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What can the Rams “Show Me”?

What an incredible Rookie season it was for Rookie Sam Bradford. With 3512 passing yards, and 18 TDs, Bradford was named the 2010-2011 Offensive Rookie of the Year.  Bradford led the Rams to a 7-9 record, nearly winning that sad division, the NFC West.  Bradford will be a solid Fantasy Football pick up this year for a variety of reasons. First, he is no longer a rookie!  He is showing increased signs of leadership hosting unofficial practices with his teammates.  Bradford has also been housing rookies drafted this year, with nowhere to go in St. Louis.  I’m sure there is no place these rookie WRs and TE would rather be than staying with the starting QB! Additionally, the Rams have upgraded their offensive weapons by drafting 2 WRs and TE.  WR Donnie Avery will be back this season recovering from an undisclosed knee injury.   Bradford will also benefit from the run game.  I think he may surprise some this year and sneak up into that Top Fantasy Tier of QB maybe over a Eli Manning or a Ben Roethlisberger,(just that he’ll get more points).  If all the top names are gone, you may want to gamble….

Can anybody name a receiver or a TE for the Rams?  Anyone?  Anyone?  That’s what I thought.  Last year, Laurent Robinson and Donnie Avery were slated to be the starters at WR.  Neither were expected to be Fantasy factors, but they turned out to be NO FACTOR at all.  Avery didn’t play because of injury and Robinson was outplayed by Danny Amendola and Brandon Gibson.  Outplayed is a stretch!  A BIG STRETCH.  Amendola led the team in receiving yards with 689 yards and receiving TDs at 3.  Gibson came in second with 620 yards and 2 TDs.  Nothing at all to talk about.  In this year’s draft, St. Louis was hoping that they could somehow get their hands on Julio Jones.  No such luck!  They did, however, pick two big receivers, Austin Pettis and Greg Salas in the 3rd and 4th rounds respectively.  Also in the draft, they got big 6’4″ 239 lb Lance Kendricks from Wisconsin.  I look for Kendricks to get the starting TE spot over Billy Bajema and Daniel Fells, who both showed pass catching ability last year, but don’t possess the raw talent of the rookie.  Any receiver on the Rams can emerge as a Fantasy sleeper, but it all depends on the continued development of 2nd year starting QB Sam Bradford.  Proceed with caution!

Hard to believe Steven Jackson is going into his 7th season of the NFL.  Jackson is a powerful back who still attacks the hole and still has playmaking ability.  Last year, Jackson rushed for 1,241 yards and 6 TDs.  Keeping it real, those TDs make a world of difference. 15 other backs scored more TDs than Jackson (I didn’t include Mike Vick who had 9 rushing TDs).  I wince as I type this next statement:  I have to be frank and say that due to his lack of scoring over recent years, Jackson is not a TOP TIER Fantasy RB.  While he ranks 8th in rushing yards in the league, he ranks 16th in scoring actual TDs.  I have a problem with that.  You might too, if you play in a score only league.  I wouldn’t take him as my 1st RB off the board on Draft day.  My 2nd, for sure… Have doubts?  Check the stats for yourself:

Rushing Stats
Year Team Att Yards AVG LG TD 20+ 40+
2004 St. Louis Rams 134 673 5.0 48 4 5 2
2005 St. Louis Rams 254 1046 4.1 51 8 6 2
2006 St. Louis Rams 346 1528 4.4 59t 13 9 1
2007 St. Louis Rams 237 1002 4.2 54 5 8 4
2008 St. Louis Rams 253 1042 4.1 56 7 6 1
2009 St. Louis Rams 324 1416 4.4 58 4 10 2
2010 St. Louis Rams 330 1241 3.8 42t 6 7 1
TOTAL   1878 7948 4.2 59 47 51 13
Receiving statistics
Year Team Rec Yards AVG LG TD 20+ 40+
2004 St. Louis Rams 19 189 9.9 28 0 4 0
2005 St. Louis Rams 43 320 7.4 27 2 1 0
2006 St. Louis Rams 90 806 9.0 64t 3 7 1
2007 St. Louis Rams 38 271 7.1 37 1 3 0
2008 St. Louis Rams 40 379 9.5 53 1 5 2
2009 St. Louis Rams 51 322 6.3 38 0 3 0
2010 St. Louis Rams 46 383 8.3 49 0 4 1
TOTAL   327 2670 8.2 64t 7 27 4

I know Jackson’s been a beast, but I have the feeling that the Rams will be an air raid this year with Bradford…the running game will be good, but not that great where you need to snatch up Steven Jackson all early…

Defense and Special Teams in St. Louis was, what’s the word, oh yeah, SOFT!  But they played in the worst division in the league, so soft was ok, I guess.  Soft may be a little harsh because they do have some playmakers who are young and improving.  LB James Laurinaitis is the leader.  He stops the run and he can defend the pass.  DEs James Hall and Chris Long are Sack Masters, together killin 20 QBs last year, with Hall leading the team with 11.  The secondary was pesky but they lost a huge piece with the departure of safety OJ Atogwe to the (as I clear my throat) Redskins.  They did address some Defensive needs in the draft.  They got DE Robert Quinn from North Carolina, a MONSTA!  They also picked up 3 DBs to help that depleted secondary.  Even with the playmakers and the new toys, the question will be whether the Defense can get some scores from their turnovers, which is what you look for in a Fantasy defense.  They just don’t score.  Speaking of not scoring, the Rams Special Teams is also guilty of that.  Not one returned kick or punt to the house last year.  Not even one called back.  Who needs a Fantasy Def/ST that doesn’t score?  Look elsewhere when you are drafting a defense.  This one just won’t generate enough points for you to win your Fantasy league.

We’re headed to the Big Apple to discuss the J-E-T-S!

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Who Dey Think Gonna Beat Dem Bengals?!

Terrell Owens, Cincinnati’s best WR last year (yeah I said it) will not even be a Bengal this year. At 37 years old, T.O. ended the season pretty well with 983 yards and 9 TDs.  Not bad, not bad at all… It took Drew Rosenhaus awhile to find a landing spot last season.  I wonder where in the world he will end up in the 2011-12 season.
I love Chad, you love Chad…it’s the end zone that no longer welcome’s #85.  He only had 4 TDs last season with 831 yards in 14 games.  For the last 9 seasons, Chad Johnson Ochocinco (I think he changed his name back?) has been a 1 man entertainment show in Cincy.  Going into his 10th season in the league, Chad has done it all: reality tv, social networking, Dancing with the Stars, played soccer, even a little bull riding.  The problem: He is not producing on his day job.  Going into his 10th season, looks like Chad will finally get his professional football wish–to play for a team other than the Cincinnati Bengals.  At 33 years old, Chad will be a handful for Drew Rosenhaus to sell, but if he can get T.O. a contract…Chad will certainly get one…coming off a bad season and all.

Move on is what the Bengals have done in NUMEROUS ways offensively.  Starting with the #4 overall pick in the draft, the Bengals selected WR AJ Green out of Georgia.  While it is not quite known for sure who exactly will throw the ball to Green, it is expected that he will be the Bengals biggest offensive weapon this season. Offensive Coordinator Jay Gruden is excited to get started with Green and the rest of the Bengals young receiving core including: Jerome Simpson, Jordan Shipley, and Jermaine Gresham.

Will there be a changing of the guard at RB in Cincy?  Cedric Benson  ran well for the Bengals last year……when they ran the ball.  He rushed for 1111 yards and 8 total TDs.  He’s had a good Fantasy run since playing for the Bengals, but Benson is a free agent this year and may be gone for good.  So is Bernard Scott the new workhorse for the Stripes?  That remains to be seen.  Scott is 5’10” and 197 lbs, but despite his size or lack of it, he’s been very durable.  But will that remain if he becomes the every down guy?  Remember the Bengals play the Ravens and the Steelers twice a year and whoever is running the ball could be in for a world of hurt.  There’s also not much depth at the RB position in Cincy. They did draft a RB in the seventh round, but there’s no need to mention his name or the name of the other RBs.  Just keep your eye on Scott and the situation with Benson.  Scott could be a good pick in the later rounds of your Fantasy draft but that’s it.  Benson is a toss up.  I think he could be a good  RB 2 or Flex player but it depends on where he lands.  I really think Cincinnati needs to keep him.  But you know how stupid they are.

Not much to say about that Cincy D…they don’t make much noise for Fantasy Footballers.  Last year they had 29 sacks, (led by Carlos Dunlap with 10) and 1 Defensive TD.  Not really a D  I’d go out of my way to draft in that last round on Fantasy Football Draft day.  Return man Bernard Scott had 1257 return yards in 16 games, but not a single TD…You can do better on Draft Day is all I’m saying…

News Flash!!!!!  Carson Palmer means what he says.  He will never play for Cincinnati again.  Another news flash, owner Mike Brown will not trade Palmer, no matter what he can get for him.  So in comes QB Andy Dalton from TCU, drafted by the Bengals in the second round in this year’s draft.  I mean who else is there?  Carson’s little brother, Jordan?  Dan LeFevour?  There is nobody else!  So Dalton it is.  He’s 6’2″, 215 lbs and the word on him is that he’s accurate and he moves well in the pocket, which is a good thing because his offensive line is woeful.  Needless to say, don’t draft ANY Bengal QBs.  It’s a shame because they have some talented young receivers.

Taking it to the LOU next…


The Seattle Seahawks

Imagine this: A team with a losing record wins their division and hosts a playoff game in which they beat the defending Super Bowl Champions.  Sounds crazy right? Well, that’s exactly what the Seattle Seahawks did last season.

Now despite that Marshawn Lynch 67 yard TD playoff run against the Saints in the playoffs, the Seattle running game was pretty non-existent.  Lynch was the Seahawks leading rusher last year with 573 yards and 6 TDs in 12 games.  Followed up by Justin Forsett with 523 yards and 2 TDs in 16 games.  Leon Washington is a pretty decent Fantasy Football asset as a return man, last year he had 1,461 return yards and 3 TDs. Thinking about relying on him as a RB only? Naw. That’s why the Jets traded him.
Now that I’ve reviewed the stats, let me tell you about a few improvements the Seahawks have addressed so far this off-season.  With the 25th overall pick of the 2011 draft, the Seahawks selected Alabama offensive lineman James Carpenter.  Carpenter cleared many openings for Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram.  Coach Carroll has stated that Carpenter will start day 1 at right tackle.  Carpenter will be a great compliment to the O line enhanced by last year’s pick of left tackle Russell Okung drafted with the #6th overall selection.  Later in this year’s draft, (with the #75th overall pick) Wisconsin offensive guard John Moffitt was selected, probably to start at right guard. The Seahawks run game should improve greatly!

There is nothing special about the receiving core for the Seahawks.  As a matter of fact, they had no receiver with over 4 TDs last season.  PITIFUL!!  They have no-name guys who could walk right by and not be noticed by anyone, even in Seattle.  However, they do have Mike Williams, who was a standout at USC, coached by Pete Carroll.  Williams had loads of potential, but he ate himself (literally) out of the league while in Detroit.  When Carroll came to Seattle, he brought Williams with him, all fat and bloated.  But, Williams showed committment, worked himself into football shape, and became a pleasant surprise for his coaches.  Unfortunately, his Fantasy numbers still stunk!  He had 65 catches for 751 yards and 2 TDs.  SMH!!  Ben Obomanu (WHO?) was the second leading receiver with 494 yards and 4 TDs.  Throw in Golden Tate and Brandon Stokley (this guy KEEPS a job) and that rounds out the WR for the Hawks.  Until Seattle gets its QB situation straight, don’t count on any of these guys for Fantasy Football.  Though I do think Williams and Obomanu have some upside because they can stretch the field and will be targeted by the QB.  On the TE front, you only need to know the name: John Carlson.  Carlson is a big talented pass-catching TE who was used shamelessly last year as a blocker to protect whoever was taking snaps at the time.  Again, because the Seahawks have no stability at QB, don’t draft him either.  But he can be a nice pick up later in the Fantasy season if things change.

Matt Hasslebeck has been the injury plagued signal caller of the Seahawks for quite sometime in Seattle.  As of this posting, Hasslebeck is a free agent.  “Experts” (because who is really?) say that Hasslebeck could end up in Minnesota, Washington, Arizona, and the so on…basically any team without a rockstar QB is looking at Matt Hasslebeck apparently.  Wherever he winds up (even if its back in Seattle), I believe he will be effective, but he won’t be ranked a Top 10 Fantasy Football QB. There are about 12 names I’d draft before him.  On the flip side to that it’s rumored that Kevin Kolb is a QB that the Seahawks have been eyeing…but again the Seahawks and like 5 other teams are looking at Kolb…we’ll see.

The Seattle Defense/Special Teams had a few bright spots last year.  Even though they ranked 27th overall, 21st against the run, 27th against the pass, and 25th in points allowed per game, they still put up decent fantasy numbers.  They had 12 INTs, 2 returned for TD, 38 sacks, and 3 total Def TDs.  DE Chris Clemons led the team with 11 sacks, and his DE partner Raheem Brock added 9 more.  The Seattle secondary did get torched a lot last year but Safety Earl Thomas got 5 INTs.  Corner Marcus Trufant is getting up in age but can still be serviceable.   The rest of the secondary isn’t even worth mentioning.  Seattle did add some much needed depth on the Defense by adding 3 DBs, 2 LBs, and a DE in this year’s draft.   I look for them to be much improved this upcoming year especially since they addressed the holes in their secondary.  Special Teams did help out  also, due to Leon Washington returning kicks and punts.  Washington had a 101 yard kickoff return for a TD.  He finished the season with 3 KR TDs.  He can also make a difference with punt returns.  Anytime Washington gets his hands on the ball, he’s a threat to score.  If you can’t draft a top tier Fantasy Def or you need a bye week replacement, Seattle wouldn’t be a bad choice. 
 
If you are looking for a kicker to draft, STAY AWAY from Olindo Mare.  He was 25 for 30 in field goals, which is 79.5%.  You can definitely do much better.  He’s way passed his prime.
 
Up next is the Cincy Bengals…

The Dawg Pound

 

Make no mistake, the Browns have ALWAYS run the ball.  That won’t change. last year the plan was for Montario Hardesty and Peyton Hillis to share the rock.  But, Hardesty got hurt in the pre-season, making way for Hillis.  Hillis took full advantage of the opportunity to the tune of 1177 rushing, 477 receiving, 13 total TDs, and Fantasy stardom.  Hillis has had a durability problem in his career, but he made through the 16 game season last year.  He has also developed a fumbling problem.  Last year, Hillis fumbled 8 times, losing 5.  That can kill a Fantasy week.  Look for the Browns to run the ball a lot this year with both Hardesty and Hillis.  I see both as being viable Fantasy options.  You can draft both with no hesitation.

The Browns’ Defense Ranked 22nd in the league last year, with 19 INTs and 8 forced fumbles.  Nothing really to write down on your draft day cheat sheet to be honest.  The “highlight”? Josh Cribbs on special teams has demonstrated big time return man ability, but last season he didn’t take a single punt to the house.

Colt McCoy has solidified himself as the QB of the present and the future.  It’s definitely his job to lose.  Last year as a rookie, he got the job because of injuries to both Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace, and because he didn’t completely stink it up, he kept the spot.  Unfortunately, McCoy is not a Fantasy QB just yet.  The Browns are a running team first and foremost.  He’s a game manager and he really has few options to throw to.   Last year in 8 games, he threw for 1576 yards and 6 TDs, all tops for the Browns.  Not what you are looking for as a Fantasy starters.    This year if Colt stays healthy, with more time with his receivers he could be a Fantasy sleeper.  He also has a couple of new weapons.  Keep your eye on Colt.

Cleveland Brown Wide Receivers are not hot Fantasy Football Prospects. In fact, their top “Receiver” was the TE Benjamin Watson with 763 yards and 3 TDs.  Cleveland addressed the need for another playmaker at wide out in this year’s draft with UNC’s Greg Little.  Little was suspended for all of 2010.  Many feel that he is in fact 1st round talent, so maybe the Browns got a steal.  He’s a big target at 6’2′ 231lbs–perfect for McCoy to see down field.  Brown’s head coach Pat Shurmur has already said Little could be the #1 this year…sleeper alert? This guy was the 3rd ranked WR in the draft behind AJ Green and Julio Jones on some draft boards in terms of talent.  (That lying to NCAA investigators bit won’t  get him endorsements right away, but it has nothing to do with Fantasy Football points!).  Josh Cribbs was once a Fantasy Football stud…as a return man.  Hopefully with a little more stability at QB this year, Cribbs will have more of an impact. 

We are about to grab a cup of coffee and head to Seattle next…


The Motor City

The Detroit Lions  were the worst team in the NFC for a long time. Matt Millen should be banned from all levels of football for what he did.  He consistently made mistakes with coaching, player personnel and draft picks.  But those days are behind.  They have a solid coach in Jim Schwartz and a decent GM in Martin Mayhew.  After going 2-30 in the previous 2 seasons, they finished a much improved 6-10 last year.

The WR core in Detroit starts and ends with Calvin ‘Megatron’ Johnson.  He’s the Lions best offensive weapon…..BAR NONE, and he’s only gonna get better.  Drafting him is the best thing Matt Millen did in his terrible tenure as GM.  With 3 different QBs last year, Johnson finished with 1120 receiving yards and 12 TDs.  Nate Burleson is the wideout opposite of Johnson. Don’t expect big numbers from Nate but he’s a good complement to Megatron.  Rookie Titus Young could see the field but he probably won’t do anything significant. TE B Pettigrew showed some flashes last year, but with 4TDs in 16 games he’s certainly not a sure-fire draft pick.   He was second in receiving yards and TDs for the Lions.  Pettigrew’s strength: he is a good pass catching TE who can help extend plays for Stafford. His back up is Tony Scheffler who can also be a factor for Fantasy players.

3 games is all we got to see of Matthew Stafford last year before he went out with a season ending shoulder injury.  He and his teammates feel as though he’s 100%.  According to the Detroit News, when asked if there were a game this Sunday and could he play Stafford replied “Oh yeah, I’m good.  I feel good as ever, like I’m right were I want to be”.  Sweet sounds to Detroit Lions fans and Fantasy Football owners alike.  Stafford scored a TD every single he played his rookie season.  Of the 3 games he played last year, he had a combined total of 6 TDs.  This year, the Lions drafted another WR to work into the offense (currently dominated by Calvin Johnson aka Megatron) with Titus Young.  I like Stafford’s chances better than ever to come out and make a name for himself. 

Defense was a big reason for the Lions improvement, however, Defense was also a big reason for the 10 losses. The D in D was anchored by 2010 Defensive Rookie of the Year, Ndamukong Suh who is just plain NASTY!  He plays with so much ANGER (ask Rex Grossman).  I look for Kong Suh to be just as angry this year and improve upon the 10 sacks that he had in last year’s campaign.  I also think with the addition of Auburn’s Nick Fairley, (who might be angrier than Suh for the simple fact that he ended up in Detroit and not a team in the South), offensive coordinators will have their hands full.  Suh and Fairley essentially play the same position, but with those two up front they will be killing QBs this year.  Remember they play Chicago (more grass for Cutler) and Minnesota twice!  Throw in DE Kyle Vanden Bosch and backer Bobby Carpenter and the Detroit Front 7 will be very entertaining to watch this year!

Now, I did mention a reason the 10 losses:  The Detroit Secondary.  There’s no need to name names, because the whole secondary SUCKS!  It wasn’t addressed in the draft and the Lion’s had a chance to get one of the three corners taken in the first round.  Unless they have a free agency plan, look for them to be the weak link in the D.  The Special Teams has some bright spots and I look for it to be a Fantasy asset.  Stefan Logan, who had a 105 yard kickoff return for a TD last year, is their main return man on kickoff and punt returns.  They also drafred WR Titus Young from Boise State who is also a burner in the return game.  Jason Hanson and Dave Rayner will battle it out in the kicking game.  I give the edge to Rayner because Hanson is a fossil.  Look for the Detroit DEF/ST to continue to improve and be a good Fantasy option this year.

Let me just say this about the Detroit Lions backfield: WOEFUL!  Admittedly, I was one for those people ( and I know for a FACT I was not alone in this) who picked up Jahvid “NotQuiteThe” Best last year.  I looked like a GENIUS–for 2 weeks and 2 weeks only.  Week 1, Best scored 2 TDs vs the Bears and then Week 2, he scored 3 TDs vs the Eagles.   After that: NOTHING!  What’s worse (especially for the Lions) is that Best ended the year as Detroit’s best rusher at 555 yards for the season.  The Lions couldn’t run a bath let alone the ball last year.

To make amends, the Lions drafted Mikel LeShoure out of Illinois in the 2nd round. At Illinois, Leshoure ran for 1697 yards and scored 17 TDs in 13 games.  Hopefully that production will translate to the NFL.  According to scouting reports, LeShoure will compliment the speed of Jahvid (I can’t call him “Best” at this point) with power.  For the sake of Detroit fans, I sure do hope so!

**Our Team by Team Fantasy Football opinions are headed to CLEVEland next!


The Purple People Eaters

When it comes to Fantasy Football RBs, you know who it is: “ALL DAY” Adrian Peterson!  Hard to believe AP is going into his 5th season, but Fantasy Footballers have enjoyed every minute of his career!  Infamously, his flaw used to be the FUUUUMMMMMMLLLLEE practically every week.  Last year however, AP only fumbled the ball ONCE all season long–What an improvement!  Let me tell you why Peterson will be a MUST DRAFT again this year on Fantasy Football draft day:

THE VIKINGS WILL HAVE TO RUN THE BALL…A LOT!  Going into this season, the Vikings have 2 new keys that are essential to any offense: 1) A new offensive coordinator and 2) a new QB.  As you know, the Vikings shocked the 2011 draft world (I guess such a thing exists, right?) by drafting rookie Christian Ponder.  Ponder is dubbed by “experts” for having a weak, but accurate arm.  With that being said, I don’t see the Vikings lighting it up down field, if Ponder is their starting QB this season.  Peterson has proved his reliability!  Last year, Peterson rushed for 1,298 yards and had 13 TDs.  I’m sure in an effort to not over work Peterson, Toby Gerhart will get more carries this season. However, Adrian Peterson still owns the Minnesota back field.

I imagine that the most asked question in Minnesota has to be, “Who is going to start at QB?”  Good question!! My answer:  I have no idea!  I’m willing to bet Coach Leslie Fraizer knows.  Last year the Vikes had horrible QB play.  I won’t even bother to bring up #4 and the paltry fantasy numbers that he produced in 2009.  Well that’s a lie…Farve had 2509 yards, 11 TDs, 19 INTs, and 5 fumble losses.  On the flip side, he was also sacked 22 times!  Tavaris Jackson and Joe Webb combined for 818 yards, 5 total TDs, and INTs in 8 games!  HORRIBLE.  So with Farve gone for good and questions about Jackson, the Vikings are in limbo when it comes to their signal caller.  Insert Boy Wonder, Christian Ponder from Florida State.  Ponder is a big presence standing at 6’3, 227lbs.  No doubt he is the Vikings QB of the future, but will he take snaps this year?  There’s been a lot of buzz about the possibility of disrespected QB Donovan McNabb coming to the Twin Cities…Who knows?  McNabb would actually be a good fit if that happened, but again….who knows?  There are too many unanswered questions surrounding the Vikings QB situation, so  when you have your Fantasy Football draft: DON’T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT!

THIS I know for sure: You won’t see Randy Moss as a Minnesota WR this year!  The rest of the Viking WR core is a bit more questionable.  The star of this crew is Percy Harvin.  Going into his 3rd season as a professional, the 2009/2010 Offensive Rookie of the Year has some work to do in order to overcome his sophomore slump.  Harvin had a stellar rookie year, making him a MUST DRAFT last season for Fantasy Footballers.    However, last year several factors contributed to Harvin having a mediocre season. Between the issues with recurring migraines and the inconsistency of Brett Farve, it wasn’t Harvin’s best season.  Last year he did manage 868 receiving yards and 7 total TDs.  What made Harvin great his rookie year was his return game, while this past season he only returned 1 TD.  Next up is Sidney Rice.  Rice also had a breakout season in 2009, but Fantasy Owners didn’t get to see much in 2010.  Rice had hip surgery, then when he came back…the love was gone.  No chemistry between him and Farve. (Did anyone have chemistry with Farve?) Then Rice’s season officially ended with a concussion.  Dis-AAAAHHHHH-Pointing!  The rest of the Vikings WRs ( Bernard Berrian, Greg Camarillo, Greg Lewis, Hank Baskett, Jaymar Johnson, and Juaquin Iglesias) were not a factor for any Fantasy Roster last season and my best is they will not be much of a factor this coming season either.

There maybe some surprises this year at TE.  Visanthe Shiancoe had a breakout season a couple of years ago, but came back down to earth last year, though it was not totally his fault.  I look for him to rebound to Fantasy prominence, especially with the addition of rookie TE Kyle Rudolph out of Notre Dame.  He’s a big target at 6’6″, 265lbs.   I expect the Vikings to use those two TE sets that will help open up that offense.  It’s ok to draft Shiancoe.  Rudolph will be a sleeper this year, and a future Fantasy stud.

The Vikings Defense has been  great for Fantasy players in the past. They had Jared Allen and Ray Edwards killing QBs, the Williams brothers (not really brothers) clogging up the middle and stuffing ball carriers, EJ Henderson wreaking havoc in the offensive backfield, and Antoine Winfield covering #1 receivers without always getting torched.  Now, Edwards is off living his Evander Holyfield fantasy, one half of the Williams brothers is a free agent and both facing suspension, and Winfield past his prime.  Even Allen is starting to show signs of slowing down.  However, the Vikes were able to get some young talent in this years draft.  No big names but we’ll see what they will be able to put together on the field.  Keep in mind, Coach Frazier is a brilliant defensive architect, so they should be ok.  Special Teams is not all that special.  Percy Harvin has shown flashes of  DeSean Jackson/Devin Hester, but not enough flash.  He’s always a game-time decision.  Keep the Vikes Def/ST in your back pocket when your draft comes around.  Don’t draft them too high, they still have a chance of being a bust.

Motor City…we are talking about your LIONS next!


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