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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.

 
polkChris Polk, RB Eagles: He’s the clear “next in line” to the pre-season consensus #1 pick — who has been a total bust this season. If Shady goes down, will Polk be any better? The difficult answer here — as an Eagles (and McCoy) fan — is YES. I don’t think Polk is better: I think he’s hungrier, less timid, and has less wear & tear… I also think Shady is banged up from the concussion from Washington. Polk would be putting up 2013 Shady numbers if he got 20 carries/game. He hits the hole immediately, he’s a load (5’11”, 212), and he’s got great speed. McCoy seems to be off, so I wonder if he’s hurt — he’s dancing in the backfield and struggling for 2-3 yards, avoiding contact, etc. No wonder Chip can’t stick with the running game. Polk will not overtake McCoy’s spot as the starter unless McCoy gets hurt. But if McCoy DOES get hurt (and nobody is wishing that), then Polk would assume the main RB role. If this were to happen, you’d be getting RB1 stats through the fantasy playoffs. Grab him if he’s still available.
Bottom Line: Lottery ticket. Add if available and stash.

 
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. IND Andrew Luck
2. NE Tom Brady
3. DEN Peyton Manning
4. NO Drew Brees
5. GB Aaron Rodgers
6. SD Philip Rivers
7. DET Matthew Stafford
8. PHI Mark Sanchez
9. PIT Ben Roethlisberger
10. ATL Matt Ryan
11. WAS Robert Griffin III
12. CAR Cam Newton
13. TB Josh McCown
14. SF Colin Kaepernick
15. SEA Russell Wilson

 


1. NO Mark Ingram
2. DEN C.J. Anderson
3. CHI Matt Forte
4. PIT LeVeon Bell
5. KC Jamaal Charles
6. SEA Marshawn Lynch
7. PHI LeSean McCoy
8. GB Eddie Lacy
9. HOU Alfred Blue
10. IND Ahmad Bradshaw
11. CIN Jeremy Hill
12. SD Ryan Mathews
13. NYG Rashad Jennings
14. WAS Alfred Morris
15. SF Frank Gore
16. ARI Andre Ellington
17. NE Shane Vereen
18. TB Charles Sims
19. STL Tre Mason
20. CAR Jonathan Stewart
21. TEN Bishop Sankey
22. DET Joique Bell
23. OAK Darren McFadden
24. MIN Jerick McKinnon
25. ATL Steven Jackson

 


1. GB Randall Cobb
2. DEN Demaryius Thomas
3. DEN Emmanuel Sanders
4. GB Jordy Nelson
5. IND T.Y. Hilton
6. PIT Antonio Brown
7. DET Calvin Johnson
8. DET Golden Tate
9. ATL Julio Jones
10. PHI Jeremy Maclin
11. CAR Kelvin Benjamin
12. NYG Odell Beckham Jr.
13. CIN A.J. Green
14. TB Mike Evans
15. ATL Roddy White
16. NE Julian Edelman
17. PHI Jordan Matthews
18. NE Brandon LaFell
19. WASDeSean Jackson
20. NO Brandin Cooks
21. HOUDeAndre Hopkins
22. SF Anquan Boldin
23. CHI Brandon Marshall
24. CIN Mohamed Sanu
25. IND Reggie Wayne
26. TB Vincent Jackson
27. CHI Alshon Jeffery
28. HOU Andre Johnson
29. WAS Pierre Garcon
30. KC Dwayne Bowe
31. TEN Kendall Wright
32. TEN Justin Hunter
33. NO Kenny Stills
34. CLE Andrew Hawkins
35. SD Keenan Allen

 


1. NO Jimmy Graham
2. NE Rob Gronkowski
3. DEN Julius Thomas
4. IND Dwayne Allen
5. CAR Greg Olsen
6. SD Antonio Gates
7. KC Travis Kelce
8. CHI Martellus Bennett
9. OAK Mychal Rivera
10. WAS Jordan Reed
11. MIN Kyle Rudolph
12. PIT Heath Miller
13. TB Austin Seferian-Jenkins
14. NYG Larry Donnell
15. STL Jared Cook

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