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.

 
ravensBaltimore Ravens DST: This is the highest profile selection I’ll put on this list all year. Yes, they are right around the Top 10 as a defense for the season, but it’s been a very steady production. They haven’t been explosive the way the Eagles, Pats, or Dolphins have been. They are a squad that is going to get better as the weather starts to become a factor (fantasy playoffs). The Ravens are not exactly a no-brainer defense to start, OR even have on your roster… which would explain why they’re owned in just 56% of ESPN leagues and 74% of Yahoo leagues. Here’s the reason they’re a defense you need to snatch up NOW: it’s time to start gearing up for the playoffs. They play the Jaguars & Texans in Weeks 15 & 16 — might be the juiciest playoff schedule out there. They play the Dolphins in week 14 (round 1), which isn’t great.. But they’re not the Broncos putting up 35+, so it’s still a decent 1st round matchup if necessary. Next week, they’re on a bye and might be dropped by a team in your league trying to fill a 1-week need, so — whether this week or next week — pay attention and snatch them up.
Bottom Line: If available, add immediately.

 
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. GB Aaron Rodgers
3. NO Drew Brees
4. PHI Mark Sanchez
5. SEA Russell Wilson
6. ATL Matt Ryan
7. PIT Ben Roethlisberger
8. CAR Cam Newton
9. ARI Carson Palmer
10. TB Mike Glennon
11. OAK Derek Carr
12. BAL Joe Flacco
13. DET Matthew Stafford
14. CHI Jay Cutler
15. SF Colin Kaepernick

 


1. DAL DeMarco Murray
2. CHI Matt Forte
3. ARI Andre Ellington
4. PHI LeSean McCoy
5. SEA Marshawn Lynch
6. GB Eddie Lacy
7. DEN Ronnie Hillman
8. NO Mark Ingram
9. PIT LeVeon Bell
10. BAL Justin Forsett
11. TB Bobby Rainey
12. KC Jamaal Charles
13. NYJ Chris Ivory
14. JAC Denard Robinson
15. DET Reggie Bush
16. MIA Lamar Miller
17. DET Joique Bell
18. TEN Bishop Sankey
19. PHI Darren Sproles
20. BAL Lorenzo Taliaferro
21. STL Tre Mason
22. SF Frank Gore
23. OAK Darren McFadden
24. CAR Jonathan Stewart
25. ATL Steven Jackson

 


1. DEN Demaryius Thomas
2. GB Randall Cobb
3. GB Jordy Nelson
4. DEN Emmanuel Sanders
5. PIT Antonio Brown
6. DET Calvin Johnson
7. PHI Jeremy Maclin
8. CHI Brandon Marshall
9. DET Golden Tate
10. ATL Julio Jones
11. BUF Sammy Watkins
12. ARI Larry Fitzgerald
13. TB Mike Evans
14. DAL Dez Bryant
15. BAL Steve Smith
16. CHI Alshon Jeffery
17. ATL Roddy White
18. DAL Terrance Williams
19. NYJ Percy Harvin
20. CAR Kelvin Benjamin
21. TB Vincent Jackson
22. SF Anquan Boldin
23. SEA Doug Baldwin
24. NO Brandin Cooks
25. OAK Andre Holmes
26. NYJ Eric Decker
27. BAL Torrey Smith
28. ARI Michael Floyd
29. MIA Mike Wallace
30. NO Marques Colston
31. KC Dwayne Bowe
32. GB Davante Adams
33. JAC Allen Robinson
34. PIT Martavis Bryant
35. OAK James Jones

 


1. NO Jimmy Graham
2. CAR Greg Olsen
3. CHI Martellus Bennett
4. DEN Julius Thomas
5. PHI Zach Ertz
6. NYG Larry Donnell
7. BAL Owen Daniels
8. PIT Heath Miller
9. TEN Delanie Walker
10. KC Travis Kelce
11. DAL Jason Witten
12. MIA Charles Clay
13. STL Jared Cook
14. OAK Mychal Rivera
15. NYJ Jace Amaro

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Voodoo Brown started playing fantasy football way back in 1994 — when you had to manually add up scores with the Monday edition of USA Today (yes, that’s how it was done). Since that time, he has amassed 16 championships and 7 runner-ups, with most of his success coming after 2003 (avg. participation of 2-3 leagues per year). These accomplishments are evidence that Voodoo steadily adjusts to the ebbs & flows of the ever-changing fantasy landscape. It’s a different game now than it was in 1994 — hell, even 2004. Rarely finishing as a doormat, Voodoo’s teams are always in the mix. If you want any roster or lineup feedback, you can message him at vb@voodoobrown.com, or hit him up on Facebook or Twitter (@VoodooBrown)

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