Let’s continue and focus on some receivers and tight ends!
Miles Austin, Dallas Cowboys – Safe to say with all the excitement surrounding fellow WR Dez Bryant, Austin has become somewhat of an afterthought. All that said, I am not sure why and I am not ready to count the veteran out yet. The Cowboys offense should be a model of efficiency on Sunday and with the Giants futility on the defensive side of the ball, I fully expect Austin to remind folks he is more than relevant.
Kenny Britt, Tennessee Titans – Sure, he’s battled injuries to every nook and cranny of his knees. He’s had attitude issues and suffered from bouts of inconsistency. However, I am a Kenny Britt-backer this week and I will tell you why. The offensive line is vastly improved and while that of course helps the running game, it also greatly helps the passing attack giving QB Jake Locker more time to look down field, and Britt more of an opportunity to make plays. Oh, and did I mention “contract year”? Funny how that inspires production.
Riley Cooper, Philadelphia Eagles – Sure his transgressions are widely known. But despite his drunken, immoral stupidity, he could actually be a nice option for the Eagles against the Washington Redskins on Monday Night Football. He is a big target with nice hands, and is often in the sights of his quarterback inside the 20 yard line. With WR Desean Jackson drawing some deep attention, things could very well open up for Cooper, especially against a Redskins defense that allowed almost 300 yards through the air just a season ago.
Jacoby Jones, Baltimore Ravens – Fresh off his Super Bowl heroics, Jones starts the season lining up across from newly anointed #1 wide receiver Torry Smith. No longer playing third fiddle in the Ravens offense, look for Jones to be more involved and with Smith’s previous battles with inconsistency, he could emerge as a nice option moving forward. In a game that should be an aerial battle to kick off the season, look for Jones to produce.
Michael Floyd, Arizona Cardinals – A few things are in Floyd’s favor this week and this season in general. Firstly, the addition of a quarterback with an arm and a modicum of talent will help the 6’ 2” 220lb receiver. If you Couple that with all the attention that will undoubtedly be paid to his teammate WR Larry Fitzgerald, things loom very bright for the second year wideout out of Notre Dame.
Zach Sudfeld, New England Patriots – It is no secret that the tight end position is pretty important in the New England Patriots offensive attack. So with TE’s Rob Gronkowski on the mend for a few weeks and Aaron Hernandez up the river less a paddle, who is left to fill the void? Enter 6’ 7” 260 lbs Zach Sudfeld. Look for him to play a pivotal role in the Patriots week one attack and to continue to be a factor even when Gronkowski returns.
Jordan Cameron, Cleveland Browns – With Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon serving a two week suspension to open the season, the pickings are slimmer down field for Cleveland. While I expect WR Greg Little to see some additional targets and ultimate production, the door is truly blown open for Cameron to make an impact. Look for QB Brandon Weeden to look his way early and often this weekend against the Miami Dolphins.
Fred Davis, Washington Redskins – You would find Davis in this piece regardless of who the Washington Redskins were starting a quarterback this weekend. Largely forgotten on draft day due to his Achilles injury last season, Davis has emerged from training camp healthy and unscathed. I would look for him to play a nice role this weekend, especially given the Eagles inability to keep big athletic tight ends under wraps.
Anthony Fasano, Kansas City Chiefs – Granted despite some solid production in his tenure in Miami, Fasano was largely a bye week fill in at the tight end position. I don’t expect him to explode onto the fantasy scene as a member of the Kansas City Chiefs, but I am more optimistic than most in regards to his production. Remember Andy Reid tends to make the most out of the position as seen from his time as the head coach in Philadelphia and Fasano might surprise starting this week against Jacksonville.
Defense / Special Teams
St. Louis Rams Defense – Quite honestly, this unit could be a pleasant surprise all season in fantasy circles. Aside from being vastly improved from a year ago, they are facing a less than stellar offensive line and a quarterback who despite his experience has a propensity for committing some terrible turnovers. This spells a solid outing from the Rams defensive unit for sure.
Be sure to check out my QB and RB Sleepers for Week One as well!!
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