Well it is that time of year again. Get out the dry erase board, Cheedos and Mountain Dew (Drink beer if you choose…I know I don’t get much done while drinking). Charge the cell phones and make sure you can find that little cord that powers that laptop, because it is time for some fantasy football drafting.
By no means am I claiming that I am an expert when it comes to FF. Any one that plays in a league with me knows that…but here is my take on a few things if you care to read. If you are new to Fantasy Football (like I was a few years ago) or if you have been playing for as long as you can remember, than you know as well as I do, that it is very easy to find a top 5 of any position ALL over the internet. So I am going to try something different. I am going to give my 5 picks at each position that I think should/may/may not have a break out year, at the least these 5 picks should be solid backups. If you miss out on nabbing one to the elites in any given position, maybe this is worth a read. Saying all this, I will most definitely provide you will a question or a rhetorical question?
Top 5 Solid Backup RB’s
These running backs are slowly gaining more popularity in just the first week of preseason. These 5 have potential to have a break out year for a number of reasons.
1. Peyton Hillis – Kansas City Chiefs
If the Chiefs can make smart choices in play calling and get the ball into Peyton’s hands, it could be a very good year for him. The question becomes “Will Hillis be able to steal more attention over his teammate Jamaal Charles?”. I think Hillis will be the choice in goal line situations and if Charles is injured the shared carries will disappear.
2. Jacquizz Rodgers – Atlanta Falcons
There has been a lot of talk about shared carries in Atlanta. Turner will not become non-existent this year, however if he slips in performance at all… I think the main man will become Rodgers. Rodgers has potential to become the Falcons 3-down back this year and provide some added upside with his ability to make plays through the air. Only question here is, “How long can Turner last?”
3. Danny Woodhead – New England Patriots
I know Tom Brady doesn’t like to hand the ball off… However Woodhead can catch. Now that the law firm has moved, it is time for a new back to emerge in New England. Woodhead has proved to be that threat both on the ground and thru the air. The question becomes, “Will the rookie pull thru in New England and become that all around back?”.
4. Ronnie Hillman – Denver Broncos
Denver is a running team, however adding talent in the back field that provides a threat for pass-catching might show a change coming. McGahee will be the runner and Hillman will become the teams Darren Sproles. In a PPR league, Hillman has the potential to score a ton of points. “Will Moreno step up and take the job away from Hillman?”
5. Kevin Smith – Detroit Lions
The Lions RB’s were notorious with injury last year. Mikel Leshoure and Jahvid Best are both still around, however for how long? Smith has the skills to become the Lions new main man and has two weeks to get it done. My only question becomes, “With a list of past injuries catch up with Smith this year in Detroit?”.