Fantasy Football Value Picks
Chris Johnson Projected to go in 3rd Rd.
We’ve seen what Johnson is capable of in the past. He has a better offensive line and new player caller Dowell Loggains who has been in the system and understands what it takes to be successful. Get the rock in CJ2K’s hands. With the high possibility of having a top back already, if you pick Johnson, you will have the best No.2 back in the league. The last top-tier back. The drop off looks like this: , MJD, David Wilson, Darren McFadden, Montee Ball, Demarco Murray, Darren Sproles. Chris Ivory.
Shane Vereen Projected to go around the 9th Rd.
Five-wide set, Vereen on the outside lined up against a linebacker. Brady notices the mismatch and drops a 20-yard ball in the corner of the end zone with Vereen looking like a receiver. He will have good value especially in PPR leagues.
Rashard Mendenhall Projected to go around 8th Rd
The new Cardinal has good value in the 8th round because he has no competition to battle for No.1 touches or goal-line opportunities. I know Bruce Arians threw the ball 63 percent of the time last year with the Colts, but he runs a single back system, which favors Mendenhall’s style, and best of all is the only goal-line back in the offense. If rookie Vick Ballard could rush for 800 yards in his rookie season, I don’t see why Mendenhall couldn’t replicate similar numbers with more touchdowns.
Daryl Richardson Projected to go around 12th Rd
The second-year player will be the last starting back off the board. One of the reasons St. Louis allowed Steven Jackson to depart was because they saw enough from Richardson last year. Starting backs equal touches and the more touches the better chance for points. It’s worth taking a shot on Richardson late.
Larry Fitzgerald and Dwayne Bowe Projected to go in 3rd-4th-5th Rd
Both can serve as your No.1 WR, but will be the top No.2 WR in any league if somebody grabs them at that spot, which is very possible. New play callers equal better offenses for both veteran receivers in 2013. .
DeSean Jackson, Torrey Smith, Greg Jennings Projected to go around 7th Rd
All three receivers are feast or famine. They have the big play ability, but sometimes get lost in the offense when things aren’t going well. All three should get 1,000 yards receiving if they play a full season. If all three were available I would go Jackson, Smith, and Jennings in that order.
Miles Austin Projected to go in 8th-9th Rd
In a 10-12 team draft, the seventh-year receiver will most likely be your 4th receiver chosen or third if you have good RB depth. The risk is worth taking as he has flex appeal and could fill your No.2 WR slot if needed.
Chris Givens Projected to go around 10th Rd.
Showed proven rapport with a struggling Sam Bradford last year. Most are anticipating a better year from Bradford which, we believe, turns into better numbers for Chris Givens who averaged 16 yards per catch on 42 receptions in his rookie campaign last year.
DeAndre Hopkins Projected to go in 12th Rd
DeAndre made an impact in his first pre-season game grabbing the ball at its highest point and looked like a young Randy Moss. Yes I said it, “Randy Moss.” He will be making exciting grabs like that all season in one-on-one opportunities created with Andre Johnson on the opposite side.
Jason Witten Projected to go in 6th Rd
Unlike Antonio Gates, 11th-year Cowboy Jason Witten has gotten better with age having a career year in 2012 catching 110 balls for 1,039 yards. In four of his last six seasons, Witten had over 90 catches and 1,000 yards receiving and in that span had over 900 yards receiving. The big problem facing tight ends is the amount of looks (targets) they receive from their beloved QB. Talk about love, Witten and Romo have a man crush as the Cowboy tight end has been targeted more than any other in his position during the past six years with over 100 targets each of those years. He was also the most targeted player in the Cowboys offense last year with 150 targets.
Antonio Gates Projected to go around 9th Rd
You should have depth in both WR and RB categories before you get to this pick. He is a Hall of Fame tight end who can still move. The downfall the past couple years was more of a product of a stale offense under old-play-caller Norv Turner. A new offense with an offensive-minded head coach and pro-throwing OC will create new looks for Gates who will come into the season as the Chargers No.1 WR with the injury of Denario Alexander.