Ask the Experts
Posted Jul. 26 at 06:16 AM
ASK THE EXPERTS appears weekly with answers to a new question being posted Thursday morning. How the guest experts responded when we asked them:
Which training camp battle are you most interested in following?
Matt Hasselbeck versus Jake Locker has to be my favorite. I think Locker could have sneaky fantasy value if he were to win the job, as Hass is long in the tooth and is oft-injured. Nate Washington was awesome when Locker was in the lineup last year, but Chris Johnson was terrible. I think both players will be serviceable regardless of the quarterback; Johnson could be better with Hasselbeck, unless Locker makes dramatic leaps in Year 2.
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The Arizona Cardinals starting QB battle is most interesting. I believe Kevin Kolb will win the job if he can stay healthy. If not, John Skelton hasn't proven to be consistent enough to help the team win and Larry Fitzgerald's numbers could be better and more consistent with Kolb at the helm.
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I am most interested in Kansas City not so much as a camp battle per se, but to see if Jamaal Charles is healthy and back to form and how well Peyton Hillis is integrated into the offense. There has been major points in that backfield in the past and there could be again. That all depends on the health of Charles and the use of Hillis.
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The Aaron Rodgers and Graham Harrell competition in training camp should be interesting to watch. Though I give a slight edge to that Rodgers guy. For me the areas of interest are what happens in the Panthers backfield between DeAngelo Williams, Jonathan Stewart and Mike Tolbert. He who shines brightest will be in for a big year. The Patriots backfield also has interest. Most have Stevan Ridley as the heir apparent but Bill Belichick is as unpredictable as Mike Shanahan when it comes to RBs and the ultimate Patriots starter may ultimately not even be anyone that's been mentioned yet as a candidate for the job.
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this may sound crazy but I am most interested in the Arizona Cardinals QB battle. There are fantasy football stars to be made in this offense and one of the two QBs has serious sleeper value. The winner also holds a ton of weight on his right shoulder in the form of Larry Fitzgerald's fantasy value. I also believe there will be a second WR to emerge from this offense worth owning. This QB battle goes to (I hope) John Skelton, who looked good to finish 2011, but we all know Kevin Kolb is making more money. No matter, the winner will give us fantasy points.
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New England’s running backs. The Patriots have a high-powered offense and run the ball more than you might think. Over the last three years, they’ve scored more rushing touchdowns than any other team. I believe Stevan Ridley or Shane Vereen will be one of the most undervalued players in fantasy drafts this year.
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The most jumbled up situation may be the RB situation in SF. The cast of characters include high-mileage Frank Gore, college burner LaMichael James, possible 3rd down back Kendall Hunter, and the lumbering Brandon Jacobs. I just can't see Gore giving up his starter role without a fight. Sure he's battered and pieced together, but there's no questioning his toughness. With an impressive defense, and a scatter-shot passing game--the addition of Randy Moss not withstanding--the 49ers may turn into the dreaded RBBC approach as they will run, run, run. In Denver, I will be curious to see which of the Bronco WRs click the best with P-Manning, as he looks to conjure up some mile-high mojo. Honorable mention--and certainly the juiciest battle--goes to the J-E-T-S maddeningly muddled QB derby between the privileged Sanchez & the anointed Tebow, which will certainly make good viewing all season long!
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SEATTLE. And I really do not have to clarify with any one position because almost every FF spot will be a competition. The biggest will be at RB. Will Marshawn Lynch be suspended and if so, how many games? My guess is 6-8. With a 14 August court date, he could be missing for the first half of the season, in which case, who handles the RB duties? Most are penciling in Robert Turbin, the rookie RB from Utah State who is said to have a running style similar to Lynch. Kregg Lumpkin and Tyrell Sutton could give him a “run” for his money. Leon Washington is another deep sleeper I like with the last pick of the draft. Other position battles include Matt Flynn and Tarvaris Jackson at QB and Kellen Winslow and Zach Miller in a lesser struggle for starting TE. SEA is a team in upheaval but whoever wins these battles could be fantasy gold.
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The Mark Sanchez / Tim Tebow show in New York will be fun to watch and this will likely be entertaining throughout the season, although we suspect Sanchez to start and Tebow to eventually take over (especially after a brutal schedule to start the season for the Jets). However, we'll go with the QB battle in Tennessee between veteran Matt Hasselbeck (soon to be 37 years old) and 2nd-year Jake Locker (who Tennessee selected with the 8th pick of the draft last year). If Locker wins the starting job, he will be a nice QB sleeper and add to a deep pool of solid No. 2 QBs in this year's draft (and if he doesn't win it, Locker is a great draft-late stash for when he eventually takes over). In limited play as a rookie Locker looked very dynamic compiling a 99.4 QB rating throwing 4 TDs to zero INTs and added a score on the ground. Locker has solid arm strength mixed with exceptional athletic ability (his 4.50 40-Yard Dash at the Combine surpassed Cam Newton’s time).
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I am most interested in the progress of the Tampa Bay starting running back situation. LeGarrette Blount was brought on by a previous coaching staff and will be battling a 1st round draft choice by the current staff. Doug Martin is a Ray Rice clone and has the potential for a big fantasy year if he is able to garner the majority of backfield work. Blount has a lot of holes in his game and I will be interested to see whether he puts up a fight and holds Martin off for awhile, or if he crumbles early and gives way from day 1.
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I want to see what happens in a number of backfields, specifically in Buffalo (where Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller have a turf war going) and Arizona (where no one really trusts Beanie Wells - can Ryan Williams give him a run?). Switching positions, if Jake Locker gets the call in Tennessee, I'll be adding him to my sleeper list.
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There are a few juicy ones, but I think Tampa Bay has a very intriguing battle at RB where LeGarrette Blount could lose his starting spot to rookie Doug Martin. Blount has been productive, but he's a head case with a horrible work ethic. Martin is the complete package and I wouldn't be shocked if he was the starter on opening day.
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It seems like there are more this year than normal, either because teams are playing things close to the vest or because they have a lot of players of similar talent at some key positions. Loathe though I am to focus on anything relating to Mike Shanahan, I am very interested in the battles for starting running back and No. 2 wide receiver, since I think both players will be significant fantasy performers -- in the case of running back, possibly a top-10 guy. Tim Hightower is the favorite to start, but I'm not going near him in drafts; I will take my chances with the more talented Roy Helu, and hope he wins the job sooner rather than later (say, August). And then at wideout you've got Pierre Garcon and either Santana Moss, Josh Morgan, or Leonard Hankerson. I'm not a believer in Morgan, so it looks like a battle between the vet and the youngster. One to watch if Robert Griffin is as good as most believe he can be.
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