Fantasy Football stock watch: Offense

Fantasy Football stock watch: Offense


Kevin Smith, RB, Lions: There's nothing special about his skill set but Smith might wind up being Detroit's starter simply because he's the last back standing. Concussion-prone Jahvid Best is unlikely to be ready for the first third of the year, and Mikel Leshoure will miss two games because of a drug suspension. Smith knows how to play in multiple packages and he can catch the ball, and that makes him a keen fit in the Lions offense.

Austin Collie, WR, Colts: We gave him a tangential upgrade earlier this month because of our faith in Andrew Luck, and that was backed up nicely by the first Indianapolis preseason result (Luck, in particular, was outstanding). And when you consider how terrible the Colts defense looks right now, you can imagine a lot of high-scoring affairs in Indy this year. Go where the carnival is. Go where the points are.

Antonio Gates, TE, Chargers: You need to be careful with the flow of August news and training camp slants - everyone looks terrific, everyone is in outstanding shape, etc. It's a Mad Lib. But sources we trust are giving us strong reports on Gates's condition, and No. 85 is more important than ever in San Diego given that Ryan Mathews is dinged up and Vincent Jackson left town. If Gates can stay on the field, he might be able to post stats that closely resemble Jimmy Graham and Rob Gronkowski. He's still that much of a matchup nightmare, and when you get open, Philip Rivers will find you.

John Skelton, QB, Cardinals: Cheers to the Arizona management, which is not going to hand Kevin Kolb the starting QB job simply because of his bloated contract. Skelton is a more raw prospect but he's also more exciting to us - he'll hold the ball longer and he has a better intermediate and deep arm. If you're tied to Larry Fitzgerald, you want Skelton taking the snaps that matter.

Peyton Hillis, RB, Chiefs: New offensive coordinator Brian Daboll knows all about Hillis - Daboll called the plays two years back when Hillis went off for the Browns. And Daboll was just as impressive last year, getting control of Miami's offense and turning Reggie Bush into a surprise star. While we also think good things about Jamaal Charles into the new year, we get the idea Hillis could score 9-12 touchdowns without much trouble. And if Charles ever gets hurt, Hillis might be a Top 10 fantasy back again. Last year's zero, this year's hero.

Danny Amendola, WR, Rams: The St. Louis passing game might be the worst one in the NFC right now, but someone is going to make a run at 70 or more catches, with Amendola leading the way. We've also heard very positive things about Steve Smith, the former Giant slot machine. Success in fantasy football depends on knowing all the depth charts, all the situations. Highlight these low-buzz targets for PPR formats.

Kyle Rudolph, TE, Vikings: Here's another modern, hybrid tight end to get familiar with, a freakish athlete who will see lots of snaps as a de-facto wide receiver. That's how you want your fantasy tight end deployed; forget the blocking and trench work, go out and run some patterns. Rudolph scored three touchdowns in the final third of the 2011 season, and he might be ready for a 750-yard, eight-score breakout as a sophomore.


Tony Romo, QB, Cowboys: His offensive line was exposed for all to see on Monday night, and there's been a non-stop flow of bad news with the name receivers here (Miles Austin is dinged up; Dez Bryant is a wild card; Jason Witten has a spleen injury). Given the depth of the quarterback position in fantasy this year, why would you want to waste a mid-round pick on Romo, tied to this uncertain offense? The Cowboys will probably regret letting Laurent Robinson get away.

Mark Sanchez, QB, Jets: Could the setup in New York be any worse? Sanchez has a mediocre running game to help him, a spotty cast of receivers (Santonio Holmes cannot be trusted and then it drops off), and the offensive line has issues as well. And to make things even more messy, Sanchez has to share practice reps with Tim Tebow and a gadget offense. Do the Jets want their franchise quarterback to fail? Sometimes it seems that way.

Sidney Rice, WR, Seahawks: He's been slow to recover from offseason shoulder surgeries, which tells you why the club brought in aging Terrell Owens. And the most reliable wideout on the current roster isn't Rice, but rather second-year target Doug Baldwin. We're going to slot Rice outside our Top 50 on the next set of receiver ranks, which probably means we won't get him in any league. That's the idea.

Roy Helu, RB, Redskins: He's the most talented back on the Washington roster, but little good that does him now that he has a sore Achilles' and a buried spot on the depth chart. The summer dream was fun while it lasted. No one who writes off a Shanahan Backfield has regretted it in recent seasons.

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Dumervil won’t play against Jaguars, missing third straight game

Dumervil won’t play against Jaguars, missing third straight game

JACKSONVILLE – Ravens outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil will miss his third consecutive game, after being declared inactive for Week 3 against the Jaguars. Dumervil had hoped to make his 2016 debut after offseason foot surgery, and he practiced both Wednesday and Thursday. However, Dumervil did not practice Friday, the first warning sign that he might not be ready to suit up. It remains to be seen how long Dumervil will continue to be out, but his continued absence is not something the Ravens were hoping for.

Joining Dumervil on the Ravens inactive list Sunday were running backs Kenneth Dixon and Buck Allen, cornerbacks Will Davis and Jerraud Powers, defensive tackle Willie Henry, and offensive lineman John Urschel.

For the Jaguars, running back Chris Ivory was active Sunday after missing the first two games with an undisclosed illness. The presence of Ivory should give a lift to the Jaguars’ rushing attack. Ivory is a physical runner who excels at yards after contact. The Ravens’ run defense will be put to the test if Ivory is healthy enough to carry his usual workload.

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Redskins vs. Giants Live Updates: Scores, stats, highlights, analysis

Redskins vs. Giants Live Updates: Scores, stats, highlights, analysis

The Redskins head to New York City on Sunday afternoon to take on NFC East rivals Giants at MetLife Stadium with the Redskins looking for their first win of the season.

The Giants enter the Week 3 matchup with a 2-0 record, having defeated the Cowboys 20-19 in Week 1 and the Saints 16-13 in Week 2. 

The Redskins and Giants are set to kickoff at 1:00 p.m. ET and the game will be broadcast on FOX. CSN Mid-Atlantic is providing live updates of the game, with stats, highlights and analysis.

RELATED: Redskins vs. Giants Week 3 preview


11:50 a.m.  — The Redskins announced the list of players who will be inactive for the Giants game. DeSean Jackson and Trent Williams will be in uniform. Josh Doctson will not be in uniform. That is sonewhat a surprise. 

11:55 a.m. — Jackson has some solid career numbers against the Giants. He has 56 receptions for 921 yards and five TDs. He also had this little beauty. 

Noon — Only an hour away from kickoff. Odell Beckham Jr. is ready for his rematch against Josh Norman.  

12:05 p.m. — Speaking of Norman, you can expect the Redskins' star cornerback to be flanked on Beckham for the entire game.

12:10 p.m. — Also, FOX's Jay Glazer is reporting that Beckham was fined for an illegal hit on a Saitns cornerback last week. Since he was suspended one game following his game-long melee with Norman last season, any tussling today would result in a more serious suspension. 

12:15 p.m. — Worried about the weather? Fear not. It's a beautiful day for football in The Big Apple.