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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: Charles Sims has elite upside; a must-own for Doug Martin owners?

According to joebucsfan.com, Bucs rookie RB Charles Sims has a “Hall Of Fame Chance” despite walking into 2014 as the back-up rusher in Tampa Bay.

SMITTY: According to the article, Howard David (SiriusXM NFL Radio host) thinks that Charles Sims “has Hall of Fame talent in his body.” David said, “I think they got themselves a steal here. I don’t want to give him the bust into Canton just yet, but I think he’s got a chance.” It’s high praise for sure, and it’s important not to get too carried away with such a report, but it’s good for fantasy football owners to responsibly absorb everything that they can, then make informed decisions. The take-away here is this… Doug Martin has low-end fantasy RB1-type talent, but his handcuff (Sims) has been compared to Matt Forte on more than one occasion from more than one scout. Now this… the point here is to not overreact or overvalue Sims, but he does have serious upside, and he is almost a must-own this season for all Martin owners (especially dynasty league owners). Owning both running backs will have you sleeping like a baby, as Martin still has an injury label to shake loose. View where we have both players on our 2014 fantasy football cheat sheets.

Note: Thanks to STARTERS forum moderator rabidbucfan for the heads up on this article.

NEWS: Doug Martin headed into a RBBC in 2014?

According to ESPN’s Pat Yasinskas, Bucs RB Doug Martin “is the starter” heading into 2014, but “the Bucs want to use a rotation.”

SMITTY: While this isn’t the first time we’ve heard this so far this off-season, it’s important to note that the other running backs on the roster aren’t quite as talented as Martin. Those rushers are: Charles Sims, Bobby Rainey, Mike James and Jeff Demps. Also, there are so many ways to define “rotation”. Are we talking about a 60/40 or 65/35 split? A lot of people are guessing with this continued story… I honestly cannot envision any scenario where a healthy D-Mart isn’t getting at least 60% of the running back touches this upcoming season, and that’s more than enough action to earn his sneaky-good 2.08-2.12 ADP. Now, all that said, health could be a concern (key word is “could”), so all Martin owners should keep an eye on the RB2 battle in the coming months. My money is on rookie Charles Sims — If anyone can get near Doug Martin-type production if starting, it’s Sims (often compared to a poor man’s Matt Forte. Want Dough Martin full-season projections?
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