Fantasy Football Week 17: 3 Players to Draft in 2013
By Alex Hall (@AlexKHall)
For almost all fantasy football players, the 2012 season has come and gone but that doesn’t mean it’s too early to look towards next season. With several breakout performances around the NFL this season, here are three players to set your sights on come draft day next year.
QB Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins
Griffin III has been everything the Redskins could have been hoping for when they took him with the No. 2 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft and then some. In his first season in the league, RGIII has 3,100 yards on the season, completing two-thirds of his passes and one of the favorites for Rookie of The Year.
In fantasy, that last accomplishment doesn’t score any points but it does show just how crazy a season the ‘Skins QB has had. The issue for many managers heading into the 2012 season was that there were few elite quarterbacks worthy of early-round draft picks.
Now, RGIII has joined those ranks and deserves to be drafted within the first three or four rounds of every fantasy draft next season.
RB C.J. Spiller, Buffalo Bills
Spiller has been in the league a tad longer than Griffin has but that doesn’t make his 2012 campaign any less impressive.
Despite being a part of a team with little to offer in the passing game and Fred Jackson to take away carrier, Spiller has been outstanding for the Bills. The Clemson product has recorded five games with more than 100 yards rushing and over 1,100 on the season. The six touchdowns are a little less overwhelming an output for Spiller but that goes back to the whole sharing carries and being on a bad team thing.
Due to likely being a Bill again next season and the unlikelihood of the team improving significantly, Spiller won’t cost as much as he should come draft day. Spiller is becoming a special talent at his position and regardless of being on the Bills; he’ll be one of the best RB2’s next year.
WR Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys
Bryant has always been a big name on draft days since coming into the NFL but it’s always been due to potential than production. Come 2013, his hype will be due to production and the possible chances of besting his 2012 output.
10 of his 12 touchdowns this year have come in the last seven games. Those stats are also accompanied by two 100-plus yard games and one 200-plus yard contest. Those are about as Calvin Johnson-like numbers as you can get without actually owning Megatron.
The Cowboys realize how huge a member of the offense Bryant has become and will do everything to help him improve upon his 2012 numbers come this year.