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Le'Veon Bell

Pittsburgh Steelers

Bell Lookin' To Get PAID!


“Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell will report back to team before regular season kicks off, though it remains unclear exactly when.” Bell values himself at about $15mm per year, your move Rooney.

Fantasy Goo: There is no doubt Bell is an elite RB1 when he is active, this hold-out makes me nervous. He might be staying in shape, but there is no way to really simulate game-speed without actually participating with the team. He missed 3 games last year and came in shredding defenses, but that is much different than missing camp completely.


08/18/17, 05:48 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Eddie Lacy

Seattle Seahawks

Seattle's Crowded Backfield


Seattle Seahawks RB Thomas Rawls ankle injury will hold him out of week 2 preseason action on Friday. It’s being called a minor injury and Eddie Lacy is now expected to be the starting tailback for the second preseason game.

Fantasy Goo: When it was first announced that Rawls would get the start I thought nothing of it, teams usually rest their banged-up players week 2 anyway. Week 3 is what we really care about, but if they’re resting Rawls this week that becomes somewhat questionable. We should probably consider this a full blown committee at this point, in which case you can read our “League Winners” article to see who I think is worthy of drafting in this backfield.


08/17/17, 09:24 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Thomas Rawls

Seattle Seahawks

Seattle's Crowded Backfield


Seattle Seahawks RB Thomas Rawls ankle injury will hold him out of week 2 preseason action on Friday. It’s being called a minor injury and Eddie Lacy is now expected to be the starting tailback for the second preseason game.

Fantasy Goo: When it was first announced that Rawls would get the start I thought nothing of it, teams usually rest their banged-up players week 2 anyway. Week 3 is what we really care about, but if they’re resting Rawls this week that becomes somewhat questionable. We should probably consider this a full blown committee at this point, in which case you can read our “League Winners” article to see who I think is worthy of drafting in this backfield.


08/17/17, 09:24 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Andrew Luck

Indianapolis Colts

Indy Needs Some Luck


There has been quite a bit of concern about Andrew Luck’s availability to start the season on the active roster after offseason surgery. Hartbeat points out that, “Colts seem confident in Luck for week 1 as they haven't changed their playbook.” There is a concern about his offensive line though as starting C Ryan Kelly is likely to find himself on the designated IR for return after foot surgery.

Fantasy Goo: Luck put together a 2016 season with a career best 71.2 QBR and a 92.4 PFF grade. If he’s healthy he’s a must start, and his ADP has fallen nearly two rounds since August first. He is now being drafted as the eighth QB off the board. Check out the Draft Kit vol.3 to get the full goo.


08/17/17, 08:57 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Aaron Jones

Green Bay Packers

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08/17/17, 10:10 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: pyromaniac.com


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

Week 2 - WR Player Rankings

Week 2 - WR Player Rankings

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1.               Calvin Johnson (vs KC) – Let’s see, how many reasons are there to have Megatron as my top receiver heading into Week Two… 1) He’s the most freakish WR in the game.  2) Matthew Stafford is currently healthy and looking like a stud.  3) The Chiefs just gave up four passing TDs to the Buffalo Bills.  4) The Chiefs best defensive back/player, Eric Berry, just went down for the season.  5) Calvin has scored a TD in every single home-opener of his career (five TDs in four games).  Anything else?

 

2.               Andre Johnson (@ Mia) – Besides the fact that Andre is probably the second freakiest wide receiver the NFL has to offer, the Miami defense just got destroyed for 517 yards passing by Tom Brady and the Patriots last weekend.  I‘m not saying that Houston will be able to keep up that kind of pace, but Andre will certainly do his part in keeping them pretty close.  Besides that, in four career games against the Dolphins, Andre has averaged 7.5 catches for 106.5 yards and 0.75 TDs.

 

3.               Mike Wallace (vs Sea) – Everyone on the Steelers should be getting into the fantasy scoring column this weekend against the Seahawks, and you can be sure Wallace’s numbers will be amongst the best of them.  His speed out there in the field is blinding and when combined with his strong 6’0”, 200-pound frame, he’s one tough cookie to stop.  Pittsburgh might take out a little Week One frustration here, and running up the score might be one way of doing it.

 

4.               Vincent Jackson (@ NE) – I don’t care how poor V-Jax’s numbers were in the Chargers first game, he’s going to light it up this Sunday.  If Chad Henne and the Dolphins can throw for over 400 yards against the Patriots, Philip Rivers has a chance to as well.  V-Jax has basically the same body frame as Brandon Marshall (6’5, 230-pounds compared to 6’4”, 230-pounds), so if Marshall can put up 139 yards against New England, so can V-Jax… only I think Jackson scores at least one TD here as well.

 

5.               Greg Jennings (@ Car) – Aaron Rodgers and the Packers passing game is pretty much unstoppable at this point with at least a good portion of that credit going out to Greg Jennings.  You can tell he is Rodgers’ favorite receiver by the fact that he not only got Jennings the most targets in Week One, but also made sure to get him the first touchdown of the season as well.  My guess is that Green Bay tries to go ahead real early against the Panthers to assure themselves a victory, which could mean some serious passing/scoring in the first half.  Jennings will be a nice part of that.

 

6.               DeSean Jackson (@ Atl) – After three years in the league, it looks like the Eagles might finally be looking to target DeSean Jackson on offense the way he should be.  Last week against the Rams, D-Jax caught six balls for 102 yards and one TD on 12 targets, the second most he’s seen in his career.  Though the increase may have partly been due to Philly’s fear that Jeremy Maclin wasn’t quite ready to play, it’s also possible that Jackson’s work in the off-season showed itself and got him open out on the field.  Indoors in Atlanta, the kid could be lethal this Sunday.

 

7.               Miles Austin (@ SF) – The Cowboys can’t afford to go 0-2 to start off the season, especially in a tough NFC East, so look for them to try and get a win in the best way they know how… through the air.  Even if they were 1-0 right now, they’d likely be tossing the ball around a bunch anyway due to the 49ers stingy rush D.  If Dez Bryant is still the slightest bit banged up, watch for Austin to go ballistic in this one as Romo targets him 10-15 times.

 

8.               Mike Williams – TB (@ Min) – Believe it or not, Mike Williams will have a better chance to do more damage if the Bucs rush the ball more against the Vikings as opposed to hitting the two-minute offense early in the game like they did last week.  Williams DID end up with four catches on 10 targets including a touchdown and 50 yards receiving, but his numbers will be way better than that if Tampa draws the defense in to defend against Blount.  The Bucs will do so to the delight of Williams’ fantasy owners.

 

9.               Larry Fitzgerald (@ Was) – Fitz can’t escape being a double-team target for opposing defenses, but if he’s lucky, the Redskins will try to shadow him with DeAngelo Hall all day long in single coverage.  If they do, Larry is going to eat him alive.  If not, Fitz will still get double-digit targets and likely have a pretty good game anyway.

 

10.           Santonio Holmes (vs Jax) – Santonio might end up a game-time decision this weekend, so make sure you check the news coming out of the Jets camp before inserting him into your starting lineup.  If he's scheduled to play, however, get him in there immediately.  Holmes was targeted 10 times on Sunday against the Cowboys which he turned into six catches for 70 yards.  Sanchez loves throwing to him and sooner rather than later, Holmes is going to break off a huge game.  Jacksonville’s pass D was one of the worst in the world last season and didn’t get a whole hell of a lot better in the off-season, so this could be the game he does it.

 

11.           Hakeem Nicks (vs StL) – Like the Cowboys, the Giants can’t afford to go 0-2 to start off the year in this tough NFC East division, so look for them to do whatever it takes to win this game.  Nicks is dealing with a bum knee right now, but if he can play, he’ll play, and he’ll go all out against a banged up Rams secondary.  The Giants will turn to the run quite a bit in this one which should draw the defense in.  If that happens, Nicks will exploit it and have a couple of gigantic plays in this game.  However, make sure you check the news out of New York before getting him in your starting lineup this Monday night.

 

12.           Anquan Boldin (@ Ten) – Finally, the ‘Quan we all love to see is back.  It took a year of getting in tune with Flacco, plus a little more speed in the offense and Vonta Leach leading the way for Ray Rice, but he’s back and here to stay.  Against a Tennessee secondary that was one of the worst in the league last year and just allowed Luke McCown to lead the Jags to a victory against them, Boldin should be able to carve ‘em up for a nice fantasy day.

 

13.           Santana Moss (vs Ari) – Going back to the beginning of last season, Moss looks to be as rejuvenated out there as any 30-year old receiver in the league.  Last week he had six catches for 76 yards on eight targets from Sexy Rexy, but I expect better than that against a piss-poor Arizona defense this weekend.  Feel comfortable with him as a solid WR2 play with upside this Sunday.

 

14.           Brandon Marshall (vs Hou) – Marshall was once dubbed “Baby T.O.”, and it looks like he’s beginning to resemble that nickname again.  Not in a bad way, but in the fact that he plays with a chip on his shoulder that no defender could possibly knock off.  139 yards on seven catches was a great way to start the 2011 season but more importantly, he ended up leading the league in targets after Week One with 13.  This game against the Texans could be another shootout, so it wouldn’t surprise me to see him leading the league after two weeks as well.  If Miami becomes the passing team it looks like they are becoming, watch out for Terrell Owens-type stats from Marshall this year.

 

15.           Steve Johnson (vs Oak) – The big question surrounding Stevie Johnson coming into the season was if he was a one-hit wonder or the real deal.  With 66 yards and yet another TD after putting up 10 last year, it looks like the question has been answered.  Oakland’s pass D won’t be nearly as good as they were last season, so I expect some nice numbers out of Johnson this weekend.

 

16.           Dez Bryant (@ SF) – Bryant looks like a world-beater out there when he’s healthy, but that’s a question with him heading into the second week of the season.  He should be fine, but in case he’s still hobbled a bit with that quad injury, I’m giving Miles Austin the higher ranking of the two this week.  However, you should still be comfortable with him in your starting lineup against a 49ers team the Cowboys will look to be passing against.  That said, make sure you check the newsbreakers on Dez before starting him this Sunday.

 

17.           Kenny Britt (vs Bal) – Alright, so this kid is a monster.  No doubt about it.  He’s a touchdown waiting to happen on any given play and can go get the ball with the best of them already.  Still, against a tough Ravens defense that might not give Hasselbeck much time to throw the ball, I have a tough time ranking him higher than this.  Like I said, though, Britt can give you the fantasy week you were looking for on any given play.

 

18.           Brandon Lloyd (vs Cin) – If Lloyd turns out to be injured and can’t play due to the groin strain he incurred last Monday night, then obviously knock him off your board.  However, if he’s in there, Orton clearly still loves him as his top receiving option and will give him every chance in the world to put up fantasy numbers.  He had 11 targets last weekend against Oakland and caught six balls for 89 yards, so he’s obviously still one of the more dangerous WRs in the game right now.

 

19.           Dwayne Bowe (@ Det) – Ignore what happened to the Chiefs both on offense and defense last weekend, or don’t.  Maybe they were exploited as an overachieving team, maybe they simply had a bad week.  Whatever the case, Dwayne Bowe is too good for any of the Lions defensive backs to monitor and I expect Matt Cassel to make sure the ball is in his hands a ton this weekend.  If not, it may be time to worry.

 

20.           Reggie Wayne (vs Cle) – The Colts may be awful this season, but it won’t be because of Reggie Wayne.  Last week, with Kerry Collins fumbling and bumbling around all day long, Reggie was still able to put up 106 yards and a TD on seven catches.  That’s how good he is.  Hopefully another week of practice gets this offense going, but even if it doesn’t (which it won’t), Wayne will still be Collins’ favorite target and have a chance to do some damage.

 

21.           Wes Welker (vs SD) – Wes Welker, you are disgusting!  Unreal how a man of your size, with the injuries you’ve had to go through, can still do what you did last Monday night against the Dolphins.  Simply unreal.  The Chargers, however, own possibly the best pass defense in the game, so I don’t expect you to repeat those numbers.  Then again, with Brady leading the way, I guess it’s possible.

 

22.           Roddy White (vs Phi) – I feel for ya Roddy.  Last weekend, White had to play on possibly the worst surface in the NFL against one of the stingier pass D’s in the league in Chicago.  This week he gets to face off against the team with possibly the greatest group of cornerbacks ever assembled in Philadelphia.  Well, at least he’s at home this time where he’ll be able to use his speed… just don’t expect too much.

 

23.           Jeremy Maclin (@ Atl) – Maclin says he’s fine and to be honest, he looked fine last Sunday.  However, he only saw three targets to DeSean Jackson’s 12 while making just one grab for 20 yards against the Rams.  That said, the Eagles coaching staff said they plan to get him the ball more this Sunday, and I believe them.  He’s one of the more gifted receivers in the game and should start to be used as such, especially indoors against a suspect Falcons pass D.

 

24.           Plaxico Burress (vs Jax) – Plaxico actually looks like he may be okay this year as a starting WR3 for fantasy teams.  His height is untouchable, obviously, but what’s more important is that Mark Sanchez seems unafraid to throw it to him targeting him nine times last Sunday night.  Against a porous Jaguars D, he might be able to repeat his four-catch, 72-yard and one TD performance.

 

25.           Jordy Nelson (@ Car) – Wow is it fun watching a kid break out in the NFL, which is exactly what I was doing last Thursday night when Nelson put up six catches for 77 yards and a TD against the Saints.  It’s not the numbers, though, that impressed me.  It was the ease with which it seemed he was beating coverage and the consistency he displayed throughout the night.  If he really is as good as he looks, then opposing #2 cornerbacks don’t stand a chance against him going forward.  Nelson looks like he will be Aaron Rodgers’ go-to WR2 from here on out starting this weekend in Carolina, so pick him up or get him in there if you can.

 

26.           Percy Harvin (vs TB) – Harvin is clearly one of the most electric players in the game, as he showed by taking the opening kickoff 100+ yards to the house last weekend.  However, Donovan McNabb has to do a better job at getting him the ball, and I don’t mean by handing it off to him four times as opposed to completing just two passes to him.  My guess is that Harvin’s poor outing had more to do with the Chargers stifling pass D than anything else, so give him another shot at home in the dome as a WR3 against a much lesser Bucs D this weekend.

 

27.           Mario Manningham (vs StL) – I still believe Manningham will be a nice starting fantasy receiver this year, but he didn’t show me all that much in Week One.  Scratch that; Eli Manning and the Giants offense in general didn’t show me that much last weekend.  I DO, however, believe they will turn it around, and it could start this weekend against the Rams.  St. Louis has a beaten up secondary at the moment and with the Giants playing at home in New York on Monday night, you can bet the sparks will be flying everywhere.  Also, if Hakeem Nicks ends up sitting this one out, Mario will be Eli’s clear-cut WR1 for the week.

 

28.           A.J. Green (@ Den) – A.J. was pretty well blanketed by the Browns Joe Haden last weekend and didn’t make a single catch until a 41-yard TD in the fourth quarter.  Even then, the catch was made with nobody guarding him as the Browns weren’t even ready for the snap.  Despite the poor debut, Green still has more talent than most in the league and could bust out at any moment.  It might not be against Champ Bailey and the Broncos this weekend, but if Denver takes Champ off him at any time, watch out folks.

 

29.           Johnny Knox (@ NO) – It never should have taken this long for Knox to get into the starting lineup, but a whole week of the season has passed and he’s just now getting the chance.  I of course say this with a touch of sarcasm, but not much.  Roy E. Williams (groin) came up lame towards the end of the Bears win last weekend and might not be able to play this weekend, so Knox will get the chance to prove to Martz and Co. that he should have started for the Bears all along.  Indoors in New Orleans, Knox should be able to use his all-world speed to do some fantasy damage in Week Two.  Take a chance with him as a WR3 with major upside.

 

30.           Mike Sims-Walker (@ NYG) – With Danny Amendola out this weekend and RB Steven Jackson riding the sideline as well, someone will have to step up for the Rams this Monday night.  My call is Mike Sims-Walker.  The Giants secondary is basically patchwork at this point so someone on the Rams is going to exploit the problem-area.  It could be Brandon Gibson, but my money is on the guy with all the talent and size in the world.

 

 

 

Rounding out the Top-60...

 

31.           Lance Moore (vs Chi) – If Healthy, which it looks like he is

 

32.           Julio Jones (vs Phi)

 

33.           Davone Bess (vs Hou) 


34.           Nate Burleson (vs KC)

 

35.           Antonio Brown (vs Sea)

 

36.           Steve Smith – Car (vs GB)

 

37.           Robert Meachem (vs Chi)

 

38.           Jacoby Jones (@ Mia)

 

39.           Lee Evans (@ Ten) – If Healthy, which it looks like he is

 

40.           Deion Branch (vs SD)

 

41.           Hines Ward (vs Sea)

 

42.           Malcom Floyd (@ NE)

 

43.           Anthony Armstrong (vs Ari)

 

44.           Devery Henderson (vs Chi)

 

45.           Brandon Gibson (@ NYG)

 

46.           Braylon Edwards (vs Dal)

 

47.           Jabar Gaffney (vs Ari)

 

48.           Donald Driver (@ Car)

 

49.           Emmanuel Sanders (vs Sea)

 

50.           Pierre Garcon (vs Cle)

 

51.           Devin Hester (@ NO)

 

52.           Mohamed Massaquoi (@ Ind)

 

53.           Mike Thomas (@ NYJ)

 

54.           Andre Roberts (@ Was)

 

55.           Nate Washington (vs Bal)

 

56.           Early Doucet (@ Was)

 

57.           Arrelious Benn (@ Min)

 

58.           Denarius Moore (@ Buf)

 

59.           Donald Jones (vs Oak)

 

60.           Austin Collie (vs Cle)

 

 

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