Fantasy Football Boom Or Bust: Week 11


Colin Kaepernick: Last week the Giants let Russell Wilson run for 102 yards and prior to last week they had given up 9 passing touchdowns over their last 3 games. I expect the 49ers to replicate the Seahawks zone read running scheme, which should reproduce the Colin Kaepernick we fell in love with 2 years ago.

Le’Veon Bell: Bell is usually a must start but he has not surpassed 100 yards on the ground since week 3 and he’s only produced 56 yards over the last 2 weeks. He has a great matchup this week against a Titans team giving up an average of 127 yards on the ground per game. After last week the Titans defense has now allowed 10 rushing touchdowns on the year. Look for Bell to have a bounce-back game for the Steelers in prime time.

Ryan Mathews: The Chargers could not be more thankful for Mathews’ return after Branden Oliver’s dismal performance over the last three weeks (3 YPC, 0 touchdowns). Opposing running backs have reached the end zone 9 times and have run for over 100 yards 7 times against the Raiders. Mathews should have a memorable return against the team he ran for 99 yards and a touchdown against a season ago.

Alfred Morris: With RGIII under center, Morris is averaging 91 yards a game and has accumulated 19 touchdowns. In 11 games without Griffin, he’s averaged 69 yards, compiling 7 scores. Morris has been the biggest beneficiary of Griffin’s ability to run the zone read offense. Be ready for a big day from Freddy against a Tampa Bay defense that has allowed 80+ rushing yards to running backs in 8 games this season.

Cordarrelle Patterson: Did anybody else watch last Sunday’s game? In case you didn’t, the Bears defense is awful. They have now allowed 106 points and 11 passing touchdowns over the last 2 weeks! I know Patterson doesn’t have a quarterback even close to the caliber of Rodgers or Brady, but the Vikings should find a way to get this dynamic play-maker the ball in week 11.

If there were a game for Pierre Garcon to regain his fantasy relevance, this is it
If there were a game for Pierre Garcon to regain his fantasy relevance, this is it

Pierre Garcon: If Pierre Garcon can’t produce big numbers in this game he should be dropped in all shallow leagues. He has now had a bye week to regain his chemistry with Griffin and they are playing the league’s worst pass defense. The Bucs have allowed performances of 63, 55, 33 and 32 fantasy points (ESPN) by wide receiving corps this year. Unless DeSean Jackson just goes absolutely nuts, Garcon is in line for a big game.

Dwayne Allen: The Pats have allowed tight ends to score in each of the last 3 weeks and the Hoody loves to make teams beat them with their secondary options. With the Patriots’ defense focusing on Hilton and Bradshaw, watch for Allen to be Luck’s number 1 option.

Browns D/ST: I think it is a fantasy football rule to start a defense playing against a quarterback in his first start, especially if that defense is coming off a week where they made Andy Dalton look like well, Andy Dalton. The Browns have forced 12 turnovers in the last 4 games which they will add to this week against the Texans. I think this game will be a low-scoring affair, making the Texans defense a good play as well.

Chiefs D/ST: 3 words; Arrowhead in November. The Chiefs have surrendered just 31 points total in their last 3 home games and the Seahawks’ offense has been stuck in struggle city. The Chiefs defense is a sneaky play this week against the defending champs.


Russell Wilson: The Seahawks passing game has really struggled of late and I don’t see it getting any better when they travel to Arrowhead. Wilson has not surpassed 200 yards passing in any of his last 3 games and has only thrown for 1 score during that time. His ability to run makes him very hard to bench, but keep in mind that the Chiefs have only allowed 20+ fantasy points (ESPN) to one QB this year and his name is Peyton Manning.

Mark Sanchez: There are 2 things to look at here. First, Green Bay’s pass defense has been above average this year, allowing only one 300-yard and 20+ point (ESPN) passer; Drew Brees. Their defense has been especially good at home, surrendering only 4 touchdowns through the air in their last 4 games. The second thing to look at is the overreaction to Sanchez in the Eagles great team win last Monday night. The Eagles were fortunate enough to force 3 turnovers in Panther territory that lead to 17 points as well as generating 14 points on defense and special teams. Sanchez and the Eagles’ offense had 9 drives start in their own territory, and they only scored on 2 of them. Expect Sanchez to have an average game at best in the frigid Wisconsin air.

CJ Anderson: This is more of a gut feeling as I hate doubting anyone on the Broncos’ offense, but this is a tough matchup for them. The Rams have allowed only 1 100-yard rusher over their past 5 games and only Demarco Murray achieved that feat against them at home. All of the sudden the Broncos have a very crowded backfield. Although Ronnie Hillman is expected to miss at least this week, Montee Ball is returning from injury and Juwan Thompson continues to get the rare goal line carries. The only way I see Anderson having a big game is if he breaks off a long run and finds pay dirt.

Marshawn Lynch: Last week Beast Mode had one of the best fantasy performances for a running back in recent years, however that was the first time he had gone over the century mark on the ground since week 1. This week, Lynch goes up against the 6th best fantasy run defense instead of the Giants’ 31st best. The Chiefs have not allowed a running back score a touchdown this year and I think they will keep that streak alive in week 11. Expect the Lynch we saw in weeks 5 through 8, not the one we saw in week 10.

AJ Green: If Keenan Lewis is healthy I would stay away from AJ Green. I will repeat what I wrote last week regarding receivers that Lewis follows. He held Kelvin Benjamin to 2 catches for 18 yards, Jordy Nelson to 3 catches for 25 yards and now, before injury, Michael Crabtree to 2 catches for 11 yards. Lewis is the most underrated corner in the game and should strike fear in fantasy owners like Revis, Peterson, Sherman and Hayden do.

Martellus Bennett: The Vikings being number 2 against tight ends this year coupled with how bad the Bears offense is playing makes Bennett a risky week 11 start. I know it’s hard to bench a guy at a position where there is very little depth, but if you have another solid option at tight end I would go with it.

Eagles D/ST: In their last 8 home games, Aaron Rodgers has thrown 28 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. The Eagles have relied on their defense or special teams to score at least 1 touchdown a week, but the statistics tell us that Rodgers won’t give them that opportunity.

Cardinals D/ST: This is not a knock on the Cardinal defense, I’m just weary of a clicking Lions’ offense. The last time the Cardinals went up against a team with 2 stud receivers, the Broncos, they let Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas combine for 327 receiving yards and 2 scores. Don’t let their recent performance against the Rams give you faith that they will stop Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate.

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Week 16 Fantasy Football Sleepers

Most of you reading this are in the playoffs and playing for the Title or in some cases the game before the title. First off, Good luck and we here at the Sports Script hope we have been helpful enough to get you playing where you are right now. We look forward to helping many others in the years to come.

This week there are some really good matchups across the board but with the uncertainty of some big name guys (Peterson, Fitzgerald and possibly the return of Aaron Rodgers). So I am here to give you my week 16 Fantasy Football Sleepers

Week 16 Fantasy Football Sleepers

Ben Roethlisberger vs. Green Bay Packers

The Steelers got up big early and really didn’t need Ben to do much this week. Prior to last week’s Big Ben had thrown for multiple touchdowns in 5 straight games. I look for him to his TD total this week against a Packers D that has given up 7 TDs over the last 3 games.

Alfred Morris vs. Dallas Cowboys

Morris is quietly the 5th leading rusher in football this season but has only found the endzone 6 times and once since week 9. He has a great matchup against a Cowboy run D that I think I could get 100 yards on (that’s saying a lot). Morris had 81 yards and a TD in the week 6 matchup against the Boys and this week he is a risky play as you don’t know how he will be used but I think he is certainly worth the look with the matchup he has.

Ben Tate vs. Houston Texans (Same could be said for Dennis Johnson if Tate doesn’t play)

Tate had a pretty good game on Sunday that got ruined by his two fumble. He went for 92 total yards but didn’t find the endzone for the 2nd straight week. He draws a Denver Broncos team that has given up an average of 122 yards and 1.5 touchdowns to opposing RBs over the last 4 games. Both of these guys are worth a look this week if you own them.

Emmanuel Sanders vs. Green Bay Packers

Sanders touchdown streak was halted at 3 games after not finding the endzone against the Bengals. This week we could see a shootout in Green Bay. Both defenses have been suspect against the pass and this could be the week Sanders scores his 6th TD of the year.

Brian Hartline vs. Buffalo Bills

Hartline has been on fire over the last 6 weeks. He has at least 5 catches and 50 yards in every game since week 9 and has scored 2 TDs in the last 3 games. In a PPR format he has been a stud. This week he faces Buffalo and he caught 6 balls for 69 yards in their week 7 matchup. If I it was me I would start Hartline this week but a strong sleeper play this week.

Tyler Eifert vs. Minnesota Vikings

Eifert succeeded in the 2nd half against the Steelers after Gresham went down. He found the endzone for the 1st time since week 7. If Gresham is down and you are missing a tight end due to the injury of Gronkowski, Eifert is the man to play. The Vikings have given up 3 TDs in the previous two games and haven’t been that good against TEs all season (averaging 9 PPG).

San Diego Chargers D vs. Oakland Raiders

The Chargers are coming off a high in beating the Broncos and holding them to a season low 17 points, which actually scares me a little in playing them because they could just let us down but I don’t see that happening this week. Chargers are a really good streaming option for Fantasy owners everywhere

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Week 15 Fantasy Football Sleepers

As the case with myself as well, Fantasy owners every had to weather to storm this week and watch some of the top Fantasy Studs that weren’t able to produce due to terrible playing conditions. While others saw top stars like LeSean McCoy, Jamaal Charles and Peyton Manning thrive in the cold/snowy weather. Congratulations if you have made it to the next round of the playoffs and good luck to those who are starting this week. I am here to give you my Week 15 Fantasy Football Sleepers.

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Week 15 Fantasy Football Sleepers

Ryan Tannehill vs. New England Patriots

Tannehill is coming off a HUGE game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in which he threw for 3 TD and added 56 yards on the ground. In his last matchup against the Patriots he tossed 2 1st half touchdowns but the Patriots came back on a tear and Tannehill had 3 second half turnovers. The Patriots are coming off a game in which they gave up 391 yards and 3 TDs to Jason Campbell. I like Tannehill and his matchup this week.

Pierre Thomas vs. St. Louis Rams

Thomas only has 14 rushing yards over the previous two games but also has only seen 11 carries due to the team being down a ton of points and getting ahead. Well the Rams are giving up over 20 points a game to opposing Fantasy RBs. Thomas has a ton of upside in this weeks matchup and it may be a risk playing him but one I think is worth it.

Alfred Morris vs. Atlanta Falcons

Morris has had  a frustrating season for owners who drafted him rather high. He only has 107 rushing yards in the last 3 games and outside the TD run against the Giants he has been irrelevant. The Falcons have given up the most rushing yards of anyone this season and that includes 302 yards and 3 TDs over the previous 2 games. We should see Morris make the most of his carries with this favorable matchup.

Cordalle Patterson vs. Philadelphia Eagles

The Vikings have found ways to get Patterson the football over the past few weeks. He has 23 targets in the last 3 games including 3 rushing attempts as well. The Eagles have given up 20+ Fantasy points to WRs in 11 of 13 games (13 of 13 in PPR leagues). Patterson is a sneaky play this week that I really like.

Cecil Shorts vs. Buffalo Bills

After scoring for his 2nd straight game, Shorts has a great matchup for him this coming week against the Bills. They are giving up the 2nd most Fantasy points to opposing WRs this year and Shorts has a good shot at making it 3 straight games with a TD

Dennis Pitta vs. Detroit Lions

Pitta coming off his hip injury and all the questions around “limited” play he was going to have Sunday, he saw 11 targets catching 6 of them for 48 yards and a TD. While the Lions have been pretty good against opposing TEs (5 PPG) Pitta is one of Flaccos favorite weapons. You may be able to find him on many of waivers across leagues and I would land him if possible.

Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Buffalo Bills

EJ Manuel is coming off another poor performance but this time throwing 4 INTs. The Jaguars are red hot right now winning 4 out of their last 5 games. The team is playing well and are worth a look if you are someone who streams D week to week.

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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.

2013 Fantasy Football RB 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 RB Rankings.

Rank RB Bye
1 Adrian Peterson – Min 5
2 Doug Martin – TB 5
3 Arian Foster – Hou 8
4 Jamaal Charles – KC 10
5 LeSean McCoy – Phi 12
6 C.J. Spiller – Buf 12
7 Ray Rice – Bal 8
8 Marshawn Lynch – Sea 12
9 Alfred Morris – Was 5
10 Trent Richardson –   Cle 10
11 Chris Johnson – Ten 8
12 Matt Forte – Chi 8
13 Maurice Jones-Drew –   Jac 14
14 Steven Jackson – Atl 6
15 Stevan Ridley – NE 10
16 Reggie Bush – Det 9
17 Frank Gore – SF 9
18 DeMarco Murray – Dal 11
19 Lamar Miller – Mia 6
20 Darren McFadden – Oak 7
21 Ryan Mathews – SD 8
22 David Wilson – NYG 9
23 Daryl Richardson –   StL 11
24 Ronnie Hillman – Den 9
25 Darren Sproles – NO 7
26 Shane Vereen – NE 10
27 Giovani Bernard – Cin 12
28 Eddie Lacy – GB 4
29 Rashard Mendenhall –   Ari 12
30 Andre Brown – NYG 9
31 Vick Ballard – Ind 8
32 Chris Ivory – NYJ 10
33 DeAngelo Williams –   Car 4
34 Benjarvus Green-Ellis   – Cin 12
35 Montee Ball – Den 9
36 Ahmad Bradshaw – Ind 8
37 Pierre Thomas – NO 7
38 Bernard Pierce – Bal 8
39 Danny Woodhead – SD 8
40 Mark Ingram – NO 7
41 Bryce Brown – Phi 12
42 Jonathan Stewart –   Car 4
43 Fred Jackson – Buf 12
44 Ben Tate – Hou 8
45 Jonathan Dwyer – PIT 5
46 Mikel Leshoure – Det 9
47 Shonn Greene – Ten 8
48 LaMichael James – SF 9
49 Roy Helu – Was 5
50 Zac Stacy – StL 11
51 Michael Bush – Chi 8
52 Daniel Thomas – Mia 6
53 Isaac Redman – Pit 5
54 Joique Bell – Det 9
55 Mike Goodson – NYJ 10
56 Kendall Hunter – SF 9
57 Isaiah Pead – StL 11
58 Joseph Randle – Dal 11
59 Christine Michael –   Sea 12
60 Johnathan Franklin – GB 4

NFL 32 Team Preview: Washington Redskins

We’ll be hashing over the Washington Redskins in today’s 32 NFL Team preview. The burgundy and gold have come a long way. Winning the NFC East last year, the Redskins hosted their first home Playoff game since 1999. Mike Shanahan and Bruce Allen seem to have done just what they promised. They’ve got the Skins’ back on top, but now have to keep them there. Shanahan needs to have a winning season in 2013 to turn his 21-27 overall record with the team into a positive one. Washington’s goal will be holding more home Playoff games this upcoming season.

Offense: An Offense that struggled in 2011 was reborn with the addition of a Quarterback in the 2012 Draft. Robert Griffin III led the Skins’ with 3,200 passing yards, 815 rushing yards, 20 passing/7 rushing touchdowns, and 5 interceptions. He only lost 2 but he needs to shore up putting on the ball on the ground as he fumbled 12 times in his rookie year. Griffin possesses arm strength and accuracy that’s rarely seen in a player at his position who’s considered a running threat. If RGIII has another season where he carries the team on his back with big numbers, he’s going to be considered one of the best in the game. Notably, Washington has Kirk Cousins at back up. If Robert Griffin isn’t available to play the first few weeks due to his knee injury, Kirk will fill in fine as he proved last year. The team has a solid pair of Tight Ends in Fred Davis and Logan Paulsen. Davis, coming off an Achilles injury, really seemed like he was beginning to build a rapport with RGIII until the injury. Paulsen stepped in and was a key 3rd down guy that caught a majority of his targets. Jordan Reed was taken in the 3rd round of the Draft and, though a project player, a lot of fans have faith that he’s going to be a force in the passing game. The Skins’ have a lot of talent on their hands at his position. Pierre Garçon missed time and was never 100% healthy in 2012, but still managed to lead the team in receiving (44 catches, 663 yards, and 4 touchdowns). He and Santana Moss are the key complement players in the passing game. Both tied for most plays over 20 yards receiving (10) and first downs (26). Moss ended last season with 8 touchdowns. Josh Morgan, Leonard Hankerson, and Aldrick Robinson will pretty much round out the rest of the positions. Morgan is a reliable Receiver who does great in run blocking. Robinson snuck past Defensive Backs a few times for big plays last season, and will be looking to have more of those in this coming year. Leonard Hankerson was big for Washington in the middle on slants and posts. Making sure Robert Griffin has time to throw is the responsibility of the Offensive Line. Left Tackle Trent Williams is quietly one of the better players at his position in the league. He’s only allowed 8.5 sacks the past 2 seasons, playing against some of the best pass rushers in the NFL, many who reside in the NFC East. Tyler Polumbus will be the team’s starter at Right Tackle. Will Montgomery, Center, played solid for someone who many fans had concerns about handling the position going into last year. Chris Chester and Kory Lichtensteiger will be the franchises Guards. Josh LeRibeus played solid when called upon at the end of the season. So if Chester or Lichtensteiger have an issue, he should have no problem taking over. Alfred Morris is the Running Back they’ll be opening lanes for. Morris ran for 1,613 yards in his rookie campaign, along with scoring 13 touchdowns. Nobody expected him to have numbers this big, being a 6th round pick, so I’m curious to see how 2013 is going to go for him. Notably, Roy Helu and Chris Thompson will be fighting to back Alfred up. Helu was a nice pick up for the Redskins in 2011, setting the team record for catches in a game, but missed almost all of 2012 due to injury. Thompson was always a home run threat at Florida State and was chosen in the 4th round of the draft. He’s a long shot, coming off season-ending back and ACL injuries in 2011 and ’12, but could prove to be an explosive player. The Redskins offense, 5th overall in 2012 (1st in rushing, 20th in passing), all falls on to the shoulders of its Quarterback. They’re a solid group, but he takes them to another level and will need to be healthy throughout 2013 for success.

Defense: Defensively the Skins’ ranked 28th in the league last year (5th versus the run and 30th against the pass). The leader of the Defense is 16-year vet, Middle Linebacker, London Fletcher. Fletcher led the Redskins in tackling (139 total) and interceptions (5) last year, also registering 3 sacks. London’s presence alone brings certain inspiration to Washington, who will be starting beside Perry Riley. Perry had good stats for his first full year as a starter with 3.5 sacks and 129 total tackles. Brian Orakpo forms a solid pairing with Ryan Kerrigan at Outside Linebacker. Orakpo put up 28.5 sacks over 3 years before being injured in the second game of 2012 and missing the rest of the year. Kerrigan has totaled 16 sacks for the Redskins since being drafted in 2011. They should have the most significant amount of pressure on Quarterback’s than anyone else on the team. Rob Jackson is a notable here as he was a force while replacing Orakpo during his injury. He led the team in tackles for loss with 5 and had 4 interceptions with 4.5 sacks. The Skins’ Defensive Line is responsible for their stellar play against the run last season. Stephen Bowen and Adam Carriker should be the team’s starting D-End’s. In 2012, Carriker suffered a season-ending knee injury and missed a majority of the season. He still might not be ready to play when the season starts and, if so, Jarvis Jenkins would take his spot. Bowen has made the most of his opportunities to be a starter in Washington since being signed in 2011. Another player they signed that same year Barry Cofield, one of the better Nose Tackles in the game, is good at putting stress on pass throwers. Second-String is Chris Baker who comes in at times to spell Cofield, mainly during rushing situations. The Secondary of the Redskins needed a lot of help during the Offseason. The team did just that, making a lot of moves on limited funds. Phillip Thomas was drafted along with Bacarri Rambo to compete for a starting Safety position. Thomas led the NCAA in interceptions with 8 in 2012 and is the favorite to win the position. Rambo has a playmaker for Georgia that will be a nice player to have if Brandon Meriweather cannot make it through the season. Meriweather missed all but one half of football in 2012. In that game, his strong performance had fans envisioning what he would have looked like with the team all season if healthy. The depth at Cornerback got younger and deeper when the team selected David Amerson 51st overall. Amerson led the NCAA in interceptions with 13 in 2011, but had some coverage problems at NC State in 2012. He should be a perfect fit with Josh Wilson and DeAngelo Hall. Hall tied for the lead on the Redskins in tackles for loss (5), led in pass deflections (14), intercepted 4 passes and had a sack in 2012. Wilson forced 3 fumbles while picking off 2 passes last year. The remaining members of the Cornerback group are E.J. Biggers, Chase Minnifield, and Richard Crawford. Biggers was signed to the team during Free Agency from Tampa. Minnifield came to the team as an injured rookie last season and is trying to see playing time in 2013. Crawford made a big difference in the return game and seemed to feel more comfortable as the season ended. He’ll be the player that I’ll have my eye on early. The Defense for the Redskins is going to get a big boost with Orakpo and Carriker coming back. Their Secondary is young and will have some growing pains, but the team should be noticeably better against the pass. Quarterback stress by the D-Line will be the key to how effective they’ll be in 2013.

End Result: This season is only going to go as well as Robert Griffin does. If he and key members on the team stay healthy, I predict the Redskins will be 12-4 . Now Washington, being last alphabetically, was finished before I had the chance to tag them with the 11-5 record I had in mind. Either way, I had them taking a step forward after 2012.

2013 Fantasy Football RB Rankings

We have entered Fantasy Football season folks. We are only a few weeks away from our 1st set of preseason games and I am here to give you my updated Fantasy Football rankings. As the season nears check back daily for up to date rankings and articles helping you with this years Fantasy Football Draft.

2013 Fantasy Football RB Rankings

Rank Player Team Bye
1 Adrian Peterson MIN 5
2 Arian Foster HOU 8
3 Jamaal Charles KC 10
4 Doug Martin TB 5
5 LeSean McCoy PHI 12
6 CJ Spiller BUF 12
7 Ray Rice BAL 8
8 Alfred Morris WAS 5
9 Trent Richardson CLE 10
10 Marshawn Lynch SEA 12
11 Matt Forte CHI 8
12 Reggie Bush DET 9
13 Maurice Jones-Drew JAC 14
14 Steven Jackson ATL 6
15 Chris Johnson TEN 8
16 Stevan Ridley NE 10
17 Frank Gore SF 9
18 Darren McFadden OAK 7
19 DeMarco Murrary DAL 11
20 Lamar Miller MIA 6
21 Le’Veon Bell PIT 5
22 Ryan Matthews SD 8
23 David Wilson NYG 9
24 Chris Ivory NYJ 10
25 Montee Ball DEN 9
26 Darren Sproles NO 7
27 Eddie Lacy GB 4
28 Rashard Mendenhall ARI 9
29 Shane Vereen NE 10
30 Giovani Bernard CIN 12

2013 Fantasy Football RB Rankings

As we entered the month of June we inched closer to the regular season. On Monday, I dropped my QB Rankings & now today I present my early Fantasy Football RB Rankings.

Rank Player Team Bye
1 Adrian Peterson MIN 5
2 Arian Foster HOU 8
3 Jamaal Charles KC 10
4 Doug Martin TB 5
5 LeSean McCoy PHI 12
6 CJ Spiller BUF 12
7 Ray Rice BAL 8
8 Alfred Morris WAS 5
9 Trent Richardson CLE 10
10 Marshawn Lynch SEA 12
11 Matt Forte CHI 8
12 Reggie Bush DET 9
13 Maurice Jones-Drew JAC 14
14 Steven Jackson ATL 6
15 Chris Johnson TEN 8
16 Stevan Ridley NE 10
17 Frank Gore SF 9
18 Darren McFadden OAK 7
19 DeMarco Murrary DAL 11
20 Chris Ivory NYJ 10
21 Darren Sproles NO 7
22 Ryan Matthews SD 8
23 Le’Veon Bell PIT 5
24 Vick Ballard IND 8
25 David Wilson NYG 9
26 Lamar Miller MIA 6
27 Montee Ball DEN 9
28 Eddie Lacy GB 4
29 Rashard Mendenhall ARI 9
30 BenJarvus Green-Ellis CIN 9

Here is a linke to my QB Rankings

Fantasy Football Top 10 for 2013

What a Fantastic season for sure this season, I had a lot of fun playing Fantasy Football. I look forward to interacting more with all of you this coming season and maybe playing against a few of you. I am looking ahead to the 2013 season and giving my Top 10 players for Fantasy.

Top 10 For 2013 

1. Arian Foster – I really give Foster the slightest of edge over AP for a few reasons. He has only 6 games in the last 3 years with under 10 Fantasy Points(Standard Scoring). That’s an impressive stat right there for any player. Foster’s consistency is what makes him my #1 pick for this coming year.

2. Adrian Peterson – What an impressive season for AP, finishing just 9 yards short of Eric Dickerson’s season rushing record. Coming of ACL surgery, no one expected what we saw in the 2012 season. Though I don’t expect him to come out and do this again, I think he will have another impressive campaign in 2013.

3. Ray Rice – I am a huge fan of this guy, all the talent in the world and never used right. With Cameron finally out the door, I hope heading into the 2013 they realize what exactly they have at RB. What I do like about the 2012 season is this. The wear and tear on Rice isn’t wasn’t that high, he had only 257 carries his lowest output since 2009. Of course his value in PPR is very nice considering 4 straight seasons of 60+ catches. Very safe pick at #3.

4. Doug Martin – He busted out his rookie season with finishing in the top 5 in his position. Accumulating over 1900 yards and 11 TD’s and only 1 fumble this year. I really like Martin as a top back heading in the 2013 season.

5. Calvin Johnson – I hate taking WR’s really high, but if you are in a PPR league you really can’t go wrong with CJ. I think a lot of his stats came in garbage time but that doesn’t take away what an amazing season he did have.

6. CJ Spiller – With Gailey now gone and Fred Jackson possibly on the way out. What is not to like about the possibility of a full season of Spiller? He is a multi-threat back out of the back field, who averaged 6 yards per carry last season. Having only 388 carries in his first 3 seasons he will have fresh legs. If Jackson does indeed leave I could see Spiller hitting #3 on my board come next season.

7. Jamaal Charles – This guy could’ve have had an even bigger season if it wasn’t for the few games the Chiefs decided not to fee Charles the ball. Coming off an ACL injury like he did and producing is just crazy. In any other season this guy would be a lock for Comeback Player of the Year. His ability to catch the ball out of the backfield is the reason he is ahead of the next guy on my list.

8. Alfred Morris – What an incredible Rookie season for Morris this year. Hit the Fantasy by storm to start the season and never really looked back either. The Shanahan effect could be cautious for some of the Fantasy Owners. But it looks to me as the Redskins have found an amazing 1-2 punch for a long time.

9. LeSean McCoy – Not the best season for McCoy this year because of an injury that made him miss some games. But with Reid out as Head Coach, I expect the new Coach to come in and use him properly. So he really could be a steal at this low in the draft.

10. Marshawn Lynch – Lynch was a beast to say the least this year. Rushing for 1590 yards this year adding 12 total touchdowns as well. He has easily established himself as a Top Fantasy RB to have for next year. Someone with this much talent dropping this far would be a win for whoever gets him.

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