Fantasy Football 2013: Playmakers Destined for Breakout Seasons

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He seems like he is in Year 4 or 5 instead of going into Year 2, and he didn’t play a whole bunch in Year 1. He is still working, he is learning from one of the best [Fitzgerald] and we expect Mike to have a big year. That is enough to sway just about any skeptic who fears Floyd due to his history of off-field issues, which include alcohol arrests that Sando describes in further detail in his report. The NFC West is littered with fierce defenses in the 49ers, Seahawks and Rams, but with injuries to Michael Crabtree and Percy Harvin , it’s arguable that the Cardinals have the most dangerous receiving corps. Between Fitzgerald, Floyd and Andre Roberts, there are a lot of targets at Palmer’s disposal, but Floyd’s ability to win 50-50 battles with his 6’2″, 220-pound body in Arians’ vertical-based passing offense is an undeniably great fit. Floyd ended his rookie campaign in 2012 with a bang, catching eight passes for 166 yards and a touchdown in San Francisco. It appears he’s building off that, and in lining up at “two or three” different positions, his role should only continue increasing in Arizona’s attack. Jordan Cameron, TE, Cleveland Browns Video Credit: NFL Network Reps are invaluable for a raw player like Cameron, and those should only increase based on his breakout performance in the Browns’ win over the Lions on Thursday night.

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“They’ll give us feedback like, ‘absolutely,’ ‘absolutely not,’ or, ‘we need more information,'” said Williams. The first challenge is identifying potential prospects who boast the necessary academic credentials. The second is convincing them to come. Pat Fitzgerald is adored at Northwestern, where he led the Wildcats to their first bowl win since 1949. Gray Quetti/Cal Sport Media Recruiting When Cutcliffe first started visiting high schools for Duke, he encountered coaches who would say: “‘I’ve got a guy that would be good for you at Duke.’ What he meant was, he wasn’t good enough to play at another BCS-conference school, but he’s good enough to play at Duke. Well, I wanted to talk about another [more talented] kid, but it was like we couldn’t touch him.” THAMEL: Cutcliffe discusses Duke’s football progress The pervading assumption has long been that no player would voluntarily choose a doormat like Duke or Vanderbilt over a more established football power, despite the chance to earn a more prestigious degree. Vanderbilt defensive lineman and Marietta, Ga., native Kyle Woestmann, a top 50 prospect at his position in 2010, committed to the Commodores despite offers from Georgia, South Carolina and Clemson, among others.

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The defense is obviously a concern from front to back, though the nice depth at end and solid secondary are two very positive signs. Overall, this is a fairly raw team with the ability to really develop during the course of the year; unfortunately, K-State may very well be eliminated from the Big 12 race by the midway point. I still think this is a nine-win team, even if those nine wins include only one or two “marquee victories” for example, the Wildcats might go 2-3 against Texas, Oklahoma State, Baylor, TCU and Oklahoma. That’d be pretty impressive, actually. Given all that the Wildcats have on the field, in reserve and on the sideline, I’d be surprised by anything less than 8-4. This is when the program really excels: K-State loves coming in under the radar. This is still a very dangerous team. Dream season: Kansas State doesn’t go 11-1 but 12-0, earning a spot in the national championship game. Nightmare season: The Wildcats’ lack of experience leads to quite a downturn: KSU goes from 11-2 to 6-6 heading into the postseason.

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McMichael started playing at the same age as the boys on the Chicagoland league’s heavyweight teams. Back then, a finite number of jerseys often forced coaches to cut players. Today teams struggle to meet the minimum threshold of players. Kids, as usual, suffer most from adult bickering. One sees a parallel between McMichael’s post-football activities in the wrestling ring and in the courtroom. The wrestling crowd cheers a punch at air as though the fist has connected with the villain’s face. Not all is what it seems.

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Don’t sleep on Newton the passer either. He was ranked just 13th in the NFL in passing yards and 19th in touchdown passes in 2012, but he caught fire in the second half of the season. In his last seven games, he threw 11 touchdown passes and only two picks. Those aren’t Rodgers-like numbers, but when you combine the rushing prowess, Newton is a steal as a second-tier quarterback. Matthew Stafford ,Detroit Lions Leon Halip/Getty Images Last season was a definite downer for Matthew Stafford, but he is still a decent option at quarterback. If you commit to taking the best running backs and wide receivers available for the first four or five picks, there is no reason Stafford should hurt your team week after week. Many people are down on him because he seemed to regress as a player last year, but if we put our fantasy football hats on, we have to realize he threw for 4,967 yards last season. Oddly enough, he found the end zone just 20 times as a passer.

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When its appropriate, we will defer to the people who have experience with this. Were bringing something new to the party. Were not going to be passive players in this, Simmons added. Were really going to be a part of this thing. KISS will perform the halftime show for the leagues championship game, ArenaBowl XXVI, in Orlando, Fla. on Saturday. And though its members did not commit to playing regularly at LA KISS games, Stanley said he planned to attend home games with his family as a point of pride. USA TODAY artists conception of potential LA Kiss uniforms.

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Chris Vasseur is Walsh’s new defensive coordinator, while Steve Lo is the new offensive coordinator. Jeff Thomas (Serra 2007) is coaching linebackers for the Padres, while Lyndon McGee continues on as defensive backs coach. Ron Ortiz (Serra ’91) is wide receivers/special teams coach. Walsh’s brother, Nick Walsh, is defensive line coach. Knights bound for Texas No local football team travels farther than Menlo School-Atherton for a game. The Knights venture to San Angelo, Texas to take on Central in a nonleague game Sept. 7. “Scotts Valley was scheduled to play them, but they couldn’t travel,” Knights coach Mark Newton said. “Louie Walters, Scotts Valley’s coach, contacted me and asked if we wanted to go.” Newton contacted the Menlo administration and got approval.

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The teams could play in consecutive weekends (regular season, Big Ten title game). It can happen only this year before the schools move into the same division. “I like our football team,” Hoke said. “I usually don’t say that.” But he just did. Top 25 so far: 25. Oklahoma; 24. Wisconsin ; 23. Fresno State; 22. UCLA; 21.

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With his reputation having taken a beating at Real Madrid, will Mourinho put the eye-poking and theatrics aside to focus on silverware? MANUEL PELLEGRINI (Manchester City): Manchester City have a lot to shout about despite surrendering their title to United last season. Manuel Pellegrini , who replaced the troubled Roberto Mancini , is a coach who with his non-nonsense attitude and icy stare will look to bring order to the side. The Chilean will add his own stamp to City’s attacking brand of football with a number of shrewd buys. Expect a podium finish. GERARDO ‘TATA’ MARTINO (Barcelona): With veiled statements that he made his entry into the club thanks to the hand Messi played, Gerardo Martino didn’t get off to the best starts to his Barca career in terms of PR exercises. But La Liga is no PR exercise.

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Therefore, fantasy owners should jump on players under his command, including Trent Richardson and Jordan Cameron. But on draft day, be wary of Richardson; he was banged up all of last season and struggled with a mere 3.6 yards per carry. He is the only running back who will be picked in Round 1 that posted a sub-4.0 average. That makes him a risk at his draft position, which is just after the middle of the first round on average thus far. This is a big year for Richardson, but not necessarily because he will be great. Owners will find out if he’s a broken-down disappointment like the Saints’ Mark Ingram, or a burgeoning fantasy star. He looked too much like the former through one year. Schedule analysis Stats via FFToday.com The Browns have the misfortune of having to face all of the AFC North’s rugged defenses; at least the other three teams get a break with the Browns’ defense twice a year.

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“We ask (FIFA) for a red card, because the yellow card has been raised now for a long time,” PFA chief Jibril al-Rujub told reporters in the West Bank city of Ramallah. “We are clinging to the red card to take away the Israeli occupation’s legitimacy and we will not accept any compromise,” Rujub said. Rujub said Israel had denied representatives of the West Asian Football Federation (WAFF), which includes 12 Arab national football associations, permits to enter the occupied Palestinian territories to play in the WAFF Under-17’s Championship, that was due to begin Thursday. Three managers of the Jordanian football union, two UAE representatives and 13 managers and players from Iraq were refused entry, he said. Rujub told AFP that WAFF was contacting FIFA and the European football federation UEFA, to which Israel also belongs, to “put pressure on Israel to issue the necessary permits” for the tournament to go ahead. Israel was due to supply permits for all the teams by August 10.

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