Fancy fantasy football: Austin Collie, Braylon Edwards, Keiland Williams

      September 5, 2012 @ 16:08:00 PDT


Seattle Seahawks WR Braylon Edwards
Edwards is fighting to stay up

As long as the Indianapolis Colts are deeming Austin Collie healthy, he'll earn a little consideration as your WR3 or flex player. This week, against the Chicago Bears, he could easily be a quality No. 3 WR.

In Week 1, with so few players' health statuses in question, Collie probably isn't worth the risk if you're debating him and a player in the same tier. He's one of the few players whom you can legitimately fear starting because of the risk that he'll head back to the sidelines for the rest of the day.

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You shouldn't be in "scrambling for a WR3 or flex player" mode in Week 1. But if you are, take a look at Braylon Edwards. He's going to start in place of Golden Tate (knee injury) this weekend against the Arizona Cardinals, who despite boasting a talented secondary still present a pretty good fantasy matchup for receivers.

Even if you don't use Edwards this week, consider dropping a low-upside player for him. He's looking to revive his career after a couple of marred campaigns. He earned his spot on the Seattle Seahawks, and he's the target with the fewest question marks in the Emerald City.

If Edwards and exciting, raw rookie passer Russell Wilson hook up on a couple of big ones in Week 2, Pete Carroll will have a difficult time keeping the veteran pass-catcher out of his starting lineup.

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Most unexpected fantasy stud of Week 1? I'll nominate Keiland Williams. With Mikel Leshoure (suspension) and Jahvid Best (PUP) out of the picture, Williams is the second-best back on the roster and had a pretty strong preseason.

The quasi-fullback is a pretty dangerous receiver out of the backfield. If Kevin Smith turns his ankle again or breaks some other body part, the Lions will lean on Williams when they actually call a rusher's number. Against the St. Louis Rams, it will matter.

But you'd have to be in a pretty freakin' deep league to contemplate the use of Williams.

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About Nicholas Minnix

Minnix is baseball editor and a fantasy football analyst at KFFL. He plays in LABR and Tout Wars and won the FSWA Baseball Industry Insiders League in 2010.

The University of Delaware alum is a regular guest on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio and Baltimore's WNST AM 1570.

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