Carson Palmer (QB-Cin):
Even before TO signed, I was going to target Carson bc before his knee surgery, he was an Elite QB and now hell be over a year removed from that knee surgery. Now add in a HoF WR with A LOT still left in the tank to go opposite of OchoCinco, plus their Running Game was great lastyr so teams have to be honest when Defending them... can you say HUGE year!?!?SIDE NOTE:
Every Fantasy Season, i look for a Value QB, as I dislike Drafting QBs with early Picks, so I hunt down that QB who has GREAT Value, but not a high price tag. I Literally LOAD UP on this guy and draft him in EVERY Single League
, sometimes ill even take him a Round early to ensure that I get my guy. Ive been VERY Fortunate in the last 3 Seasons, guessing right in all 3, 2007-Romo, 2008-Cutler, and 2009-Schaub. I say this bc SO FAR, im viewing Carson Palmer as that guy!)Anthony Gonzalez (WR-Ind):
If you look a year ago, I created a thread very similar to this (under my old name "NYMetsin2k4") and youll find A-Gon on this list. Obviously, due to a Week 1 Injury that hampered him ALL year long, he was a BIG disappoinment. You might as well throw out every single stat from lastyr, as Gonzalez was a shell of his former self due to his knee injury suffered in Week 1, it was a completely Lost Season, but theres A LOT to LOVE with this guy going into 2010... I LOVE the fact that hes going sooooo late now, I LOVE the fact that Garcon is going higher than him, and I LOVE the fact that multiple people will probably respond to this saying Garcon is better and Gonzalez wont have a defined role. He has post-hype sleeper written all over him and Im predicting a breakout campaign. Him and Peyton were developing some awesome chemistry before he went down and I fully expect A-Gon to be his #3 target (behind only Wayne and Clark). Peytons #3 target is good enough for a WR3 on ANY Fantasy Team, but Im planning on A-Gon putting up WR2 numbers, knocking on WR1's door!!
Before I get into my RB "targets", let me start off by saying that I am in absolute LOVE with the RB crop going in Rounds 3-6. This LOVE has prompted me to adapt a WR-WR (Rds 1-2) Strategy for the 2010 Season, but that also depends on my Draft Position of course!Knowshon Moreno (RB-Den):
Shanahan gone, backfield already banged up (including Moreno unfortunately!), big and talented runner behind a powerful offensive line... Ill take my chances here! With Marshall gone, and Orton less than terrific, Knowshon is BY FAR the Broncos "most talented" offensive weapon. He should be the focal point of Denvers offense and I know a lot of people expected 'big things' from him lastyr but Buckhalter continued to steal the show from him. He was an inexperienced rookie with a veteran RB sharing the touches with him, so i wasnt pushed away from Knowshon after his less than stellar rookie campaign. I actually like the fact that he didnt put up HUGE numbers like many ppl expected bc now it allows me to nab him in the 3rd+ Round... with Confidence!!!Arian Foster (RB-Hou):
I havent had the luxury of watching Foster too much so far but everything Ive read points to a featured back role for Foster. Houstons gonna be good this season, Houstons Offense is gonna be VERY good this season, Schaub and the passing attack are gonna be DYNAMIC this season... hopefully, in all likelihood, opening up the Running Game for Foster to showoff his 1-Cut Slasher, Running Style... And if you follow MoJo's Fantasy Advice, He LOVES Foster!
haha, im serious here though! Michael Bush / Darren McFadden (RB-Oak):
Just about all Oaklands been able to do (positively) in the past few seasons is defend opposing teams #1 WR with Nnamdi (or however its spelled), and run the ball. Huggy Bear Jr (Justin Fargas) is gone, so that leaves just Run DMC (Darren McFadden) and Michael Bush. I really liked Run DMC to breakout lastyr but Oakland was so freakin bad, Barry Sanders in his prime couldnt have emerged outta that backfield! Naturally, going into this year, id be all over McFadden right?? Not quite! Bush has looked like a much better NFL RB with his aggressive Running Style and Darren has looked more like a Flex Back (Reggie Bush or Dexter McCluster). In PPR, Run DMC can still provide some solid value, but in standard leagues, Bush is more than likely gonna be the lead back. I like Oakland to be MUCH improved and I like Jason Campbell to keep teams honest and open up the Running Game. I have a strong feeling that either Bush or McFadden is gonna breakout with an improving Oakland Offense and I could even see the Raiders Winning 8 Games, creating some competition with SD for the Division... I hate to say Both RBs will breakout bc they arent suddenly going to be a dynamic enough offense to allow 2 RBs to have Fantasy Relevance, but I could see like a Miami or Carolina-type situation where 1 RB gets all the 1st Half Buzz, but then due to injuries, allows the other RB to steal the 2nd half show... I dunno, im completely TORN here! ... Everything logical says, without a doubt Bush, but my Man-Crush and just knowing his UBER athleticism says Run DMC is too talented to be an NFL Bust, hes not little a frail like Reggie Bush, hes big enough to run in between the tackles, i dunno.... I guess My Head says Bush
but My Gut says McFadden
... Im a stubborn guy though so I might ride DMC into the ground... in other words, ignore my man-crush on Run DMC and just Draft Michael Bush with Absolute Confidence!!!Felix Jones (RB-Dal):
It definitely concerns me that the Barbarian will be the GL Back and probably steal a bunch of GL carries, and thus A LOT of TDs. But Felix is such a SERIOUS HR Threat! Jerry Jones has been trying to get Felix more involved for a couple seasons now and hes been saying since the end of lastyr that he fully plans on getting Felix much more touches. I know hes the owner but when someone with Jerrys Power speaks, his coaches listen (...or else!). Felix has the potential to be a RB1, is the situation going to permit it??? Im not so sure yet, but the Cowboys Offense is gonna be Tops in the NFL, Potentially
Top 3 Behind ONLY the Saints and Colts (notice is said "potentially" NOT definitely!). This is either going to imply 1 of 2 things... Breakout for Felix Jones and hell be a 1st Rounder across the board going into 2011 or GREAT Value for Marion Barber bc hes falling pretty late, as hes no longer labeled the "lead back". The Cowboys have said theyve wanted Marion to be rested and ready to pound teams when theyre exhausted. Theyve wanted to use him like a Closer to come in, late in the game, and beat down tired and exhausted Defenses, or come into the RZ and Pound the Ball into the Endzone against tired Defensemen. This could bode well for Marion, as hell be facing guys less than 100% energy and should feast against these exhausted guys... But Barbers health is ALWAYS a concern, if he goes down, which is almost 50/50 nowadays, Felix IS and WILL BE a Running Back #1.... if....Donald Brown (RB-Ind):
Joseph Addai DEFINITELY had a resurgence last season and provided loyal fantasy owners with some serious value out of an (thought to be) aging Star. Fantasy Wise, ANY and ALL Indianapolis RB is going to be Awesome, but as it stands, Addai is the Lead Back here. Brown only played in 11 Games last season, largely due to an injury which ailed him all of 2009, limiting his touches and depleting his overall numbers. With Brown healthy this season (i havent heard anything suggesting otherwise), he should see nothing less than 50/50 Touches with Addai, maybe not to start off the year but by seasons end 50/50 would be best case scenario for Addai-Owners, as I expect Brown to be the Lead-Back in this amazing Offense. Plain and simple, Brown was drafted in the 1st Round before lastyrs season, to begin to take over for Joseph Addai, due to injuries, that plan was side-swiped. But 2010 is a new year, and god-willing, a healthy year for Donald Brown, hes had enough time to learn this offense, now we just need the execution... I might be going out on a limb here but I could see him Breaking Out BIG TIME! Not quite Ray Rice Breakout, but RR had the starting Gig going into 2009, but definitely Mendenhall-esque... yeah I like that idea MUCH better. FWP was the Joseph Addai (aging RB who just doesnt have it anymore) and Donald Browns that Young RB (like Mendy) who got hurt and never got a shot his Rookie year, only to re-emerge his Sophomore Season and prove to his team why he was drafted in the 1st Round, and slowly work his way onto the 1st team, only to eventually get a crack at the Starting Job once Addai goes down with a little Nagging injury... and hell NEVER look back!!!!
I know I have a few other guys I wanted to add to this list, but I dont have the time to do a Write-Up for them, so theyll go on my "Honorable Mention" List:Terrell Owens
(love his situation, still VERY talented, age is only a number with this freakish athlete!)Eddie Royal
(Marshall Gone, Royal a possession WR and Orton doesnt have a Big-Time arm anyways, should be a good fit!)
I like the Michael Crabtree
Predictions but I dont have much info to go on, I guess Ill just agree and trust you fellow cafe-holics!Mike Wallace
(Hines Ward has to age eventually right? if Hines continues to bath in the fountain of youth, replace Wallace with Ward, but regardless, these 2 compliment eachother well, Wallace is the ultimate HR Threat!)Malcolm Floyd
(well with VJax out potentially 6 weeks, Floyd has gotten A LOT of reps with QB Rivers, and those reps will definitely show through. I expect Floyd to be a HUGE fantasy asset for the first 6 weeks and ill be targeting him for that reason alone, as SD is a great passing team now, someone other than Gates has gotta FEAST right?)
Thats it for now Ladies n Gents... I Hope this was insightful and helpful!!
I look forward to your responses!!!
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