Teams on bye week: Falcons, Bears, Packers, Raiders, Jets, Buccaneers
1 Brees vs STL- Much like Graham , there is no other choice for the top spot this week. The stats plus the matchup make this easy.
2 Vick vs Dal – The bye week gave him time to get his legs fresh and recover from the beatings he has been taking. Dallas swarms to the ball , but Vick scores 20 in a bad game.
3 Cam vs Min – What a stud this guy turned out to be as he continues to augment his passing stats with great rushing stats.
4 Brady vs Pit – Would be higher if not for the electric nature of the position this year. Cam, Vick , Brees all have their own claims to the top spot each week and Brady has the misfortune of playing against Pitt.
5 Rivers vs KC – I am loading up on him in Salary Cap games. He is still an elite QB and KC is the perfect matchup for him to show it.
6 Eli vs Mia – Nicks will explode this week and the ‘Fins will have no answer for Bradshaw or Jacobs. Giants will put up a big number.
7 Ben Roethlisberger vs NE – Will have plenty of chances to put up big TD numbers against this horrible defense.
8 Stafford vs Den – Slips a bit in my rankings because of the injury questions – still a must start if healthy b/c of the offense and the upside.
Teams on bye week: Bills, Bengals, Patriots, Giants, Eagles, 49ers
1 Rice @Jax He is the premier NFL fantasy PPR back. In weeks he doesn’t score he still gets 20 because of his work in the pass game. Jacksonville is a bad defense that was propped up by an easy schedule and Mendenhall dominated them last week. Rice is the safest play to give you a huge game with a high ceiling and a safe floor.
2 Mcfadden vs KC – He got it going early last week and was a broken tackle or two away from some other big gainers. Campbell getting hurt early sapped some life out of the offense even though Boller did a respectable job filling in. Carson Palmer should be above average there and keep defenses from loading up on DMC, not that it would matter as his talent usually wins out.
3 Foster @Tenn – Tennessee has only given up 1 td on the ground this year , but gives up over a 100 rushing yards a week. Foster has only scored 1 TD this year and will finish the season with 10 plus rushing TD’s. Something has a chance to give this week for both teams giving Foster some really big upside.
4 Forte @TB – Describing him in one word – Consistent. He does it all for that offense and has exceeded most everyone’s expectations coming into this season. TB defense is very vulnerable and Forte is a PPR pass catching beast which gives him the nod over more explosive runners like AP.
5 AP vs GB – Ponder starting can’t be worse than Mcnabb. He always offers huge game potential and is the most talented runner in the NFL. Why write too much about a guy who is going to start every week in any format on every fantasy team, so let’s move on.
6 Chris Johnson vs Hou – Houston giving up 4.6 YPC and 6 rushing TDs so far. If CJ doesn’t go big here you may be looking at the beginning of the decline of a back that lit up the NFL just two short seasons ago. I think he performs good this week.
7 Turner @ Detroit – A 3 TD candidate going into every week. Doesn’t catch passes , but his TD potential is enough to make him a must start during a big Bye week.
8 Mendenhall vs AZ – After last week it is safe to say Mendenhall is ready to be what I thought he would be this year. A lock for 100 and at least 1TD a week. Arizona has given up 8 ground TDs this year , yea that’s bad and that makes him a must start.
iCon was invited to do an experts draft with the top, elite , upper echelon players that reside over at fantasy games money site Rtsports.com. All of the top 15 were invited on a first come first serve basis and all of these players are friends of mine and have been for quite some time. This draft was put together by the Lead Sports writer for their website , Jeff Paur and we are playing for free entry into their one of their ALL PRO leagues next football season.
This is the BEST collection of skilled and competitive money league players that I have yet to see assembled in all my years playing this game. Each player here wins thousands per year in this hobby, so I thought this would be the perfect time to run the next analysis of my live drafting and draft reviews followed by rating teams at the end.
Understand something right now , every single guy in this league has hundreds of fantasy titles under their belts so finding the bad values in each round may be a daunting task in and of itself because almost every pick will be the right one as each and every guy in here is a champion.
As usual I will analyze just the first 5 rounds for best and worst values , followed by a quick analysis of each team and a rating on a scale of 1-10. The first 5 rounds will NOT win you your league completely but they will provide the backbone and foundation for your team and will dictate how your middle rounds should go.
There will be no better tool if you want to see the true value of each and every player going forward in all competitive PPR drafts for the rest of this summer.
NOW LETS GO LIVE TO THE DRAFT ROOM
#1 John’s Team – Jamaal Charles RB, KAN
#2 Pearl Jam Randy – Arian Foster RB, HOU
#3 icon – Ray Rice RB, BAL
#4 Nuts for Henery – Adrian Peterson RB, MIN
#5 Jeff P’s Team – Chris Johnson RB, TEN
#6 The Calipari Way Will – Michael Vick QB, PHI
#7 Romeo’s Team – LeSean McCoy RB, PHI
#8 Brian’s Team – Darren McFadden RB, OAK
#9 JW – Bull Rush – Andre Johnson WR, HOU
#10 Midget Monkeys – Rashard Mendenhall RB, PIT
#11 The Calipari Way-Logan – Calvin Johnson WR, DET
#12 Azzurri – Roddy White WR, ATL
Best value: Adrian Peterson – iCon has him as #1 on the ranking list as the best combo of safety and upside he fell to 5th here and thats as good a spot as you will see him – iCon passed on him to take Rice , simply because I do not own rice enough this year.
Worst value: None , everyone went in a comparable spot and belongs here. Could be CJ2k if he never shows
Analysis: Nothing to see here , this is exactly what I would expect , Vick at 6 was a surprise but I can’t arguewith the pick at all , like the Mendy and Calvin picks at the end and White is rock solid.