The stars are aligned for Virgil Green to have a breakout year (Photo Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

One week in the books, and the fog is lifting on the NFL landscape. The horizon is becoming crystal-clear, and the New Hits are starting to emerge. Hopefully you were able to pick up last week’s New Hit Eli Rogers — dude is going to be a beast this year, especially in PPR. We have two New Hits this week — 1 TE and 1 WR — that could pay major dividends this year. Below that are the Top 100 Rankings for Week 2.

For those not familiar with my weekly ranking & New Hits: a “New Hit” is a likely free agent on the verge of a big week, as well as 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.

Good luck this week, and if you have any lineup questions hit me @VoodooBrown any time before kickoff!

 
virgilgreenVirgil Green, TE Broncos: If you are in need of a TE for Week 2 (and the rest of the season), Virgil Green could be your answer. Let’s face it, if you don’t own Olsen, Gronk, Reed, Gates, or Kelce, then you don’t really have a surefire tight end. And only two of those guys (Reed & Olsen) are truly safe starts right now due to injuries or shoddy QB play. Yes, the Broncos have had some major changes on offense since their Superbowl win. They do, however, have the best defense in the league, which will keep any team in just about every game (i.e. no need to abandon their offensive gameplan). So the offense still has some stability, which is why there’s not too much panic over 2nd-year QB Trevor Siemian managing the offense. Trevor may or may not pan out for the Broncos, but while he’s figuring the position out THIS SEASON, he’s going to do what every other young QB does when the game is moving too fast: check down to a runningback, or dump the ball to his tight end.

Virgil Green is in his 6th year, and has never had more than 12 catches in a SEASON. Don’t be scared off by that — he was playing behind Julius Thomas for a few years, then Owen Daniels, and (most importantly) was primarily used as a blocker. He’s a physical monster: 6’5″, 255, and has pretty decent speed (4.64/40). He seems to have good hands so far (caught every pass thrown to him in Week 1). He’s also on the top of the depth chart, so the Broncos are clearly comfortable with transitioning him from a blocking TE to receiving TE. He’s in line for a very productive week 2, and for the season I could see him putting up 50-60 rec, 900 yds, and anywhere from 5-8 TDs. He’s available in 72% of Yahoo leagues and 90% of ESPN leagues, so you might want to hit that waiver wire before Sunday.
Bottom Line: If you have junk on your roster, it’s worth dropping to take a flier on Virgil — and do it now before he puts up a huge number on the Colts in Week 2!

 
mikewallaceMike Wallace, WR Ravens: This New Hit already splashed the league radar with a nice Week 1 performance (and notoriety from his Pittsburgh days), and as a result has been scooped up in many leagues. He is, however, still available in 43% of Yahoo leagues and 38% of ESPN leagues, so he’s not universally owned.

The reason I am listing him in this column is simple — he’s in the IDEAL situation for his style of play. Joe Flacco is one of the best homerun QBs the league has ever seen. I think he’s more accurate with a 60yd bomb than he is with a 7yd out pattern. Mike Wallace has DeSean Jackson-like speed, with a bit more size, though, so he can get more separation (and not get dinged up), allowing him to get behind a secondary with more regularity. Flacco might be able to simply close his eyes, throw it as hard as he can, and let Wallace catch up to it (a la Culpepper/Moss). Wallace won’t carve up a team with 10-15 catch games like a Brandon Marshall or Antonio Brown, but he will probably lead the league in TDs over 40 yards. Oh, and by the way, he plays against the Browns this week. With the likelihood that he has a big game this week, he won’t be available to pick up come Week 3… so grab him now.
Bottom Line: If you have a middle of the road player at any position, dump them while Wallace is still available.

 
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. CAR Cam Newton
2. DET Matthew Stafford
3. JAC Blake Bortles
4. NO Drew Brees
5. NYG Eli Manning
6. ARI Carson Palmer
7. PIT Ben Roethlisberger
8. WAS Kirk Cousins
9. SD Philip Rivers
10. NE Jimmy Garoppolo
11. GB Aaron Rodgers
12. OAK Derek Carr
13. SEA Russell Wilson
14. IND Andrew Luck
15. TB Jameis Winston

 


1. ARI David Johnson
2. JAC T.J. Yeldon
3. PIT DeAngelo Williams
4. NYG Rashad Jennings
5. CHI Jeremy Langford
6. DEN C.J. Anderson
7. KC Spencer Ware
8. HOU Lamar Miller
9. LA Todd Gurley
10. SD Danny Woodhead
11. MIN Adrian Peterson
12. GB Eddie Lacy
13. MIA Arian Foster
14. ATL Devonta Freeman
15. NO Mark Ingram
16. DET Theo Riddick
17. DET Ameer Abdullah
18. OAK Latavius Murray
19. TEN DeMarco Murray
20. SD Melvin Gordon
21. ATL Tevin Coleman
22. TB Doug Martin
23. SF Carlos Hyde
24. DAL Ezekiel Elliott
25. CAR Jonathan Stewart

 


1. PIT Antonio Brown
2. NYG Odell Beckham Jr.
3. CIN A.J. Green
4. JAC Allen Robinson
5. NO Brandin Cooks
6. ARI Larry Fitzgerald
7. ATL Julio Jones
8. NE Julian Edelman
9. KC Jeremy Maclin
10. MIA Jarvis Landry
11. CHI Alshon Jeffery
12. OAK Amari Cooper
13. SEA Doug Baldwin
14. WAS DeSean Jackson
15. NO Willie Snead
16. HOU DeAndre Hopkins
17. PIT Eli Rogers
18. DEN Emmanuel Sanders
19. OAK Michael Crabtree
20. DET Golden Tate
21. GB Randall Cobb
22. CAR Kelvin Benjamin
23. TB Mike Evans
24. BAL Mike Wallace
25. ARI Michael Floyd
26. PHI Jordan Matthews
27. IND Donte Moncrief
28. IND T.Y. Hilton
29. DAL Dez Bryant
30. JAC Allen Hurns
31. DET Marvin Jones Jr.
32. SD Travis Benjamin
33. MIN Stefon Diggs
34. ATL Mohamed Sanu
35. DEN Demaryius Thomas

 


1. CAR Greg Olsen
2. WAS Jordan Reed
3. NE Gronkowski (if healthy)
4. DEN Virgil Green
5. SD Antonio Gates
6. KC Travis Kelce
7. CLE Gary Barnidge
8. PIT Jesse James
9. JAC Julius Thomas
10. DET Eric Ebron
11. DAL Jason Witten
12. TEN Delanie Walker
13. MIN Kyle Rudolph
14. OAK Clive Walford
15. CHI Zach Miller

DEFENSE/SPECIAL TEAMS:
1. CAR Carolina
2. BAL Baltimore
3. NE New England
4. SEA Seattle
5. DET Detroit
6. DEN Denver
7. MIN Minnesota
8. GB Green Bay
9. ARI Arizona
10. OAK Oakland

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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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