Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Paper Pigskin Point Potential NFC East Fantasy Football

Article submitted by
Darrel Wilson

This is a series on my 2013 outlook of players you would want to have on your Paper Pigskin team (fantasy football). I'll be organizing them by division. What you'll find here are my views based on years of playing experience and countless hours of geeking out researching stats, trends, and articles. I'll advise where to reach and whose hype not to believe.

Washington Redskins 214 passing ypg 169 rushing ypg (posted August 16, 2013)

QB: Robert Griffin III was a pleasant surprise for Paper Pigskin players last season. Most drafted him to be a backup quarterback but he ended up to be fantasy gold until he was merely average/useless in the playoffs. RG3 should have another QB1 type season but don't expect his rushing numbers to remain the same due to organization scaling back on designed run plays to protect him from further damaging his knee. No need to fret because Griffin is one of the most accurate passers the NFL has (only 5 int last season) and also was the leader in yards per attempt. Getting better at reading coverages and understanding defenses in year 2 will make him much more lethal as a passer. With Garcon and Davis healthy along with the younger receivers maturing, Griffin has solid weapons. Draft him as a starter. Even if he does sit out the first couple of games, he's worth the selection in rounds 5-7.

RB: If the Skins quarterback was gold, getting their starting running back was like winning the lottery. Alfred Morris went undrafted in majority of leagues last season and ended up as the NFL's 2nd leading rusher behind AD the God. He might be able to surpass his rookie year's performance as coach Mike Shanahan said Morris has elevated his game as a pass catcher and we'll see more of that element from him. He's first round quality in any format now. Roy Helu will play most 3rd downs, giving him some value in PPR leagues.

WR: Pierre Garcon will be the guy most passing plays are called for, he's dynamic game breaker that runs great deep routes. If the foot problem that hampered him last season subsist, picking Garcon earlier than 60 can be a gamble, however he has potential to be a WR1/high WR2. Santana Moss, the veteran, had 8 TD grabs last season which is unlikely to be repeated; he's not relevant. Josh Morgan and Leonard Hankerson aren't worth a while unless sustained injury to Garcon occurs.

TE: Fred Davis is an underrated tight end whose path to fantasy stardom was halted by a drug suspension preceding an achilles injury. He's the logical #2 option in the passing game that will benefit from defensive spying on his quarterback. This sleeper that can be had before you decide on your kicker presents tremendous value.

Defense: The secondary was soft last season due in part by a weak pass rush. Brian Orakpo's return should aid some but still is a middle of the pack defense that shouldn't be drafted.

Dallas Cowboys 296 passing ypg 79 rushing ypg

QB: Tony Romo has a reputation for choking in big games, therefore he gets overlooked in the rankings of Paper Pigskin quarterbacks. His 2012 category rankings: touchdowns 6th, completion percentage 5th, passing yards 3rd. It doesn't make sense that he's currently the 12th passer being chosen in drafts, this a case of perception taking precedence over production. Don't be "that guy" that says Romo isn't a good player, let everybody else worry about his failures in real football and let him help you in fantasy football.

RB: DeMarco Murray has the potential to be a top 10 running back; he's that talented. There have been two knocks against him though. First, Jason Garrett has tended to disregard the running game in the past, thus decreasing Murray's workload. Second, injuries make up a nice portion of his resume. New offensive coordinator Bill Callahan (known for his love of the ground game) was brought in to bring more balance to this offense which will be good news to those that take a chance on Murray. Guys like Phillip Tanner, Lance Dunbar, and rookie Joseph Randle are ready to step in if he happens to get injured again.

WR: Dez Bryant finally played up to his expectations in the 2nd half last season, he appeared to be more focused than before. There's no doubt that he is now a top five receiver and is capable of being the best. Miles Austin is also a quality receiver, he will benefit from the attention defenses give to Bryant. Austin is being selected in the 8th round of 12 team leagues.

TE: Jason Witten often gets ignored and isn't spoken of enough as an elite Tight End. He lead all TEs last season in receptions and yardage; the only thing keeping his fantasy numbers down are lack of touchdown catches.

Defense: Monte Kiffin is switching them from a 3-4 to a 4-3 based unit. This Cowboy squad isn't one that should be drafted, but watch for their improvement.

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