2011 Fantasy Football Value Picks – Who to Target

August 28, 2011 at 12:32 pm 1 comment

You can’t draft every player you like in Fantasy Football.  The key to building a successful team is to understand value and stock your team with depth at RB/WR.  Here’s five players from each position that I think you can draft that will help you win.  Average draft position in parenthesis, via MyFantasyLeague.

6th in PPG last year

Quarterback

  • Big Ben (60)
  • Bradford (87)
  • Matt Stafford (84)
  • Fitzpatrick (174)
  • John Beck (n/a)
Comments: As I’ve mentioned in the past, I always wait for a QB.  This year I’m targeting Big Ben since his schedule is easy and he’s going later than he should.  I’ve teamed him up with Flacco and Bradford on teams already and am confident that they can match up well.  Stafford is an injury risk but we’ve seen the potential in the preseason and he’s spent a lot of time in shotgun.  Fitzpatrick is a great value coming cheapy and reliable QB2.
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Running Back
  • Tim Hightower (88)
  • Reggie Bush (92)
  • Joseph Addai (77) & Delone Carter (196) combo
  • Mike Tolbert (103)
  • James Starks (113)
  • Bonus: Stevan Ridley (na)
Comments: The Redskins OL has been looking like a cohesive unit and Trent Williams is looking like the star-anchor LT.  Hightower, thankfully for football fans, got away from the AZ situation and find himself first in the pecking order (Shanny will switch the backs) to spreadhead this zone scheme.  Reggie has looked fast and strong so far, and he should be motivated after the NCAA scandal and disappointing in NOLA.  Love Carter for the Colts and think he’s the best back on the team, but drafting Addai and Carter makes a lot of sense given their ADP.  Tolbert, or Toldozer, is steady as a rock and should be a decent flex play some weeks and could regain all the carries if Matthews gets hurt again.  Starks going way too low for someone in a split in a powerful offense.  Ridley worth a flier, could get lots of TDs and more.
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Wide Receiver

  • Santonio Holmes (52)
  • Brandon Marshall (42)
  • Santana Moss (91)
  • Lance Moore (115)
  • Greg Little (155)
Comments:  Think Holmes and Marshall improve on their stats in year two with new offenses.  Holmes will be that #1 and Marshall will score many more TDs.  Moss is always under-rated and will be the #1 for whoever is at QB.  Moore should see much more targets with Reggie gone and is always a good play at home, wonderful WR4.  Little I think will come on strong as the season goes along.

Tight End 

  • Jermichael Finley (44)
  • Owen Daniels (76)
  • Rob Gronkowski (105)
  • Jared Cook (184)
  • Lance Kendricks (250)
Comments: Finley has a chance to be a dominant TE since he has WR skills within his massive frame.  Daniels is slightly undervalued and could put up Top 5 numbers.  Gronk thrives in outdoor games and will get TDs.  Cook and Kendricks are my two sleepers.

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  • 1. Matt Anello  |  August 28, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    Love the running backs you mentioned. Great value picks. I’d also add Aaron Hernandez to the list of tight ends along with Emmanuel Sanders to the wide receivers list. Other than that, I totally agree. Nice post.
    I would really appreciate some feedback on my blog @ http://manello33.wordpress.com/

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