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NEWS: AJ Green (toe) unsure about Week 8; his toe to bother him all season?

SMITTY: In an NFL Network interview, AJ Green had this to say on his toe and chances of playing in Week 8: “It’s still up in the air,” Green said. “But it definitely feels better. We’ll see about this week.” It was his answer on whether the injury would bother him all season that concerned us, as he had this to say on that: “It’s probably not gonna be 100 percent, but I hope it’s just manageable,” Green said. “I can get through the season and be fine and still play at a high level.” Hopefully Green can still play at a top 5-10 wide receiver level upon his return, but there is some risk here. Stay tuned. Mohamed Sanu has strong WR2-type appeal, if not higher, for each game that Green misses (which could be just one more game); he could maintain value even close to that level if Green comes back and can’t play at a very high level. Looking for Week 8 Power Rankings?

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NEWS: AJ Green still very doubtful for Week 7; Sanu to shine again in Week 7?

SMITTY: His toe is expected to keep him out of Week 7, but currently the Bengals are calling him day-to-day. Call it strategy to keep opponents honest, call it hope, but fantasy owners better prepare for at least one more week without Green; however, his status past Week 7 is sounding better and better. Mohamed Sanu is locked into high-end fantasy WR2-type value until Green returns, yet he is still on waivers in some larger leagues? Grab him, folks! Looking for Week 7 Power Rankings?

NEWS: AJ Green expected to miss Week 7, but will not need surgery; Marvin Jones done for season leaving Sanu to thrive?

SMITTY: We have heard mixed reports on AJ Green’s Week 7 availability, but everything is speculation at this point. So, check back all week long, and be sure to sign up for Smart Alerts. With Marvin Jones officially done for the season, Mohamed Sanu is gold until Green returns. It’s surprising that Sanu is still available in so many leagues. He has been on our Weekly Waiver Wire List for weeks — grab him if for any reason he is still out there in your league(s)! Looking for Week 7 Power Rankings?

WR A.J. Green (CIN) will miss a second consecutive game in Week 7, but he is not expected to require surgery. Green is scheduled to see a doctor Friday, Oct. 17.

NEWS: AJ Green has a shot to play Week 7?

SMITTY: Coach Marvin Lewis said that AJ Green has a ‘shot’ to play Week 7, but other sources suggest that even Green himself expects to sit out another week. Until we hear something more concrete, it’s smart to expect to be without Green in Week 7. Mohamed Sanu remains an excellent fantasy WR2 until Green returns! Our Smart Alerts and this news wire have you covered on updates on this, though!

NEWS: AJ Green carted to locker room with toe issue; Could miss a couple weeks?

SMITTY: UPDATE: AJ Green will undergo an MRI, and word is that he could be shut down for a few weeks. Mohamed Sanu is a must-grab if available in your league, as he could see fantasy WR2-type targets with Green out. We will keep you posted, but for now, this clearly affects our Week 6 Power Rankings.

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isn’t much on this situation yet, so stay tuned. According to rotoworld, AJ Green ‘threw off his shoe in dusgust, hopped on a cart’ and headed to the locker room. So far this doesn’t look good, so stay tuned! Looking for Week 6 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Marvin Jones breaks foot and will miss multiple weeks.

Update: NFL Network is reporting that the Bengals are hoping that WR Marvin Jones (foot) will make it back by Week 5.

According to reports, Bengals WR Marvin Jones will miss multiple weeks due to a broken foot.

SMITTY: This is awful news for the Bengals, Andy Dalton, and of course, Marvin Jones owners. We have adjusted our Week 1 Power Rankings accordingly. Mohamed Sanu is next up for the No. 2 wide receiver job in Cincy.

Article: 2014 Third-Year Breakout Wide Receivers

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Each and every fantasy football season, a group of third-year receivers finally reach their ultra-productive point. Fantasy worlds call these players the Third-Year Breakout Wide Receivers. Below is one that really stands out to me: T.Y. Hilton.

Third-Year Breakout Wide Receivers

TY Hilton’s current ADP is at the back of the fifth-round at 58 overall. Hilton has shown an increase in production in each of his first two seasons, though his average yards-per-catch declined in 2013. Still, his overall stat line last year was 82/1083/5TDs, which proved to be a respectable WR2 (221 pts), and he was a 7th-round pick at that time (August of 2013).

We know the Colts are going to score points this coming year. A number of factors point to Hilton increasing his production in 2014. First, he falls into the “Third-Year WR Breakout” theory. Sometimes receivers breakout sooner, like AJ Green, Alshon Jeffery, or Anquan Boldin in year’s past, and other times a receiver just needs two full seasons under his belt before reaching that next level of production (ex: Dez Bryant, who went from 63/928/9TDs during his second year to 92/1382/12 during his third-year breakout season). Now couple all that with consistency, as Hilton enters 2014 with the same coach, quarterback and quick-strike offense that he has matured in. Thirdly, he won’t face many double coverages in 2014 with notable peers Reggie Wayne and newly-acquired Hakeem Nicks requiring attention.

When Reggie Wayne went down last year, Hilton filled the void admirably, producing better-than-expected results, yet I still believe the loss of Wayne impeded Hilton’s overall production. I took note of a recent report that stated that Hilton was working out of all four wide-receiver position during the Colts’ mini-camp. This was interesting, as this could make it tough for defenses to scheme him from week to week, but of course this would also require the presence of a healthy Reggie Wayne, and/or a version of Hakeem Nicks that can adapt to the offense.

I have nothing but respect for Reggie Wayne, but I have a difficult time believing that a 35-year-old NFL wide receiver can be productive the season following knee surgery. History suggests a negative impact. I’m not sure where he is in his rehab, but at his age, he won’t be able to pull off what Adrian Peterson did, where he was running lateral drills in a sand pit 9 months removed from his LCL, ACL, and MCL surgery. Sorry, Reggie, I won’t expect that from a 35-year-old receiver. I will expect to see more of LaVon Brazill.

Where Hakeem Nicks will fit into that Colts’ offense remains to be seen. Staying healthy is still a concern for Nicks, but the combination of Wayne and Nicks is sure to leave Hilton in some good spots all over the field in 2014. Plus, I expect to see the Colts’ 3rd-round draft pick, Donte Moncrief, stretch the field often in 2014; he has both size and speed and should be a great red-zone target, even as a rookie.

Hilton might be sitting at #58 overall right now, but come August, I anticipate him moving up fantasy draft boards. Dynasty league owners should start trying to acquire him now while he maintains low trade value.

2014 Projections: I have T.Y Hilton pulling in 92 receptions for 1,250 yards and 9TDs this upcoming year.

Full List of 2014 Third-Year Breakout Wide Receivers

Below are players already playing like studs and/or suspended:

Alshon Jeffery (already broke out in 2013)
Michael Floyd (already broke out in 2013)
Josh Gordon (already broke out in 2014; facing possible suspension in 2014)
• Justin Blackmon WR, JAC (suspended indefinitely)

  1. TY Hilton WR, IND
  2. Kendall Wright WR, TEN (semi breakout in 2013)
  3. Marvin Jones WR, CIN (semi breakout in 2013)
  4. Jarrett Boykin WR, GB
  5. Rueben Randle WR, NYG
  6. Jermaine Kearse WR, SEA
  7. Andre Holmes WR, OAK
  8. Stephen Hill WR, NYJ
  9. Rod Streater WR, OAK
  10. Cole Beasley WR, DAL
  11. Brian Quick WR STL
  12. Ryan Broyles WR, DET
  13. Mohamed Sanu WR, CIN

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