Week 1: Pickups of the Week
First off, Matt Flynn, are you seriously going to lose another starting job before the season opener? Even Conan O'Brien doesn't have sympathy for your situation at this point. At least the Seattle scenario is explainable since Russell Wilson is a first-round talent who slid to the third because of fears over his lack of height. The reason Pryor hasn't made a splash in the NFL to this point is due to lack of talent throwing the football. So why recommend him? Because like a certain passing challenged QB just released by the Patriots, Pryor can make enough plays with his legs to offset lackluster throwing stats. The third-year QB rushing for 40 yards, passing for just under 200 and throwing one touchdown against the Colts isn't impossible. Heck, if Pryor somehow ran for a score, look out. Don't release a viable fantasy quarterback for him, but he has weekly top-20 potential.MyFantasyLeague availability: 58%
Despite playing with the potent Drew Brees, Robert Meachem and Devery Henderson proving their fantasy football viability. Based on his preseason work, the sleek Stills appears to have done exactly that. During the preseason, the University of Oklahoma product flashed precise route-running skills, solid hands and impressive concentration on passes in tight spots. The Saints have plenty of targets and the rookie currently falls behind Jimmy Graham, Marques Colston, Darren Sproles and Lance Moore in the passing game pecking order. Colston has been known to miss a game or two and Brees isn't shy about spreading the ball around. Stills hasn't reached the sleeper level of a Michael Floyd or Kenbrell Thompkins, but he's certainly advanced into late-round discussion. For those done with drafts, that means he's also worthy of waiver wire claim.
This just in: The Steelers are pretty good when it comes to finding wide receivers in the middle rounds. This third-rounder isn't the tallest of targets, but the 5-foot-11 Wheaton runs a scary 4.45 forty-time. Essentially, he's the new Mike Wallace, at least in terms of style. In terms of opportunity, we're talking third receiver role, but he is also not playing behind Julio Jones and Roddy White. Considering the Steelers' ugly running back situation, expect Big Ben to throw plenty this season. This is a sign-and-stash selection.Injury Status: Injured Reserve
Serving as Peyton Manning's starting tight end isn't such a bad gig. Doing so when the roster has three high-end wide receivers makes the situation less appealing for fantasy owners. Regardless, Thomas' promotion puts him into the massive and highly speculative TE2 class. Fine, the 6-foot-5 target has one career reception entering this season, but his size, athletic gifts and that Manning fella define upside. His ADP remains outside the top-25, for now; though FFToolbox ranks him No. 21 overall in PPR. Because of the Welker-Thomas-Decker situation, we're not talking weekly consistency with Thomas, but rather TE1 potential in certain matchups (Week 1 against the Ravens is not one of them). Rather than rostering the likes of Marcedes Lewis or the injured Heath Miller, pioneering owners would be wise to take a flyer on the Broncos starter.Injury Status: Injured Reserve