Fantasy Football Quarterback to Own –
Amazing how fantasy outlooks can change. Less and 2 years ago, fantasy “experts” were sure Kevin Kolb was the real deal and Eagles fans were sure he was the one to lead them to the promised land. Until about a week ago there was still hope he could lead the Cardinals to the playoffs; then the rug was pulled out from underneath him and John Skelton was named the opening day starter. While Kolb was given a rather large contract, Skelton went 5-2 as a starter and his 2012 pre-season was enough to push him over the edge. He will be throwing to one of the best wide outs in the NFL, which should make him serviceable as a fantasy backup, or plug and play quarterback. If there is better available, just leave him on the waivers. Be sure to keep an eye on the situation, as the Cards seem more and more willing to toss the ball around a bit.
Fantasy Football Running Backs to Own –
2 knee surgeries are sure to slow down NFL running backs; not Beanie Wells though. He had a career year in 2011 but still gets no love from fantasy drafters. I continue to head grunts and moans from those “forced” to draft him in my live drafts. For a guy that carried the ball for over 1000 yards and double-digit touchdowns in only 14 games, you would think owners would flock to him in early rounds. This was on the case, however. Wells is going in the 10th round of fantasy drafts as a RB3 in many. If you can get him as your RB3, start preparing for your fantasy playoffs because you will be there. Ignore those so-called experts and draft him with confidence. Ryan Williams won’t take his carries, and with a 16 game injury free season he should make many owners very proud.
Fantasy Football Wide Receivers to Own –
There is one wide receiver to own and one wide receiver to watch. Larry Fitzgerald is still one of the elite fantasy receivers to own, even with his “veteran” status. Fitz hasn’t missed a game since 2007 and I don’t see that happening this season. Be ready for his usual 1200+ yards and 8+ touchdowns. Draft him as your top fantasy wide receiver and enjoy the show. Michael Floyd could be a major contributor for this offense in his rookie season. He was drafted 13th overall for a reason. Arizona hasn’t had a true number 2 receivers since Anquan Boldin left, and Floyd just might be the answer to the prayers of the Cardinal faithful. Draft him as a late rounder and see if he pans out. He will have to beat out up-and-comers like Andre Roberts and Early Doucet in order to start his race to fantasy relevancy. This receiving group is one to keep an eye on as they have many young pass-catchers and a quarterback who likes to throw it around. Draft Fitz and keep an eye on the others. The talent is there.
Fantasy Football Tight Ends to Own –
Todd Heap used to be good and Arizona drafted a talented tight end in Rob Housler. This is a situation to avoid. Looks elsewhere for your fantasy tight ends.
Fantasy Football Defense/Special Teams Preseason Analysis –
If there is such thing as a “sleeper” team defense, the Arizona Cardinals could be just that. They are loaded with youngsters and Patrick Peterson is one of the most exciting playmakers in the league. They have plenty of talent here. Daryl Washington and Paris Lenon should anchor the line backing group while Calais Campbell will be a great run-stopper who is able to get to the quarterback 8-10 times this year. This group could be a great match-up play and as the season progresses, I see this defense becoming a fantasy mainstay.
Fantasy Football Kickers to Own –
Jay Feely is getting old, and his numbers have diminished each season. In his past 3 seasons, his FGM have gone from 34 to 24 to 19 and his percentage made has dropped from 85% to 79% over that time. The team will be shopping for a kicker in the near future, so stay away from here and draft elsewhere.
Individual Defensive Players Expert
Robert comes from an extensive background in fantasy football. He has competed in top leagues for over 10 years, which he has won on numerous occasions. He brings a fresh perspective to a side of fantasy football looked over by the bulk of fantasy informers. Individual defensive players are possibly the most important element to having a well-rounded fantasy football team, as most people look to the big names to carry their team. Robert comes from a background in sports, where he played D3 college basketball at Millsaps College. As an intense competitor he wants to share his knowledge to help you compete in this years fantasy football season.
In preparation for the 2012 Fantasy Football draft day our experts will be going though the entire league team by team highlighting players worthy of a roster spot on your fantasy football team! Check back each day for a new teams and info and as always feel free to write in anytime for free unlimited roster analysis!