While NFL teams are gearing up for the 2012-13 season, it is also time for you to put on your GM hat and starting crunching the numbers for this year's fantasy football season. Who do we think are the most valuable players on the offensive side of the ball?
Brady got knocked out of the Patriots’ Week 1 game in 2008, the money lost by
fantasy GMs was in the tens of millions. Hopefully, nothing major like that
happens this season, but every year it seems like some major injuries to a
number one pick can completely derail an NFL season. Just take a look at Jamaal Charles or
even Peyton Manning last season to see how an unfortunate injury can kill your chances before the season even starts.
though injuries are a part of the game that you can't control, you
can control who you select as your top NFL picks for your fantasy team in 2012. With that in
mind, below, I’ve given you my fantasy big board for my top 25 offensive fantasy
studs for 2012, and some advice and strategy you must read before heading into
your fantasy draft.
The Sharp 25
- Ray Rice
- Arian Foster
- Lesean McCoy
- Aaron Rodgers
- Tom Brady
- Calvin Johnson
- Drew Brees
- Maurice Jones-Drew
- Andre Johnson
- Chris Johnson
- Ryan Matthews
- Larry Fitzgerald
- Roddy White
- Matt Forte
- Rob Gronkowski
- Marshawn Lynch
- Greg Jennings
- DeMarco Murray
- Wes Welker
- Cam Newton
- Jimmy Graham
- AJ Green
- Jamaal Charles
- Victor Cruz
- Michael Vick
can see, I have three quarterbacks listed in my top 10. My strategy with
quarterbacks is as follows. You either take one of the top three or four
available, or you stock up on position players and wait. It really is a matter
of preference, because if you miss out on Brady, Rodgers or Brees, you still
have Cam Newton, Michael Vick, Eli Manning or even Matt Stafford following
shortly after. However, the gap is growing between those top three, considering
how much their respective offenses throw the ball. None of those teams have a
really good threat as a running back, where the lower tier guys like Vick and
Check out some of the biggest quarterback battles going on right now, as big names are fighting it out for the starting position.
have a top three pick, the top three running backs are all there and ready to
be picked. I don’t think I could fault anyone for taking Rodgers or Brady in
the top three, but just know, those top three backs are ranked there for a
reason, and it will be hard to find production like that in later rounds.
When to target and where?
My NFL picks strategy is this; if I can get one of the better quarterbacks within the first
three rounds, I’ll snag one. However, if I whiff completely on all the above
stock up on receivers and running backs in hopes of making a trade. However, there
is a lot of value in quarterbacks this season, and snagging a guy like Matt
Ryan, Jay Cutler or Matt Schaub as your starter is not much of a problem. Just
draft a solid back up just in case.
position that gives people problems is the tight end. There aren’t a lot of
good, consistent tight ends in the NFL, and if you don’t get one of the better
ones early, you may be out of luck. As we saw last season the two top tight
ends were Antonio Gates and Dallas Clark. Clark fell apart last season, while
Gates was injured and not often used, so taking one of the top tight ends is
never a lock.
strategy with tight ends is not to take the flashy pick. Gronkowski and Graham
will be going in the first three rounds, but at that point, there are so many
good receivers and running backs left, you will be giving up too much if you
take one of the top tight ends. Target a guy like Jermichael Finley, Aaron
Hernandez or Fred Davis, and you’ll still get good production for a fraction of
the cost. ADP of those guys I just mentioned runs around rounds 7-10.
Also take a look at my top defensive fantasy picks for the 2012 season