We're in the heart of fantasy football draft season. If you haven't had your fake football draft party with your buddies yet, these are a few names that I think you need on your roster this year. And they'll come at a decent price. Let's take a look:
Matthew Stafford, QB, Detroit Lions: For some reason, owners feel much safer picking second-year starters Colin Kaepernick, Russell Wilson and Andrew Luck ahead of Stafford. Let them. You can get Stafford later, and he'll be better. It helps when you have the best receiver in the game (Calvin Johnson) and an explosive new backfield toy (Reggie Bush).
A big play waiting to happen
EJ Manuel, QB, Buffalo Bills: This is more of a deep sleeper, but this rook could be decent and return QB2 value. He's looked great so far and it doesn't look like he'll have much competition from Kevin Kolb, who is already injured. Manuel has the smarts, can run a little, has an excellent ground game at his disposal and intriguing aerial targets to throw to.
Giovani Bernard, RB, Cincinnati Bengals: Love this dude. After watching him in the team's first preseason game, I see him taking over the majority of work out of the backfield from the Law Firm quickly. He's explosive, quick and very dangerous in open space. He'll be great in PPR leagues and adds a new dimension to the O in Cincy. People are catching on, though, so he might not come that cheap anymore. He's the safest RB newcomer behind Le'Veon Bell.
Danny Woodhead, RB, San Diego Chargers: How long will it take Ryan Mathews to get injured this year? Even if Mathews escapes the injury bug, Woodhead should be a PPR gem. The Chargers need a back to complement Mathews in the passing game, and Woodhead is perfect for that. Mike McCoy's plan for more short-yardage, dink-and-dunk passes helps Woodhead's cause.
Lance Moore, WR, New Orleans Saints: The Saints attack through the air often, and they'll be more grounded with the return of Sean Payton. Moore might not score a ton, but in an offense that's constantly airing it out, he's perfect as a WR3/4 in leagues that reward one point for every reception.
Chris Givens, WR, St. Louis Rams: I see a breakout for Givens. It'll be him, not highly touted rookie Tavon Austin, who becomes Sam Bradford's favorite target in 2013. He's extremely bright and is known for breaking big plays down the field. The little chemistry he gained with Bradford last year will blossom.
Jordan Cameron, TE, Cleveland Browns: Overcoming the injury-prone label will be his biggest obstacle. Rob Chudzinski and Norv Turner have every intention of involving Cameron heavily in the new-look offense in Cleveland. He's a great pass-catcher and red zone threat. Take a shot on him as your TE2.
Fred Davis, TE, Washington Redskins: Like Cameron, you worry about Davis' ability to stay on the field. When he's on it, though, he's been a fantasy force. Coming off a serious Achilles' injury, Davis looks healthy and ready to contribute. Robert Griffin III won't be running as often, so he'll look to Davis as a safety valve. Folks have forgotten about Davis, but you shouldn't
About Keith Hernandez
Keith, an editor with KFFL, joined the team as a Hot off the Wire analyst in 2008 and has been playing fantasy sports since 2005. He is involved in MLB, NFL and NASCAR content. He graduated from the University of California-San Diego in 2005 with a B.A. in Communications and was a four-year starter as a member of the baseball program.
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