Fantasy watch: Patriots WR shuffle, Geno Smith climbing

September 12, 2013

Julian Edelman goes up to make a grab in Week 1′s win over the Bills. (Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

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Ah, Thursday night football. No longer do we have to wait until Sundays to begin getting our fill of the NFL. For fantasy owners, that means remembering to set your lineups a few days earlier in the week, and if you have Patriots WR Danny Amendola, it appears you’re out of luck. The potential PPR stud is unlikely to play, according to reports, so here’s hoping you’ve made contingencies.

As for other fantasy implications for tonight’s tilt, here are three to watch:

1. Is Julian Edelman a legit WR1?

He is at least for tonight. The forgotten member of New England‘s wide receiver group during the preseason had two touchdown catches, including an outstanding catch in the back of the end zone, against the Buffalo Bills Sunday, and he’s clearly gained Tom Brady‘s confidence. Consider Edelman a WR1 with Amendola out of the lineup.

2. Can Kenbrell Thompkins break out?

The thinking here is yes. Brady targeted Thompkins 14 times last week, matching a team high. Thompkins had more targets than Amendola and Edelman in Week 1, but poor route running and other mental lapses doomed his fantasy value. With Amendola ailing, Thompkins should get plenty of opportunities tonight.

3. Is Geno Smith worth adding?

With two-quarterback leagues becoming more popular, many fantasy owners are looking for sleeper QB2s to supplement their rosters. Smith is an interesting case because not only did he win the job in the preseason and show promise last week with nothing around him, but his only other competition, Mark Sanchez, is likely done for the season and perhaps in a Jets uniform. So if you’re looking to add a waiver wire pickup who’s going to play every week and has an upside exponentially greater than his predecessor, Smith is your guy.

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Have a fantasy football question? Tweet at Gene via Twitter, @gene_wang.

What’s ahead:

● At 1:45, Redskins offensive players say their familiarity with the Packers defense is something they hope is an edge.

● The Redskins’ practice began at 1 p.m. Coordinators Kyle Shanahan and Jim Haslett talk to reporters today.

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Gene Wang is a sports reporter covering multiple beats, including Navy football, the Capitals, Wizards, Nationals, women’s basketball, auto racing, boxing and golf. He also covers Fantasy Football.
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