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Heading into the 2012 Fantasy Football season, elite quarterbacks, running backs
and tight ends are as highly valued as Dave Chappelle tickets. Danieal Manning Womens Jersey . With the
exception of Calvin Johnson, the first round of every fantasy draft will be
filled with owners looking to lock down the “safest” players at those three
top-heavy positions. However, spending an early pick on one of those roster
spots, especially quarterback or tight end, means you will need to find talent
later in the draft to round out your team. If there is one position you can
absolutely wait on this season, its wide receiver. ONE MAN ARMY Calvin Johnson
(Lions) – Nine touchdowns in the first five games last season and 16 scores on
the year. Megatron is in a class of his own, playing in a pass-happy offence.
While he will get more attention this season, he has the talent to overcome
double teams. SECOND TO ONE Larry Fitzgerald (Cardinals) – With a strong
quarterback, Fitzgerald could challenge Johnson for the top spot, but he will
likely be catching passes from John Skelton this season. The good news is that
Skelton tends to lock on to his number one receiver. Julio Jones (Falcons) –
Jones has skyrocketed up draft boards thanks to praise coming out of Atlanta
during the off-season, followed by stellar performances in his preseason
outings. He will compete for targets with Roddy White, but he looks like a
beast. INJURY CONCERNS Greg Jennings (Packers) – Jennings only played in 13
games last season due to a knee injury. Aaron Rodgers top threat also suffered a
concussion at the beginning of August this year. Jennings has returned to
practice and should be fine for the regular season, however he carries added
risk of missing time. Andre Johnson (Texans) – If you owned the Texans receiver
last season you were tortured as he started strong, then missed most of the
season only to return in the playoffs and light it up. Andre is a giant at
receiver, with physical tools that rival Megatron, but he has only played in all
16 games twice in the last five years. CONSISTENCY NOW HAS COMPANY Roddy White
(Falcons) – White was one of the safest picks in fantasy before Jones showed up
in Atlanta. As the only option in the Falcons passing game, White was a black
hole for Matt Ryans throws. With Jones now ready to break out, Roddy might drop
off slightly. Wes Welker (Patriots) – With over 110 receptions in four of the
last five seasons, its tough to argue that Welker is not a safe pick. However,
Tom Bradys safety valve isnt happy with his contract and he now has to share the
field with two versatile tight ends and deep threat Brandon Lloyd. PLAYMAKERS
Brandon Marshall (Bears) – During his time in Denver with Jay Cutler, Marshall
averaged over 100 catches per year. Once in Miami, that number dropped into the
eighties because of sub-par quarterback play. Marshall is still the player he
was in Denver and a reunion with Cutler should have fantasy owners excited.
A.J. Green (Bengals) – Greens talent was evident coming into the league last
year, but his situation didnt seem ideal. Andy Dalton was, and still is, a
limited quarterback. Dalton lacks the arm strength to make accurate throws down
field. Lucky for him Green has a wide catch radius. Hakeem Nicks (Giants) – At
only 24-years-old, the skill is there for Nicks to be elite. The things holding
him back is nagging injuries that seem to constantly pop up. The most recent was
a broken bone in his foot that required surgery. Nicks is back at practice now,
but its only a matter of time before his next trip to the doctor. LAST SEASONS
STARS Jordy Nelson (Packers) – With 15 touchdowns last season, Nelson was one of
the most undervalued players at his position. Everyone is calling for his
numbers to come back to earth, and they will, but he is still a 1,000-yard
receiver with a strong chance of double digit scores. Victor Cruz (Giants) – It
wasnt just his dancing. Cruz tallied 82 catches for 1,536 yards and nine
touchdowns while playing out of the very productive slot role in the Giants
offence. Eli Manning has liked his slot receiver dating back to Steve Smiths
time in New York and Cruz is the new beneficiary. POTENTIAL TO BE IN THE TOP 10
Mike Wallace (Steelers) – Now that we have the answer to “Wheres Wallace?”, you
have to decide how behind the Steelers top receiver will be in Todd Haleys new
offence. As long as the line improves, giving Ben Roethlisberger time to look
deep, Wallace will be fine. Steve Smith (Panthers) – Just as Cam Newton
surprised us all with his sensational rookie season, Smith showed that he was
not an aging receiver whose best days were behind him. Smith had six 100-yard
games playing in an exciting young offence. Dez Bryant (Cowboys) – The former
first round pick has all the talent you would want in a top receiver and yet
somehow he hasnt figured out how to turn that into elite numbers. Bryants
condition was in question last season, and hes gotten into some trouble off the
field, but he still has top 5 potential and hes being drafted in the third or
fourth round. Marques Colston (Saints) – Colston isnt a pick that stands out on
draft night, hes a pick that helps you win your league. The Saints receiver
quietly puts together 1,000-yard seasons with seven to nine touchdowns, in an
offence that scores often. Percy Harvin (Vikings) – Once Christian Ponder took
over the offence, Harvin took over on the field. In the final eight games of
2011, Harvin had 56 receptions, 633 yards and six touchdowns, as well as 160
yards rushing and a score on the ground. That should be all you need to hear to
draft him. Brandon Lloyd (Patriots) – The Patriots new toy on offence has been
making headlines in training camp. Brady lacked a deep threat last season and
Lloyd, who is familiar with Josh McDaniels offence, will step right in and
produce in New England. CANT BEAT THE PRICE Jeremy Maclin (Eagles) – Maclin may
not be a WR1 in real life or in fantasy, but he is a strong WR2 that you can get
for the price of a WR3 in most drafts. Maclin will be part of what should be an
explosive Eagles offence, assuming Michael Vick can stay on the field.
Dwayne Bowe (Chiefs) – Bowe finally ended his holdout, allowing him enough time
to get up to speed with new offensive coordinator Brian Dabolls playbook. Bowe
had 15 touchdowns in 2010 and five in 2011. Expect 8-10 trips to the end zone
this season. Demaryius Thomas (Broncos) – The 63, 229-pound Thomas came on late
last season averaging five receptions for 84 yards per game down the stretch.
The only question this year is whether Peyton Manning has the arm strength to
capitalize on Thomas skills. Miles Austin (Cowboys) – Austin has been dealing
with a hamstring injury and missed most of the preseason because of it.
Tony Romo has natural chemistry with Austin, giving him upside to go along with
his risk. Stevie Johnson (Bills) – Clearly the Bills number one receiver,
Johnson has over 2,000 receiving yards and 17 touchdowns in the last two years
in Buffalo. As long as he is recovered from his groin injury, Johnson is a
reliable pick. Antonio Brown (Steelers) – Brown had a breakout season last year,
but he only had two touchdowns to go along with his 1,108 receiving yards.
Wallace being in the lineup actually helps Brown, who will find pay dirt more
often in 2012. Eric Decker (Broncos) – Decker and Manning were on the same page
right from the start of camp. Decker caught 44 passes a year ago and could
double that with Manning under centre. Vincent Jackson (Buccaneers) – Jackson
has found a new home in Tampa Bay, so he should be happier with his nice big
contract. Jackson is a streaky player, who always ends up with nice stats at the
end of the year. DeSean Jackson (Eagles) – The Eagles speedster admitted that he
didnt give full effort last season for fear he would get injured and miss his
payday. Its feast or famine with Jackson in your lineup, but the talent is
there. SNEAKY PICKS Pierre Garcon (Redskins) – Garcon flashed his game-breaking
ability last year on a bad Colts squad. The Redskins liked what they saw and
made him their new top option in the passing game. Robert Griffin III has looked
his way plenty in the preseason. Torrey Smith (Ravens) – As a rookie last
season, Smith had a shortened training camp due to the lockout. With his natural
talents and a full off-season he could break into the 1,000-yard club.
Reggie Wayne (Colts) – Peyton may be gone, but Andrew Luck has looked the part
of a franchise quarterback even as a rookie. With Austin Collies health in
doubt, Wayne will see most of the targets. BEST OF THE REST Kenny Britt (Titans)
is the best wide receiver in Tennessee, but his suspension and bad knees may
make Nate Washington (Titans) the better value this year… Its a toss-up in San
Diego between Malcom Floyd (Chargers) and Robert Meachem (Chargers). Ill take
Floyd… Titus Young (Lions) has been uncoverable in camp, according to Detroits
beat writers… Cleveland will be trailing in many games and that means garbage
time yards for Greg Little (Browns)... Justin Blackmon (Jaguars) got a late
start to camp, however, free agent signing Laurent Robinson (Jaguars) has failed
to impress, making Blackmon the better fantasy option… If Randall Cobb
(Packers) gets an opportunity he could be scary good… Denarius Moore (Raiders)
needs to stay healthy to take advantage of his physical gifts. Create or join a
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Thursday. NEW YORK —Pedro Alvarez had lots of people at Citi Field rooting for
him to go long. Alvarez hit his 30th homer, connecting for his first career shot
in the city where he was a prep star and leading the Pittsburgh Pirates over the
New York Mets 10-6 on Tuesday night. “Any time I can hit a home run at home, its
always special,” he said. Alvarez drove in four runs, to the delight of his own
personal cheering sections scattered around the ballpark. Among those who always
encourage him is his sister, who once worked for the Mets. “Every time I looked
up, I saw someone else,” he said. Wandy Rodriguez settled down after a shaky
start as the Pirates ended New Yorks four-game winning streak. Pittsburgh
avoided elimination in the playoff race, remaining mathematically in contention
for the second NL wild-card spot. The Pirates posted their 76th victory, the
teams most since 1999 when they won 78. David Wright lined his 20th homer and
added a two-run single, tying the Mets career record of 1,418 hits set by Ed
Kranepool. Justin Turner and Wright connected in the first inning for the teams
first set of consecutive home runs this season. “Im not comfortable talking
about something individual like this when weve had our struggles in the second
half, not having done what all of us thought we were capable of doing,” Wright
said. “But Ill enjoy it at some point. Probably not tonight.” Alvarez hit a
three-run shot that made it 4-0 in the first inning. He drew a bases-loaded walk
in the fifth, and the Pirates went on to win for just the sixth time in 24
games. Tied for the NL Central lead a week after the All-Star game, Pittsburgh
(76-78) has faded to seventh place in the wild-card standings and is trying to
avoid a 20th straight losing season. Garrett Jones hit his 25th homer and drove
in three runs for the Pirates. Rodriguez (12-13) recovered from a rocky first
and left in the seventh with a 7-3 lead. He improved to 5-4 since being traded
from Houston to Pittsburgh in late July. Rodriguez threw 45 pitches in the first
inning, so many that a reliever began warming up. Rodriguez ran the bases the
next inning and Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said that helped his pitcher, who
came out “a little too strong. Brian Cushing Jersey. .” The Mets got one hit
off Rodriguez after the opening inning, reversing his early struggles. “It was
dramatic,” Hurdle said. The Pirates backed their pitchers with several nice
defensive plays. Center fielder Andrew McCutchen bumped into the padded wall
after a catch, Jones rushed in from right field for a tumbling grab and
shortstop Clint Barmes charged a slow grounder for an out. McCutchen went 1 for
3 with two walks and is hitting .336. He is only behind San Franciscos
Melky Cabrera, who is at .346 but has taken himself out of consideration for the
batting title after being suspended for testing positive for a
performance-enhancing drug. Collin McHugh (0-3) was pulled soon after
Josh Harrisons two-run triple in the second. Harrison later scored on an error
by Turner at second base. Turner was involved in a play in the third that
prompted arguments from both managers. He reached on a throwing error by
Harrison from second base, made a brief turn toward second and casually returned
to first. Hurdle contended first baseman Gaby Sanchez tagged Turner before he
got back to first and, after all four umpires huddled, they agreed and called
him out. Mets manager Terry Collins then disputed the call with three umps, to
no avail. NOTES: Mets LHP Robert Carson left after one batter in the seventh
with a strained left elbow. X-rays were negative and he will have an MRI on
Wednesday. Before the game, he wore a batting practice jersey with
“Pookie-Nookie” on the back—his moms nickname for him. ... The Pirates lead
the NL with 101 road home runs. ... Mets OF Jason Bay was out of the lineup
because of back stiffness. ... Alvarez joined McCutchen with 30 homers this
year. The last time the Pirates had two 30-HR players was 2001 with
Aramis Ramirez and Brian Giles. ... Pirates pitchers have struck out six for a
franchise record of 1,127. The 1969 staff, led by Bob Veale and Dock Ellis,
fanned 1,124. ... Mets knuckleballer R.A. Dickey will try for his 20th win
Thursday afternoon vs. Pittsburgh. Collins says Dickey will make his final start
next week at Miami on either the last day of the season or next-to-last day. ’ ’

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