Tim Daneau's Preseason PRO Picks

Tim Daneau's Preseason PRO Picks

Tim Daneau, the 2011 FFPC Champion, outlines his Preseason PRO picks.

TIM DANEAU


Achievements: 1 #1 Overall and 4 Top 60 Finishes
From: Lowell, MA

Breakout Player

Montee Ball: Montee Ball was a popular pick by many last year. If you were like me, you didn’t buy into the hype as it was very unlikely the Broncos would trust a rookie RB to block well enough for Peyton Manning. Knowshon Moreno excelled because he could do all the things the offense needed and, therefore, was on the field. At the end of the season, Moreno had put up the fourth-most fantasy points among running backs in PPR leagues.

Ball is more explosive then Moreno, and it is clear the Broncos trust him as they have parted ways with Moreno and have made no attempts to upgrade the position. With defenses focused on stopping Manning, Ball is poised for a huge year in all formats. He is a very capable receiver and should find himself with better numbers then Moreno had in 2013. I’m buying the hype this season and see Ball producing 1,800 yards from scrimmage, 60 receptions and 15 TDs.

Bust Player

Marshawn Lynch: I define a bust as someone who will not live up to their draft position. I have seen Lynch go anywhere from the middle of the first round to late second round. Lynch has a lot of wear and tear on his body – he’s had more than 1,100 carries in his four years with the Seahawks – and started to show signs of breaking down last season as he had fewer than 75 rushing yards in five of his final six games. However, he had his second-best season in terms of receptions with 36. He has continued to produce a double-digit amount of touchdowns, which is hard to rely on with any RB, especially one that has been abused as much as Lynch. On top of the wear and tear concerns, much buzz has been coming out of Seahawks camp in regards to Christine Michael. I see the Seahawks giving Michael more looks and reducing Lynch’s overall numbers. Too much risk, not enough reward. Avoid Lynch and take an elite WR instead.

Sleeper

Markus Wheaton: Wheaton, the Steelers’ third-round pick last year, was slowed by numerous injuries and lots of depth in front of him during his rookie campaign. All of that has changed in 2014. With the departures of Emmanuel Sanders and Jerricho Cotchery, along with their 16 combined touchdowns from 2013, Wheaton quickly jumps into what should be a highly productive role with Pittsburgh.

Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley likens Wheaton's skill set to that of Mike Wallace and plans on using him often in their vertical passing offense. With a year under his belt and opportunity knocking, I expect Wheaton to post a minimum of 65 receptions, 900 yards and seven touchdowns



Miami Dolphins WR Mike Wallace

Comeback Player

Mike Wallace: Entering 2013, there was a tremendous amount of hype for Wallace. But his 73 receptions, 930 yards and five touchdowns fell well short of what was expected from a third- or fourth-round draft pick. Many owners feel snake-bitten and might avoid Wallace altogether this year. Don't be that owner. With his current ADP near the end of the sixth round, you can draft Wallace, receive what promises to be a substantial bump in production and garner ultimate value.

Former Eagles quarterbacks coach and new Dolphins offensive coordinator Bill Lazor promises an up-tempo offense that will showcase Wallace's speed and skill set similar to how the Eagles showcased DeSean Jackson last season. With an improved Ryan Tannehill and offensive line, I expect Wallace's stat line to look something like 80 receptions, 1,200 yards and nine TDs.

Stash and Cash

Ka’Deem Carey: It was tempting to go with a proven vet like Tony Gonzalez (Yes, I do think he will re-sign late in season, but I’m going the other way. Carey finds himself in a great situation. Many scouts saw him as the best blocking back in the draft, which gives him an advantage over many other rookie running backs who struggle in that area. He has excellent hands and is a perfect fit for Marc Trestman’s offense. Matt Forte has had injury issues in the past and is coming off a 363-touch season. If Forte were to get hurt, Carey could benefit in this RB-friendly system. Even if Forte stays healthy, I expect Carey to get a role in the passing game as the main backup.


PRESEASON PRO PICKS


IAN RITCHIE


Achievements: 4 Top 15 Finishes in National Tournaments
From: Seattle, WA
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JOHN ROZEK


Achievements: 3 Top 5 and 5 Top 20 Finishes
World Rank: #5
From: Chicago, IL
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MIKE SANTOS


Achievements: Ranked #5 in 2013, 7 Top 30 Finishes
World Rank: #9
From: Tulare, CA
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TIM DANEAU


Achievements: 1 #1 Overall and 4 Top 60 Finishes
From: Lowell, MA
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GLENN LOWY


Achievements: 2013 FFWC Champion, 3 Top 10s, 6 Top 20s
World Rank: #6
From: Long Island, NY
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KIMRA SCHLEICHER


Achievements: 4 Top 10 Finishes
World Rank: #8
From: Sellersburg, IN
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MATT BAYLEY


Achievements: 2012 FFWC Champ, 3 #1s and 7 Top 20 Finishes
Current Rank: #4
From: Natick, MA
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