Fantasy Football Draft TrendsBREAKING NEWS, Fantasy Leagues, News Wednesday, August 28th, 2013
-Arian Foster has gone anywhere from second pick overall to the 9th selection in the first round. The workhouse back has carried many fantasy football teams to the championship over the last few seasons and has caused several owners to think twice about where to draft him. His battering mate Ben Tate who has looked promising in the preseason, is earning an eight to ninth round draft selection as a handcuff or a trade chip if Foster were to miss any time. Foster has piled up the carries the last few seasons, but Houston is still a run first team and Foster is the main threat for touchdown numbers. Still a top five back, but make sure you grab Tate before another owner does.
-Vick is being drafted a starting quarterback. Even with the knowledge that Vick will likely miss significant playing time due to injuries, he is being drafted before guys like Romo and Eli Manning. With Chip Kelly leading the way, fantasy owners are hoping the run first play-calling will keep Vick upright. At the same time, Desean Jackson is the only electric proven play-making receiver left on the roster. I like Vick myself, but a guy like Romo throwing to Dez, Austin and Witten has more upside then Vick. Make sure you draft his replacement in a player like Rothlisberger, Dalton or Bradford.
-Gronkowski is still the number two tight-end being drafted. Even with several surgeries and limited off-season practice, the play-making and dominance of Gronk is hard for owners to not draft if available late fourth round to early fifth. Is he worth the gamble? He is a monster of a player and will produce enough for this high-risk/high reward selection to pay off.
-Kenbrell Thompkins has seen the biggest jump in fantasy football draft position. From an undrafted rookie to a “must have” for fantasy owners, Thompkins is the hot name right now. With future Hall of Famer Tom Brady showing a lot of trust and attention to the former Georgia Bulldog, and top receiving targets from 2012 elsewhere, someone needs to make plays and that someone appears to be Thompkins.
-There is significant wide receiver depth available from rounds seven to eleven. If you want that early quarterback, the depth at running back and a top five tight-end, you can have your cake and eat it too. Players like James Jones, Hilton, Gordon, Golden Tate, Michael Floyd, Emmanuel Sanders, Rueben Randle, Sidney Rice, Miles Austin, Lance Moore, Greg Jennings, Stevie Johnson, Justin Blackmon are all most likely going to be available. There are several break-out candidates and other players who can contribute to your fantasy squad. Hilton, Austin and Tate are all going to have tremendous seasons. Josh Gordon and Justin Blackmon have amazing talent, they both have suspensions to serve but can offer great value for your playoff run once they return.
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