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I will tell you a quick story before I start the meaningful informative part of the article. I was sitting at work watching NFL Network … and of course you probably just asked yourself what kind of job I possess which allows me to do such an activity … being a firefighter has its perks. Anyways, one of my co-workers came into the room and said to me, “you’re obsessed.” I didn’t know if he meant just watching NFL network or just with the NFL in general. But I quickly explained to him that once you really involve yourself deeply into every aspect of the NFL, and fantasy football for that matter, you really don’t need any other sport. Don’t need to follow another sport, play another fantasy sport or even watch another on TV. I truly believe this, and once I explained that out loud I convinced myself it was time to get back to business. Despite the NFL not doing so quite yet, I will be ready whenever they do decide to start the league year. I advise you do the same. Luckily you have me here to help you.
It’s obvious this guy has the No. 1 quality for any running back or football player for that matter … he is motivated. I understand he is only a two-down back, but he set a pace for 290 carries in the second half of last season and held up very well with 5.1 yards per carry, including an astounding 6.0 yards per carry average on first down. The Buccaneers’ offense is improving in all aspects, and it is not hard to see that Blount is a major part of it as the Buccaneers were 8-5 in games he played. Blount will improve on his 26 red zone carries and will top 10 touchdowns in 2011, receive close to 300 touches and will be a top guy to target in the fourth round … making it much easier to avoid going running back-running back in the first two rounds.
The stat that has bothered me with Ryan the last two seasons has been his 6.5 yards per attempt average, which has dipped significantly from his 7.9 average his rookie season. A lack of a big playmaker alongside Roddy White is the obvious reason here. That void has been filled. Julio Jones probably won’t reach 1,000 yards or 10 touchdowns as a rookie but he definitely will provide a boost in the big play department and make an impact. It is much easier to make an impact when you are a rookie when you simply cannot be double covered at any point during the game or at any point on the field. Tony Gonzalez will still command the defense’s attention in the middle of the field.
Ryan is currently going in the sixth or even the seventh round, and with a slight increase in yardage and a couple more touchdowns he will hit the landmarks of 4,000 passing yards and 30 touchdowns. Those numbers are something you would have to pay a premium for in a quarterback in the early rounds. Of course, most importantly you have to believe this guy is also highly motivated after what took place in his home playoff game last year against the Green Bay Packers.
The same type of thing can be said for New Orleans’
Lance Moore. I have always believed he was one of the most underrated wide receivers in all the NFL. His hands are some of the most reliable around and he simply comes up with the big plays at the right time. He could flourish with more opportunities. The last name won’t be talked about much and I doubt he moves, but if
Zach Miller leaves Oakland, this is an elite tight end prospect for most teams who have a quarterback and system already in place. He has 182 total receptions the last three seasons with the Raiders! Too bad it has only produced nine total touchdowns. Oakland management says he is their top priority … and I know why.
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