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2013 Fantasy Football: Preseason Awards & Projections

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Fantasy Football Awards & Predictions

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The 2013 fantasy football season is just days from kicking off and fantasy fans all over the country are getting ready to set their Week 1 lineups. Fantasy owners are reading every injury report available and they are constantly searching for updated positional rankings.

There are still some things to go over before the season officially begins, though, most notably handing out some preseason hardware. Awards and accolades are a big part of football, and fantasy football is no different. So before the season begins, here are my complete fantasy football awards and bold predictions for the 2013 season.

Here is a list of each category that I will preview in this slideshow:

Offensive Fantasy Football MVP

Defensive Fantasy Football MVP

Offensive Fantasy Football Sleeper

Defensive Fantasy Football Sleeper

Offensive Fantasy Football Bust

Defensive Fantasy Football Bust

Offensive Fantasy Football Rookie Of Year

Defensive Fantasy Football Rookie Of Year

Full 2013 Fantasy Football Predictions

So without further ado, here are my full fantasy football predictions and projections for the 2013 season.

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Offensive MVP

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RB Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings – After rushing for the second most rushing yards (2,097) in the history of the NFL, it will be hard for AP to follow up his video-game like season. However, he could rush for 1,700 yards and 12 touchdowns and still win the fantasy MVP trophy again. Make no doubt about it, Peterson is still the best player in fantasy football.

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Defensive MVP

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DE J.J. Watt, Houston Texans – Watt had a magical 2012 season, as he recorded 81 tackles, 16 passes defensed, and an astonishing 20.5 sacks. He ended up outscoring every defender last season, even linebackers, and that alone makes him the most dangerous IDP option.

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Offensive Sleeper

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RB DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys – While 90% of the fantasy world is avoiding Murray like the plague this season, I am one guy that whole-heartedly believes in the former Oklahoma back. Murray has an amazing cutting ability and he knows how to run north-to-south. He may come with some injury and handcuff concerns, but he was still one of the best steals to grab after the third round this summer.

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Defensive Sleeper

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LB Paul Posluszny, Jacksonville Jaguars – Pos is constantly being overlooked in IDP drafts, but all the veteran does is rack up tackles. He has played in all 32 games since coming to Jacksonville and has averaged 8.06 tackles per game.

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Offensive Bust

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QB Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers – Newton has been one of the highest drafted quarterbacks all summer long, despite coming off a completely average performance (27 total TDs) last season. The former Auburn star has even looked horrible this preseason, which is even more concerning for fantasy owners. I think Newton can be a top-10 fantasy option, but reaching for him over proven studs like Tom Brady and Matt Ryan is unjust.

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Defensive Bust

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LB Tamba Hali, Kansas City Chiefs – Hali’s numbers have gone down significantly each of the past three seasons. He went from 14.5 sacks in 2010 all the way down to 9.0 last season. He is currently being drafted as a number one linebacker in deeper formats, but I simply don’t see him having that kind of value this season.

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Offensive Rookie Of Year

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RB Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers – Lacy has shed all the overweight labels and has looked outstanding this preseason. He is running with authority downhill and seems primed to explode this fantasy season. He is the heavy favorite to be Green Bay’s number one back and Lacy’s potential as a goal line back in this offense is off the charts.

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Defensive Rookie Of Year

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LB Jarvis Jones, Pittsburgh Steelers – After losing OLB James Harrison to the Cincinnati Bengals, the team quickly snatched up Jones 17th overall in the first round of this past year’s draft. He has showcased an amazing knack for getting into the backfield at Georgia and the youngster will instantly become a fantasy factor.

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Full Predictions

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QUARTERBACKS

Yardage Leader – QB Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions – 5,042 yards

TD Leader - QB Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers – 41 TDs

Interception Leader – QB Josh Freeman, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – 19 INTs

RUNNING BACKS

Yardage Leader – RB Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings – 1,887 yards

TD Leader – RB Arian Foster, Houston Texans – 14 TDs

WIDE RECEIVERS

Reception Leader – WR Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears – 117 receptions

Yardage Leader – WR Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions – 1,769 yards

TD Leader – WR Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys – 13 TDs

DEFENSIVE STATS

Tackle Leader – LB Luke Kuechly, Carolina Panthers – 153 tackles

Sack Leader – DE J.J. Watt, Houston Texans – 19 sacks

Force Fumble Leader – DE DeMarcus Ware, Dallas Cowboys – 6 FFs

Interception Leader – CB Patrick Peterson, Arizona Cardinals – 7 INTs

Passes Defended Leader – CB Richard Sherman, Seattle Seahawks – 23 PDs