Below are 6 Burning Questions that most fantasy football owners have as we head into the 2012 fantasy football season.
Some of the players listed below are studs, and some are of the extremely-deep-sleeper variety.
Enjoy, and be sure to comment below, and talk about these players on our forums!
1. Who are your absolute deepest sleepers heading into 2012?
If we’re talking as deep as they come, I’d have to say:
T.J. Yates and Russell Wilson at quarterback… Neither is really in a great situation to start any time soon, but if we’re talking deep, these hidden talents could emerge by mid-season. Watch out if they do! Colt McCoy would be third on the list for extremely deep passers. Get ready for the emergence of Sam Bradford… He is not a deep, deep sleeper, but he is close enough to mention in this; I had him as a breakout last off-season, but I was obviously a year early.
Jacquizz Rodgers, despite being a runner, has that “Victor Cruz” feel to him this season, meaning he could be this season’s “out of nowhere” player to snag! Invest in him this year, especially given the 9th- to 10th-round ADP that he currently holds. Ryan Williams, Peyton Hillis, Isaiah Pead and Michael Bush all have extremely-solid sleeper value this season… and I’m strictly talking of the deep, deep variety; All four could turn into strong fantasy RB2s if their numbers are called, and 1-2 could be insanely-good this year and in future years.
Randall Cobb and Santana Moss are my two deep, deep wide receiver sleepers at the moment. I have a ton more sleepers I value more than both, but these guys are the deepest of the deep, and both have strong fantasy WR3 upside, no question.
Lance Kendricks, like Sam Bradford, was on my breakout list last off-season. I may have called both breakout campaigns a year early… watch both thrive in 2012 and beyond!
2. Who is your biggest “bust” in terms of stud players heading in 2012?
First on my list is Ryan Mathews. I had him on my “buyer beware” list prior to his recent clavicle injury, but that injury just made it crystal-clear that this rusher cannot stay healthy. He is extremely talented, and I’m talking top 5-10-like, but he cannot stay on the field. Some backs just can’t, and you have to observe and react in this game we play… react, that’s my advice! Hakeem Nicks has to be the one receiver I’d avoid heading into this upcoming fantasy football season, and for the same reasons I just mentioned up above for Mathews.
3. Who is your biggest “stash” for 2012, a player that will emerge later?
C.J. Spiller and Isaiah Pead have been two top stash-type players of mine for much of the off-season, and both could be top 10-12 runners per start (or higher) if forced to start at some point in 2012. David Wilson is another runner who could thrive if his starter, Ahmad Bradshaw, went down… Bradshaw is currently banged up, so expect Wilson to be harder to acquire today than he was yesterday.
4. Who are studs-in-the-making and must-own dynasty players entering 2012?
Robert Griffin III is going to be better than most expect… and I’m thinking he has top 4-6 fantasy quarterback upside if all goes well for the rookie in 2012. It may take him half a season to look that part, and he may not produce those elite-like numbers until his second season, but I think we will see flashes of top 4-6 talent all season long.. get ready for RG3! Other studs-in-the-making obviously include Julio Jones, A.J. Green and Dez Bryant… all three are at the top of the 2012 Upside Board, so be sure to give it a read here! And, as mentioned above, C.J. Spiller, is ready to become a fantasy football stud, but it could be half a season before he really gets starter-type carries… Doug Martin could be a top 10 runner-in-the-making, and players like Isaiah Pead and David Wilson have that “stud” potential if everything goes their way and opportunity knocks! I also like Jermichael Finley as a super-stud in 2012, but health is a concern, I won’t lie.
5. What’s your favorite draft strategy this season?
It’s tough to plan anything out in fantasy football, as your draft day selections should truly depend on the flow of the draft. However, one strategy I’ve been able to implement several times this off-season is one where I have a top three overall pick. If I am handed a 1.01-1.03 draft slot, I’ve often been able to land both Cam Newton and A.J. Green (or Julio Jones) with my second- and third-round picks, which allows me to pair two of those studs with an Arian Foster-type. Now, Jones‘ recent preseason play has made it a lot tougher landing the Falcons’ receiver anywhere after the 2.02-2.04 slots, but even Dez Bryant is a bargain as a third-drafted player, so inserting him into one of those three spots is just as strong if you as me.
These combinations are killer starts to any draft:
- Arian Foster, Cam Newton and A.J. Green
- Arian Foster, Cam Newton and Julio Jones
- Arian Foster, Cam Newton and Dez Bryant
- Arian Foster, A.J. Green and Julio Jones
- Arian Foster, A.J. Green and Dez Bryant
If you can kickoff your draft with one of those combos above, get ready for a big-time fantasy football season!
6. What studs will explode even more than expected in 2012?
Tom Brady could break both the NFL touchdown record and the NFL passing record; I have him pegged for 5,400+ passing yards and 53 passing TDs. I also have both Chris Johnson and Darren McFadden as top 2-4 capable… I’m not saying both will for sure squeeze into the top 2-4 rusher range, but if any runners outside of the big three (Ray Rice, LeSean McCoy and Arian Foster) can grab shockingly-high running back finishes in 2012, it’s these two guys! A.J. Green, Dez Bryant and Julio Jones could all have over 14 or more receiving TDs this season – These receivers are going to explode this upcoming year, and I think this will be the biggest fantasy WR season we’ve ever seen.