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Fantasy Football 2186 43 Fantasy impact of top NFL signings 31812914 Danny Amendola - Patriots Danny+Amendola+-+Patriots Fantasy Football

Prior to two injury-plagued seasons with the Rams, Amendola emerged as a viable option in PPR leagues in 2010 as it was obvious Sam Bradford had found his favorite target in St. Louis. Amendola finished that campaign, playing in all 16 games, with 85 receptions on 123 targets for 689 yards and three scores. He’s not going to place any pressure on Calvin Johnson for receiving yards in a season, but with the way Brady utilized Welker in the past, Amendola’s ceiling is 100-plus receptions for 1,000-plus yards with six or so touchdowns. Key word in the previous sentence is "ceiling". By no means is Amendola a lock to mimic Welker's production.  When healthy, he’s a low-WR1 in PPR leagues and WR2 in standard scoring leagues heading into the 2013 season. - Ryan Fowler

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Fantasy Football 2186 43 Fantasy impact of top NFL signings 31819253 Anquan Boldin - 49ers Anquan+Boldin+-+49ers Fantasy Football

With Michael Crabtree (Achilles) on the shelf until, at the earliest, December, Colin Kaepernick needs a new security blanket in the 49ers passing game.  No question CK7 will target Vernon Davis more often as the two finally built a rapport during the playoffs, but somebody has to step up in place of Crabby.  Just remember that, for the most part, San Francisco likes to run the football first with Frank Gore (256 carries), Kaepernick (63 carries), Kendall Hunter (72 carries) and, down the line, LaMichael James.  Keep those stats in mind before crowning Boldin a WR1 or WR2. - Ryan Fowler

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Fantasy Football 2186 43 Fantasy impact of top NFL signings 31819254 Reggie Bush - Lions Reggie+Bush+-+Lions Fantasy Football

The good news for Lions’ fans and potential fantasy owners is two years of consistent production from Bush. He rushed for 1,086 yards (5.0 YPR) with six touchdowns in 2011 and 986 yards (4.3 YPR) with six touchdowns in 2012. When you are in the offensive mix alongside Calvin Johnson there are opportunities to shine. Just don’t elevate Bush any higher than a middle-tier RB2 heading into 2013. Leshoure may turn into a fantasy vulture come 2013, too. - Ryan Fowler

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Fantasy Football 2186 43 Fantasy impact of top NFL signings 31819261 Mike Wallace - Dolphins Mike+Wallace+-+Dolphins Fantasy Football

In 2012, Brian Hartline became the first Dolphins’ receiver not named Brandon Marshall to eclipse the 1,000-yard plateau since 2005 (Chris Chambers).  Such fantasy football luminaries such as Ted Ginn Jr., Marty Booker and Greg Camarillo also paced Miami’s passing attack over the last eight seasons.


By adding Wallace, the fish are getting a guy who only missed one game the past four seasons and averaged 1,010 receiving yards and eight touchdowns per season. Where he will immediately make his presence felt, both in Miami’s offense and in fantasy circles, is once the Dolphins cross the 50-yard line. As improved as Hartline was in 2012, he only wound up with one touchdown all season. - Ryan Fowler

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Fantasy Football 2186 43 Fantasy impact of top NFL signings 31821242 Steven Jackson - Falcons Steven+Jackson+-+Falcons Fantasy Football

Former Falcons' running back, Michael Turner, managed to score 10 rushing touchdowns – his fifth consecutive season of double-digit rushing touchdowns in a pass-heavy offense. Jackson only reached double-digit rushing touchdowns in St. Louis once (13 - 2006).


Turner finished sixth in 2011 and 17th in 2012, right behind Jackson, in fantasy points scored among fellow running backs.


So, while Jackson may see a slight decrease in carries throughout the course of the season, the Falcons’ knack for reaching the red zone regularly will create more opportunities for S-Jax to find the zone and score his owners six points. He's a RB1 on my board with a great shot at breaking into the Top 10 in scoring … as long as he stays healthy. - Ryan Fowler
 

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Fantasy Football 2186 43 Fantasy impact of top NFL signings 31821241 Steven Jackson - Falcons Steven+Jackson+-+Falcons Fantasy Football

Jackson averaged 1,211 rushing yards on 293 carries (4.1 YPR) with 4-5 touchdowns per season (2009-2012) with the St. Louis Rams. He’s rushed for over 1,000 yards in eight straight seasons.  In 2011, Jackson finished 11th among fellow running backs in fantasy points scored on FOXSports.com with 181.8 (12.2 fantasy points per game), but fell to 16th in 2012 with 162.3 points in 16 games (10.14 FPPG).  (cont. -->)
 

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Fantasy Football 2186 43 Fantasy impact of top NFL signings 31821240 Percy Harvin - Seahawks Percy+Harvin+-+Seahawks Fantasy Football

If Harvin manages to increase his fantasy stock with Seattle, it’ll come within the red zone where an opportunity presents itself. First, owners must know that Harvin has caught 42 passes, 14 of them for touchdowns, in his first four seasons. No question Lynch remains the red-zone workhorse with 12 touchdowns for the Seahawks last season. However, his average yards per rush is a disappointing 2.29 when the ball rests inside the 20-yard line. Harvin could carve out a fantasy niche here, but to expect him to become a top-tier fantasy wide receiver in standing scoring leagues (PPR leagues, another story) may be a bit bold. - Ryan Fowler

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Fantasy Football 2186 43 Fantasy impact of top NFL signings 31821239 Percy Harvin - Seahawks Percy+Harvin+-+Seahawks Fantasy Football

Despite a D, Q, or P snuggling up next to his name in parentheses for most of his career, Harvin only missed three games in his first three seasons with the Minnesota Vikings. The migraines' intensity subsided, but an ankle injury two months into the 2012 season put the breaks on his bid for Fantasy Football MVP consideration and knocked him out the final eight games. Up until then, Harvin posted 80 or more receiving yards in six out of his first eight games with three receiving touchdowns. He averaged seven-plus receptions and nearly 10 targets per game. (cont. -->)

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Fantasy Football 2186 43 Fantasy impact of top NFL signings 31819263 Wes Welker - Broncos Wes+Welker+-+Broncos Fantasy Football

With Manning at the trigger in 2013 and his track record with slot receivers known, Welker could record 200-plus targets with the Broncos. With the exception of Calvin Johnson, Welker is a top-two receiver in points per reception leagues (and he’s banging on the Megatron’s door). In standard-scoring leagues, Welker receives a boost into my top five after finishing 11th in scoring among wide receivers in 2012.  - Ryan Fowler
 

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Fantasy Football 2186 43 Fantasy impact of top NFL signings 31819262 Wes Welker - Broncos Wes+Welker+-+Broncos Fantasy Football

Now, I want to be careful not to overreact as this type of monster free agent signing often encourages fanatic hysteria (I’m looking at you Twitter feed!). However, it’s hard to ignore Peyton Manning’s track record with his top-option out of the slot:


2008: Anthony Gonzalez finished with 57 receptions (79 targets) for 664 yards with four touchdowns


2009: Austin Collie finished with 60 receptions (90 targets) for 676 yards with seven touchdowns.


2010: Collie finished with 58 receptions (71 targets) for 649 yards with eight touchdowns, while Blair White made a fantasy impact in 2010 with five touchdowns. White received the promotion while Collie was out due to injury.


2012: Brandon Stokley finished with 45 receptions (58 targets) for 544 yards with five touchdowns. (cont. -->)

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Fantasy Football 2186 43 Fantasy impact of top NFL signings 31821238 Greg Jennings - Vikings Greg+Jennings+-+Vikings Fantasy Football

The receiver didn't miss a game 2008-2010 and averaged 75 receptions on 127 targets for 1,223 receiving yards and eight touchdowns per season. He missed 11 games over the last two seasons, failing to eclipse 1,000 receiving yards in each, while he watched his touchdown production dip from nine scores in 2011 to four in 2012. Aside from working with less-talented quarterbacks, you also must factor in the fact he's going to have split touches/targets with Adrian Peterson. Thus, Jennings falls to a WR2 in 2013. - Ryan Fowler

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Fantasy Football 2186 43 Fantasy impact of top NFL signings 31821237 Greg Jennings - Vikings Greg+Jennings+-+Vikings Fantasy Football

When it comes to the NFL, the quarterback makes the wide receiver more often than the receiver makes the quarterback. Honestly, what would Greg Jennings' fantasy football value be without Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers slanging the rock his direction? I think by joining the Minnesota Vikings we may actually learn the answer to that query. As of this moment, Christian Ponder is the incumbent starting quarterback, but the recent signing of Matt Cassel has raised a few eyebrows and assumed a quarterback competition in the near future. (cont -->)

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