Ian Ritchie's Picks
Current Rank: #4
From: Seattle, WA
Breakout player is T.Y. Hilton If you believe in a guy named Luck with a horseshoe on his helmet, you must buy in to T. Y. Hilton. He is being drafted in high stakes contests at 7.1 and I believe his value will be more like a second WR. The game is starting to slow down for this speedster and his production this season will justify a much earlier pick than where he is being drafted. Take him with confidence and take his numbers to the bank.
Bust player for 2013 is Steven Jackson. A change of scenery will not make SJax any younger or any faster, which are his two main problems. In his younger years, he was a punishing runner with great skills as a receiver. As he has gotten older, he has become injury prone and a lot less reliable because he hits the hole much slower. He plays in a good offense and has no threats for playing time but he will still not produce at the price he is being drafted in the middle of the second round. Take him at your peril.
My sleeper player for 2013 is Jordan Cameron. The new regime in Cleveland has a great history feeding the TE position and Cameron is a big time athlete ready to fill the need. He is being drafted in high stakes contests in the 11th round and if he stays healthy, he will be a top 5 scorer at his position. Cameron is a former basketball player that runs a 4.5 40 yard dash, played college ball at USC and at the combine finished in the top 3 of every drill he took part in. Don't sleep on this sleeper.
My comeback player of the year is Rashard Mendenhall. Mendenhall helped the Steelers to the Super Bowl in 2010 with 1273 yards and 13 touchdowns and now he is reunited with his offensive coordinator from those years, Bruce Arians. Mendenhall has little competition for the job and already has the confidence of coaches in Arizona. He is being drafted in the middle of the 6th round in high stakes contests and even later in other drafts. Anytime I can get a starting running back in the middle rounds with the potential of Mendenhall, I am going to jump on it. Larry Fitzgerald was my second choice.
My stash and cash player for 2013 is Kenjon Barner. Can you say man crush? Take five minutes and watch his Sports Science video on YouTube and you will be a believer. Barner is a big time prospect on a team that already has Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams but he is absolutely worth a late round flyer pick. Stewart is hoping to be ready for week 1 and has a history of injury problems. DeAngelo has been up and down as we know and can rarely be counted on anymore. Barner is being overlooked and rarely drafted which is my kind of guy. If you get DeAngelo in the middle rounds and Barner in the 19th or 20th, you will be ecstatic.Unlock All Pro Picks