We are coming up on the final week or so of 2013 Fantasy Football Drafts! I have done countless mock drafts and a few real ones and feel as thought these players might be able to help you out and or are quickly rising in Average Draft Position (ADP).
QB Michael Vick (PHI) – Due to a stellar offseason, Vick has seen his ADP gradually rise over the past few weeks. While his most recent Thursday night performance wasn’t his best of the preseason, he was still much better than Nick Foles. I am not drafting Vick as my starter in 12-team leagues as I believe there are 13 startable quarterbacks other than him, but we all know the potential Vick has to be a top-10 or better player at the position.
QB Tyrelle Pryor (OAK) – Oakland is one of the two worst teams in football this year along with the New York Jets, lacking impact players at almost any position. Matt Flynn was beat out my Russell Wilson last season and might be beat out by Pryor for the starting job in Oakland this season. What does this all mean? It means I would not be surprised if Pryor ended up as the Raiders starter sooner rather than later and uses his mix of great running ability and mediocre throwing to become a viable backup quarterback.
WR Antonio Brown (PIT) – The top option for Ben Roethlisberger had a breakout season in terms of yards last season with over 1100 yards, but only had a measly two touchdowns. Getting into the end zone has been Browns problem for a few seasons, but something someone of his caliber should be able to figure out. The AFC North is full of teams with talent, but are not elite; Brown’s success could be vital to the Steelers fighting for the division win.
WR Ryan Broyles (DET) – Broyles is being drafted in the late rounds of drafts as a bench player, and has even gone through drafts undrafted at times. Broyles is a second year player who had a stellar college career; he plays opposite Calvin Johnson and catches passes from Matt Stafford in the Detroit Lions defense. I love Broyles as a WR4 is coming drafts, expecting him to outplay that status at times.
WR Brian Hartline (MIA) – Now this is likely my Miami Dolphins fandom that had me type down Brian Hartline’s name on this list. While he did have a 1000-yard season, he had a quarter of those yards in one game early in the season and only had one (1!) touchdown catch. The main reason I feel as though Hartline could be better this year is the fact the Dolphins now have Mike Wallace, a true #1 wide receiver. Hartline will likely be seeing softer coverage as teams plan for Wallace and should benefit from the growth of Ryan Tannehill. Perhaps fewer yardage, but more touchdown catches.
WR Quinton Patton (SF) – The rookie wide out has been having a preseason on note with 6-catches for 87 yards and a pair of touchdowns. The 49’ers need more options at WR behind Anquan Boldin, and while it was Marlon Moore (always struggling to make a roster) who was originally rumoured to be in the running, it now looks as though Patton is the man. I don’t expect huge numbers from him inside the 49’ers offence, but he could be very serviceable.
RB David Wilson (NYG) – With the news that Andre Brown as been inured yet again and will likely miss 6 or more weeks, I have to relent my dislike of Wilson going into drafts and admit that he could be very good this year. My biggest worry was that brown would steal touches, namely goal line caries, greatly limiting Wilson’s value, but that will not be an option for the first few weeks of the season. Hopefully Wilson will take the opportunity to prove he can be a bell-cow.
RB Daryl Richardson (STL) – The starter in St. Louis is being drafted in most formats as a low end RB3 even though he actually has a starting job and some underwhelming options behind him. I would love to have Richardson as my third RB option but would accept him as an RB2 to start the year.
RB Shonn Greene (TEN) – The Titans have made significant improvements to their offensive line and picked up bruising running back Shonn Greene in the offseason. I have never been a fan of Greene as he was a Jet (I cheer ‘Fins) and was never very impressive. He did however have some pretty solid seasons in 2011 and 2012 with over 1000 yards in each and a combined 14 touchdowns. Running behind Chris Johnson, Greene won’t come close to 1000 yards, but as a change-of-pace back and goal line back Greene could still maintain some value.
TE Jason Witten (DAL) – Across most large websites that host fantasy drafts (ESPN, Yahoo, NFL, CBSSports) Witten is being drafted around the same time as, if not later than Tony Gonzalez and Vernon Davis; I would much rather have Witten. Witten proved last year that he is tough as nails playing in week one despite rumours he would be out for weeks with appendicitis. Witten actually led all TEs in yards last season with 1039 but was bet out by a handful of players due to only catching three touchdowns. I expect him to catch another 900 or so yards in 2013 while adding to his touchdown total as defences lose their mind trying to defend Dez.
TE Heath Miller (PIT) – Miller is likely going to miss some time for the Steelers at the beginning of the season due to injuries, but is now rumoured to be back sooner than first expected. Miller was a top-end TE last season due to the large number of touchdowns he caught as Big Ben’s security blanket. It could be much of the same for Miller this season once he returns to the field.