Welcome to Part IV of a six-part series in which we will touch on tips and tricks to hopefully help you evaluate the 2013 fantasy football season.
Gentlemen, you had my curiosity, but now you have my attention
Sometimes, talent overshadows everything. Speed, size, and agility are just too sexy to over look. The slash player getting end-around reverses, the dual-threat quarterback, they are just too flashy not to do a double take. As married men say, “It never hurts to look.” But sometimes the girl in the red dress is just there to distract you.
Denard Robinson – He is officially listed as an “offensive weapon.” A little hokey? Probably. Lame PR stunt? Definitely. The speed is evident but he doesn’t have the size to be a running back or the hands to be a wide receiver. Shoelaces definitely shouldn’t be drafted but keep your eye on him. Early in the preseason the Jaguars committed to getting him touches. They backed off of that a little when he had trouble holding onto the football.
Colin Kaepernick – Limited sample size is the key here. He’s still young and only has one offseason as the starter under his belt. His number one receiver, at the moment, appears to be Anquan Boldin. I’m also weary of guys who get too famous too fast. Some call it the Sports Illustrated cover curse. It’s actually just called regression to the mean.
Percy Harvin - He’s not playing until November so this a draft and stash scenario, especially if your league has an IR slot. Russell Wilson is good and took the Seahawks to the playoffs with a bad receiving core. Quick, name the opening day starters at WR in Seattle. That’s what I thought. If he wasn’t hurt, I’d take him in the 2nd/3rd round. As it stands, I’m drafting him somewhere in the 10th round range.
EJ Manuel – I cannot, in good conscience, recommend a Florida State quarterback. Can anyone explain to me why the last two quarterbacks from FSU have gone in the first round of the NFL draft? That being said, he sure looks good against those second string defenses in the preseason!
Le’Veon Bell – My interest in Bell stemmed not from his talent, but rather, the lack of production from the other potential starters at running back for the Steelers, Jonathan Dwyer and Isaac Redman. Apparently I wasn’t’ the only one not impressed because the Steelers just traded for perennial underachiever Felix Jones. The foot injury is a deal breaker. I cannot see enough upside to warrant drafting an injured rookie running back on a team that likes to throw the ball too much.
Kendall Hunter/LaMichael James – Frank Gore is getting old. San Francisco knows it too. That’s why they are stockpiling running backs behind him. Marcus Lattimore is at the top of my want list next year. Whoever gets the nod at 2nd on the depth chart here has to be one of your top handcuff candidates.
Knowshon Moreno – I’m not buying Montee Ball being the guy in Denver. When Willis McGahee went down last year, Knowshon came through. He’s the kind of back Peyton knows what to do with. 6 men in the box? Check down to a stretch play. 3rd and 3? Check it down to the speedy scatback.
2013 FANTASY FOOTBALL DRAFT GUIDE KIT
Part I: Past results vs. future production
Part II: That ex-girlfriend you just keep going back to
Part III: Last Call, Sleepers and Drafting the Late Rounds
Part IV: Gentlemen, you had my curiosity, but now you have my attention
Part V: Don’t do it, don’t you take these players
Part VI: I really hope my league doesn’t see this list