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Quick Hits: Julio Jones To Play Saturday? T.Y. Hilton, Blake Bortles and Cam Newton

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 Julio Jones:

There seems to be some speculation that Julio Jones may be suiting up for the Falcons on Saturday.

“We’re going to go through the plan that we had, and I really don’t want to talk about whether Julio’s going to play or not,” Smith said. “We have a plan, and we all know what it is.”

It has been roughly 10 months since Julio’s foot injury. When healthy, Jones is one of the best wide receivers in the league, so his ability to get on the field, and stay healthy, is an important thing to monitor. Not only is the health of Julio important for his own value, but also for Matt Ryan’s fantasy value, as mentioned here. Scott Smith goes in depth about how dominant Julio started off last year. Fantasy Douche also weighs in as to whether Julio’s ADP has his injury risk priced in. You can see how he ranked in our RotoViz composite WR ranks here.

T.Y. Hilton:

T.Y. Hilton believes that the Colts offense is in for a big year this year. He believes they have three “No. 1” WRs on their roster.

“We have three No. 1 wideouts,” Hilton said, via the team’s website.

“He never ceases to amaze us. The guy is just a spectacular athlete,” Pagano said. “The game has obviously slowed down tremendously for T.Y. He knows this thing inside and out now. There’s not one play call that we have [that he doesn’t know], and we have a pretty big play list. So, there’s not one play call that we have where he’s out there thinking.”

Hilton is known for his big play ability as Scott Smith points out. Pagano also seems to think there’s a lot of ways to use Hilton.

“It’s just a matter of getting creative,” Pagano said. “It’s easy to line him up and run him down the field and run go routes, crossers and things like that, but I think there’s so much more that we can do with a guy like that.”

There are parts of me that want to avoid Hilton this year due to his sporadic play. In standard leagues last year, he had 10 single digit games.. Although the words from Pagano so far, seem promising, I’m approaching Hilton with caution this year depending on how my drafts shape out. For a different take, see this article from James Todd.

Cam Newton:

Reports from Charlotte indicate the Panthers plan on easing Cam back into action.

“We’ll see,” Rivera said after Thursday’s practice. “Right now the initial plan is to get him into the first quarter and then go from there.”

When the Panthers released most/all of their receiving corp, Cam’s ADP started to drop significantly.

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According to the RotoViz QB composite ranks, it would seem that we’re not all that worried about Cam’s weapons. Part of the reason we may still be confident in Cam this year is because of rookie WR Kelvin Benjamin. Matthew Freedman goes all out about Benjamin, writing about his (in)comparables and Jon Moore has 2 reasons Benjamin is going to be a steal fantasy this yearBrandon Williams also looks like an interesting prospect at the TE position. Cam’s rushing ability gives him a high floor from week to week. He’s being selected after Tom Brady and Nick Foles this year. Personally, I rather enjoy how his ADP has fallen.

Blake Bortles:

Since the NFL draft in May, reports out of Jacksonville were that Bortles was going to sit for his rookie season. It appears that may be a more difficult decision after watching him play the first few preseason games.

Bortles has impressed thus far in the early months of August. According to Ian Rapoport, the Jaguars still plan to have him sit.

If you want to read more into Bortles and his comparables, you can find that here. He came in third in our rookie QB composite rankings and Jon Moore also believes that Bortles could be a valuable fantasy QB if given the chance.

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