Welcome to Part VI of a six-part series in which we will touch on tips and tricks to hopefully help you evaluate the 2013 fantasy football season.
I really hope my league doesn’t see this list
None of these guys are a “sleeper” by any means. They are all expected to be top notch fantasy performers. They are my wish list. The guys I have above everyone else at their position. The quarterback I’ve got ahead of Aaron Rodgers. The receivers I’m taking ahead of Calvin Johnson. The running backs I wish I had the stones to pass on Adrian Peterson for.
Demaryius Thomas – Remember when Wes Welker and Randy Moss were on the same team and Randy Moss set the touchdown record for wide receivers? Are there any physical, speedy wide receivers on the Broncos that resemble Randy Moss a little? I’m not saying he puts up the numbers that Moss did in 2007 but Welker’s presence increases Thomas’s value. Teams are going to have to pick their poison on any given play and Thomas is the deep touchdown pass threat.
Drew Brees – Sean Payton is back. It’s not as if Drew Brees was bad without him but there was a little something missing. Payton and Brees have an offensive chemistry that is only rivaled by the likes of Brady and Belichick. Their reunion is enough to put him ahead of Rodgers, Manning, and Brady in my book.
Doug Martin – His decline in the 2nd half of the season corresponded with the loss of his massive left guard Carl Nicks. Nicks is back and Martin’s ridiculous numbers from the first of last year are coming with him. If you are picking in the 2 to 5 range, pull the trigger.
Jamaal Charles – Charles is a very close 2nd on my running back list. The only thing holding him back is his history of injuries and the fact that he has already tweaked his foot this preseason. In the limited action he’s seen this preseason, he was clearly the focal point of the offense. Andy Reid is going to use him like he used LeSean McCoy. I see a lot of checkdown passes going his way this season.
Julio Jones – This guy is a beast. The only threat to his production is his teammate, Roddy White. He keeps getting better and so does Matt Ryan. I took Julio Jones one pick after Calvin Johnson and, if I had the option, I would have taken him before Johnson. A rising tides raises all ships. The tide is much higher in Atlanta than Detriot. Dez Bryant needs to put together a longer string of success to break into this tier.
Wes Welker – If there is one thing I know about Peyton Manning, it’s that he loves white slot receivers. Now he has the guy who is probably the best white slot receiver of all time. Think about what he did with Brandon Stokely in this role last year. Yes, that Brandon Stokley. This is not Mike Wallace downgrading from R oethlisberger to Tannehill. It’s switching from Brady to Manning. That’s a lateral move. Maybe even an upgrade depending on who you ask.
James Jones – I’m targeting Jones in the Flex spot for 2 reasons. 1. The Packers’ depth at wide receiver has taken hits from injuries and free agency. 2. Aaron Rodgers looks for him in the endzone.
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