By Sean Cordy @SicEm18 on September 4, 2014
Fantasy football, before all else, is about predicting the anomalies both good and bad in players. In this case, I'll be looking at 10 things most people aren't expecting of some of the best players available.
Last season, the two Detroit Lions running backs were separated by 21 points. Of course, that's because Bell exploded in the games Bush was absent. That's what I'm banking on again this season -- Bush will get injured and Bell's role will become even more prominent. That said, they'll be close again.
After exploding with 27 TDs and only two interceptions last season, some people are heralding Foles as surefire top-five QB. I'm not as keen on the Philadelphia Eagles signal caller. He was a commodity last season that won't be able repeat his success, whereas other QBs drafted after Foles like Jay Cutler and Tony Romo (among others) will outplay their projections.
Julio Jones is being drafted as the sixth WR off the boards in fantasy drafts. With the level of talent among WRs this season is incredibly daunting, and accounting for Jones' injury last season, we have less to work with for his projection. Before missing the last 13 games, Jones was on pace for over 220 points -- certainly capable of a top-three performance.
In football terms, Frank Gore is "old" at 30. That's when people start losing confidence in running backs, but Gore is showing no signs of slowing down, and his ADP is 20th among RBs. He's made three straight Pro Bowl appearances coming into this season, and has only missed out on 1,000 yards rushing due to an injury.
The Dallas Cowboys quarterback is in the best position since 2007 to become a top-five QB. He'll break 5,000 yards under the new command of Scott Linehan, and he has plenty of young talent around him to really make a push to be an elite fantasy option in 2014.
With his projection as a top-five RB based on his ADP, it doesn't seem to far-fetched that Lacy will be a top-three RB. It's rare to see such a feat from a second-year back, especially being on a team primarily known for passing, but Lacy will eat up TDs this season and get more involved in the pass attack. Expect big numbers from him.
Just because Decker isn't with the Denver Broncos, people are expecting him to fall outside of the top 10 WRs available. While he won't be in the top 10 for a third straight season, he's certainly not the 34th-best option as his ADP suggests. Just remember what he was able to accomplish with the likes of Tim Tebow and Kyle Orton.
When Manziel was drafted, I predicted a top-10 QB performance from him. Of course, he's not starting in Week 1, so his value has depreciated, but I still expect him to take over the starting gig this season and reach great heights.
Jamaal Charles finished with a monstrous 308 fantasy points last season, leading the league among RBs. However, there hasn't been a running back with consecutive seasons at the top since LaDainian Tomlinson. In fact, it's rare to see the lead fantasy RB reach the top five, and I see Charles continuing that trend. People have to catch up to him sooner or later.
Ellington is coming into his first season in a pure starting role with the Arizona Cardinals. He's expected to do well (the 15th RB off the boards), but I really love his upside. If he can come close to his 5.5 YPC with a heavier workload, he'll easily find himself in the top 10 among running backs, and potentially higher.
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