5 Burning Fantasy Football Questions That Must Be Answered in Training Camp

Gordie Gold@ggold3Correspondent IJuly 19, 2012

5 Burning Fantasy Football Questions That Must Be Answered in Training Camp

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    We are in the month of July, but it is never too early to starting preparing for your fantasy football team.

    It is during these offseason months that fantasy football champions are born. You do not want to show up to your own league's draft without knowing who your studs, duds and sleepers are.

    Throughout training camp, here are five questions that every fantasy football owner should look to find the answers to if they want to have success in their league.

Will Tim Tebow Win the Quarterback Competition Against Mark Sanchez?

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    Tebow-mania has taken over the city of New York, but it has not officially yet taken over the starting quarterback position.

    Throughout training camp, all eyes are going to be on the New York Jets quarterback competition between Tim Tebow and Mark Sanchez.

    For fantasy owners, this is huge. Regardless of who wins the competition, none of the Jets wide receivers are worth drafting because neither of these quarterbacks can throw very well.

    If Sanchez wins, then he has very little fantasy value and you should not waste a draft pick on him.

    Tebow on the other hand, is a solid No. 2 fantasy quarterback. Sure he cannot throw the ball, but he is one hell of a runner.

    Being a quarterback that can run for at least 50 yards every week and get a significant amount of the goal line carries makes Tebow a dangerous fantasy football player.

Who Is the New England Patriots Starting Running Back?

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    For the past two seasons, the New England Patriots backfield has been led by BenJarvus Green-Ellis. With Green-Ellis gone now, every fantasy owner will want to know who is going to take over the starting running back spot for the Patriots.

    Right now, it appears that Stevan Ridley is slated to be the starter, but that could change during training camp. Ridley will be competing against Danny Woodhead, Joseph Addai and Shane Vereen.

    Green-Ellis scored 24 touchdowns in two seasons, so whoever wins the competition will become a solid No. 3 fantasy running back.

Who Is the San Diego Chargers No. 1 Wide Receiver Target for Philip Rivers?

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    Whoever wins this training camp battle is poised to become a fantasy football stud.

    The San Diego Chargers is Philip Rivers' team. Their offense is revolved around Rivers, not running back Ryan Mathews.

    Many people think Mathews is going to break out this year, but I just do not see it. In his first two seasons, the only thing he's done consistently is either get injured or be unproductive. 

    The Chargers know they can rely on Rivers and his arm. With Vincent Jackson gone, Rivers is going to have to find a new No. 1 receiver to target.

    The competition will be between Malcom Floyd and Robert Meachem. Floyd has the early advantage because he has played with Rivers for a couple seasons now while Meachem was signed this offseason.

    All fantasy owners should watch this battle closely because you should be able to steal one of these receivers in the middle rounds of your fantasy draft.

Will Peyton Hillis Split Carries with Jamaal Charles?

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    Last year was not a good year for fantasy football owners that had Peyton Hillis or Jamaal Charles on their team.

    Hillis was one of the biggest busts and Charles had a season ending injury in Week 2.

    In 2012, things should be much different for both of these running backs. Charles should bounce back from his injury and have a productive season, but everyone wants to know if the Kansas City Chiefs will have a split backfield.

    Two seasons ago, the Chiefs had Thomas Jones and Charles in their backfield. Although Charles led the NFL in rushing yards that year, it was Jones who got the majority of the carries.

    If the Chiefs use the same system as they did two seasons ago, then Hillis should make a great fantasy comeback and be a great No. 2 fantasy back.

Is Peyton Manning Healthy?

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    This is the question that every fantasy football fan has been dying to know.

    Last year, nobody knew if Manning was going to play at all. Many fantasy owners made the mistake of using a draft pick on him, assuming that he would play part of the season.

    Heading into this year, we still have not heard that Manning is back to full health. If he shows that he is healthy during training camp, then there is no reason why Manning is not a top five fantasy quarterback.

    For years, Manning has been arguably the best fantasy quarterback. After one season of dealing with an injury, there is no way any fantasy owner should write Manning off. His football IQ is off the charts and no injury can take that away from him.