A New Hit is a likely free agent in most leagues that could be on the verge of a big week, and even regular production down the road. Some will be well known, some will be somewhat unproven & unknown. But it is much easier to scoop up a new hit BEFORE the waiver wire protocol hits on Tuesday, where you will have to wait your turn. Get on our New Hits before they blow up and get on your league’s radar.

 
kearseJermaine Kearse, WR, Seahawks: Well, the Seahawks sent Percy Harvin packing. That sent a little shockwave through the league. I do applaud the Seahawks for shipping away a malcontent mid-season, although it is easier to do with a Lombardi trophy under your belt. As Chip Kelly once said: “Culture wins football”. Apparently Percy was fighting with his teammates, quitting, etc. He’s essentially a beefier DeSean Jackson with a migraine issue. Bye bye. On to Kearse. He & Doug Baldwin now move into the 1 & 2 WR slots. My thinking is this: we’ve seen what Doug Baldwin is. He’s a poor man’s Dwayne Bowe — Inconsistent, but never explosive. Kearse, on the other hand, is an unknown with some deep-threat ability. So it really boils down to who emerges as the viable contributor in Harvin’s absence: Baldwin or Kearse? Kearse, given his big-play potential, is the one you want to roll the dice on.
Bottom line: Add — start if you’re desperate this week. But he’s a “wait & see” with a big upside, and worth the roster spot.

 
greshamJermaine Gresham, TE, Bengals: With Cincy’s receiving core being so depleted, there will be more opportunities for the disappointing former first rounder. The talent has always been there with Gresham, but for some reason the production is not. Enough lament about his underachievement — this week, and potentially the next few weeks — he is a viable starter. Somebody needs to catch Andy Dalton’s passes, right?
Bottom line: Decent TE add/start if you need a fill-in.

 
moncriefDonte Moncrief, WR, Colts: The Colts top receivers — Wayne, Hilton, Allen, Fleener — are gobbling up most of the passes thrown by Luck (not including screen dumpoffs to Bradshaw & Nicks). The “5th” receiver, Hakeem Nicks, has 150 TOTAL yards through 6 weeks, and catches just over 50% of the passes thrown to him by one of the best QBs in football. That’s a troubling stat for the former Giants bust. That means he has terrible hands, can’t get open, and/or he’s lost a few steps. He’s likely on his way out. Just like Trent Richardson, he’s a big name standing in the way of lesser known talent on the roster. Enter Donte Moncrief, the rookie out of Ole Miss. He has good size (6’2″, 221 lbs), and has very good speed (4.4). He could replace Nicks in the #3 slot, and if anything were to happen to Hilton or Wayne (Wayne is getting up there), he could slip into the #2 slot.
Bottom line: Put him on your watch list… Add & Stash if you have room.

 
And now for this Week’s player rankings…
It’s common sense, but if you have to decide between two players on this list, take the one that is ranked higher. If your player does not appear on this list, then he’s probably not very startable in most 10-12 team leagues. (Note, these rankings are based on PPR leagues)

 


1. DEN Peyton Manning
2. IND Andrew Luck
3. CAR Cam Newton
4. GB Aaron Rodgers
5. CHI Jay Cutler
6. NO Drew Brees
7. SD Philip Rivers
8. SF Colin Kaepernick
9. BAL Joe Flacco
10. DAL Tony Romo
11. ARI Carson Palmer
12. ATL Matt Ryan
13. PIT Ben Roethlisberger
14. DET Matthew Stafford
15. WAS Kirk Cousins

 


1. DAL DeMarco Murray
2. HOU Arian Foster
3. SD Branden Oliver
4. PIT LeVeon Bell
5. CHI Matt Forte
6. ARI Andre Ellington
7. SEA Marshawn Lynch
8. CIN Giovani Bernard
9. BAL Justin Forsett
10. KC Jamaal Charles
11. IND Ahmad Bradshaw
12. WAS Alfred Morris
13. DET Joique Bell
14. GB Eddie Lacy
15. MIA Lamar Miller
16. BUF Fred Jackson
17. MIN Jerick McKinnon
18. CAR Jonathan Stewart
19. DEN Ronnie Hillman
20. NO Pierre Thomas
21. CLE Ben Tate
22. IND Trent Richardson
23. NYG Andre Williams
24. TEN Bishop Sankey
25. JAC Storm Johnson

 


1. PIT Antonio Brown
2. GB Jordy Nelson
3. CHI Brandon Marshall
4. DEN Demaryius Thomas
5. DET Golden Tate
6. BAL Steve Smith
7. ATL Julio Jones
8. DAL Dez Bryant
9. GB Randall Cobb
10. CHI Alshon Jeffery
11. IND T.Y. Hilton
12. CIN Mohamed Sanu
13. DEN Emmanuel Sanders
14. IND Reggie Wayne
15. CAR Kelvin Benjamin
16. OAK James Jones
17. BUF Sammy Watkins
18. HOU Andre Johnson
21. ARI Larry Fitzgerald
22. ARI Michael Floyd
23. NYG Rueben Randle
24. ATL Roddy White
25. SF Anquan Boldin
26. DAL Terrance Williams
27. CLE Andrew Hawkins
28. WAS DeSean Jackson
29. MIA Mike Wallace
30. NO Brandin Cooks
31. DEN Wes Welker
32. SD Keenan Allen
33. OAK Andre Holmes
34. NYG Odell Beckham Jr.
35. SD Eddie Royal

 


1. CAR Greg Olsen
2. DEN Julius Thomas
3. CHI Martellus Bennett
4. TEN Delanie Walker
5. CLE Jordan Cameron
6. WAS Jordan Reed
7. DAL Jason Witten
8. STL Jared Cook
9. NO Graham (Game time decision)
10. SD Antonio Gates
11. KC Travis Kelce
12. IND Dwayne Allen
13. NYG Larry Donnell
14. JAC Clay Harbor
15. CIN Jermaine Gresham

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