ICYMI: Stripe Hype NFL Fantasy Football Preview

3 of 3

Jan 13, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) throws against the Atlanta Falcons during the second quarter of the NFC divisional playoff game at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

4. Trust the youth movement

Last year we saw a ton of talent influx at the QB and RB position. At the end of the 2012 fantasy season there were 3 rookie QB’s in the top 10 and 3 rookie RB’s in the top 10 at their positions and none of them should be discarded as one and done players. Sure, it will be easy for skeptics to say that it’s likely Russell Wilson drops out of the top 10 QB discussion and the same can probably be said about Alfred Morris considering he was only a 6th round pick for the Redskins and he almost ended up in the top 5 fantasy RB discussion from last season. In fact, the youth movement in the NFL and in fantasy should be recognized in your drafts this year  and as I continue my preview next week ranking and talking about the top tier RB’s to watch out for next season, there will be even more discussions about possible sleeper picks this season that could win you your league’s fantasy draft later this fall.

May 10, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals first round draft pick tight end Tyler Eifert (85) catches a pass during the Bengals rookie minicamp at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

5. What about the Bengals?

I know the past two seasons have not ended the way anybody wanted them too. The good news is going forward we seem to be the team to beat on paper in the AFC North and because of that the fantasy values of A.J. Green, Andy Dalton and possibly even the two rookies, TE Tyler Eifert and RB Giovanni Bernard, are going to be huge topics of discussion going into the 2013 season. Bernard has all the makings of a Doug Martin 2.0 and Eifert has been said to have been one of the best athletes drafted in the 1st round in 2013. All of the above along with having one of the best defenses in the AFC sets up the Cincinnati Bengals to be one of the better fantasy teams in the NFL this season.

This has only been the beginning of what will be a long Summer and a great way for everybody to get prepared for their fantasy drafts coming up this fall. There will be plenty to talk about until then, without a doubt. Make sure and leave comments and questions on this page and I will get to them as soon as I can. My hiatus from Stripe Hype has been too long and I can’t wait to deliver the best fantasy football analysis and speculation you can find on the internet. Stay tuned, there may even be a podcast in the near future.

Want more Bengals news? Like Stripe Hype on Facebook, or grab our RSS feed.

Follow John Ashbrook ‏@Ashbrook423