Strategy session: Favorite players for 2013
With the 2013 season set to kickoff, we asked members of the FFToolbox team to share their favorite players for 2013. Not simply the best, but those they love based on expected production relative to cost of acquiring the player in a draft or auction format. The responses are below, the results are 17 weeks in the making. If you want to go on the record with your faves, the comments section awaits...
Ben Standig: My David Wilson obsession started during 2012 fantasy drafts, believing the dynamic rookie would supplant the oft-injured Ahmad Bradshaw. Yeah, that didn't exactly happen thanks to a lengthy stint in Tom Coughlin's doghouse, though half the equation proved accurate. However, the fascination remained with weekly podcast mentions and the occasional write-up. The belief stuck during the offseason and into training camp even as this year's annoyance, Andre Brown, lingered. Now with Brown our for some time, the gig is Wilson's without question. Since I landed him in rounds 4-5 before the Brown injury and he's now going in the second, he's looking like a great value. Let's take it a step further. Since he's in my preseason top-9 rankings among RBs, even the second round is a good deal.
Brian Murphy: Jared Cook. It wouldn't surprise me if Cook (can be had with a mid-round pick or a single dollar in an auction draft) finishes the season as a top-four tight end.
Matt De Lima: Ray Rice, Chris Johnson and Maurice Jones-Drew. All of these guys did not meet expectations last year and now they've all dropped about a half round to a full round down draft boards this year. I think each player provides a ton of value where they are, especially considering how thirsty fantasy owners are for running backs right now. Furthermore, each of their teams will have to rely more on them for different reasons compared to last season. Baltimore lost their best WR. Tennessee has nothing at quarterback and an improved offensive line. MJD, well, he will be healthy and the Jags are still the Jags. Grab all three of these guys if you can and coast to your fantasy postseason.
George Bissell: Detroit threw the ball more than any team in NFL history last season, racking up 740 pass attempts, 139 of which were aimed at running backs not in the stratosphere talent-wise of free agent acquisition Reggie Bush, who arrives in the Motor City with a pass catching pedigree, averaging 53 receptions a season over the first seven years of his career. Bush stayed healthy in each of the last two seasons in Miami and is a lock to catch over 100 passes, making him an elite running back in point-per-reception formats. All of the stats, including a 100-yard receiving game in the pre-season point to a monster 2013 campaign for the former USC star and pound-for-pound, the biggest bargain in fantasy football this season.
Jeb Gorham: For the price, David Wilson is going to tear it up this season - at $23 in keeper leagues and averaging around $22 in auction drafts he is a steal for the workload he will receive this season.