Baltimore will still look to Ray Rice as a key component to their success as a team, but expect Joe Flacco to make a statement on Monday Night Football. The Bengals are solid up front, but with Leon Hall coming back from a major injury, rookie Dre Kirkpatrick down for a few more weeks and suspect play from the safety positions, Flacco should have a good game.
While Julio Jones has been the talk of fantasy this summer, another second-year receiver has put together a nice camp and his name is Torrey Smith. We’ve seen flashes from Smith last year, and after the season was over we found out he was playing with a groin injury.
Healthy and ready to make an impact, Smith should deliver WR3 numbers (even in PPR leagues) and he will benefit from having one of the stronger arms in the game throwing him the football.
Anquan Boldin should also profit from this situation, especially if defenses start to game plan for Smith as the No.1 receiver as the season moves along. Look to Smith as a weekly starter, and Boldin is worth holding as a matchup play.
Willis McGahee Should Have Another Solid Season
The Broncos will use more stretch running plays with Peyton Manning at quarterback. This style doesn’t suit McGahee well, but the former Miami standout has turned himself into a true pro, and he will find a way to hold RB2 value.
I’m a little worried he won’t hold up throughout the season, but early on he should command most of the touches out of the backfield.
With Denver keeping four running backs on the depth chart (McGahee, Lance Ball, Ronnie Hilliman, Knowshon Moreno) consider it likely the Broncos will be running more than some would anticipate with Manning on the team.
A week one matchup against the Steelers looks like a tough start for McGahee but remember this game will be played in high altitude and the Broncos will give the Steelers problems. Early in the year, players are still getting their legs under them, so expect Steeler defenders to leave the game at times with cramps and fatigue.
If the Broncos build up a lead going into the second half, we could see McGahee roll off over 100 yards on the ground and find the end zone.
|1||LeSean McCoy||@ Browns|
|9||Julio Jones||@ Chiefs|
|12||Steven Jackson||@ Lions|
|13||Dez Bryant||@ Giants|
|14||A.J. Green||@ Ravens|
|15||DeMarco Murray||@ Giants|
|16||Fred Jackson||@ Jets|
|20||Roddy White||@ Chiefs|
|21||Wes Welker||@ Titans|
|22||Antonio Brown||@ Broncos|
|24||DeAngelo Williams||@ Bucs|
|27||Brandon Lloyd||@ Titans|
|29||Frank Gore||@ Packers|
|32||Pierre Garcon||@ Saints|
|33||DeSean Jackson||@ Browns|
|35||Darren Sproles (I)||Redskins|
|37||Marshawn Lynch (I)||@ Cardinals|
|38||Jeremy Maclin||@ Browns|
|39||Hakeem Nicks (I)||Cowboys|
|40||Steve Smith (I)||@ Bucs|
|41||Rashad Jennings||@ Vikings|
|42||Reggie Bush||@ Texans|
|44||Reggie Wayne||@ Bears|
|45||Stevie Johnson||@ Jets|
|46||Michael Turner||@ Chiefs|
|47||Stevan Ridley||@ Titans|
|51||Kevin Smith (I)||Rams|
|54||Malcom Floyd||@ Raiders|
|55||Donald Brown||@ Bears|
|57||Trent Richardson (I)||Eagles|
|58||Miles Austin (I)||@ Giants|
|61||Justin Blackmon||@ Vikings|
|64||Ronnie Brown||@ Raiders|
|65||Mike Wallace||@ Broncos|
|66||Jonathan Dwyer||@ Broncos|
|67||Michael Crabtree||@ Packers|
|70||Danny Amendola||@ Lions|
|71||Evan Royster||@ Saints|
|73||Isaac Redman (I)||@ Broncos|