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Ten burning fantasy football questions
Ladd Biro, For The InquirerPosted: Tuesday, September 3, 2013, 1:08 AM
Now that our drafts are behind us, all we can do now is wait for Thursday night . . . and dream up scenarios in which our late-round fliers evolve into next years elites.
Here are 10 burning questions that should be answered as opening weekend unfolds:
1. How healthy are Robert Griffin III, Arian Foster, Maurice Jones-Drew, Brandon Marshall, Victor Cruz, Jordy Nelson, Roddy White, Wes Welker and other nicked-up stars? An all-pro cast of walking wounded is expected to suit up for the first significant action of the season this weekend, with lingering concerns hanging over assorted body parts.
2. Who will emerge from obscurity? Last season, Alfred Morris, James Jones and Martellus Bennett became prized free-agent acquisitions after stellar Week 1 performances. Which players will we be scrambling for next week? Zac Stacy? Joique Bell? Ryan Broyles? Zach Sudfeld? How will Robert Griffin III fare against the Eagles? He’ll be rusty.Against that secondary, he’ll be just fine. View results
3. Will Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson take the next step to elite-level fantasy QBs? Kaepernick lost the Super Bowl but won the hearts of countless fantasy enthusiasts with his multidimensional play. He and Wilson are true wild cards that could tip the balance of power in any league.
4. Will the Eagles offense explode or implode under Chip Kelly? After a terrific preseason, Michael Vick has first crack at executing Kellys up-tempo offense. LeSean McCoy should be the biggest beneficiary of the new scheme, but Vick must improve on his decision-making and ball protection to make it all work.
5. How will Peyton Manning distribute the love? Those who made Demaryius Thomas one of the first five receivers off the board wont be cheering if Wes Welker snags 10 or 12 balls on Thursday night.
6. Can anyone get the ball to Stevie Johnson? Even if rookie E.J. Manuel (knee) suits up, which is still very iffy, what are the chances he can make multiple connections to his top wideout? Johnson is a solid fantasy receiver, but he cant throw the ball to himself.
7. Is Zach Sudfeld the next Aaron Hernandez (on the field)? The 6-foot7, 260-pound undrafted tight end is arguably the late-round flier with the highest ceiling. Hell have a golden opportunity to excel while Rob Gronkowski sits out the first couple of weeks (at least).
8. How will the Steelers RB committee shake out? The latest indications are that newly acquired Felix Jones will get the start on Sunday, with Isaac Redman spelling him first. This is probably a backfield to avoid altogether until rookie LeVeon Bell returns from his foot injury.
9. Is John Fox the new Mike Shanahan? Denvers coach seems intent on reprising his predecessors maddening approach to the backfield rotation, with Ronnie Hillman, Montee Ball and Knowshon Moreno all possible starters or benchwarmers. Stay away until someone, most likely Ball, breaks through the clutter.
10. Will the Jets offense cross midfield? Anyone invested in Chris Ivory or, well, thats about it, wants to know. Seriously, only Miley Cyrus foam finger is pointed in a more appalling direction than this offense.
See you on the other side!
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