Well the preseason is over, and a lot of you have already drafted many times and may have one last draft before the season starts. I’m just going to throw out some general thoughts on some of the players and teams this year. I am going to eat crow on some of my earlier picks, and admit I may have been wrong. I watched pretty much every preseason game that was played, especially taking note of the third one since that is the so-called “dress rehearsal” for the regular season. A lot of these thoughts are based on those games. I’ll go by divisions and make comments on each team, picking how they will finish along with some bust and breakout fantasy players. I know the old saying about opinions ….. but here in the pigpen we all stink, and we love it!
Hass will still be a QB1, it doesn’t matter who is catching the ball. Burleson was a bargain at his current ADP. Mo Morris was an outright steal at his ADP, he has looked better than JJ. If you grabbed Engram or Branch late in the draft, they could be nice for playoffs.
I was wrong on Leinart, Warner just looked better. If you drafted both, like I said, you did well. Back up Edge with Hightower. If Edge goes down, Hightower will get the job and run with it. I feel much better about Fitz and Boldin with Warner starting vs. Matt.
Alex Smith; I was wrong on him too, but the poor kid never had a chance with Nolan changing OC every year. Nolan doesn’t impress me as a head coach. J.T. O’Sullivan has a very quick release and may end up doing well. I was impressed with the way they pretty much dominated the Bears defense. Gore looks sharp and fast. I hope you didn’t sleep on
Isaac Bruce late in your draft.
Bulger won’t make it through the year with that offensive line. I’m leery of drafting any
This division is full of offensive firepower.
Breakout: Mo Morris will lead
Patrick Crayton might make a nice WR3.
Felix Jones. I like HBO’s Hard Knocks. T. Owens looks like a beast. He looks to me like he could easily be a stud for three more years.
DeSean Jackson may really be the best WR on the team. If you took
Reggie Brown, you really disappoint me. Westy is the second best RB in PPR leagues, and will prove it again this year.
Devastating losses at their biggest strength, defensive line, kills them. Eli will have to step up even bigger this year; they will be playing from behind a little more, so you might see an increase in his numbers. I think he is a serviceable QB1 with some upside. Jacobs is the main RB, but Ward will get some touches. Bradshaw is an after thought. I would hate to have to tackle Jacobs with a full head of steam. Plax scares me this year; he got his ring last year and may be the type to rest on his accomplishments. He needs to show me he can still be a stud when the team might not be as good as it was last year. I wouldn’t want him as my WR1.
I know it’s preseason, but they look bad on offense. Having Portis in the game will help things, but can
This division will be very competitive at the top. I think the Cowboys can make a serious run at the big game.
Bust: Portis doesn’t finish Top 15
T. Jackson has a gun and seems to be developing well. Hope his injury wasn’t too much of a setback. Peterson could see a slight slump in numbers as
I think Rodgers will be a solid QB, and if he does play well, they win the division. Team him up with someone like Rivers, Delhomme or Schaub, and have a good QBBC.
Kitna has quietly played as good as any QB in the preseason; he could be a nice late round pick as your QB2. I think he finishes with QB1 numbers. I like Marinelli, and they will have a winning season this year. Calvin takes over as the team’s No. 1, but
Kevin Smith looks to have won the job, but I don’t know if he will have any holes to run through. I wouldn’t want him as my RB3, and think he was being taken too early in drafts. If they can protect Kitna, they can compete for division title.
Kevin Smith, he won’t have many holes. He was being taken too early in drafts also. Hester won’t be able to shine at WR because of the QB situation. They will still score points on special teams, but they won’t stop teams like they used to. Rex has the most talent, but is too inconsistent. Orton is just a game manager.
This is another very competitive division. I think the winner might end up 10-6 on the year. I like the Vikings to win it all. T. Jackson is the key for them. If he continues to develop, watch out.
Ryan Grant will not live up to the hype.
Breakout: Kitna will finish Top 12 at a bargain price.
Brees is in for a big year; having Deuce back will help him and the whole team. Speaking of Deuce, he seems to not be showing any ill effects from the knee injury. Reggie also gets to benefit from having Deuce back; he returns to his old self with more experience. The defense is still bad, so that will help inflate the offensive numbers. Colston will be solid, and I like him as a solid WR1. Shockey will help in the passing game, but he is still the No. 3 option, behind Bush and Colston. He was No. 2 option in N.Y. I don’t see him putting up the same numbers he had in N.Y.
Delhomme will miss Smith the first two, but he will be solid. Muhammad will pick up the slack, like he has done before. I like DeAngelo as a good RB3 with upside. Stewart is in the same ballpark, but was picked too high in drafts. I like Williams in round seven over Stewart in round five. Smith comes back with a chip on his shoulder, and lights it up when he returns. Mushy could be a nice WR4 that an owner can count on. They have an underrated defense, especially if Stewart plays on special teams.
They will be solid on defense, but offense will be a question mark. Garcia may put up some decent numbers, but only if
Ryan will take his lumps this year, but be better for it in the long run. Turner has looked good, but when they get behind I don’t know how effective he will be. They will be behind a bunch, because their defense is not good. That’s also why I like White; they will be passing trying to get back in games.
This division has some good teams.
Michael Turner won’t be able to get it going.
DeAngelo Williams proves he is a stud.