The preseason has come to a close. The position battles are over. The Tebow hype has finally come to an end. The official NFL Kickoff is mere hours away and here I sit, starting a fantasy football blog.
Sadly, you have all completed your drafts (well most of them) and I cannot advise you that Kenbrell Thompkins, who I own in every league, will not only be your MVP due to where he is being picked, but that I believe he outscores Danny Amendola for the year. I cant tell you that Gio Bernard will turn it up later this year and be a top flex option if not a solid RB 2. Maybe what I regret most of all is that I can’t tell you that Dwayne Bowe will be a top 10 WR this year.
Here’s what I can tell you: I’ve been playing fantasy football since I was a freshman in high school, I’ve had a string of great waiver pickups like Samkon Gado, Legarette Blount, and as recent as last year, Colin Kaepernick. The last bit of good news? Having recently graduated from college, I’ve been able to prepare like never before.
The guy that watches preseason to see which unexpected rookies look like they can step in and make a difference? That’s me. (and by the way its Dallas RB Joseph Randle)
The guy that reads practice reports to see who the coaches are talking about and praising? That’s me.
And most beneficial (or terrifying depending on how you look at it).
The guy that has HANDWRITTEN rankings of players…by position? Me.
This is the level of dedication you’re getting from me is second to maybe only Matthew Berry. In fact I have a draft coming up at 7 o’clock, one last one to get my fix and here is why I started this blog. For all the work we put into it, the draft isn’t everything. The season is defined by trades and waiver wire brilliance, The draft is merely the foundation for all of this. You and I will be together for 16 weeks trying to get the highest scoring team into our lineup. These lineups won’t exclusively contain players we’ve drafted, and those guys are the difference.
But you came here for some quick football advice and since you were so kind as to read up to here, this is the reward I can give you: some watch list players. These are the guys that your opponents won’t be looking at terribly close early in the year so if at some point you have an open roster spot feel free to stash them. We can talk more in-depth about them at later times, for now, just a list and a quick sentence of two.
The previously mentioned Joe Randle RB DAL
Christine Michael RB SEA (especially in keeper leagues)
Stephen Hill WR NYJ somebody has to break out for my Jets…right?
Robert Woods WR BUF while you’re all looking at Stevie Johnson I’m looking at Woods
Jon Baldwin WR SF he’s rumored to still be lacking an offensive roll but I bet he emerges around week 7, right when you’re looking for a sneaky lottery ticket bye week fill in.
Jordan Cameron TE CLE runs a good seam route, will have all of those middle of the field looks while Josh Gordon blazes down the sideline.
Justin Hunter WR TEN when one of the Titans wideouts goes down with a hammy injury Hunter will shine
Marcel Reece RB OAK similar to Hunter, when McFadden eventually goes down I’m betting that he gets the first crack at starting
Benny Cunningham RB STL we’ve seen that no Rams RB can separate from the field, this might lead the coaching staff to give Cunningham some carries and see what he’s made of.
There you have it, the men to watch early. Sure some like Cameron might be rostered already but that doesn’t mean that I can’t show you how to buy low on him in week 2.
Good luck in the coming fantasy season and keep checking back for more content, I’ll be updating as often as possible. Got a question? Comment here and I will get back with a response as soon as I can.
May the Fantasy Force be with you.