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2014 Fantasy Boom or Bust

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As we get closer to September, we start to get a little happier, we start to watch a little more NFL Network, and ESPN Fantasy is now firmly placed in your TV time slot. Lack of preparation now, is what kills fantasy owners on draft day. Are you going to let the same thing happen to you?

Of course not. That’s why you’re reading this. So what I have compiled is a list of ‘stay away’ or ‘draft aways’. Lets not make the same mistakes twice. I truly believe if its risky, let someone else take the risk (until it’s not a risk at all).

Ray Rice: After a winter of living dangerously in Atlantic City on top of what most would say was a “sub par” performance in 2013, Rice is totally off my board until the 8th round. I just don’t see him bouncing back, and if he does, I’ll be the first to admit I was wrong.  Side note: for some reason the Ravens forgot how to run block last season, so I would hold off on Bernard Pierce until they prove they are able to move people off the ball.

Arian Foster: Foster is being thrown back out there with full confidence from the coaching staff. After showing flashes of the monster he can be, injuries once again derailed what looked to be a stellar campaign in 2013.  I’m not 1st-round high on him, but if he’s there in the 2nd … he’s mine.

Ryan Mathews: Mathews had a nice little bounce-back season. Although the Chargers forgot he was on the roster until later than I would like, he is worth a run for a No. 3, or flex option. Low 7th round, or high 8 should be a good spot for Mathews, who is low risk for high reward.

Le’Veon Bell: Pittsburgh landed a big fish when they drafted Bell last year. Slowed early by an ankle, Bell came out making Tomlin look like a genius, so don’t expect him to be held back. Dri Archer was drafted this year as a change-of-pace complement to Bell, and if the Steelers were smart, they would work on a thunder-and-lightning scenario. This tandem has the ability to be a LenDale White/Chris Johnson type duo. Bell will be drafted late in the first round.

Ben Tate: You would think Tate would be the happiest guy in the league after finally escaping Foster’s shadow, but he seems more like a malcontent in Cleveland, instead of a guy with something to prove. Personally, I like Tate, but I don’t like him taking pot shots at the guy the Browns invested heavily in.  As long as there are no on-field repercussions, Tate should be solid No. 2 or low No. 1.

Maurice Jones-Drew: I have no idea what to expect out of Jones-Drew, and to be honest with you, anyone who says they know at this point is full of bull. Injuries and a loss of a step might put him out to a backup role in Oaktown. There are just too many variables in that whole Raider situation to know anything until preseason games start.

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