2013 Fantasy Football Studs
Stud: A NFL player who has proved himself to be a top scoring player at his position. These players should be started each week regardless of match-up and should only be benched during bye weeks and significant injuries. From our Fantasy Football Dictionary
Our writers have classified the following players as studs for 2013. We will be updating this list throughout the pre-season.
|Dez Bryant||WR||DAL||25||3||WR - #3|
|In his third season, Dez finally produced the kind of starry campaign the fantasy world has been waiting for: 92 receptions, 1,382 yards, 12 touchdowns. Guess what? Everyone is expecting a similar season in 2013, if not a little better. Guess what? Outside of injury (or a return to his off-field shenanigans), that's a reasonable expectation. Bryant is a top-5 WR in... Read More|
|Randall Cobb||WR||GB||24||2||WR - #10|
|Update (10-14): Green Bay's victory in Week 6 reminds one of the saying win the battle but lose the war as wide receiver Randall Cobb Read More|
|Victor Cruz||WR||NYG||27||3||WR - #22|
|After coming out of nowhere in 2011 to bust out with 82 receptions for 1536 yards and 9 touchdowns, Cruz came back to earth slightly in 2012 raising his receptions (85) and touchdowns (10), but "only" had 1092 yards. The biggest question mark regarding Cruz is his contract talks. Everyone is saying the right things and hopefully by the time training camp ... Read More|
|Larry Fitzgerald||WR||ARI||31||9||WR - #26|
|Well-documented poor quarterback play decimated Larry Fitzgerald's fantasy value last season. Although his target numbers were in line with his career totals, the former Pittsburgh Panther failed to eclipse 800 receiving yards and his four receiving TDs were his lowest total. Things can only get better from here on out; however the question is by how much? Carson P... Read More|
|A.J. Green||WR||CIN||26||2||WR - #5|
|A.J. Green should be one of the first wide receivers off the board in fantasy leagues this season. Green was spectacular last season, catching 97 passes for 1350 yards and 11 touchdowns, and there is no reason to believe his numbers will drop this season. He will probably come off the board as the second or third wide receiver, so plan on drafting him early in fan... Read More|
|Andre Johnson||WR||HOU||33||10||WR - #15|
Update (10/20): Andre Johnson has played well this season. The only drawback thus far has been Johnson's inablilty to reach the end zone. Johnson has never had double digit touchdowns, so this shouldn't be a huge concern for fantasy owners. The 11 year veteran will find the end zone in the second half of the season.
|Calvin Johnson||WR||DET||28||6||WR - #1|
|How can Calvin Johnson improve upon a season where he caught 122 receptions for 1,964 yards? Well, he did only score five touchdowns, a number so small it seems like a joke thinking back to the crazy season Megatron had. Johnson more than tripled that total in 2011, catching 16 touchdowns. The NFL's top receiver could manage to score more points if he finds the end... Read More|
|Julio Jones||WR||ATL||25||2||WR - #4|
|UPDATE (10/21): Jones is now on injured reserve, ending his 2013 season. He underwent successful foot surgery. The former Bama star remains an excellent keeper and dynasty choice.
Back when Alabama first recruited Julio Jones, everyone knew he would be special. He put up big numbers then and he will continue to do so for his entire career. Speed, power, han... Read More
|Brandon Marshall||WR||CHI||30||7||WR - #7|
|Marshall had a few low scoring affairs this past season, but when push comes to shove, he is a fantasy stud. The reinforcements on the O-line should provide Cutler with better protection and that means more time to get the ball to Marshall. The addition of Martellus Bennett should also provide a benefit to Marshall as he should be able to get open more often since ... Read More|
|Hakeem Nicks||WR||IND||26||4||WR - #51|
|Nicks battled through multiple injuries in 2012 to play in parts of 2013, but he was never fully healthy and it showed. He wasn't 100% all year and put up the worst numbers of his short career. Nicks has worked hard in the off season to go into 2013 healthy and so far he's looking good. Look for Nicks to go back to his old ways and you can expect at least 75 recept... Read More|
|Demaryius Thomas||WR||DEN||26||3||WR - #2|
|Thomas is by far Manning's best target. Look for this relationship to only build as time goes on. Manning and Thomas will be working on their timing and be ready to crush opponents downfield with Thomas' speed and Manning's arm. I do not think you can go wrong with having Thomas on your fantasy roster.... Read More|
|Wes Welker||WR||DEN||33||9||WR - #45|
|Wes Welker is a fantasy stud and this will continue in Denver. His addition to the team will allow Manning additional passing options, especially in the slot and on cross routes. I think this new relationship will be reminiscent of the Manning-Stokley early days. Welker's position should allow him to put up solid fantasy stats and you should grab him when you can i... Read More|
|Roddy White||WR||ATL||32||8||WR - #11|
|UPDATE (10/21): White begrudgingly rested in Week 7. Injuries to his ankle and hamstring finally caught up to the former UAB wideout. This caused him to miss a game for the first time ever in his career, ending his streak of consecutive games played. Once he returns to the starting lineup, fantasy owners should give him a shot to start as well.
It's not eve... Read More