Fantasy Football 2013: 10 Picks Worth Reaching For

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Fantasy Football 2013: 10 Picks Worth Reaching For

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The NFL season is just around the corner, which means that Fantasy Football season is beginning and everyone is looking for that special player to give them the points boost needed to win their league.

The NFL is full of the type of talent that can rack up huge numbers for your Fantasy team, but it is also full of big-name players that can be huge Fantasy busts. Discerning who will be a bust and who will be a star is essential to winning your Fantasy league.

One of the most important aspects of winning Fantasy Football teams is the ability to choose players late in your draft that produce far beyond expectations. It is very difficult to choose these players because they might have relatively poor seasons the year before, and there is little indication that they will have a breakout season.

However, the best way to find Fantasy Draft steals is to look at the schedules and the improved strengths of the team. The New England Patriots, for example, are playing in an extremely weak division. Therefore, Tom Brady might be a better Fantasy decision than Aaron Rodgers, because the defenses in the AFC East are much weaker than the defenses in the NFC North.

That was an extreme example using two well-known players, but the idea is to look at lesser-known players in this way to determine which ones could be surprise key players for your Fantasy team.

Here is a list of 10 underrated, but talented players that you should have on your Fantasy Football team in 2013:

Taylor Sturm is an SEC Basketball Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @TSturmRS.

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No. 10 Tennessee Titans Defense

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If you look at the Titans recent statistics on defense, it doesn’t look that good. However, Tennessee is great at forcing interceptions. With the addition of Super Bowl champion Bernard Pollard, the Titans defense will step it up.

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No. 9 Reggie Wayne

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Wayne is Colts quarterback Andrew Luck’s favorite target, and it shows in his stats. If you think that Luck is going to be one of the best quarterbacks in the country, it would be smart to pick up Wayne.

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No. 8 Maurice Jones-Drew

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The Jaguars still don’t have a great quarterback, so they will have to rely on the run game. If Jones-Drew can stay healthy, he should earn a lot of points for your Fantasy team.

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No. 7 Alex Smith

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He’s not going to throw for 400 yards every game, but he is a great game manager. If you want to use your higher picks on top-notch running backs and receivers, Smith would be a great addition down the stretch.

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No. 6 Frank Gore

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Gore has taken a back seat to the upcoming stardom of Colin Kaepernick. If defenses figure out Kaepernick, the 49ers will have to go back to what they do best – handing the ball off to Gore.

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No. 5 Julio Jones

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Jones is just a few outstanding performances away from being considered one of the top receivers in the country. All he does is rack up Fantasy points.

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No. 4 Randall Cobb

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He’s on the Packers with arguably the best quarterback in the world. As an elite receiver in the making, how could you not take a chance on Cobb?

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No. 3 Greg Olsen

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Olsen had more receiving touchdowns than Steve Smith. A tight end had more touchdowns than an Elite NFL receiver, how can you afford not to have him on your team?

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No. 2 Eli Manning

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Manning had a down season last year, but he is still an elite quarterback in the NFL. He could be a steal this year as the Giants look to improve.

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No. 1 Chris Johnson

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Johnson has been chasing a 2,000-yard season since he promised it a few years ago, but hasn’t succeeded due to a poor Titans offensive line. The OL is going to be much better this season; look for Johnson to have an offensive explosion that will be great for your Fantasy team.

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Fantasy Football 2013: 10 Picks Worth Reaching For

Fantasy 10
Jerry Lai - USA Today Sports

The NFL season is just around the corner, which means that Fantasy Football season is beginning and everyone is looking for that special player to give them the points boost needed to win their league.

The NFL is full of the type of talent that can rack up huge numbers for your Fantasy team, but it is also full of big-name players that can be huge Fantasy busts. Discerning who will be a bust and who will be a star is essential to winning your Fantasy league.

One of the most important aspects of winning Fantasy Football teams is the ability to choose players late in your draft that produce far beyond expectations. It is very difficult to choose these players because they might have relatively poor seasons the year before, and there is little indication that they will have a breakout season.

However, the best way to find Fantasy Draft steals is to look at the schedules and the improved strengths of the team. The New England Patriots, for example, are playing in an extremely weak division. Therefore, Tom Brady might be a better Fantasy decision than Aaron Rodgers, because the defenses in the AFC East are much weaker than the defenses in the NFC North.

That was an extreme example using two well-known players, but the idea is to look at lesser-known players in this way to determine which ones could be surprise key players for your Fantasy team.

Here is a list of 10 underrated, but talented players that you should have on your Fantasy Football team in 2013:

Taylor Sturm is an SEC Basketball Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @TSturmRS.

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No. 10 Tennessee Titans Defense

Tenn
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

If you look at the Titans recent statistics on defense, it doesn’t look that good. However, Tennessee is great at forcing interceptions. With the addition of Super Bowl champion Bernard Pollard, the Titans defense will step it up.

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No. 9 Reggie Wayne

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Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Wayne is Colts quarterback Andrew Luck’s favorite target, and it shows in his stats. If you think that Luck is going to be one of the best quarterbacks in the country, it would be smart to pick up Wayne.

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No. 8 Maurice Jones-Drew

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Rob Foldy-USA TODAY Sports

The Jaguars still don’t have a great quarterback, so they will have to rely on the run game. If Jones-Drew can stay healthy, he should earn a lot of points for your Fantasy team.

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No. 7 Alex Smith

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Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

He’s not going to throw for 400 yards every game, but he is a great game manager. If you want to use your higher picks on top-notch running backs and receivers, Smith would be a great addition down the stretch.

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No. 6 Frank Gore

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Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Gore has taken a back seat to the upcoming stardom of Colin Kaepernick. If defenses figure out Kaepernick, the 49ers will have to go back to what they do best – handing the ball off to Gore.

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No. 5 Julio Jones

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Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Jones is just a few outstanding performances away from being considered one of the top receivers in the country. All he does is rack up Fantasy points.

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No. 4 Randall Cobb

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Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

He’s on the Packers with arguably the best quarterback in the world. As an elite receiver in the making, how could you not take a chance on Cobb?

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No. 3 Greg Olsen

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Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Olsen had more receiving touchdowns than Steve Smith. A tight end had more touchdowns than an Elite NFL receiver, how can you afford not to have him on your team?

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No. 2 Eli Manning

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Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Manning had a down season last year, but he is still an elite quarterback in the NFL. He could be a steal this year as the Giants look to improve.

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No. 1 Chris Johnson

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Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

Johnson has been chasing a 2,000-yard season since he promised it a few years ago, but hasn’t succeeded due to a poor Titans offensive line. The OL is going to be much better this season; look for Johnson to have an offensive explosion that will be great for your Fantasy team.


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