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NEWS: Kyle Rudolph to miss six weeks due to hernia surgery; will this benefit Patterson?

SMITTY: First the Vikes lose Adrian Peterson, and now they lose Kyle RudolphCordarrelle Patterson is either going to benefit big-time, or be focused on by defenses to the point he can’t get open. That will all depend on how effective Teddy Bridgewater can be under center. As for the TE position, Rhett Ellison and MarQueis Gray are the next players up — Don’t expect much. Looking for Week 4 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: Cordarrelle Patterson will be prominently featured in 2014

According to ESPN’s Ben Goessling, Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson will be “prominently” featured in 2014.

SMITTY: While this is almost obvious news, it’s important to remember that an offense conducted by Norv Turner could lead to a lot more scoring opportunities, so Patterson could dance with 8-10 total scores in 2014. He came into the league with a raw skill set, but according to some, so did Josh Gordon. Inconsistent passing is a touch of a concern when it comes to Patterson, but Turner is going to utilize Patterson all over the field in 2014. A breakout season surely awaits. To view exact projections for Patterson based on your scoring format, run our Draft Analyzer.