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EAST RUTHERFORD, N. Tyler Eifert Jersey .J. -- Its not surprising Victor Cruz has been experiencing a wide range of emotions heading into the New York Giants season opener against the Dallas Cowboys.The start of every NFL season gets the juices flowing. Players wonder how they are going to do, whether the team is going to be any good, and how far they can get in a run to the Super Bowl.This isnt just any season for the 29-year-old Cruz. Its somewhat a professional rebirth for the wide receiver who was once one of the leagues most productive players.When Cruz plays against the Cowboys on Sunday, it will be his first regular-season game since injuring a knee on Oct. 12, 2014 against Philadelphia. He missed the rest of that season and sat out last year with a calf injury.Many wondered whether he would ever get back after missing the first two preseason games this year with a groin injury. Cruz never lost faith. He played in the final two preseason games and had one catch for 4 yards.It convinced the coaching staff and management that there is something left in the tank for the former free agent who had 241 catches for 3,626 yards and 23 touchdowns combined in 2011, 12 and 13.There are definitely some jitters, Cruz said. I get butterflies before every game until that ball is kicked off, but this one might have some extra butterflies. Just being able to run out there with my team again, being able to line up across from an opposing team in a Week 1 scenario playing football again. I think I am excited, I am anxious, emotions will be everywhere, so I am just excited for the opportunity to run out there and see what happens.Cruz is listed in the starting lineup and believes he can play the whole game.We will see how it goes, we will see how my body feels going into that third and fourth quarter, and we will take it from there, said Cruz, who will be accompanying the team on a road trip for the first time since his injury.Coach Ben McAdoo said Cruz would not be on a play count.Theres no dipping your toe in the water now, McAdoo said Friday. Were going down there to win a ballgame.Even if Cruz cant play the whole game, having him out there is going to be a lift for the Giants.Fellow receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is excited get a chance to play with Cruz for the first time, noting that the Paterson, New Jersey resident was one of the receivers he watched while at LSU.Beckham thinks Cruz has the potential to make some big plays again.I guess well see Sunday, said Beckham, who has become the Giants top receiver in Cruzs absence. (He) knocked the rust off, got some preseason games. Hes feeling good. Mentally, when youre in a good state, the rest will control itself. Just staying as positive as possible. I know hes more than excited. Anxious, nervous, all of those feelings. Im sure after the first tackle, youll see 80 again.Quarterback Eli Manning is just happy to have Cruz back after all he has gone through.Just as a friend, as a teammate, excited to have him back in the lineup, and I know hell be able to make some plays for us, Manning said.Offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan said Cruz has flashed his talent in practice, working at both the slot and outside receiver positions.While he did little in the preseason, Cruz cant hide his anticipation about playing this weekend.I think that being gone for roughly two years is just an emotional time for me when I go out there, an exhilarating time, an exciting time, but a time where I just have to look back and put this all into perspective from where I came from. And to be here again is just a blessing, he said.Game notes Giants players elected Manning, LS Zak DeOssie and LB Jonathan Casillas as their captains for the season. The team also has game captains, and RB Rashad Jennings, DE Jason Pierre-Paul and LB Mark Herzlich will serve as those in Week 1. ... DT Robert Thomas has been ruled out Sunday with an illness. ... McAdoo again refused to say who would call the offensive plays Sunday.---AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP-NFL Michael Johnson Jersey . 1 position. The Mustangs (6-0), who beat Queens 50-31 last weekend, earned 17 first-place votes and 287 points in voting by the Football Reporters of Canada. Western was last ranked first in the country in October 2011. Trey Hopkins Jersey . -- Claudio Bieler hadnt scored since early September, and not from the run of play since mid-July. http:///...oe-mixon-jersey.html . Booth picked up 65 caps after making her national team debut in 2002 at the age of 17. She most recently played for Sky Blue FC of the National Womens Soccer League. "It just felt like it was my time to move on," she said in a phone interview from her hometown of Burlington, Ont. Weve had an extremely small window into the mind of NHL coaches who are currently operating with some form of goaltender timeshare. But its enough to at least highlight the early returns for teams that dont have an established No. 1 starter.We can attempt to parse coach suggestions through quotes to the media, but actual starts are really the only way to truly know what a coach is thinking with his goaltenders. Outside of back-to-back starts or injuries, there is no real reason for a team to have started two different goaltenders at this point of the campaign unless there is some kind of timeshare in the crease.With that in mind, lets check out the teams in that situation, and try to address each goaltenders value going forward:Winnipeg Jets: First and foremost, kudos to the Jets for having the courage to demote Ondrej Pavelec. It couldnt have been an easy decision, but it opens the door for the team to move forward into the Connor Hellebuyck era. But moving forward into the Hellebuyck era doesnt mean we are there yet. Michael Hutchinson could still steal away enough starts this season to be useful to fantasy owners, especially if Hellebuyck has more outings like he did against the Carolina Hurricanes in the season opener. Three of the four goals allowed by Hellebuyck were arguably preventable, while that could be said of only two of the four Wild goals against Hutchinson (and Hutchinson almost impossibly saved another one of them with his paddle). It will be interesting to see if the two netminders continue to alternate starts this week, as we suspect they might. At this point, Hellebuyck is the only one to own, as Hutchinson has the higher mountain to climb to be a regular starter.Dallas Stars: Its strange that we still hope for one goaltender to emerge for the Stars, but its hard not to want it to happen when they are a team destined for 50 wins. Unfortunately, the early indications are that those wins will be split 25-25, just as they were last season between Antti Niemi and Kari Lehtonen. Niemi was given the season opener and had a fantastic game, stopping 33 shots -- including 16 in the first period -- en route to a 4-2 win. Coach Lindy Ruff turned to Niemi again Saturday, and got the opposite result, with five goals allowed on 20 shots before he pulled him for Lehtonen. Two things need to happen for this to be a fantasy-friendly crease: The Stars have to show a better overall save percentage through team defense, and one goalie has to earn more than 60 percent of the starts. With neither of those criteria satisfied, neither goaltender is particularly attractive, even for your bench.Tampa Bay Lightning: As we said already, there is no reason for a team to have started two different goaltenders already, save for injuries or back-to-back contests. The Lightning have had neither, yet turned to Andrei Vasilevskiy in the second game of the season. This is a pretty clear signal from coach Jon Cooper that he views both Vasilevskiy and Ben Bishop in similar light. That is not good news for Bishop owners. With Bishop already rested and going into three non-back-to-back games this week, it will be disconcerting for Bishop owners to see Vasilevskiy between the pipes Wednesday. It wont be full panic mode yet, but if the two goalies continue to split starts 50-50, its going to really hurt Bishops elite status. On the other hand, this would be huge for Vasilevskiy, who is still available in 83 percent of ESPN leagues.Philadelphia Flyers: The Flyers opened the campaign with Michal Neuvirth in net against the Los Angeles Kings, then turned to Steve Mason the next night in Arizona against the Coyotes. This is an exception to our back-to-back games rule, as the games were on consecutive nights, but it was interesting to note that Neuvirth drew the season-opening start against what was -- on paper -- the more difficult team. Mason has had one of the better save percentages in the NHL the past three seasons, but has never managed to parlay that into the ever-important wins that stave off internal competition. Neuvirth had a terrific regular season as the backup last season and was a hero in the playoffs, almost turning the tide against the Washington Capitals after Mason was lit up in the first three games. Goaltending does tend to be a lot of What have you done for me lately? So coach Dave Hakstol appears to be leaning toward Neuvirth at the moment. Three evenly spaced out games this coming week will tell us a lot more about this situation going forward. While Mason appeared to be the player to stash on your bench before the season began, that could flip in the coming days.There are some other teams on the radar for timeshares, but we havent seen enough yet to put down a strong opinion on what could happen. Specifically, the New York Islanders, Carolina Hurricanes and maybe even the Anaheim Ducks are on the long-range radar.Forwards rising and fallingAuston Matthews, C, Toronto Maple Leafs (up 30 spots to No. 65): Of course Matthews takes one of the larger leaps in the rankings this week. How can he not? After a four-goal debut last Wednesday, Matthews played another 17 minutes Saturday, including a team-high 4:33 on the power play. Its pretty clear the Leafs are going to let him loose sooner and with more frequency than expected; hes certainly earned it. We want to see a couple of more big games before considering him among the most elite. That said, it wouldnt take much for him to vault up the rankings a couple of more times; his arrow is definitely pointing upwards.Jonathan Drouin, C, Tampa Bay Lightning (up 18 spots to No. 95): Another player who is locked into a bigger role than expected is Drouin. He was expected to get a chance on the first line, for sure, but to lead the Lightning in power-plaay time through two games was not a part of the prognostication. John Ross Jersey. Two of his three points have come on the man advantage, and Drouin looks like hes finally matured into the role of skating with Steven Stamkos on a regular basis. Hes tied with Stamkos for the team lead in shots on goal, too.David Pastrnak, LW, Boston Bruins (up 66 spots to No. 112): An incredible plus-6 in his season debut, Pastrnak shut down any thoughts of him not playing a top-line role for the remainder of the season. With David Backes doing his best Patrice Bergeron impression to open the season, the Bruins top line combined for 14 points through the first two games. As weve seen for several years now, the role next to Bergeron and Brad Marchand is an extremely fantasy-friendly one. The role is Pastrnaks for the foreseeable future.Mitch Marner, C, Toronto Maple Leafs (up 18 spots to No. 227): Wrist shots are the most conducive to goals, according to the NHLs advanced shooting statistics. Marner, despite a lot less ice time than the others atop the leaderboard, is first in the NHL in wrist shots per game, with 3.5. He already has a goal and several ridiculously close chances to his credit this season. Matthews wont be the only Leafs rookie locked into starting lineups this season -- but we already knew that.Defensemen rising and fallingDion Phaneuf, D, Ottawa Senators (down 14 spots to No. 175): A little more forethought into new coach Guy Boucher and we could have seen this coming, so our bad. Boucher is one of the strongest advocates for the use of the 1-3-1 power play, and that means no more Phaneuf on the first unit with Erik Karlsson. Which, in turn, means Phaneuf will almost never share the ice with the offensive catalyst for the Sens. While Phaneuf isnt a void for offensive production, quite a bit of bloom comes off the rose if he wont be getting power-play time on the first unit.Zach Werenski, D, Columbus Blue Jackets (enters at No. 229): This rookie blueliner finished his first NHL game with ice time second only to Seth Jones on the Blue Jackets blue line, leading the team in shots on goal and earning his first point. He didnt play on the power play in the first game, but his performance changed that. In his second NHL game, he led the team in shots again, led the team in power-play ice time and earned his first NHL goal on the power play. Werenski is for real. He is going to stick around this season, and is going to finish a close second to Jones for fantasy value on this blue line. Hes available in 90 percent of ESPN leagues and needs to be scooped up. This is a perfect storm of talent meeting opportunity.Goaltenders rising and fallingJeff Zatkoff, G, Los Angeles Kings (enters at No. 121): Its devastating news to have Jonathan Quick on the shelf for up to four months, not making it through a game for the Kings. Zatkoff has a real opportunity here to shine. The Kings, after all, are one of the league leaders in limiting shot attempts, and will give Zatkoff the best possible environment in the NHL for a goaltender to establish himself. We have slotted him in as a back-end No. 2 fantasy goaltender for now, ahead of names such as Jaroslav Halak and Semyon Varlamov, because the opportunity is that good. If you are a desperate Quick owner that missed out on nabbing Zatkoff, there is an argument to look at Peter Budaj. While the situation is perfect for Zatkoff, he doesnt have much of a track record. If he stumbles, the veteran Budaj will get a chance.Quick hitsAs expected, the Jason Chimera on the top line experiment lasted all of one game for the Islanders. Josh Bailey was there Sunday next to John Tavares and Andrew Ladd, showing off some sick mitts with an overtime winner. Bailey has upside in this role, and will be closely monitored for the rankings next week.The New York Rangers best line, and its not even really close through two games, has been Chris Kreider, Mika Zibanejad and rookie Pavel Buchnevich. Zibanejad is available in 40 percent of ESPN leagues and Buchnevich in 91 percent. Both of those numbers are probably 30 percentage points higher than where they should be.All of the NHL players who have been on the ice for 45 or more shot attempts this season have played in three games, except for one. Ryan McDonagh of the Rangers is seventh in the league with a shot attempts total of 49, despite only playing in two games. If that kind of deployment continues, McDonagh should trend back toward his fantasy friendliness that was on display three seasons ago, when he scored 14 goals and 43 points.Jonathan Marchessault is fitting right in on the Florida Panthers top line with Aleksander Barkov and Jaromir Jagr. He should be owned in a lot more than 9 percent of ESPN leagues.A hat trick on the books already, Richard Panik is playing with Jonathan Toews and Artemi Panarin and appears, however the lines are deployed, to be a permanent fixture of the Chicago Blackhawks top six. Hes not going to get a hat trick every night, given his limited minutes and non-existent power-play role, but his linemates will continue to be super talented, so hell retain value.Top 250 rankingsHere are the updated rest-of-season, top 250 rankings of forwards, defensemen and goalies, including position ranks. Last week refers to the final preseason rankings, published last week.Note: Sean Allens top 250 players are ranked for their expected performance in ESPN standard leagues from this point on. ESPN standard stats include goals, assists, power-play points, shots on goal, plus/minus, penalty minutes and average time on ice for skaters, and wins, goals-against average and save percentage for goalies. Wholesale Authentic Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Cheap Jerseys 2018 Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys 2020 Jerseys From China ' ' '