Here’s a look at ten players that could provide excellent value for fantasy football GMs.
Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots
Even if Brady can’t get his suspension overruled or overturned, Brady will still be available for the most important part of the season.
Jameis Winston, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Winston not only has the “It” factor, he also has a trio of 6’5″ targets in wide receivers Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson and tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins. Winston may chuck a fair share of interceptions, but his yardage and touchdown totals should be solid.
LeGarrette Blount, RB, New England Patriots
LeGarrette Blount figures to be quite busy during the Brady’s suspension. He should see a steady workload throughout the year and be active in goal line situations.
Isaiah Crowell, RB, Cleveland Browns
Crowell ran for 607 yards and eight touchdowns as Cleveland used a revolving door approach at running back. He doesn’t have a strong hold on the position, but Crowell should get first team reps.
Doug Martin, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Martin has struggled the past two seasons, but has put in work this offseason to slim down and add explosiveness.
Joseph Randle, RB, Dallas Cowboys
Don’t expect anyone to deliver a DeMarco Murray workload, but Randle figures to be the lead back in an offense sporting the league’s best offensive line. He averaged 6.7 yards per carry last year.
Nelson Agholor, WR, Philadelphia Eagles
Agholor should make an immediate impact as a rookie in Chip Kelly’s offense as all of Jeremy Maclin’s targets are up for grabs.
John Brown, WR, Arizona Cardinals
Brown had 696 yards and five touchdowns and has been impressive in offseason workouts. He could easily emerge as a starter.
Kendall Wright, WR, Tennessee Titans
Wright took a step back going from 1,079 yards to 715, but his touchdown total increased from two to six. He remains the number one option and should get better QB play this year.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Seferian-Jenkins was limited to nine games last year, which yielded 21 receptions for 221 yards and a pair of scores. A healthy Seferian-Jenkins could be a nice TE1 despite a late round price tag.
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Williams Perez, Atlanta Braves at Philadelphia Phillies
Williams Perez is 4-0 with a 2.88 ERA. He is 2-0 on the road with a 2.33 ERA. Williams had a 2.91 ERA last year for Double-A Mississippi and a 1.33 ERA for Triple-A Gwinnett this year.
Season Totals: 29-31, 480.2 IP, 387 Ks, 3.50 ERA (187 earned runs), 1.22 WHIP (448 hits, 140 walks)
The 2015 fantasy football season is around the corner. Not only do you have to put in the prep work for your fantasy football draft, but you gotta come up with a cool team name. The 2015 Lester’s Legends Best Fantasy Football Team Name Contest gives you a chance to show off how clever you are. Not only will you have the bragging rights, but you have a chance to take home a prize. The winner will take home a $25 gift certificate.
All you need to win is a creative name and contact information to get your prize. You can reference football players, songs, movies, whatever. Just be original and keep it somewhat clean. Avoid the low hanging fruit (Aaron Hernandez, Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson) if you’re looking to win the prize.
Limit three team names per entrant. The contest will be open until August 17th. We will then narrow it down to ten team names and determine the winner. Scroll down past the entries below to submit your names.
Here are the 2014 finalists:
Clear eyes, Foles Hearts, Can’t Lose
For Whom Le’ Bell Tolls
Joiquierro Taco Bell
Kuechly in the Bedroom
Le’Veon on a Prayer
Saved by Le’ Bell
Sons of anArchie (2014 contest winner)
The Walking Dez
Here are the 2013 finalists:
Blair Walsh Project
Come Helu High Water
Harvin hip problems, I feel bad for you son
Luck B a Brady 2Nite
I Find Urlacher Faith Disturbing
I Pitta the Fool (2013 contest winner)
The Land Before Tynes
Here are the 2012 finalists:
50 Shades of Heyward Bey
Biggie Smalls is the Hillis
Helu… Is it me you’re looking for?
Here’s my number, so call me Brady
RG3P0 (2012 contest winner)
Sexy Andy knows it
Teenage Newton Ninja Turtles
That’s a McCown Question Bro
Weeden’t Start The Fire
Here are the 2011 finalists:
Avoid the Lloyd
Belichick yourself b4 you REX yourself (2011 contest winner)
Brady Back Ribs
Flaccoroni N Cheese
It’s all about the ReX’s & tOe’s
Shot through Gerhart, and You’re to Blame
The Hillis have Eyes
Throw Mamma from the Torain
Here are the 2010 finalists:
A Kolb Day in Hell
Cooley than the Other Side of the Pillow
Corn on the Schaub
Dezzie Does Dallas (2010 contest winner)
Henne Nut Cheerios
Ix-nay on the Heyward-Bey – Reid
Revis and Butthead
Schaub Shank Redemption
Texas Chainsaw Massaquoi
Here are the 2009 finalists:
Kibbles and Vicks (2009 contest winner)
Eli-The Other White Manning
Forgetting Brandon Marshall
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Danny Duffy, Kansas City Royals at Toronto Blue Jays
Danny Duffy is 4-4 with a 4.03 ERA. He is 2-0 in his past four starts with a 1.37 ERA. Duffy threw six scoreless innings against the Jays on July 10th.
Season Totals: 28-31, 472.2 IP, 383 Ks, 3.56 ERA (187 earned runs), 1.23 WHIP (441 hits, 139 walks)
The 2014 NFL Draft yielded an impressive group of first year players headlined by Odell Beckham, Jr. Here is a look at the members of the class that will likely make an impact in 2015.
Odell Beckham, Jr., New York Giants – ODB finished his rookie season with 1,305 yards and 12 touchdowns. He’s as talented as any receiver in the league.
Kelvin Benjamin, Carolina Panthers – Benjamin had 1,008 yards and nine touchdowns despite a banged up Cam Newton.
Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Evans finished with 1,051 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2014 and he should have an upgrade at QB with Jameis Winston.
Martavis Bryant, Pittsburgh Steelers – Bryant had just 549 yards, but caught eight touchdowns. The 6’4″ Bryant should develop in year 2.
Brandin Cooks, New Orleans Saints – Cooks had 53 catches for 550 yards and three touchdowns in 10 games. With Jimmy Graham gone, look for more from Cooks.
Jordan Matthews, Philadelphia Eagles – Matthews had 872 yards and eight touchdowns in Chip Kelly’s explosive offense. Jeremy Maclin is gone so Matthews is the primary threat.
Sammy Watkins, Buffalo Bills – Watkins quietly posted 982 yards and six touchdowns. In most seasons those are solid numbers for a rookie.
John Brown, Arizona Cardinals – Brown had 696 yards and five touchdowns and has been impressive in offseason workouts. He could easily emerge as a starter.
Allen Hurns, Jacksonville Jaguars – Had 677 yards and six touchdowns. Pretty sweet for an undrafted free agent.
Jarvis Landry, Miami Dolphins – Caught 84 passes for 758 yards and five touchdowns. PPR asset.
Allen Robinson, Jacksonville Jaguars – Robinson caught 48 passes for 548 yards as a rookie.
Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers – Adams had 446 yards as a rookie. The only thing keeping Adams from a huge season is opportunity.
Taylor Gabriel, Cleveland Browns – Gabriel had 621 yards last year.
Cody Latimer, Denver Broncos – Latimer has an opportunity as Denver’s #3 receiver to become the latest star created by Peyton Manning.
Marqise Lee, Jacksonville Jaguars – Lee had 422 yards as a rookie. A knee injury has limited his time to develop.
Donte Moncrief, Indianapolis Colts – Moncrief had 444 yards and three touchdowns last year, but Indy added Andre Johnson.
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R.A. Dickey, Toronto Blue Jays vs. Philadelphia Phillies
R.A. Dickey is 4-10 with a 4.53 ERA, but is 1-1 with a 2.11 ERA in his past three starts and posted a 3.32 and 3.33 ERA in June and July respectively. Dickey is 3-3 at home with a 3.95 ERA.
Season Totals: 28-30, 467 IP, 378 Ks, 3.47 ERA (180 earned runs), 1.21 WHIP (431 hits, 136 walks)