If you are reading this article, then you are probably not the happiest camper and are already out of the running for your league’s title. I hope you are not the biggest loser in your league and subject to some kind of embarrassing tattoo or public humiliation.
Lets put a cork on the sob stories and crying, and lets move forward to setting your mind on next year’s title! If you are a Chicago Bears fan, you are all to used to getting ready for next year. But enough of the trash talk, let’s get to crafting the perfect team for 2015!Oct 20, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts fans hold up signs referencing quarterback Andrew Luck (not pictured) and Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (not pictured) during the second half at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Andrew Luck, Colts: Luck has moved into his new role as fantasy stud, and really thrived all season long with an average output of 23.8 points per week in ESPN standard leagues. He has really rewarded the owners who drafted him at his average draft position (ADP) of 34.9 as the fourth QB off the board. I have a feeling next year Mr. Luck will be drafted a lot higher than that. For those of us in keeper leagues, which this advice is targeted for, you should look to add Luck in an off season trade ASAP. For a keeper league, I would even suggest doing just like the Colts did and send the future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning to add this future stud to your roster.
Tre Mason, Rams: Mason has really made the most of every touch he’s had on this season. He has moved his way up from third on the depth chart and become a possible every down back for the Rams to finish this season. I believe he has the talent to be a feature back for the Rams in the near future. Mason has shown the ability to carry the load with 29 carries against the Denver Broncos in week 11. He has also flashed glimpses of being able to catch the ball out of the backfield. A skill that is highly valued in PPR leagues.
Le’Veon Bell, Steelers: As another guy who has outperformed in his position as relative to his ADP, Bell has been a staple among many fantasy playoff teams this season. Bell does not come off as a very sexy or flashy back, but he is a guy who brings his lunch pail every week just like the many people of the town he represents. I look to Le’Veon to improve upon this season as the Steelers will almost certainly look to bolster their offensive line this summer.
Josh Gordon, Browns: This guy is just good. If he can manage to put his off-the-field problems behind him and ever play a full season, we may be ending next season saying Calvin who? Gordon goes out there and just flat out catches everything you put anywhere near him. For me, it doesn’t matter if they have Johnny Manziel, Brian Hoyer, or even if they dug Brett Favre out of retirement to play QB. This guy is just good. Go get him.
Mike Evans, Buccaneers: It would be easy to just go through here and name all of the top two or three guys at their position and expect you to find a way to go land all the top talent in your league. Unfortunately, in most competitive leagues with owners who have half a brain, you are going to have to put in work and find the guys who no one in your league may be expecting a big campaign from. Hopefully in your league MikeEvans will fit this bill. Evans has flashed a ton of raw talent and the ability to catch the long ball.
Dwayne Allen, Colts: In most keeper leagues, you are not keeping a tight end unless you have Jimmy Graham, Rob Gronkowski, or maybe Orange Julius. However, if you are in a dynasty league or maybe a league where you retain six players, you might want to look to Mr. Allen. Before his injury, he was becoming a favorite red-zone target of Andrew Luck with 7 touchdowns in his first 9 games of the season. Even with missing the last three games, Allen sits as the 9th best tight end. Despite having Coby Fleenor playing opposite Allen, I believe that Allen’s role and his red-zone targets will continue to expand in 2015.