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The following players are ranked in order.
Tim Tebow, QB, Denver Broncos
Tebow was officially named the starter today and rightfully so. Kyle Orton is what he is, an average QB. The Broncos had no upside with him at QB. Tebow, while extremely raw, has a lot of upside and the Broncos need to see what he can do. This is Tebow’s shot and frankly I am somewhat a believer. First Tebow is an extremely hard worker and is going to do everything in his power to be the best QB he can be and to master this offense. There is no doubt he has leadership qualities, he just brings that demeanor. We saw it in college and now we saw a brief glimpse of it on Sunday when he nearly brought the Broncos back against the Chargers. Tebow will probably finish this year with a poor completion percentage and TD/Int ratio, but there is no doubt he will pile up rushing yards and TD’s. If you have an empty roster spot or have some bums you can cut to add Tebow, do it, even if you are stacked at QB. He’s a solid add for trade bait, keeper leagues or to be your starting QB.
Jackie Battle, RB, Kansas City Chiefs
I want to start out by saying that if Ryan Torain is still available in your league he’s the #1 back to own, but I am assuming that he was picked up last week in most leagues, so I left him out of this week’s list. But it appears Battle is going to take the reins in Kansas City, there’s no reason he shouldn’t. Thomas Jones has proven he isn’t the same runner with his terrible YPC average. Dexter McCluster is obviously not a between the tackles and every down type of back. Battle (6’2, 240), a 5th year player out of Houston University, got an opportunity and took advantage of it. Battle isn’t heavily talented, but he’s a bruiser who is running behind one of the better offensive lines in football. Battle will still have to deal with the Chiefs playing from behind a good amount and Thomas Jones’ presence, but it’s clear he is the best option for their running game. If you are in desperate need for a RB, go pick up Battle and expect him to have some games similar to what he did last week when he ran for 119 yards on 19 carries. The Chiefs want to run the ball and Battle should be their man.
Delone Carter and Donald Brown, RB, Indianapolis Colts
Personally I think it’s somewhat of a tossup between these two. Addai has a hamstring injury that looks to be somewhat serious and could keep him out anywhere from 2-6 weeks. We all know hammy’s tend to linger. So who do you pick up? Brown is the better all-around RB, but Carter is more likely to receive goal line carries since he was drafted to handle short yardage situations. Brown has been around for a few years now and has failed to impress time and time again, so it’s hard to believe in him. It really doesn’t look like either has the talent to separate from one another. I would say go with Carter in Standard and keeper leagues and go with Brown in PPR leagues. Or if you can add both, hope for one of them to breakout, regardless if you need help they are definitely worth a roster spot with Addai out.
Darius Heyward-Bey, WR, Oakland Raiders
Heyward- Bey was Al Davis’ guy, many joked Davis just looked at his 40 time and picked him. But Heyward-Bey, after doing nothing in his first two seasons it’s slowly starting to emerge. He impressed in training camp this year and it looks like his hard work is starting to translate. Bey has good size at 6’2, 210, obviously blazing speed and is the number #1 wideout on the Raiders. They are using Bey on a lot of double moves to utilize his speed and it’s worked thus far. Bey is also showing his skills after the catch. It’s hard to trust Jason Campbell, but he has played decent and has the running game with Mcfadden to help the pass game and play action. Look for Bey to have a fairly solid season in his third year in the NFL.
Steve Breaston, WR, Kansas City Chiefs
Breaston is talented, we saw that in 2008 when he caught 77 balls for 1000 yards while catching passes from Kurt Warner. Now Matt Casell is starting to utilize Breaston. Bowe will draw a lot of coverage his way and that will leave room for Breaston to operate, and he is good after the catch. If you need help at WR, Breaston is a decent add.
Doug Baldwin, WR, Seattle Seahawks
I love this kid and he might be the best pick up of all the wideouts out there, but I simply don’t trust Tavaris Jackson. He would probably be better off with Charlie Whitehurst and who knows a change could be coming. He also is the 3rd WR behind Sidney Rice and Ben Obomanu. As far as talent, Baldwin has it. He is quick shifty and runs nice crisp routes, also knows how to make defenders miss. He kind of fits a Steve Smith (PHI) mold and I believe that is what Pete Carroll saw in him. Carroll also knows how to utilize these type of players with short quick hits and screens. Baldwin exploded for 8 catches and 138 yards last week and he should be a solid contributor in PPR leagues the rest of the way. Go add him, especially in keeper leagues.
Other Adds, Curtis Painter, Alex Smith, Jake Ballard (slow as molasses but decent) Joel Dreesen (should be solid while Andre Johnson is out, def #1 TE add for now), Evan Moore (role should increase off bye week)
Sneaky Add of the week- Dion Lewis- If you are a Lesean McCoy owner, I think Lewis is a solid add. If McCoy gets hurt, Lewis has the talent and similar skillset to do some of things McCoy can do. Of course Ronnie Brown is still there, but Lewis will be a very solid PPR play.