Minnesota Vikings 2014 Fantasy Highs and Lows

Minnesota Vikings 7-9   Highs: Overall I was very impressed with the Vikings 2014 performance. It wasn’t an easy start when they lost their best player Adrian Peterson after the first game to off field conduct and then lost their starting Quarterback in Week 3 to injury. That brings me to Teddy Bridgewater. He might not have been amazing for your fantasy team but he really got into his groove at the end of the season. He had more touchdowns then interceptions, which some Rookies can’t say (Blake Bortles). He threw for almost 3000 yards and rushed for over 200 yards. Bridgewater had the third-highest completion percentage and the seventh highest passer rating as a Rookie in NFL history. The potential is there.   Lows: Cordarrelle Patterson really screwed up some fantasy teams. He was drafted high in most leagues for his potential but was a complete bust. The most upsetting part of drafting him in 2014 was that he had a great first game of the season doing exactly what we thought he had in him. Patterson had 26 yards receiving, 102 yards rushing and a rushing touchdown. The rest of the 2014 season was not as kind for Patterson. He had less then 20 rushing yards the rest of the season. He had 10 games with 2 or less fantasy points. He saw a total of six targets in the last five games of the season for a total of 1.8 fantasy points. That potential he had going into the season, disappeared right in front of our eyes.   A Tight End that is reliable is hard...

New England Patriots 2014 Fantasy Highs And Lows

New England Patriots 12-4   Congratulations to the New England Patriots on their 2015 Superbowl win. It was a great game and an even better ending but this article is not about the Superbowl. Here are my highs and lows for the 2014 New England Patriots season.   Highs: Rob Gronkowski played a whole season!!!! He missed game 17 but only because the Patriots had locked up the number one seat. He was a machine all season and the only Tight End you could trust this season. He had 30 more fantasy points then Antonio Gates that finished second in fantasy points and averaged 11.1 points per game. He was targeted a position high of 130 times for 82 receptions, 1124 yards and 12 touchdowns. Winning!!!   Stephen Gostkowski was the best Kicker in 2014. He made 34 out of his 36 attempts on field goals for a career high success rate at 94.6 percent. He also made all of his 51 extra points. He had more fantasy points then Calvin Johnson with 170 points. Kickers do matter!   Lows: There was no real low for the Patriots, unless you drafted one of the Running Backs. There was no consistency in the position for fantasy owners. The Patriots started with Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen as their one-two punch in the backfield. Vereen took the fantasy points in Week 1 but the very next week Ridley was the main back. The next two games you didn’t want to start either of them and then in Week 5 they both had a nice game. In Week 6 things get interesting....

Oakland Raiders 2014 Fantasy Highs And Lows

Oakland Raiders 3-13   Welcome to AFC West Week and the Oakland Raiders 2014 Fantasy Highs and Lows! Each week we will go division by division breaking down each team.   Bleacher Report just came out with their 2015 Power Rankings. The Oakland Raiders fell at 26th. That means that there are six teams that need more work then the Raiders this offseason, crazy. The Raiders have made some smart moves this offseason starting with the hiring of Jack Del Rio as their new Head Coach. Hopefully they will give Del Rio time to build the team before firing him for another poor record. But before we get too excited about the 2015 Raiders, lets review 2014.     Highs:   There is one consistent player on the Raiders. You must be asking yourself who the heck that could be. Sebastian Janikowski has been the Raider’s Kicker since 2000. On a fantasy note he was worthless because the Raiders were always behind so if they got down the field at all they had to go for the touchdowns, but Janikowski only missed 3 field goals. Compared to the rest of the Raiders, Janikowski was the “Star”.   Latavius Murray was a nice surprise. No one knew who he was until his performance against Kansas City’s great rush defense in Week 12. On four attempts he had 112 yards and two touchdowns. He zeroed out the next game, as did the Raiders in the blowout against St. Louis (52-0), but rebounded and saw the majority of the carries going forward. He could be a star next year under new OC Bill...

Indianapolis Colts 2014 Fantasy Highs And Lows

Indianapolis Colts 11-5   Welcome to AFC South Week and the Indianapolis Colts 2014 Fantasy Highs and Lows! Each week we will go division by division breaking down each team.   When the NFL schedule for 2014 was released we all assumed that the Colts would have a good season. I would say making it to the AFC Championship game after beating the Broncos is a pretty good season. I t was kind of like owning a Colt’s player in fantasy. Great throughout the season but game up short when we needed them the most.   Highs:   Fleener   Everyone knew that Andrew Luck was going to have a great year. He ended his 2014 season only six points behind the Quarterback leader, Aaron Rodgers, and averaged 21 fantasy points a game. But my high of the season was someone no one drafted, Coby Fleener. He finished in 6th place for Tight Ends with 118 fantasy points, 774 yards, and 8 touchdowns. That is with a third less receptions then the Tight Ends ahead of them. He would have had more receptions but he likes to drop the ball.   Notable: T.Y. Hilton was fantastic too until playoffs.   Lows:   Running Backs   FFtoolbox had Ahmad Bradshaw as a handcuff and Trent Richardson as Possible Comeback of the Year. Not the case. It was pretty clear after game one against Denver that Bradshaw was the better back. After Bradshaw’s second week where he scored 21 fantasy points, he continued to dominate until the Colts bye in Week 10. He ended up breaking his leg and ending what could...

Baltimore Ravens 2014 Fantasy Highs and Lows

Baltimore Ravens 10-6   Welcome to AFC North Week and the Baltimore Ravens 2014 Fantasy Highs and Lows! Each week we will go division by division breaking down each team.   High: Justin Forsett was quite the surprise of the 2014 season. For a player that wasn’t even drafted in most leagues, he came out and had his best year in the NFL. He has played in four different offenses in the last four years, but found his groove in Baltimore. Forsett rushed for twice as many yards then his previous best year in 2009 where he had only 619 yards and had twice as many touchdowns with 8 touchdowns this year. He didn’t have as many receiving yards but had more receptions. He was clearly a main part of the Baltimore’s offense and to our fantasy teams. Great waiver wire pick up.   Steve Smith Sr. had a bounce back year for Baltimore after being released by the Panthers last year. He finished his season with 1065 yards and 6 touchdowns. This 35 year old shows no sign of stopping. He was nothing but a big playmaker for the Ravens and very fun for all of us to watch. After Baltimore lost to New England, Smith Sr. said that he would not be retiring so we can continue to watch the show next year.   Low: When we heard that Coach Kubiak was going to Baltimore we all rushed to get Dennis Pitta. Don’t remember us talking about him? That is because he got hurt in the third week of the season and was put on IR. So...