Best: Aaron Rodgers
Rodger is the best quarterback in the league because of his quick release and accuracy. Last year, Rodgers had the second most fantasy points in the league. Rodgers has one of the best receiving corp in the league, Cobb, Nelson, and Jones. Compared to Drew Brees, Rodgers has better accuracy and more weapons on offense. Rodgers does not throw as many INT as Brees and runs more than Brees. Although he is no RGIII, he can run for 250 yards and a few touchdowns. Aaron should have another great season for the Packers this season.
Sleeper: Ryan Tannehill
The second year player has the potential to be a solid a good fantasy quarterback. Tannehill is a dual threat quarterback because of his strong arm and fast feet. Last year as a rookie, Ryan was ineffective because he has not played many games at quarterback in his life, only 19 before last season, and his receiving corp was horrible. However, the Dolphins added Mike Wallace and Dustin Keller, while re-signing 1000 yard receiver Brian Hartline. Although he may not be a top 5 quarterback, he may be a top ten fantasy quarterback by the end of the season.
Reach: Tom Brady
I know people are about to refresh their page or think that I am an absolute retard for calling Brady overrated, but he is not deserving of a first or second round pick. I am not doubting Brady as a quarterback, but rather his fellow offensive play makers. If ‘Gronk’ is not there for the Patriots first game, the Patriots second best receiver will be Danny Amendola. The Patriots receiving corp is in complete disarray, which will hurt Tom Brady’s stats. For the first time in a long time, the Patriots will have a quality running game. The Patriots have three quality running backs, Ridley, Vereen, and Bolden, which will take away from Brady’s pass attempts and stats. Although I still believe Brady is one of the best quarterbacks in the league, his stats will not warrant a first or second round selection.
Best: Adrian Peterson
Peterson, the MVP, is an absolute freak and should be the first pick in your NFL fantasy football draft. Last year, Peterson came within a few yards of breaking the all-time rushing record, while his next closest peer was 450 yards away from Peterson. Peterson is going to get his touches because Ponder is not able to lead a offense, like the Minnesota Vikings. Peterson is one of the most consistent backs in the NFL and will rack up at least 15 points every week. Unlike other backs, Peterson is a goal line back so he will Peterson has the ability to catch the ball, which adds to his fantasy value.
Sleeper: Chris Ivory
The new Jets running back is going to have a breakout season for the New York Jets. The Jets will run the ball frequently this season because their quarterback situation is one of the worst in the league. Ivory is a talented running back and should have a great season because of the increase in touches. The Jets have a quality offensive line, which will help Ivory gain extra yardage and points. Ivory has the ability to gain extra touchdowns because of his physicality. Ryan likes to run the ball, which will help Ivory’s case.
Reach: CJ Spiller
The Buffalo Bills running back will not produce the same stats as last year. Spiller will not be receiving the touches and carries, like the other first round running backs. Spiller is going to be a first or second round pick in fantasy football drafts, hopefully you will not select him that early. Last year, Fred Jackson hurt himself, which enabled Spiller to receive more carries. When Jackson played for the Bills, Spiller only accumulated 100 yards once and scored more than 15 points only once in ten games. Jackson is a quality running back, who will take carries away from Spiller. Spiller has been injury prone as well.
Best: Calvin Johnson
‘Megatron’ is ridiculous and the best receiver in football since Jerry Rice, in my opinion. Johnson was first in points, among receivers, although he caught only 5 touchdowns. Johnson set the record for most receiving yards in NFL history. Luckily for Johnson, the Lions throw a lot, most in NFL history, and Stafford is a really good quarterback. Johnson ended the season with eight one hundred yards games in his last nine games, including two two hundred yard games. Johnson should be a first or second round pick because he will have a better season than last year. Johnson will score more touchdowns to make up for his lack of yardage.
Sleeper: Hakeem Nicks
After a lackluster season, Nicks will come back and become a star once again next year. Hicks is a big and talented receiver entering a contract year for the New York Giants. Nicks is finally healthy, which will make him perform like a top receiving option once again. Nicks has the ability to be a number one fantasy receiver because of his ability to catch touchdowns and Manning’s throwing ability. Nicks will probably be around in the sixth round. Nicks will be determined to top his fellow receiver Victor Cruz, who was just given a contract extension.
Reach: Percy Harvin
Percy Harvin is given a lot of credit and prestige for a player that has never recorded a 1000 yard year. Although Harvin is a good talent and versatile, most of Harvin’s stats do not help fantasy teams, PR and KR. Harvin does not record many touchdowns, which significantly damages his fantasy value. Harvin will probably be drafted in the third round, ahead of players like MJD, White, Johnson, Cruz, and Fitzgerald. Harvin is a good player in real life, but should not be your first or second wide receiver. Fantasy owners should make risks in later rounds.
Best: Jimmy Graham
Although Jimmy Graham is not the most talent tight end, Rob Gronkowski, he is the most dependable and consistent. Graham is Brees’s favorite target, which allows him to rack a lot of yards and score a lot of touchdowns. Brees constantly throws Graham’s way because of their lack of running game. Over the last two years, Graham has averged 1100 yards and 10 touchdowns. Those stats make Graham worthy of a second or third round pick in fantasy football drafts. Graham is a physically dominating presence, which allows him to overmatch defenders and score a lot of fantasy points.
Sleeper: Dustin Keller
The former first round pick has a lot of talent and hands. Last year, Keller was injured for most of the season, which played a major part of the Jets’ disaster. Keller will have the benefit of playing with an actual quarterback, Ryan Tannehill, instead of Mark Sanchez. The tight end is important and is frequently called upon by a young quarterback. Defenses will no longer focus on Keller, which will allow him to find wholes in the defense and score touchdowns. Keller may not be drafted in most leagues, as he is currently ranked 173 according to ESPN.com
Reach: Antonio Gates
The veteran tight end is on his last legs as a star NFL tight end. Gates will be a future Hall of Famer because of his skill and ability to catch the ball in tight windows. However, Gates cannot be depended on to be a consistent starting tight end. Gates is frequently injured, which hampers his performance and numbers. Players, such as Keller, Bennett, Pettigrew, and Finley, will be drafted behind Gates and may perform better than Gates. Gates’ stock drops even further because Rivers is an inconsistent quarterback. If Gates is drafted, fantasy owners should pick up tight ends on the waiver wire, like Keller, Fleener, or Davis.
Best: San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers have the best defense in football. San Fran’s D/ST is improved because they have special team studs like Ted Ginn Jr and LaMichael James. San Fran’s defense is full of studs and All-Pros. Players, such as Patrick Willis, Justin Smith, Aldom Smith, Navarro Bowman, and Donte Whitner, make the 49ers defense incredibly formidable and fantasy gold.
Although the Redskins had a bad year last season, they will rebound because of their young talent. Last year, Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan were hurt and could not make an impact on the Washington defense. The Kerrigan and Orakpo combination is one of the best and most feared pass rushing combinations in football. They will add pressure to the quarterback, which will improve the entire defense. The Redskins’ pass defense was horrendous because they did not have a pass rush, last season.
The Ravens defense is no longer THE Ravens defense of the past. The Ravens have lost five starters from last year’s championship team, Lewis, Reed, Kruger, Ellerbe, and Pollard. Many fantasy owners will draft the Ravens because they have been known as a great defense. However, times have significantly changed in Baltimore. I would stay away from the Ravens because of the myriad of questions this team must answer. Owners should be wary and keep away from the Ravens defense this year.
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