Sunday, February 9, 2014

2013-2014 Fantasy Football Recap by: Justin Lonero

  When the fantasy football season ends, most of us get the feeling as if we have to leave a nice vacation that we have been on.  We wait patiently until the next voyage is planned, or the next draft is scheduled.

  The 2013 fantasy football season was no different then any other.  It had its pleasant surprises,and fantasy nightmares plagued with injuries.

The Fantasy Football Running Back Surprise = Knowshon Moreno

   At running back we are seeing more, and more platoons in backfields.  Over, are the days where a featured back gets the ball 25-30 times. A selective few (i.e. Lynch, Charles, AD etc.) are still around, but they are becoming more, and more extinct.  Knowshon Moreno sticks out the most in terms of surprises. He eclipsed 1000 yards, and he had 10 touchdowns.  Moreno also had 60 catches.  Running backs like Giovani Bernard, Le'Veon Bell, Eddie Lacy, and Zac Stacy all emerged on the RB 1 radar for the 2014 season.

The Surprise Fantasy Football Quarterback

  Nick Foles was hands down the most pleasant surprise at quarterback.  After missing the first three games, Foles was a model of consistency for fantasy owners.  Foles threw 27 touchdowns, and just 2 interceptions in 13 games played. I see Foles as a top 5-7 quarterback in 2014 fantasy drafts.  Phillip Rivers surprisingly enough had a monster year as well.  Most of Rivers production had a lot to do with the epic rookie year Keenan Allen had.  Rivers had 32 touchdowns and threw just 11 interceptions.

Wide Range of Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Studs in 2013

  We live in an age where quarterbacks throwing the football fifty times a game is a weekly occurence.  In turn solid, if not elite wide receivers can be had in abundance.  Push aside Calvin Johnson, Dez Bryant, and AJ Green.  Wide outs such as Josh Gordon, Antonio Brown, Jordy Nelson, Alshon Jeffery, Eric Decker had just about equal seasons.  A "vertical" league has made quarterbacks and wide receivers numbers spike "vertically"as a result.

Jimmy Graham and Then Everyone Else

  At tight end there is Jimmy Graham and then everyone else.  His numbers are by far and away better then any other tight end in the league.  Jimmy Graham will be drafted in the first round of most drafts.The rest of the tight ends will follow many rounds later, with the exception of Julius Thomas and Vernon Davis.  Jimmy G had 86 catches, 1215 yards, and 16 touchdowns.

  Another fantasy football season is in the books.  We as players should try and learn different strategies to improve year to year.  The game is changing, so it is important for us to change as well.  Good quarterbacks with the exception of 4-5, can be had in the middle rounds of drafts.  Elite running backs are still at a premium, and need to taken in one of the first two rounds of any kind of format draft.  I'm learning if I cant have Calvin Johnson, Brandon Marshall, or Dez Bryant I don't have to panic.  I can get similar value a couple rounds later.  Desean Jackson, Pierre Garcon, Keenan Allen, T.Y. Hilton are players that I would be fine drafting.  Value is the key word for next year, and having depth throughout.

By: +Justin Lonero