Thursday, September 8, 2011

Ten in the morning: Fantasy football predictions

Ten fantasy football predictions to throw against the wall. Hopefully, half stick. Here we go:

1. Colts quarterback Peyton Manning won't play this season. So far, the team hasn't put Manning on injured reserve with the hope he might return in December if the Colts are in playoff contention. Don't bet on it.

2. Peyton Hillis of the Browns will be just fine, fantasy-wise. Forget about the Madden jinx.

3. Redskins running back Tim Hightower will be the player you don't want to own or start, but if you do own him, you will have no choice because he will produce solid fantasy numbers each week.

4. Dallas' Felix Jones will emerge as an elite fantasy running back.

5. Packers RB James Starks will eventually be the guy this season carrying the load. Sorry Ryan Grant owners.

6. Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez will have at least 65 receptions for about 800 yards and at least five touchdowns, making him top five at his position in point-per-reception leagues.

7. Chargers RB Mike Tolbert will be that player you wished you drafted in the middle rounds.

8. Panthers QB Cam Newton won't be worth your fantasy time. This season.

9. Broncos running back Willis McGahee will have fantasy value this season. Coach John Fox loves having two backs carry the load, so don't forget about the former Bill and Raven.

10. Players ready to take the next fantasy step: Giants WR Mario Manningham, Saints TE Jimmy Graham, Packers WR Jordy Nelson, Rams QB Sam Bradford and Cowboys WR Dez Bryant.

- Mark Podolski


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