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Each week NFL Network/NFL.com Fantasy Football Editor Michael Fabiano joins Pros2Preps.com’s Brad Cesmat to share his insight on building your fantasy team for success.
Here are some hilights from our most recent conversation with the Fantasy Sports Writer’s Association Hall of Famer as the pre-season wraps up and fantasy drafts ramp up around the country.
Are you buying into Robert Griffin III?: “You know what, it’s a relative value situation and I’ll give you an example. I was in a draft a couple nights ago and he fell to me in round six and I said, you know, I’m going to roll the dice on RGIII. Remember that last year, before he was injured, he was on pace to the fourth or fifth-best player in fantasy football overall. He still finished in the top eight. He was fantastic. Do I think they will have less designed runs for him because of the knee? That’s quite possible but he’s extremely accurate. He doesn’t throw a lot of interceptions and he’s an intelligent quarterback. In the sixth round…I’d roll the dice there.”
How much does Jonathan Cooper’s hurt Carson Palmer’s fantasy value in Arizona? “That’s a huge injury and a big part of why the Cardinals felt better about their offensive line and now he’s going to be out. So, Carson Palmer, to me…you’re not going to get any rushing yards from him. That’s for sure but it’s more about the talent around him: Larry Fitzgerald, Andre [Roberts], Michael Floyd…there’s talent there. He has more talent in Arizona, from an offensive perspective than he did in Oakland last season. But losing Cooper hurts. Palmer is not the number one fantasy quarterback you want to draft for your team. He is a number two and he is a matchup-based starter.”
Which of these “sleepers” do you like the most: Ryan Broyles, Jordan Cameron or Cordarrelle Patterson? “Jordan Cameron gets me excited because Norv Turner is the offensive coordinator in Cleveland, Rob Chudzinski is the head coach. “Chud” was the offensive coordinator in Carolina last year. Greg Olson breakout year. Greg Olson plays tight end. He likes to utilize the tight ends in his offense and Jordan Cameron has a lot of upside. He’s got good hands. We’ve seen flashes in the pre-season. He had a couple touchdowns in one game earlier and the fact of the matter is the tight end position has a lot of question marks and Jordan Cameron could end up being a low-end one this year.”
Where do you see Calvin Johnson coming off the board in most drafts?: “Megatron is going to late first-round, no later than the second round. Again, running backs in the first round. Don’t worry about not getting Calvin Johnson in round one, there are a lot of good receivers out there and I would argue Dez Bryant could be the number one wide receiver in this season. Calvin’s been great. Two years in a row he’s been the top wide receiver. At some point he’s going to fall off the top of the mountain. Maybe he’ll be the second or third or fourth best wide receiver but there are a lot of young, talented wide receivers out there.”
To hear the entire interview click here.