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Last Man Standig: On the record

Ben's final decisions on those fantasy players he loves, likes and lacks interest in. Plus NFL predictions

(Posted September 8, 2013)

Over the last few weeks and months (via the written word and the flapping of the gums), I've discussed those fantasy players worth targeting and those best left for others. In that stretch, opinions changed - anyone sticking to a view even when the facts and situations change isn't bold, but stubborn. Therefore - and in keeping with Week 1 tradition - this is where I officially state which are my guys and which ended up being someone else's guys.

In many cases, the level of love or disinterest is relative to the cost of acquiring said player (I like Cam Newton, but not 4-5 rounds earlier than Andrew Luck or Tony Romo). For some, especially backup RB's, the interest is about what they could be if handed the starter job.


Love: Pretty much all the obvious top-12 QBs (duh, right), but based on typical draft value: Andrew Luck, Tony Romo, Matthew Stafford and Drew Brees/Aaron Rodgers (if not 1st round picks); Carson Palmer, Ryan Tannehill.

Like: Again, "love" the top-12 guys, but Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Colin Kaepernick, Russell Wilson were more of my fallback plans than some of the others; Michael Vick, Alex Smith, Brandon Weeden, Chad Henne.

Lack interest: Of the top-12 guys, I never targeted Matt Ryan and Cam Newton. More of a value thing than anything, but...Joe Flacco, Matt Schaub, E.J. Manuel, Geno Smith and most of all, Josh Freeman.

Pound for Pound favorite: Romo might have been the best draft value at any position. Going deeper, Palmer finishes among the top-12 quarterbacks this season if he plays the full season.


Love: Jamaal Charles, Ray Rice, David Wilson, Maurice Jones-Drew, Reggie Bush (PPR), Eddie Lacy, Roy Helu, Christine Michael, Kenjon Barner

Like: Adrian Peterson (awesome, duh, but hard imagining he doesn't let everyone down at least a little), Doug Martin, Matt Forte, Steven Jackson, Reggie Bush (standard), Lamar Miller, Montee Ball (would have been love a month ago. Inability to secure larger role already dropped him), Bernard Pierce, Ben Tate, Chris Ivory, Isaiah Pead

Lack of interest: Arian Foster (especially when drafted among top-6), Alfred Morris (especially when drafted among top-12), Darren McFadden, BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Jacquizz Rodgers, Fred Jackson

Pound for pound favorite: Since in most of leagues I landed him outside the first three rounds (or held on to him all last season as a keeper), it's David Wilson. Glad the masses joined the bandwagon. I bought a seat on this ride a long time ago. Let's do this - and by this I mean running for lots of yards, not fumbling.


Love: Dez Bryant, Brandon Marshall, Demaryius Thomas, Larry Fitzgerald, Danny Amendola (PPR), Pierre Garcon, T.Y. Hilton, Chris Givens, Michael Floyd, Golden Tate, Kenny Stills, Markus Wheaton

Like: Calvin Johnson, Reggie Wayne, Eric Decker and James Jones (non-PPR), DeSean Jackson, Greg Jennings, DeAndre Hopkins, Marlon Brown, Leonard Hankerson

Lack interest: Mike Wallace, Hakeem Nicks (normally a fave, but just can't trust), Stevie Johnson, Lance Moore, Sidney Rice, Malcom Floyd

Pound for pound favorite: Try as I might, I just can't pick between Chris Givens and Michael Floyd with Hilton and Stills in position for the Bronze. No wonder I have all the NFC West pair in several leagues.


Love: Jimmy Graham, Rob Gronkowski, Jordan Cameron, Coby Fleener, Julius Thomas

Like: Vernon Davis, Fred Davis, Zach Miller, Dwayne Allen, Tyler Eifert

Lack Interest: Jason Witten (if I didn't get one of the other main tight ends, I waited), Kyle Rudolph, Jermaine Gresham (blame Eifert), Heath Miller

Pound for pound for favorite: Any time an owner took a risk on Gronkowski outside the first three rounds, win. Going deeper, had Thomas in this slot before his Thursday night explosion. Scoring twice helped maintain my confidence.