Fantasy Football Fears: NFC Edition

      June 10, 2013 @ 17:09:25 PDT

Fantasy football can be scarier for some owners than anything Hollywood puts on the silver screen. I spun around the NFC and identified at least one major concern from every franchise in relation to fantasy football production.

NFC East

Dallas Cowboys

I don't know what to make of this offense. It seems to be one healthy, productive running back from being unbelievably good but could just as easily let down fantasy owners with risky receivers and a fragile DeMarco Murray.

New York Giants

Will the running game be competent enough to keep defenses honest, and if it is not, am I underselling Eli Manning? He could go for crazy yardage this year but may approach 20 picks again if he has to chuck it all day long every week.

Philadelphia Eagles

There is so much up in the air in Philly that I don't know where to start, but I am having a hard time putting a finger on what to expect from the tight end position. Avoiding all Eagles tight ends seems to be the smart move at this point.

Washington Redskins

I worry about defenses stacking the box versus Alfred Morris if quarterback Robert Griffin III (knee) is limited, and I am not overly confident in this wide receiving corps.

NFC North

Chicago Bears

I fear fantasy owners may overvalue Jay Cutler now that Marc Trestman is in the mix. No Bears quarterback has thrown for 4,000 yards in a single season, and Cutler has durability issues to boot.

Detroit Lions

The Lions' offensive line scares me, and 'slinger Matthew Stafford could suffer because of it. If he struggles, the offense will not reach its potential (with the likely exception of Megatron).

Green Bay Packers

Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings

People will overvalue rookie running back Eddie Lacy, and I am worried it will happen almost blindly. Green Bay's offense does not promote much in the way of fantasy production from the position, and Lacy's injury concerns border on red alert.

Minnesota Vikings

Stud running back Adrian Peterson defied all odds last year to nearly break the NFL single-season rushing record, yet I still think anything more than 1,500 yards and 12 touchdowns would be a very successful season in 2013. I feel some owners will call that a disappointment.

NFC South

Atlanta Falcons

I cannot help but worry about the wheels finally falling off the Tony Gonzalez train. He keeps himself in impeccable shape but is 37 years old and plays a violent position.

Carolina Panthers

Quarterback Cam Newton still doesn't have a wealth of weaponry at his disposal, and wideout Steve Smith is getting long in the tooth at 34. Can Cam do it without the vet receiver?

New Orleans Saints

I have heard a lot of talk about head coach Sean Payton committing to the run this year and utilizing their top three backs in varying manners. Color me skeptical. I don't feel the offensive line is built for it, and Payton still has Drew Brees to take over games. Besides, this defense may not allow them to run as much as they'd like to.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

There is no greater concern in my eyes than Greg Schiano benching Josh Freeman for a player I like to call "Bambi on ice," rookie passer Mike Glennon. It would be disastrous for the offense.

NFC West

Arizona Cardinals

Simply put, I am worried about overvaluing Carson Palmer's impact on the offense. He has to be better than what they have had since Kurt Warner retired, right? Right?

San Francisco 49ers

How will the loss of Michael Crabtree (Achilles') affect the offense as a whole? It starts and ends with Colin Kaepernick, which doesn't leave me with a warm, fuzzy feeling.

Seattle Seahawks

This one is two-fold for me. I am possibly too worried about Marshawn Lynch falling to injury. To a lesser degree, I really hope fantasy owners cautiously hook their cart to Percy Harvin on fantasy draft day. He comes with too much risk to warrant a lofty selection as anything more than a weak PPR WR2.

St. Louis Rams

How can you not worry about this backfield after having a steady producer like Steven Jackson for so long? Isaiah Pead is a scatback and little more, while Daryl Richardson is not a special player. Can rookie Zac Stacy steal the job?

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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