Is this the Year Jay Cutler Returns to being a QB Stud?

By A.J. Weinberg (@Fantasy_AJ)

This article is part of TopTeamFantasy’s preseason team preview series. Leading up to the season, the football staff at TopTeamFantasy will help you get ready for fantasy football by answering tough questions about each team. Each article will delve into a specific topic in-depth and explore what its effects will be on your fantasy fortunes for 2014. All of them can be found on our Team Preview Series page, here.

Considering his success last year, it’s no surprise that Jay Cutler has been touted by many as the perfect guy to grab if you’re waiting on QB. Prior to last season, Cutler was a relatively popular sleeper with the arrival of offensive-guru Marc Trestman as head coach in Chicago. Over the course of his career he had been a maddening QB to own as he often flashed brilliance, only to be overshadowed by games in which he would completely destroy any fantasy hopes by throwing for 5 interceptions. While that amazing 2008 in which he threw for 4,526 yards, 25 touchdowns, and 18 interceptions since shone brightly in the minds of many fantasy owners, that maddening inconsistency and more conservative offenses had limited him to below 3700 yards ever since he was traded from Denver to Chicago.

Through six games, it appeared that Trestman’s magic had rubbed off on Cutler. He averaged just a hair under 18 points per game through his first six weeks, easily putting him on pace to be a top  ten quarterback in 2013. However, he got hurt in week seven and wasn’t fully healthy until the final three weeks of the season, ruining his chance at a very strong statistical season.

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Diamonds in the Rough – Week 17 Pickups

By A.J. Weinberg (@Fantasy_AJ)

Another week, another batch of waiver wire recommendations. In the past we’ve highlighted players like Tyson Ross, Marcus Stroman and Rajai Davis who have gone on to make tremendous impacts in fantasy leagues. In this week’s rendition of “Diamonds in the Rough” we will feature three new players that hopefully can have as much an impact as the aforementioned three. Plus, it’s time to re-recommend a familiar face as the “Deep League Option.” Here we go!

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Field of Streams: Week 17 Weekday Streamers

By Will Emerson (@WillieMoe)

Well, well, well, we meet again. The Post All-Star Field of Streams did not get off to the best start with Eovaldi getting knocked around on Friday night, but it took a nicer turn with a lovely little start by Stroman Candle. Is he stream-worthy in his next start though? Well we’re fixin’ to find out, so let’s dive on in, kids.

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DeSean Jackson: The Remix

By Sean Tenerelli (@Phinphan54)

This article is part of TopTeamFantasy’s preseason team preview series. Leading up to the season, the football staff at TopTeamFantasy will help you get ready for fantasy football by answering tough questions about each team. Each article will delve into a specific topic in-depth and explore what its effects will be on your fantasy fortunes for 2014. All of them can be found on our Team Preview Series page, here.

Peering into how much I love the NFL as a whole, one of my favorite things to do is read the “Playlists” of the players I’m interested in.  One feature was done on the often outspoken DeSean Jackson. Looking over his chosen list, the parallels between his song choices and life are evident.  Using his playlist, we’ll discuss his past, present, and what I believe the future holds for him.

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Will Cordarrelle Patterson break out as the Vikings No.1 WR?

By Jon Collins (@joncollinsFSLR)

This article is part of TopTeamFantasy’s preseason team preview series. Leading up to the season, the football staff at TopTeamFantasy will help you get ready for fantasy football by answering tough questions about each team. Each article will delve into a specific topic in-depth and explore what its effects will be on your fantasy fortunes for 2014. All of them can be found on our Team Preview Series page, here.

If you can get past the underwhelming options for them at Quarterback, the 2014 edition of the Minnesota Vikings is shaping up much nicer from a fantasy perspective than the previous iteration. Norv Turner brings his generally effective, always entertaining Air Coryell offense to the Midwest, and the players who’ll fit into it come to camp healthy and projecting for improved seasons. Adrian Peterson looks to give his owners 16 games, same goes for Kyle Rudolph who is due for a boost in targets in an offensive system that favors the Tight End, and the receiving corps has plenty to offer as well.

Of course, there are those who can’t get beyond the Quarterback position. Among them, ESPN’s Ron Jaworski who ranks Matt Cassel as the league’s worst starting QB in his annual review of the position and notes that his skillset is ill suited to the type of play action pass game that Turner relies on. Whether you believe Jaws’ assessment or not, Teddy Bridgewater seems destined to start at some point this season, its just a matter of when. In either case, you’re unlikely to be owning either Minnesota QB in standard leagues and they are indeed a drawback to the fantasy value of the rest of the assembled talent in Minnesota.

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Is Golden Tate the Sidekick Megatron Has Always Wanted?

By Salvatore Stefanile (@2QBFFB)

This article is part of TopTeamFantasy’s preseason team preview series. Leading up to the season, the football staff at TopTeamFantasy will help you get ready for fantasy football by answering tough questions about each team. Each article will delve into a specific topic in-depth and explore what its effects will be on your fantasy fortunes for 2014. All of them can be found on our Team Preview Series page, here.

I attempted to start this article with a slightly raunchy title. Let’s just say it used a certain Wide Receiver’s first name and a common way of cleaning oneself. Let’s just say that attempt was quickly thwarted. My lame attempt at being funny notwithstanding, let’s get to the heart of the story… New Detroit Lions wide receiver Golden Tate and his potential fantasy production for the 2014 season.

 

What we know about Golden Tate:

He has sure hands, having dropped only five of a possible 149 catchable passes since 2011. That’s the best catch rate percentage of any NFL wide receiver during that time frame, as quoted from ProFootballFocus. Additionally, he’s going from a run-heavy offense in Seattle to a pass-happy offense in Detroit.

 

What we know about Detroit:

Kris Durham at one point was playing meaningful snaps. In 2013, Durham had 85 targets. He caught only 38 of his targets. Tate throws shade on Durham’s 44.7 percent catch rate.

Luckily, for Lions fans and fantasy football players, the team fired the brain trust responsible for letting ‘Kris Durham’ be a thing, as they brought in a new head coach (Jim Caldwell) and a new offensive coordinator (Joe Lombardi).

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Field of Streams: Week 16 Weekend Warriors

By Will Emerson (@WillieMoe)

Welcome back! Everyone rested after the All-Star Break? Ready to push your fantasy team to the top, Top Team Fantasy style? Well, if you’re not ready to do that, then get the heck outta here. Go on! Git! I’ll wait. Okay, now that I know everyone reading from here on out is ready to take their fantasy squadrons to the top, I will continue…by letting you know that last weekend’s streamers were, not what I would call, spectacular. Overall the seven weekend streamers went a nice 3-1, but the ERA was 4.43 and the whip was 1.40, both over the Field of Streams season average which I’m sure you already knew, having obviously read this. Anyways, we did get some Ks going for us (8.18 K/9) which is nice.  Now, of course it wasn’t all bad (or good), there were Ups there were Downs and, of naturally, What Have Yous.

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Who Will Fill the Giants Receiving Void?

By Tyler Dalton (@tylerd91)

This article is part of TopTeamFantasy’s preseason team preview series. Leading up to the season, the football staff at TopTeamFantasy will help you get ready for fantasy football by answering tough questions about each team. Each article will delve into a specific topic in-depth and explore what its effects will be on your fantasy fortunes for 2014. All of them can be found on our Team Preview Series page, here.

Examining the New York Giants’ 2014 fantasy options is kind of like Heisenberg in Breaking Bad sizing up his companions: were Skinny Pete and Badger really the best options for Heisenberg when moving his product? Absolutely not. Are Rueben Randle and Odell Beckham, Jr. the two guys you’re picking early to win a fantasy championship? Again, a resounding no. Was Jesse a frustrating yet talented guy? Definitely, which kinda sounds like Victor Cruz after his lackluster performance last season. Eli Manning is our Heisenberg and I’m here to tell you why your fantasy team might not get killed by his companions this season.

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What is Nick Foles’ 2014 Value?

By A.J. Weinberg (@Fantasy_AJ)

This article is part of TopTeamFantasy’s preseason team preview series. Leading up to the season, the football staff at TopTeamFantasy will help you get ready for fantasy football by answering tough questions about each team. Each article will delve into a specific topic in-depth and explore what its effects will be on your fantasy fortunes for 2014. All of them can be found on our Team Preview Series page, here.

Philadelphia Eagles’ quarterback Nick Foles burst onto the fantasy scene last year, finishing as the 11th-highest scoring quarterback despite starting just ten games last season. He was the only quarterback among the top 20 fantasy scorers to have attempted fewer than 400 passes, and with 317 attempts he wasn’t even particularly close to that threshold. His efficiency was nearly unparalleled last season, and after going undrafted in redraft leagues in 2013, he’s now being drafted among the top eight quarterbacks per ESPN’s ADP results. The question that begs asking is: can Foles live up to his high draft slot among quarterbacks? In this article, I’ll dig into this question to give my opinion on whether Foles is being overvalued.

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Field of Streams: All-Star Break Edition

By Will Emerson (@WillieMoe)

The All-Star break is here, can you believe it?! Me neither. I mean where has the season gone? We’re over halfway through the season already! Seems like just yesterday we were all being introduced to Field of Streams, but in reality this was actually about 13 weeks ago and what a long, strange, trip it has been. I figure, since we get a few days without streaming, this would be the perfect time to honor the Field of Streams All-Stars. Now, I am not talking about recommended streamers that made the actual All-Star Game, like Tyson Ross. No, no, today we will take a look at the best Field of Streamers of the “first half”. Before I get to those fellas, however, let’s take a look at some of the numbers thus far.

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