SMITTY: Earlier reports suggested that coach Smith expects Julio Jones (hip) to play the Saints in Week 16, but we have seen this too many times before, where a coach, or player, promises the world and then sits. Don’t count on having Julio this week if just to ensure you’re prepared for the worst-case scenario. Harry Douglas, one of our top pick-up recommendations of the week last week, should be owned in all formats, as he is almost a low-end WR2 whenever Julio is out. We will keep you posted once we know more on the stud’s status for this most-important week in fantasy. Looking for Week 16 Power Rankings?
SMITTY: We don’t expect Julio Jones to be active this week, which is a huge bummer for fantasy owners. That said, Harry Douglas is a respectable plug-and-play option, as his production will jump big-time with more targets. Make sure Douglas isn’t sitting on waivers. He is a great add this week. Of course, check back with us all the way up to kickoff, as this situation could change. Looking for Week 15 Power Rankings?
SMITTY: While he isn’t much more than a fantasy WR3, he is active, which is good. The Packers inactives were quiet-like — We expect this to be a high-scoring event, led by Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, Eddie Lacy and of course Aaron Rodgers. Julio Jones could be in for a big game as well, but we fully expect the Packers to win this one by quite a bit. It’s football, anything can happen on game day, which is why this sport is so fun to watch. Good luck to all of you with players in this game tonight!
SMITTY: Bobby Rainey is a fantasy RB1 against a Falcons rushing defense that gives up over 150 rushing yards per game and has surrendered 5TDs through the first two weeks. Get Roddy White out of your line-up, and consider Harry Douglas as a spot play this week if you’re in need. Even if you don’t own White, Douglas is a sneaky start if desperate at your fantasy WR3. Julio Jones owners better get ready for a big Week 3! Looking for Week 3 Power Rankings?
SMITTY: This report is from PFT, and it’s suggesting he is likely out. Clearly check back, and sign up for our Smart Alerts in order to get real-time updates on this, but White owners should start getting an alternative plan in place right now. Looking for Week 3 Power Rankings?
According to reports, Falcons WR Roddy White (knee) is ready for Week 2 against the Bengals.
SMITTY: That Falcons attack will be ready to have another big game in Week 2. Julio Jones has No. 1 overall WR upside moving forward, and Roddy White, who had a strong Week 1 with five receptions for 72 yards and 1TD, is a fine fantasy WR3 assuming he stays healthy. This could be White’s last strong season, so if you’re in a dynasty league, consider selling high at some point this year. Be sure to sign-up for our Smart Alerts so that you get alerted should White’s Week 2 status change.
Take a listen to Russ Bliss’ and Smitty talk about the upcoming Week 2 of the 2014 fantasy football season! Take a listen!
The Red Zone With Russ Bliss
Topics: Cordarrelle Patterson, Bernard Pierce, Ray Rice, Justin Forsett, Jordan Cameron, Pierre Garcon, Roddy White, Josh Gordon, Wes Welker, Michael Floyd, Andre Ellington, Bobby Rainey, Doug Martin, Eddie Lacy, Golden Tate, Percy Harvin, Anquan Boldin, Joique Bell, Chris Ivory, Keenan Allen
According to ESPN’s Vaughn Mcclure on Twitter, Falcons WR Julio Jones is stopping on a dime right now. “Every part of Julio Jones’ day has looked explosive. He’s stopping on a dime. Showing no ill effects,” Mcclure tweeted.
SMITTY: Julio Jones has the upside to lead the league in receptions, yards and touchdowns during any given season. He has Randy Moss like ability, meaning he can be one of the only receivers in the league that can pull in 100+ balls, pull in 1,400 receiving yards while snagging 15+ touchdowns. No one can do that season after season, but if anyone in the NFL can have multiple campaigns like that, it’s Julio. We will continue to monitor his health and report back to you on it, but he looks full-go and well on his way to becoming a top 1-4 fantasy wide receiver season in 2014. Looking for Week 1 Power Rankings on both Julio Jones and Roddy White?
According to Adam Schefter on Twitter, Falcons WR Roddy White received a four-year extension.
SMITTY: While Roddy White is clearly on the downside of his career, he still has enough left in the tank to pull off a high-end fantasy WR3-type season in 2014. In dynasty leagues, you can almost get him for nothing, and he is worth that as a one-year WR3 role player. In redraft, he could be undervalued or overvalued depending on your league. I’ve seen him go in the 7th-round in yearly-league mocks, and I’ve seen him go in the early 5th-round. I will suggest that fantasy owners pass all day at that 5th-round value, but anything near fantasy WR3-type value (and the 7th qualifies) is still very decent if we’re talking redraft. If healthy, 2014 should be the Julio Jones show! Jones news should ramp up here shortly, as everyone is going to be monitoring his foot/health. Check out where both White and Julio rank on our Week 1 Power Rankings!
According to NFL.com, Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson believes he is in for a breakout season in 2014. “I’m going to be a top-five playmaker,” Patterson said. “I’m a playmaker, I like to make plays. Like I tell them, just get the ball in my hands I feel like I’m special with it. I just like to do special things with the ball.”
SMITTY: Cordarrelle Patterson is on most everyone’s breakout radar, however, the guy can still smash his currently-rising ADP, which has now climbed into the 4.12-5.03 range. His ADP has climbed quite a bit over the last two months, there is no denying it, but that doesn’t mean he still can’t nicely outplay it even at 4.12-5.03 value, as that’s where players like Roddy White, Chris Johnson, Trent Richardson and DeSean Jackson are being taken. A couple players below the 4.12 spot are players I like as much as Patterson, like Michael Floyd and Joique Bell, but Patterson has as much value, or more, as some players in the 3rd-round, like Reggie Bush, Vincent Jackson, Victor Cruz, and Ryan Mathews. I love VJax and Cruz this year, so I’m not predicting bust for those guys, I just feel that Patterson also belongs in that late 3rd-round range with those big names, which is fantastic news for those able to snag him in the late 4th- or early 5th-rounds. Want to know where we have all these players ranked based on your exact league scoring? Get your hands on our fantasy football cheat sheets 2014!