Fantasy Fast Forward (cont.)
Hakeem Nicks, Giants -- He hasn't played this preseason, but he looks on target for Week 1. His broken foot has healed enough to allow him to practice fully, even if he is held out of exhibition games. Consider him a top 10 fantasy WR, if not a potential top five.
Antonio Brown, Steelers -- He's taken advantage of Mike Wallace's holdout and put up big-time numbers (seven catches, 108 yards and two TDs). Brown should be drafted as a starter in all formats now.
Torrey Smith, Ravens -- He had a busy night against the Jags, catching eight balls for 103 yards and is Flacco's go-to man now, clearly. Draft him as a starter and a candidate for 90 catches, 1,200 yards and 10 TDs.
Eric Decker, Broncos -- There should be little doubt about who Manning's go-to WR is. Decker reeled in two TDs in the first quarter against the Niners and has thoroughly outplayed the more talented Demaryius Thomas this preseason. It should be noted that Manning created a closer personal bond with Decker this preseason, watching game film with him in Manning's dorm room each night early in camp. Decker is a fantasy starter and it shouldn't be forgotten that he was the best receiver in fantasy through seven weeks of last season. He has breakout written all over him.
Justin Blackmon, Jaguars -- With four catches for 72 yards, it's easy to see he's going to be a real threat in a lot of games for the Jags, who figure to be playing from behind a lot. There should be a good amount of garbage-time yardage and experience for him, and he should be the first rookie receiver selected.
Jonathan Baldwin, Chiefs -- The Chiefs are real desirous of making him a player. He caught six balls against Seattle and figures to be a decent late-round sleeper. He will be ahead of Steve Breaston, but still behind contract-year WR Dwayne Bowe. The fact that the Chiefs might lose Bowe after this season will make them put an emphasis on making Baldwin a go-to guy.
Kendall Wright, Titans -- He reeled in a TD and will start until Kenny Britt (knee) proves healthy and comes off his still-to-be-announced suspension. Wright is the second-best rookie receiver to target in drafts, but unlike Blackmon, he's not a viable fantasy starter right away.
Randy Moss, 49ers -- While he might start over Mario Manningham, Moss is nothing more than a late-round flier. He's going to be limited in his snaps and usage, particularly early in the season.
Dwayne Harris, Cowboys -- He caught three balls for 118 yards and two TDs, proving he can be the field-stretching third WR that the Cowboys need to replace Laurent Robinson, who left for the Jags via free agency. Harris isn't quite a fantasy draft pick yet, but he is a name to watch, particularly with the poor health of Austin, Bryant and Witten going into the season.
Michael Spurlock, Chargers -- The loss of Vincent Brown (broken ankle) until midseason figures to give Spurlock some late-round value in deeper leagues, particularly three WR-and-Flex formats. Spurlock has had a busy preseason, a sign that the Chargers are trying to make something out of him.
Michael Floyd, Cardinals -- As bad as the Cards' QBs have been, Floyd might have been worse this preseason. He has not gotten past fourth on the depth chart behind Fitzgerald, Early Doucet and Andre Roberts. That makes Floyd undraftable outside of keeper leagues.
Juron Criner, Raiders -- He reeled in two long TDs from Terrell Pryor, but it should be noted that it was against Detroit's second-teamers. The fifth-round rookie from Arizona looks like a sleeper draftee, but not quite a fantasy-worthy option in Year 1.
Mohamed Sanu, Bengals -- He entered camp as a great sleeper to start, not only opposite A.J. Green but for fantasy owners. Now Sanu is undraftable. He just hasn't made any impact. Brandon Tate looks like the starter for the Bengals, but he's hardly fantasy-worthy himself. Armon Binns and fifth-round rookie Marvin Jones are even ahead of Sanu at this point.
Ramses Barden, Giants -- He might have saved his roster spot with a TD and a few catches, but Domenik Hixon is going to be the possession third receiver, while Rueben Randle runs the clear-out routes deep. Barden is the fifth-best fantasy WR for the Giants, so he's basically undraftable.
Terrell Owens, Seahawks -- He's been beaten out for a roster spot -- so far -- by Braylon Edwards. Owens was released and can be ignored like Chad Johnson and Plaxico Burress in all fantasy leagues. We might have seen the end of the diva receiver era.
Brandon Pettigrew, Lions -- It's surprising that he is still going as a low-end fantasy starter. He's a potential breakout top-five option at the position. If you miss out on Rob Gronkowski or Jimmy Graham, Pettigrew should be your TE target around Round 8.
Brent Celek, Eagles -- It's good news that Vick began finding a healthier Celek down the stretch last season. It is better news that Foles found him for a TD, too. Celek figures to be a security blanket for the shaky Eagles QBs. That makes him a solid fallback tight end if you are one of the last owners to find a fantasy starter at that position.
Nate Kaeding, Chargers -- He hit a pair of 50-plus-yard field goals, so there should be no way he loses his job to Nick Novak. Kaeding is healthy and a No. 1 kicker in fantasy, if not the best one to have overall this season.
Shayne Graham, Texans -- Houston drafted Randy Bullock to be their kicker of the future, but a groin injured forced him onto season-ending IR. Graham was a perfect 5-for-5 in the preseason and is a viable last-round pick as your kicker. The Texans generate a lot of points from their offense and defense, so their kicker is a quality one to have. Graham is a great fallback option if you miss the few elite options at the position.
Justin Tucker, Ravens -- He beat out playoff goat Billy Cundiff, who still might be picked up elsewhere. Tucker is a candidate for a standard league top 12 kicker because the Ravens have a great running game to move the ball between the 20s and a QB who hasn't been great at sticking the ball in the end zone. That's an ideal recipe for your fantasy kicker.
Nick Folk, Jets -- They brought in Josh Brown to challenge for the job, but decided that Folk is still their man. He's in the same boat as Tucker: Great running game, suspect TD potential at the QB spot. He's kind of the devil we know, though, so consider him as more of a bye-week replacement, even if you like how inept in the red zone the new Jets offense has been this preseason.
Connor Barth, Buccaneers -- He hit a 56-yard field goal and is in the same situation as Graham, Tucker and Folk: Great RB, suspect QB. He's a viable kicker in the last round and sure to be available.
Eagles -- They've been one of the most overranked units in fantasy, but Vick's questionable health and their likely reliance on the running game will have Philly playing a lot closer to the vest. It should help the defense set the tone of games and make them a productive unit for fantasy owners. Vick is important, but the Eagles are going to go as far as their defense can take them. They will be a lot better this year in that regard.
Eric Mack writes fantasy for SI.com. You find him on Twitter, where you can mock him, rip him and (doubtful) praise him before asking him for fantasy advice @EricMackFantasy. He reads all the messages there (guaranteed) and takes them very, very personally (not really).
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