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.

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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: New Orleans Saints

By Johnny Griffith
PSDC Stat Man

I think I speak for all Saints fans when I say that there was a collective sigh of relief when the curtain closed on the 2012 football season and head coach Sean Payton was reinstated by resident NFL megalomaniac, Roger Goodell. Last season’s forgettable campaign was dominated by the specter of Bounty-Gate and subsequent suspensions. While fans still entered the season with high hopes fueled by a sense of indignance towards the league office, it soon became clear that Goodell had dealt the franchise a death-blow for the 2012 season with the unprecedented suspension of head coach Sean Payton for the entirety of last season.

Without the unquestioned offensive conductor at the helm, the Saints offense could never get into their usual rhythm. Brees obviously felt more compelled to take more of the offensive responsibility on his shoulders and it showed in his 5,000+ yards, but the fact of how out-of-sync the offense really was showed in his completion percentage, which plummeted to 63 percent, the lowest of his Saints tenure. To add injury to insult, trusted backfield target and all around playmaker Darren Sproles spent time off with a broken hand as well as issues with Jimmy Graham (wrist), Marques Colston (knees) and Lance Moore (insert random injury here). [Read more…]