Top-10 preseason questions

While there are plenty of situations around the NFL that are crystal clear, I do feel there are also a lot of them this year that are fluid and won’t sort themselves out until we’re well into training camps and the exhibition season – so August could be a pretty chaotic month in the fantasy world.

There are always questions that need to be asked as we head into each preseason, but this year many of these key questions have significant fantasy implications.

I probably have about 40 questions that I’d like to see answered – and we’ll obviously be all over them this summer. But for the purposes of this post here’s the top-10 on my mind:

Will Robert Griffin III be back?

He said as the team wrapped up their off-season that he’s ahead of schedule with his recovery from ACL and LCL surgeries, and that he’s had no setbacks and is confident he’ll be ready to participate when training camp opens. He’s been through this process before, so he should know what it’s like. If he’s back to his old self, then the team will continue to use plenty of zone-read plays, which means his upside is still high. His completion [...]

Room for panic in New England

Given the shocking developments this week with Aaron Hernandez, it is time to panic when it comes to Tom Brady and fantasy football in 2013. We certainly don’t know what Rob Gronkowski’s timetable for the season will be, but with his recovery period likely to extend right to Week One, it’s very fair to guess that the Pats won’t have Gronk for at least a couple of weeks, and it might take a month for them to get the old Gronk back even if he’s in the mix to play as early as Week Two.

We all know Brady’s an all-time great, but this is getting ridiculous. Brady has now lost 243/2991/15 receiving from last year, and their key joker TE, who is very difficult to replace. And that’s not including Gronk or Danny Woodhead, who accounted for a very solid 40/446/3 in the passing game last year.

Brady is great at making the players around him better, but what concerns me most is the youth they have at receiver, particularly rookie Aaron Dobson and Josh Boyce. Back in the day Brady was able to put up good numbers throwing to guys like Troy Brown, David Givens, Reche Caldwell, and others. But [...]

WR Keeper Overviews

The WR position is a little different than the QB and RB positions in that there’s a lot more depth. You can go at 100+ deep at the position and still find viable options. Of course, with great depth will come fewer true studs, so a higher priority should be placed on the elite options at the position, the serious go-to guys. In addition, your scoring system can greatly affect the fantasy landscape at this position, and those in PPR leagues will find certain players are much more attractive than those in non-PPR leagues.

There's no doubt he's been frustrating, but those in keeper leagues have to recognize Calvin Johnson's special talent and act accordingly. Having a legit QB in the fold also helps.

You would think there would be more slam-dunks at the top of this position, but other than Andre Johnson (Hou, 28), Calvin Johnson (Det, 24), Reggie Wayne (Ind, 31), and Larry Fitzgerald (Ari, 27) there aren’t many obvious no-brainers. These four guys are, based on their talent (especially Calvin) and their good situations.

There are certainly some other highly desirable options like Greg Jennings (GB, 26), Roddy White (Atl, 28), and Miles Austin (Dal, 26). It may [...]

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