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NEWS: Odell Beckham Jr. (back) probable for Week 13.

SMITTY: Unless he suffers some kind of injury in warm-ups, or on Saturday, the guys is locked into high-end WR2 starting line-up slots. He has to be. We might possibly be looking at a fantasy WR1 as early as next year. He is clearly already showing flashes of that right this very moment. Stud! Looking for Week 13 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Victor Cruz suffers torn patellar tendon in Week 6; Cruz done for the year.

SMITTY: This is awful news. Cruz was in tremendous pain as he was carted to the locker room. This could increase the values of Larry Donnell, Rueben Randle and even Odell Beckham. Although, this clearly isn’t a good thing for Eli Manning or that struggling Giants offense. Be sure you’re hooked up with Smart Alerts for updates on other players this coming week, not to mention we send out our Waiver Wire Recommendations and our Buy-Low/Sell High Candidates out via our Smart Alerts.

NEWS: Eli Manning scores 5 total TDs in Week 4; Larry Donnell scores 3TDs; Rashad Jennings quiet with 55 yards rushing.

SMITTY: This was definitely a strange game with an unexpected direction, but Larry Donnell is absolutely proving to be a strong low-end TE1 moving forward. We don’t yet trust Eli Manning despite an amazingly-strong outing in this one, but his uptick in production is clearly fantastic news for all Victor Cruz, Rueben Randle and Donnell owners. As for Jennings’ quiet night, he didn’t get a carry in the fourth quarter, as the Giants turned to rookie Andre Williams in a blowout. Jennings was on our Week 4 Sell-High List because we feared, and still fear, that his workload will be inconsistent — selling him coming off his 170+ rushing performance was just smart if the price was right. And, even though Williams saw his 15 touches (to Jennings’ 13) due to the game being a blowout, you have to think that the Giants might look to use Williams more moving forward — Williams can’t catch, but he sure runs with force. As for Kirk Cousins and his 4INT night, we didn’t see that coming at home against the Giants. Everyone should allow him another week of play before we starting jumping to conclusions, but he looked like a different player in this game, not the passer we saw last week and in previous outings where he has shined. Looking for Week 4 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Victor Cruz could catch 100 passes in 2014?

According to nj.com, Giants WR Victor Cruz is “playing the role of Green Bay’s Randall Cobb and being moved all over the field, 100 receptions is a possibility.”

SMITTY: Eli Manning, who threw 27 interceptions last season, was the problem in 2013, the problem wasn’t Victor Cruz. Cruz went from pulling in 86/1092/10TDs in 2012 to producting 73/998/4TDs in 2013; I think Cruz can easily replicate his 2012 stats if Manning gets back to playing just ‘decent’ football. Odell Beckham and Rueben Randle will play well enough in 2014 to provide Cruz with some space to play that Randall Cobb-type role, which equals tons of receptions! Checkout where Victor Cruz ranks on our Week 1 Power Rankings?

Article: 2014 Third-Year Breakout Wide Receivers

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Each and every fantasy football season, a group of third-year receivers finally reach their ultra-productive point. Fantasy worlds call these players the Third-Year Breakout Wide Receivers. Below is one that really stands out to me: T.Y. Hilton.

Third-Year Breakout Wide Receivers

TY Hilton’s current ADP is at the back of the fifth-round at 58 overall. Hilton has shown an increase in production in each of his first two seasons, though his average yards-per-catch declined in 2013. Still, his overall stat line last year was 82/1083/5TDs, which proved to be a respectable WR2 (221 pts), and he was a 7th-round pick at that time (August of 2013).

We know the Colts are going to score points this coming year. A number of factors point to Hilton increasing his production in 2014. First, he falls into the “Third-Year WR Breakout” theory. Sometimes receivers breakout sooner, like AJ Green, Alshon Jeffery, or Anquan Boldin in year’s past, and other times a receiver just needs two full seasons under his belt before reaching that next level of production (ex: Dez Bryant, who went from 63/928/9TDs during his second year to 92/1382/12 during his third-year breakout season). Now couple all that with consistency, as Hilton enters 2014 with the same coach, quarterback and quick-strike offense that he has matured in. Thirdly, he won’t face many double coverages in 2014 with notable peers Reggie Wayne and newly-acquired Hakeem Nicks requiring attention.

When Reggie Wayne went down last year, Hilton filled the void admirably, producing better-than-expected results, yet I still believe the loss of Wayne impeded Hilton’s overall production. I took note of a recent report that stated that Hilton was working out of all four wide-receiver position during the Colts’ mini-camp. This was interesting, as this could make it tough for defenses to scheme him from week to week, but of course this would also require the presence of a healthy Reggie Wayne, and/or a version of Hakeem Nicks that can adapt to the offense.

I have nothing but respect for Reggie Wayne, but I have a difficult time believing that a 35-year-old NFL wide receiver can be productive the season following knee surgery. History suggests a negative impact. I’m not sure where he is in his rehab, but at his age, he won’t be able to pull off what Adrian Peterson did, where he was running lateral drills in a sand pit 9 months removed from his LCL, ACL, and MCL surgery. Sorry, Reggie, I won’t expect that from a 35-year-old receiver. I will expect to see more of LaVon Brazill.

Where Hakeem Nicks will fit into that Colts’ offense remains to be seen. Staying healthy is still a concern for Nicks, but the combination of Wayne and Nicks is sure to leave Hilton in some good spots all over the field in 2014. Plus, I expect to see the Colts’ 3rd-round draft pick, Donte Moncrief, stretch the field often in 2014; he has both size and speed and should be a great red-zone target, even as a rookie.

Hilton might be sitting at #58 overall right now, but come August, I anticipate him moving up fantasy draft boards. Dynasty league owners should start trying to acquire him now while he maintains low trade value.

2014 Projections: I have T.Y Hilton pulling in 92 receptions for 1,250 yards and 9TDs this upcoming year.

Full List of 2014 Third-Year Breakout Wide Receivers

Below are players already playing like studs and/or suspended:

Alshon Jeffery (already broke out in 2013)
Michael Floyd (already broke out in 2013)
Josh Gordon (already broke out in 2014; facing possible suspension in 2014)
• Justin Blackmon WR, JAC (suspended indefinitely)

  1. TY Hilton WR, IND
  2. Kendall Wright WR, TEN (semi breakout in 2013)
  3. Marvin Jones WR, CIN (semi breakout in 2013)
  4. Jarrett Boykin WR, GB
  5. Rueben Randle WR, NYG
  6. Jermaine Kearse WR, SEA
  7. Andre Holmes WR, OAK
  8. Stephen Hill WR, NYJ
  9. Rod Streater WR, OAK
  10. Cole Beasley WR, DAL
  11. Brian Quick WR STL
  12. Ryan Broyles WR, DET
  13. Mohamed Sanu WR, CIN

NEWS: Victor Cruz continues to want to improve.

According to ESPN, Giants WR Victor Cruz “continued his quest for self-improvement, even after signing a big contract.” The article also talks about how after signing his big extension last year, Cruz reported to training camp and told his coaching staff that he “wanted to work to improve his blocking.”

SMITTY: Victor Cruz has all kinds of bounce-back upside this coming season, to the tune of a potential low-end fantasy WR1. Now, don’t even think about drafting him that high, or trading for him at that value… use ADP data to your advantage, data that indicates Cruz’s average draft slot is right around the middle of the 4th-round, which could be steal-type material at season’s end. While Cruz only pulled in 4TDs and 998 receiving yards last year, that’s on Eli Manning, who threw 27 INTs in 2013. Sure, there is a chance Manning struggles again in 2014, but my guess is we will see much improvement in Eli’s stat lines, which gets Cruz back into his 80/1000+/9-10TD stat lines. Improvement in the passing game is good news for both up-and-coming receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Ruben Randle. For full projections on all these guys, especially Victor Cruz, check out our Draft Analyzer projections for fantasy football 2014!

NEWS: Rueben Randle more focused receiver in 2014.

According to ESPN, Giants WR Rueben Randle is more focused heading into 2014.

SMITTY: Ruben Randall is entering his third NFL season, which is typically a breakout year for receivers. While I feel Randle does have sleeper appeal, there are a lot of mouths to feed in New York this year. Victor Cruz and Odell Beckham Jr. are likely the team’s top two receivers heading into 2014, or at least we expect Beckham Jr. to be locked into the that WR2 spot soon enough. And, with Eli Manning being the definition of inconsistency (18TDs and 27INTs last season), it’s tough to know what to expect out of the Giants’ third receiving option. Last year, Randle pulled in 41 receptions for 611 yards and 6TDs. Check out his 2014 projections right here.

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