Will the running backs position be able to stop the bleeding? In recent years, a handful of first-rounders have turned to busts while some second- and third-rounders increased their value. This makes the first round of the draft very tricky, especially if you draw a late-first round pick. Last season was worse than usual, as nearly half of the first-round running backs stumbled across the finish line.
Should owners avoid a running back in the first round, or do you stand firm and try to make the best out of a bad situation, grabbing the best running back available, even if that means waiting to get an elite receiver or quarterback? The problem, for the most part, is that teams are splitting up duties with their running backs, which hurts their fantasy value in most formats.
There were only two running backs (Jamaal Charles and Marshawn Lynch) with 300 or more carries last season, compared to an average of five over the previous five years. It makes sense that running backs, while a fragile position, is a group that everyone wants to dip into early, since there are so few featured backs with ample scoring opportunities and relatively few injury concerns.
If you're a little confused about the changes that are happening to college football's bowl season, you're not alone. Buzz Beamer has heard that the Bowl Championship Series (BCS), which has crowned the NCAA's national champion since the 1998 season, is gone forever and that there will now be a playoff among college football's top teams to determine the national champion. But his head is spinning. Maybe you share his confusion? Let's help Buzz figure out what will actually be happening when the 2014 regular season is over.
Repeat or unseat? FSU is loaded again, but this year they'll have to win an extra game to take the title. And there are plenty of worthy challengers gunning for the champs.
A game can turn on a single moment, and these three explosive stars can be momentum changers for their teams on the road to the national title.
When Marcus Mariota began playing football as an elementary schooler in Honolulu, Hawaii, his father emphasized two points: If Marcus was going to play, he should make sure to have fun. And if they were going to have a catch, his son better know how to throw the ball back. At the time, Marcus was a receiver, so if he wanted to work on his skills at that position he also had to know how to throw the ball. Then, in his second year of Pop Warner, his team's quarterback moved up to the next age level. Suddenly Marcus's catches with his father became more significant. "Once the coaches learned I could throw a little bit, they said, 'Okay, you'll play quarterback,' " Mariota says. "I just kind of jumped in there."
Top fantasy tips from The MMQB training camp tour this week: Avoid quarterbacks, tight end values, and a huge season coming for one Seahawk. The MMQB’s Peter King takes a break from the tour to bring you this fantasy check.
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Pretty much anyone on these teams is worth the investment
Peyton Manning set single-season TD and yardage records last year; Knowshon Moreno was among the most productive fantasy backs; and the offense scored 37.9 points per game, easily the NFL’s best. Montee Ball will replace Moreno; Emmanuel Sanders should slide in fluidly for Eric Decker. Spend heavily here.
Even with Aaron Rodgers missing seven games, Green Bay was eighth in the NFL in points scored. With arguably the best player in the NFL healthy, this O has plenty of fantasy lovin’ to spread around to the likes of Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, Jarrett Boykin and Eddie Lacy.
Chicago scored the second-most points in the league last year (27.8) and has potentially the best group of skill players with RB Matt Forte lining up alongside WRs Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery. That leaves it all up to Jay Cutler — and despite what you might think, that’s a good thing.