Football season started on Thursday (NY Giants against Washington Redskins) and rest of the games kick off on Sunday and Monday. It’s my third year of Fantasy Football and I think this year I’ve done a better job of drafting than the previous two years. Here’s what my team looks like:
- Carson Palmer, QB, Cincinnati Bengals – My starting QB will always be Carson Palmer, unless he implodes midway throughout the season. Bengals have had a lot of issues through the pre-season with WR injuries, from T.J. Housmanzadeh (hip) to Chad ‘Ocho Cinco’ Johnson (torn shoulder). Even though both are expected to play they won’t be 100%. Palmer is a risky move but at this point I think he’s better than my backup (Marc Bulger) simply because he is the better QB and will get yardage out of any receiver.
- Andre Johnson, WR, Houston Texas – Last year Andre Johnson (while healthy) was the best receiver in terms of YPG. If he stays healthy Andre Johnson could have a break out year.
- Jerricho Cotchery, WR, New York Jets – He has an excellent rapport with Brett Favre throughout the pre-season and was his go-to guy. Cotchery had average receiver with crappy Jet QB’s last year, so this year look for him to break out. Cotchery is more of a posession receiver so he’ll have high YPG but fewer touchdowns.
- Steve Smith, WR, Carolina Panthers – Even though he’s suspended for the first two games, he’s a good pick and will make up for it in the next 14 games. He is Delhomme’s go-to receiver, and even Delhomme is not so bad that he can’t get Steve Smith the ball.
- Dwayne Bowe, WR, Kansas City Chiefs – I just picked this guy because Rotoworld.com had rated him highly and he was available in Round 13. He’s just the lowest in my WR picks.
- Frank Gore, RB, San Francisco 49ers – A lot of people criticized this pick of mine, even though I had a chance to pick up Steven Jackson. But I took Gore on a big gut feeling. The offensive co-ordinator at SF is Mike Martz. The same Mike Martz who moulded the Rams offensive unit into a Super Bowl team, the same Martz who made Marshall Faulk a stud RB in a team which was almost always pass first.
- Clinton Portis, RB, Washington Redskins – Say what you want about Portis, but he had a decent last year and he’s my RB2 – He makes one hell of a good RB2. Jim Zorn will still keep running the ball as much because Jason Campbell isn’t still a decent QB.
- Lendale White, RB, Tennessee Titans – He is my RB3/RB4 (depending on Jonathan Stewart). White is in a RB by committee with Chris Johnson who is blazing fast. Coach Jeff Fishers says it will 50-50 or 60-40 in possessions. That’s fine by me, White isn’t always going to start.
- Jonathan Stewart, RB, Carolina Panthers – While Stewart won’t start at Carolina, he is getting a lot of buzz. That’s really the only reason I picked him towards the tail end of my draft. Let’s see how it works out.
- Chris Perry, RB, Cincinatti Bengals – With Rudi Johnson out of Cincinatti, Chris Perry is the starter. Kenny Watson should keep him a little sharp and provide him motivation to stay healthy.
- Tony Gonzales, TE, Kansas City Chiefs – Old, but still gold. Although much of it depends on the QB situation at KC.
- New York Giants Defense – Michael Strahan retired but the Giants were still strong at Defense till Umeniyora got injured and was out for the season. But Giants showed that they still got the goods.
- Adam Vinatieri, K, Indianapolis Colts – As long as Peyton Manning gets close to the end zone often, this guy is good.
That’s it on my roster. I’m monitoring a couple of people to see if I can make a quick grab of the waiver if they improve. I’m also taking a look at AccuScore and how good they are at their predictions.
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