Marcas Grant | Tags: Three and out, Antonio Brown, Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers, Emmanuel Sanders, Green Bay Packers, James Jones, Jarrett Boykin, Jerricho Cotchery, Jordy Nelson, Lance Moore, Markus Wheaton, Marvin McNutt, Mike Wallace, Pittsburgh Steelers, Randall Cobb, Steve Smith, Tavarres King, Ted Ginn, Tiquan Underwood
McCarthy praises Boykin: Last season when the Packers receiving corps was hit with a rash of injuries, Jarrett Boykin stepped up. The second-year wideout averaged nearly 10 fantasy points per game over a six week stretch in the middle of the season and became a hot waiver wire option. Now with James Jones departed for Oakland, Packers head coach Mike McCarthy believes the former Virginia Tech star is ready to “step up.” Boykin certainly plays in an offense that is tailor-made to create fantasy stars at the wide receiver position. If he can prove to be a quality No. 3 option behind Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson, Boykin can be a nice No. 4 option for plenty of fantasy owners this season.
Panthers Moneyballing WRs?: The Carolina Panthers lost Steve Smith and Ted Ginn from their wide receiver group this offseason, but coach Ron Rivera doesn’t seem particularly worried. Rivera intimated that his team would take a “Moneyball” approach to replacing the hole Smith leaves as the team’s No. 1 pass-catcher. That would seem to be a tall task for the combination of Jerricho Cotchery, Tiquan Underwood, Tavarres King and Marvin McNutt. It could also have a negative impact on the production of Cam Newton. With recent ankle surgery making it questionable if he’ll run nearly as much in 2014, a dearth of quality receivers could really impact a player who has been a top-five fantasy quarterback since his arrival in the league.
Steelers leaning on Wheaton: After having lost Mike Wallace and Emmanuel Sanders in consecutive offseasons, the Steelers are in need of a rebuild within their receiving corps. As such, the team added former Saints wideout Lance Moore, but it appears that the team is also willing to place its trust in Markus Wheaton. The former Oregon State speedster caught only six passes this season, but could emerge as an option behind Moore and Antonio Brown. It would be wise not to reach too high for Wheaton in drafts, but he could have sleeper potential in 2014.
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