Some players I liked from the beginning. Others have compelled me to gravitate toward them. All of them have become a little more appealing since training camp started, based on what I've seen and read.
QB Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals
Who doesn't stink when he's a member of the Oakland Raiders? It's a select group. Palmer's new supporting cast is a shade or three of silver greater and Bruce Arians' coaching staff is more exciting than what his team boasted in the QB's 1 1/2 seasons in the Bay Area. ESPN.com's Mike Sando put Palmer's 2012 campaign in its place, but at the very end he acknowledges the 33-year-old's improved prospects in 2013. Bargain QB2.
RB Bryce Brown, Philadelphia Eagles
Davis ready to go get it
Chip Kelly's offense is going to rely on the running game significantly more often than Andy Reid's did. Fantasy owners remember what the No. 2 ball carrier on Philly's roster did in LeSean McCoy's stead last season. The explosive second-year man from K-State is more appealing than a host of others who go in the RB3-RB4 range and will split carries. Chris Polk's reportedly outstanding camp threatens to temper this feeling, though.
RB Joique Bell, Detroit Lions
I'm already eating the words I spewed when I picked him in our fantasy analysis draft earlier today. Mikel Leshoure, whom Cory selected a few rounds earlier, appears to have regained some of the burst he'd displayed prior to his Achilles' tear. Still, if Reggie Bush is to miss time -- something that seems likelier if he plays on turf more often -- Bell will be involved, and he's deft pass-catcher.
WR Ryan Broyles, Detroit Lions
A feature on the team's official site revealed how much further ahead Broyles is this year coming off an ACL tear than he was last year at the same time, attempting to return from a similar injury. The staff knows that the second-year wideout from Oklahoma isn't even 100 percent yet. The use of a roster spot for Broyles may require a little patience, but he seems even likelier to emerge as this O's No. 2 WR as a soph than he did as a freshman.
TE Fred Davis, Washington Redskins
OK, the position is "deep." Fantasy owners should draft TE2s these days not because they need a backup but because that second one has the kind of upside that would allow him to moonlight as their flex player. Davis fits that mold. He'll make life easier for compromised QB Robert Griffin III as the pair builds on its budding chemistry. Davis is healthy and motivated.
TE Tyler Eifert, Cincinnati Bengals
Everything coming from Cincy's camp suggests that this former Golden Domer is going to be more than a fantasy backup. Eifert is a wide receiver in a tight end's body. Blocking isn't the rookie's strong suit, yet he's expected to play as a first-teamer, essentially. So what's he gonna do? He's been Andy Dalton' fav target in the absence of A.J. Green (knee injury), boding well for No. 85's opps opposite no. 15. Eifert could catch 65 to 70 balls.
About Nicholas Minnix
Minnix is baseball editor and a fantasy football analyst at KFFL. He plays in LABR and Tout Wars and won the FSWA Baseball Industry Insiders League in 2010.
The University of Delaware alum is a regular guest on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio and Baltimore's WNST AM 1570.
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