The projectionist: Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings was candid with his fantasy projections when speaking with NFL Fantasy LIVE host Michael Fabiano. Among his most eye-opening projections was Aaron Rodgers scoring 38-40 TDs because the Packers are “gonna run the ball alot better this year.” Jennings believes RB James Starks will score eight touchdowns as a result, and fellow receiver Jordy Nelson will finish with 8-10 TDs. Saving the best for last, Jennings would “like to be at 12 to 14,” but went conservative with the estimate of finishing the season with 8-10 scores. The duo of Nelson and Jennings finished with 365.20 total fantasy points in 2011, each among the top 17 at the position. They were bested only by the duo of Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz, whom scored a total of 367.10 total points. With Nicks recovering slowly from his ankle injury, the Packers’ wideouts could finish this season as the best 1-2 punch in fantasyland.
Slim fast?: Another player interviewed on NFL Fantasy LIVE was Buccaneers QB Josh Freeman. The fourth-year quarterback has lost roughly 20 pounds in an effort to become more mobile, bolstering his fantasy prospects due to the potential of scoring with his feet and arm. He also praised both Buccaneers running backs — LeGarrette Blount and Doug Martin — as “tremendous talents,” but added that the rookie is “extremely explosive … smart … catches the ball well out of the backfield.” As for why fantasy owners should draft the sleeper-status quarterback, Freeman added “we got a little something going on … looking for success this year, it’s gonna be good.” The Bucs have certainly added the weapons to earn them relevance both on the field and in fantasyland, but Freeman, Martin and Vincent Jackson should all be considered secondary fantasy options at their position until tangible results are seen during preseason play.
Grey hair: Fantasy stud Larry Fitzgerald knows the window is slowly closing for his Super Bowl chances. Speaking with the Arizona Republic, the veteran stated he doesn’t “have another eight, nine years to play.” It explains why he recently called out fellow wideout Michael Floyd for missing voluntary workout sessions Fitzgerald was holding for the receivers unit. “I tell them, ‘Before you know it, you’re going to look down and find gray hair in your beard … When it’s all said and done, I don’t want people to say, ‘Yeah, he was a talented guy who put up numbers, but he was never able to win the ultimate prize’.” Fitzgerald has finished among the top five fantasy WRs in two of the last three years, and is projected to make it three out of four in 2012. Like the other elite talents, don’t expect him to last past the second-round in fantasy drafts.
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