The NFC promises to provide plenty of interesting storylines this season. The defending Super Bowl champs (the Giants) reside here. The current stars of HBO's
The storylines are everywhere, but what are the most pertinent questions facing each of these teams this season? Let's take a look.
Manning quieted a lot of critics with a strong run to the Super Bowl championship last season. But he still needs to prove to fantasy owners he can be a consistent performer. He has struggled in the second half of every season and that has fantasy owners concerned he may be more hype than production when they need him most. Manning is being ranked as a top-10 QB in many circles, but to finish there he needs to show the calm authority he displayed in the playoffs and Super Bowl last year is a sign of what he'll do for the entire 16-game schedule in 2008.
No. McNabb hasn't played an entire season since '03 and he has missed a combined 15 games the past three years. When healthy, he's an elite fantasy QB. But the problem is you know he won't make it through a full season, so if you draft him, you have to take a strong backup QB earlier than you otherwise might want to so you're covered when injury strikes McNabb. And injury will strike him again this season. Count on it.
Plenty of rookie RBs are getting a lot of hype this season, but Smith is flying way under the radar. The reports out of camp have been positive, but I keep having this nagging feeling that Smith is this year's
Good luck with that one, Aaron. Rodgers has not looked very good in the early stages of camp and the preseason and if he struggles out of the gate, the heat will be turned up considerably. The Packers have Super Bowl aspirations this season but they cannot afford mediocrity or worse at the QB position. Rodgers will struggle -- all first-time starting QBs do -- but the Packers cannot afford to have him struggle a lot. If he does, their season will be over.
He's ultra-talented, but as long as
You bet. Yes this is a rocky situation as the Falcons are rebuilding. But Turner can play. He torched the Colts in the second preseason game and brings power and solid speed to the position. The Falcons lavished Turner with a $34.5 million deal in the offseason and he'll reward his fantasy owners with Top 20 production this season.
So far, so good for Delhomme as he attempts to return from Tommy John surgery. He was off to a blistering start last season before getting hurt and he's always been a fantasy QB who flew way under the radar but delivered quality production. Even without
Bush failed to take a step forward in his second season in '07 but he still finished as a top 15 RB in most Pont-Per-Reception formats. So while he may be frustrating Saints fans, he's giving fantasy owners in those leagues plenty of production. The best part about Bush is he's a great value pick in PPR leagues right now as you can grab him at the end of the second round. I'm starting to have my doubts he'll live up to all of the potential bestowed upon him when he entered the league, but it's hard to ignore the fact he will catch 80-plus passes a season if he can stay healthy. And in fantasy leagues, it's all about production.
Nope. Graham isn't a big-time talent by any means but he showed last season he can give the Bucs quality production as both a runner and receiver.
The smart money says Leinart will open as the starter, and Warner will finish the season with the job. This may be Leinart's last chance to show the Cardinals he can be their QB. So far he's been a disappointment while Warner showed last season he still has the stuff to put up some major numbers. The Cardinals would be better off giving Warner the job, but they have made a huge financial commitment to Leinart and have to give him every opportunity to succeed. I, however, expect him to fail once again.
Very much so. We saw last season with
Who cares? Honestly, as bad as the Bears' QBs are, this group may be worse.
I'm a big Hasselbeck fan, but he'll have his work cut out for him this season. With