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Tuesday, 07 May 2013 18:30

Fantasy Football Ups & Downs

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Last week I provided updates to my Preseason rankings for the four main positions in Fantasy Football: Quarterback, Wide Receiver, Running Back, and Tight End. With those updates came a few rises and drops for certain players at each position. The reasoning for this is simple: things change. 

After the draft two weeks ago I looked at my rankings and thought to myself, "this needs to change". Throughout the offseason, training camp, and the preseason games, I'll continue to think "this needs to change". Again, this is just how the Fantasy Foot-ball rolls. Until the first game of Week 1, there is going to be a lot of "Ups and Downs".  Look at Eddie Lacy for example. He may wish he was drafted sooner, but from a fantasy owner standpoint, he landed at the perfect place. The Green Bay Packers have needed a solid RB for years, and with an offense led by Aaron Rodgers, opposing defenses will focus mainly on stopping him. Lacy is now in a situation where he can have full reign of the touches, yet have the focus not entirely centered on him. As a rookie, that's the best situation you can be in. Don't forget the stats he's compiled at Alabama. In his senior year alone he had 1,322 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns. As a rookie I think he'll finish with stats closer to the Trent Richardson side of things, and not the Mark Ingram side, and that's why I placed him all the way at 16th among RB's.  Larry Fitzgerald on the other hand gains a boost not because of where he went, but because of who came to him. Is Carson Palmer elite? No. Is he great? No. Decent? I'll give that a solid yes, and that's all Larry Fitz needs. His QB's last year were John Skelton, Kevin Kolb, and Ryan Lindley, and he managed to finish the season with 798 yards and 4 TD's. Palmer may not be a top-10 QB, but he's a big enough upgrade the Larry can get back to elite WR status, which is why I raised him 14 spots to 7th place among WR's. Now why do players drop? Simply put, someone has to suffer when I raise players like Lacy and Fitzgerald. Most players dropped because of these reasons, but others like Jermaine Gresham fall due to improvements their own team has made. By drafting Tyler Eifert, the Bengals have given Andy Dalton another TE option, who will most likely take some looks away from Gresham. I still think Gresham is #2 on the receiving core totem pole, but with Eifert digging away from his opportunities he had to fall. There have been improvements teams have made that aren't reflected in my rankings, and if I did an additional top-10 for each position you'd see those. Upgrades such as the Rams drafting WRs for Bradford and the Bears getting another Guard in Kyle Long, help not only each teams's QB, but their RBs as well.  As the season comes closer and closer to starting, there will be changes, and with those changes will come the Ups and Downs of Fantasy Football.