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IT’S ALMOST TIME FOR FANTASY FOOTBALL and I’m so PUMPED! This is the time when all NFL players report to training camp and we as fantasy football players have a lot of questions that need answers!
Let’s first discuss Tom Brady. The league upheld his suspension to four games which means he won’t come back till week 6 against the Indianapolis Colts. Second year QB Jimmy Garoppolo will be starting for those games and there not easy (home vs Pittsburgh Steelers, away vs Buffalo Bills, home vs. Jacksonville Jaguars, BYE week 4, then away vs Dallas Cowboys). I see the Patriots starting off 1-4, which in fantasy terms…doesn’t look great for guys like Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman, who thrives when Brady is under the helm. Don’t look for big numbers from those guys till Brady returns. Gronk is still considered a low end 1st-high 2nd round pick in most standard drafts. Don’t be scared to draft him if you’re picking between 9-12. As for Brady, he is still a top 10 QB so if you draft him, make sure you draft another good QB to back him up!
Great news for all you Le’Veon Bell lovers – He’s only going to miss two games this season (@ New England Patriots and home vs San Francisco 49ers) so you have my blessings if you want to draft him with your 1st overall pick. He reminds me so much of a young Marshall Faulk and he’s really going to be a big key in the Steelers offense. “Big” Ben Roethilisberger said that he wants to score 30 points or more every game and looking at their schedule, they just could do it! Look for Bell to be one of the top 3 RB’s to go in the 1st round, along with Adrian Peterson and Jamaal Charles.
In the 1st round of most standard fantasy football drafts (12 player league), it’ll be RB heavy (AP, Charles, Bell, Eddie Lacy, Marshawn Lynch, Arian Foster and Matt Forte) are pretty much locked 1st round picks. There are some WR’s (Antonio Brown, Demaryius Thomas, Dez Bryant, and Odell Beckham Jr) that will be taken in the 1st round as well. QB Aaron Rodgers and TE Gronkowski will round it out. Here’s some fantasy advice – Outside of Gronk and possibly Jimmy Graham, I would wait till the 9th or 10th round to select my starting TE, unless you already got a nice core of WR’s, RB’s and a top QB, you can snatch a Greg Olsen. Outside of those three..WAIT!! There are a lot of nice TE’s that you can wait on later.
Week to week, I’ll run through each position and give you my Fantasy advice on who to get, who I would avoid, and sleepers. Next week, we’ll start with QB’s. Until then, see you next week!!!
Vincent “The Fantasy Jeru” Profile – From North Chicago, Illinois; College – Albany State University ((Albany, GA); has been playing Fantasy Football since 1995 and afterwards starting playing Fantasy Basketball and Baseball. Won numerous Fantasy Football, Baseball, and Basketball championships in my 20 years of playing. My motto is called the 6 P’s – Prior Preparation Prevent Piss Poor Performance!