Alright. Those of you who know me know that I am notorious for talking shit. Even when I’m wrong. However, I legitimately feel like I have a very promising future in fantasy football this season. Each player has their strengths and I’m not weak at any position. That’s what fantasy is about: being well rounded and having depth so that you can succeed despite sustaining an injury/suspension/expulsion here or there. Anyway, I’m going to tell you briefly why my team is so badass.
Quarterbacks are pivotal to the success of any team and everyone knows it. Peyton Manning, although 35, is still arguably the top passer in the game. The only issue is this lingering neck injury he’s had. If he’s healthy, he puts points on the board. If he’s not healthy I’ve acquired two late round QB’s to supplement the position. First, Colt McCoy. He’s finally been given the full time starting role on the Browns. Although the Browns don’t have the best receivers, he’s managed to have a very good preseason performance. When he DID start last season, especially later in the year, he definitely exceeded the expectations of most. He could be in for a monster season. Additionally, Donovan McNabb is awaiting his chance to redeem himself on his new team. Minnesota is MUCH better than Washington is, and they have a history of successful QBs in recent years. Donovan’s not going to let himself fail again this season. I look for him to put up big numbers as well. Adrian Peterson is gonna open up the pass game “all day”.
Everyone knows that the Running Back is the backbone of any fantasy team. They typically contribute the most points out of any position and as such are the most valuable assets to any team. My running backs are so fierce it’s not even funny. Arian Foster was the top fantasy player in football last season. He sustained a bit of a hammy injury but will likely start in week one. Next, Darren McFadden. Dude finally showed what he was made of last season and churned out fantasy points at will. Assuming he stays healthy, he’ll take nearly all the snaps over Michael Bush and we’ll be looking at an unstoppable fantasy 1-2 punch at RB.
The first backup slot went to Tim Hightower. Dude was stuck in Arizona’s west-coast offense last year, which didn’t allow him to really gain the recognition he deserves. He has since moved to the very run-heavy, QB-crisis Redskins offense and exploded in preseason. He made the Steelers defense look more like the Cotton Candy’s defense. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him emerge as a top 10 fantasy RB . Darren Sproles is trailing at the number 4 spot. I was between Sproles and Woodhead. I decided to take Sproles because you know exactly what you’ll get from Danny Woodhead. Sproles on the other hand is more of a risk/reward player. Moving to the Saints who dismissed Reggie Bush, I’m excited to see how they utilize Sproles in a similar way. They’ve got Ingram for the up-the-middle power back, and I could see them turning to Sproles for check-down and screen passes. I could see him breaking the occasional big play.
If my team had a downfall, which it doesn’t, my Wide Receivers would be my achilles heel. I used my early picks at RB and QB, so I have what I feel is a strong corps of under-the-radar playmakers. Jeremy Maclin gets overshadowed by DeSean Jackson’s big play making ability in the Eagles offense. The reality, though, is that Maclin was targeted more than Jackson was last season and is Vick’s favorite target. Mike Williams was a selection because people are expecting Josh Freeman to have a breakthrough year. Who’s he gonna throw to? Yup, Mikey Williams (and occasionally Kellen Winslow). I took Brandon Lloyd because he gets in the end zone like a champion. He had like what, 11 Touchdowns last season? Put it up there Orton, let the big man do his thing.
I’ve allowed for some chances at the WR position on my bench. Jacoby Ford because he runs faster than Night Crawler from X-Men and showed glimpses of greatness last season. With some more experience this season, I’m expecting him to play a pivotal role in the Raiders offense. I could see Julio Jones becoming the Rookie of the Year (haha cam newton). Think about Roddy White’s numbers last season. He was absurd. Matt Ryan had great numbers because of Roddy White. Defenses are looking to double cover, triple cover,quadruple cover, or maybe even stick 5 defenders on Roddy White. I expect this to open up a LOT of opportunities for Julio Jones this season. Dude could put up some serious numbers. And Deion Branch because, well… Tom Brady.
Marcedes Lewis was such a boss last season. Not only is he huge, but he also has great hands. He’s really the only threat that Jacksonville has in the red-zone. MJD completely screwed me last season by deciding not to show up half the time, and with Mike Sims-Walker gone, Marcedes Lewis will become Garrard’s favorite target, I guarantee that.
Brent Celek was a late rounder. To me, and I’m not just saying this as an Eagles fan, he is one of the most underrated Tight Ends in the league. When McNabb was the QB, Celek was putting up great numbers. He had an off season last year not because of his performance, but because Vick didn’t incorporate him into the offense enough. Vick even came out and stated that his lack of attention to Celek was one of the biggest flaws in his game last season, one that he has been working to overcome lately. He admitted that he will be looking Celek’s way much more this season, which would really boost his numbers.
The Green Bay Packers have Clay Matthews and Charles Woodson. Is there really much else that needs to be said? Got the Chiefs to back em up. Probably only during the Bye week or if Clay Matthews dies.
Alex Henery. Because why not? Best kicker in College Football last year.
So yeah, that’ll do. My bench has a lot of potential bigtime players on it. At least one or two are bound to explode. I’ll do an analysis of the Week 1 matchup vs Cro as we get closer to kickoff. Good Night and Good Luck.