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This is one of my favorite categories because its much like fantasy football; you just never really know how a player will perform.  Remember what the term comeback means.  More often than not a QB will take the Comeback Player of the Year Award mostly because of they can exceed expectations from a previous year.  Such as Phillip Rivers; he had a very bad season in 2012 mostly due to a bad team effort.  But in 2013 the talent got better around him and he was able to better his play.  Its is much harder for a RB to win the award because more often than not they need to comeback from a terrible injury or explode with a new team.  Its much of the same with WR as well; they need to produce outrageous stats to be considered for this award.

With that in mind; I feel there are a lot of players who could be in the running for the 2014 Comeback Player of the Year.  Some of my possibilities are QB; but there are a bunch of other positions that very well could win it as well.  There were a lot of injuries in 2013; and during free agency this year we saw a lot of players go to new teams.  So it should be very interesting to see who emerges out of the pack to win this award.  Below are my top selections in no particular order.

Robert Griffin III Redskins – Obvious first choice going into the season.  The Redskins have surrounded him with talented players and an upgraded offensive line.  One of the big stories was the Skins picking up DeSean Jackson in free agency which adds a lot of speed to the offense.  Pierre Garcon is healthy and Alfred Morris will be a big part of the pass game now as well.  RGIII should be healthy and ready to go when the season starts and I think the bar will be set pretty high for him in 2014.

Percy Harvin Seahawks – Harvin is another top candidate because after his showing in the Super Bowl; we all got to see his potential when he is healthy.  Now with Golden Tate gone there should be a lot of action in store for Harvin.  Now that is taking into account that he will stay healthy for a full season; we all know he has had some issues with that.  He has all the tools he needs to have a killer 2014 season; lets see if he uses all of them.

Julio Jones Falcons – Julio Jones is amazing anyway and he was on track to have a career year in 2013 until he got a foot injury that sidelined him for the rest of the season.  Jones is going to be healthy by the time the season starts and the Falcons brought in Hester from the Bears to hopefully take some of the pressure off Jones.  Roddy White will be playing the opposite side so there is no reason why Julio should not just explode.  

Rob Gronkowski Patriots – Two years ago it was impossible to stop Gronk, now for the last season he has had injury after injury that has slowed his progress.  No TE has ever won the Comeback Award; but if there is a TE to do it; it would be Gronk.  Tom Brady is still delivering the passes; so as long as Gronk can stay on the field he actually has a chance to get this award.

Aaron Rodgers Packers – He is a former league MVP so we all know his capabilities; now he is healthy he should return to form.  He still has weapons around him like Cobb and Nelson, and now the Packers have a strong run game with Lacy so it makes sense that Rodgers should be able to pass often and make a good run to winning this award.

Michael Crabtree 49ers – After being sidelined for most of the 2013 season with an injury; Crabtree came back with a vengeance and was a big impact on the 49ers.  Now being healthy and with other WR options for Kap; it should free up Crabtree to show his full potential.  He wont be putting up Julio Jones numbers; but he still can show how much he has recovered from a serious injury.

There are some others that might have a chance at this award too like Larry Fitzgerald, Randall Cobb, Eli Manning, Michael Vick, and Jake Locker; but they have some stiff competition to get there.  I know I didnt put any defensive players on here and thats because there have only been 3 defensive players to ever win this award and I dont see it happening in 2014.  I may be wrong though; you never know.

 

Basically what happens every year is that some players will do very well and some players end up being busts.  This post is me predicting players who will have surprising seasons and also players who are expected to do well but will tank.  Whenever I draft my fantasy team I am always thinking; “Is this player for real?”  Last year I drafted a rookie named Doug Martin and I just had my fingers crossed that he would do well.  Low and behold; Martin tore it up and now he is a top 5 pick the very next year.  But on the flip side; a few seasons ago I drafted a guy named DeMarco Murray because almost every single website said “Murray is a huge sleeper!!!”  Murray totally tanked on me and spent more time watching the game then playing it. 

Now that I have taken the last few months and had time to analyze every player and all their opponents I am able to do my predictions on who I think will actually do well and who I think will bomb.  I am going to go through each team randomly and do my predictions.  I know that some of these may not make much sense; but based on my years of football knowledge and all the studying of past season, draft picks, schedules, and new coaches I think I have a firm grasp on most of these players.

Arizona Cardinals – Larry Fitzgerald is going to have a great year this year now that he has a somewhat decent QB throwing him the ball.  Palmer is not the best QB in the NFL but he threw for 4,000 yards with the Raiders and none of those receivers compare to Fitz.  The Cardinals also have a better run game now which will take some pressure off the passing game.  Look for Fitz to have 1,200 receiving yards and 9 touchdowns.

San Francisco 49ers – This may be obvious but based on everything that happened in the offseason I really think that Kaepernick is going to have a breakout year.  Since the season ended Kap has been a training machine and it would not surprise me if he throws for 4,000 yards, 30 touchdowns, and rushes for 800 yards,  The 49ers have a stellar running game which takes a lot of pressure off the passing game; not to mention the 49ers also have a great offensive line to make all this happen.

Seattle Seahawks – Most people would have put Percy Harvin for Seattle, but with his being injured now I really think that the Seattle defense is going to be a nightmare.  Seattle picked up a lot of key players in the offseason, such as; Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett to help beef it up.  I think the Seattle defense could rack up 7 touchdowns, 40 sacks, and 25 interceptions.  I feel bad for any team that has to go against this defense.

St. Louis Rams – There is not a lot of people that I could put on this list, but honestly I think Sam Bradford could have a surprising season.  The Rams added a lot of new faces to the offense that could really help Bradford.  The addition of Tavon Austin, Jared Cook, and Jake Long will really help Bradford get the Rams back on track.  I really think that Bradford could get 3,800 passing yards, 25 touchdowns, and over 350 completions.

Atlanta Falcons – Even with all the talent on this team I am really looking forward to seeing Steven Jackson in the back field.  Michael Turner was the RB for Atlanta last year and he was slow and getting up there in age, but he still got in the endzone 10 times.  Jackson is much quicker, more powerful, and better hands.  I predict Jackson getting 1,300 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns.

New Orleans Saints – The Saints are another team with a lot of talent but the player that could have a great year would be Darren Sproles.  I am not putting Brees in here because he always does good and everyone expects that.  Sproles had some injury issues, but now that he is healthy he adds an element to the Saints that makes them very hard to beat.  Sproles is more of a pass catching RB than a runner but I could still see him getting 500 rushing yards, 3 rushing touchdowns, 85 receptions, 750 receiving yards, and 8 receiving touchdowns.  When you put that into fantasy numbers it equals out to be awesome.

Carolina Panthers – I am going the other way on this one.  People are expecting a better Panther offense this year, but I am not.  They are trying to restrict how much Newton runs which is going to take away from the offense.  Jonathan Stewart in on the PUP list, DeAngelo is not playing his best football, and Steve Smith is still playing great but he is getting up there in football years.  I am not really predicting anything great out of Carolina.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers – There is a lot of buzz around Doug Martin right now, because of what a good 2012 year he had and can he duplicate that in 2013.  My humble opinion is that Martin will still do well, but it would be hard to re-produce what he did last year.  If anything I think his numbers will drop a little from last year.  I could see him getting 1,200 yards and 9 touchdowns on the ground.  Martin is also used as a receiver and that is where I think he will do very well.  He could get 60 receptions for 500 yards.

Chicago Bears – This one is all based on his health.  When Matt Forte is healthy he is a beast and a half, but that’s only when he is on the field.  Lets just say that Forte will be healthy for the whole 2013 season.  If that be the case then I can safely say tha he could rush for 1,400 yards and 7 rushing touchdowns.  But, lets not forget that he is a great safety valve for Cutler.  He could also pull in 65 receptions for 600 yards.  That means I am predicting Forte (healthy) to have 2,000 all-purpose yards.  It could happen.

Minnesota Vikings – We all know that Peterson will tear it up…duh.  I do have another player on the Vikings that people are overlooking.  Greg Jennings is going to do a lot better than people think.  Remember that he is filling a spot for a guy named Percy Harvin; remember him?  I do not care what the QB situation is in Minnesota because the Vikings will find a way to get Jennings the ball.  I seriously think Jennings will pull in 83 receptions for 1,000 yards and 8 touchdowns.  You may be laughing right now, but you will be wishing you had drafted him come playoff time.

Detroit Lions – Everyone is talking about him so I might as well join the party.  It is obvious that the Lions got a steal by picking up Reggie Bush.  The Lions pass the ball more than any other team and Stafford dumps off a lot of passes to the RB’s.  Bush is going to have the best year of his career in 2013.  He will easily pull in over 90 receptions and have close to 1,000 receiving yards.  He might split some carries with Leshoure, but he will still rush for 800 yards too.  If you have Reggie Bush on your team then you are sitting pretty.

Green Bay Packers – The Packers had a lot of moves happen in the offseason but one thing remained the same; Aaron Rodgers.  It really does not matter what receivers you put around him; because Rodgers will get the ball to them.  I am sure you’re saying “well of course Rodgers will do well he always does well”.  What I am predicting here is that Rodgers throws for over 5,000 yards…yeah that’s right.  And to add to that I also predict he puts up 42 touchdown passes.  MVP year for Mr. Aaron Rodgers.

Dallas Cowboys – Ill make the first part of this short and sweet.  I predict that the Dallas run game will remain in the toilet just like it did in 2012.  The Cowboys ranked pretty much dead last in every rushing category in 2012 and I do not see that getting any better this year.  But I do see something interesting over the horizon.  Tony Romo has had an up and down career but based on what I have read about 2013 I really think this might be Romo’s year.  Dez Bryant, Miles Austin, and Jason Witten are all healthy and ready to go and it would not surprise me to see Romo throw for 4,200 yards and have 32 passing touchdowns.  It may be a bit of a stretch, but the Cowboys have a pretty simple schedule this year and Romo has all his weapons available….think about it.

Washington Redskins – For the first time in a long time I am excited about a Redskins player; and I am not talking about RGIII.  I am referring to Alfred Morris who came out of nowhere last year and rushed for 1,600 yards and 13 touchdowns.  I think he will have another solid year this year since he is just a bulldozer.  As long as the Redskins keep feeding him the ball he could have 1,500 rushing yards and another 13 touchdowns which is not bad for a second year player.  The only downfall to Morris is that he does not catch a lot of passes, but that could change in 2013.

New York Giants – The one player that I am actually excited about from New York is Brandon Myers.  Manning has needed a solid TE for awhile, and I think Manning will look his way a lot especially close to the endzone.  Last year Myers was targeted over 100 times and caught 79 of them…and that was with the Raiders.  Now he has a QB who knows how to throw a football and it would not surprise me if Myers pulls in 89 receptions for 900 yards and 9 touchdowns.  I really think that Myers could give Jimmy Graham a run for his money.

Philadelphia Eagles – Finally LeSean McCoy is healthy….FINALLY.  Now McCoy is in an offense that runs the ball a lot and that will play well with McCoy.  He just needs to stay healthy and there is nothing stopping him from having 1,300 yards rushing and 8 touchdowns.  Since he is also used as a receiver he should be able to have 70 receptions for 650 yards to boot.

 

I am always fascinated with how much players make.  The amounts that NFL players will get signed to is sometimes unbelievable and it makes someone wonder; how much do these players make per day or what would they make per hour?  I make a dismal $13 per hour and that is nothing to brag about, but what does an NFL player make per hour?  This post is going to go over 10 of the richest NFL players and I am going to break down their salaries to see how much they really make.  These numbers are based upon the 17 weeks that make up the NFL season.

Aaron Rodgers QB Packers – $22 million for the 2013 season.  That means he makes $184,873 per day; $7,703 per hour; $128.38 per minute; and $2.14 per second.

Matt Ryan QB Falcons – $20,750,000 for the 2013 season.  That means he makes $174,369 per day; $7,265 per day; $121.09 per minute; and $2.02 per second.

Joe Flacco QB Ravens – $20,100,000 for the 2013 season.  That means he makes $168,907 per day; $7,037 per hour; $117.30 per minute; and $1.95 per second.

Drew Brees QB Saints – $20 million for the 2013 season.  That means he makes $168,067 per day; $7,002 per hour; $116.71 per minute; and $1.95 per second.

Peyton Manning QB Broncos – $19,200,000 for the 2013 season.  That means he makes $161,344 per day; $6,722 per hour; $112.04 per minute; and $1.87 per second

Tony Romo QB Cowboys – $18 million for the 2013 season.  That means he makes $151,260 per day; $6,302 per hour; $105.04 per minute; and $1.75 per second

Eli Manning QB Giants – $16,250,000 for the 2013 season.  That means he makes $136,554 per day; $5,689 per hour; $94.83 per minute; and $1.58 per second

Calvin Johnson WR Lions – $16,200,000 for the 2013 season.  That means he makes $136,134 per day; $5,672 per hour; $94.54 per minute; and $1.58 per second.

Larry Fitzgerald WR Cardinals – $16,140,000 for the 2013 season.  That means he makes $135,630 per day; $5,651 per hour; $94.19 per minute; and $1.57 per second

Mario Williams DE Bills – $16,000,000 for the 2013 season.  That means he makes $134,453 per day; $5,602 per hour; $93.37 per minute; $1.56 per second.

These numbers are crazy to think about.  Just as an example; when Rodgers plays a football game he will play for 3 hours.  That means he will make about $23,000 just in one game.  Now I know these are just some of the big named players in the NFL; but even with someone who only makes $2 million per year they will still average about $16,000 per day when the season is in play.  So after seeing numbers like this I do not feel to bad about NFL players who complain about money.

When it comes to fantasy football you have to have a solid quarterback.  Even though running backs or receivers can be more valuable, the quarterbacks are the ones who can put up insane points any given week.  There are a lot of very amazing quarterbacks in the NFL for the 2013 season and I am going to be ranking them along with an explanation of their skills.

1. Aaron Rodgers – Packers: Rodgers has so many weapons around him that he could pass all day long without getting tired.  Even with the losing of Greg Jennings, Rodgers still has Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, James Jones, and Jermichael Finley to throw to.  When it comes to fantasy number there is no doubt that Rodgers should be the first QB taken.  Remember that Rodgers can also run and he will continue to do that in 2013.

2. Peyton Manning – Broncos: I put Manning above Tom Brady only because Manning has a lot of weapons to throw to.  The Broncos already have Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker, and in the off season they acquired Wes Welker.  Peyton had a huge year in 2012, and he shows no signs of slowing down especially with the team that is in Denver.  Peyton is getting up there in years so you will not see him scramble much, but there is no denying that he has one of the best arms in the NFL.

3. Tom Brady – Patriots: Even with the Patriots losing a few offensive people, Brady can make any receiver a star.  Brady has always had a strong arm and he is very smart when it comes to reading defenses.  The Patriots already have Gronkowski and Hernandez which are huge targets, and they brought in Danny Amendola to fill in the spot for Welker.  The Patriots also have a solid running game, which takes a lot of pressure off the pass game.

4. Drew Brees – Saints: The Saints may not be the team they were a few seasons ago, but Brees remains the same.  He still has numerous receivers around him like Colston, Moore, and Jimmy Graham.  Brees has set a number of NFL records, and will always find a way to get the ball in the endzone.  So in fantasy numbers, Brees will always be a good addition to a team because he always produces.  When you start Brees, you can be assured that you will get numbers.

5. Matt Ryan – Falcons: Some people may disagree with this, but Ryan is going to have a monster year in 2013.  The Falcons picked up Steven Jackson to take some pressure off the pass game, and Ryan is surrounded by amazing receivers like Julio Jones, Roddy White, and Tony Gonzalez.  He had a few rocky years, but he almost took the Falcons to the Super Bowl in 2012, and he will be making another run in 2013.  He will be putting up a lot of touchdowns, this much is a fact.

6. Colin Kaepernick – 49ers: Now I know a lot of people are scratching their heads right now wondering how I am ranking Kap so high.  The reasons are due to the amazing offensive line in San Fran that will protect Kap and open holes for him to run.  The 49ers also brought in Boldin to play alongside Crabtree and Davis.  The 49ers have a lot of weapons, but it all starts with the offensive line.  Kap is an all around QB that can throw and run, and he will put up a lot of points in 2013.

7. Andrew Luck – Colts: The Colts brought in a lot of new people on offense and defense which will take a lot of pressure off Luck.  Luck has Reggie Wayne, Hilton, and now Heyward-Bey as targets which will give him a lot more options down field.  The only downside is that the Colts do not have a great running game so they will have to rely on the passing of Luck for most of the season.  I still think that with the success he had in 2012; that he will do better in 2013.

8. Russell Wilson – Seahawks: Yet another young QB on this list.  Wilson is very similar to Kap; because he can run and throw.  The Seahawks added Percy Harvin to the lineup which will open up the pass game for Rice and Tate.  Lets not forget that the Seahawks are another team with a very good offensive line that can protect Wilson.  When it comes to fantasy numbers I think Wilson will surprise people because he has weapons to throw to, and quick feet to run the ball.

9. Ben Roethlisberger – Steelers: Even with the departure of Wallace, Big Ben will still have a solid season.  He only threw 8 interceptions in 2012, and he is a very smart QB.  He still has Antonio Brown, Sanders, and Miller as targets downfield.  Big Ben may not put up the numbers that a Tom Brady would, but he will consistently put up solid numbers for any fantasy team. 

10. Cam Newton – Panthers: I know that he has had very good games, and not so good games, but he still finds a way to put up good fantasy numbers.  The Panthers still have Steve Smith, Greg Olsen, and LaFell.  In the off season they also picked up Ted Ginn, which should help add some dimension to the pass game.  Lets not forget that Newton can run, he is sure to run in a few touchdowns as well.  I think you could snag Newton late in the 5th or 6th round and still have a sold QB.