If you are any kind of NFL fanatic, you are probably locked in to a Fantasy Football League somewhere, whether it be with a group of friends or on a few online sites that offer you free league status this time of year.
For the past couple of weeks, I've been meddling through some of the tabloids I subscribe to and other sites along the way and have come up with a list of top prospects that I'll carry with me when draft day rolls around.
I'll take a position by position look at who I think will help springboard you to the top of your league and before I'm done, maybe even offer you who I would pick 1 or 2 if I'm lucky to draft that high.
So here goes:
QUARTERBACKS: Everyone will probably have their eyes on Drew Brees.
He's actually the QB I bought in my auction league last year and carried me through the regular season. By not playing much in the Saints final two games, however, he was one of the horses who cost me a real shot at the title. So this year, I have my eyes set on AARON RODGERS of Green Bay. He has just leaped to the top of the heap, has a good group of receivers and believe it or not has nine rushing TDs.
There is no doubt about it he has the green light to go long every time he takes a snap. There are those who will still pick Brees or Peyton Manning, but I like Rodgers. And if you like to get adventurous, try my sleeper pick: Joe Flacco of the Baltimore Ravens.
He got off to a good start then fizzled last year. He'll have Anquan Boldin to throw to now though.
RUNNING BACKS: The question here is Minnesota's Adrian Peterson or Tennessee's Chris Johnson. I like Johnson. His 2,000-yard season last year is enough to convince me. Peterson is good if Johnson is gone and then I like Jacksonville's Maurice Jones-Drew, Baltimore's Ray Rice and San Diego's Ryan Mathews in that order. The Sleeper: Knowshon Moreno of Denver. Don't look at his numbers in the pre-season since he's nursing a hamstring injury. But if he's healthy, look out.
WIDE RECEIVERS: No doubt about it Andre Johnson of the Houston Texans should be the first one to go. His league leading 1,569 yards last season is enough to catch my eye. New England's Randy Moss, Miles Austin of Dallas, Indianapolis' Reggie Wayne and Atlanta's Roddy White follow in that order. With Boldin gone to Baltimore, Larry Fitzgerald's numbers could rise. The Sleeper: Steve Smith of the New York Giants. Homer pick here being a Giants fan, he's their No. 1 receiver and always seems to get open when Eli Manning needs to find him.
TIGHT END: Everyone will probably jump on Dallas Clark of Indianapolis here, but I like Antonio Gates of San Diego better.
Gates has been consistent over the past six seasons, so why not one more. If they are gone, give Jermichael Finley of Green Bay or Vernon Davis of San Francisco a try. The Sleeper: Zach Miller of Oakland. The Raiders are stable at QB now so give him a try.
KICKER: Always wait to pick your kicker later since there are usually good ones to pick from. I always seem to lead towards Nate Kaeding of San Diego and will do it again. The high-scoring Chargers get him on the field a lot for plenty of point chances. If he isn't around, there is Steve Gostkowski of New England and Garrett Hartley of New Orleans, kickers on two teams who will score a lot. The Sleeper: Neil Rackers of Houston. Texans high powered offense will give him plenty of opportunities.
DEFENSE: I like Green Bay and Philadelphia about equal. The Packers have one of the top defenses that causes turnovers and they are usually good for a touchdown or two. The Eagles look to put it all together and the "Sack Machine" will be back. The Sleeper: A Homer pick again. The Giants. Anything will be better than last year.
So with all said and done, who are my top two picks? Chris Johnson and Adrian Peterson. Surprise, surprise... If you pick 1 or 2, better get one or the other. Because when you come around again, running backs could be slim.