SMITTY: Chiefs TE Anthony Fasano (knee) is active, but the stud TE play is Travis Kelce as far as those Chief players are concerned. Donnie Avery is also inactive for the Chiefs. Derek Carr (quad) is a go for Week 12. Expect a whole lot of Jamaal Charles in this game. Looking for Week 12 Power Rankings?
With Week 1 in the rear view mirror, it’s time to look at this week’s top pickups. Comment below to throw out other names or talk about these guys below.
No Brainer:Josh Gordon – Make sure Gordon isn’t sitting on waivers, as there is a chance that he could see the field this season. Read more here.
1. Justin Forsett – Clearly this week’s top pickup, but Pierce could be the main man, too, so don’t blow all your FA cash on Forsett, but don’t miss out on trying to land him either (and make sure Pierce isn’t available for whatever reason).
2. Allen Hurns – Is he for real? Well, we sent out a last-minute Smart Alert on Sunday morning suggesting that he get picked up in very large leagues… we saw talent, this isn’t a guy that just had a huge week 1. He could continue to be a solid WR3 at least.
3. Isaiah Crowell – Tate is a huge question, so Terrance West (be certain he isn’t on waivers) is the next man up and has huge upside, but so does Crowell, proof by his 2TDs in Week 1.
4. Brian Quick – Brian Quick caught seven passes for 99 yards in Week 1. He should be available in large leagues right now believe it or not… he shouldn’t be, but for some reason he is. He is the team’s No. 1 WR.
5. Derek Carr – Derek Carr completed 20-of-32 passes for 151 yards and two touchdowns in Week 1. In dynasty, he isn’t likely available, and shouldn’t be since he was my favorite rookie QB all off-season long… but in redraft, he has fantasy QB2 appeal.
6. Lorenzo Taliaferro – If planning ahead, this could be a guy that eventually starts in BAL. Forsett could be the main man all year, or Pierce could be (make sure he wasn’t dropped), but I like this rookie enough to stash (x10 in dynasty).
7. Bobby Rainey – Martin (leg) is said to be ok, but this is a must-add for Martin owners at least.
8. James Starks – In case Lacy (concussion) can’t play, suffers setbacks, or suffers further injury.
9. Dwayne Allen – Dwayne Allen caught 4-of-5 targets for 64 yards and a touchdown in Week 1. Solid add, but he had a long TD that he most likely won’t see very often.
10. Ahmad Bradshaw – T-Rich didn’t look good, so this is a decent move if looking ahead, although, Bradshaw isn’t a lock to stay healthy by any means.
According to numerous reports, Raiders QB Derek Carr will start Week 1 against the Jets.
SMITTY: No surprise here, as Derek Carr looked excellent in his last preseason outing. He could have some ups and downs this year, but Carr has been my favorite rookie passer for quite some time now and his dynasty value is strong. Looking for Week 1 Power Rankings?
Derek Carr completed 11-of-13 passes for 143 yards and 3TDs in his team’s final preseason contest against the Seahawks.
SMITTY: The rookie has been one of our biggest QB sleepers from this draft class for some time now… It won’t be long before he cracks the line-up in Oakland, and he is a fine dynasty prospect! Looking for Week 1 Power Rankings?
It’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
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 csnbayarea.com, Raiders WR Andre Holmes has the confidence of QB Matt Schaub when it comes to getting “to the top” of his routes; Schaub also feels that Holmes “can stretch the field” for the team in 2014.
SMITTY: I actually really like what I’ve seen out of Andre Holmes, but his upside really boils down to the quarterback position. While I have my questions about Matt Schaub playing at a consistent level all year, I really like the future upside of Derek Carr. Oakland could misuse Holmes, though, know that. For now, though, Holmes remains a nice dynasty grab (in larger leagues), and he could certainly beat out all the other Oakland receivers in terms of fantasy production if he got the targets. James Jones will be the trendy choice for top reception-getter in Oakland this upcoming season, but he is banged up right now with a shoulder injury. Denarious Moore and Rod Streater also have a shot at being a top target-getter, but all these guys seem more like a team’s No. 2 receiver. Holmes has the most natural talent.