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The Lowdown: Aaron Dobson, Geno Smith, Emerging Packers WR

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Aaron Dobson

For the first time this year, Dobson is expected to make his preseason debut after suffering from a stress fracture.

“Wide receiver Aaron Dobson traveled with the Patriots to New Jersey and is expected to make his preseason debut tonight against the Giants, according to a source,” wrote Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald.

“It’s unclear how much playing time Dobson will get tonight, but any reps will be valuable as he competes with Kenbrell Thompkins and Brandon LaFell to regain his perch as the Pats top outside receiver.”

I am hoping Dobson plays tonight and looks great while doing so. Shawn Siegele selected Dobson as one of eight breakout WRs you need to own in 2014.  Dobson did have his moments while playing a role in that inexperienced Patriots WR corp.

On Fantasy Football Calculator, he doesn’t have an ADP, so he’s esssentially a free comodity with one of the leagues best QBs. I think Dobson is certainly worth a flier before his price increases.  1

Geno Smith

There have been no shortage of encouraging words coming out of Jets camp about Geno Smith. One of the aspects of his game that he’s been working on is his ball security.

“That’s probably been the No. 1 most encouraging thing, is he’s secured the ball in the pocket,” Lee said, via the Newark Star-Ledger. “He’s had two hands on the ball, he’s working with two hands on the ball as he’s escaping the pocket and moving and sliding. Just his ball security has been a gigantic [improvement]. And that’ll be the biggest turnaround thing for us, if he just takes care of the ball and doesn’t get it knocked loose. So that’s a good observation. That’s the big thing he’s improved.”

Justin Winn believes Smith could be one of the most valuable QB in 2014 and Fantasy Douche points out how Geno Smith was kind of awesome in eight games in 2013. Smith drew Oakland in week one, which is why he made the list of my QB streamers for the first round of games. I’m buying into Smith this year for minimal investment, but potential upside. 2

Jarrett Boykin

The Packers are going to be an exciting team to watch this year with Aaron Rodgers returning from injury. James Jones departed and took his talents to Oakland, so that opened the door for some new WR talent to step in. The Packers selected Davante Adams in this years draft and don’t forget about super-sleeper, Jeff Janis. However, the likely candidate for the No. 3 WR job looks to be Jarrett Boykin, according to Coach Mike McCarthy.

“Clearly, Jarrett Boykin has taken the next step,” McCarthy said, via the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “I just love the way he plays. He’s had an excellent camp. He’s physical, his toughness, he’s relentless. I think he’s exceptional at the top of his route. You see his strength and balance to separate from a DB.

Matthew Freedman was by far the highest on Boykin in our WR composite ranks. He has climbed into the realm of guys who are on my radar in the later round. With Marvin Jones getting injured for the Bengals, Boykin looks like the ideal candidate to replace him on my late round WR target list.

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I would prefer Boykin over any of these WRs, especially since you can target him near the end of your draft. Boykin was also one of seven WRs that RotoViz likes more than their current ADP.

  1. I selected him in the 14th round of my draft earlier in the week.  (back)
  2. I selected Smith as my QB in the last round of 12-team draft recently  (back)

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