Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODA
You have read me crowing about guys like Vincent Brown. You should make sure I carried through on them, too.
You might have hated my sleeper, bust and breakout picks, but you should rest assured I follow my own advice. Here are some of them that wound up my fantasy teams:
RB Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints
I am not starting him in Week 1, but I cannot seem to let go of this talent. The Saints said they need to establish a running game, and we will see if that was mere lip service in a pivotal division game against the Falcons that can put the Saints' 2012 disaster behind them.
TE Brandon Pettigrew, Detroit Lions
I didn't pick my tight ends as much as have my league pick them for me. And I only drafted one. Pettigrew was often on the board late for me, and I wound up with him on a number of teams. Two of Pettigrew's best games came against the Vikings last year (seven catches for 67 yards and three catches for 31 yards and a touchdown. I am confident in him as a starter in Week 1.
RB DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys
He was an injury-risk steal in my drafts, and he rushed for 131 yards against the Giants in the season opener last year. Expect another solid start to this season for him.
RB David Wilson, New York Giants
A good pick became a great one when Andre Brown broke his leg in Thursday's preseason finale. Wilson became a fantasy monster for the first four-to-six weeks.
RB Ryan Mathews, San Diego Chargers
I hate his Week 1 matchup (next slide), but I was expecting to sit him until he proved healthy and lineup-worthy anyway.
RB Montee Ball, Denver Broncos
He is not starting, according to the Broncos depth chart, but I will be playing him in fantasy over Ronnie Hillman in all my leagues. I wound up with both on many of my teams.
WR Vincent Brown, San Diego Chargers
He is another one with an unfavorable matchup to start, but he was also drafted late and doesn't have to have his breakthrough weeks right away.
WR Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants
I fully expect him to have his best year heading into potential free agency. His season is going to cost the Giants a lot of money.
WR Greg Little, Cleveland Browns
If I need him, I am going to start him in the early going with Josh Gordon on suspension.
TE Coby Fleener, Indianapolis Colts
Because I only draft one tight end and don't want a second one sucking up a spot on my rosters, I am starting him despite his injury-plagued preseason.
RB Kendall Hunter, San Francisco 49ers
Fank Gore is not banged up yet and the Packers have a solid run defense. He's a pick with a long-term view this season.
WR Aaron Dobson, New England Patriots
I picked him in a keeper league and real late in my seasonal formats. I am going to let him earn his stripes behind Kenbrell Thompkins, but my gut tells me they are going to wind up being close in fantasy production by season's end.
QB Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
His Week 1 performance against the Saints promises to make him the No. 1 scorer in all of fantasy.
WR Torrey Smith, Baltimore Ravens
I was going to be shaky on starting him against the Broncos defense in Week 1 if I liked my backups, but Champ Bailey's potential absence makes Smith a must-start option for me.
WR DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles
Love him since Jeremy Maclin (knee) is out this season. He's an every-week starter for me until he proves otherwise.