Fantasy Football: 5 things to know for 2013
With another exciting season of football just around the corner, here are five major predictions for the 2013 fantasy football season:
1. Who will be the breakout star of 2013?
Every year there is at least one player who comes out of nowhere to become a fantasy star, such as Alfred Morris (RB, Redskins) in 2012 and Cam Newton (QB, Panthers) in 2011. Here are some potential free agents in your league worth keeping an eye on early in the season: Terrelle Pryor (QB, Raiders), Joique Bell (RB, Lions), Christine Michael (RB, Seahawks), Markus Wheaton (WR, Steelers), Quinton Patton (WR, 49ers), Josh Boyce (WR, Patriots) and Julius Thomas (TE, Broncos)
2. Which player on the cusp is ready to become a true star?
If he can stay healthy, Danny Amendola (WR, Patriots) has a chance to not only replace former Patriot Wes Welker (Broncos), but also surpass his past productivity.
3. Which player is most likely to disappoint this year?
Fresh off a Super Bowl win and a huge contract, it is easy to forget that Joe Flacco (QB, Ravens) has never been more than a mediocre QB in the regular season. Having lost Anquan Boldin (WR, 49ers) and Dennis Pitta (to injury), he may not even be a top 20 fantasy QB this year.
4. Which aging player is about to drop off a cliff?
While there is reason to be somewhat concerned about Steven Jackson (RB, Falcons), Frank Gore (RB, 49ers) and Maurice Jones-Drew (RB, Jaguars), I am most worried about the seemingly ageless Tony Gonzalez (TE, Falcons) finally looking 37 after he spent the offseason contemplating retirement.
5. Who is primed for a bounce-back year?
Both Larry Fitzgerald (WR, Cardinals) and Dwayne Bowe (WR, Chiefs) struggled last year due to abysmal QB play, and while Carson Palmer (QB, Cardinals) and Alex Smith (QB, Chiefs) aren’t worldbeaters, they should at least help these two immensely talented receivers return to previous fantasy glory.
Alex Case is amNY’s fantasy football columnist.