Random fantasy football musings

Buying

  • Ray Rice should be awesome this year with Willis McGahee out of town and a new fullback leading the way (the same one that led the way for Arian Foster last year!)
  • I’m hearing that Raiders running back Darren McFadden is tearing it up at training camp so far. Michael Bush should still be in town and will take some of his carries, but this is McFadden’s job to lose.
  • With receiver Steve Smith a free agent at the moment who is returning from fairly serious surgery, Giants WR Mario Manningham is someone to look at for your WR3 spot (if he drops that far!) He would probably make a solid WR2 as well.
  • Is it crazy to think Tarvaris Jackson may have a decent season? He’s got Sidney Rice, big Mike Williams, Zach Miller and John Carlson to throw to. I’d prefer Josh Freeman, Matt Cassel or Sam Bradford, but still, someone to consider as a backup QB option if you’re in dire need.

Up in the air

  • Not yet drinking the Shonn Greene Kool-aid. Rex Ryan claims they’ll feature a heavy dose of Greene, but I think we’ve heard that before. He’s a RB2 at most.
  • Same goes for Beanie Wells. Just because Tim Hightower is out of town, I’m still not ready to believe in him. Jury is still out though and he could end up changing my mind.

Selling

  • WR Jacoby Ford was one of my big sneaky picks, but his broken hand scares me. He’ll be ready in time for the regular season, but keep an eye on him during the preseason games to see if he gets any playing time.
  • Chris Johnson’s hold out is worrisome. I guess if you get his backup to start the year you might be alright, but I prefer a guy who I know will start from week 1 (e.g. AP, Rice, Charles, etc.) Plus, I had CJ last year and he didn’t light the world on fire enough to demand the top pick this year.
  • I was hoping that people would forget about Jermichael Finley after missing most of last season with an injury, but it doesn’t seem that way. With a lack of top-tier tight ends this year (most of the top guys seem to be fading a bit) Finley could get drafted way above of your price range.