SMITTY: We should see a mix of Stepfan Taylor and Marion Grice in this game against KC. Taylor is a decent emergency plug-and-play, though, so grab him if in need at the RB position. The timetable for return for Andre Ellington is unknown. Looking for Week 14 Power Rankings?
SMITTY: This is the last thing Andre Ellington owners needed, as the guy was already playing relatively-well considering the foot injury. Word has it that he claims to be ok, but it’s not crazy to think he misses a game or so. Stay tuned on this one. If he sits, the Cards would use a RBBC using Marion Grice, Michael Bush and Stepfan Taylor.
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5. Jordan Matthews | PHI WR
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.
According to profootballfocus, Chargers RB Ryan Mathews led the league last year in fantasy points per snap (0.40 in non-PPR); he was second only to Jamaal Charles in PPR formats.
SMITTY: While it’s an interesting stat, I remain very skeptical of Ryan Mathews heading into this upcoming fantasy football season. Last season was his first year playing in 16 games, and it’s hard to measure such a stat given the team often takes Mathews out of the game when they expect to use Danny Woodhead. With a redraft ADP in the 4.01-4.04 range, we’re talking about an ADP range of players like Cordarrelle Patterson, Larry Fitzgerald, Andre Ellington, and on occasion, even Keenan Allen. With talent like that still left, Mathews seems more high-risk than reward. Dynasty Note: Keep an eye on rookie RB Marion Grice.
According to utsandiego.com, Chargers RB Ryan Mathews looks like he has gained muscle and weighs 222 pounds, up from last year’s 215.
SMITTY: We’re not so sure putting on weight is the right move for an injury-prone runner like Mathews. Many times this can lead to injury with certain backs, as they are carrying around weight that they aren’t use to, and it can often cause slowness and injury. Fantasy owners should be cautiously-optimistic in regards to Mathews this year. If you ask me, expecting a repeat of last season (1255/6TDs and 26/189/1TD) is asking a lot, especially with the gained weight (muscle or not). In PPR formats, I think Danny Woodhead is the bargain grab, as his ADP is near the 9th-round, whereas Mathews’ is in the early 4th. One last note, rookie runner Marion Grice might carve out some workload in time, keep an eye on him! Check out projections for all three runners here:
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