2012 Fantasy Football: “Good Feelings”
Here we are on the cusp of another football season, which means its time for one of the most thrilling/agonizing past times…
You can look on any sports website to get rankings lists, which pretty much look the same. However, here at DrunkenSportsmen.com we detest the norm and strive to be different and entertaining.
So, I’m going to give you a list of players to target in your drafts after all the obvious Tom Brady and Arian Foster picks are made. Most of the players below will be found outside each positions top 10.
If you miss out on some of the top QBs (Rodgers, Brady, Brees) waiting until later to grab Matty Ice isn’t such a bad idea. The Falcons have 2 top WRs in Roddy White, and Julio Jones, and age defying TE in Tony Gonzalez (wasn’t he in Madden 93 for the Sega Genesis?) Michael Turner looks like he is slowing down and the offense’s focus seems to be shifting towards the passing game.
The Bears have improved the running game by bringing in free agent, Michael Bush to go with Matt Forte. I know what you are saying, how does improving the running game help the passing game? If Chicago can establish even a decent run game, that will open up the passing game that added Cutler’s former Denver BFF, Brandon Marshall, and rookie Alshon Jeffery. Cutler still takes a lot of sacks and he will still throw a lot of INTs but he should still outperform his draft position and his stats from last year.
Robert Griffin III-Washington
Typically I don’t like taking a rookie QB, but RG3 seems to be showing a confidence and comfort most rookies don’t have when they enter the NFL. He has developed a chemistry with new WR Pierre Garcon, hopefully he left his case of the “dropsies” in Indy. Griffin will get you extra points with his legs, and the Skins should play from behind alot allowing Griffin to pick up lots of “Garbage Time Stats”
Doug Martin-Tampa Bay
When Greg Schiano, got to Tampa Bay, he made it clear they were going to do things his way, and used a 1st round pick on Martin. Many assumed he would share carries with former starter LeGarrette Blount, but Blount showed up to camp out of shape (too much chasing the ice cream truck) and was outplayed by Martin, who is now expected to be a 3 down RB for the Bucs. He is often compared to Schiano’s former player at Rutgers, Ray Rice and that’s good enough for me.
David Wilson-New York Giants
I’m a Giants fan, and I’m fully aware that Ahmad Bradshaw can’t stay healthy. Wilson was selected in the 1st round to replace the carries that use to go to that big slug Brandon Jacobs. Wilson has ripped off some long impressive runs in the pre-season, and yes some have come against backup defenders, but none the less, when Bradshaw goes down you will be happy you grabbed Wilson.
Has anyone ever watched Beanie Wells play, has Wells ever been healthy? Wells took months to recover from yet another knee surgery this off-season. Williams missed his rookie year with a knee injury of his own but, has looked explosive this pre-season, he is a better athlete than Wells and can be a factor in the passing game. I look for Williams to take the better end of this time share.
Cedric Benson-Green Bay
I don’t have high expectations for Benson; Green Bay doesn’t run the ball much, and he doesn’t catch many passes. Benson appears to be the clear starter at RB, with James Starks injured and Alex Green, recovering from an ACL tear last season. Benson can be drafted between the 10th-12th round of many drafts and if he gives you 800 yds rushing and 6 TDs he is a good value for your bench and bye weeks.
Last season, Matthew Stafford threw for over 5000 yards, and it doesn’t look like they plan on running the ball this season. Stafford can’t throw to Megatron every play. WR2 Nate Burleson doesn’t have much juice left in the tank. I look for Young to emerge as a threat from the slot.
Malcolm Floyd-San Diego
Floyd will be San Diego’s #1 WR this season after Vincent Jackson padded his wallet in Tampa. In 2010, when V-Jax held out for most of the season, Floyd put up big numbers. Even with the signing of WR Robert Meachum, Floyd who is in a contract year should be able to put up good numbers as a late pick in your draft. Flotd is always and injury concern because he is built like a pogo-stick.
Danny Amendola-St Louis
Amendola was considered PPR gold heading into last season, but was injured and lost for the season in game 1. This year Amendola returns to his slot role (think Wes Welker light) in a contract year. Amendola is being totally forgotten, in fantasy drafts and should be considered the Rams WR1.
Olsen has constantly been a tease for fantasy owners, but not all the blame falls on him. When he was in Chicago, Mike Martz couldn’t figure out how to use Olsen? Last season in Carolina, Olsen split time with Jeremy Shockey at TE, this season Olsen has the job all to himself and should be considered the #2 receiver behind Steve Smith. Even if Olsen gets half the targets that went to Shockey last year, he should be a top 10 TE, you can draft late.
Pettigrew caught 83 passes last season and is barely being picked as a top 10 TE? See Titus Young above. Pettigrew is worth a spot on your team playing in Detroit’s pass only offense.
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