We are but a month away from seeing the NFL teams take the field to play meaningful games, and most fantasy owners couldn't be more excited. As most drafts are taking place soon or have already taken place, I have devised a list of 3 candidates who are going to have breakout seasons and 3 candidates who might slow down a bit.
1.) Matt Leinart- He has had 2 very dissapointing seasons so far, and hasnt been able to stay healthy. But this is going to be his year. He says he is fully recovered from everything and feels like he is actually commited 100% to football.
In the past he has had some off the field issues (partying...) but this year with a fresh attitude, and coaches saying he is better than ever, he is primed to breakout.
Not to mention Larry Fitzgerald, Anquan Boldin and surprise wideout Steve Breaston, will be helping out.
2.) Patrick Crayton- I like Crayton. He has great speed, great hands, great vision, and the rest of the tools to be a great WR. And playing opposite TO doesnt hurt at all! But my main reason for putting him on here is that he still has that missed catch in the divisional playoffs that could have changed the game, on his mind. And in the past, players have used big missed opportunities to put togethor amazing seasons. So with the tools, the supporting cast, and the motivation, Crayton is primed to be a big breakout.
3.) David Garrard- Coming off the best year of his career, the Jacksonville QB has a fresh new look around him. Joey Porter and Troy Williamson join Garrard on the offense to provide some bigger targets. Garrard working with a pathetic recieving core last year put up some big numbers, but now with decent recievers and an amazing run game, Garrard should be great all season long!
1.) Adrian Peterson- Peterson is dynamic, fast, and strong. So why did I put him on here? Simply because he is being drafted too high. Drafting him second overall is way too high. Peterson still has yet to stay healthy for a full season, which is a major turn off for fantasy owners. Plus he may lose Pro Bowl tackle Bryant McKinnie because of off field issues. Another problem I have with Peterson is he runs so tall. You just cant run high and excpect to break big runs every time, he needs to learn to lower his shoulder and maybe he would get hurt so often.
2.) Darren McFadden- Another highly touted RB. McFadden just simply is not that good. He runs high (like Peterson), has no inside run game at all, and is running behind a horrible line, and will have no passing game to help him. He has the same problems Peterson does and thats what makes me turn off of him, I just dont believe his type of running will be succesfull in the NFL. He legs go dead on contact and he cant fight for the extra yard...resulting in a major bust.
3.) Brett Favre- Dont put any stock in him. He is 38, has missed all mini camps and workouts, plus learning a new offense and completley different teams and players doesnt bode well for a guy who is obviously emotionally unstable now. He is already having second thoughts on coming back, and just doesnt have the same supporting cast he had in Green Bay. He goes from one of the most talented WR core and a great line, to a mismatched o-line and a pathetic recieving core. It doesnt add up to a good season for Favre.