OMG: A Twitter-Friendly Ode to the 2013 Fantasy Season
ROFL BFF TTYL BTW TMI
At the turn of the century, this would have been complete gibberish. However, today many would recognize this seemingly unintelligible combination of letters to mean, "Rolling on the floor laughing, best friend forever. Talk to you later. By the way, too much information." Technology changes language, and more than ever, humans now have the need to cram as much information they can into the smallest spaces possible. In this era of text messaging and Twitter, every letter becomes important, and as a result, the modern acronym was born.
Now we have acronyms for humor (LOL), religion (OMG), and love (XOXO), but where are our fantasy football acronyms? I'm not talking about QB, TD, or FG. These standard abbreviations have been around since players wore leather helmets. I'm talking about modern time-saving mechanisms that will help us send and receive fantasy football information in the most efficient and productive manner possible. Because, really, isn't that what numberFire.com is all about? So without further ado, I present to you a collection of the hottest, trendiest, most #hashtag-worthy fantasy football acronyms of 2013.
Why isn't Monte Ball in the game?
This acronym should be used only when Ball is in your starting lineup but on the Broncos' sideline, a situation that might occur quite often early in 2013. Ball is our 26th-ranked back, a good third running back in a standard 12-team league. JTLYK (just to let you know), his ability to run the ball is not an issue--he averaged over 4.6 yards on 6 attempts against the Seahawks' first-team defense on Saturday. Ball, however, was a sieve in pass protection, putting Peyton Manning in harm's way on multiple occasions. Just as the U.S. government doesn't protect Fort Knox with mall cops, the Broncos cannot protect their most important asset (Manning) with someone who can't get the job done. Ronnie Hillman was unimpressive in his own way on Saturday, fumbling twice (once on his way into the end zone), and that can only help Ball get on the field, but look for head coach John Fox to make protecting Manning his priority número uno. Look to see how Ball handles pass rushers this Saturday against the Rams; his early season fantasy value could be riding on it.
Touchdown Steven Ridley!
TBH (to be honest), I hope Ridley has worked on his touchdown celebrations during the offseason, because this guy will visit the end zone a lot this season. Ridley went for 12 rushing touchdowns last year, and we project that he'll be third amongst running backs in 2013 with approximately 11 scoring plays this season. Lost in all of the Tom Brady accolades is the fact that New England led the NFL in rushing touchdowns in 2012 with 25, and they finished tied for third in 2011 with 18. Ridley's ADP of 14 coincides with how highly we think of him at numberFire.com--we have him ranked 15th overall. Look at him as an early second-round pick who will score points for the Patriots and whoever drafts him.
There's so much upside at tight end.
I can't remember a year with more viable fantasy talent at tight end than 2013. We all know that Jimmy Graham is the prize of the group, and a healthy Rob Gronkowski is right there with him. In most seasons the list of tight ends after the first few is far more parody than parity. This year, however, the tight end river runs deep. The projected difference between Owen Daniels, our sixth-ranked tight end, and Brent Celek is only approximately 35 total fantasy points, or slightly over two points per game. In addition, currently outside out top 20 are the likes of Zach Sudfeld, Jordan Cameron, Julius Thomas, and other rising fantasy contributors.
WDYMBT (what do you mean by that)? I suggest forgoing the early Graham pick and waiting on a tight end until very late in your draft. Depending on your league's transaction rules, think about streaming at the position. This throws out the idea of using one tight end all season. Rather, you'll be using the best available tight end each week. Don't forget to get help at NumberFire.com; our weekly fantasy projections will help you make an informed choice on who to get in your lineup each week.
What can Brown do for you?
The Brown I speak of is of the Antonio variety. Antonio Brown moves to the number one receiver spot in Pittsburgh after the loss of Mike Wallace. Remember, Brown went for 787 yards and 5 touchdowns in only 13 games last year, and this was with Wallace playing the role of primary receiver. We project Brown to finish 2013 with approximately 1,000 yards and 6 touchdowns. These numbers are far from gaudy, but I'm not telling you to take him in round one. Currently, question marks like Jordy Nelson, Hakeem Nicks, and DeSean Jackson are all going ahead of Brown. Why ask questions when you don't have to? Look to get Brown in round 5; he's the type of performer who could help you LOL on your way to a league championship.