In continuing my analysis of the Top 100 NFL players for 2012, let’s see who graced the next 10 slots.
#80: Jordy Nelson – WR, Packers; #79: Nnamdl Asomugha – CB, Eagles; #78: Derrick Johnson – LB, Chiefs; #77: A.J. Green – WR, Bengals; #76: Carl Nicks – OL, Saints; #75: Jason Witten – TE, Dallas; #74: Joe Flacco – QB, Ravens; #71: DeSean Jackson – WR, Eagles
If you remember, I’m only concerned about the quarterbacks, wide receivers, running backs and tight ends. Those are the ones you’ll want to hone in on when you prepare for your draft.
Nelson is definitely underrated. With 68 receptions, 1,263 yards, averaging 18.6 yards per carry and 15 touchdowns for the 2011 season, he should be one of your draft picks. Not only are his stats fantastic, but also he can jump into the stands after a touchdown and he’s pretty good looking. Have you seen his eyes? I think the jersey brings out the color. In online photos, his eyes look green and blue. I think I’ll pencil him into my “My League Choices.”
Green’s rookie season wasn’t bad at all. With 65 receptions, 1,057 yards, averaging 16.3 yards per carry and seven touchdowns, he’s one I would pick up as a backup and watch as the season progresses. He’s young, only 23-years-old and a nice smile, he had a good year. I foresee Green doing even better in the upcoming season.
Witten is a Cowboy and I’m not a fan of the Dallas Cowboys, but when it comes to fantasy football, you can’t let your dislike for a team dictate your fantasy decisions. Witten had decent stats in 2011: 79 receptions, 942 yards, averaging 11.9 yards per carry and five touchdowns. He’s also a beast. He tackled a cheerleader in one game and in another continued to run after his helmet was knocked off during a play. If I were that cheerleader, I’d say yes to a date! I highly recommend him for your team.
What I like about Flacco is his consistency. When you look at his stats from 2008-2011, the numbers are fairly similar. In 2011, Flacco had 542 attempts, 312 completions, with 3,610 yards and 20 touchdowns. Consistency is a great thing when you are managing a fantasy team. He would be a great addition to any team. However, I’m not a fan of the facial hair. He should either grow a beard or have nothing at all. Handle bar mustaches are not in style.
And finally, Jackson recently signed a five-year, $51 million contract with the Eagles. The Eagles apparently like what they see and are awarding him. In 2011, he had 58 receptions, 961 yards, averaging 16.6 yards per carry and four touchdowns. In comparison to the other years, the stats were slightly lower for the 2011 season. So, with that information, what do you do? I’ve heard he had some problems. He got suspended one game for oversleeping. So does this mean he’s learned his lessons and now that he has a fat contract he’ll play better? Only time will tell. I would consider Jackson for my bench and see what he brings to the field before I start him. I’d also remind him to turn his alarm on loud.
Another 10 players will be revealed soon. I can’t wait to see who is next! Happy researching for your team! Don’t wait; start now so you’re not scrambling in August.
Till next time, Charly.