It’s been a while since my last post, but with both sports out of season, what am I going to write about, the NBA? Let’s get back to focusing on a sport that survived its lockout without missing any real games and turning its season into a freak-show sprint instead of a well-paced run (yes, I’m salty because I’m a Magic fan and am sick of the Dwight Howard saga).
Earlier this month, I made a series of posts that detailed my positional fantasy rankings for the upcoming season in standard scoring (non-PPR) leagues. I recently made a sweep through the rankings again and noticed some players making big moves – both up and down the boards. Here are some of the notable movers.
Cam Newton (prev: 5 / now: 3) – All reviews of Newton (both good and bad) include the same sentence: Newton isn’t going to rush for 14 TDs again. To that I say, “OK, I agree…but don’t second-year QBs increase their passing stats from their rookie year?” Newton had trouble adjusting to defenses once they leaned back and took away the deep ball. An offseason that actually includes OTAs and full practices will serve him well in becoming a better all-around passer. Evan Silva has Newton even higher than I do in his initial Top Ten’s at each position.
Ryan Fitzpatrick (19 / 17) – He’s relatively un-sexy (unless you like short guys with beards that went to Harvard), but Fitzpatrick is still a Chan Gailey QB. He was also hurt for the second half of last season. Remember when he was healthy and at the top of everyone’s waiver lists?