Super Bowl XLVII: Top 10 Fantasy Football Players in HarBowl
Top 10 Fantasy Players in Super Bowl XLVII
In a game fittingly labeled the HarBowl, there will be plenty of storylines and hot topics surrounding the game. As if a game that is coached by two brothers needs more fuel for the fire.
There will also be controversy, which we have already seen with Ray Lewis and his magical deer antler spray. This situation is not even close to being resolved; so expect the story to certainly loom regardless of the final score of the game.
The game will also give us fantasy football junkies one more chance to rack up fantasy points before the torturous hiatus that is known as the off-season. However, as I am trained to do, I see a big game like this and I naturally let my mind find a fantasy sports element.
The Super Bowl is notoriously the most watched football game of the entire year, and naturally this is the perfect opportunity to scout the fantasy talent in the game for next season. There are certainly enough high caliber fantasy players to keep an eye on, so make sure to take a couple mental notes of the box score.
Here are the top 10 fantasy football options (excluding IDP options and kickers) in Super Bowl XLVII to watch for heading into 2013 fantasy season:
10. TE Dennis Pitta, Baltimore Ravens
TE Dennis Pitta, Baltimore Ravens - Pitta grabbed an impressive seven touchdown passes during the regular season and another two during the playoffs. He has become one of Joe Flacco’s favorite red zone options and has matured into a mid-level fantasy starter in deeper leagues.
9. RB Bernard Pierce, Baltimore Ravens
RB Bernard Pierce, Baltimore Ravens - Not many people knew much about the Temple University standout following the 2012 NFL Draft. However, Pierce has gone over 89 yards in three of the last five games for the Ravens and has already started to pillage carries away from superstar running back Ray Rice. Pierce may not be a starter to target next season, but he is certainly someone to grab anywhere after the seventh round.
8. WR Anquan Boldin, Baltimore Ravens
WR Anquan Boldin, Baltimore Ravens - Boldin hauled in an embarrassing one touchdown through the first 11 games of the season. However, he has completely taken over down the stretch for Baltimore.
Boldin has grabbed six touchdown passes in his last six games, while averaging a very respectable 88 yards per contest. The aging receiver may not have many more seasons left, but expect him to be a worthy third wideout in 2013.
7. TE Vernon Davis, San Francisco 49ers
TE Vernon Davis, San Francisco 49ers - Ever since his Pro Bowl season of 2009, Davis has seen his numbers go down each year. Davis only managed to haul in 548 yards on 62 receptions with a rather unimpressive five touchdowns.
However, he did have a huge game two weeks ago by hauling in six balls for 106 yards and a score. He looks to be building a strong chemistry with quarterback Colin Kaepernick, so expect Davis to return to top-10 form next year.
6. WR Michael Crabtree, San Francisco 49ers
WR Michael Crabtree, San Francisco 49ers - Crabtree has dazzled fantasy owners this year, as he grabbed 85 passes for 1,105 receiving yards and nine touchdowns. Crabtree will be a very popular pick in 2013 fantasy leagues, but don’t overpay based on one season. He is worth adding as a second fantasy receiver, but don’t reach to draft him as a number one option next season.
5. QB Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens
QB Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens - Flacco may have had another lackluster fantasy season, as he only threw 22 touchdowns and failed to go over 3,900 yards, but he has absolutely exploded in the playoffs. Average Joe has thrown eight touchdowns in three playoff games and has appeared to save his best for last.
Flacco has also limited his interceptions to only 10 picks in his 19 games this season (including playoffs). He continues to mature as a signal caller, and while he may not throw over 4,000 yards with over 30 touchdowns, he has still earned a spot as a low-end fantasy starter.
4. WR Torrey Smith, Baltimore Ravens
WR Torrey Smith, Baltimore Ravens - Smith finished the season rather slow with only one touchdown in his last seven regular season games. However, the wideout exploded against the Denver Broncos for 98 yards on only three receptions and two touchdowns. No matter what Anquan Boldin fans try to tell you, Smith is the real wideout in Baltimore to own in fantasy.
3. RB Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers
RB Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers - In a season that was filled with more quarterback controversy than the Arizona Cardinals, Gore was the one constant for the 49ers offense. He finished the regular season with an impressive 1,214 rushing yards and eight touchdowns, while adding another 234 receiving yards and another score through the air.
Gore has also racked up 209 rushing yards and three touchdowns in the team’s two playoff games this year. The back will be turning 30 this May, so he probably shouldn’t be a number one fantasy option anymore, but he can still move the chains enough to be a great second back.
2. QB Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers
QB Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers - Since being handed the starting job in Week 11, Kaepernick has become a fantasy superstar. In the Divisional round of the playoffs, Kap threw for 263 passing yards and two passing touchdowns, plus racked up a NFL postseason record 181 rushing yards from a quarterback and two more scores. Needless to say, the new 49ers franchise quarterback will be a very popular pick in fantasy drafts this summer.
1. RB Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens
RB Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens - Many people in the fantasy community viewed Rice’s fantasy performance this past season as a disappointment. However, those same people should look at his overall numbers.
Rice finished with 1,621 yards from scrimmage (1,143 rushing and 478 receiving) and still scored 10 total touchdowns. The 26-year-old is one of the most dynamic backs in the game and should easily warrant a first round pick in 2013.