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2014 Fantasy Football Top Picks

August 5th 2014 00:43
2014 Fantasy Football Top Picks

Predicting the fantasy football performers is as hard as picking division and playoff winners, injuries can change everything. But here goes:

QB1 – Peyton Manning – Easy pick after demolishing the single season yardage and TD records in 2013

QB2 – Drew Brees – The Saints are an easy entry in the playoffs and should lead the NFC push to make it to the Super Bowl

QB Sleeper – Carson Palmer – Has a lot of good weapons in the desert and is fully capable of making good use of them

RB1 – Adrian Peterson - A no-brainer, he will get his yards and TDs no matter what else is happening on the offense

RB2 – LeSean “Shady” McCoy – A dual threat in a fast-paced offense, don’t be surprised if he leads the NFL in rushing again

RB – Sleeper – Alfred Morris – He’ll still be forgotten but has run for 2,888 yards and 20 TDs in his first two seasons

WR1 – Calvin Johnson – More domination from Megatron this year

WR2 – Demaryius Thomas – Continues to pair with his Georgia Tech predecessor as the top two go-to receivers in the game

WR3 – Dez Bryant - when on the field he is a dynamic playmaker and can take it to the house on any touch

WR4 – A.J. Green – QB Andy Dalton just got his long term security taken care of and has looked super sharp in camp so far

WR Sleeper – Hakeem Nicks – injury woes cut short his tenure in NY but could flourish with a fresh start with Andrew Luck

TE1 – Jimmy Graham - is as dominant at TE as Calvin Johnson is at WR

TE2 – Rob Gronkowski - finally healthy and ready to take his place back as a TD machine

TE Sleeper – Martellus Bennett – his production will go up as teams try to contain WRs Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery on the outside

Defensive Team 1 – Denver Broncos - watch as these Broncos defenders do the impossible, draw press away from the record-setting offense

Defensive Team 2 – St. Louis Rams - these young guys are ready to take a place at the table among the best defenses in the league

Most fantasy leagues use team defense, but I always set mine to use individual defensive players (2 D linemen, 2 linebackers, 2 defensive backs). I also include return yards for all players which adds a whole other dimension of strategy. It’s unorthodox, but I feel it’s very important to focus on the two other thirds of the game. Offense is flashy, but the game is so much more complex than that.

I also strongly recommend Yahoo! Fantasy Football: Really Long Link

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2014 AFC SOUTH PREVIEW

August 5th 2014 00:41
2014 AFC SOUTH PREVIEW

Houston Texans
– QB Ryan Fitzpatrick will do very well as a transition from the Matt Schaub era to whatever rookie comes next in 2015 (Brett Hundley?) but their loss of talent on both sides of the ball over the last 3 years will have them again on the outside looking in come playoff time. With the loss of RB Ben Tate for depth is another deep cut that’ll usher in a prolonged period of rebuilding. It was a no brainer pick of Clowney at first overall but he's not a leader and won't make the players around him better. Subsequent picks OG Xavier Su’a-Filo will start right away; TE C.J. Fiedoroxicz and QB Tom Savage are great pickups for depth. Their inability to attract top free agents will be the thing that'll doom the Texans for this season and seasons to come.

Indianapolis Colts
– The solid free agency pickup of LB D’Qwell Jackson will improve things right away and DE Arthur Jones and WR Hakeem Nicks could have big roles to play too. With excellent coaching and steady progress from QB Andrew Luck, the Colts are steadily turning into a perenial AFC contender. But they are a little vulnerable at spots and will need turnaround seasons by RB Trent Richardson and the secondary to keep the good times rolling. They filled some depth needs in the draft and picked up a good value with WR Donte Moncrief at slot 90.

Jacksonville Jaguars
– The smart pickups of G Zane Beadles, DE Chris Clemons, DT Ziggy Hood, DE Red Bryant and RB Toby Gerhart will aid Gus Bradley and his staff to start to slowly improve and contend in the AFC South. But the secondary talent is still way behind. RB Maurice Jones-Drew has moved on to Oakland which will allow the Jaguars to re-invent themselves offensively, it’ll be interesting to see where they take things. QB Blake Bortles was drafted along with WRs Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson so can come up together and help each other get a good start to their pro careers. Bortles brings solid footwork, a live arm, and excellent pocket awareness; he should improve quickly with pro coaching. His Central Florida teammate RB Storm Johnson is a great value pick at the 222 spot. He may surprise a lot of people.

Tennessee Titans
– The Titans picked up some interesting free agent prospects in LB Wesley Woodyard, WR Dexter McCluster and T Michael Oher. All have been highly touted on draft day but fell out of favor with their teams over the years. If they can re-launch their careers in Nashville, it’ll be a nice haul for the Titans and will make up for losing solid veteran talent like backup QB Ryan Fitzpatrick and stud CB Alterraun Verner. Rookie Taylor Lewan will start right away at RT and RB Bishop Sankey (first RB off the board) will likely finish camp as the starter over Shonn Greene. DT DaQuan Jones from Penn State was a great value and injured QB Zach Mettenberger was a steal in the sixth round. But they forgot about their huge need at CB.

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2014 NFC SOUTH PREVIEW

August 5th 2014 00:38
2014 NFC SOUTH PREVIEW

New Orleans Saints
– They lost two good veteran safeties in Malcolm Jenkins (Philly) and Roman Harper (Carolina) but gained the best one available in free agency, FS Jarius Bryd. His playmaking ability will likely make it a net gain and second year SS Kenny Vaccaro is ready to step up. They said goodbye to several long time fan favorites like WR Lance Moore (Steelers) and RB Darren Sproles (also Philly) but resigned star TE Jimmy Graham to the most expensive per year contract ever for a TE. They drafted Oregon State star receiver Brandin Cooks at 20 and he could be the steal of the draft. No receiver comes into a better position than Cooks does with Drew Brees flinging it all over the field. Plus they have WR Marques Colston ready to go and additional young talent in the receiver group like Nick Toon and Kenny Stills. They're loaded at receiver the way Green Bay used to be. They also added needed depth to key positions at CB and S later in the draft.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
– They landed big free agent targets DE Michael Johnson and CB Alterraun Verner after losing big name CB Darelle Revis (New England). They also picked up a solid starter in T Anthony Collins as they lost some of their long-time offensive linemen (Donald Penn, Davin Joseph). The most intriguing addition will be QB Josh McCown who played excellent as injury replacement for Jay Cutler in Chicago. He'll be helped along by first round draft pick WR Mike Evans who is a Vincent Jackson clone that will slide into the WR2 spot right away with his ability to box out defenders with his size. TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins fills an important need at TE and could excel immediately with his soft hands and above average after the catch running abilities. The defense should really come into their own this year as young home-grown talent like DT Gerald McCoy, MLB Mason Foster, and SS Mark Barron assert their abilities.

Atlanta Falcons
– Needed a huge overhaul on defense that started with acquiring DTs Tyson Jackson and Paul Soliai. On the other side of the line, they picked up RG Jon Asamoah to hopefully improve on the 44 sacks given up last season and constant pressure. Devin Hester still has a lot left and will break the all-time return TDs record this season with his new team. The biggest plus they’ll have in 2014 will be the return of WR Julio Jones. The offense crumbled when he went down and a Super Bowl quest was quickly derailed. In the draft they filled needs with top recruits on both sides of the line in OT Jake Matthews and DT Ra’Shede Hageman, but still will need some young LBs to step up and make sure they're not the weak link on D.

Carolina Panthers
– They’ve franchised DE Greg Hardy and will make sure he behaves himself before signing him long term. They’ll miss underrated FS Mike Mitchell but gaining SS Roman Harper will help ease that loss. With the loss of WRs Steve Smith, Brandon LaFell and Ted Ginn Jr., the offense will take a huge step back in production at a position that could’ve used an upgrade even if they kept those guys. They won’t be in the playoffs next year because of that unbelievably poor managing of the receiver talent. Grabbing DE Kony Ealy at the 60th pick in the draft only looks good now that Greg Hardy is in trouble. They should have traded up as high as possible and focus solely on receivers because they now have the worst group in the NFL.

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2014 AFC EAST PREVIEW

August 5th 2014 00:35
2014 AFC EAST PREVIEW

New York Jets
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2014 NFC EAST PREVIEW

August 5th 2014 00:23
2014 NFC EAST PREVIEW

Washington Redskins
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2014 AFC NORTH PREVIEW

August 5th 2014 00:17
2014 AFC NORTH PREVIEW

Pittsburgh Steelers
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2014 NFC NORTH PREVIEW

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2014 NFC NORTH PREVIEW

Detroit Lions
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2014 AFC WEST PREVIEW

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2014 AFC WEST PREVIEW


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2014 NFC WEST PREVIEW

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2014 NFC WEST PREVIEW

Seattle Seahawks


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