Kimra Schleicher's Preseason PRO picks

Kimra Schleicher's Preseason PRO picks

The world's No. 8 ranked high-stakes Fantasy Football player, Kimra Schleicher has some Preseason PRO picks.

Kimra Schleicher


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

Breakout Player

Andre Ellington: I can't for the life of me figure out why everyone is sleeping on Ellington. It must be the offensive line for the Arizona Cardinals, because Ellington flashed big-play ability in 2013. He averaged 5.5 yards per carry last year but had limited attempts as he shared the backfield with Rashard Mendenhall. Still, Ellington's fantasy stats were very impressive considering his lack of touches. He was on the field for only 39.9 percent of the offensive snaps and received only 28 percent of the total carries. He is expected to see more rushing attempts in 2014. Mendenhall is now gone, and head coach Bruce Arians has said he wants to build the offense around Ellington. He has a high upside, and I see no reason why he can't finish as a top-10 RB in 2014.

Bust Player

Marshawn Lynch: I love the way Lynch has destroyed tacklers over his career. Forget elusiveness, he just elects to run over people. As much as I admire his running style, I can't draft him in the first two rounds based on statistical data. First, he has amassed more than 1,000 touches in the past three seasons, and he had 403 touches last year, including the postseason. The RB trends indicate there will be a decrease in production the following year. Moreover, there is a guy on the bench named Christine Michael who folks in Seattle and a few dynasty owners like me can't wait to see hit the field. Did I mention that Lynch is also 28 years of age? There is too much other elite talent in the first two rounds to select Lynch ahead of them. Sorry, Seattle fans, but Lynch is my bust pick for 2014.

Sleeper

Devonta Freeman: I guess I am picking on older RBs. Don't tell anyone, but Steven Jackson is 31 years of age, and Freeman was selected by the Atlanta Falcons in the fourth round this year. All Freeman did at Florida State was rush for more than 1,000 yards, score 15 TDs and win a National Championship in 2013. He was the first FSU running back to top 1,000 yards rushing since Warrick Dunn in 1996. Jackson missed 4 games in 2013 and has carried the ball 365 times more than any other active RB in the NFL. Look for Freeman to carve out 8-10 touches per game and serve as a respectable flex option. If Jackson were to get injured, you are looking at a great sleeper who could emerge as an RB2.



Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington

Comeback Player

Robert Griffin III: By September, Griffin will be the healthiest he has been since tearing his ACL in January 2013. He has a QB-friendly coach in Jay Gruden. Remember that it was Gruden who helped turn Andy Dalton into a top fantasy QB last year. With the addition of DeSean Jackson and a healthy Jordan Reed alongside Pierre Garcon, Griffin now has a talented receiving corps and a strong running game with Alfred Morris and Roy Helu. Gruden will allow Griffin to play to his strengths, and we will see a return to the Griffin of 2012 when he threw for 20 TDs and only five interceptions and added 818 yards and seven more TDs on the ground. If you load up on skill players early in the draft and want to wait on a QB, I recommend taking Griffin because he is my comeback player for 2014.

Stash and Cash

Aaron Dobson: I remember watching Dobson torch Pittsburgh in Week 9 last season to the tune of five catches for 130 yards and two TDs. His rookie season was filled with various injuries and inconsistency. New England's depth chart is interesting to say the least because no one knows if Rob Gronkowski will play Week 1 or start the season on the Physically Unable to Perform list. Also, Danny "China" Amendola is always a health concern anytime he takes the field. Dobson provides an intriguing combination of size and speed and has already developed a rapport with Tom Brady. I believe Dobson is a player you can draft late and hope to cash in on at some point in the season.


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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