Ask the Experts
Posted Sep. 06 at 05:51 AM
ASK THE EXPERTS appears weekly with answers to a new question being posted Thursday morning. How the guest experts responded when we asked them:
What Week 1 breakout performer will everyone be talking about next Monday?
The shockwaves I forsee potentially exploding week one is the combo of Jake Locker-Kendall Wright. Locker is getting his first shot at starting and gets to open at home against last year's worse pass defense in the New England Patriots. There is no better opportunity to show off a new Run N Shoot style offense than against a team you are going to need to score tons of points to beat. Locker could breakout for a huge game and give him the confidence he needs to go on to stardom this year. On the receiving end, the young rookie Kendall Wright draws the start on the outside for the suspended/injured Kenny Britt. Showing a great rapport with Locker during their preseason time together, Wright also flashed that immense potential that led him to being a first round pick. If this shootout goes like I think it could, Wright may not give that starting job back and could be well on his way to staking his claim to starting fantasy wide out material.
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Alshon Jeffery, Chicago. He is clearly the No. 2 WR in Chicago behind Brandon Marshall, but Julio Jones has made a living out of the WR2 position so why not Jeffery. Marshall is sure to face double teams often and this presents s great opportunity for the talented Jeffery. He faces little competition from Devin Hester and Earl Bennett who have had their time with Cutler but not shown anything. Alshon is an agile WR with plenty of upside that few are talking about.
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I'll take a wild stab and say Indianapolis Colts rookie WR T.Y. Hilton catches a long one for a score against the Bears this week. Hey! It could happen!
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Firstly, a thought as someone who likes nabbing (and hitting!) on shiny new rookies, this is going to be an unprecedented year for rookie impact in the NFL. For starters, there will be five rookie QBs under center Week 1 (Luck, RG3, Tannehill, Weeden, Wilson), a first, several RBs who will make major noise (T-Rich, Doug Martin, Robert Turbin, David Wilson), a few TEs who will contribute (mainly the two in Indy) and a very deep rookie wide receiver class. In terms of rookies we will be talking about, Doug Martin is going to justify his rising draft price right out of the gate. For a man his size Martin has amazing agility and a wide array of moves from jump cuts, to stop and starts, and a great spin move. He will be a workhorse and is both effective inside as a north-south runner plus Martin has the ability to bounce it outside with good instincts and vision. For those of you who follow Combine stats, his 6.79 in the 3-cone drill was extremely impressive for a man his size. For an unheralded player, watch out for undrafted Raiders' WR Rod Streater. He is going to post a surprising amount of stats for an undrafted receiver. I'm not comparing him to Jerry Rice (of course) but it is uncanny how much he looks like him on the field in terms of physical stature and Streater wears the same number 80. Especially for you in dynasty leagues, go get Streater now on the cheap. Streater should have been a 2nd/3rd round pick in the NFL Draft this year.
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Next week we will all be talking about Alfred Morris. Shanahan will make you go crazy trying to guess which RB will start from week to week but they all produce when in the game. Morris is in line to start the opener and will have a big game in the Shanahan system.
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Do I really have to give away my deep sleeper love and give my league mates a tip to snag him off the wire before I do?!?! Juron Criner, the rookie wideout of the Oakland Raiders, will take the league by storm. He stands 6-foot-3, 221 pounds, has good hands and excellent leaping ability to make him a valuable red zone threat. Denarius Moore and Jacoby Ford have been dealing with injuries, which could pave the way for the now-healthy Criner to showcase his talents in Week 1 against the San Diego Chargers - a secondary that was rather vulnerable last year. I'm rather surprised that he has flown under the radar after his huge preseason game against the Detroit Lions, although his injury likely played a role in that.
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Great question, I picked Cam last year, but not so clear-cut in 2012. How about Brandon Weedon throwing for 300+ and 2 TDs, while T-Rich runs for 100 with a score? That my friends would be pure fantasy! Maybe against the Fish or the Jags, but Philly? Not likely! So maybe a more realistic scenario is that Marshawn Lynch can't go because of his achey-breaky back, then it's Turbin the Turbine Time rushing for 100 and 2 scores--and he'll get picked up in almost every league in the country with 12 or less players. Or maybe it's Downtown Ronnie Brown, catching lightning in a bottle with a Game 1 start for the Chargers who are missing the ever-brittle-and-oh-so-average Ryan Mathews. Maybe I'll just say that it will be the Bucs' Josh Freeman & Mike Williams both returning to 2010 form against Carolina, assisted by the newly acquired dangerous/inconsistent V-Jackson, plus their upgraded running game. Whatever, Good Luck & TGIF [Thank God It's Football] to all FFB Managers out there!
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Alshon Jeffery. While I don't believe he will keep it up all season for the Bears I think he can have a super Week 1 against a fairly pathetic Colts defense that's still converting to Chuck Pagano's system. This is a home game for the Bears and I could see Jeffery catching a long pass for a TD and setting the FF world on fire with his speed and Jay Cutlers arm exciting everyone.
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I have a good feeling about Dallas wideout Kevin Ogletree. Aside from him, let's go with Kendall Wright. Kenny Britt is out and the Patriots probably didn't totally fix their secondary issues in the offseason, and they'll probably win this game something like 38-27. I could see Wright catching 8-10 passes for 130 yards and a TD and being a hot waiver pickup next week.
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Posted by Christopher Coulson | Sep. 06 at 08:32 AM
Andy... Quite the call on Ogletree!!
Posted by Cliff Amborn | Sep. 06 at 08:57 AM
If this was posted at 5:51 a.m. On sept. 6th... Don't we all feel good about ogletree?
Posted by ANDY RICHARDSON | Sep. 06 at 09:06 AM
Yes, it was a joke.
Posted by Cliff Amborn | Sep. 06 at 09:11 AM
: ). I like it. ; ).
Posted by Bryan Crowther | Sep. 06 at 09:45 AM
nothin but net with the Ogletree call
Posted by IAN ALLAN | Sep. 06 at 10:09 AM
Sorry, I didn't get my answer in on time. I will go with Alfred Morris. I thought he looked strong running the ball for Washington in the preseason. Not an ideal matchup for him, but I think he'll be their featured guy and carrying the load. I also don't see Andrew Luck's name anywhere. I'm sure he'll play at least reasonably well, and he could be a lot better than that. I also find myself interested in how Joe Flacco runs that no-huddle offense on Monday night.
Posted by John Wetnicka | Sep. 06 at 03:00 PM
Do you guys still feel good about Morris even though The Shannie's just listed him at #3 on the depth chart?
Posted by IAN ALLAN | Sep. 06 at 04:02 PM
@John Wetnicka. I think when Morris is listed #3 on the depth chart, that might be a good thing.
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