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Wednesday 29th Mar 2017

This will be a very tough week for fantasy football players as the second bye week but the first with four (or more) teams off will be compounded by both old and new injuries to key players. So Who is the answer?

Well, first you really need to ask the right question(s) for your fantasy team. Otherwise, you will just be chasing last week’s breakout player, or perhaps if you are lucky pouncing on a player unwisely dropped by someone in your league.

Remember that one quarter of the NFL season has passed and in 12-team leagues that is at least a third of the regular season to get you into or out of the playoffs. So, is YOUR team

  1. A very good 4-0 or 3-1 team who just needs to keep refining your roster and planning for bye weeks? Or
  2. A team who has struggled so far and can’t afford to fall further back in either H2H record or total points scored? Or
  3. A team with uncertain prospect who has either had a major injury or several minor ones?

The answer will help you better define what is a wildly diverse free agent pool this week. First two huge breakout players from Week 4 – Giants WR Domenik Hixon and Patriots RB Brandon Bolden will likely be the high dollar targets in this week’s free agent bidding or waiver claims. Hixon has added value because we already know that Hakeem Nicks will be out again for this week’s Giants game. Bolden, on the other hand, brings no such clarity as there are few if any who can read the mind of Bill Belichick. But at a minimum he is potentially a strong RB2 for the rest of the season – at least if you can guess along with Belichick and the Patriots’ game plan and know which weeks you want to start him (yes there are some weeks with byes and other injuries you will HAVE to start him whether you really should or not).

With the Packers’ Greg Jennings also out in Week 5, anyone who dropped James Jones last week not only regrets the points that might have been in their lineup but has set off a bidding war this week in their league. The same is true for Jackie Battle in leagues where he was not already picked up, especially after he started last week’s Chargers' game ahead of Ryan Mathews and this week is ahead of him on San Diego’s depth chart, although really I think both of those are moves Norv Turner made to motivate his best running back. Still, like Shanahanigans, we are forced to guess what Turner will do with Battle and Mathews this week while facing a very soft New Orleans Saints defense.

One final note on several players who weren’t on your injury list but need to be now or their injury status has worsened this week. First the Rams’ best wideout, Danny Amendola, broke his collarbone in the Thursday night game and will be out 4-6 weeks. It’s a guess, but likely Brandon Gibson is available in your league and is at least for now ahead of Chris Givens among St. Louis receivers you might want to add if you have a bye next week (ATL, DEN, KC, MIA, PHL, SD) when the Rams host the Green Bay Packers. Next, Tennessee Titans' quarterback Jake Locker suffered a shoulder injury last week, which meant several teams who rostered him as a bye week replacement for Tony Romo or Matt Stafford had to scramble for a replacement for this Sunday. Now the news is that Locker may well need surgery for the shoulder, which means not only is Matt Hasselbeck in play for bye week substitution, but that Locker is a drop candidate for redraft leagues. The Thursday night game also saw an injury to Cardinals’ running back Ryan Williams (I mean besides the offensive line in front of him) and that may mean that the Cardinals’ best RB in the pre-season, William Powell, may be in line for more touches next week as the Cards host the Buffalo Bills. BUT that is complicated by the re-signing of Alfonso Smith, who was with the Cards last year and made a brief appearance in Thursday’s game. Watch closely but Powell was added last week by several teams looking for a running back that might emerge, and they got him much cheaper than you will this week or next, pending the word on Williams’ shoulder injury.

Now let’s look at the top prices in Wednesday’s FA bidding ($ leagues with $1000 FAAB budgets for the year).

Hixon went for 228; 377; and 220

Bolden went for 311 and 268

James Jones was only available in one of these leagues and went for 289 (underbid was 221), both more than Hixon.

Other receivers of note who were added were: Golden Tate (SEA) for 77; Greg Little (CLE) for 101; and Stephen Hill (NYJ), hamstring and all for 57 and 31.

Shaun Draughn was the other running back of note and went for 123 to a Peyton Hillis team.

Powell was added cheaply in several leagues this week and last, all for 20 or less. And one WR still on IR but who will be able to play again in Week 9 (if you have the spot you can have filled that long) is Vincent Brown of the San Diego Chargers. Brown was a rookie last year and had a few nice games and then was the best Chargers' receiver in training camp and pre-season before breaking his ankle. While Malcolm Floyd has played better than people had thought before the season, Robert Meachem and Eddie Royal have not, so Brown could quickly become the WR2 for Philip Rivers (and Gates is not looking good this year).

A funny note about those hunting for quarterback replacements this week – Matt Hasselbeck and Ryan Tannehill were both added in two leagues. Hass went for 78 and 2 while Tannehill (remember he faced AZ last week when their secondary started to fall apart, unlike their solid first three games) went for 19 … AND 311.

Happy hunting this week.

The first bye week is upon us and this has definitely added a level of desperation to the free agent bids this week (at least in my leagues).

True, there are continuing injury stories (insert your own player here along with Matthew Stafford, C.J. Spiller, Beanie Wells) skewing FAAB results, but in addition several players who were always in fantasy football lineups for the first three weeks are removed – Ben Roethlisberger and Andrew Luck; as well as several good receivers – Mike Wallace, Antonio Brown, and Reggie Wayne--and even a couple of good scoring tight ends in Coby Fleener and Heath Miller.

So I am just going to review bids from three different leagues that all use a $1000 FAAB budget for the year. As I said last week, if you want to view a wider range of leagues – both 12 and 14-teamers – you can look at the bidding from the NFFC events.

Let’s look by position at bids from those three leagues.

QUARTERBACKS

Christian Ponder $126 – dropped last week before the big game against SF.

Matt Schaub $107 – in fact a dead tie at that number in the only league where he was available.

Shaun Hill $25 – at least one team taking insurance.

RUNNING BACKS

Tashard Choice $91, $142, and $123 – trying to replace Spiller and with uncertainty about Fred Jackson’s participation this week.

Daniel Thomas $357 – amazing that he was dropped in one league AND that someone would throw that much at him when the Dolphins face a tough Cardinals D and Reggie Bush is not yet ruled out for the week.

Danny   Woodhead $75 and $67 – I guess clinging to the hope that Belichick’s game plan would be the same two weeks in a row.

Shaun Draughn $38 – was already rostered in the other two leagues.

Joique Bell $76 and $18 – I would have been shocked at even the $76 bid if I hadn’t seen some leagues in a different contest earlier where he went for three-digit bids. Really not comprehensible given Mike LeShoure’s success last week and Kevin Smith didn’t leave the team.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Ramses Barden $199 and $137, which seem reasonable followed by a staggering $621 – this guy must think Hakeem Nicks is taking the rest of the year off.

Armon Binns $173 and $21 – mixture of hope and desperation.

Davone Bess $45 and $57 – methinks bye week craziness here.

Kendall Wright $111 – because I was squeezed for a roster spot and dropped him last week … still he hasn’t scored enough to warrant that.

Brandon Stokley $24 and $50 – hey, if Peyton Manning can still find him, so can FF players.

Julian Edelman $54 – despite the fact he may not play this week.

Rod Streater $18 – actually a good play with DHB out for Oakland this week.

And one of the stranger ones to me ….

T.Y. Hilton $54, $55, and $51 – not only strangely the same tight range of bids but for a guy who is on BYE this week and still has both Reggie Wayne and Donnie Avery ahead of him for targets in Indy.

TIGHT ENDS

Jordan Cameron $53, $77, and $108 – as everyone scrambles to find the next TE to emerge from a crowded situation in a bad Cleveland passing game, Cameron gets some focus. Even funnier, all choices might be right as several of us noted Cameron's talent and possibilities although nobody actually rostered him when it came to draft time in September. If he misses on a few targets this week, how many leagues will he get dropped in next week?

Joel Dreessen $75 and $89 – sensing several jumping off the Jacob Tamme train between last week and this week.

Good Luck in your upcoming free agent quests – for discussion or help, please leave your questions in the FF Forum.

 

The first weekend of the fantasy season is in the books, and if you are here reading this article, it is quite possible you are licking your wounds after your meticulously constructed fantasy team under-performed out of the gate. One of the biggest challenges facing fantasy players early in the year is how aggressively they should be in addressing the perceived weaknesses of their squads. Cam Newton and Victor Cruz are reminders of the effect that being aggressive on the wire early on can change the fortunes of even the most flawed fantasy roster. The flipside of course is that every add requires a drop, so you don’t want to over-react to one week of results and cut the wrong guy, because many of this week’s darlings will fade back into the obscurity that caused them to go undrafted in the first place. The best thing you can do when evaluating which players to bid on is to think of your reserves as a fungible part of your fantasy roster and always be looking to upgrade where and when you can. Evaluate how each week’s performances effect depth chart battles, coaching preferences and base your decisions on the best set of information you can gather. As always, we’ll try to touch on as many players as possible to accommodate leagues of all sizes.  I will also provide the occasional update to a player I may have profiled the week before, particularly if I think he still merits your attention. As always, if there is a player you’re curious about that we don’t profile, go to the comments section and pose your questions. Now that we’ve covered how to use the info we’ll try to present you each week, we can get to this week’s report.

QB

Mark Sanchez, NYJ – Sanchez emerged from this week’s game as the biggest mover among QB’s.  He at least temporarily silenced the critics and dumped a big vat of Gatorade on any brewing QB controversy. The Jets were so bad in the preseason, that he went undrafted in many shallow leagues. If you played the waiting game at QB in your draft, Sanchez could make a viable upgrade over your current QB2. He has some decent matchups during the BYE weeks, if you are rolling with someone like or Matt Schaub as your starter, Sanchez’s schedule matches up pretty well in weeks 6-8.  Next in line: Alex Smith, Matt Cassel

Digging Deeper:

Blaine Gabbert, JCK – Gabbert is a name for those in deeper leagues, as he is likely the best option you will find if you are looking for QB depth this week. He looked much better on Sunday than he did at any point in 2011. He has moved up a few slots on my rankings list and I’m interested to see if he can build on this positive performance.

Week 1 Update:

Christian Ponder, MIN – Ponder performed well on Sunday, and as such the needle on his potential is definitely pointing upwards. Much like Gabbert, he showed marked improvement in the first game of his second year.  A healthy Adrian Peterson only helps matters more as will WR Jerome Simpson when he returns in Week 4.

RB

Alfred Morris, WAS – Morris was the winner of the Shanahan sweepstakes after toting the rock 28 times for 96 yards and 2 TD’s in Week 1. If you are one of the people who drafted either Evan Royster or Roy Helu over Morris, all you can do is sit back and wait for them to get their chance. If you are in a league where Morris is still available he is a must grab heading into this week’s game against the Rams. His pedestrian 3.4 YPC hints that he will cede carries once the schedule gets tougher, so he’s definitely a guy to considering selling while his stock is this high.

Jonathon Dwyer, PIT – Like Morris, I profiled Dwyer last week, and on Sunday he clearly outplayed Isaac Redman, who was drafted ahead of him in every league I play in. If you grabbed him last week you have to like what you saw, but don’t get too carried away. He has some tough matchups the next two weeks and Rashard Mendenhall should be ready after the Steelers BYE in Week 4. Still, he will likely be the top option in this backfield the next two weeks.

Knowshon Moreno, DEN –I guess he gets an upgrade this week after emerging as the clear backup to Willis McGahee and scoring a touchdown on Sunday. He really only has value if McGahee gets hurt, so if you own him you may want to see what the McGahee owner in your league is willing to give you for him.

Digging Deeper:

Shaun Draughn, KC – Draughn came on in garbage time and had 29 yards and a touchdown on six attempts. He also caught a couple of passes. If you are invested in Jamal Charles and/or Peyton Hillis is very deep leagues, you may want to add Draughn as well.

Daryl Richardson, STL – Isaiah Pead was tabbed by many as the back to own behind Steven Jackson, but it was Richardson who spelled SJAX in Week 1. He is worth a speculative bid this week in deep leagues.

Vick Ballard, IND – Donald Brown was eminently average as the lead back for the Colts this week and Ballard was the only other RB to register a touch. Get him while he’s still cheap on speculation he grab's a bigger share down the road.

Tashard Choice, BUF – Fred Jackson’s injury opens the door to increased playing time for Choice. It’s doubtful that he’ll do much with it, but he could be used in goal-line situations.

WR

Randall Cobb, GB – The speedy Cobb is owned in every league I play in, so this is more a reminder for people in shallow formats. If he’s out there, he shouldn’t be after this week. Greg Jennings injury is a reminder that Cobb is the future in Green Bay and the future is now. If he keeps making plays all over the field, they won’t be able to keep him off it.

Stephen Hill, NYJ – Hill will likely be the most added player this week after his explosive debut against the Bills. He showed off his speed and playmaking ability and as the clear WR2 for the Jets. His size means he will be a key red-zone contributor. There was a lot of negative buzz surrounding Hill heading into the season, and it’s possible someone cut him in shallow leagues. The upside here is tremendous and he’s worth a good chunk of your FAAB or top waiver position if he’s somehow available. I list Hill this high more as a reflection of where others will value him. I’m not sold on the Jets passing game and as such I’d rather target some more reliable and cheaper options down the list.

Kevin Ogletree, DAL – Prior to Hill’s performance, Ogletree figured to be the most sought after name this week. That will happen when you come out of nowhere to post 8 catches, 114 yards and 2 TD’s in the season opener. Ogletree has assumed Laurent Robinson’s role as the clear WR3 in Dallas, and that alone means he has value. He won’t come cheap this week, and honestly he is likely just a flex option the rest of the way. Someone in your league will likely break the bank to obtain him, and with the injury prone WR’s ahead of him he could very well be worth it in the end.

Dexter McCluster, KC – McCluster had a very nice game hauling in 6 catches for 82 yards as the slot receiver. His 10 targets led the team and that alone makes him a player to target this week, particularly in PPR leagues. He looks like he is going to be a key part of the offense going forward, and should be able to provide flex-worthy stats going forward.

Danny Amendola, STL – Amendola is exactly the type of player you want to have on your roster if you have a flex spot or play in a PPR league. He also will be a very valuable Bye week fill-in. His 9 target, 5 catch, 70 yard performance is a good predictor of what he will bring to the table each and every week.

Digging Deeper:

Domenik Hixon, NYG – Hixon is a good guy to target if you want a cheaper option or are looking for a $1 conditional bid with some upside.  It wouldn’t surprise me at all if Hixon emerged as next week’s waiver wire darling.  If you are looking for a true speculative play, this is as good a place as any to place a $1 bet.

Andrew Hawkins, CIN – Hawkins is another slot receiver worth looking at in deep PPR leagues. He caught eight passes for 86 yards last night.

Donnie Avery, IND – I’ve never been a fan, but if Austin Collie can’t make it back from the concussions, Avery will be the guy who will benefit the most.

Donald Jones, BUF – David Nelson’s injury paves the way to more targets, but don’t let the touchdown cause you to overbid too much here. Rookie T.J. Graham will also get more snaps, and could be worth a flier in deep leagues.

Aldrick Robinson, WAS – I touted Leonard Hankerson last week, but instead it was the 5’10” Robinson who filled in when Pierre Garcon left the game with a foot injury.

Jerome Simpson, MIN – This is just a reminder to check your wire and see if the suspended Viking is there. He’ll be eligible to return in a couple weeks.

TE

Martellus Bennett, NYG- I didn’t mention Bennett last week, and in deeper leagues he’s likely not available. On the chance that he’s out there in your league, the Giants always like to work their TE’s into the offense giving Bennett nice upside.

Dennis Pitta, BAL – Pitta led the team in targets in Week 1 with nine last night, catching 5 for 73 yards and a touchdown. Pitta looks like he could be the new Todd Heap, not Ed Dickson.

Scott Chandler, BUF – Chandler was at it again this week, scoring inside the red-zone. With David Nelson done for the year, Chandler will get more chances in close making him a solid bye week option.

Week 1 Updates:

Kyle Rudolph, MIN – Rudolph was the clear number two option for Ponder and looked good hauling in 5 passes for 67 yards. The Colts offer another tasty matchup. This week might be your last chance to grab him so I’m telling you to again.

Heath Miller, PIT – Perry’s call last week delivered 50 yards and a TD and showed why he needs to be owned in deeper leagues.

Ashlon Jeffery, CHI – Jeffery was my best WR call last week. He showed the upside he possesses and already saw more action than Devin Hester.

Andre Roberts, ARI – Perry touched on Roberts last week and he was the most productive player for the Cardinals with 69 total yards and a TD. He also is a favorite of Kevin Kolb, who will be back under center this week.

D/ST

Bengals – The Bengals get their first shot at Brandon Wheeden and the Browns this week.  Until further notice a matchup with the Browns offense makes the opposing defense worth starting.

K

Justin Tucker, BAL – Tucker benefited from the new look Ravens offense that was moving the ball up and down the field at will. He will quickly become a weekly starter based on what I saw last night.

Clearly, the bidding for Giants RB Andre Brown would be high this week, but is there a question of value or protection wrapped up in some teams’ bidding? Frankly, I thought the bidding was going to be an overreaction to Ahmad Bradshaw’s neck injury given that we really still don’t know whether he is just out this week or will have a problem going forward.

But as Ryan Carey noted in his Week 3 Waiver Wire report, unless you are desperate for a RB to help get you a W this week (and hey we are already in the third week or first quarter if you play eleven weeks in H2H to get to the playoffs) you might be better off not spending the big dollars it would take to get Brown.

I think there were two exceptions to that – if you owned either Bradshaw or David Wilson, Brown would in effect “handcuff” your Giants running back points.

FBG Sigmund Bloom suggested a bid of 15-20% of a team’s FAAB for Brown and I think that was on the money unless you fit into one of the groups mentioned earlier. But that would be far short of getting Brown in Wednesday’s free agent bidding. In three leagues I play in that use a $1000 yearly FA budget, Brown went for 432, 480, and 411. In two leagues with $1200 FAAB budgets he went for 376 and 445. Finally, I was very lucky to get him in a $100 FAAB league for my bid of $11.

But let’s look at a larger pool of leagues for Brown’s market value this week. In 38 NFFC leagues that drafted live, it took an average of $460 to roster Brown. And the bids were in a fairly tight range – with the exception of one lucky high bidder at $180, most winning bids were between 221 and 672. There were three higher bids at 727, 761 and 800. Again. for a player we don’t know will start more than one game this seems like an unnecessary amount of FAAB for Brown. Of course if Bradshaw is forced to miss more than one game or has this problem all year, then these owners might get more return on their investment – but again there is Wilson, and while he may currently be in Tom Coughlin’s doghouse, he is a much more talented back than Brown.

By the way you can use this link if you want to do FAAB research on bidding from the NFFC events

The results are posted every Thursday morning and can help you see how the high stakes players feel about the same players you are trying to evaluate.

There were several other running backs who were rostered this week, at least two of them being injury hedges as Kansas City’s Shaun Draughn might get more carries if Jamaal Charles were to continue to have problems from last year’s knee surgery, and Jackie Battle, a former Chief and now in San Diego, may be the backup for Ryan Mathews, who is likely to return to action this weekend. Battle had an excellent game last Sunday when Norv Turner finally realized that Ronnie Brown and Curtis Brinkley weren’t getting the job done. I like Battle IF you can get him cheaply this week as I don’t trust Mathews' ability to stay on the field.

Daryl Richardson, who ran very well in relief of Steven Jackson for the Rams last week, got more dollars thrown in his jar this weekend as either nervous Jackson owners or those who lost out on Brown added the potential running back.

Welcome to the first waiver wire column of the season here at Mastersball. Throughout the season we’ll endeavor to try and focus on some of the names to have on your fantasy radar each week. We will strive to provide a solid mix of players to suit those in leagues of all sizes. As is the case in columns such as these, we won’t hit on them all, and sometimes you’ll be tempted to bemoan the fact that none of the guys listed are available in your league. Yes, I know that many of you play in some very deep leagues, and the cupboard is very bare, especially at key positions like RB. If you don’t see someone profiled that you are curious about, I invite you to list them in the comments section and someone here will respond with some analysis. In addition to my own picks, we’ll get some additional suggestions/advice every week from the rest of the staff from time to time. So with the intro out of the way, let’s get onto the list for Week 1:

QB - Russell Wilson, SEA - Likely un-drafted in a bunch of early leagues, Wilson's scrambling ability is a nice asset and he showed in the preseason he is ready for the big stage. Matt Flynn lurks, but he is worth a bench slot this week to see how well he performs.

QB - Christian Ponder, MIN - Ponder hasn't been getting any respect in my drafts this year, and is still languishing on the wire in a couple of them. He showed a lot of growth in the preseason, and their is no doubt he has the weapons and offensive line to be an effective back-up fantasy contributor.

QB – Tim Tebow, NYJ – Yeah, I know what you are thinking, but this is one for the deeper leagues. Tebow isn’t going to start out of the gate, but face it, Sanchez is on borrowed time. The clock started ticking the minute Tebow arrived. The expectations are high in the big apple, and Rex Ryan’s job may be on the line. He’s going to hand the reigns over to Tebow at some point. His upside as a starter is enough to stash him and see how things play out for awhile.

RB - Jonathan Dwyer, PIT - Dwyer emerged late in camp and now looks to at the very least have a share of the carries to start the year. He's more elusive and has better hands than Isacc Redman, who hasn't been 100% healthy yet. Dwyer could take hold of this committee and literally run with it, and as such he shouldn't be sitting on any waiver wires this week.

RB - Alfred Morris, WAS - Mike Shanahan's latest find has been getting plenty of buzz this week in the wake of solid preseason production coupled with the release of Tim Hightower. You know the drill when it comes to the Redskins backfield, you can't ignore anyone on the depth chart but you also can't trust any of them week in and week out. At the very least all Hightower owners should make the switch to Morris.

RB - Ronnie Brown, SD - Ryan Matthews' status for Week 1 is still up in the air, meaning the veteran Brown may have to carry the load early on. He's a sneaky little pickup this week if the Matthews owner in your league hasn't already locked him up. For those in deeper leagues, you’ll want to keep an eye on Jackie Battle and LeRon McClain to see how the SD backfield shakes out.

RB – Robert Turbin, Seahawks – Turbin is firmly locked in as the backup to Marshawn Lynch in Seattle. Pete Carroll has been gushing about this kid all camp, and he’s going to give him a handful of touches right off the bat. Lynch is no spring chicken, so injury is always a possibility, which would pave the way for the rookie to surprise.

RB – Brandon Jackson, CLE – Montario Hardesty is perceived to be the logical handcuff to Trent Richardson, but the former Packer Jackson has been the better player this preseason, and may have overtaken the injury prone Hardesty in the pecking order. At the very least, if Richardson can’t go, Jackson will get extensive work, especially on passing downs.

WR - Braylon Edwards, SEA - He has found a home in Seattle and injuries have opened the way to a starting spot to start the year. He is coming off an injury marred season, but he could easily emerge as Russell Wilson's favorite target.  He is a decent WR 3 candidate for this week.

WR - Rod Streater, OAK - After hauling in 18 catches for 165 yards in three games, the un-drafted Streater has made the team and with injuries to Denarius Moore and Jacoby Ford, will find his way into the lineup to start the year. Everyone is looking to catch lightning in a bottle, and Streater has the size and speed to be this year's Victor Cruz. It's definitely worth a roster spot this week to find out.

WR - Ashlon Jeffery, CHI - Jeffery is kind of lurking at the back-end of drafts this year, but someone is going to emerge as the legitimate No 2 on this team. He may not put up big numbers out of the gate, but I like his potential to push Devin Hester to the bench sooner than later.

WR – Leonard Hankerson – WAS – The buzz on Hankerson is building, and he looks like he is going to be a significant part of the Redskins offense, especially if they use Santana Moss in the slot more. Hankerson will be more of a deep ball threat, but he showed ability in his one start last year before injury derailed his breakout. He’s worth a shot in deeper leagues as Moss’s days as a difference maker are fading.

WR – Josh Gordon, CLE – The perception in fantasy circles is that the Browns offense is a wasteland for fantasy players. The truth is that the perception just makes it a place to mine for waiver wire bargains. Gordon was tabbed by the Browns in this year’s supplemental draft, and by all reports has been the best WR in Browns camp, showing an ability to make difficult catches. Mohamed Massaquoi and Josh Cribbs won’t be able to hold him off for long on a team that needs playmakers desperately.

WR – Ryan Broyles – DET – Broyles is someone you might want to consider in a keeper or dynasty league, and he is someone you’ll want to keep an eye on everywhere else. He wasn’t expected to be ready to contribute this early coming off of knee surgery, but there he was on the field last weekend. He’s got others ahead of him in Detroit, but Nate Burleson isn’t in Detroit’s long-term plans. Boryles was a standout for Oklahoma, and only injury prevented him from going in the first round.

TE - Kyle Rudolph, MIN - Rudolph kind of follows up on my recommendation of Ponder earlier. He is a popular breakout candidate of many and he will be an integral part of this offense if it is going to be successful. He has as much chance to be this year's Gronkowski as anyone.

TE – Jordan Cameron, CLE – This one is pretty simple. The guy in front of him, Ben Watson, is coming off a season that saw him miss time with multiple concussions and is on the wrong side of 30. The Browns released last year’s backup Evan Moore, clearing the way for Cameron to become a sneaky TE2 option at some point this year. He’s a 6’5” former basketball player out of USC who is developing quickly in his second year. Hmmm…sounds a little familiar.

DEF – This one comes from the Forum Funklord himself, Todd Zola: “For those that like to play musical defenses, Minnesota is not highly ranked but has Jax at home week 1 -- me likey.

Perry Van Hook closes out this week’s column with some thoughts for those digging a little deeper:

“RB - At least in my leagues you won't see ANY starting running backs on the waiver wire but that doesn't mean there aren't some players you could roster if you have the opening. The clearest line to carries would be Keiland Williams of Detroit - just one sore Kevin Smith ankle from carrying the load at least for Week 2 and after that he might be splitting with Mikel LeShoure who is suspended for the first two weeks (but is a nice target if your league didn't draft him because of that).

WR - People malign even the great Larry Fitzgerald because he will have John Skelton throwing to him (at least until Kevin Kolb is back in). But look at Fitz' numbers from last year - he had the same two quarterbacks and only marginally better offensive line. That means that in deep leagues  - especially PPR leagues that Andre Roberts and Early Doucet should be rostered. Remember the Cardinals have two games each against the Lambs and SeaChickens.

TE - Yes Heath Miller is sort of boring, but he is the unquestioned starter for the Steelers and will have another sixty receptions this year which means he should be on a roster someplace. Now I agree it is a guess when to start him BUT I will let you know that not everyone has Haley's new offense down which means that a big guy in the middle like Miller may get some extra targets when plays break down which means he may have more value early in the year.”

That’s it for this week gang, good luck this week and happy hunting.

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