THE FANTASY BLITZ: News, notes and a top secret sleeper

Fantasy THE FANTASY BLITZ: News, notes and a top secret sleeper

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If you are in search of that third WR or flex player, select Texans’ WR Kevin Walter He’s not flashy but is steady and he will hold off Jacoby Jones to stay as the second Houston WR. You want any receiver on a team with Matt Schaub as QB who guides an offense that chucked it on 58% of their offensive plays in 2010. Do not let the return of a healthy TE Owen Daniels scare you. Walter has actually had MORE productive seasons with Daniels on the field than not, catching 8 scores in 2008, the last year they both were on field for all 16 games together. With defenses having to protect against Andre Johnson and Daniels, Walter gets single coverage. He is projected for 60 receptions, 750 yards, and 7 touchdowns in what should be a big fantasy year for Houston.

Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram was not selected as the 28th overall pick in the 2010 draft by the Saints to be part of a RB committee.  The Saints have the best interior line in the NFL and want to run more between the tackles. Pierre Thomas is a solid back, but he is a backup. Ingram will be the feature back. The former Crimson Tide workhorse can catch and take a pounding, fumbling just twice in his collegiate career. Take him as a high RB 2. He will have a better 2011 than Madden cover boy Peyton Hills or Felix Jones. Rookies are a risk but this is a similar situation to the one Edgerrin James came into with the 1999 Colts as a first year player. He finished that campaign with 1300 plus yards and 17 TD’s. We’re not saying Ingram is going to rock those numbers but he is projected for  250 plus touches and double digit scores.

You never want to forecast an injury for any player but there is the possibility that Maurice Jones-Drew will be slowed this year by his sore knee. You could get the value of the draft by selecting Jones-Drew’s backup Rashad Jennings, third year RB from Liberty. He has the confidence of the Jaguars’ coaching staff and has averaged 5.4 yards a carry and 7.7 yards a reception in his two seasons. In week 17, 2010,  he started and had 22 carries, 108 rushing  yards and a TD.
NOTE: Rashad Jennings is now out for the year with a knee injury. Deji Karim will be spelling Maurice Jones-Drew now. Karim had 15 carries and 70 yards vs the Bills last year backing up Jones-Drew when Jennings could not play. (9/4/11)



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About Kurt Backert

Kurt’s passion for the game began in the 60’s watching the Colts on TV and at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore. He began following the statistics of not only his beloved Colts but also those of the Colts opponents, with a keen eye on Vince Lombardi’s Packers. His thirst for and attention to statistical detail would eventually lead Kurt on a journey to the world of fantasy football in the late 1980’s where he’s captured more titles than John Wooden’s UCLA Bruins
Kurt carries a distinction that no other fan of the NFL can boast about.  He is the reigning NFL National Trivia Champion and he credits his Dad for passing on such passion for the game, something Kurt also hopes to pass along to his 9-year-old son.

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