2013 Fantasy Football Lessons Learned from watching NFC preseason games

October 08 [Tue], 2013, 10:59


Ask those close to me and they confirm the fact Dashon Goldson Authentic Jersey that I, at times, can be stubborn. Perhaps it the Taurus stereotype or the headstrong Fowler family character trait that, according to my aunts and mother, seem to flow through the veins of our family tree patriarchs.



However, when it comes to mixing astrology and fantasy football, a stubborn mindset when ranking your players before a draft can only lead to a horoscope that reads:



lightly the next four months because you are about to move to the basement. Granted, you aren permanently confined to the dank, musty dungeon as you travel often to the waiver wire.



Preparing for your 2013 fantasy football draft and preranking your players is often a fluid Dashon Goldson Black Jersey process leading up to draft day. If you stick with the rankings you set in midJuly, you are handing valuable picks and future wins to your competition.



After watching as many preseason NFL games as I could over the past few days, I realized some of my rankings transgressions and plan on highlighting them in the following 32for32 fantasy feature:



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For a running back to fumble the football in Tom Coughlin offense is like a teenager throwing a party while his parents are away for the weekend. A trust is broken. After what David Wilson went through last season following a fumble on the second carry of his career, secondstring running back Andre Brown knows he in trouble after a preseason turnover against the Steelers. Still, I believe Brown has all the makings of one of the top vultures in the league as Wilson doesn have a secure lock on goalline touches.



Hakeem Nicks missed the game with a groin injury. Fantasy owners are not surprised. However, earlytomidAugust injuries aren a major worry. It the sample size of Nicks inability to stay healthy that should have potential owners worried. On the other hand, Nicks is heading into a contract year. That all the motivation an athlete should need to get and remain healthy.



Here a perfect example of where fantasy football stubbornness should not blind your assessment. In limited action, I believe Dez Bryant belongs in the top three of my fantasy wide receiver rankings. He nudges Larry Fitzgerald who falls to No. 4. Bryant caught three passes for 55 yards that exposed Oakland secondary once again.



Reports suggest Dwayne Harris has the inside track to win the Cowboys WR3 job.



I also starting to get nervous about drafting Jason Witten in nonPPR leagues. Lack of action around the end zone has me worried.



Most of the fantasy football focus is on the running back competition. Aaron Rodgers said recently that Johnathan Franklin has a slight edge in the passinggame compared to Eddie Lacy who did not play in the Packers first preseason game due to a hamstring injury.



By all accounts, Lacy style of running downhill is more in line with what coach Mike McCarthy wants to do, but Franklin www.footballbuccaneersstore.com/38_dashon_goldson_jersey_authentic_black_limited_cheap.html hasn lost the job yet.



Weekoverweek, I think Lacy fantasy stock has dipped a little to the fifth or sixth rounds if not later. I in no hurry to draft him at the moment.



Marc Trestman told the Chicago Tribune that he needs receivers outside the top three to have the ability to play special teams. So, for a guy like rookie Marquess Wilson to haul in four receptions for 82 yards, but possess no experience on special teams, it hard to get too excited. Even in PPR leagues, I think I would rather have Reggie Bush ahead of Forte, West Coast offense or not.



With Joe Morgan out for the season with an ACL tear, Kenny Stills impressed me in the Saints preseason opener against the Chiefs. Granted, he only came away with one reception for 22 yards, but on the three targets he saw showed me he does have the ability to make some plays in the team hyperpass offense.



Reports out of New Orleans also suggest running back Mark Ingram has created some distance between himself and Pierre Thomas for top (fantasy) back not named Darren Sproles. We heard this before, but with Thomas missing the game and practice with an undisclosed injury, the door may be wide open for Ingram.



I still really like Colin Kaepernick as a productive fantasy quarterback, but he fell behind Matt Ryan in my quarterback rankings last week and with the way Tom Brady performed with an all new cast of characters over the weekend, CK7 may have fallen outside the top five. Biderman said because opposing NFL coaches have been able to study the readoption more during the offseason, defenses will be better prepared for Kaepernick this year. So, he thinks the quarterback will run less and pass more.



I also learned that Frank Gore, Kendall Hunter (who was just acitved from the PUP list) and LaMichael James are setting up for another RBBC in fantasy football this season. Jenkins did nothing in the team first preseason game against Denver to solidify a starting role opposite Anquan Boldin on the field. He caught one pass for 11 yards on three targets and lost a fumble.



Kyle Williams and Marlon Moore, who started over Jenkins against the Broncos, are breathing down his neck for the WR2 www.footballbuccaneersstore.com role. Oh, and don forget about Mario Manningham (still no timetable on his return).



Be sure to pay attention to tight end Vance McDonald the next few preseason games. This guy is starting to gain a little love in the fantasy world and four catches for 66 yards against the Broncos won hurt those reviews.



Those owners high on Carson Palmer as a viable fantasy backup were thrilled with his Cardinals debut when he finished 46 for 77 yards including a 38yard touchdown strike to Andre Roberts. Larry Fitzgerald caught both passes thrown his direction for 21 yards.



Rashard Mendenhall (knee soreness) and Ryan Williams (knee) both missed the opener. It all but certain than Williams will miss the Cards second preseason game, too. Many believe he out of chances and if he misses the third preseason game, would be cut.



The move could open the door for rookie Stepfan Taylor who rushed 20 times for 64 yards against the Packers. You aren drafting him, but with the Cardinals backfield an open competition, it worth keeping tabs.


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