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FANTASY ROUNDUP

Sept. 16, 2013
Sept. 16, 2013

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Sept. 16, 2013

THE MAIL
LEADING OFF
The MMQB
JUNIOR JOHNSON
WIZARDS LIKE OZ
  • A WAVE OF SPELLBINDING YOUNG SHORTSTOPS IS RETURNING THE POSITION TO ITS ROOTS, MAKING RUN PREVENTION MORE VALUABLE THAN RUN PRODUCTION. THE STAR OF THIS MODERN GLOVE STORY? ANDRELTON SIMMONS, WHO'S ALREADY DRAWING COMPS WITH OZZIE SMITH—AND IS THE THINKING FAN'S MVP CANDIDATE

  • The key to quantifying defensive performance? Measuring fielding the way hitting is

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FANTASY ROUNDUP

Turning last week's box scores into this week's waiver-wire magic

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After catching two balls for 19 yards, Falcons WR Roddy White admits his high-ankle sprain will keep him from being 100% early in 2013.Consider plucking Atlanta's Harry Douglas off waivers: He had four grabs for 93 yards against the Saints.
Julius Thomas celebrates being named Denver's starting tight end with five catches for 110 yards, two TDs on opening night.Add him if your starter flopped, but remember: The Broncos have a lot of mouths to feed. Thomas is still No. 4 in the pecking order.
Steelers RB Isaac Redman is benched for spilling the rock; backup La'Rod Stephens-Howling and center Maurkice Pouncey tear ACLs.Le'Veon Bell, the ideal RB starter, was held out for missed practice time, not injury. He could play in Week 2. Make a move for him now.
Pats RB Stevan Ridley is benched after an early fumble; Shane Vereen steals the show (159 total yards) before breaking his wrist.If you didn't handcuff Ridley before, do so now with Patrick Bolden. Bill Belichick's doghouse is tough to climb out of.

RISERS

JULIAN EDELMAN

WR, PATRIOTS

A forgotten man in camp, he resurfaced in the opener to the tune of seven catches, 79 yards and two TDs.

JARED COOK

TE, RAMS

After his seven catches, 141 yards and two TDs, it's hard to maintain a healthy skepticism about his worthiness.

MARLON BROWN

WR, RAVENS

The loss of Jacoby Jones (MCL) pushes this undrafted rookie into a potential starting job.

FALLERS

MONTEE BALL

RB, BRONCOS

Knowshon Moreno started and Ball wound up being a nonfactor. Déj√† vu: The Broncos are in RB rotation hell.

DAVID WILSON

RB, GIANTS

Another year, another nightmare opener, as he fumbled twice against Dallas. Good thing New York is thin at RB.

GIOVANI BERNARD

RB, BENGALS

He was supposed to split 50-50 with the Law Firm. Didn't happen. It'll be a while before you'll want to start him.

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