Thursday, May 17, 2012

Fantasy Footballing - Podcasts and Profiles

Over the last week I hosted two podcasts and profiled fantasy footballers on four teams. Proof exists below...

Podcasts: First things first. Click here and then subscribe to the podcast via ITunes, Zune or Google Listen. Thay way, whenever I post the latest edition of the handy dandy FFToolbox podcast (always hosted by yours truly), the download happens on your end automatically. Helps me, helps you. Good? Good.

*The first of two episodes. NY Times and CBS Sports NFL writer Andy Benoit talks about the transactional offseason and Dallas Cowboys blogger K.D. Drummond analyzes the fantasy battles in Big D.

* Next up, I called my FFToolbox colleague George Bissell for some pre-preseason takes on an intriguing fantasy players. We talke Michael Vick, Cam Newton, Roy Helu and other notables from 12 NFL teams including the Ravens, Bears, Raiders and the entire NFC South.

Rankings: Click on each team name for the full monty of profiles, which for each includes at least quarterbacks (2), running backs (4), wide receivers (4), tight ends (2), kicker and defense/special teams. Since we all love a good sampler course, I served up one profile for each team below...

Washington Redskins - RB Roy Helu Jr.: Following Tim Hightower's injury, Helu went from deep sleeper to electric fantasy star before his own late season ailments sidelined him. The dual threat topped 1,000 yards from scrimmage and finished with four 100-yard games, one coming as a receiver. Best suited as a situational option. If overworked with 20+ touches, could break down. If used appropriately, could be explosive RB2.

Dallas Cowboys - RB Felix Jones: Bad news for anyone who typically avoids the Felix Jones hype train: many more people are now on your side. After laboring through the Cowboys' first five games last season, injuries slowed Jones (shocker!) and DeMarco Murray happened. Both are training room regulars so a depth chart is possible, but for now Jones is the other guy – and a fantasy reserve.

Philadelphia Eagles - WR Jeremy Maclin: Entered 2011 battling a mystery illness. Ended the season leading the Eagles in receptions. Missed three games or likely would have topped 1,000 yards for the first time as a pro. The safer of the Philly starting receivers and yet his skill set pops. Entering camp healthy should boost Maclin's numbers. Strong second fantasy receiver.

Baltimore RavensWR Torrey Smith: The true definition of a home run hitting receiver. Smith blazed onto the scene in Week 3 with five receptions for 152 yards and three touchdowns. Topped the catches and yardage total in Week 10 later. In all other games, went over 80 yards just once. Tremendous potential, especially once he learns how to run routes. Certainly a fun pick and fine as a low-end WR2, better as an all-upside WR3.

Redskins link-o-rama

 My recent Redskins links, all on one page. Yeah, we're in a informational lull right now...

* My fantasy football writing duties include profiling players on a certain burgundy and gold team. RGIII, Helu, Royster, Garcon, Hankerson, Cooley, both kickers and more! (FFToolbox)

* While my CSNwashington colleague Rich Tandler profiled the bulk of the Redskins drafted rookies, I focused on the late, late rounders plus some sneaky undrafted types, including:

Safety Jordan Bernstine - Based solely on reading up on the versatile defensive back with 4.4 speed and knack for hard hits, I'm thinking Bernstine has a strong chance to make the 53-man roster. I mean, have you seen the secondary depth chart???

Cornerback Richard Crawford - The slot corner and return specialist is part of the flowing pipeline from SMU to Ashburn

Inside linebacker D.J. Holt - The undrafted rookie out of Cal does the tackling thing, has special teams experience and is will compete with an unsettled group of reserves. (CSNwashington)

Wide receiver Lance Lewis - dubbed the East Carolina target who likes playing in traffic the Redskins most intriguing undrafted free agent.

* Finally, a look around the NFC East, from Jerry Jones jabbing the Redskins offense to the ongoing spat between a Giants pass rusher and Eagles running back LeSean McCoy. This one has a motherly vibe.