Fantasy Football Quarterback to Own –
Drew Brees is a top 3 fantasy quarterback. He is one of just a few quarterbacks who consistently reach 5000 yards passing year in and year out. There isn’t too much to say about Brees. The folks in New Orleans call him by many names, including “Breesus.” If your name becomes a moniker of the most famous man in history, then you are probably fantasy relevant. For those of you who don’t know (which shouldn’t be any of you) Drew Brees captains one of the best offenses in the NFL. Don’t waste any time drafting him if you are the type to start your fantasy football draft with a quarterback. He should be the 2nd signal caller off the board in most every draft.
Fantasy Football Running Backs to Own –
While the saints have 3 fantasy relevant running backs, there is really only one which should be universally owned. Darren Sproles won’t lead the Saints ground game in carries, nor will he ever be a feature back. It’s his all around game that makes him a top 10 fantasy running back. He contributes heavily in the passing game, making him that much more valuable in points-per-reception leagues. Target him in your late-early to middle rounds. The rest of the backfield is made up of what was and what could be. What was, Pierre Thomas has shown flashes of brilliance in his injury-riddled career and is nothing more than a backup fantasy running back with upside. Mark Ingram is that “what could be” of the Saints running backs. He was a Heisman trophy winning college running back and the Saints still see him as a 20-carry per game back. He will need to improve on his yards-per-carry average and his “soft” label. If he can do those things, he could make it to fantasy legitimacy. Focus on Sproles as a fantasy running back at this point.
Fantasy Football Wide Receivers to Own –
Marques Colston has everything needed to become a top 5 fantasy football wide receiver. The only problem? Drew Brees is simply too good. The Saints offense tends to spread the field to many receivers, and it’s not uncommon to see 6,7 or even 8 different pass-catchers on a given Sunday. With Robert Meachem leaving for San Diego and Jimmy Graham eating up the middle of the field, this year could be a bit different for Colston. Brees should be able to rely more heavily on him over the top, as well as in the red zone. It’s very tough to say who will come next for the Saints receiving group. Lance Moore has the most upside, as he has a great chance to reach 800-900 yards opposite of Colston. Look for Colston to be a great number 2 fantasy wide receiver, with Lance Moore as a great sleeper with high-end number 3 fantasy receiver potential.
Fantasy Football Tight Ends to Own –
It is hard to argue that Rob Gronkowski is the best tight end in fantasy circles, but Jimmy Graham may just push the limits of that argument. He put up ridiculous numbers in his first full-time gig, and will only build upon those numbers in 2012. He will be one of just a few tight ends to reach 1000 yards and 8-10 touchdowns. Feel confident with him as your top fantasy football tight end; just be ready to reach for him if your draft begins to turn that way.
Fantasy Football Defense/Special Teams Preseason Analysis –
This whole defense was suspended due to the Bounty Scandal. They added a few strong IDP pieces, but as a unit the Saints lag behind the rest. David Hawthorne and Curtis Lofton will rack up points in IDP leagues, but as a unit, the Saints should simply be used a bye week/match up play until they prove otherwise.
Fantasy Football Kickers to Own –
Garrett Hartley will win his job back this season after missing all of 2011 due to injury. A kicker on a high-powered offense will always be a fantasy asset. Take Hartley as your kicker and enjoy the points he puts up week to week.
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!