The Top Fantasy Football Prospect at Each Position Heading into 2013 Season
It’s amazing how fast time flies. It seems like only yesterday we were immersed in draft-day coverage.
The draft, however, was over a month ago and yet we still can’t stop talking about the new prospects entering the league. It’s always fun to speculate which rookie prospects will turn out to be the best investments for your fantasy squad.
So, listed in this slideshow will be the best prospect to target at each position for your fantasy draft. With OTA’s in full swing, it will only be a matter of time before fantasy draft season is upon us.
QB: EJ Manuel, Buffalo Bills
If you are looking at drafting a quarterback for the long term, Manuel is your man.
Manuel is a big-bodied quarterback who has the skills and strength to make it in this league. Manuel is great at absorbing contact, and for a guy who can run with the ball as well as throw the ball with authority, that's important. It’s only a matter of time before he takes the reins as the Bills’ starting quarterback.
Manuel may need some time to develop and may sit on the sidelines to begin the season. If you want a rookie quarterback with more promise for the upcoming season, then Geno Smith may be your cup of tea, as he has less competition to deal with to win the job.
RB: Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers
Bell likely has the best chance to succeed right away from the running back position.
Both Jonathan Dwyer and Isaac Redman have proven to be nothing special and that paves the way for Bell to come in an produce right off the bat in Pittsburgh.
Bell combines great size and speed, and with the Steelers losing Mike Wallace to free agency and Heath Miller still on the mend, expect the Steelers to rely more on the running game this year.
Some other running backs are equally enticing but they face some roadblocks. Eddie Lacy and Johnathan Franklin may split carries in Green Bay.
Montee Ball may also have to share carries, too, as he will compete with Ronnie Hillman. Not to mention, what do the Broncos do with Willis McGahee and Knowshon Moreno?
Then there is Giovani Bernard, who as of right now is still behind BenJarvus Green-Ellis on the running back depth chart in Cincinnati.
So, when you combine his skill set and his opportunity for immediate playing time, Bell should be the first running-back prospect taken off the board in fantasy drafts.
WR: Tavon Austin, St. Louis Rams
In a league where speed kills, the Rams might have a gem in Austin.
The Rams valued Austin so much that they traded up in the draft to make sure they acquired his services. Blessed with tremendous speed and play-making abilities, Austin should have an easy time transitioning to the NFL.
With Danny Amendola off to New England, Austin should step in and be Sam Bradford’s go-to receiver right away.
TE: Tyler Eifert, Cincinnati Bengals
Eifert is perhaps the most polished tight end entering the league this year. However, playing behind Jermaine Gresham may diminish his value a bit.
Make no mistake, though; it will be only a matter of time before Eifert makes his presence felt. With highly athletic and big-bodied tight ends all the rage these days, the Bengals could not resist passing up on Eifert in the first round even though they have Gresham on their roster.
Eifert will need some time to adjust, but by midseason, Eifert could break out and make an impact down the stretch.
K: Caleb Sturgis, Miami Dolphins
With the Dolphins selecting Sturgis in the fifth round, there is a good chance that he could win the kicking job with Miami.
Although the Dolphins still have Dan Carpenter around, he has struggled the last couple of years and Sturgis should still be the favorite to win the job.
With the Dolphins upgrading their offense plus playing their home games in warm weather, Sturgis might be a good sleeper to target late in drafts.
IDP: Arthur Brown, Baltimore Ravens
With the Ravens going with a youth movement on defense, Brown has a great chance to come in and make an immediate impact.
Brown is an active linebacker who can cover a lot of ground. He should be in line for a good amount of tackles while good for the occasional interception or sack.
Brown has some big shoes to fill, but he has the strength and athleticism to makes some plays right away.