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NEWS: Josh Gordon and Wes Welker could be back soon?

This fresh from ESPN:

Josh Gordon also had this to say on possibly suing the NFL in order to play right away: “The whole being in limbo thing, I’m over it,” Gordon said Friday. “I’m not waiting on the edge of my seat anymore.” A new drug policy agreement could still open the door to a lifted or reduced suspension, as seen in the video above.

NEWS: Wes Welker 4-game suspension begins Week 1

According to numerous reports, Broncos WR Wes Welker’s four-game suspension will begin in Week 1. Immediately after news broke that Broncos WR Wes Welker was suspended by the NFL for four games for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, much buzz hit news wires all around suggesting that the suspension wouldn’t begin until Week 2.

SMITTY: After a couple hours of buzz floating around news wires suggesting that Wes Welker’s four-game suspension might not kickstart until Week 2, it’s been clarified by many sources that Welker’s suspension will be effective as of Week 1. Again, this is a big blow to Wes Welker’s fantasy value, but it increases the value of all four of Demaryius Thomas, Julius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders and Cody Latimer (and even Montee Ball). Sanders, who already had upside for fantasy WR2-type numbers this upcoming season, but at the cost of a fantasy WR3, is the receiver that will likely see the biggest uptick in targets with this news. Peyton Manning and that offense won’t likely miss a beat in Weeks 1-4, as Latimer will fill in for Welker just fine, as Welker was already dipping below the 900-yard mark in terms of receiving, and he had all kinds of concussion concerns moving forward. Expect Welker to return to his WR3 role with the team upon his four-game suspension. Looking for how this impacts our Week 1 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Wes Welker suspended four games for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.

According to numerous reports, Broncos WR Wes Welker has been suspended by the NFL for four games for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.

Smitty: UPDATE – The Denver Post’s Mike Klis is currently reporting that the Broncos believe that Wes Welker will play Week 1 against the Colts. We will keep you posted on this, but it’s possible the announcement is too late in the week to affect Week 1. Stay tuned.

SMITTY: Wow. This is quite a blow to Wes Welker’s fantasy value, and it increases the value of all four of Demaryius Thomas, Julius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders and Cody Latimer. Even Montee Ball sees more receptions with this news. Probably the player that gets the biggest target increase is Sanders, who already had upside for fantasy WR2-type numbers this year at the cost of a fantasy WR3. Now it just feels like more of a lock. As for Peyton Manning and that offense, it won’t miss a beat. Latimer will fill in for Welker just fine, as Welker was already dipping below the 900-yard mark in terms of receiving, and he had all kinds of concussion concerns moving forward. Expect Welker to return to his WR3 role with the team upon his four-game suspension, though, but Latimer (even Caldwell) now gets a nice little window to showcase his talents. Looking for how this impacts our Week 1 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Cody Latimer had excellent first week of practice; has best play of camp so far.

According to DenverBroncos.com’s David DeChant, Broncos WR Cody Latimer had an “excellent first week of practice” and had arguably the “best play of camp thus far”.

SMITTY: Cody Latimer has a lot of talent, but some things would need to happen for him to get consistent looks early on in 2014. Demaryius Thomas is automatically going to pull in 90/1300+/10-14TDS, and all three of Wes Welker, Julius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders are going to be 1,000-yard capable, and even 7+TD capable (with 1-2 of them getting closer to 10TDs). We’re not done… Montee Ball is set to be next in line for receptions/targets out of all pass-catchers, as Knowshon Moreno pulled in 60/548/3TDs last year as the team’s starting rusher… Ball is a much more gifted player, so there just isn’t much room at all for Latimer as it stands now. That said, if an injury strikes that group of receivers in Denver in 2014, don’t be shocked if Latimer becomes a very sneaky fantasy WR3 per start. Looking for Peyton Manning/Broncos Week 1 Power Rankings?

Article: 2014 Rookie Rankings & Analysis

smitty staffIt’s late July, so it’s time to reevaluate the 2014 Fantasy Football Rookies. Below is a one-player taste of our Premium 2014 Rookie Rankings with Analysis, so if you aren’t a 2014 STARTERS Subscriber, get access right after you read this sample (who is #5 on our Rookie Rankings)… after you read this, there are 11 more rookie write-ups just like it waiting for you, along with a complete ranking of my top 50 rookies… here we go!

5. Jordan Matthews | PHI WR

Date: 7/24/14

This 2014 rookie receiving class is just flat-out phenomenal, as we are talking about the 4th receiver ranked, and this receiver can be a fantasy WR1 if he develops properly. Jordan Matthews is 6-3, 212 pounds, but he plays like he is 6-5, 225 pounds. He has a long reach and has phenomenal spacial awareness. View this exact play right here to see what I mean… if you watched that play, you should have noticed not only Matthews’ timing pulling in the reception, but his innate ability to use his body to defend the area around the football. It’s an instinct most players don’t develop until their second or third NFL season, but Matthews has a natural instinct to use his body to position the defender where he wants the defender. It’s masterful if you take the time to watch him in acton. Like Brandin Cooks, Matthews couldn’t have landed in a more potent offense. And, in Matthews’ case, the Eagles are in need of a big-time possession receiver, and it appears Chip Kelly is going to immediately lean on the rookie. Don’t be surprised if Matthews makes a strong case for Rookie of the Year in 2014! It wouldn’t be shocking if the guy pulled in 55-60 receptions for 900-1000 yards and 6-7 scores as a rookie. The rookie receiver position is changing, and these guys are maturing much faster than they use to.



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NEWS: Cody Latimer shaping up to be a sleeper?

According to ESPN’s Jeff Legwold, Broncos WR Cody Latimer “offer glimpses of how adept he is at winning the ball in contested situations.”

SMITTY: Cody Latimer definitely has talent, and that makes him a fine dynasty prospect, but opportunities will be a bit inconsistent for the rookie in 2014. Demaryius Thomas will likely pull in 90-95 balls this upcoming year, Wes Welker will likely snag 70-80, Julius Thomas is sure to haul in 60-plus, which leaves Emmanuel Sanders with a shot at 60 or so… so it’s tough imagining a scenario, that didn’t involved injury, where Latimer was handed anything close to consistent in the targets department. Even Montee Ball could pull in 50-60 receptions in 2014 (Moreno pulled in 60 last year), so Latimer is arguably the 6th-best receiving option on the team as it stand right now. Again, injury, or disappointing play (let’s say Sanders falters), could change things quickly. All these numbers I’m tossing around sure have me rethinking how far I’m going to let Peyton Manning slip in my upcoming August drafts. Ready for your draft? Run our Draft Analyzer:
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