Summing up the fantasy values on Missouri's NFL teams
The NFL preseason kicked off last night with the Hall of Fame game between the New York Giants and Buffalo Bills, and that means it’s time for people all over the world to begin scouting the ranks of the league’s players in anticipation of their upcoming fantasy team drafts.
Whether your league is an auction or snake style, the values that players on Missouri’s two NFL team present are not to be overlooked.
Listed here are two sure-bets, two sleepers and two players to avoid from the combined rosters of the Kansas City Chiefs and the St. Louis Rams in your upcoming drafts:
Two to take:
RB Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs
2013 statistics: 1,287 rushing yards, 693 receiving yards, 19 total touchdowns.
Synopsis: Sure there are lots of questions about the Kansas City offensive line. That’s no different from last year, however, when Charles was the Fantasy MVP of the entire league. With DeAnthony Thomas to distract defenses from keying on Charles, expect him to continue to be one of the top fantasy values.
Rams’ defense/special teams
2013 statistics: 22.8 points per game allowed, 53 sacks, safety, 14 interceptions, 15 fumble recoveries, five touchdowns.
Synopsis: This defense was stout last year but overlooked because it was in the same division as the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks. It could be even better this year and this unit should be high on your D/ST list.
Two to wait on:
WR Tavon Austin, St. Louis Rams
2013 statistics: 40 receptions, 418 yards, 151 rushing yards, five total touchdowns.
Synopsis: As a rookie last season Austin became a role player in this offense. With a year of experience, and hopefully a healthy quarterback Sam Bradford, he is poised to become the centerpiece of the passing game. He should be available in later rounds but produce at a big value if everything goes right.
TE Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs
2013 statistics: 45 receptions, 722 yards, eight touchdowns.
Synopsis: A healhty Anthony Fasano could mean reduced snaps for Kelce, but Kelce is likely to get in on the plays that really count for fantasy football; the red zone snaps. His 6’5”, 260-pound size will make him an ideal red-zone target for quarterback Alex Smith. If he only catches 50 passes all game, but most of them are for touchdowns, he’ll be worth a late-round draft pick.
Two to pass up:
QB Sam Bradford, St. Louis Rams
2013 statistics: 159 completions, 1,687 yards, 14 touchdown passes.
Synopsis: He is healthy now, but we’ve learned that is doomed to not last. An improved receiving corps could make Bradford an interesting matchup-play during certain weeks of the season if he is healthy and facing a weak defense, but his lack of consistent being on the field make him a waste of a draft pick.
Chiefs’ defense/special teams.
2013 statistics: 19.1 points allowed per game, 47 sacks, 21 interceptions, 15 fumble recoveries, seven touchdowns.
Synopsis: They put up some great fantasy numbers last year and having Thomas return kicks makes them tempting, but don’t expect those numbers to be repeated with a tougher schedule and an injury-riddled secondary that lost cornerback Brandon Flowers.