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NEWS: John Brown cannot be covered?

According to Josh Weinfuss on Twitter, Cardinals GM Steve Keim said this about rookie WR John Brown: “I can tell you so far we haven’t been able to cover him.”

SMITTY: This has to be the fourth or fifth time we’ve received raving reviews on this youngster, as Bruce Arians molds him into his Cardinal version of TY Hilton. John Brown runs a 4.34 and has some really-strong dynasty value right now, but it’s hard to imagine him being consistent in 2014 given that both Michael Floyd and Larry Fitzgerald could be set to pull in 1,000 yards and double-digit scores.

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: John Brown still impressing?

According to Gil Brandt on Twitter, Cardinals rookie WR John Brown will workout with Carson Palmer in San Diego. Brandt also tweeted, “Cards think he’ll be special player. Very high on him.”

SMITTY: The Cardinals, as well as sources close to the team, continue to talk-up John Brown. Coach Bruce Arians has compared his new receiver to previous students Antonio Brown and TY Hilton. While I think he has tremendous long-term appeal, it’s hard to imagine Brown having a big statistical campaign this year with both Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd likely pulling in 80/1000+/7TDs+ type stat lines. Also, keep in mind Andre Ellington should pull down 40+ receptions in 2014, so Brown will have to fight to even earn the typical rookie receiver stat line, which is roughly 40 receptions for 560 yards and about 4TDs. An injury to either Fitz or Floyd would certainly change the situation, though, so know that. Since we don’t know what will happen in AZ between now and when Brown enters his third NFL season, the year most receivers breakout, his dynasty value remains quite intriguing. Getting ready for your fantasy football draft? Get to using our Draft Analyzer!

NEWS: Michael Floyd looks better than ever?

According to azcentral.com, Cardinals WR Michael Floyd “looked even better this spring” than he did during his breakout campaign last season.

SMITTY: This kid is loaded with talent, and with Carson Palmer being 4,000/24TD capable, there are enough targets to go around for Floyd to improve upon last year’s impressive 66/1054/5TDs. Logan Thomas is being called ‘as advertised’ right now in camp, so Floyd’s future (post-Palmer) might not be as cloudy as most anticipated. Back to this year… Larry Fitzgerald could be setup to bounce-back in 2014, and it’s no secret around here that we love Andre Ellington heading into ’14. Check out full-season projections (based on your scoring) for all these players right here:
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