2013 Fantasy Football All-Reliable Team: Running Backs

May 01

2013 Fantasy Football All-Reliable Team: Running Backs

There are all kinds of strategies to assembling a fantasy football team, but an approach I seem to find myself sticking to across all fantasy sports is ensuring to balance my high risk picks with what I consider safe and reliable options. I kicked off my All-Reliable QBs already and for the purpose of this 2013 Fantasy Football All-Reliable Team, players who are projected in the top third of required starters at their positions based on FantasyPros consensus rankings and standard league roster formats aren’t included. For example, Marshawn Lynch is beastly and the Seahawks are all the rage, but he is currently ranked 6th, so he isn’t eligible.   2013 Fantasy Football All-Reliable Team: QB | RB | WR | TE 2013 Fantasy Football All-Risk Team: QB | RB | WR | TE   2013 Fantasy Football All-Reliable Team: Running Backs   Frank Gore, San Francisco The bruising back is coming off back-to-back 1200 yard, 8 TD seasons and was huge in the play-offs for the Niners as well.  Gore’s single season low in YPC is 4.2 and although, he isn’t the duel threat of his younger years, he will still grab a few balls in the passing game. San Francisco will have another strong season in 2013 and Gore will be a big part of it.  Gore will have weeks where he is a top running back, but you’re off to strong start if he is your second fantasy running back. BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Cincinnati The Law Firm is by no means explosive, but he is relatively fresh coming off his first 250 touch season.  As expected, the Bengals added another back in the draft, which shouldn’t hurt Green-Ellis, as he is more of a between the tackles and straight ahead power back.  As long as The Law Firm maintains goal-line duties he’ll be fantasy relevant. Green-Ellis is at best a very low end second running back in fantasy and boasts little upside, but he’ll get touches and has been solid out of a committee in the past. Vick Ballard, Indianapolis The Colts best running back didn’t get double digit touches until Week 7 and didn’t get 20 again until Week 16, finishing with 211 total in this rookie season.  Ballard runs hard, breaks tackles and has earned his coaches...

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2013 Fantasy Football All-Reliable Team: Quarterbacks

Apr 26

2013 Fantasy Football All-Reliable Team: Quarterbacks

There are all kinds of strategies to assembling a fantasy football team, but an approach I seem to find myself sticking to across all fantasy sports is ensuring to balance my high risk picks with what I consider safe and reliable options. For the purpose of this 2013 Fantasy Football All-Reliable Team, players who are projected in the top third of required starters at their positions based on FantasyPros consensus rankings and standard league roster formats aren’t included. For example, Drew Brees is as reliable as they come, but is currently the 2nd ranked QB, so he isn’t eligible.   2013 Fantasy Football All-Reliable Team: QB | RB | WR | TE 2013 Fantasy Football All-Risk Team: QB | RB | WR | TE   2013 Fantasy Football All-Reliable Team: Quarterbacks   Eli Manning, New York Giants To begin with, Manning has played all 16 games for the past 8 seasons and the last 4 have gone for at least 25 TDs and 4000 passing yards.  His 2011 season is as good as it gets, in all likelihood, but he is also better than 2012, so expect him to come into 2013 with something to prove. The Giants have the weapons surrounding Eli and he’ll likely be a bit undervalued this draft season, which makes him an excellent pick who could easily push to becoming a starting fantasy QB. Tony Romo, Dallas You know what you’re going to get with Romo and the disparity from week-to-week can be a tough pill to swallow.  However, the chemistry that he developed with Dez Bryant down the stretch last season is intriguing and he is a lock to flirt with 30 TDs and 4800 passing yards. Romo is a low-end fantasy starting QB to begin with, so paired with a streamer for his inevitable off games and tough matchups and you’ve got solid production from your QB roster slot.   Early Thoughts on Fantasy Quarterbacks It might have something to do with not being able to play defense anymore, but the position seems deeper than ever.  The emergence of last season’s rookie class and the addition of Colin Kaepernick to the QB rankings has filled out the position and the top 15 could be divided into a mere 3 tiers. With Matthew Stafford, Matt Ryan, Andrew...

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