Well hello again friends and enemies.  We embark on another year of fantasy usefulness here at Razzball, and as always, I am here to shed a spotlight on something either obvious or not so obvious.  This week, the one obvious thing that I am going to point out to all of you is the match-up between the Eagles and the Falcons.  The game itself does nothing as a whole for us from a fantasy perspective, but the player I want to spotlight on is Leonard Hankerson.  Granted, Leo hasn’t ever really been in a keen quarterback situation, unless you count that half a year with RG-3.  He is not a possession receiver, nor a burner.  He’s just an ordinary guy. This week though, he has a chance to be something better.  He can be the WR3 we are all coveting for in Week 1 that a lot of people are sleeping on.  Wondering why?  Hell, I am too, but stick with me and I will steer you to Week one helpfulness as the lighthouse spotlight shines on the A-T-L…

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Now, I get what everyone is saying, how can a wide receiver that is being drafted or lack there of not go as the 79th receiver off the board be useful to you in the inaugural week?  The answer is bi-fold… the Eagles defense is so overrated and there is an unhealthy Roddy White.  Let’s start with the Eagles bend-but-sorta-break defense.  Last year was last year, I get it, I am a realist.  Though the Eagles have eight returning starters on defense with some mixed in sub packages, and that group ranked in the bottom five in the NFL last year in total yards given up to opposing offenses.  Let’s delve further… In the preseason, which means less than last year, they finished dead last at over 400 yards per game.  Add in the fact that the Eagles offense likes to play up-tempo, that kind of plays right into the Falcons wheelhouse, who are no slouches offensively,

So when Eagles are on defense, it is most likely going to double team Julio Jones, I mean they almost have to.  The Falcons run game is average-to-below at best, and their second best receiver in White is questionable after elbow surgery.  To me, even if he does play, there is plenty to go around.  The Falcons ran 460 plays of three wideout sets last year.  This allows me to introduce the Falcons newly appointed number two receiver: Leonard Hankerson.  He managed 50 targets in just over 390 snaps in 2013, he tore his ACL in Week 12 of that year, and was just starting to turn that third year WR mantra corner.  The Falcons couldn’t be a better landing spot for him to regain his fantasy value… they are a pass happy team and this game is going to be in the 50’s point total wise.  If Hankerson can manage to get singled up a lot by the Eagles corners, I think he can be a PPR delight this week and a viable WR3.  Listen, if you drafted right you should be all set, but with injury news on certain WR it drops everyone down the pecking order.  Smokey Predicts: 9 targets, 6 REC, 81 yards, and 1 TD.

 

 

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  1. Adam says:
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    Would u drop Terrence Williams and pick up hankerson?
    Standard league

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Adam: Is Williams starting for you as your WR3? If so I say hold, both have similar value, the only thing that worries me about the Cowboy offense is they have a viable TE option where as the Falcons don’t. AI think Williams and Hank are similar in season output barring injury though. I would want Williams more for his flashy high weeks

      • The Harrow says:
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        @Smokey: tamme is getting similar love i some rankings, i think Jay’s too, for similar reasons i would guess.

  2. Adam says:
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    Thinking of starting Richard Rodgers over Rudolph at TE
    Standard league
    Thoughts?

    • CMUTimmah says:
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      @Adam: I’m in on that decision… Rudolph is always expected to break out, but never does. Your TE spot is not pretty across the course of the year though, that’s for certain.

    • Smokey

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      @Adam: the bears are usually awful against opposing TE, in fact last year they were last in attempts allowed and yards per game to TE. So while it looks funny to read it may not be come the actual game.

  3. Green monstah says:
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    Hey man! Ready for week ??

    Drop Terrence Williams or Tyler Lockett for Hankerson?

    2.) look to trade for gores cuff in Robinson? I’d deal Lockett

    3.) look to deal my Cameron Artis Payne & Anquan boldin for Vincent Jackson?

    • Green monstah says:
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      @Green monstah:

      It’s also .5 PPR here’s the roster

      QB: tannehill

      RB1: Jeremy hill
      RB2: Lamar miller

      WR1: demaryius Thomas
      WR2: Brandin cooks
      WR3: Andre Johnson

      TE: Richard Rodgers

      Flex: Doug Martin

      D: Vikings D

      Kicker: Matt bryant

      Bench: Frank gore, john brown , Anquan boldin, Terrence Williams , Christine Michael , Tyler Lockett, Cameron Artis Payne, Matt jones & Antonio gates

    • Smokey

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      @Green monstah: I’d hold on the add of Hank. I like number 3 from the standpoint that you have Martin, Miller, Hill, Matt Jones and Gore ahead of Payne. Where as you only have Brown as your other WR to replace guys. Good depth move for you. Hang onto Lockett he may be either really special or get destroyed first play but either way he’s fun to have rostered.

  4. DT2 says:
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    0.25ppr league.

    Who should I bench? Cooks, Allen Robinson, Keenan Allen, Charles Johnson, or Hankey.

    • The Harrow says:
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      @DT2: don’t ever bench any of the first three if you have to play 4 of these.

      • DT2 says:
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        @The Harrow: would you play Hankey over Johnson for flex?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @DT2: Hankey out of the group

  5. Dom B says:
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    Who is best flex start week 1 Keenan Allen, Steve Smith Sr., GIO Bernard, John Brown

    Also Better Week 1 starter and roy Eli Manning or Tony Romo

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Dom B: Allen and Romo

  6. DT2 says:
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    0.25ppr + return . 14-teams.

    Should I drop Hankey for Dunbar?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @DT2: yes

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