Just how big has Fantasy Football become?
The NFL (and NFL teams) are adapting to your statistical obsession. More stadiums will introduce Wi-Fi technology with the hopes of satisfying the need of fans who need to know as it happens. The Jacksonville Jaguars are even toying with the idea of showing the NFL’s Red Zone channel on their massive video boards continuously during games.
That’s a big picture way of looking at things. But you’ve still got to draft your team!
What’s your 2013 gameplan? Will you pick AP with the first overall selection? Where will Wes Welker, who goes from catching Tom Brady’s passes to Peyton Manning’s, end up? What about Danny Amendola, his replacement in New England?
Where will Russell Wilson get drafted and is he better than division rival Colin Kaepernick? And what about RGIII?
So many questions. So many experts ready to chime in on your draft experience. Here are a few of our favorites.
TV Analyst and Super Bowl winning Head Coach
Billick’s coaching tree has produced Falcons head coach Mike Smith, Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis and Jets head coach Rex Ryan. Will we add (Insert Your Fantasy Team Name Here) to the list?
You probably know his work with the Baltimore Ravens, where he won Super Bowl XXXV with one of the most dominant defenses of all-time. He also had one of the league’s most prolific offenses as an offensive coordinator with the Minnesota Vikings. In 1998, the team set a then-NFL record with 556 points.
Then there’s this 1977 Match Game appearance. Strictly for your entertainment!
New York Giants Offensive Coordinator
Let’s face it! Fantasy Football is all about offense, which means you want someone who understands the X’s and O’s of scoring at the helm. Gilbride has worked with Eli Manning, Drew Bledsoe and Mark Brunell, all of whom made the Pro Bowl under his watch.
Former New York Jets, Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots Quarterback
Lucas was a favorite of Bill Parcells and utilized for both his arms and his legs. Now as an analyst for SNY, the QB can break down the likes of RGIII, Russell Wilson and today’s dynamic, modern offenses.
Former Minnesota Vikings and Miami Dolphins Quarterback
The cover boy of Madden NFL 2002 threw for 3,937 yards and 33 TD’s in his first season as the Vikings starting QB. In 2004, Culpepper threw for 4,717 yards and a team-record 39 touchdowns. His 10 rushing TD’s by a quarterback in 2002 was the sixth-highest total in NFL history and his rushing average of 26.1 yards per game is fourth-best for the position. Needless to say, he was a fantasy player’s dream.
Former Buffalo Bills Running Back
Thomas played an instrumental role in the Buffalo Bills making it to the Super Bowl four straight times during the 1990’s. The five-time Pro Bowler was the league’s MVP in 1991 and led the NFL in yards from the line of scrimmage from 1989-1993. The Oklahoma State alum also ran for 1,000+ yards in eight consecutive seasons. For Bills fans looking to relive the glory days, Andre Reed is also available and would compliment TT nicely, just as they did under Marv Levy two decades ago.
Tiki and Ronde Barber
Former New York Giants Running Back / Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cornerback
Let’s just say that we love these Fantasy Draft videos involving the two of them. If you love ‘Game of Thrones,’ or have a Fantasy League with a specific theme, the options are endless when it comes to utilizing talent.
San Diego Chargers Fullback
McClain is an Alabama guy, so he’ll probably set your draft board up for the next 2-3 seasons with Nick Saban coached talent. The All-Pro fullback ran for 10 TD’s during the 2008 season as a member of the Baltimore Ravens. Though more importantly, he’ll help protect Philip Rivers, who threw for 4,000+ yards from 2008-2011.
Whoever drafts Philip Rivers will want to be awfully nice to Le’Ron.
Former New York Jets and Philadelphia Eagles Defensive End
If you want a slice of Bristol at your Draft Event, the former Jets/Eagles defensive stud has taken his talents to ESPN, where he’s a regular on football related programming. Once a two-time Pro Bowler and the NFL’s Defensive Rookie of the Year, Douglas ranks fourth behind Reggie White, Clyde Simmons and Trent Cole on the Eagles all-time sacks list.
And in 2013, NFL defenses are all about getting to the quarterback.
Former New York Jets General Manager
In Gotham, winning the back pages isn’t as important as winning games on the playing field, but they certainly make for great entertainment. You’ve seen Tannenbaum do his job on the HBO series ‘Hard Knocks’, dealing with holdouts on Revis Island and a head coach fueled by emotion. You’ve also seen him build a team that went to the Conference Championship Game in consecutive seasons, pulling off upsets on the road to do so.
Here’s your opportunity at first person insight into all that went on behind the scenes with Gang Green over the last six seasons. We’ll admit that we’re fascinated.
Former San Francisco 49ers Wide Receiver and NFL General Manager
If this really is the 49ers year, why not start it off the right way, by inviting the man who caught the most famous pass in league history to your Fantasy Event. Clark was a two-time Super Bowl champion as a player and later served as the team’s General Manager. Clark also had the responsibility of building the ‘new’ Cleveland Browns as GM from 1998-2002.
Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers Kicker
You can’t forget the kicking game in Fantasy Football. The right kicker can rack up quick points, either through field goals, or by PAT’s. Gramatica won a Super Bowl in Tampa Bay and became the first Argentine-American to play in ‘The Big Game.’ He was (and still is) a fan favorite thanks to his big leg and post-kick theatrics
Former San Francisco 49ers Head Coach
The NFL Gameday Morning analyst is one of the most respect and insightful minds in the game today. As a former head coach, Mariucci led the 49ers to the NFC Championship Game and compiled a 57-34 record in six seasons in the Bay Area.