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Julian Edelman – The harsh reality for us Patriots fans is that with Shane Vereen out for at least 4Julian Edelman weeks due to wrist surgery and Rob Gronkowski still not practicing in full, the Patriots receiving corps is leaning heavily on oft-injured Danny Amendola. Considering Edelman pushed the durable Wes Welker for playing time last year, until injuring his hand, Edelman has plenty of upside in a potent offense that has limited mouths to feed. Playing on a whopping 83 of 94 snaps on Sunday, Edelman finished with 7 receptions for 92 yards and 2 TDs. One of Tom Brady’s few familiar faces, Edelman should get plenty of targets moving forward. Still available in 24% of Yahoo leagues, Edelman is a must-add.

The Bottom Heist: Even if you’re in a 10-team league, you should be taking a look at Edleman. ESPECIALLY, if your league counts return yards. In standard return yards leagues of 20 yards per point, Edelman is a solid WR3 with back-end WR2 potential, if he can stay healthy.

 

Marlon Brown – Owned in 5% of Yahoo leagues and just 2% of ESPN leagues, Brown should be a Baltimore Ravens v Denver Broncospopular add to owners’ WR charts in standard, deeper leagues. With Jacoby Jones sidelined from a sprained MCL, Brown will be the direct beneficiary in Jones’ absence. The undrafted free agent out of Georgia totaled 65 yards on 4 receptions and a TD in his NFL debut vs. the Broncos. Look for teams to lock-down Torrey Smith with double coverage moving forward, as Marlon Brown, not Dallas Clark (or Brandon Stokley) will get an influx of targets.

The Bottom Heist: Don’t worry about cast-offs like Brandon Lloyd coming in for work-outs and climbing ahead of Brown on the Ravens depth chart at WR.

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Terrelle Pryor vs. the Bears
Terrelle Pryor –
Fantasy football is based on assumptions, nothing else. Year-to-year, owners get hype on certain players and are let down. Well, why not jump on the bandwagon of the former Buckeyes star who you can get for nothing. Pryor is a prime example of a player where nobody knows the cap to his ceiling. Believe it or not, Pryor led the NFL in rushing entering Monday’s games in Week 1, running for 112 yards on 13 carries, good for a 8.6 avg. Owned in just 11% of Yahoo leagues and 8.4% of ESPN leagues, Pryor has the potential to put a new engine into a broken down car in Oakland.

 

 

 

E.J. Manuel takes on the Patriots in his NFL debut

E.J. Manuel takes on the Patriots in his NFL debut

E.J. Manuel – Leading up to his NFL debut on Sunday, Manuel has been the subject of a lot of skepticism when the Bills decided to use the 16th overall pick. As is the case with Pryor, Manuel has higher potential than other QBs in the free agent basement. If you have a legitimate top 8 QB and a solid backup (i.e. Eli Manning), it would behoove you to try and net something for your backup, as you can replace that spot with somebody like Manuel. The NFL is becoming more geared towards having a QB possessing dual-threat capabilities. Manuel might not be this year’s Russell Wilson, but just remember it’s all about futures when loading up on your bench.