With most of the fantasy football leagues already in tow with their drafts and the preseason games closed, it’s time to see how this season will fold. Now onto my predictions for the NFL 2012-13 regular season:
- Rookie Quarterbacks. After the Wildcat, rookie quarterbacks are the new sensation in football. With Detroit Lions’ Matthew Stafford and Cincinnati Bengals’ Andy Dalton both performing well, given their short tenure in the league, now it’s time for others to shine — and collapse under the burden of the NFL. Washington Redskins‘ Robert Griffin III is a hot commodity to be sure, but you better count your eggs before your chickens in his case. Otherwise, he might leave your basket half-empty.
- Chaos, Chaos Everywhere. With veterans already injured, like Minnesota Vikings’ Adrian Peterson, fantasy football players will be scrounging early and often. Waiver wire will be the godsend and disaster for many, many people. Whereas in earlier seasons, the waiver wire was fundamentally for backups and gamblers. EVERYONE will be scrounging.
- Indianapolis Colts Andrew Luck vs. The World. Andrew Luck has high expectations on his shoulder in the Indianapolis Colts locker room. He has almost the same quality weapons that now Denver Broncos‘ Peyton Manning has, but will he live up to expectations? He should get close and surpass Robert Griffin III. Anything beyond that, I won’t risk.
- Denver Broncos‘ Peyton Manning vs. New York Giants’ Eli Manning. The Mannings have already done their commercial work. I don’t think Peyton Manning won’t be driving his Buicks through any goal posts this season. He should do a better-than-average job as quarterback for the Broncos. He should be capped as a low-end QB1/high-end QB2. Eli Manning should be capped as a high-end QB2. Both will average each other out.
- Philadelphia Eagles Michael Vick and Nick Foles: The Jeff Garcia Effect. You know how history repeats itself. The Eagles will repeat history again. Vick will get injured, and Foles will indeed take the Eagles at or near the playoffs with his leadership and ability. Once the Eagles get into the playoffs (or near it), Vick will miraculously return and take the reins. However, the wheels will fall of the Eagles truck — once again.
- New York Jets’ Tebow Wildcats and His Jesus-Voltron. Jets’ head coach Rex Ryan created a combustible quarterback situation. How long do you think Tim Tebow will take a backseat in the Wildcat formation? Hmmm, not too long, I think. Once Mark Sanchez fails even slightly, Sanchez will be pulled. If Ryan doesn’t pull him, the angry New York fans will. The clock is ticking…
This is a short taste of what’s to come during the NFL 2012-13 regular season of fantasy football in my honest and blunt opinion.
- For Peyton Manning, One Pass, Then Many Steps (nytimes.com)
- Fantasy Football Top 10 Quarterbacks (thepigskinreport.com)
- Peyton Manning: Projecting Denver Broncos’ Star QB’s 2012 Output (bleacherreport.com)