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Week 1: Player Upgrades

The passers, runners and receivers rising up the short and long term fantasy football ranks This week's picks include Andy Dalton, Carson Palmer, Knowshon Moreno, David Wilson, and Dwayne Bowe.


Torrey Smith's speed and home-run potential have served him well through two seasons in Baltimore. Now with Anquan Boldin gone and Dennis Pitta injured, it's up to Smith to take the next step and become a more consistent threat in the passing game.

Smith evenly split targets with Boldin in 2012. With no other prominent receiver on the roster in 2013 and an offense that should begin to rely more heavily on the arm of Joe Flacco, Smith could see an increase of 50+ targets this season.


Fred Davis was coming off a 59-catch, 796-yard 2011 season and appeared poised to join the ranks of elite tight ends before injuring his Achilles in 2012. Pencil him back in to break out this year as he returns to the read-option offense.

Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan has had an offseason to tinker and develop the passing game. Robert Griffin III has had an offseason to focus on making smart decisions. Combined, this should lead to a bit more emphasis on the passing game as the Redskins will look to protect their most valuable asset. Davis should benefit from this approach.

Davis also gets the benefit of playing the Packers, Lions and Raiders in the next four weeks. In 2012, all three of these defenses were among the worst when it came to surrendering fantasy points to tight ends.

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