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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: Alfred Blue could be Arian Foster’s back-up in 2014; Foster to bounce-back?

According to ESPN, Texans rookie RB Alfred Blue has a chance to earn the Texans’ back-up running back job behind starter Arian Foster.

SMITTY: Alfred Blue is a big boy at 6-2, 223 pounds. I like him a lot for that back-up gig come mid-season, but I suspect that Andre Brown is going to come out of the preseason looking most prepared to be Arian Foster’s back-up (and must-own). Now, I have Foster pegged for a bounce-back season in 2014… coach Bill O’Brien recently said that Foster will fill the roles played by previous students of his (Kevin Faulk and Danny Woodhead back in New England), which could mean 50-60 receptions for Foster in 2014. If healthy, he could still see anywhere between 250-280 carries, which should have him producing 1,100-1,200 rushing yards and potentially double-digit touchdowns. Interesting facts: Matt Forte has 1,892 regular-season touches to his name, and Marshawn Lynch has 1,955 regular-season touches to his name… Foster, a player many have written off as overworked, has just 1,320 total touches to his name. Want 2014 Full-Season Fantasy Football Projections for Foster?