2014 DRAFT GUIDE

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    Featured Article: Handcuff Dilemma

    By Jeff Paur
    RealTime Fantasy Sports

    Just a few years back, handcuffing became quite the hot item for fantasy teams. If you aren't familiar, handcuffing is where you grab hold of a position from a team. For example, you want the Vikings running back situation wrapped up, so you draft Adrian Peterson and Matt Asiata in your draft. Now you have the Vikings running back spot all sewn up. If Peterson gets hurt and Asiata starts to get the bulk of the carries, you don't have any worries since you drafted Peterson as well as Asiata. The main idea of this concept is to get insurance for your high-draft pick.

    With that said, is it worth getting a handcuff these days? For me, I was never huge on this idea to begin with and certainly don't feel great about it now. I have two big reasons for why I don't handcuff my top pick or picks at this point. The first reason is the backup is never a sure thing to produce as well or even near the level of the starter. Some might argue that you just want to have a starter in a good running game, so using a late-round pick on a backup is a no brainer. But there is no guarantee that this back is going to play anywhere near the level of the starter.

    Here are some of the top backups for the elite backs this season: Knile Davis (KAN), Chris Polk (PHI), Shaun Draughn (CHI), Matt Asiata (MIN), James Starks (GNB). Are you really thrilled with any of these backups? I'm sure they could do admirable in a starting role but expecting big things from them is probably a stretch. Using a waiver-wire grab on these guys if an injury occurs seems the better move than a draft pick.


    Featured Team: Buffalo Bills

    Overall
    Quarterbacks
    Running Backs
    Wide Receivers
    Tight Ends
    Defense
    Kickers
    Key Additions Corey Graham, CB; Brandon Spikes, LB; Mike Williams, WR.
    Key Losses Jairus Byrd, S; Arthur Moats, LB; Alex Carrington, DT; Stevie Johnson, WR.
    OUTLOOK
    The Bills should make some strides this season but still seem a little ways away from making a run at the playoffs. They'll probably be a few games under .500 but better than last season. It still isn't certain if E.J. Manuel is the franchise quarterback for the team. The progress of this team might hinge on the development of Manuel. The defense is getting better, though, which is a plus. They finally started turning the corner some last season, which is a must because of the division they play.

    2014 Average Draft Pos

    Last Update: 08/31/14

    1.69 Jamaal Charles, RB, KAN
    2.08 LeSean McCoy, RB, PHI
    3.26 Adrian Peterson, RB, MIN
    4.16 Matt Forte, RB, CHI
    5.54 Calvin Johnson, WR, DET
    5.76 Eddie Lacy, RB, GNB
    7.80 Jimmy Graham, TE, NOR
    9.00 Demaryius Thomas, WR, DEN
    11.33 Dez Bryant, WR, DAL
    11.72 Peyton Manning, QB, DEN
    Complete ADP Listing

    2014 PPR Average Draft Pos

    Last Update: 08/31/14

    1.69 Jamaal Charles, RB, KAN
    2.07 LeSean McCoy, RB, PHI
    3.26 Adrian Peterson, RB, MIN
    4.14 Matt Forte, RB, CHI
    5.53 Calvin Johnson, WR, DET
    5.77 Eddie Lacy, RB, GNB
    7.80 Jimmy Graham, TE, NOR
    9.00 Demaryius Thomas, WR, DEN
    11.31 Dez Bryant, WR, DAL
    11.80 Peyton Manning, QB, DEN
    Complete PPR ADP Listing

    Top Sleepers

    1. Bernard Pierce, RB, BAL
    2. DeAndre Hopkins, WR, HOU
    3. Rashad Jennings, RB, NYG
    4. Ladarius Green, TE, SDG
    5. Justin Hunter, WR, TEN
    6. Ryan Tannehill, QB, MIA
    7. Lamar Miller, RB, MIA
    8. Andrew Hawkins, WR, CLE
    9. Khiry Robinson, RB, NOR
    10. Carlos Hyde, RB, SFO

    Top Busts

    1. Marshawn Lynch, RB, SEA
    2. Cam Newton, QB, CAR
    3. Knowshon Moreno, RB, MIA
    4. Antonio Gates, TE, SDG
    5. Eric Decker, WR, NYJ
    6. Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, OAK
    7. DeSean Jackson, WR, WAS
    8. Frank Gore, RB, SFO
    9. Jason Witten, TE, DAL
    10. Reggie Wayne, WR, IND

    Top IDPs

    1. J.J. Watt, DE, HOU
    2. Robert Quinn, DE, STL
    3. Paul Posluszny, LB, JAC
    4. Vontaze Burfict, LB, CIN
    5. Luke Kuechly, LB, CAR
    6. Lavonte David, LB, TB
    7. Patrick Willis, LB, SF
    8. Bobby Wagner, LB, SEA
    9. Karlos Dansby, LB, CLE
    10. Chandler Jones, DE, NE
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