Somewhere in South Dakota and Nebraska, I’m pecking away on an iPad in an RV, utilizing half-assed technology so I can keep my deadline. So without further ado, here’s my take on NFL Network’s last Top 100 players revealed.
#30, Ben Roethlisberger, QB-Steelers; #29 James Harrison, LB- Steelers; #28 Frank Gore, RB-49ers; #27 Clay Matthews, LB-Packers; #26 Julius Peppers, DE-Bears; #25 Arian Foster, RB- Texans; #24 Jason Pierre-Paul, DE-Giants; #23 Wes Welker, WR-Patriots; #22 Ray Rice, WR-Ravens; #21 Rob Gronkowski, TE-Patriots
Why is Roethlisberger ranked higher than Eli Manning? This doesn’t make any sense to me.
Maybe it’s because I’m not entirely engrossed into NFL like some and he is that much better than Manning. So let’s look at his stats. Big Ben’s completion rate was 63.2 percent, with 4,077 passing yards and 21 passing touchdowns. More recently, he achieved his bachelors of arts in education and he and his wife are expecting a baby later this year. Will the baby be a distraction this coming year? Only time will tell.
Gore is hands down a solid running back. I had him on my league a couple of years ago and he did well. In 2011, Gore had 282 rushing attempts, 1,211 rushing yards, with eight rushing touchdowns. However, with Kendall Hunter, Brandon Jacobs and LaMichael James, Gore might not get as many plays as last year. Draft with caution.
Foster is a point producing machine. In 2011, Foster had 278 rushing attempts, 1,224 rushing yards and 10 rushing touchdowns. He’s behind one of the leagues best offensive lines, so pick him up as soon as you can.
Welker may be one of the smallest NFL players at 5’9″ and 185 pounds, but he’s making huge plays. Keep an eye on him and try to snag him for your team. Welker’s stats for 2011 were 122 receptions, 1,569 received yards and nine touchdowns. Since Brandon Lloyd was added, Welker’s numbers might not be as impressive. However, I’d go for him again. He’s already penciled in on my list.
Rice is another must-have for your league. Rice’s stats for 2011 are 291 rushing attempts, 1,364 rushing yards and 12 rushing touchdowns. Plus, he was the impressive at the goal line. He should be your first pick if you draft an RB in the first round.
I deemed Gronkowski my NFL boyfriend. His ball spiking abilities alone are quite impressive. Too bad you can’t get points for the best ball spike. In 2011 he had 90 receptions, 1,327 receiving yards and 17 receiving touchdowns. On June 8, he signed a six-year, $54 million contract extension. Expect big points from him again, even with Aaron Hernandez and Brandon Lloyd tagging along.
With that being said, do you have any ideas who might be in the top five? And once the remaining are revealed, it will be time to really hone in on who you want for your league. Start your research now ladies and let’s show those men that we do have a place in fantasy football.
Until next time…enjoy these summer days.