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Fantasy leagues for 2014 are wrapping up, and unless you’re still competing for your league title, you’re probably looking toward next season already—particularly if you’re in a Dynasty or Keeper league. And with drop/add still open in a lot of leagues even after a team has been eliminated from the playoffs, now is a great time for those in Dynasty leagues to look for a few potential stash candidates to keep for next season (without wasting a high draft pick). Here are a few keeper candidates that may be available in most leagues.
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Teddy Bridgewater – QB, Minnesota Vikings
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The Vikings seem prepared to move on from the Adrian Peterson era, and with a young QB showing promise, a couple of young WRs doing the same, and neither Matt Asiata nor Jerick McKinnon making a strong case as a franchise RB, this offense could go back to a pass-first mentality very quickly. Bridgewater wasn’t great in his rookie season, but he’s shown significant improvement late in the year. Per Rotowire, Bridgewater had a completion percentage over 70% in each game, with 5 TDs, 3 INTs, and 762 yards passing in Weeks 13-15. Compared to season-long numbers of 2,451 yards, 11 TDs and 10 INTs, it’s clear his best work has come more recently. He appears to be getting the hang of it, he’s available in a lot of leagues, and he’ll be the centerpiece of the Vikings offense in 2015.
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Carlos Hyde – RB, San Francisco 49ers
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The 49ers are something of a wildcard for 2015 given Colin Kaepernick’s struggles, Frank Gore’s age and wear, and reports that head coach Jim Harbaugh is considering a massive offer to coach at the University of Michigan. That said, it appears that Hyde will likely take over RB1 duties in San Francisco. Gore has had a great career, but he’ll be 32 to begin the 2015 season, he’s been worked extremely hard, and his contract with the team is expiring. Meanwhile, a lot of scouts and analysts rave about Carlos Hyde’s ability, and though he hasn’t gotten too much of a chance to show his stuff this season, he still looks to be the future of the 49ers’ offense. Kaepernick just doesn’t have passing targets, and the points have to come from somewhere!
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Marqise Lee – WR, Jacksonville Jaguars
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There are a lot of people out there predicting a strong season for Justin Blackmon, the Jacksonville WR who has been in rehab during a substance abuse-related suspension from the league. He has a load of talent and could be back on the field for the Jaguars, but there are just too many question marks to recommend picking him up. Instead, opt for Marqise Lee. The speedy rookie out of USC was some people’s pick as the best or second best WR in the 2014 draft, which we now know to be one of the most promising drafts for the position in league history. Lee ended up dealing with injuries for much of the season but his game log shows that he came on a bit in the last few weeks and has become a favorite target for rookie QB Blake Bortles (who also seems poised for a strong second year campaign). The Jaguars can’t stay horrible forever, and Lee has a chance to become WR1 in 2015.
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Travis Kelce – TE, Kansas City Chiefs
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Kelce may or may not be available in your league given that he received his share of hype this season and operated more or less as a back-end TE1. But if he is available, you may want to snatch him up. Kelce isn’t just one of the best TEs in the league after the catch. As the Betfair betting game previews for Week 16 match-ups astutely noted, he’s also just about the only pass catching target they have. As a result, he is the team’s leading receiver! One has to assume that the Chiefs will look to strengthen their WR position in the offseason, but it doesn’t happen overnight. And right now, Kelce is the only dependable option in the offense not named Jamaal Charles. He won’t crack the elite top tier of TEs, but he should be about as good an option as you can find behind Gronk, Thomas and Graham.
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Victor Cruz – WR, New York Giants
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1,208.7 yards; 7.7 TDs; 132.3 targets. Those are the average numbers for Victor Cruz in the three seasons between 2011-2013, according to his stats at ESPN. Cruz was hurt early in the 2014 season, and it’s worth noting that he showed some slight decline in 2013 as well. But he expects to be healthy for 2015, he’s still under contract, and he was still an elite talent the last time we saw him play. Plus, he’ll no longer draw opposing teams’ toughest coverage thanks to the emergence of rookie WR Odell Beckham, Jr. Cruz likely won’t ever be the surefire WR1 he was on fantasy rosters in 2011 and 2012. However, if he’s available in your league, he could certainly be a valuable keeper nonetheless.
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Eddie Royal Chargers
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There were some unusual heroes this week. There always are. Let’s take a look at them and see if they are worthy of your fantasy rosters for those leagues that play the full season out.
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Shaun Hill, QB, St. Louis Rams
Shaun Hill threw for 290 yards and a pair of touchdowns. There are better options for the season finale.
Ruling: Don’t Sweat ‘em.
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Devonta Freeman, RB, Atlanta Falcons
Devonta Freeman ran for 36 yards and a touchdown while adding 48 receiving yards. Freeman is worth a look if Steven Jackson is unable to go next week.
Ruling: Get ‘em.
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Riley Cooper, WR, Philadelphia Eagles
Riley Cooper caught five of seven targets for 53 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Kudos to you if you used Cooper in Week 16, but there is no reason to think he can turn in another strong performance.
Ruling: Don’t Sweat ‘em.
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Rueben Randle, WR, New  York Giants
Randle does exist. He caught all six of his targets for 132 yards and a touchdown. He’s been pretty quiet for a month. I wouldn’t expect much next week.
Ruling: Don’t Sweat ‘em.
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Eddie Royal, WR, San Diego Chargers
Eddie Royal caught 10 of 12 targets for 94 yards and a touchdown. With Keenen Allen out, Royal should see plenty of targets.
Ruling: Get ‘em.
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Kenbrell Thompkins, WR, Oakland Raiders
Kenbrell Thompkins caught five of seven targets for 90 yards. He’s not worth a roster spot.
Ruling: Don’t Sweat ‘em.
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Terrance Williams, WR, Dallas Cowboys
Terrance Williams caught both of his targets for 52 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He does not get enough looks to be a fantasy option.
Ruling: Don’t Sweat ‘em.
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Albert Wilson, WR, Kansas City Chiefs
Albert Wilson caught five of seven targets for 87 yards. He’s averaging 69.7 yards in his past three games, but is not a recommended add.
Ruling: Don’t Sweat ‘em.
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Chris Conte
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Whilst sportsmen often use rhetoric surrounding devoting, or even sacrificing, their lives for their sport, few have phrased it as literally as the Chicago Bears’ Chris Conte.
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In a recent interview, with WBBM radio, Conte revealed that ‘my life will revolve around football to some point, but I’d rather have the experience of playing and, who knows, die 10, 15 years earlier than not be able to play in the NFL and live a long life.’
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This dramatic statement is particularly potent considering that the 25-year-old, who plays in the free safety position, has suffered two serve concussions this season and was also sidelined by major shoulder surgery earlier in the year.
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It appears that whilst other players, who have similar statements, could be accused of hyperbole or exaggeration, Conte’s words are supported by his actions. You would think, in this day and age where online casinos like SuperCasino offer accessible and instantaneous gambling thrills, that people would no longer need to gamble with their life. However, it appears that Conte is not satisfied unless his life, not just the game, is literally on the line.
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Conte, who originally had expressed an interest in going to UCLA, played in 50 games for the California Golden Bears during his college career. The California-native, who was born in Los Angeles, had a solid if unspectacular college career that was, however, littered with sublime moments.
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Amongst these highlights was a speculator six-yard blocked punt that led to a touchdown against the Arizona State Sun Devils. It was perhaps moments of brilliance like these which led Conte to be the 93rd overall pick of the 2011 NFL Draft, where he signed a four-year contract with the Chicago Bears.
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Throughout his career with the Bears, Conte has shown steady improvement within many areas of his game. At the end of his debut season, in 2011, the 6ft 2in player had started nine games with 23 tackles, one interception, and two passes defended. By the end of 2013 season, Conte had improved on every single one of these stats, having started all 16 games with 73 tackles, three interceptions, seven passes defended, and two forced fumbles.
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Despite this steady improvement, Conte’s NFL career has not been without both injury and controversy. In only the eighth week of his second professional season, Conte was fined $21,000, later reduced to $10,000, for hitting defenceless player Brandon LaFell in the head during a win over the Carolina Panthers.
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This would also not be the final time that Conte would be hit with a fine due to his reckless on-pitch behaviour. In September 2014, Conte initiated a helmet-to-helmet hit against Buffalo Bills’ wide receiver, Robert Woods, for which he was fined $22,050.
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Besides these controversies, Conte has also been unfortunate with injuries. On top of his four-month absence due to his surgically repaired shoulder this season, Conte was also out for several games with a foot sprain, which occurred during a loss to the Seattle Seahawks, in his debut season.
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Moreover, even when he is playing at full-health and without fines, Conte has still been prone to criticism. During a crucial game against the Green Bay Packers in 2013, with a play-off berth up for grabs, Conte consistently failed to intercept and was criticised by NBC sports analyst Rodney Harrison for ‘flat-out’ blowing the coverage when he let several wide receivers go straight down the field.
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It a shame that Conte, who is clearly so passionate about the sport as to compromise his life for it, cannot effectively channel this passion into his play. Whilst injury has undoubtedly played a part, and his stats have improved, if Conte cannot increase his focus and control his temper, he may not have to worry about devoting his live to the NFL for much longer.
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Fantasy Football betting isn’t yet a major part of the US gambling economy, despite the recent growth spurts by companies such as DraftKings. However, with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie saying earlier this year that he’d be willing to look into the possibility of incorporating the industry into his State’s igaming set-up, the potential for NFL betting could be huge in 2015.
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Christie’s Fantasy
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by  New Jersey National Guard 
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In fact, as well as taking an interest in Fantasy Sports, Christie, who is a Cowboys fan, is also looking to bring sports betting to New Jersey. Although he’s fighting with a number of organizations that want to prevent the Garden State from offering online sports betting, Christie has already been down this road with casinos and poker.
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Back in 2013, Christie signed into law New Jersey’s online gaming act and opened up the doors to a new industry in the State. Since that time he’s also been pushing to have sports betting legalized because he believes sports such as the NFL will provide a massive revenue boost for the igaming sector.
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Since 2013, it seems that Christie’s prediction has come true as millions of NFL fans across the US now enjoy the thrills and spills of Fantasy Football. If Christie is able to legalize online sports betting, like he did with online casino and poker sites, which can be found rated and reviewed on the internet, in New Jersey it’s likely to have a domino impact across the US and if that time comes you need to be ready.
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Becoming a Better NFL Bettor
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So, with this in mind, here are some simple sports betting tips you can use to improve your success rate when you bet on the NFL.
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Go Above the Line: If you can find a betting line that is one point better than general market then you should take it. This sort of value is hard to ignore and will almost certainly guarantee you’re a profit in the long run.
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Set Your Own Lines: Experiment with setting your own lines. Pick a selection of sporting fixtures and try to set your own odds for each match-up. Use as much knowledge and information as you can get in order to make your predictions as accurate as possible.
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Once you’ve done this, compare them with the betting lines offered by bookmakers. Additionally, check the results to see how many you accurately predicted. Doing this will enable you to know when a betting line is out of sync and, therefore, worth taking.
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Take a Punt: Don’t be afraid to take a risk with long odds propositions. Although these bets are unlikely to come in, they do give you the ability to make a big return for a small outlay. Combining these bets with additional wagers on more likely winners can help boost your overall bottom-line.
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Manage Your Money: Any sports bettor – or gambler in general – will tell you that bankroll management is extremely important. Betting within your limits will not only prevent you from going broke when things don’t run your way, but help you to maximize your winnings when they are. For this reason you need a solid bankroll strategy that defines all your bets within the context of your overall bankroll. For example, you should never wager more than 10 per cent of your bankroll in a single session.
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Should online sports betting ever become widespread across the US it’s likely NFL will be at the forefront of the betting, so you’d better make sure you take note of the following tips if you’re planning on anteing up in the near future.
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Here’s a look at Lester’s Legends sit and start advice as you set your lineups for the Week 16.
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Start
Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys
Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
Mark Sanchez, Philadelphia Eagles
Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
Fred Jackson, Buffalo Bills
Steven Jackson, Atlanta Falcons
Julian Edelman, New England Patriots
DeSean Jackson, Washington Redskins
Kenny Stills, New Orleans Saints
Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons
Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs
Delanie Walker, Tennessee Titans
Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys
Green Bay Packers Defense
New England Patriots Defense
Philadelphia Eagles Defense
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Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers
Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals
Latavius Murray, Oakland Raiders
Martavis Bryant, Pittsburgh Steelers
Eric Decker, New York Jets
Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals
Jordan Cameron, Cleveland Browns
Mychal Rivera, Oakland Raiders
Cincinnati Bengals Defense
Dallas Cowboys Defense
Indianapolis Colts Defense
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Toby Gerhart Jags
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Sometimes you need a fantasy gem to be successful. Here is a list of the Lester’s Legends under-the-radar players that could possibly pull out a win for you in Week 16.
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Blake Bortles, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars
Robert Griffin III, QB, Washington Redskins
Kyle Orton, QB, Buffalo Bills
Toby Gerhart, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars
Branden Oliver, RB, San Diego Chargers
Joseph Randle, RB, Dallas Cowboys
Stedman Bailey, WR, St. Louis Rams
Harry Douglas, WR, Atlanta Falcons
Nate Washington, WR, Tennessee Titans
Jared Cook, TE, St. Louis Rams
Eric Ebron, TE, Detroit Lions
Zach Ertz, TE, Philadelphia Eagles
Carolina Panthers Defense
Jacksonville Jaguars Defense
Tennessee Titans
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Megatron
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With another exciting week of football under our belts, here are the Lester’s Legends 2014 Week 16 fantasy football wide receiver rankings.
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1. Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions
Calvin Johnson is averaging 85 yards and 0.5 touchdowns per game. Megatron had 146 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the first meeting with the Chicago Bears. The Bears have allowed 272.2 yards and 2.4 touchdowns per game.
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2. Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos
Demaryius Thomas is averaging 99.2 yards and 0.8 touchdowns per game. He has scored and/or topped 100 yards in 10 of the past 11 games. Thomas faces the Cincinnati Bengals.
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3. Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers
Antonio Brown is averaging 107 yards and 0.8 touchdowns per game. He faces the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs are only allowing 199.2 passing, yards per game, but Brown has been targeted 11.4 times per game.
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4. Odell Beckham, Jr., New York Giants
Odell Beckham, Jr. is averaging 97.2 yards and 0.9 touchdowns per game. He has averaged 112.5 yards and a touchdown in his past seven games. Look for ODB to keep rolling against the St. Louis Rams.
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5. Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers
Jordy Nelson is averaging 94.3 yards and 0.9 touchdowns per game. He should smoke the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bucs have allowed 250.4 yards and 1.9 touchdowns per game.
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6. Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys
Dez Bryant is averaging 82 yards and 0.9 touchdowns per game. He has nine scores in his past seven games. Look for Dez to see plenty of looks against the Indianapolis Colts.
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7. Alshon Jeffery, Chicago Bears
Alshon Jeffery is averaging 73.4 yards and 0.6 touchdowns. He has six touchdowns in the past five games. Jeffery had 71 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the first meeting with the Lions.
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8. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons
Julio Jones is averaging 109.8 yards and 0.5 touchdowns per game. Monitor his hip injury, but if he can go against the New Orleans Saints he’s a must-start. Jones had 116 yards against the Saints in the first meeting.
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9. T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts
T.Y. Hilton is averaging 96.1 yards and 0.5 touchdowns per game. Hilton should be a solid play against the Cowboys. Dallas has allowed 249.6 passing yards per game.
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10. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals
A.J. Green is averaging 87.2 yards and 0.0.5 touchdowns per game. He’s averaging 115.6 yards and 0.6 touchdowns in his past five games. Green will be busy against the Broncos.
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11. Jeremy Maclin, Philadelphia Eagles
Jeremy Maclin is averaging 86.2 yards and 0.7 touchdowns. He torched the Washington Redskins for 154 yards and a touchdown in the first meeting.
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12. Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers
Randall Cobb is averaging 76.9 yards and 0.7 touchdowns. He should also be productive against the Buccaneers.
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13. Emmanuel Sanders, Denver Broncos
Emmanuel Sanders is averaging 90.1 yards and 0.5 touchdowns per game. He takes on the Bengals.
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14. Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Mike Evans is averaging 72.9 yards and 0.8 touchdowns per game. He has nine scores in his past seven games. Tampa will be forced to air it out against the Packers.
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15. Julian Edelman, New England Patriots
Julian Edelman is averaging 69.4 yards and 0.3 touchdowns per game. He faces the New York Jets. The Jets have allowed 29 passing touchdowns.
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The Next Batch
16. Golden Tate, Detroit Lions at Chicago Bears
17. DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans vs. Baltimore Ravens
18. Kelvin Benjamin, Carolina Panthers vs. Cleveland Browns
19. Brandon LaFell, New England Patriots at New York Jets
20. Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints
21. DeSean Jackson, Washington Redskins vs. Philadelphia Eagles
22. Josh Gordon, Cleveland Browns at Carolina Panthers
23. Sammy Watkins, Buffalo Bills at Oakland Raiders
24. Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Green Bay Packers
25. Kenny Stills, New Orleans Saints vs. Atlanta Falcons
26. Jordan Matthews, Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Redskins
27. Mike Wallace, Miami Dolphins vs. Minnesota Vikings
28. Steve Smith, Sr., Baltimore Ravens at Houston Texans
29. Jarvis Landry, Miami Dolphins vs. Minnesota Vikings
30. Anquan Boldin, San Francisco 49ers vs. San Diego Chargers
31. Marques Colston, New Orleans Saints vs. Atlanta Falcons
32. Charles Johnson, Minnesota Vikings at Miami Dolphins
33. Torrey Smith, Baltimore Ravens at Houston Texans
34. Nate Washington, Tennessee Titans at Jacksonville Jaguars
35. Andre Johnson, Houston Texans vs. Baltimore Ravens
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