Preseason predictions are certainly not like shooting fish in a barrel. Any player from a top tier quarterback to an up and coming wide receiver super star can go down in practice or a preseason matchup in the blink of an eye. With that being said I have a few players on my radar that I think could make a big impact for your team throughout the season and a few that I would avoid if given the chance. Obviously your top three picks are what you try to anchor your team with, but what comes later in the draft is what is really going to bring home the belt. Take a closer look in this preseason’s BOOM or BUST.
Lamar Miller, Running Back, Miami Dolphins – Last year the Miami Dolphins were a mess on the field, in the locker room, socially, etc. With third year coach Joe Philbin getting his system in place I think that the Dolphins have a chance to improve on their offensive production in the upcoming 2014 season. While Lamar Miller does have 2013 standout Knowshon Moreno standing in his way I think that Lamar Miller is the more versatile back and will show that in camp and preseason matchups. Look for Lamar Miller to be the lead back right out of the gate in 2014 if not shortly thereafter while producing like a low end RB2 with upside. Based on his current IDP I say BOOM all the way here.
Rueben Randle, Wide Receiver, New York Giants – The Giants went through some troubling times last year to say the least. Injuries, poor quarterback play, running back inconsistency, and subpar defense, limited them greatly. With the departure of Hakeem Nicks this offseason there is a glaring hole opposite Victor Cruz and I believe that Randle is ready to step up and fill it. After already being leaned on a few times over the last few seasons he already knows what it takes to perform at this level. Also, he is the only receiver that has any size which should bode well for him in the redzone. Rashad Jennings, Andre Williams, and Peyton Hillis should keep defenses honest and in turn opening up space for the Giants wide receivers in 2014. A solid WR3 with possible WR2 written all over him I see a BOOM season ahead for Mr. Rueben Randle.
DeMarco Murray, Running Back, Dallas Cowboys – A year after having one of the league’s worst defenses in the game the Dallas Cowboys really made no improvements on that side of the ball. Not only will they be playing from behind on a regular basis the Cowboys have a pass happy attack with legitimate superstar Dez Bryant leading the way. Currently being selected within the first 2 rounds of fantasy drafts DeMarco Murray is sure to disappoint owners investing that heavily in him. Also, he always seems to be one lateral cut away from missing a game or two and I’m not putting my championship on the line for something that shaky. There are much better and more reliable options that early in the draft so take a close look at them unless you want to be scrambling further on down the road. BUST season written all over this one.
Bishop Sankey, Running Back, Tennessee Titans – With Chris Johnson gone the Tennessee Titans were left with underachieving veteran Shonne Greene to be the lead back in 2014. If that did not get your adrenaline racing I don’t blame you one bit. Greene is a back that I wouldn’t want being the waterboy for my fantasy team let alone starting for it. In steps Bishop Sankey, a young versatile back looking to be this year’s impact rookie running back like Edie Lacy was in 2013. I imagine that if Jake Locker can stay healthy for 90% of the season that Bishop Sankey has a great shot to lead all rookies in offensive production for 2014. Currently floating around the 5th – 7th rounds he could be a steal for any team that skips on the traditional RB – RB draft format in the first two rounds. I have BOOM written all over this kid.
Markus Wheaton, Wide Receiver, Pittsburgh Steelers – With the departure of Jericho Cotchery and Emmanuel Sanders this offseason the Steelers are looking to fill a big void and I believe that Markus Wheaton can be that guy. With Cotchery and Sanders combining for 1342 yards and 16 touchdowns last season there is plenty of room for Markus Wheaton to fill especially starting opposite elite wide receiver Antonio Brown who should draw plenty of double coverage. Also working in favor of Wheaton is Pittsburgh Steelers 2nd year running back Le’Veon Bell. After an solid, yet unspectacular rookie campaign, Bell should be poised for a breakout campaign in 2014 further opening up the passing lanes for Wheaton. With Markus Wheaton generally being taken around the 10th round he could be an absolute steal for any owner willing take a chance. BOOM all the way on this one.
Wes Welker, Wide Receiver, Denver Broncos – Let it be known that I am a huge fan of Wes Welker. He plays hard from the start to finish of every game. That being said I think this year shows that the abuse he has taken over the years starts to slow him down. With other elite receiving options in Denver I think Welker slips to at least third in the pecking order for targets. This is a total gut call on my part, but I can’t think of spending a third or fourth round pick on him this year and feel comfortable with it. My suggestion is you let someone else draft him based on name value and be happy that you did. Sorry Wes, but I have you hitting the BUST list in 2014.
With week 12 upon us and the fantasy playoffs staring directly in our faces decision making could not be more critical at this point. 1 or 2 losses over the next few weeks could send you tumbling out of the playoff picture and wondering what could have been, but the opposite could propel you to fantasy glory and an eventual championship run through the postseason. Trade deadlines are being met and free agency is just about ready to close so get your depth, make your trades, and right your ship because the time is now.
Bobby Rainey, Running Back Tampa Bay Buccaneers – The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have had quite a year in their backfield. After sustaining losses to both their number 1 and number 2 running backs they were left with Brian Leonard and Bobby Rainey to finish out the season. Leonard took the reins initially and played fairly well in week 10 but Rainey came in during the 4th quarter and the job has been his ever since. He has shown quick feet and decisive running during his last 5 quarters of play, but I don’t think that we have a feature back in the making. With some tougher schedule ahead I see Rainey as a solid Flex or running back #3 with upside. Don’t hesitate to go and spend your high waiver on him just don’t expect him to be the next Adrian Peterson. BOOM
Delanie Walker, Tight End Tennessee Titans – Delanie Walker has made been making a solid case to be included in the top 10 fantasy tight end ranking over the last 4 weeks and I feel that his production can be sustained moving forward. With 218 yards and 3 touchdowns in his last 4 games (one being a 2 reception 13 yard performance while another being a 10 reception 91 yard performance with a TD) his outlook is positive moving forward. The Titans don’t face another tough pass defense until week 17 against the Houston Texans and that could lead to some quality numbers for Walker. He is available on many waiver wires and should be picked up as a depth at the very least. With Ryan Fitzpatrick at the helm I expect him to see 6 to 8 targets a week and produce 60 to 70 yards on average. Pepper in a few touchdowns and you have yourself a dependable TE from here on out. BOOM
Percy Harvin, Seattle Seahawks Wide Receiver – Week 11 marked Percy Harvin’s first action in a Seahawks uniform and it was quite uneventful but I don’t expect that to continue for much longer. While it may take a game or two for Harvin to get back into game shape he should end up being a valuable asset for the fantasy playoffs. He is an upgrade to both the passing and running game and could start putting up big numbers very soon. While I doubt he is sitting on any waiver wires I would suggest trying to make a trade for him this week while the Seahawks are on a bye. Any team that is on the edge of a playoff berth may look to dump him for a piece that could help them win this week. So go out and try to steal a potential fantasy playoff MVP while you still can. BOOM
The Atlanta Falcons Offense – My suggestion is to stay away from anyone here. The Steven Jackson experiment went poorly. The number 1 wide receiver is done and the number 2 wide receiver is clearly hobbled. And Tony Gonzalez is saying “Why did I come back for another year? And why was it again that I didn’t show interest to spend the last days of my career with Andy Reid and the Kansas City Chiefs?” There may be a few sparks here and there, but for the most part I would avoid the dirty birds entirely. BUSTED
Best of luck in week twelve! Be sure to use our free 2013 fantasy football trade analyzer as much as you like
Week 9 saw some great and equally terrible play from backup quarterbacks around the league. Case Keenum looks like the breath of fresh air that that the Houston Texans have been waiting for all season, while on the other hand Seneca Wallace reminded us why he is a career back up while taking over for an injured Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay on Monday night. The Packers are going to have to ride Eddie Lacy and James Starks for the next few weeks through a tough NFC North division in hopes that they can hang on. This is the time of year to be keeping a close eye on the waivers as the next man up is going to be the next big star. Monitor your injuries and other managers for that matter and see if there is a diamond in the rough waiting to be swiped up. With Week 10 just around the corner let’s get down to it.
Marvin Jones, Wide Receiver Cincinnati Bengals – Truly since about week 2 of the NFL season Marvin Jones has been a semi reliable fantasy option. While his targets and yards were down he still managed to grab a few touchdowns here and there making him a nice WR3/4 option. Over the last 4 weeks he has seen no less than 5 targets and has turned in some monster performances. With defenses focusing on A.J. Green it has allowed Marvin Jones room to roam and he has capitalized with 6 touchdowns over his last 4 games. Granted 4 of those touchdowns came in week 8, but he has averaged 80 yards per game over that same stretch. If you were lucky enough to score him over waivers over the last few weeks don’t be afraid to plug him into your lineup on a weekly basis. On the other side if you already own him you may be able to take advantage of his hot streak and score an all pro #1 wide receiver if packaged with the right player. BOOM
Trent Richardson, Running Back Indianapolis Colts – I don’t like admitting when I am wrong, but I was way off on my assessment of this guy. The Browns are looking like the true winners in this deal by collecting upcoming draft picks and dumping an asset that had more perceived value than actual value. Don’t get me wrong I think that Richardson is a solid player and can make defenses respect the run, but he is just not very explosive. When compared to fellow alum Eddie Lacy of the Green Bay Packers there just isn’t any comparison at this point. Lacy shows the burst that you would expect of a top notch running back where Richardson just seems to be a plodder. Again I will be the first to admit that when he was traded to Indianapolis I exhausted some efforts trying to get him on my teams, but I am much happier now that I didn’t take that plunge. BUST
Pierre Thomas, Running Back New Orleans Saints – Pierre Thomas has always been about as consistent as they come. Not a player to demand the ball and always knows his place in the offense. Week 10 brings an opportunity versus a Dallas Cowboys team that cannot stop the run if their lives depended on it. I assume that Darren Sproles with miss the upcoming matchup due to a concussion and that only boosts Pierre Thomas’s already consistent value. Look for him to have a great week 10 and solid season from here on out. If you can pick him up on the cheap from a desperate or deep owner you should make the play now. BOOM
Justin Blackmon, Wide Receiver Jacksonville Jaguars – A second substance abuse violation? Only weeks after his return from a previous substance abuse violation? This BOOM went to BUST faster than a Jacksonville 3 and out. BUST
*On that note this does bump up Cecil Shorts value a little bit. I would look to score him at a buy low rate right now and hope that he gets enough targets to make a difference.
Best of luck in week ten! Be sure to use our free 2013 fantasy football trade analyzer as much as you like
Week 8 has begun and I have to agree with many of the NFL players harsh critiques about Thursday night games. I can’t look back over the first 7 weeks of the season and say there was a game that was truly worth watching. Why would the National Football League have a game on Thursday on a channel that you most likely have to pay for and put two teams on that no one wants to watch? I mean the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Carolina Panthers match up should have just been mixed in with all of the games on Sunday to allow a match up that might draw some national interest and attention. Alright now that I have gotten that off of my chest let us get down to business on this week’s booms and busts around the league.
*Quick side note...Brett Favre received a job offer and turned it down thank god. The gunslinger didn't want anything to do with the pain that would be inflicted upon him in St. Louis. Keep it on the couch Favre its better for all of us.*
Jarrett Boykin, Wide Receiver Green Bay Packers – As hard as it is to come back from the loss of a dynamic play maker like Randall Cobb the Green Bay Packers seem to have done so with relative ease. Jarrett Boykin really stepped up to the plate last week with 8 receptions, 103 yards, and a score. It doesn't hurt having a top 3 quarterback like Aaron Rodgers throwing it your way, but this is the NFL and you still have to make that grab. With Cobb’s return date unclear I would seek out Jarrett Boykin as he should be a worthy WR #3 and flex play for the foreseeable future. BOOM
Mike James, Wide Running Back Tampa Bay Buccaneers – With the loss of Doug Martin rookie Mike James is going to be counted on to hold down Tampa Bay’s running game for what seems to be the rest of the season. I feel bad for the young running back as he and the rest of his teammates are going to see some major struggles in the upcoming weeks. It is tough to succeed in the NFL with a team of seasoned vets and almost impossible to do so with a rookie quarterback and running back. I get the idea of adding Mike James based on the fact that he is the clear cut #1 in Tampa Bay right now, but if you have to cut someone else that is half way productive to get him I suggest staying away. However if you are a Doug Martin owner you almost certainly have to try and pick him up to fill the void. BUST
C.J. Spiller, Running Back Buffalo Bills – Its is a sad day for me when I have to write something negative about C.J. Spiller. His explosiveness and speed are well documented and ability to score on any given play are undeniable………….in any season up to 2013. While dealing with an ankle injury he has given up a majority of the carries to old man river Fred Jackson. I don’t see this really changing much until either C.J. Spiller is truly healthy (which may not come until after their week 12 bye) or Fred Jackson goes down with an injury. This is not to say that Spiller won’t break off a few here and there, but to count on him to guide your team to the fantasy playoffs is a bad strategy at this point. Try to get something in return based on his name alone and move forward with your season. BUST
Jason Campbell, Quarterback Cleveland Browns – The quarterback carousel continues with the Cleveland Browns and the new horse Jason Campbell is not a safe bet to make it all of the way through the ride. Although he has had reasonable success throughout his career in Washington and Oakland the train wreck that is the Cleveland Browns may not be his best bet for a career revival. Sure they have a young star in Josh Gordon, but rumblings and grumblings around the league have him heading off to greener pastures before the trade deadline. I think Tight End Jordan Cameron will continue to have a monster year because Jason Campbell will need a solid check down, but he won’t allow Campbell enough to make him fantasy worthy in any format. I suggest you turn your head and walk away before you get yourself into trouble. BUST
Best of luck in week eight! Be sure to use our free 2013 fantasy football trade analyzer as much as you like
Week seven is just about in the books and the season is moving right along. The heart of every owners fantasy schedule lies ahead and the next few weeks can lead you down the road to fantasy glory or fantasy failure. Rarely do teams that play it safe make it to the playoff or into the championship game. You have to dig for the unearthed gold in free agency, make a trade, or hope those sleeper picks step up like you thought they would to guide you to the promise land. So sit down, buckle up, and hold on tight because the true start to your fantasy destiny is starting now.
Vincent Brown, Wide Receiver San Diego Chargers – Coming into the 2012 season the San Diego Chargers had high hopes for Vincent Brown. However, his season ended before it started getting injured early in the preseason and was not able to get back on the field for the rest of the year. Now in 2013 it seemed that the Chargers and fantasy managers alike all forgot about the talent that Vincent Brown brings to the table. The first three weeks of the season Vincent Brown was merely an afterthought in the Chargers offense, but over the last two weeks Philip Rivers has rediscovered Brown and they have been connecting on a regular basis. If his targets and receptions continue at the same level the touchdowns surely will follow. I would argue that Vincent Brown is the best receiving talent in San Diego today. Big games lie ahead for Vincent Brown so you should go out and get him while you can. BOOM
Matt Schaub, Quarterback Houston Texans – I know that I shouldn’t kick a man when he is down, but Schaub has taken his level of play down a notch just about every season. I also understand that it is not entirely his fault as he has been put in bad spots on more than one occasion by his coaching staff, but the public blame has to be placed somewhere and the easiest target is Schaub. The Houston Texans have talented players on both sides of the ball and they should not be getting destroyed by an average St. Louis Rams team. His statistics were not terrible when he was injured, as he did not have any interceptions, but at the same time he did not have any touchdowns either. If you have a second option you need to look elsewhere immediately due to the injury and scan the horizon even if he is able to come back. BUST
On a side note any Houston Texans fan that cheered his injury there is something wrong with your way of thinking. If your UPS man was an overall jerk would you cheer if he turned around and broke his leg walking down from your stairs? Matt Schaub is a good guy that has run into some bad luck, poor on field decision making, and some terrible coaching recently. Give the guy a break!
Heath Miller, Tight End Pittsburgh Steelers – Heath Miller’s 2012 season was cut short due to injury, but at the time he went down he was on pace for career highs in almost every category. Miller has always been one of Ben Roethlisberger’s favorite targets and in the new offensive scheme that they are running in Pittsburgh it is beneficial to anyone putting their hands up in 2013. Millers first game back in week 3 he saw limited action, but between weeks 4 and 6 Heath Miller saw 15 targets and caught 12 of them. His downfall so far has been the lack of touchdowns, but that is sure to come in the next weeks. He is still a reasonable buy low and even a possible waiver add in shallower leagues. If you have the chance to get him in your lineup I suggest doing so right away. BOOM
Justin Blackmon, Wide Receiver Jacksonville Jaguars – I know that I have repeatedly bashed the Jacksonville Jaguars offense in 2013 and to be honest I will continue to do so, but Justin Blackmon is going to be an every week contributor from here on out. He finished off the 2012 season playing some amazing football and with the Jaguars likely playing from behind in just about every game this season garbage time numbers should stack up fast. Abandoning the run game early and often will allow Justin Blackmon to pad his numbers to a low level number 1 wide receiver or high level number 2 wide receiver from here on out. BOOM
Best of luck in week seven! Be sure to use our free 2013 fantasy football trade analyzer as much as you like
Week 5 of the NFL season is already upon us and I can’t help but think “Where did a quarter of the season go?” From the second the final play is run in the Superbowl we as football fans wait for the next season to start and when it gets here the weeks tend to fly by. The beginning of the 2013 has been filled with highs and lows such as the absolutely unstoppable offensive force that is the Denver Broncos to the utterly stoppable train wreck that is the Jacksonville Jaguars. I am really looking forward to the upcoming weeks of the season to see how all of the races start shaping up. Well let’s get down to business and see whose future is looking bright and bleak in the fantasy world.
1. David Wilson, Running Back New York Giants- Up to this point in the season that pick you used to reach for David Wilson seems like a foolish one to say the least, but I feel that your luck is about to change. Outside of his disastrous week 1 performance David Wilson seems to have corrected his fumble issue and is trending in the direction of being a 3 down back once again. If Eli Manning and the New York Giants can put together a half way decent passing game while limiting turnovers David Wilson should see his numbers increase right along with it. He is an extreme buy low right now with some solid upside so go out and take a shot if you can. BOOM(from here on out)
2. Kenbrell Thompkins, Wide receiver New England Patriots- I was a believer heading into the season about the chemistry that Tom Brady and Kenbrell Thompkins were showing in the preseason, but 2 slow games to start the season had me shying away from the young receiver. Weeks 3 and 4 turned his season around as he caught 3 touchdowns and 168 yards between the 2 contests. Sure his numbers may go down a bit once Rob Gronkowski gets back, but Tom Brady throws a lot and knows how to
spread the ball around keeping his targets healthy week in and week out. With him mostly being a late round flyer and a free agent acquisition his low risk high reward has certainly paid off. BOOM
3. Doug Martin, Running Back Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Doug Martin is a dynamic back playing in an undynamic offense right now. Team’s defenses are keying in on Martin and daring the Buccaneers to throw the ball to beat them. I hope that in their week 5 bye the Tampa Bay Buccaneers coaching staff can get some of the kinks worked out and get the ball into Doug Martins hands early and often. The fact that there was no way he dropped out of the first round in any draft has to hurt his owners right now, but I expect some greener pastures in the future. Based solely on his ADP I am having to pull out the negative on this one. BUST
4. GenoSmith, Quarterback New York Jets – I have mentioned it before here and in multiple fantasy circles that the Jets are terrible. Once of my colleagues actually dubbed them a “Fantasy Wasteland” which I have taken a liking too. With Santonio Holmes out once again for the foreseeable future Geno Smith goes back to
“Who’s the number 1 Wide Receiver on the Jets?” answer is “Who cares?”
Also with any notion of a running game Geno Smith does not have much help around him. The rookie quarterback is sure to gain a substantial amount of bumps and bruises in the weeks to come. Stay Away! BUST
Best of luck in week five! Be sure to use our free 2013 fantasy football trade analyzer as much as you like
Week 3 is upon us and although it is a bit early in the season some teams are already setting themselves apart from others. The Philadelphia Eagles offensive attack looks to be the real deal if you are a defensive coordinator you better be studying massive amounts of game tape to try and slow down their break neck pace. I could only imagine what they would have had in store if Wide Receiver Jeremy Maclin was not injured. On the other hand you have teams such as the Cleveland Browns and the Jacksonville Jaguars that are so terrible that opposing defensive coordinators could be given the week off and still pull out the victory.
I feel bad for my early season BOOM candidate Josh Gordon as he is likely to face a lot of attention now that Trent Richardson has packed his things and headed off to greener pastures not to mention the fact that his starting quarterback from a year ago could be out for multiple weeks. Sheesh.
Michael Vick, Quarterback Philadelphia Eagles – Ladies and Gentleman Michael Vick is back in the building. After suffering through a terrible 2012 in Philadelphia coach Chip Kelly has breathed new life into an Eagles team on the decline. The speed in which they run their offense is without comparison and it just does not allow opposing defenses to set themselves. The big key for Michael Vick in 2013 is his health. Whether or not he can keep up this pace for the entirety of 2013 is a big wait and see, but if so his numbers could be staggering. Based on where you likely got him in your draft his value is probably through the roof. I predict he makes 14 starts this season and ends as one of the top fantasy quarterbacks in the game. BOOM
Desean Jackson, Wide Receiver Philadelphia Eagles – Sticking with the city of Philadelphia we come across another diamond in the rough of your 2013 draft in Desean Jackson. If there was a wide receiver that perfectly into a face paced offensive system that takes advantage of defenses caught slipping over the top it would be Desean Jackson. There are not many players in the NFL that can hit the gear that Desean Jackson can and it has been evident in the first few weeks. I have been hard on Jackson in the past and rightfully so with his diva attitude, lack of going over the middle, alligator arms, etc., but he seems to be buying into this system and his fantasy owners are benefiting. You probably drafted him as your 2nd or 3rd receiver and he is paying off like a 1 +. Look for him to keep it up for weeks to come. BOOM
Robert Griffin III, Quarterback Washington Redskins – I am sure to face some argument here, but RGIII has not looked like himself out of the gate and I see this being an issue throughout the entire year. His mobility is nowhere near what it was last year and the ball does not zip out of his hand like last year either. With a pass defense as terrible as the Washington Redskins Robert Griffin III is going to be spending a lot more time on the field then he truly should in the coming weeks. The Washington Redskins should have tried to ease their franchise quarterback back into the game and not put such lofty expectations on him from the get go. Based on where you probably had to take him in your draft I can guarantee that there is a bitter taste in your mouth at this point in the season. Robert Griffin III is an amazing athlete and will most likely get on track before seasons end, but it may be too late for many a fantasy manager to recover at that point. BUST
Trent Richardson, Running Back Indianapolis Colts – I know that Trent Richardson is a beast and was most likely taken in the top 10 of your fantasy draft this year. Personally I was not high on him based on his situation with Cleveland. As a rookie he put up impressive numbers in a very tough division but with a year to study him the Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Baltimore Ravens defenses were no doubt going to focus on him in 2013. That is all in the past now and Trent Richardson heads off to Indianapolis to begin what seems to be another long successful run for the Colts. With Andrew Luck and wide receivers like Reggie Wayne and T.Y. Hilton drawing attention Trent Richardson will become a monster. I expect very elevated numbers from him by the seasons end. BOOM
Best of luck in week three! Be sure to use our free 2013 fantasy football trade analyzer as much as you like
Week 1 of the NFL season is almost in the books and what a wild one it was. From opening night on there were Quarterback performances for the ages. Just short of 500 yards and throwing 7 touchdowns Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos set the world on fire. Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49er’s went for over 400 yards and 3 touchdowns proving that he does not have to rely on his legs to pick you apart. Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints and Matthew Stafford of the Detroit lions each threw for 357 yards and 2 touchdowns a piece while leading their respective teams to victory in gritty performances. All in all week 1 of the NFL season has been very exciting outside of the Jacksonville Jaguars offense which is just terrible.
Julius Thomas, Tight End Denver Broncos – I will be the first to admit that I was not sure where Julius Thomas would fit into the mix in Denver, but if his first game is any indication it looks like everywhere. While I don’t think he will finish the year with 1,760 and 32 touchdowns, but a 1,000 yard 12 touchdown season is not out of the question. If you have him on your fantasy team already you most likely added him in free agency or a very late round pick so it may not be a bad idea to test the trade market as his perceived value is through the roof. As I said before Julius Thomas will be targeted throughout the year, but with the likes of Wes Welker, Demaryius Thomas, and Eric Decker in town I would not expect that many of his performances will match week 1. All in all Julius Thomas is a great player to have on your team and if you are struggling at the tight end position he should be targeted. BOOM
Kellen Winslow, Tight End New York Jets – Another tight end that started with a surprise performance was Kellen Winslow. If this were 4 or 5 seasons ago there would not be much surprise to his week 1 performance, but his days have passed. While he may come close to this stat line a few more times this year his overall statistics and consistency will not make him a weekly starter. Not all of it is his fault however as the New York Jets are terrible. I suggest to stay away as far as possible from this fading star as his mediocrity should shine through sooner than later. BUST
Chris Ivory, Running Back New York Jets – Sticking with the New York Jets theme starting running back Chris Ivory was every bit as ineffective as I thought he would be preseason. With a stat line of 10 carries for 15 yards and 0 receptions on 2 targets he was far from fantasy gold. Yes he produced as the 3rd or 4th option in the running game when he was with the New Orleans Saints, but most of the time that was after the opposition had been crushed by their starters and either didn’t care or were to tired to do anything. Until the New York Jets can establish any level of consistency on the offensive side of the ball I would stay away from their running game entirely at all costs. BUST
Torrey Smith, Wide Receiver Baltimore Ravens – With the loss of Anquan Boldin the Baltimore Ravens will be looking to Torrey Smith for a greater number of targets and receptions. Torrey Smith is a dynamic playmaker with blazing speed and route running ability, but I feel that with the loss of Dennis Pitta and the aforementioned Anquan Boldin that owners may be disappointed at seasons end. NFL defenses will be able to drop back and throw two defenders on Torrey Smith just about every down as they lack a significant threat at the number 2 and 3 wide receiver slots. Granted the Baltimore Ravens do have a top running back in Ray Rice so that should free up Smith every so often, but I would not count on him as a number 2 fantasy receiver for most of the season. Unless the Baltimore Ravens add a receiver via trade or free agency Torrey Smith may wallow in mediocrity for much of the season. BUST
Best of luck in week two! Be sure to use our free 2013 fantasy football trade analyzer as much as you like!
And so it begins. One of the most anticipated moments each and every year is sitting across the table staring us right in the face. The stiff arms, high stepping, and touchdown celebrations are about to become a reality and fans could not be happier. Life changes every day, but one thing is for sure and that is NFL football. The allure of the game is so much stronger than any other sport in the market today and the fan base seems to grow each and every year.
Fans are always looking for ways to become more engrossed in the game that they love and fantasy football is the absolute best tool out there to accomplish that. We here at tradefantasyfootball.com aim to help everyone from the green beginner to the seasoned expert achieve fantasy dominance in all formats you managers may be involved in. As with anything in life a little luck goes a long way, but making calculated decisions based on stats and trends helps managers make trades, cuts, free agent pickups that will limit the negative outcomes and increase your odds of excellence.
Any way now it’s time to get down to business. Over the upcoming season I will be giving weekly insight into the prospective boom type players, ones in which they have the potential to benefit your fantasy team, and busts, players that might not live up to expectations or flat out negatively impact your team.
1. Josh Gordon, Cleveland Brown’s Wide Receiver– Yes he has a two game suspension to start off the upcoming season
but if you were able to grab him any time after the 10th round your gamble with certainly payoff sooner rather than later.
With so much focus onTrent Richardson coming into the season Gordon will flash his speed and beat defenses deep when they key on Cleveland’s starting running back. If you have the opportunity to grab him on the cheap from a manager not willing to wait I suggest you make the move to grab Josh Gordon now before his stock rises in week three.
2. Ryan Broyles, Detroit Lions Wide Receiver – I’m going to stick in the Wide Receiver department for my second prediction for the season. Ryan Broyles is a very talented Wide Receiver out of Oklahoma that had his season cut short due to injuries in 2012. In his limited action during the 2012 Ryan Broyles flashed plenty of his ability on the football field. With Calvin Johnson and to a lesser extent Reggie Bush drawing so much attention from opposing teams defenses Broyles should see plenty of one on one coverage this season. For a player that holds the college football record for career receptions at 349 this is a dream. Also, Ryan Broyles plays for an offense that is the most pass happy in the league so there will be plenty of targets to
go around. Don’t go overboard, but invest in him if you get the chance.
3. Ryan Mathews, San Diego Chargers Running Back– For a player that at times showed the ability to run all over the field Ryan Mathews just does not seem like he can keep it together. His potential for injury in each and every game just does not seem to warrant his current going price of the 4th or 5th round is just too risky of an investment for me. That is where the heart of your team is coming from and consistency is major need there. Until the San Diego Chargers can show improvement as a team on offense in 2013 I see many tough yards ahead for Ryan Mathews.
4. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks Quarterback – The 2013 season was looking up for Russell Wilson with the addition of the exceptional playmaker Percy Harvin in free agency. Well as most of you know Harvin is now out until at least week 13 and Wilson’s next in line cannot fill that gap that was left behind. The Seahawk likes to run the ball a lot and if they are controlling the game I would expect Marshawn Lynch and his abusing talents will remain the focus of the offense. There is no doubt he is a talented player with a bright future with the Seattle Seahawks, but until he has the weapons that will go out and get the ball for him he should be considered a prisoner of the teams system.
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Colin Kaepernick-The San Francisco 49er’s seem to have caught lightning in a bottle with Colin Kaepernick. Generally players do not lose their starting gig due to injuries, but that does not seem to be the case for Alex Smith even though he is leading the
NFL in completion percentage this season. Colin Kaepernick brings a whole new dynamic to being able to make all of the throws and beat defenses on the ground as well. It really is too bad for Alex Smith as he seemed to be developing into the quarterback everyone thought he could be when taken #1 overall when he was drafted. That being said Colin Kaepernick should be a solid start for the rest of the year so long as he does not get yanked from the starting spot. Even on bad days through the air, which there will be those days, he will make up for it on the ground. Go and get him and ride him into and through your fantasy playoffs. BOOM
Rashad Jennings- With all of the hype Rashad Jennings has received as a backup since entering the NFL it seemed as if it was his time to shine when Maurice Jones-Drew went down a few weeks back. This however was not the case as he was absolutely awful averaging 2.7 yards per carry and was yanked for third stringer Jalen Parmelee. It can be said that he was playing behind equally terrible Blaine Gabbert and defenses could key in on him, but Maurice Jones-Drew led the league in rushing last season under the exact same circumstances. Even with a good matchup and his starting gig back due to an injury to Jalen Parmelee you can go ahead and kick him to the curb unless you are desperate. BUST
Bryce Brown- With the Philadelphia Eagles a mess due to injury and overall ineptitude on both sides of the ball a diamond in the rough has come forward in Bryce Brown. Being kicked out of one college and quitting another allowed the versatile pinball style back to fly under the radar into a Philadelphia Eagles uniform. Granted his grip on the starting job will be gone once Lesean “Shady” McCoy recovers from a concussion, but he has earned his spot on the field with his stellar play over the last few weeks. If Lesean McCoy’s injury lingers Bryce Brown could be the sparkplug that leads you into the fantasy playoffs. BOOM
Ryan Mathews- Fumbles, indecisive running, an early injury, and playing for the San Diego Chargers has ruined Ryan Mathews 2012 NFL campaign. Touted as one of the next star backs in the NFL Ryan Mathews just can’t seem to put it all together and breakthrough to NFL and fantasy stardom. In most cases you probably can’t just flat out cut him, but I wouldn’t be surprised if you did as it would make manyfantasy owners lineup decisions each week easier to deal with. At this point in the year it’s hard to sit him, but if you have options other than Ryan Mathews it’s time to start plugging them into your lineup. BUST
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