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The Lowdown: Jordan Matthews, Torrey Smith, and Michael Floyd

Torrey Smith

Jordan Matthews

Jeremy Maclin had yet another injury scare Thursday night during Philadelphia’s preseason game against Pittsburgh. Per Mike Wilkening at  Pro Football Talk

“With about 10 minutes left in the second quarter, Maclin went down trying to make a sharp cut, and he grabbed his knee as he lay on the ground. However, Maclin reportedly was able to get up and walk off the field, and he was then seen walking on the sideline.”

I have severe doubts that Maclin is going to make it a full season this year and the direct beneficiary of that could be Jordan Matthews. Matthews had a relatively quiet game, but the week prior, he had himself a highlight reel night.

If you want to buy into the Matthews hype before the price becomes too steep, do it while you still can. Some of my favorite late to mid-round WRs are starting to see skyrocketing ADPs.

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If you need any more clarity on what Matthews brings to the table, look no further than articles by James Todd, Fantasy Douche, or look and see what happens Shawn Siegele tries to build a case against him.

Torrey Smith

Everyone is sporting their optimism in Baltimore with the hiring of Gary Kubiak.

“The hiring of ex-Texans head coach Gary Kubiak as offensive coordinator, replacing the departed Jim Caldwell, has been a godsend for the Ravens,” Banks wrote. “The fit between Kubiak and Flacco has been superb, and their rapport easily betters any working relationship Flacco had with past Ravens OCs Cam Cameron or Caldwell. Kubiak’s offense is ideal for the talent on hand in Baltimore, plays to Flacco’s strengths and the quarterback raves about it being simple to master, but organized and detailed in its approach, with success in the run game setting up the rest of the attack.”

People are expecting big things from Dennis Pitta and, primarily, Torrey Smith. I’ve always been a believer in Smith and he hasn’t quite lived up to most of our expectations. Yet. One of the reasons I am still a believer has to do with Rich Hribar’s article he wrote back in June about Smith. If you’re not a believer, you could be after you submerse yourself in that magnificent read.

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While people are selecting Emmanuel Sanders and Sammy Watkins, who were both marked in our RotoViz Round Table of 11 Overvalued Players we won’t touch in 2014, in the same realm as Smith, I’ll gladly take Smith who stands the best chance to meet or exceed his ADP.

Michael Floyd

Michael Floyd has finally returned to practice after missing two weeks with a groin injury.

“He looked like he’d been out for a bit like anybody would,” quarterback Carson Palmer said. “It’s going to take him a couple practices to kind of get his conditioning back and his wind back. I think the strength and cutting of his routes, that’s kind of something that just takes you a couple times to get back into it.”

Although, judging by his ADP, I don’t think anybody seemed to care, or notice.

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Slowly, but surely, he has been inching closer to counterpart, Larry Fitzgerald. This could be due to the fact the some are already claiming him as the new No. 1 in Arizona. In a pass-happy offense, that wouldn’t surprise me.

RotoViz also seems to believe that Floyd is about to rein supreme in Arizona, as he was ranked higher overall than Fitzgerald in the RotoViz composite WR rankings.

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