2013 Fantasy Football Preseason Risk/Reward Team

Ryan Lester@LestersLegendsSenior Writer IAugust 27, 2013

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 13:  Arian Foster #23 of the Houston Texans runs with the ball against Alfonzo Dennard #37 of the New England Patriots during the 2013 AFC Divisional Playoffs game at Gillette Stadium on January 13, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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There are a number of players who offer some serious upside if they can stay healthy. If everything goes well, these players will make your fantasy season. If not, you could get an early jump on fantasy baseball prep.


Michael Vick hasn’t played as many as 14 games in a season since 2006. He has never been a serious fantasy threat with his arm. His feet are an entirely different story.

That said, he only has two rushing touchdowns over the past two years. He should rack up the rushing yards, particularly in Chip Kelly’s offense. He’ll need to stay healthy and get in the end zone more frequently to be a true fantasy force.

Running Backs

Arian Foster has slid down draft boards due to concerns of his health and heavy usage over the past few years. He hasn’t got any work in during the preseason.

If your glass is half full, you are thankful that he will enter the season fresh. Foster has a nose for the end zone, racking up 47 touchdowns over the past three seasons. He’s also just 27 years old. The Texans have Super Bowl aspirations, but Foster is going to be a big part of their plan as they work to get into the second season.

Matt Forte is well-suited for Marc Trestman’s offense. There are two concerns that Forte brings to the table. He has dealt with numerous injuries over the past two years while seeing a dip in his touchdown totals. If he can stay healthy, he should put up some serious numbers, particularly in PPR leagues.

Wide Receivers

In 2010 and 2011 Hakeem Nicks averaged 1,122 yards and nine touchdowns. Last year injuries limited him to 692 yards and three touchdowns. 199 yards came in Week 2, which shows you what he did the rest of the way.

Mike Wallace has speed for days, but he’s on a team without much help to take the pressure off of him. He is also dealing with a young quarterback in Ryan Tannehill, who is entering his second season. He has scored at least eight touchdowns in each of the past three seasons. The ability is there. You just have to worry about the surrounding circumstances.

Tight End

Rob Gronkowski brings as much reward potential to the table as any player in the league. He also can’t seem to stay healthy, which gives him as much risk potential as well. When he's in there, he is a beast, catching 38 touchdown passes in three seasons. 


David Akers is coming off a dreadful season that saw him make just 69 percent of his kicks. His career mark sits at 81 percent. He’s 38, but he’ll be kicking in a dome for his home games.

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