact: It’s hard to say that the #3 receiver slot will contribute much until Mark Sanchez can prove himself as a consistent QB.

 

Edge: Hill

 


New York Giants: Rueben Randle vs. Domenik Hixon

 

The Scoop: Both of these receivers are trying to fill the major void left by Mario Manningham. When Hakeem Nicks went down with an injury earlier in the offseason, Hixon filled in as the #2 receiver, which wasn’t a surprise considering his already established chemistry with Eli Manning. Randle was drafted out of LSU to play, though he still has much to learn about player wide receiver in the NFL.

 

Fantasy Impact: Remember that Manningham has filled this spot in recent years. While his numbers were not incredible last year, he did score 9 touchdowns out of this spot in 2010.

 

Edge: Hixon

 


San Diego Chargers: Eddie Royal vs. Vincent Brown

 

The Scoop: With Robert Meachem and Malcolm Floyd expected to start, this battle is for the #3 receiver. Royal speed makes him the ideal slot receiver, but since his rookie season when he had 91 catches he hasn’t lived up to his potential. Brown came on late in his rookie season, but impressed the Chargers with his ability to attack the ball in mid-air.

 

Fantasy Impact: Both could be potential late round sleepers in the Chargers’ dynamic aerial attack.

 

Edge: Royal

 


San Francisco 49ers: Mario Manningham vs. Randy Moss

 

The Scoop: Randy Moss returns to the NFL after retiring following the 2010 season. His last season in the NFL was forgettable, but scouts are saying that Moss is looking like his old self out there on the football field. Meanwhile, Manningham is coming off a remarkable Super Bowl performance for the Giants, and came to the 49ers seeking more opportunities.

 

Fantasy Impact: The 49ers were one of the worst red zone offenses in football last year. Both Moss and Manningham provide another threat other than Davis in the red zone passing game.

 

Edge: Moss

 


Tennessee Titans: Kendall Wright vs. Damian Williams

 

The Scoop: The Titans drafted Wright out of Baylor with the 20th overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft. In his senior year at Baylor, Wright paired with Heisman Winner Robert Griffin III to record 108 catches for 1633 yards and 14 touchdowns. Williams preformed in his limited role for the Titans last season, hauling in 45 passes for 592 yards and 5 touchdowns.

 

Fantasy Impact: With Kenny Brit’s off the field issues/health always an issue, the winner of this battle can potentially find himself in the #1 spot come opening day.

 

Edge: Wright

 

 


Washington Redskins: Santana Moss vs. Leonard Hankerson vs. Josh Morgan
 

 

The Scoop: Santana Moss is the veteran of the three and is entering his 12th season, but at this point he is probably better suited as a slot receiver. Leonard Hankerson had a disappointing rookie season, but reports coming out of Washington are saying that Hankerson has really impressed during this offseason. Josh Morgan has seen his numbers decrease in each of the past two seasons and is looking to jump start his career in Washington.

 

Fantasy Impact: The fantasy fortunes of these receivers rides on the success of Robert Griffin III.

 

Edge: Hankerson

 

 

 

Tight Ends

 


Arizona Cardinals: Todd Heap vs. Rob Housler

 

The Scoop: Housler will be given every chance to become a breakout player. He's fast and has displayed good hands in his short NFL career. An 11-year veteran, Heap has proven to be an elite receiver when healthy. He surprised the Cardinals by showing the ability and willingness to block, too. The problem was that he missed six full games because a hamstring injury and wasn't healthy in many of the games in which he did play.

 

Fantasy Impact: Whichever one earns the starting job could be a big producer in the red zone.

 

Edge: Housler

 


Seattle Seahawks: Kellen Winslow vs. Zach Miller

 

The Scoop: After 4 productive seasons with Oakland, Miller came to Seattle last year and struggled, only recording 15 receptions for the season. While Seattle is hoping for Miller to have a bounce-back season, they traded for Winslow just in case. Winslow is a model of consistency at the TE position, having caught at least 65 passes in 5 of the past six seasons.

 

Fantasy Impact: The production here depends on who is playing quarterback. If it’s Matt Flynn, the potential exponentially rises.

 

Edge: Winslow

 


Kansas City Chiefs: Tony Moeaki vs. Kevin Boss

 

The Scoop: Moeaki is coming of an ACL injury that kept him out of the 2011 season. In his rookie season (2010), Moeaki caught 47 passes for 556 yards. Boss is coming from Oakland, where he turned in his worst season in 4 years.

 

Fantasy Impact: Unless Moeaki can stay healthy for a full season, neither of these two seem to factor into the tight end conversation.

 

Edge: Moeaki

 


Minnesota Vikings: Kyle Rudolph vs. John Carlson

 

The Scoop: Carlson signed as a free agent from the Seahawks and did not play in 2011 due to injury. His strength comes in the red zone, where his 6’5 250 pound frame comes into play. Rudolph is entering his 2nd season, coming off a 23 catch rookie campaign. Carlson’s recent MCL sprain is a cause of concern.

 

Fantasy Impact: Minnesota generally utilizes TE’s, but the more both Rudolph and Carlson play the less each will produce individually.

 

Edge: Rudolph

 


Baltimore Ravens: Ed Dickson vs. Dennis Pitta

 

The Scoop: a poor man’s version of Hernandez and Gronkowski, both were productive last season. Dickson is the better athlete and put up 10 receptions in a game last year. Pitta came on late last year and is one of Flacco’s favorite targets. Pitta broke his hand early in training camp and may not be ready for opening day.

Fantasy Impact: Both TE’s were in there 2nd season last year and made an impact. Expect good but not great production from both players.

 

Edge: Pitta (if healthy)

 


Denver Broncos: Jacob Tamme vs. Joel Dreessen

 

The Scoop: Tamme signed as a free agent from the Colts and is reunited with Peyton Manning. In 2010, the last time Manning and Tamme played together, Tamme put up 67 catches for 631 yards. Dreessen served as a reliable target for Matt Schaub in Houston, and looks to have even more opportunities with Manning.

 

Fantasy Impact: Whoever wins this job could put up huge numbers playing alongside Manning and would be a nice sleeper pick.

 

Edge: Tamme 

 


Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Luke Stocker vs. Dallas Clark

 

The Scoop: The most experienced and arguably best player is Clark, but he hasn't been a productive pass-catching tight end for two years now and is limited as a run-blocker. Stocker, last year's fourth-round pick. Unfortunately, Stocker suffered from injuries for much of his rookie season and has not stood out thus far in training camp.

 

Fantasy Impact: With Clark nearing the end of his career and Stocker unproven, I wouldn’t expect much from either of the two.

 

Edge: Stocker

 

 

by Sykeout!

 

 

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