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 [...]

An early look at your 2012 approach

Most of us love the NFL off-season, and we are following things more closely than ever. But since the league is harder than ever to handicap, it is tougher for me to come up with a lot of insight this early in the year.

I definitely have some interesting thoughts that I’m still forming, but as far as getting a good handle on the 2012 season, we’re still in a bit of a holding pattern, since we’re just under two weeks away from the NFL draft.

I’m certainly not ready to make many profound statements until at least after the draft, but I did have an interesting discussion with the guys in the office yesterday, which I thought I’d share here.

I’ve been saying it for years, and we should all know by now that fantasy football is all about impact players, regardless of position. There used to be a time when a solid (but far from flashy) contributor was still a great asset, but I’m not sure about that anymore. These days, anyone who doesn’t make a legit impact most weeks is probably in a RBBC or on a team with a lot of options at receiver, so you can’t really rely [...]

Michael Vick should not be drafted as #1 QB

I am participating in my first fantasy draft of the year tonight for MyFantasyLeague.com, so I am starting to think about my overall draft strategy for this year.

My first inclination, as I’ve conveyed a bit in this blog already this year, is that 2011 is not a year to mess around with for obvious reasons (the lockout). I’m not going to try to be a hero, and I’m going to play things a little conservatively. At least I’m going to try to. It might be tough because I’m a play-to-win guy, but I think it would behoove fantasy players to focus on as many stable options as possible, at least in the first 4-6 rounds of a draft. That means eliminating as much risk as possible.

And that’s why I think Michael Vick should not be drafted as the #1 QB in 2011. In fact, I don’t think he should be the second or even the third fantasy QB drafted.  At some point, likely any time in the 2nd round, he is too flashy and exciting to pass up on, but pass on him I might because I think it’s more important to avoid downside this year than it is to [...]

QB Keeper Overviews

Note: Ages are accurate as of midseason 2010.

I’m a little behind breaking these out, but I did want to wait until the bulk of the free agent action took place. I’ll be busting my ass to offer similar overviews for RB, WR, and TE in the next 4-5 days. My goal’s to have them all up by next Wednesday, so we can move on to the NFL Draft and our pre-draft rookie stuff.

Here’s my take on the QB landscape for those in keeper leagues:

Given his youth, supporting cast, and what he's shown so far Packer QB Aaron Rodgers is about as appealing as it gets at the QB position for those in keeper leagues

The QB position in the NFL isn’t exactly bursting with young talent, so if you have a stud like Drew Brees (31), Peyton Manning (34), Aaron Rodgers (26), or Philip Rivers (28), then you’re doing really well at this position in your keeper or dynasty league. If you’re in a dynasty league or don’t have any restrictions in terms of the number of years you can keep a player, Rodgers (who will be 27 in December) and Rivers (who will be 29 in December) may [...]

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