Like It, Love It & Gotta Have It (Part 2 FF Running Backs)

I was at back at one of my favorite ice cream places in the world, Cold Stone Creamery. This time, again, the only sizes they have are Like It, Love It, and Gotta Have It. Again, when it comes to Fantasy Football there are players I like, that I love, and Gotta have at all times. To me, ice cream and football go hand in hand. I am going to review each position — who I like, who I love, and who I gotta have in the 2013 Fantasy Football season. I will also be giving you my favorite creations that I get when I go there. I recently gave you my QBs and now it’s onto my RBs.

Like it (Chocolate Delight Cheesecake – Cheesecake with Chocolate Chips, Chocolate Sprinkles and Fudge)

Jamaal Charles

He could’ve easily been on any of these lists; he is probably my favorite player heading into the 2013 Fantasy Football season. It would not surprise me to see him as the top Fantasy player this year. Andy Reid came to town as the new Head Coach and brought talented QB Alex Smith with him. Charles gets Reid who loves to use his RBs, whether in the running game or passing game, as seen with McCoy the last 4 seasons.  McCoy had 4 straight seasons with over 40 receptions as well as a monster season in 2011 when he ended up with 20 TDs.

Charles is a home run hitting back and in this system he is going to have a lot of room, which makes him even more dangerous. He just recently hurt his ankle in camp and is said to be “okay”. It is a situation worth monitoring as he’s been shut down for the rest of preseason. I think his value has gone down a bit in some drafts – which translates to — if he is healthy, you could be getting him at a great price.

Love It (Southern Pecan Pie – Butter Pecan with Pecans & Carmel)

Reggie Bush

Between Joquie Bell, Mikel LeShoure, and Kevin Smith the Lions RBs had 132 targets, 96 receptions and 778 total receiving yards. This has me giddy about Reggie Bush in 2013. I have Bush ranked in my top 15 in standard and in my top 10 of PPR. Bush is a dual threat, which makes him that much more dangerous for your fantasy team. I think he will split time with LeShoure. He will also take the goal line carries as well, but he will be the 3rd down back for this team. I don’t think it will hurt his value that much. He should average 20-25 touches a game this season. He averaged 6.1 yards per touch over the last 2 seasons. So we are about to witness a monster season from Reggie Bush. I strongly recommend drafting him high in PPR leagues as well as in Standard leagues.

Gotta Have (The Bart – Vanilla with Two Scoops of Butterfingers)

Chris Johnson

This player’s stats indicate — 11 carries/4 yards, 8 carries/17 yards, 14 carries/24 yards, 15 carries/24 yards, 19 carries/44 yards and 11 carries/28 yards, from a couple of CJ’s games from last season. 4 out of the 6 games came within the first 5 weeks of the season. He wasn’t quite the CJ2K that he hyped during training camp but he wasn’t terrible. The team had a rough time blocking and I don’t think we have seen his full potential since Mike Munchak has arrived. They spent a lot of money this offseason beefing up the Offensive line (Andy Levitre and Chance Warmack), as well as added run blocking TE in Delaine Walker. I also expect to see the Titans get CJ the ball out of the backfield and finally get him out in space. I am not sure there is a faster RB in football than Chris Johnson, especially with the improved O-line and the talk of getting him the ball out in the open field. 2013 will be the resurrection of CJ2K because he is ranked between the 10-15 range. I think with the plethora of talent at RB, it is justified but I am reaching as high as the bottom of the 1st round or the top half of the 2nd round for him. He will be good this year; YOU GOTTA HAVE him this year.

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2013 Fantasy Football Kicker Rankings

Fantasy Football season is upon us. Which means that millions of people around the world are drafting their teams. So I am here to bring you my latest rankings. Today I am going to give you my DEF Rankings.

as of 08/29/2013

Rank K BYE
1 Matt Bryant – Atl 6
2 Stephen Gostkowski – NE 10
3 Matt Prater – Den 9
4 Blair Walsh – Min 5
5 Phil Dawson – SF 9
6 Sebastian Janikowski – Oak 7
7 Greg Zuerlein – StL 11
8 Justin Tucker – Bal 8
9 Dan Bailey – Dal 11
10 David Akers – Det 9
11 Steven Hauschka – Sea 12
12 Robbie Gould – Chi 8
13 Garrett Hartley – NO 7
14 Randy Bullock – Hou 8
15 Josh Brown – NYG 9
16 Mason Crosby – GB 4
17 Lawrence Tynes – TB 5
18 Adam Vinatieri – Ind 8
19 Shayne Graham – Cle 10
20 Kai Forbath – Was 5
21 Alex Henery – Phi 12
22 Mike Nugent – Cin 12
23 Ryan Succop – KC 10
24 Shaun Suisham – Pit 5
25 Rob Bironas – Ten 8

2013 Fantasy Football Defense Rankings

Fantasy Football season is upon us. Which means that millions of people around the world are drafting their teams. So I am here to bring you my latest rankings. Today I am going to give you my DEF Rankings.

as of 08/28/2013

Rank DST BYE
1 Seattle Seahawks –   Sea 12
2 San Francisco 49ers –   SF 9
3 Denver Broncos – Den 9
4 Chicago Bears – Chi 8
5 Houston Texans – Hou 8
6 Cincinnati Bengals –   Cin 12
7 Baltimore Ravens –   Bal 8
8 New England Patriots – NE 10
9 St. Louis Rams – StL 11
10 Pittsburgh Steelers –   Pit 5
11 Arizona Cardinals –   Ari 12
12 New York Giants – NYG 9
13 Green Bay Packers –   GB 4
14 Atlanta Falcons – Atl 6
15 Tampa Bay Buccaneers   – TB 5
16 Dallas Cowboys – Dal 11
17 Miami Dolphins – Mia 6
18 Minnesota Vikings –   Min 5
19 San Diego Chargers –   SD 8
20 Cleveland Browns –   Cle 10
21 New York Jets – NYJ 10
22 Washington Redskins –   Was 5
23 Carolina Panthers –   Car 4
24 New Orleans Saints –   NO 7
25 Indianapolis Colts –   Ind 8
26 Kansas City Chiefs –   KC 10
27 Tennessee Titans –   Ten 8
28 Detroit Lions – Det 9
29 Philadelphia Eagles –   Phi 12
30 Buffalo Bills – Buf 12
31 Oakland Raiders – Oak 7
32 Jacksonville Jaguars – Jac 8

5 Questions Surrounding the NFC EAST

Throughout the month of August The Sports Script is going to answer the 5 key questions regarding each division in the NFL. We have 3 of The Sports Script writers — Ricky Valero, Chad Woodroof and Mandi (@dvnmsm) — to answer the questions. These will lead up to the ultimate reveal of everyone’s prediction for the NFL season. Today we start off with the NFC East.

1. Which player needs to step up the most this year?

Ricky: Tony Romo/ Michael Vick: I can think of 108 million reasons why I would select Romo. He just got paid “Elite” money even though he hasn’t done enough to get paid like an elite player.

Vick. This is the last chance for Vick, it’s basically either do good or be a backup for the remainder of his career.

Chad: Mike Vick. The team looks prepared to make LeSean “Shady” McCoy the focal point of the Offense. So, Vick needs to play his role to a “T” this season to be the perfect compliment. Not only is it a make or break season for his career, but the Offense is slated to be perfect for his style of play. RUNNER UP: Dallas’s Offensive Line.

Mandi: Tony Romo. Football fans everywhere thought Jones lost his mind giving Romo a $108m contract, so he has to silence his critics. Hopefully, Romo’s O line won’t let opposing defenses sack him 36 times for the third year in a row, and his receiving corps will be reliable.

2. Which coach has the most pressure to win this year?

Ricky: Jason Garrett. I am not sure Jerry wants to get rid of him because Garrett is his puppet, but this has to be a make or break year for him.

Chad: Chip Kelly. We all have figured out that he only came to the NFL because he caught wind of his college suspension, but that’s neither here nor there. All we’ve heard from the players is how his Offense is perfect and they love it. This has high expectations with fans going into the 2013 season. If Kelly lays an egg and is something like 1-9, Eagles’ fans might be setting his lawn on fire.

Mandi: It’s a tie between Chip Kelly and Jason Garrett. I don’t know which is worse – Jerry Jones looming over your shoulder reminding you that he won’t accept anything less than winning, or the Philly sports media and fan base looming over your shoulder reminding you that they won’t accept anything less than winning.

3. Who is the Sleeper player to watch in the division?

Ricky: Michael Vick. I think he has the potential to take the Eagles to the playoffs or he has the chance to be on the bench by week 4. Either way, I think the way he plays will dictate how the dominos fall in this division.

Chad: The sleeper player in this division really might be David Wilson. Everybody knows how big a threat he is with the ball in his hands. If he can solidify the fumbling problems, he should have a huge 2013 season.

Mandi: The NFC East is talent-rich enough that there aren’t many secret weapons or hidden gems in the four teams’ ranks. I like what I’ve seen from Roy Helu in the preseason. If he stays healthy, the Redskins’ running game is going to be even better this year.

4. Which player means the most to their team’s success this year?

Ricky: RGIII is the easy answer but I think the Skins will find success without him on the field. I also think the Giants without Eli Manning would be in a world of trouble.

Chad: RGIII. The Redskins are a night and day difference with him in their lineup. You can count on one hand the Quarterbacks who are the difference between your team going 5-11 or worse, and 10-6 or better. Griffin is one of those Quarterbacks.

Mandi: Calling Captain Obvious! It’s Robert Griffin III. While Cousins is no slouch, and even though we have a huge talent in Morris, Griff put the shine back on the organization. That aside, this is the year that he must show maturity and forethought; he HAS to play smart. Hey! Griff! Here is your mantra for this season: Just Because I CAN Run Doesn’t Mean I SHOULD Run…

5. How will the division play out?

Ricky:
New York Giants: 10-6 – I think this will be the year the Giants get back into the playoffs by winning this close division
Dallas Cowboys: 8-8
Washington Redskins: 8-8
Philadelphia Eagles: 8-8

Mandi:
Washington Redskins 9-7  I’m being conservative with my prediction, because one never knows when the Sophomore Slump or an injury can rear its ugly head…
Giants 9-7  They tie with the Redskins. And lose the tie-breaker game.
Cowboys 9-7  They tie in overall record, but the Redskins and Giants have better Division records.
Eagles 7-9  Chip Kelley will have some success, but I think this will be a working out the kinks season

Chad:
Washington Redskins 11-5
New York Giants 10-6
Dallas Cowboys 7-9
Phillidelphia Eagles 5-11

2013 Fantasy Football TE Rankings

Fantasy Football season is upon us. Which means that millions of people around the world are drafting their teams. So I am here to bring you my latest rankings. Today I am going to give you my TE Rankings.

rankings as of 08/27/13

Rank TE BYE
1 Jimmy Graham – NO 7
2 Rob Gronkowski – NE 10
3 Jason Witten – Dal 11
4 Vernon Davis – SF 9
5 Jared Cook – StL 11
6 Tony Gonzalez – Atl 6
7 Brandon Myers – NYG 9
8 Antonio Gates – SD 8
9 Martellus Bennett –   Chi 8
10 Kyle Rudolph – Min 5
11 Greg Olsen – Car 4
12 Jermichael Finley –   GB 4
13 Owen Daniels – Hou 8
14 Jordan Cameron – Cle 10
15 Tyler Eifert – Cin 12
16 Brandon Pettigrew –   Det 9
17 Ed Dickson – Bal 8
18 Coby Fleener – Ind 8
19 Fred Davis – Was 5
21 Zach Sudfeld –   NE 10
22 Marcedes Lewis – Jac 8
23 Jermaine Gresham –   Cin 12
24 Rob Housler – Ari 12
25 Dwayne Allen – Ind 8

2013 Fantasy Football Bold Predictions

 

The 2013 NFL season has arrived, insert *golf clap*, which means it’s Fantasy Football time as well.  You have draft, after draft, after draft happening, and you have stopped talking to your Wife/GF/BF/Husband/Family about anything that isn’t Fantasy Football. I wonder how many relationship causalities have occurred since the birth of Fantasy Football. I have unleashed my rankings, have given you my sleepers, and I have even given you my favorite kinds of ice cream. Today, I’m giving you my Fantasy Football Bold Predictions; when you read them some may not sound like they are too bold, the “Not So Bold Category”, the “Maybe He’s Onto Something Category” — after reading them, you’ll be convinced it will happen.  Finally, and most important, the “What The Hell Was I Thinking Category” — basically what the heck was I thinking during this piece. Fantasy Football is competitive but most of all, it is fun. So come along for this awesome ride as I give you my 2013 Fantasy Football Bold Predictions.

Not So Bold Category

Peyton Manning will finish as the #1 Fantasy Football QB

With the injuries and suspensions hindering the Broncos D so far in preseason, I fully expect them to relate to Peyton having to throw the ball a TON this year. With a lot of weapons at his disposal, he should have no problem finishing #1.

Cam Newton will finish as the #2 Fantasy Football QB

Newton has finished in the top 5 in 2 consecutive years. I think he will have a monster Fantasy Football season this year where we see him toss for 27 TDs and rushes for 10 TDs.

Wes Welker won’t finish in the top 15

There are just too many weapons in Denver for Welker to see #1 style targets this season. I think he will be productive, but nowhere near what we are used to seeing out of him.

Dez Bryant finishes as the #1 WR

It’s a dead heat between him and MegaTron.  However, I think this is the year that Dez will pass him. He has been practically un-coverable during the preseason, and I think this will transcend to the regular season as well.

Maybe He’s Onto Something Category

Alfred Morris will finish outside the top 10 in standard and PPR leagues

PPR leagues are a given for him to finish outside the top 10. But with the influx of talent this year at RB, I see Morris finishing outside the top 10 in standard leagues as well.

Adrian Peterson finishes 3rd or worse in standard and PPR leagues

Peterson will be good in 2013, but I don’t see him coming close to replicating his stats from last season. I also don’t see him topping the Fantasy RB charts either. I’m not telling you don’t take him because I think he is the only sure thing in the top 5 this year; however, I am saying he won’t repeat 2012 if that’s what you are looking for.

Reggie Bush finishes in the top 5 in PPR leagues and top 10 of standard

RBs in Detroit (Bell, LeShoure and Smith) had 132 targets out of the backfield in 2012 and caught 96 of them, which is nothing but good news for new Lions RB Reggie Bush. I see anywhere from 50-55 catches for him to go along with 8-900 yards on the ground, Bush is going to be a monster this season.

Michael Vick finishes in the top 7 among QBs this year

If — and it’s a big — IF, Vick stays healthy I see him finishing in the top 7 among QBs this year. The newly named starting QB of the Eagles could be in line for a huge fantasy season. In Chip Kelly’s up-tempo offense he will set up Vick to succeed. (If you draft him, keep your fingers crossed)

What the Hell Was I Thinking Category

Chris Johnson finishes in the top 5 of RB’s

Chris Johnson is going to be back and better than ever this year. The Titans upgraded the OL during the offseason (added Andy Levitre, Chance Warmack and Delaine Walker) he will have plenty of room to run. I see close to 2000 total yards for CJ in 2013.

Greg Jennings will have a top 20 finish among WR’s

In 9 games in 2012, Percy Harvin caught 62 balls on 85 targets for 677 yards and 3 TDs. Now Jennings is much older than Harvin and not as quick or as fast. There is no reason to think though that he won’t see as many or even more targets than Harvin did in 9 games. Jennings catches between 70-75 balls for little over 1050 yards and 6-7 TDs landing inside the top 20.

Russell Wilson finishes outside the top 10

I think the Seahawks are going to be good this year and might even make a run at the playoffs. I just can’t ignore the 9 games under 200 yards passing or the 7 games with only 1 TD. There are a lot of people high on RW this year but I am not one of them. He will lack the consistency of those who will finish ahead of him. Top 15 is a shoe-in, top 10 no way.

Martellus Bennett finishes higher than Vernon Davis & Tony Gonzalez

In Mark Trestman’s new offense in Chicago we could see as many as 700 throws coming from Cutler. This is nothing but good news for Bennett and his prospects at being a top fantasy TE. Bennett averaged 11 YPC last season and with him in line at another 90+ targets, he will be a Fantasy Stud. He is also another big (6’6) target for Cutler to throw to outside of Brandon Marshall in the Red Zone. There is a monster season ahead for Bennett.

5 Questions Surrounding the AFC West

Throughout the month of August The Sports Script have answered 5 key questions regarding each division in the NFL. We have gotten together our writers — Ricky Valero, Matt Wincherauk, and Chad Woodroof to answer the questions. These will lead up to the ultimate reveal of everyone’s prediction for the NFL season. Today we start off with the AFC West.

1. Which player needs to step up the most this year?

Ricky: Peyton Manning: After taking the team to a 13-3 record and securing home field advantage in the playoffs, Peyton and the Broncos were 1 and done. Its Super Bowl or bust for this team.

Chad: I’m sure everyone is going to say Philip Rivers, but I’m going to be different and go with Alex Smith. Kansas City is relying on him heavily to have steady play at the Quarterback position. Something the Chiefs haven’t had since Trent Green left the team.

Matty W.: Alex Smith really needs to step his game up with his new team this year. The Chiefs have always had a good defense, a very good running back but the missing piece was QB. I’m not a huge fan of Smith, but his playing well could mean the difference between a playoff appearance and a bust.

2. Which coach has the most pressure to win this year?

Ricky: John Fox: I would have to go with the same answer for him as I did with Peyton, its Super Bowl or Bust.

Chad: There is NO pressure on John Fox to win so that’s not who I’m going with. I’d say Dennis Allen. While San Diego and Kansas City have new Head Coaches, Allen might need to pull a horseshoe out of his butt to make sure the team is competitive as well as somewhat successful. It could cost him his job if the team has another 4-12 (or worse) season.

Matty W.: John Fox has a great QB, tons of offensive weapons and a solid D. There should be no excuse not to make the Super Bowl. This team could have some big bust potential like they did last year, and Fox is the one who needs control this ship.

3. Who is the Sleeper player to watch in the division?

Ricky: Alex Smith: I think he has every chance at succeeding in Kansas City under Andy Reid. If he can manage the offense and limit the turnovers, like the last few seasons in San Francisco, the Chiefs could be on their way to the playoffs.

Chad: I’m a little hung up on this one. I want to say Travis Kelce but I fear, being a liability in blocking, that he might not see as much playing time. Therefore, I will choose Knile Davis. He has a long history of injuries but, if he can stay healthy, will be a stellar compliment to Jamaal Charles.

Matty W.: Vincent Brown is already a very polished receiver and is just waiting to break out big time with a massive void at receiver for the Chargers. Rivers should bounce back a bit, and Brown will be the biggest benefactor.

4. Which player means the most to their team’s success this year?

Ricky: It has to be Peyton. If Denver didn’t have Manning as their Quarterback they wouldn’t be considered a Super Bowl favorite.

Chad: Peyton Manning. He’s arguably the best Quarterback our generation, as well as the previous few, have ever seen. As long as Peyton is being Peyton, Denver will roll like a well-oiled machine on offense.

Matty W.: Peyton Manning is among the greatest QBs of all time and he needs to play like one to in order for the Broncos to win. This team has taken some injury hits. Peyton and weapons such as Wes Welker should be the ones who will shoulder the burden.

5. How will the division play out?

Ricky:
1. Denver Broncos: 11-5 – The defensive problems through the preseason have taken this team from a 12 or 13 win team to an 11 win team.
2. Kansas City Chiefs: 10-6
3. San Diego Chargers: 4-12
4. Oakland Raiders: 4-12

Chad:
1. Denver Broncos  12-4
2. San Diego Chargers 9-7
3. Kansas City Chiefs 5-11
4. Oakland Raiders 3-13

Matty W.:
1. Denver Broncos should have no problem putting this division away. The Chiefs have improved by getting a real QB but at this point, Peyton Manning and this team despite injuries should cruise to the division crown and bye, with a 13-3 record.
2. Kansas City Chiefs: 8-8
3. San Diego Chargers: 5-11
4. Oakland Raiders: 3-13

2013 Fantasy Football WR Rankings

Fantasy Football season is upon us. Which means that millions of people around the world are drafting their teams. So I am here to bring you my latest rankings. Today I am going to give you my WR Rankings.

rankings as of 08/22/2013

Rank WR BYE
1 Calvin Johnson – Det 9
2 Dez Bryant – Dal 11
3 A.J. Green – Cin 12
4 Demaryius Thomas –   Den 9
5 Brandon Marshall –   Chi 8
6 Larry Fitzgerald –   Ari 9
7 Julio Jones – Atl 6
8 Vincent Jackson – TB 5
9 Andre Johnson – Hou 8
10 Roddy White – Atl 6
11 Victor Cruz – NYG 9
12 Marques Colston – NO 7
13 Randall Cobb – GB 4
14 Dwayne Bowe – KC 10
15 Danny Amendola – NE 10
16 Hakeem Nicks – NYG 9
17 Jordy Nelson – GB 4
18 Steve Smith – Car 4
19 Mike Wallace – Mia 6
20 Greg Jennings – Min 5
21 Antonio Brown – Pit 5
22 Wes Welker – Den 9
23 Reggie Wayne – Ind 8
24 Eric Decker – Den 9
25 Pierre Garcon – Was 5
26 Cecil Shorts – Jac 9
27 Torrey Smith – Bal 8
28 James Jones – GB 4
29 T.Y. Hilton – Ind 8
30 DeSean Jackson – Phi 12
31 Steve Johnson – Buf 9
32 Mike Williams – TB 5
33 Miles Austin – Dal 11
34 Kenny Britt – Ten 8
35 Tavon Austin – StL 11
36 Josh Gordon – Cle 10
37 Lance Moore – NO 7
38 Anquan Boldin – SF 9
39 Kenbrell Thompkins – NE 10
40 Emmanuel Sanders –   Pit 5
41 Rueben Randle – NYG 9
42 Michael Floyd – Ari 9
43 Golden Tate – Sea 12
44 Vincent Brown – SD 8
45 Justin Blackmon – Jac 9
46 Kendall Wright – Ten 8
47 Ryan Broyles – Det 9
48 DeAndre Hopkins – Hou 8
49 Alshon Jeffery – Chi 8
50 Darrius Heyward-Bey –   Ind 8