2. Jamaal Charles Versus LeSean McCoy?
As in years past when it was LaDainian Tomlinson and Shaun Alexander battling for the top spot, Jamaal Charles and LeSean McCoy are the clear-cut best players who can lead your team to the Promised Land.
Last season, McCoy led the league with 1,607 rushing yards, 314 carries, and 366 touches. He was a workhorse in Chip Kelly’s up-tempo offense while scoring 11 total touchdowns, which paid dividends for fantasy owners.
On the other side of the NFL, however, Jamaal Charles led the NFL in total touchdowns with 19, despite having just 259 carries and 329 touches. Current Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid was at the helm in Philadelphia when McCoy scored his career-high 20 touchdowns in 2011, which may bode well for Charles.
The Chiefs do not have the weapons the Eagles do. Despite the loss of DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin will be returning after tearing his ACL and Riley Cooper can also provide offense. Soon-to-be 30-year-old Kansas City wide receiver Dwayne Bowe will be unable to get the job done, and when Alex Smith isn’t passing the ball, the large majority of the offense will be going to Charles, who has proven he can flourish like that.
While both are fantastic options and can help you take home the virtual fantasy trophy at the end of the season, Jamaal Charles almost guarantees it for you.
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1. Who Will Make a Deal?
Making any sort of trade can be stressful. The players received in return may not pan out, while the ones given away may instantly begin hot streaks of their own. It is risky, no doubt about it, but it can also prove to be the difference maker between the haves and the have nots.
Dealing from a position of depth is one way to tremendously improve your team. Let’s say, for example, you are stacked at the wide receiver position with Calvin Johnson, A.J. Green, and Demaryius Thomas but lack production at the running back position. Trading one of the aforementioned wideouts to receive a top halfback improves the balance of your team, which is imperative to fantasy football success.
Another strategy to add to your repertoire is the 2-for-1 deal. In another hypothetical situation, you have already drafted well and won the waiver wire but still struggle to receive quality numbers from the quarterback position. In this case, it would be wise to offer an opponent players such as Reggie Bush and Roddy White in exchange for a stud like Drew Brees or Aaron Rodgers.
Striking smart deals will not only turn out to be beneficial, but it also gives you the opportunity to act as an NFL General Manager — a position that millions of fans around the country can only dream of holding.
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Remember December 12, 2013? Philip Rivers threw for more than 160 yards and two touchdowns, leading the Chargers past the Broncos and sending Peyton Manning and Co. to just their third loss of the season.
More significantly, however, it was the last Thursday Night Football we watched.
Until this week, that is. Yes, I know it may be hard to believe but the NFL is finally back, kicking off with the Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks tomorrow night.
Although for us — avid watchers of the most popular sport in the United States of America — it is a time to renew rivalries, get revenge from last season, and finally take bragging rights.
It is time for Fantasy Football.
Here are the five keys to help you strike gold and win your fantasy league.
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