Fantasy Football Quarterback to Own –
Sam Bradford made some noise during his rookie NFL season but an injury riddled sophomore campaign slowed his maturation process. Bradford comes into the 2012 NFL season with a bit of a chip on his shoulder and a few new weapons at his disposal. While he is surrounded by talented young pass catchers, Bradford’s drawback is the lack of a big play-big name receiver. He should be able to rack up yardage between the 20s (especially with an aging back), but the lack of a running game and a big play receiver will hinder his touchdown total and red zone performance. Still, Bradford had a plethora of 300 yard games in his shortened 2011 season and the additions around him should make him a serviceable number 2 fantasy quarterback capable of over 20 touchdowns and 3500 yards.
Fantasy Football Running Backs to Own –
Stephen Jackson is getting old. His last 3 seasons we have seen a drop in total yards in each consecutive year. Don’t get me wrong; he still holds his “superstar” status, but just barely. 2011 saw yet another 1100 yard season and low touchdown numbers. The Rams have also noticed his lower production and was quick to draft Isaiah Pead to combat Stephen Jackson’s steps towards 30 years of age. I expect Pead to take some of the burden from S-Stephen Jackson but he should only be owned as a handcuff, nothing more (unless you are in a fantasy football keeper league). Be prepared for another dip in production from Jackson, but he should still possess enough to gain 1000 yards again and be a decent number 1 and a very good number 2 fantasy football running back.
Fantasy Football Wide Receivers to Own –
This situation is nuts. Year after year the “experts” tell you to pick up Amendola, Gibson, Salas, Lloyd, Danario, Sims-Walker. It seems there is always a “Sleeper” waiting in the wings, yet they never seem to awaken. After 2011, Danny Amendola was well on his way to becoming of the top slot-receivers in the game but a horrible injury ended his 2012 season before it ever began. I expect him to lead the team in catches in 2012, but don’t go rushing to add him as this is yet another wait-and-see situation. Steve Smith (non-Carolina) should make the team and will make an interesting add to any fantasy roster. He has shown flashes in the past (2009, 1200 yards and 7 TDs), so adding him could be one of the sneakiest picks in this year’s fantasy draft. Other than smith and Amendola, stay far away from any St. Louis wide out until the roster is set.
Fantasy Football Tight Ends to Own –
Lance Kendricks could be a solid contributor in this offense in 2012, but we were told the same thing in 2011. He is young with some very good hands and very good route running abilities, but the lack of offensive identity in St. Louis will once again have his owners wishing they drafted someone else. Stay away.
Fantasy Football Defense/Special Teams Preseason Analysis –
There is talent here, but the offense’ inability to control the clock will leave no chance for this unit to breath. There is a chance this defense can be own able, but only if the offense can move the ball and score some points. Look to own James Laurinaitis and Chris Long as your IDP performers and be sure to keep an eye on Robert Quinn.
Fantasy Football Kickers to Own –
St. Louis added rookie Greg Zuerlein to take over kicking duties. He has a very strong and accurate leg, but all the ability in the world will go for nothing if this offense is unable to get him in position to score some points. There are safer kickers out there.
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!