August 23, 2014 | Posted in: The Randomness of Publishing
It’s been a while since I’ve made a post on this website. I’m an avid fantasy footballer and here’s a list of 10 players who are going to be amazingly leet in fantasy football in 2014. It’s easy to say Aaron Rodgers and Peyton Manning are going to be leet from a fantasy football standpoint … this list is about players with an ADP past 70 in a 1o team ppr league.
Why 70? At this point in the fantasy draft, teams are selecting backups because the first 7 picks should be prioritized based on fielding a starting roster, 1 QB, 2 RBs, 2 WRs, 1 TE, 1 Flex (RB/WR/TE).
Here’s the list, not in any particular order
1. Kenny Britt, WR, St. Louis Rams – ADP 139
Someone has to be the #1 in St. Louis, it’s simply a requirement for fielding an 11 man offensive team in the NFL. Standing 6’3″, Britt has the athleticism and experience with head coach Jeff Fisher. He emerges the #1 choice for Sam Bradford who the Rams are hoping for a healthy 16 games. Shaun Hill is one of the most capable backups in the league and this offense is going to have plenty of options. 08/26/2014 Update: Bradford tore his ACL and Britt was hurt in the game against Cleveland. I still think Britt will be the #1 this season and Shaun Hill is more than capable.
2. Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee – ADP 107
Same philosophy as St. Louis, someone has to emerge as the #1 WR, and my money is on second year man Justin Hunter, standing 6’4″. The stability and experience of Nate Washington, a clear #2 in the NFL, combined with the emergence of slot receiver Kendall Wright, have Hunter emerging in his second year as the clear #1 option for a team with intriguing options on offense. This is all about the health of Jake Locker who needs to prove he’s the guy in Tennesee.
3. Marques Colston, WR, New Orleans, ADP 77
He’s healthy, supposedly, and at 31, there may be age concerns … Drew Brees and this offense is going to score a lot of points and produce a lot of yards … it’s been going on in Louisiana for years. Problem has always been too many options for Brees with Jimmy Graham, Robert Meachem, Darren Sproles, and Lance Moore. In 2014, there’s no Darren Sproles or Lance Moore who accounted for 87 receptions. 2014 first round pick Brandin Cooks (who looks special in the 2014 preseason) and the emergence of Kenny Stills … with the dominance of Jimmy Graham, a healthy Mark Ingram and Pierre Thomas, there is no shortage of options … At 6’4″, the experience combined with single coverage, an additional 90 or so receptions up for grabs, Colston again reaches that threshold of a #1 WR. He’ll frustrate you, but there are going to be some big games for the New Orleans offense and Colston is going to have numbers … you just gotta know when to start him.
Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, Oakland, ADP 82
Like Colston, MJD is supposedly healthy and the only reason you’re getting him in the 9th round is because Darren McFadden is there and the Oakland Raiders are going to be terrible in 2014. I’m gambling on Run DMC, as McFadden is known in the fantasy world, being hurt and MJD being the every down back for a terrible team where someone has to play the position of RB for 20-25 touches per game … That’s value in the 9th round.
4. DeAngelo Williams, RB, Carolina, ADP 125
Jonathan Stewart, and his immense talent, coupled with Cam Newton vulturing rushing yards and touchdowns, and Mike Tolbert vulturing even more touchdowns, have owners staying away from Williams who wasn’t even drafted in one of the 10 team fantasy football leagues. Injuries have limited Stewart to a combined 141 carries in a total of 15 games played the past 2 seasons. Tolbert and Newton will still vulture TDs but there could be a 1000 yard rushing season combined with a bump in receptions when it’s all said and done based on Stewart’s injury history.
5. Speaking of Jonathan Stewart, RB, Carolina, ADP 151
The offense is electric with him in the backfield. Can he just stay healthy? If so, there’s a 1500 total yard season and double digit TDs. I’ll let you take the risk of a roster slot with him.
6. Carlos Hyde, RB, San Francisco, ADP 100
Perhaps 2014 is where the torch is passed in San Francisco, Frank Gore is on the wrong side of 30 with almost 2,200 carries (second among active RBs) and 10,000 yards on those tires.
7. Ladarius Green, TE, San Diego, ADP 133
Similar to San Francisco, the torch could be passed from an aging Antonio Gates to the younger and extremely athletic Green.
8. Davonta Freeman, RB, Atlanta, ADP 106
Steven Jackson, the active leader in career carries with over 2,500 hasn’t played a snap in the preseason. Jacquizz Rodgers has always been there so he’s not much of a threat to Jackson or Freeman, whoever is healthy.
9. Dwayne Bowe, WR, Kansas City, ADP 114
He’s the #1 in Kansas City and maybe, just maybe Alex Smith is the guy for Kansas City. Bowe finds a way to get into the end zone 10+ times and ends up with around 1200 yards receiving.
10. Houston Defense / Special Teams
Jadaveon Clowney and J.J. Watt are going to terrorize QBs during the 2014 NFL season. Lots of sacks, lots of turnovers, and with an ADP of 167, they can be yours with the last pick in your draft. 2 games against Jacksonville plus an opening game against Oakland isn’t going to have them on your league’s waiver wire for very long.