Dotdon’s Fantasy Football Preview

By Tony James
PSDC Contributor

It’s that time of year again. The weather gets a bit cooler, kids return to school and the rest of us prepare our minds and bodies for football. No, not playing football—elite athletes do that. I’m talking about fantasy football, the true test of a man’s heart and genius.

This article will give you a picture of who you may be able to steal early in your fantasy football draft this year, or, if you’ve drafted already, who you can pick up on the waiver wire now before they make a giant impact and disappear to another competitor before your eyes.

RUNNING BACKS

Depending on the size of your league and scoring rules, RB could be the thinnest of all positions and the most important to grab early and for depth. Although there are rare exceptions, generally speaking you need at least one good RB to win any league. With more and more “RB by committee” teams the pack of workhorse backs continues to dwindle. The key to becoming a consistent champion (like me) is spotting and nabbing RBs that emerge due to injury, opportunity or are poised for a breakout year. It is important to claim them now or at your draft so you’re not in a bidding war or relying on waiver-wire priority. Here are some breakouts and sleepers to target in 2015:

BREAKOUTS

1. Lamar Miller, Miami – Miller is poised to have a fantastic season. Ryan Tannehill is progressing as a QB, producing solid stats and improving year after year. Lamar Miller will be a top 8 RB this year in that Miami offense, so don’t be afraid to reach for him if needed.

Lamar-Miller-Dolphins

2. Doug Martin, Tampa Bay – Martin is quietly going in the sixth to eighth round of most mock drafts at this point, which is an absolute steal. Martin is shifty and fast. His down year last year was ended by injury, but he has great RB1 potential. Add in the WR corps and a rookie QB that is adept at moving the sticks for first downs, Martin could see top 15 production easily. [Read more…]

2013 NFL Team Preview: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

By Ryan Haidinger
PSDC Writer

2012 was all about changing the mindset in Tampa Bay as new coach Greg Schiano ushered in the era of the “Buccaneer Way,” 2013 will be all about changing the product on the field. Schiano’s first season was a relative success as the Bucs finished 7-9, after a disaster of a 2011 season that ended 4-12, this year sights will be set on a return to the playoffs for Tamp Bay.

Here is our 2013 season preview for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. [Read more…]

Project Shanks Fantasy Football Top 200

The fantasy football crew of Project Shanks (Robbie Marbury, Bryan Douglass, Bobby Roberts, Joe Hines, Matt Rogers, Matt Carpenter and Alan Posey) have presented you with “good” and “evil” for each player at each position for this years NFL season. We know you don’t have the time to flip back and forth between pages, screens or windows when the pressure of your pick arises, so we have compiled a top 200 list for you to gaze at easily. We have done all the hard work for you. All you have to do now is show up on time, eat some wings, drink some beer, make a few inappropriate jokes and talk some trash. Good luck, ladies and gentlemen.

1. Adrian Peterson RB (Minnesota Vikings)
2. Arian Foster RB (Houston Texans)
3. Ray Rice RB (Baltimore Ravens)
4. Doug Martin RB (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
5. Calvin Johnson WR (Detroit Lions
6. Aaron Rodgers QB (Green Bay Packers)
7. Matt Forte RB (Chicago Bears)
8. C.J. Spiller RB (Buffalo Bills)
9. Marshawn Lynch RB (Seattle Seahawks)
10. A.J. Green WR (Cincinnati Bengals) [Read more…]

Project Shanks Fantasy Football Preview: Running Backs

Here we go kiddos, it is time again to get ready for everyone’s favorite pastime: FANTASY FOOTBALL! We here at Project Shanks have lined up a top-notch crew of Bryan Douglass, Matt Carpenter, Joe Hines, Bobby Roberts, Matt Rogers and Robbie Marbury to bring to you all the knowledge you will need for this upcoming fantasy season. We have compiled everyone’s ranking for each position, with the writer that had the most and least amount of love for a player giving you their commentary as to why that particular player should be higher or lower on your draft board. This approach will give you the good and evil that comes with each player.

In this installment, we will be bringing you the rankings for the cornerstone of any good fantasy team: the running backs. After Adrian Peterson’s historical season, will anyone be able to come close to taking the RB crown from him? Who is the second-best RB this year? And will either of the second-year RB’s (Doug Martin and Alfred Morris) be able to build on their stellar rookie campaigns, or will they fall victim to the sophomore slump? All these questions, and more, answered in our 2013 RB rankings.

Also, check out our QB rankings here. 

1. Adrian Peterson Minnesota Vikings

(Robbie) Peterson was the unanimous choice at the No. 1 running back this year. It’s kind of a no-brainer at this point in Peterson’s career that he is the best/safest option at running back. Even if he doesn’t produce 2,000-plus rushing yards like he did last year, he is still a lock to finish as one of the top point producers at this position. Peterson has only failed to reach 1,000 rushing yards once in his career (2009 due to injury) and has amassed 10-plus TD’s every season. If it wasn’t for his ACL injury, I would have a hard time believing he isn’t a robot.

2. Arian Foster Houston Texans

Good (Matt R) Since emerging as the Texans starter three years ago, Foster has averaged 1,900 all-purpose yards, 16 TDs, 53 receptions and only two lost fumbles per year. Some critics have cited last year’s dip in stat production as a sign of Foster’s decline, while it was truly nothing more than a sign of the increased success of Houston’s down field passing game. There is no reason to think the Texans won’t continue to feed Foster the ball, and he knows what to do with in once he gets it.

Evil (Matt C) Arian Foster will be hard to pass up with picks two or three. His age (26) and production can’t be ignored. However, red flags such as recent leg muscle injuries and an insane workload (460 touches in ’12) also need to be considered. Furthermore, his PPO (points-per-opportunity) dropped over 20% between 2011 and 2012. At some point, the organization has to conserve their star back. Add to the equation that Ben Tate is a healthy, “plus” backup who should get more opportunities and I don’t think Foster gives you the greatest value this year. Foster is still a legit RB1, but in PPR leagues, I have him behind Charles and Spiller (at #5). [Read more…]

5 Things I Learned on Sunday

(Editor-in-Chief’s Note: Due to a prior obligation, I was unable to fulfill my weekly duty in regards to the ‘5 Things I Learned on Sunday’ column. I would like to thank the five guys that stepped up to fill my shoes and pen the award-winning column.)

1. Any Semi-Decent Madden Player can be a Full-Fledged NFL Offensive Coordinator

I am the same person who predicted that the Chiefs would win 11 games. I understand that. I was so very wrong. So, so, so very wrong. With that said, it was even more brutal to watch the offensive calls of one, Brian Daboll. To end the last real offensive possession of the game, OC Daboll ran a draw to Peyton Hillis on third and eight. Although passing is an option, albeit a sad option, there is also the option to give it to Jamal Charles. This is a man who just became the, “all-time career carry leader for highest rushing average by a running back,” according to kcchiefs.com. The man has world-class speed and can fall for three yards.  He did have a crucial fumble but overall it was another career day for Charles. [Read more…]

5 Things I Learned on Sunday

By Chris Stuckey
Editor-in-Chief

1. Despite a Win, the Cowboys are Worse Than I Thought

I know you’re probably tired of hearing about the Cowboys but in Texas, it’s all Cowboys all the time. I’ve grown up in the football phenomenon that is the state of Texas. If you’re from East Texas like me, you are a Cowboys fan. It’s not a choice. It’s a birthright. [Read more…]

NFL Against The Spread: Week 10 Winners

By Robbie Marbury
PSDC ATS King 

Wow, did the oddsmakers throw us all a bone last week or what?  Favorites went 10-4 last week against the spread.  Any teaser that you came up with last week would have hit as long as you left out the Raiders, Giants, Redskins and Dolphins, and if you got the line early enough even a Dolphins bet would have been good once you teased the line down. And really, who was putting the Raiders in a teaser?  If you got your money in early enough their were only two teams that would have killed a tease.  Vegas lost it’s face last week, and this week they are coming for their money.  [Read more…]

5 Things I Learned on Sunday

By Chris Stuckey
Editor-in-Chief

1. Throw Less, Win More

Since the beginning of the season, I have noticed a trend. I didn’t keep track of this trend because that is more work than I’m willing to do but I knew I had something brewing. Of the 12 games played on Sunday, nine of those were won by the team whose quarterback had fewer pass attempts than the opponent. [Read more…]

2012 NFL Team Preview: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

By Bobby Roberts
PSDC Staff

The 2011 season was a forgettable one in Tampa. By the halfway point, the team looked like they lost respect for head coach Raheem Morris. They were outscored 298-140 in their last eight games.

Morris is out and new head coach Greg Schiano is left with a talented, yet lost team in 2012. He rebuilt the Rutgers football program when he was there and hopes to do the same with the Bucs. They got off to a nice start by adding some young players in key areas. [Read more…]