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Monday, July 14, 2014

18 Potential Bouncebacks Waiting to Happen

By Adam Filadelfo (@Frostt24)

Every year, there are players who underachieve in fantasy football. The question owners need to ask themselves is why did a particular player have a down season? There are a number of reasons. Maybe there was an undisclosed injury, maybe the offense around the player in question wasn't as good as it was in previous years. It is up to fantasy owners to decide whether or not a player can rebound from a poor season to return to the player everyone knows he can be. Here is a list of players that did not live up to expectations in 2013 and who could return to form in 2014. It is because of their poor performance last season that they will probably drop in drafts and therefore could provide value in later rounds of drafts for owners willing to forget last year and focus on this upcoming season. First, let's take a look at the quarterback position.

Sam Bradford
- Before an ACL injury caused Bradford to miss nine games, Bradford looked like he was finally starting to become the quarterback the Rams were hoping for when they drafted him a few years back. In the seven games Bradford played, he averaged 20.5 fantasy points per game and threw 14 touchdowns to only four interceptions. With what looks like a stellar defense on paper and a competent ground game led by Zac Stacy, Bradford could be the perfect bounce back candidate heading into fantasy drafts in 2014.

Jay Cutler- While it may be difficult to call Jay Cutler a bounce back player, he did have a disappointing 2013 due to an injury that caused him to miss six games. Even in the 11 games he did start, his numbers were not that impressive. Cutler threw for over 2,600 yards and 19 touchdowns while tossing 12 interceptions to go along with those numbers. He averaged under 20 fantasy points per contest and if he can stay healthy for an entire season, playing under quarterback guru Marc Trestman could give Cutler the fantasy season owners have been waiting for.

Robert Griffin III- This is the most obvious bounce back player heading into 2014 for me. The Redskins did everything possible to make RG3 a top quarterback and he is a full season removed from knee surgery. With DeSean Jackson and a healthy Jordan Reed, RG3 could very well be a top fantasy signal caller this season. His 2013 numbers weren't what owners were looking for seeing how his rookie season in 2012 was something special. Last season saw RG3 play 13 games before getting benched and threw for over 3,200 yards and 16 touchdowns. He also rushed for 484 yards which was due more to his knee injury than anything else. He averaged 21 fantasy points per game down from the 24 he averaged in his rookie season. Fantasy owners should expect a return to glory this season for the third year quarterback.

Eli Manning- Eli may very well be the most difficult fantasy player to figure out over the last couple of seasons. He threw nine more interceptions than he did touchdowns in 2013 and the offense around him struggled as well. Eli averaged under 17 fantasy points per week and wasn't considered an option at his position for most of the season. While Eli could very well be a bounce back player heading into this season due to a new offensive coordinator, his numbers have been trending in the wrong direction as of late. 2012 saw Manning average 19 fantasy points per game which was just slightly better than his 2013 numbers. While it may be hard for fantasy owners to consider the youngest of the Manning brothers a fantasy starter every week, it is possible for Eli to improve on his dismal 2013.

Matt Ryan
- Matt Ryan had a disappointing season simply because practically every weapon he had missed time for one reason or another. The offensive line around him fell apart due to injury and after a while, Ryan's fantasy season fell apart as well. He passed for over 4,500 yards regardless but only threw 26 touchdowns. Not the numbers fantasy owners would expect from an elite fantasy quarterback. With a healthy offensive line to protect him and his two favorite weapons in Roddy White and Julio Jones back in the fold for 2014, owners should expect a Matt Ryan like season in 2014.

Now it's time to take a look at some of the disappointing running backs from last year that fantasy owners can expect to rebound in 2014. These backs underperformed for their fantasy owners last year and did not play up to the potential fantasy owners know they can play to.

Doug Martin- An injury cut Doug Martin's sophomore season short but he wasn't exactly tearing up the field while he was playing. In the six games Muscle Hamster played in, he averaged under 10 fantasy points per game. The shoulder issue could have contributed to his poor performance before he went out and now that he is over the injury, could go back to the running back fantasy owners fell in love with in 2012 when he averaged 16.5 fantasy points per game.

Ray Rice- By averaging just over eight fantasy points per game in 2013, Ray Rice did not live up to his first round draft status last year. Facing a suspension heading into this season, Rice will not be a first round selection this time around but could provide a boost to owners that grab him later in drafts. If the issue with Rice in 2013 was really just a hip injury, fantasy owners can expect a better Ray Rice in 2014.

Trent Richardson
- While T-Rich was probably the most disappointing fantasy player last season, it is a little difficult to believe he just forgot how to play football. He was practically an afterthought when he was traded from Cleveland to Indianapolis seeing how he averaged an abysmal seven fantasy points per game and provided next to nothing in the passing game as well. While he will drop in fantasy drafts heading into this season, barring an injury, there is no reason to think T-Rich can't be a top 10 fantasy running back this year.

C.J. Spiller- Heading into 2013, the coaching staff told fantasy owners that Spiller would get the ball until he threw up. Maybe the lower body injury played a part in Spiller not seeing the ball until he puked or maybe the coaching staff was just talking but Spiller was a huge disappointment last season averaging just over eight fantasy points per contest and had only 197 yards in the passing game on 34 receptions. Spiller along with Richardson and Rice did not live up to their first round billing. Now in a contract year, Spiller has one more season to impress the Bills and fantasy owners before he's considered a bust and forgotten about.

Pierre Thomas- While fantasy owners may not consider 2013 a bust of a season for Pierre Thomas, it is possible that he has an even better 2014 seeing how he will more than likely be the starting running back this season now this Darren Sproles is gone. Thomas' value was mostly in the passing game where he had 77 catches for over 500 yards and three scores in 2013. He averaged 8.5 fantasy points per game with Sproles there and without Sproles to take catches away from him, could end up with better numbers in 2014.

While there were plenty of quarterbacks and running backs that failed to live up to fantasy expectations last season, there were also quite a few receivers as well. It's time to take a look at which wide receivers could possibly bounce back in 2014.

Victor Cruz- It's hard to blame Cruz for the down season he had last year seeing how the Giants offense as a whole failed miserably and Eli threw more picks than scores but Cruz failed to reach 1,000 yards and had just 73 catches. He averaged just under nine fantasy points per game and didn't provide the numbers fantasy owners thought they'd get when they drafted him. With a new offensive coordinator in town, the Giants offense will look to get back on track in 2014 and Victor Cruz will need to be a big part of that. Especially with Hakeem Nicks catching passes from Andrew Luck, Cruz will now start the season as the GMen's number one wideout.

Aaron Dobson- Now entering his second season in the NFL, this is the year where it is said that receivers breakout. The Patriots offense as a whole took a huge step back as far as passing was concerned and will look to get back to their strengths in 2014. If Dobson is truly over the foot injury that plagued him late in 2013, he could have the breakout season the Patriots will need from him. While his rookie campaign wasn't all that terrible, he did only average less than seven fantasy points per game and had just 34 receptions in an offense that is well known for throwing the ball all over the football field.

Brandon LaFell- While his time in Carolina was not really fantasy relevant, his new team could help propel him to fantasy stardom. His last season with Carolina, LaFell averaged just over six fantasy points per game. Most fantasy owners are expecting a chance to play with Tom Brady to boost his numbers in 2014.

Jeremy Maclin- With the entire 2013 season missed due to an ACL injury that occurred before the regular season even began, Maclin has not had a chance to show what he can do in Chip Kelly's offense. With a full training camp to play with Chip Kelly and the departure of number one receiver DeSean Jackson, Maclin could very well have one of the more spectacular fantasy seasons he has ever had. 2012 saw him average 8.5 fantasy points per game and catch 69 balls for over 850 yards. Maclin could very well end up a draft day steal for fantasy owners that remember what Jeremy Maclin is capable of.

Roddy White
- Before last season, White was a lock in for 100 catches and 1,000 yards receiving. His ankle injury caused him to miss three games and the games he did play, hampered him significantly. A healthy Roddy White in 2014 could provide fantasy owners with numbers they have become more accustomed to. Despite the down 2013, White still managed 63 catches for over 700 yards and averaged almost seven fantasy points per game.

Now it's time to look at the final position with the Tight end. While heading into fantasy drafts last year, the tight end position was considered very weak with injuries to some of the top players at the position. With most of those players considered healthy heading into fantasy drafts in 2014, let's take a look at the tight ends that could return to form this season.

Dennis Pitta- If not for the injury that took out Pitta in the preseason, he could have been one of the top fantasy players at his position in 2013. He did manage to return before  the season concluded playing in Baltimore's final four games and averaging under six fantasy points per game. The positive on those final four contests were the 20 receptions he caught for 169 yards. A healthy Dennis Pitta should perform as a top tight end for fantasy owners in 2014.

Heath Miller- In 14 games that Heath Miller played, he disappointed with under five fantasy points per game and only one touchdown. A usual red zone option for Big Ben and the Steelers, Miller should rebound from his poor 2013 to help boost the tight end position in 2014 as a tight end that fantasy owners can grab later in their drafts.

Kyle Rudolph- Quite possibly the only reason Kyle Rudolph had a down 2013 was due to the injury that forced him to play only eight games for the Minnesota Vikings last year. In those eight contests, he averaged over six fantasy points per game and caught 30 balls for over 300 yards. With Norv Turner now the offensive coordinator in Minnesota, most fantasy owners are expecting the best season from Kyle Rudolph yet. The fact that he's also a red zone option for the Vikings makes him a top player at the position for this upcoming fantasy season.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Top 200 PPR Rankings

From the Filadelfo Files...  Here is Adam's official Top 200 rankings for the PPR format, as of late June.  These rankings are subject to change, and are in fact guaranteed to change as more information becomes available.  Stay tuned for additional rankings for other formats as well as the way to get Dave's rankings absolutely free! 

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1- Jamaal Charles - Running Back, Kansas City Chiefs

2- LeSean McCoy- Running Back, Philadelphia Eagles

3- Matt Forte - Running Back, Chicago Bears

4- Adrian Peterson - Running Back, Minnesota Vikings

5- Calvin Johnson - Wide Receiver, Detroit Lions

6- Demaryius Thomas - Wide Receiver, Denver Broncos

7- Dez Bryant - Wide Receiver, Dallas Cowboys

8-Eddie Lacy - Running Back, Green Bay Packers

9- Brandon Marshall- Wide Receiver - Chicago Bears

10- A.J. Green - Wide Receiver, Cinncinnati Bengals

11- Le'Veon Bell- Running Back, Pittsburgh Sreelers

12- Giovanni Bernard - Running Back, Cinncinnati Bengals

13- Jimmy Graham- Tight End, New Orleans Saints

14- Julio Jones - Wide Receiver, Atlanta Falcons

15- Montee Ball - Running Back, Denver Broncos

16- Antonio Brown - Wide Receiver, Pittsburgh Steelers

17- Peyton Manning - Quarterback, Denver Broncos

18- C.J. Spiller - Running Back, Buffalo Bills

19- Andre Ellington - Running Back, Arizona Cardinals

20- DeMarco Murray - Running Back, Dallas Cowboys

21- Marshawn Lynch - Running Back, Seattle Seahawks

22- Reggie Bush - Running Back, Detroit Lions

23- Arian Foster- Running Back, Houston Texans

24- Drew Brees - Quarterback, New Orleans Saints

25- Aaron Rodgers - Quarterback, Green Bay Packers

26- Jordy Nelson - Wide Receiver, Green Bay Packers

27- Alfred Morris - Running Back, Washington Redskins

28- Zac Stacy - Running Back, St.Louis Rams

29- Shane Vereen - Running Back, New England Patriots

30- Doug Martin - Running Back, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

31- Julius Thomas - Tight End, Denver Broncos

32- Rob Gronkowski - Tight End, New England Patriots

33- Pierre Garcon - Wide Receiver, Washington Redskins

34- Randall Cobb - Wide Receiver, Green Bay Packers

35- Kennan Allen - Wide Receiver, San Diego Chargers

36- Vincent Jackson - Wide Receiver, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

37- DeSean Jackson - Wide Receiver, Washington Redskins

38- Andre Johnson - Wide Receiver, Houston Texans

39- Joique Bell - Running Back, Detroit Lions

40- Michael Crabtree - Wide Receiver, San Francisco 49ers

41- Pierre Thomas - Running Back, New Orleans Saints

42- Alshon Jeffery - Wide Receiver, Chicago Bears

43- Andrew Luck - Quarterback, Indianapolis Colts

44- Trent Richardson - Running Back, Indianapolis Colts

45- T.Y. Hilton - Wide Receiver, Indianapolis Colts

46- Jeremy Maclin - Wide Receiver, Philadelphia Eagles

47- Rashad Jennings - Running Back, New York Giants

48- Roddy White - Wide Receiver, Atlanta Falcons

49- Ryan Matthews - Running Back, San Diego Chargers

50- Jordan Reed - Tight End, Washington Redskins

51- Ben Tate - Running Back, Cleveland Browns

52- Victor Cruz - Wide Receiver, New York Giants

53- Bishop Sankey - Running Back, Tennessee Titans

54- Wes Welker - Wide Receiver, Denver Broncos

55- Kendall Wright - Wide Receiver, Tennessee Titans

56- Michael Floyd - Wide Receiver, Arizona Cardinals

57- Vernon Davis - Tight End, San Francisco 49ers

58- Matthew Stafford - Quarterback, Detroit Lions

59- Chris Johnson - Running Back, New York Jets

60- Jay Cutler - Quarterback, Chicago Bears

61- Matt Ryan - Quarterback, Atlanta Falcons

62- Toby Gerhart - Running Back, Jacksonville Jaguars

63- Robert Griffin III - Quarterback, Washington Redskins

64- Nick Foles - Quarterback, Philadelphia Eagles

65- Ray Rice - Running Back, Baltimore Ravens

66- Jordan Cameron - Tight End, Cleveland Browns

67- Percy Harvin - Wide Receiver, Seattle Seahawks

68- Julian Edelman - Wide Receiver, New England Patriots

69- Mike Wallace - Wide Receiver, Miami Dolphins

70- Cordarrelle Patterson - Wide Receiver, Minnesota Vikings

71- Jason Witten - Tight End, Dallas Cowboys

72- Colin Kaepernick - Quarterback, San Francisco 49ers

73- Tony Romo - Quarterback, Dallas Cowboys

74- Dennis Pitta - Tight End, Baltimore Ravens

75- Larry Fitzgerald - Wide Receiver, Arizona Cardinals

76- Cam Newton - Quarterback, Carolina Panthers

77- Stevan Ridley - Running Back, New England Patriots

78- Tom Brady - Quarterback, New England Patriots

79- Russell Wilson - Quarterback, Seattle Seahawks

80- Greg Olsen - Tight End, Carolina Panthers

81- Steven Jackson - Running Back, Atlanta Falcons

82- Eric Decker - Wide Receiver, New York Jets

83- Torrey Smith - Wide Receiver, Baltimore Ravens

84- Marques Colston - Wide Receiver, New Orleans Saints

85- Danny Woodhead - Running Back, San Diego Chargers

86- Terrance Williams- Wide Receiver, Dallas Cowboys

87- Andy Dalton - Quarterback, Cinncinnati Bengals

88- Sammy Watkins- Wide Receiver, Buffalo BIlls

89- Emmanuel Sanders - Wide Receiver, Denver Broncos

90- Golden Tate - Wide Receiver, Detroit Lions

91- Charles Clay - Tight End, Miami Dolphins

92- Seattle D/ST

93- San Francisco D/ST

94- Darren McFadden - Running Back, Oakland Raiders

95- Carolina D/ST

96- Markus Wheaton - Wide Receiver, Pittsburgh Steelers

97- Dwayne Bowe - Wide Receiver, Kansas City Chiefs

98- Cecil Shorts III - Wide Receiver, Jacksonville Jaguars

99- Eli Manning - Quarterback, New York Giants

100- Knowshon Moreno - Running Back, Miami Dolphins

101- Zac Ertz - Tight End, Philadelphia Eagles

102- Tavon Austin - Wide Receiver, St.Louis Rams

103- Phillip Rivers - Quarterback, San Diego Chargers

104- Anquan Boldin - Wide Receiver, San Francisco 49ers

105- Josh Gordon - Wide Receiver, Cleveland Browns

106- Mike Evans - Wide Receiver, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

107 - Doug Baldwin - Wide Receiver, Seattle Seahawks

108 - Ryan Tannehill- Quarterback, Miami Dolphins

109 - Ladarius Green - Tight End, San Diego Chargers

110- Johnny Manziel - Quarterback, Cleveland Browns

111- Kyle Rudolph - Tight End, Minnesota Vikings

112- Kansas City D/ST

113- Martellus Bennett - Tight End, Chicago Bears

114- Kelvin Benjamin - Wide Receiver, Carolina Panthers

115- Frank Gore - Running Back, San Francisco 49ers

116- Rueben Randle - Wide Receiver, New York Giants

117- Denver D/ST

118- Delanie Walker - Tight End, Tennessee Titans

119- DeAngelo Williams - Running Back, Carolina Panthers

120- DeAndre Hopkins - Wide Receiver, Houston Texans

121- New England D/ST

122- St.Louis D/ST

123- Kenbrell Thompkins - Wide Receiver, New England Patriots

124- Darren Sproles - Running Back, Philadelphia Eagles

125- Maurice Jones-Drew - Running Back, Oakland Raiders

126- Steve Smith - Wide Receiver, Baltimore Ravens

127- Brandin Cooks - Wide Receiver, New Orleans Saints

128- Ben Roethlisberger - Quarterback, Pittsburgh Steelers

129- Hakeem Nicks - Wide Receiver, Indianapolis Colts

130- Riley Cooper - Wide Receiver, Philadelphia Eagles

131- Tyler Eifert - Tight End, Cinncinnati Bengals

132- Eric Ebron - Tight End, Detroit Lions

133- LeGarrette Blount - Running Back, Pittsburgh Steelers

134- Jared Cook - Tight End, St.Louis Rams

135- Chris Givens - Wide Receiver, St.Louis Rams

136- Sam Bradford - Quarterback, St.Louis Rams

137- Houston D/ST

138- Greg Jennings - Wide Receiver, Minnesota Vikings

139- James Jones - Wide Receiver, Oakland Raiders

140- Cinncinnati D/ST

141- Coby Fleener - Tight End, Indianapolis Colts

142- Green Bay D/ST

143- Matt Prater - Kicker, Denver Broncos

144- Stephen Gostkowski - Kicker, New England Patriots

145- Danny Amendola - Wide Receiver, New England Patriots

146- Baltimore D/ST

147- Justin Tucker - Kicker, Baltimore Ravens

148- Bernard Pierce - Running Back, Baltimore Ravens

149- Lance Moore - Wide Receiver, Pittsburgh Steelers

150- Mark Ingram - Running Back, New Orleans Saints

151- Carlos Hyde - Running Back, San Francisco 49ers

152- Reggie Wayne - Wide Receiver, Indianapolis Colts

153- Jarrett Boykin - Wide Receiver, Green Bay Packers

154- Justin Hunter - Wide Receiver, Tennessee Titans

155- Mike Williams - Wide Receiver, Buffalo Bills

156- Jordan Matthews - Wide Receiver, Philadelphia Eagles

157- Kenny Stills - Wide Receiver, New Orleans Saints

158- Antonio Gates - Tight End, San Diego Chargers

159- Andre Roberts - Wide Receiver, Washigton Redskins

160- Greg Zuerlein - Kicker, St.Louis Rams

161- Christine Michael - Running Back, Seattle Seahawks

162- Heath Miller - Tight End, Pittsburgh Steelers

163- Josh McCown - Quarterback, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

164- Jacquizz Rogers - Running Back, Atlanta Falcons

165- Aaron Dobson - Wide Receiver, New England Patriots

166- Jeremy Hill - Running Back, Cinncinnati Bengals

167- Brandon LaFell - Wide Receiver, New England Patriots

168- Zach Miller - Tight End, Seattle Seahawks

169- Alex Smith - Quarterback, Kansas City Chiefs

170- Rob Housler - Tight End, Arizona Cardinals

171- Cleveland D/ST

172- Brian Hartline - Wide Receiver, Miami Dolphins

173- Carson Palmer - Quarterback, Arizona Cardinals

174- Joseph Fauria - Tight End, Detroit Lions

175- Austin Sefarian-Jenkins - Tight End, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

176- Dwayne Allen - Tight End, Indianapolis Colts

177- Marcedes Lewis - Tight End, Jacksonville Jaguars

178- Jermaine Gresham - Tight End, Cinncinnati Bengals

179- Tim Wright - Tight End, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

180- Nick Novak - Kicker, San Diego Chargers

181- Scott Chandler - Tight End, Buffalo Bills

182- E.J. Manuel - Quarterback, Buffalo Bills

183-Jace Amaro - Tight End, New York Jets

184- Owen Daniels - Tight End, Baltimore Ravens

185- Jermichael Finley - Tight End, Free Agent

186- Robbie Gould - Kicker, Chicago Bears

187- Mason Crosby - Kicker, Green Bay Packers

188- Marcel Reece - Running Back, Oakland Raiders

189- Lamar Miller - Running Back, Miami Dolphins

190- Miles Austin - Wide Receiver, Cleveland Browns

191- Dan Bailey - Kicker, Dallas Cowboys

192- Nate Freese - Kicker, Detroit Lions

193- Nick Folk - Kicker, New York Jets

194- Phil Dawson - Kicker, San Francisco 49ers

195- Martavis Bryant - Wide Receiver, Pittsburgh Steelers

196- Andre Brown - Running Back, Cleveland Browns

197- Terrance West - Running Back, Cleveland Browns

198- Jonathan Stewart - Running Back, Carolina Panthers

199- Chris Ivory - Running Back - New York Jets

200- Bilal Powell - Running Back, New York Jets

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Team Talk: Washington Redskins

By Adam Filadelfo (@Frostt24)

It's time to take a look at the final team in the Team Series and that takes us all the way to the nation's capital, Washington D.C where the Redskins had some serious fantasy talent the last couple of seasons and look to give fantasy owners more this season with the addition of DeSean Jackson and Andre Roberts. The Redskins have a plethora of talent to offer fantasy owners so take a look at who you can target from this NFC East team.

Robert Griffin III- After a meteoric rookie season in 2012, RG3 fell off quite a bit last season with what can be assumed was due to his knee injury that he suffered in the playoffs at the end of 2012. Last year saw RG3 take a step back in fantasy production and most owners believe that a healthy RG3 in 2014 will have a bounce back season. 2013 saw RG3 average 21 fantasy points per game down from his 24 in 2012. As long as the knee is good, fantasy owners can expect RG3 to be the quarterback he was two seasons ago. Especially with the weapons Washington added this offseason.

Kirk Cousins- Assuming RG3 is completely healthy heading into the season, Kirk Cousins really has no fantasy value unless he's traded or RG3 gets hurt. Cousins played the final few games last year when RG3 got benched and threw more interceptions than he did touchdowns and averaged just 12 fantasy points per game.

Pierre Garçon- Last season was a phenomenal fantasy season for Garçon. He was targeted 184 times and hauled in 113 balls for over 1,300 yards and five touchdowns. He also averaged double digit fantasy points and should have another fine fantasy season in 2014. The numbers could go down a bit as far as targets with DeSean Jackson there but the production will be there with Garçon regardless.

DeSean Jackson- After spending his career with the Eagles, D-Jax now calls Washington home and averaged the second most fantasy points in his career with over 11 fantasy points per game in 2013. With a healthy RG3 throwing to him, DeSean will have himself another stellar fantasy season in 2014 with defenses having to focus on both him and Garçon among others.

Santana Moss- With the exception of a week or two, Santana Moss is pretty much a pedestrian fantasy wideout who didn't even average four fantasy points per game. In an offense that now consists of Pierre Garçon and DeSean Jackson, fantasy owners shouldn't expect too many targets to go Moss' way in 2014.

Andre Roberts- Another nice addition to the Redskins offense in the offseason, Andre Roberts averaged under four fantasy points per game in 2013 with the Arizona Cardinals but should have a slightly better season with Washington this year. He could see targets based on defenses focused on Garçon and Jackson but both D-Jax and Garçon will still be the main focus of the offense.

Roy Helu- In a PPR format, Helu was a little more valuable than he was in standard formats. He had slightly more rushing yards than he did receiving yards and didn't even average five fantasy points per game. With a healthy Alfred Morris, don't expect too many starts for Helu. In PPR formats, he's worth a late round pick but in standard formats, he probably won't do much for fantasy owners.

Alfred Morris- After his stellar 2012, Alfred Morris followed that up with another fantastic 2013. Rushing for over 1,200 yards, Morris averaged double digit fantasy points and scored seven touchdowns to go with all of that. He obviously will be productive again in 2014 and with a healthy RG3, could be in store for a monster season with defenses having to concern themselves with the passing game.

Jordan Reed
- Even though his 2013 was productive for fantasy owners, he could have had a much better fantasy season had he not missed the last few weeks of the season with a concussion. Expected to be fully healthy to start the season, Jordan Reed will add another weapon to an already scary offense. In the nine games he did play last season, Reed averaged just under eight fantasy points per game and should have no problem surpassing those numbers if he can stay healthy throughout the season. He's definitely a tight end worth targeting come draft day.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Team Talk: Tennessee Titans

By Adam Filadelfo (@Frostt24)

Next up is a team that started off hot in 2013 and fell apart shortly after, the Tennessee Titans. As far as fantasy value was concerned, there really wasn't any there in 2013 either. Fantasy owners may want to take another look at the Titans roster heading into 2014.

Jake Locker- Locker showed some promise early on in the season but a hip injury slowed him down and he never really recovered after that. Locker finished the season with 1,256 yards and double digit touchdowns total in the seven games he played. He averaged 17.5 fantasy points per game and will have one more season to prove himself to the Titans and to fantasy owners in 2014.

Zach Mettenberger- The rookie out of LSU was selected in the sixth round of this years draft and could get the chance to start if Locker proves he's not the future of the Titans. There is a new coaching regime and Mettenberger could be given a shot early on. His two years as a starting quarterback at LSU, he threw for 5,691 yards and 34 touchdowns. Mettenberger shouldn't make much of an impact going into the season but could be a player fantasy owners will want to keep an eye on if Jake Locker falters.

Shonn Greene- In 11 games last season, Greene rushed for 295 yards and four touchdowns. He averaged just over five fantasy points per game and doesn't look to have much of a fantasy impact in 2014. He'll be splitting time with Jackie Battle and rookie Bishop Sankey.

Jackie Battle
- Battle played a total of eight games in 2013 and averaged three fantasy points per game. Battle has even less fantasy value than Shonn Greene. The only value Jackie Battle may hold is his nose for the endzone. Unless he is going to receive his fair share of touches, Battle remains a fantasy afterthought.

Bishop Sankey- Now this is the back to own in Tennessee. The rookie out of Washington was selected in the second round and should be viewed as the back to own on the Titans. With Jackie Battle and Shonn Greene ahead of him on the depth chart, it's only a matter of time before Sankey is the starting running back for the Titans. His three years at Washington saw him rush for almost 3,500 yards and 20 touchdowns. He'll be a fantasy name sooner rather than later.

Justin Hunter- There was a game or two where Justin Hunter flashed some talent and showed fantasy owners what he's capable of. The problem with Hunter was he wasn't consistent enough to warrant putting into fantasy lineups each week. He did finish 2013 with 18 catches for 354 yards and four scores and if the Titans can get consistent quarterback play in 2014, Justin Hunter could be a fantasy sleeper.

Kendall Wright- Kendall Wright was one of the few bright spots for the Titans in 2013 as far as fantasy owners were concerned. He was a monster in PPR formats but had a problem when it came to scoring. Regardless of his lack of touchdowns, Wright saw his targets increase from 104 in 2012 to 140 in 2013. He made the best of those targets with 94 catches for over 1,000 yards. He averaged 7.5 fantasy points per game with mediocre quarterback play and will be a target of fantasy owners come draft day in 2014.

Nate Washington- Even though he's been around a while, there's always a stretch where Nate Washington shows fantasy owners he's still worth owning for a few weeks. He averaged just under seven fantasy points per game in 2013 but shouldn't be viewed as much more than a low end receiver who can give you a couple of decent weeks.

Dexter McCluster- Coming over from Kansas City, McCluster looked like he may finally have a breakout season but never really took off. He averaged just over four fantasy points per game and won't contribute much to the Titans offense in 2013.

Delanie Walker- In his first season with the Titans coming over from San Francisco, Delanie Walker finished with 60 catches for 571 yards and six touchdowns. He averaged over six fantasy points per game and should be a tight end worth owning again in 2014.

D/ST- The Titans defense could be a sleeper defense for fantasy owners in 2014. There are a few new faces including Wesley Woodyard and Shaun Phillips who could make this Titans defense something for opposing offenses to contend with. Fantasy owners shouldn't forget that the Tennessee defense came on strong in 2013 giving up the fourth fewest points to opposing quarterbacks and look to be more ferocious this year.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Team Talk: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

By Adam Filadelfo (@Frostt24)

It's time to finish off the NFC South by taking a look at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Not many fantasy relevant players came from Tampa Bay in 2013 but 2014 could be a whole different story. A retooled offense may help fantasy owners make some noise this season. Let's see who Tampa Bay will lend to fantasy owners this year.

Josh McCown- Coming over from the Bears where McCown had a reemergence of his career, he passed for over 1,800 yards and 13 touchdowns in just eight games taking over for an injured Jay Cutler. McCown performed so well in the absence of Cutler that some fantasy owners weren't missing Jay Cutler all that much and were a little disappointed when Cutler did return and McCown was benched. In those eight games McCown played, he averaged almost 20 fantasy points per game and saved some fantasy seasons as well. Most owners are expecting McCown to start for the Buccaneers in 2014 and with the receiving tandem of Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans, may be able to recreate what he had in 2013 with Marshall and Jeffery.

Mike Glennon- With most fantasy owners expecting Josh McCown to be under center when the season starts, Mike Glennon may not have much fantasy relevance at all. Last season when he was inserted three weeks into the season, he averaged just over 16 fantasy points per game. As of now, it looks like Josh McCown will be the starter leaving Glennon to watch.

Doug Martin
- Playing in only six games before going down with a shoulder injury, Doug Martin wasn't exactly living up to his first round ADP in 2013. He was averaging just under 10 fantasy points per game down from his 16.5 in 2012. In his absence, both Mike James and Bobby Rainey ran well and can't be discounted heading into 2014. Martin is obviously not a first round pick going into the season and it's hard to say who the lead back will be seeing how there's a new coaching staff in Tampa Bay.

Mike James- Taking over for an injured Doug Martin, Mike James was running the ball until he went down with a broken ankle. He was averaging almost five fantasy points per game. It wasn't enough to impress fantasy owners heading into 2014 and it's more than likely that James won't see much action with a healthy Doug Martin and Bobby Rainey running a little better than he did and he probably shouldn't crack many fantasy rosters in 2014.

Bobby Rainey- Rainey ran well taking over for Mike James and could very well be in the mix for touches in 2014. He averaged 6.5 fantasy points per game and had five touchdowns and might have done enough to warrant attention from fantasy owners in 2014.

Vincent Jackson- As the number one receiver last season, V-Jax averaged double digit fantasy points and had 159 targets tossed his way. From those 159 targets, he hauled in 78 catches for over 1,200 yards and seven scores. With Mike Evans playing opposite Jackson, things should open up a little more for him as there may finally be a threat opposite him to take attention away. Fantasy owners should expect more of the same from V-Jax in 2014.

Mike Evans- The big rookie from Texas A&M could make quite the name for himself in 2014. With Vincent Jackson demanding so much attention from defensive backs, Mike Evans could end up making a lot of plays and making fantasy owners happy in the process. In his two seasons at Texas A&M, Mike Evans had 151 catches for almost 2,500 yards and 17 touchdowns. He's obviously capable of being a dependable fantasy receiver at some point. He's the perfect candidate for keeper and dynasty leagues.

Tim Wright- Wright got his name on the fantasy map in 2013 by catching 54 balls for 571 yards and five touchdowns. As a tight end, he averaged over six fantasy points per game and gave fantasy owners another tight end to consider in 2014 drafts.

Austin Sefarian-Jenkins- The second round pick out of Washington could possibly become a breakout star sooner rather than later at the tight end position. With numbers like 110 catches for 1,390 yards and 13 touchdowns in just two seasons, it's not hard to see Jenkins becoming a star fantasy tight end at some point. He also set records for tight ends in just his sophomore season in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns. Let's not forget that he play a little basketball his freshman year and fantasy owners may be a little familiar with NFL tight ends that played basketball in college. A few of them made a name for themselves. Fantasy owners should temper expectations in his first season, but in keeper and dynasty formats, Jenkins could make quite an impact in fantasy football.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Team Talk: St. Louis Rams

By Adam Filadelfo (@Frostt24)

It's time to take a look at a team that could be one of the more intriguing teams in the NFL and possibly fantasy football this season. The St. Louis Rams. The Rams are an up and coming team who have a good defense on paper and if they can get consistent quarterback play from Bradford, could make some noise in the NFC West in 2014. Just who are the players that could contribute to fantasy rosters? Let's take a look.

Sam Bradford
- Time is running out for  Sam Bradford to show fantasy owners and the Rams what he can do. Bradford was on track for a nice fantasy season in 2013 but an injury derailed him after seven games. Before the injury, Bradford was averaging over 20 fantasy points per game and had 14 touchdowns to just four interceptions. With some nice weapons around him and a good defense, Bradford looks poised to have a good fantasy season in 2014.

Tavon Austin- It was hard to get a good read on the rookie in 2013. Jeff Fisher said during the preseason that the team had big plans for Tavon Austin and fantasy owners are still waiting to see what those plans are. Austin has all the talent to be a stud fantasy player in 2014 but the problem remains fantasy owners don't have a clue as to how the Rams are planning to use him. As a rookie last season, Austin averaged just under seven fantasy points per game which is a bit low for a player who is a threat in the passing game as well as the return game and can run the ball for success on occasion.

Chris Givens- Chris Givens would be a better fantasy receiver if he was more than a deep threat. He did have 83 targets thrown his way but only managed 34 receptions and did not offer much to fantasy owners in 2013 by averaging under four fantasy points per game.

Kenny Britt- I think it's time for fantasy owners to forget the name Kenny Britt. It is possible that with a new home in St. Louis, Britt reverts back to the fantasy receiver owners loved a few years back, but between injuries and off field issues, it will be difficult for fantasy owners to trust Kenny Britt. In ten games played in 2013, Britt averaged one fantasy point per game. The production just isn't there anymore to warrant the headache he will cause his owners.

Jared Cook
- If fantasy owners were to look at Cook's 2013 numbers, they'd think he had a decent season from the tight end position. The problem with Jared Cook is he scores his fantasy points in bunches. He'll have a week where he has double digit fantasy points and then disappears for weeks at a time. He averaged just over six fantasy points per game and just hasn't broken out like fantasy owners have expected up until this point.

Zac Stacy- A breakout fantasy player in 2013, not too many fantasy owners saw Zac Stacy coming on this strong. Before the season began, the two running backs on the radar from St. Louis were Isiah Pead and Daryl Richardson. Richardson is no longer with the Rams. After being inserted three games into the 2013 season, Zac Stacy never looked back averaging over 12 fantasy points per game and seven touchdowns. He even contributed a little bit in the passing game with 26 catches for over 140 yards. The only problem with Stacy for 2014 is he is very dependent on volume to get his yards and with rookie Tre Mason now in the fold, Stacy may not get as many carries which can hurt his fantasy production. Other than that, Stacy looks primed for another stellar fantasy season.

Tre Mason- The rookie running back selected in the third round out of Auburn will look to push Zac Stacy for some playing time early. How much playing time remains the question. In his three years at Auburn, Mason finished with almost 3,000 yards and 32 touchdowns. It may be hard for the Rams to not give him touches with numbers like that.

- The Rams have a quietly dangerous defense heading into the 2014 season. With one of the better defensive lines on paper, the Rams defense is positioned to make some noise in 2014 and could be a sleeper defense for fantasy owners that like to wait a bit before selecting their defense.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Team Talk: San Francisco 49ers

By Adam Filadelfo (@Frostt24)

Just a game away from making back to back trips to the Superbowl, the 49ers gave fantasy owners something to get excited about. While 2013 saw  some special fantasy players come from the bay area, 2014 could see even more exciting fantasy players emerge and help fantasy owners to championships.

Collin Kaepernick
- While Kaepernick may not have had the type of fantasy season most fantasy owners were hoping for, he did post pretty good numbers for owners that rostered him. Passing for almost 3,200 yards and 21 touchdowns, he also rushed for another 521 yards and four scores. The rushing yards were what bothered a lot of fantasy owners since it was expected that Kaepernick's main threat was his legs. He averaged 20 fantasy points per game and with a new mega contract in hand, fantasy owners can expect a big year from Kaepernick in his second full year as a starter.

Frank Gore- Correct me if I'm wrong but wasn't Frank Gore supposed to have fallen off of a fantasy cliff a few years ago? Well he hasn't and 2013 was another stellar fantasy season for the former Miami Hurricane. Gore rushed for over 1,100 yards and nine touchdowns while averaging over 11 fantasy points per game. Looks like the old man still has some gas left in the tank.

Kendall Hunter- The primary backup to Frank Gore didn't really see much action in 2013. He rushed for 358 yards and three touchdowns while averaging just over three fantasy points per game. With the addition of Carlos Hyde in the draft, it may not be long before Kendall Hunter gets buried in the 49ers depth chart.

Carlos Hyde- Selected in the second round of the 2014 draft, Hyde was an outstanding running back at Ohio State. In the four years Hyde played at Ohio State, he amassed almost 3,200 rushing yards and 37 touchdowns. He didn't add much in the passing game but he seems to be able to find the endzone. He will start the season behind Frank Gore but could end up being a fantasy stud sooner rather than later. He is the perfect fantasy player for keeper and dynasty leagues.

Marcus Lattimore- Thought to be the running back after Frank Gore was done, it seems Marcus Lattimore has suffered another setback in his return from a gruesome injury that forced him to miss the entire 2013 season. Now that the 49ers have Carlos Hyde, there's reason to think Marcus Lattimore may not be the clear backup to Gore going into 2014 or at all for that matter. Lattimore's value definitely takes a hit from a fantasy perspective.

Michael Crabtree- Crabtree only played in five games in 2013 due to an injury sustained before the season even began. In the five games he played, he averaged just under seven fantasy points per game and will obviously have an even better season in 2014 provided he stays healthy. He should be Kaepernick's top target this season. His last full season in 2012 saw Crabtree finish with 85 catches for over 1,100 yards and nine touchdowns while averaging double digit fantasy points along the way. That's plenty of reason to believe Crabtree can be a top receiver in 2014 again.

Anquan Boldin- Boldin picked up right where he left off in the playoffs in 2012. Last season saw Boldin have 130 targets tossed his way and he hauled in 85 of them for over 1,100 yards and seven touchdowns. Boldin also averaged double digit fantasy points per game in 2013 but his production could take a bit of a hit with a healthy Michael Crabtree back.

Stevie Johnson
- Last season with the Bills, Johnson caught 52 balls for almost 600 yards and three touchdowns while averaging over six fantasy points per game in 12 games played. That was all as the top receiver for the Bills. While he will not be the featured wideout in San Francisco, Johnson does have the potential to produce for fantasy owners while a lot of the attention is on Crabtree, Boldin and Vernon Davis. The only thing that will stop Stevie Johnson from putting up fantasy worthy numbers is his penchant for always getting banged up. At some point, his groin will act up and cause him to miss time. Fantasy owners can expect the same story from Stevie Johnson in 2014.

Brandon Lloyd- Returning to football after sitting out the entire 2013 season, Brandon Lloyd will attempt to make the 49ers roster. His last full season was 2012 with the New England Patriots where he averaged just over seven fantasy points per game. He may be a decent fantasy option late in drafts but owners shouldn't expect too much from a 32 year old receiver who just sat out an entire season because no team wanted him.

Vernon Davis- Vernon Davis showed once again in 2013 that he is still an elite fantasy tight end that can produce with the likes of Jimmy Graham and Gronk. 2013 saw Davis finish with 52 catches for 850 yards and 13 touchdowns. He also averaged almost 11 fantasy points per game. There is no reason to think Vernon Davis cannot have another outstanding fantasy season in 2014. He will once again be one of the top tight ends off of the board come draft day.

- Why wouldn't 2014 be another great fantasy season for the 49ers defense? All of the key contributors are back and fantasy owners can rest easy when drafting the San Francisco defense knowing that they have a top fantasy defense each week. There aren't many consistent defenses in fantasy football from year to year but the 49ers are one of the more consistent units. Draft them with confidence again in 2014.