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Aug 16, 2013
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Steven Jackson - Jackson hasn’t been ranked this high since back in the day with Marc Bulger and Torry Holt. Actually, a strong argument could be made that his potential, even at age 30, has never been this high. This Atlanta offense will be the most potent and well balanced unit that Jackson has ever played with. He won’t be relied on as the primary option, which should actually increase his value. Defenses will be forced to play back in order to contain elite receivers Roddy White and Julio Jones. Expect a ton of work out of the backfield and a career-high in rushing scores.
Brandon Myers - Since Eli Manning has entered the league, only one thing on the New York Giants offense has remained a clear cut constant. Alliteration aside, Manning’s tendency to lean heavily on the tight end position has led to extremely serviceable seasons for fantasy purposes. Jeremy Shockey, Jake Ballard, and most recently, Martellus Bennett have all done well with Manning under center. This year, with Bennett gone, it’s Myers’ turn. As an Oakland Raider catching passes from Carson Palmer, Myers went on a complete tear and dominated for multiple weeks. With Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks forcing defensive attention on the outside, someone will be able to reap the benefits over the middle. Myers looks like the front runner.
Wes Welker - People seem to be listing Welker far lower in their rankings than he deserves. There are only a handful of quarterbacks in the league that know how to successfully utilize the slot receiver - Tom Brady, Eli Manning, Aaron Rodgers and Peyton Manning. The transition for Welker from New England to Denver should be completed with much greater ease than if it were any other team. The days of 120 catches may be over but that doesn’t mean 90 is out of the question. With Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker on the outside Welker will see plenty of work over the middle. His touchdown numbers will likely surprise as well. One quick cut and a slant over the middle added to a well-timed Manning fastball could make Welker one of the most underrated red zone targets in 2013.