The NFL season is officially here and that means that fantasy football is riding strong with it. Over the years, NFL fans have made another sport out of fantasy football. They take it just as serious as the real games played on the field. I have been pretty successful in my fantasy football leagues over the past 5 years.
I want to share with you my top fantasy prospects for this upcoming season by position.
2013 Top Fantasy Player Predictions
QB – Drew Brees /New Orleans Saints:
Brees has his coach Sean Payton, which means the rhythm and continuity that we are accustomed to seeing. Also, the offense will be much more balanced, which will take a lot of pressure off Brees trying to force the action and thus limiting his turnovers. Bringing in Rob Ryan to run the defense can only help. The Saints had the worst defense in NFL history last year and Ryan will bring some much-needed upgrades.
Projections: 5000 Passing Yards, 46 Touchdowns, 10 Interceptions, 30 Rushing Yards, 2 Rushing Touchdowns
RB – Chris Johnson/Tennessee Titans:
We all remember what CJ2K did once upon a time. 2 years ago was horrible, but last season he showed me enough to say he’s not “done.” This season the Titans went out and drafted Chance Warmack (top prospect overall coming into the draft) and signed Andy Levitre in free agency. His complaints about the horrible offensive line play didn’t go unnoticed and here we are a year later and the return of CJ2K is in full effect.
Projections: 1900 Rushing Yards, 12 Touchdowns, 200 Receiving Yards, 2 Touchdowns
WR – Calvin Johnson/Detroit Lions:
There is absolutely no right to pick another WR before Megatron. Last season he broke the single season receiving record, but to me it was a down year. He only had 5 touchdowns last year, which is horrible from a WR of his size and caliber. I honestly think with an upgraded rushing attack and offensive line he can have similar yardage statistics. I believe he will be the first WR to break 2000 yards in one season and this could be the year. Plus, I also see at least 12-15 touchdowns coming his way as well.
Projections: 2000 Receiving Yards, 15 Touchdowns
TE – Jimmy Graham/New Orleans Saints:
See QB above and you understand why. Graham has his head coach back and will be Drew Brees top target all over the field. You could say that last year was a down season for Graham with only 85 receptions and 982 yards and 9 touchdowns. Ninety-nine percent of the NFL teams would love their TE’s to have down years like that. With Payton back in the mix, his numbers will rise to similar stats from two years ago.
Projections: 1400 Receiving Yards, 14 Touchdowns
Defense/Special Teams – Tampa Bay Buccaneers:
Last season the Bucs had the best rushing defense in the entire league, but the worst passing defense. During the off-season, they made moves to sure up their secondary. Adding Darrelle Revis (when healthy #1 CB in the NFL), Dashon Goldson and Johnthan Banks to Mark Barron could easily make them the top secondary in the league if everyone plays to their potential. Gerald McCoy has begun to live up to the hype and Lavonte David is a stud. Mixed with the premier running game they have that should limit the defense’s time on the field should make for a special statistical season.
Projections: 38 Sacks, 26 Interceptions, 18 Fumble Recoveries, 1 Safety, 9 Touchdowns, 225 Points Allowed
Kicker – Matt Bryant/Atlanta Falcons:
Bryant is going to have to pleasure of kicking for one of the most explosive offenses in the league. He’ll have more extra points attempted, which will mean more made. He also will have his fair share of field goal opportunities. The Falcons will move the ball with ease and should leave Bryant with a good amount of FGA’s to give him great numbers. BUT, as we all know, the top 10 kickers in fantasy football are pretty close anyway so Blai r Walsh, Stephen Gostkowski , Garrett Hartley and Matt Prater could be your guy.
Projections: 59/59 Extra Points, 33 Field Goals Made (6 50+ yards)