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2013 Fantasy Football Solid/Safe Picks

Solid/Safe Pick: A player with good potential and low risk. Players in this category are statistically consistent from year to year. From our Fantasy Football Dictionary

We have classified the following players as Safe Picks for 2013. We will be updating this list throughout the pre-season.

Name Pos Team Age Yrs
Pos. Rank
Reggie Bush RB DET 29 7 RB - #15
In PPR formats, Reggie Bush is a great RB2. One big unknown is how often the Lions will lean on Bush to carry the ball. If he sees about a dozen carries per game and a few receptions, that would be ideal. Anything more than that and he could wear down. Bush stayed healthy with Miami and that trend must continue. The former USC back can be counted on for yardage, to... Read More
Frank Gore RB SF 31 8 RB - #40
Frank Gore has been remarkably consistent during his eight-year NFL career. Despite concerns about age, injuries and competition in the backfield, he continues to be among the most productive and reliable backs in the league. Gore has recorded 1,200 or more rushing yards in back-to-back seasons and even entering his age 30 season remains one of the safest fantasy ... Read More
Steven Jackson RB ATL 31 9 RB - #30
UPDATE (10/21): S-Jax hasn't played since Sept. 15th and yesterday, FOX's Jay Glazer reported the 30-year-old runner had suffered a setback in his return. There is no definitive timetable for his return. Jacquizz Rodgers is the back to own and Jason Snelling is also rosterable in deeper formats.

The youth movement going on with the St. Louis Rams was the wr... Read More

Chris Johnson RB NYJ 28 5 RB - #26
UPDATE (10/22): Johnson is averaging just 3.2 yards per carry and has yet to score a rushing touchdown through seven games. On the plus side, in the week 7 loss to San Francisco CJ scored a long distance receiving TD for the second straight week and is averaging 25 yards per game through the air. Despite the pedest... Read More
Maurice Jones-Drew Contract Year Player RB OAK 29 7 RB - #38
Update 10-25-2013 - MJD is healthy but not very productive. At this point he isnt an every week starter and should only be used for bye week fill in or based on match up, until he shows he can consistently productive again.

Update September 19 -2013 - MJD sitting out practice. He might not play this week.

Profile - Before last season MJD had been ... Read More

Eddie Lacy RB GB 23 R RB - #4
Eddie Lacy's role will slowly be carved out during training camp and into the preseason. Right now, the Packers and the media have anointed him the starter. The Packers have a number of capable backs who will all compete for touches. Lacy will fend off Johnathan Franklin and DuJuan Harris. Ideally, you should draft Lacy as your third RB. This greatly minimizes any ... Read More
Ryan Mathews RB SD 26 3 RB - #22
In my opinion, Mathews is a stud running back, but he falls signifcantly down the draft sheets this season. At this point he should be considered a solid'safe pick at RB. He might not have had the expected output last season, but I think he will be ready to go this year. His ability to catch the ball as well as run adds to his value. The addition of Danny Woodhead ... Read More
Darren McFadden RB OAK 26 5 RB - #32
A change in offensive coordinator will mercifully move McFadden away from the zone blocking scheme that hamstrung his production in 2012. After averaging just under 59 yards per game in Greg Knapp's scheme, he'll be looking forward to more north-south running under new OC Greg Olson. His numbers will improve, but he likely won't make the leap to elite status until ... Read More
Knowshon Moreno RB MIA 27 4 RB - #36
Moreno is still being held out of practice following the knee injury that took him out of the divisional playoff game at the end of last season. Moreno should be ready to go for the start of the season, but Montee Ball and Ronnie Hillman will be in action as well. It is highly likely we will see a three-pronged running attack this season and that means Moreno could... Read More
Alfred Morris RB WAS 25 1 RB - #19
Update (11-4): We know Alfred Morris owners want to scream a blue streak about Darrell Young's three touchdowns (especially after Roy Helu turned a similar trick two weeks prior), but instead of decrying Shanahanigans, focus on the positives: Morris had 25 carries (for 121 yards); the first time he's topped 19 in any game this season. The second-year RB also scored... Read More
DeMarco Murray RB DAL 26 2 RB - #11
DeMarco Murray represents "through the roof" potential in PPR fantasy leagues. The only question is health, which has been an issue following Murray his entire career (not unlike Reggie Bush, who in his early career couldn't shake the stigma of injury prone, however look no further than his last two years of becoming NFL tough). We're projecting Murray on... Read More
Trent Richardson RB IND 23 1 RB - #20
Update (11-4): It's fair to say that even with a bye week, the Colts still haven't solved their Trent Richardson run game woes. Ignore the fact that Indy went into passing game mode against the Texans after falling three scores behind, thus limiting the ground game chances. While the ex-Brown went 20 yards on eight carries, Donald Brown had 49 on six rushes. Starti... Read More
Stevan Ridley RB NE 25 2 RB - #29
Update 10-23-2013- Ridley got off to a very slow start and missed a game due to injury. Has picked it up the last two weeks and looks to be getting back to last year's production

Profile - Ridley went from being part of the Patriots' running game in his 2011 rookie season, to the man in the Pats' running game in 2012. Despite sharing the load with others,... Read More

Darren Sproles RB PHI 31 8 RB - #37
Darren Sproles will enter the 2013 season as the Saints' main pass catcher out of the backfield. Sproles caught 75 passes in 2012 despite missing three games, and should continue to flourish in PPR leagues this coming season. Sproles will not be much of a factor in the running game for the Saints, but his pass catching skills are enough to make him a solid RB 2 i... Read More
David Wilson RB NYG 23 1 RB - #59
Update 11-10-2013- Wilson is on IR done for the season.

Update - 10-25-2013 - Wilson is out again with his back injury. We wont know for another few weeks if he will play again this season. Keep an eye on this one

For now, goodbye to Mr. Brown and his plummeting and essentially non-existent draft value and hello to David Wilson's rankings rise. Even... Read More

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