Brees, Stafford vs. Cam Newton and Michael Vick vs. Tony Romo. My choice in each case is Brady, Newton and Vick.
Brady is going one spot ahead of Brees, and Fantasy owners likely see the additions the Patriots made this offseason as a plus, while Brees losing coach Sean Payton to suspension as a detractor. Stafford is being drafted one spot ahead of Newton, with Newton the first player going in Round 2. Some believe Newton will regress this year following his breakout rookie campaign, and Stafford is coming off a 5,yard season and has the best receiver in the NFL in Calvin Johnson.
Vick is being drafted four spots ahead of Romo, with both quarterbacks being selected in Round 3. Vick has the upside to be a Top 5 Fantasy quarterback, but Romo is definitely the safer option based on Vick's injury history. Philip Rivers is the No. Rivers could easily live up to this selection based on his resume prior to last year when he was off his game with a career-high 20 interceptions.
Getting a healthy Antonio Gates foot back at percent this season will definitely help. Eli vs. Peyton: The Manning brothers are being drafted as the No. We don't understand why Eli is being drafted behind Romo and Rivers since last year he finished as the No. Maybe the injury to Hakeem Nicks foot has some owners scared. Peyton is worth the risk at this spot.
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His comeback from last year's neck surgery has been extremely positive so far, and he should return as a No. Still, the correct move is to draft a top-end No. Peyton and any of these three quarterbacks is a good combo for your team. The best value at quarterback is Josh Freeman at No.
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He was a Top 10 Fantasy quarterback in before struggling last year. He is definitely a No. Questionable running backs still coveted: We'll see what happens as we get closer to the regular season, but Fantasy owners aren't shying away from drafting several running backs with warts in the early rounds. Jones-Drew could take his holdout right up to the start of the regular season, but he's still being drafted in Round 1 as the No. We expect him to report in a timely manner, but his value will drop if this holdout continues through the majority of the preseason.
Lynch is facing a possible suspension for his arrest in July on alleged DUI charges, which was his third run-in with the law in five years. There are differing reports on when his possible suspension could be announced, but Fantasy owners are still drafting him in Round 2 at No. That's the right spot for him until news of his suspension is revealed.
Charles has received rave reviews in his comeback from last year's knee injury, and his ADP of No. But the presence of Peyton Hillis could temper some of the early hype for Charles, who is headed for a tandem. Afraid of Gore?
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Should Fantasy owners be afraid to draft Frank Gore this season as a starting option? ADP shows Gore is being drafted at No. Even if Gore gets the majority of carries, he could lose goal-line reps to Jacobs and passing downs to James. With Hunter also getting touches, the 49ers have made it clear they want to reduce Gore's workload. The best Lions running back is Mikel Leshoure , according to ADP. He is being drafted in Round 7 at No. Jahvid Best is being drafted in Round 8 at No.
I plan on passing on Leshoure and Best and waiting on Smith. He's the only one healthy heading into the season. Leshoure, who has yet to play a down in the NFL after sitting out last year with a ruptured Achilles, is dealing with a hamstring injury in training camp. And Best has yet to be cleared from last year's concussion woes.
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Smith isn't the picture of health, but if the season started today he would easily be the starter, with the Lions facing the Rams in Week 1. Keep in mind Leshoure is suspended for the first two games, and don't be surprised if Smith's ADP starts to rise dramatically the longer Leshoure and Best remain sidelined.
The best Redskins running back is Roy Helu , according to ADP. He is being drafted in Round 6 at No. Tim Hightower is being drafted in Round 11 at No. Do Your Homework Fantasy championships seldom fall in the laps of absentee or indifferent owners. Here are three components to that process: a. Find common ground among the pre-raft rankings and drafting trends. Continually monitor the Average Draft Position ADP rankings on various Web sites ADP lists afford owners the chance to get the player they want at the value they need , without the embarrassment of "reaching" for their fantasy services.
Mock, mock, mock your way to building draft-day confidence There's no disputing your childhood piano instructor's creed: Practice makes perfect.
Get To Know Your Fellow Owners This process is incredibly simple: If you're in a league with friends, just stick to a methodical pre-draft plan of talking trash like psyching out the competition for players slotted in Rounds ; and in the interest of a little investigative journalism, find out which players will be taken in Round 1, pick-by-pick, just in case you're looking to trade down in the draft.
Think Mike Vick for a second and the worry may sink in a little. You always have to worry a little when drafting a rookie running back in the early rounds.
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Add to that when the rookie is recovering from having his knee scoped, and is already questionable for Week 1. It will be interesting to see how the Browns play this out, because I feel that they will rush him to the field as he is their best offensive option. The results could bring great stats, or lead him to an early season injury.
Peterson is an obvious example of how injury affects draft stock. Peterson was ranked second in fantasy drafts for the season. His slow recovery in has made his draft stock plummet into the third round. Peterson may not be ready for week 1, which is a concern for all fantasy owners.
Look for the Vikings coaching staff to limit his carries to start the season. Ryan Mathews is the other RB on this list that screams injury prone. He was projected as a high pick going into , only to break his clavicle in the preseason.
The Chargers depend on Mathews for their run game now since they let Mike Tolbert go after the season and filled his spot with Ronnie Brown. Brown is not a great replacement for Tolbert. It took until and only his second year playing all 16 games the other was his rookie season in for Bush to top 1, rushing yards. He is a big injury risk, and will be targeted as he is one of the few decent offensive options the Dolphins have this season. Daniel Thomas is sitting and waiting for a Bush injury for him to finally explode on the scene.
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