Fantasy Football Quarterbacks to Own –
The only fantasy football quarterback worth owning on this roster is Phillip Rivers. Coming into 2011 Rivers was easily a top five quarterback in standard fantasy drafts but last year saw a bit of regression in his game. Rivers threw a career-high 20 interceptions which probably goes hand in hand with his career high in pass attempts (582) I find it somewhat encouraging that even in a down year Rivers still managed to pass for 27 touchdowns (8th best in the entire league) and 4,624 yards (good for 6th best in the league) Vincent Jackson, his most threatening weapon, has departed for Tampa but there is still enough talent around Rivers to make him a smart pick on draft day. I have seen Rivers going anywhere from the 6th – 10th round in standard 12 team leagues making him and excellent value pick for your fantasy football quarter back in 2012.
Fantasy Football Running Backs to Own –
The touchdown vulture known as Mike Tolbert has finally left San Diego. Fantasy football owners everywhere rejoice! This should be the year Ryan Mathews becomes the stud running back he was drafted to be. Mathews is a very enticing option this season hence our lofty ranking. While sharing time in the backfield last season Mathews still managed over 1,000 yards on the ground with 6 scores and added 455 receiving yards making Ryan Mathews a top fantasy football running back in 2012. Mathews is often injured and therefore should be handcuffed. There are several names on the roster this season but two stand out to me the most; Ronnie Brown and Le’ron McLain. Many will be quick to grab Ronnie Brown based on his previous seasons as a featured back but for me the real addition to the San Diego offense is the fullback McLain. He will be blasting holes for Mathews to run through and could very easily become a goal line vulture should Mathews start to falter inside the 5 yard line. Those who need proof need only look at Le’ron’s 2008 rushing stats when he was with the Ravens replacing an injured Willis Mcgahee. That season McLain finished with over 900 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns. I’m not saying you rush out and draft the guy but keep him on your radar and watch Mathews Health. If you want Mathews you will have to use a top 6 overall draft pick to get him or pull off a nice trade after one of his lackluster performances. His handcuffs are waiver wire fodder in all but the deepest leagues.
Fantasy Football Wide Receivers to Own –
With Vincent Jackson having departed for Tampa Bay there is a void in the number one receiver slot. Malcolm Floyd is the best all around fantasy football wide receiver on the team. When Jackson sat out the first part of 2010 with a contract dispute Floyd and Rivers had a strong connection working. If Malcolm Floyd can stay healthy he could be sneaky pick to be a top 15 Fantasy Wide receiver. The other name of note on the Roster would be Vincent Brown. Last year’s rookie campaign bore little fruit but Brown did show some spark from time to time and could get loose in the secondary with Floyd and Antonio Gates drawing most of the defense’s attention. All of San Diego’s receivers can be had at bargain basement prices during your fantasy football draft. Floyd will be first off the board somewhere around the 10th round with all the others coming in as late round flyers. You want some part of this passing game if you can get it for the right price, just be sure not to reach.
Fantasy Football Tight Ends to Own –
The seemingly immortal Antonio Gates is back again to serve as Phillip Rivers’ security blanket. While he is getting up there in age, Gates will still get his fair share of targets to go along with his standard 7-10 touchdowns. With the emergence of Rob Gronkowski and Jimmy Graham, Gates price tag will not be as high as it has been in years past. I see Gates as a tremendous value this season as the 5th or 6th tight end being taken off of early draft boards. Gates has historically been Phillip Rivers’ favorite target especially in the red zone. You should consider yourself lucky when you land him in the 5th – 6th round in upcoming drafts.
San Diego Fantasy Football Defense/Special Teams Preseason Analysis –
As a unit this is not a Defense I can recommend starting in any format. They do not get to the quarterback, they rarely return kick offs or punts for touch downs and they cannot stop anyone! As far as Individual Defensive Players go (IDP) The Bolts starting Safety Eric Weddle is a force to be reckoned with. Weddle consistently has a high number of tackles and a respectable number of interceptions. Those in deeper leagues could deploy Takeo Spikes if they need a bye week filler.
Fantasy Football Kickers to Own –
Nate Kaeding was one of fantasy football’s top kicker’s in 2010. 2011 saw him tear his ACL on the first kick of the season. His replacement Nick Novak fared well in relief of Kaeding and one of them will be a decent Fantasy Kicker to own in 2012, the question is which one? I would recommend holding off on these two fantasy kickers until we learn a little more this preseason. If the offense can be as explosive as it has been in years past one of these guys could prove to be a real fantasy commodity.
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