Over the past few years, a few friends and I have made friendly wagers on fantasy players before our drafts. The bets are low stakes, usually for a beverage of choice and nothing too risky, but it is a fun way to track players – and benefit from their performances – even if we were not able to draft them on to our fantasy teams.
We basically bet who will score more fantasy points in our league that does not reward a point-per-reception. The player has to play in at least 12 games during the regular season – unless specified – for the bet to count. I have made five bets so far this season – this post will include two of them. Let me know if you think I am going to win or lose each bet.
New England’s Stevan Ridley vs. Detroit’s Reggie Bush
I have Ridley in this bet and I am feeling good about it. I think the Patriots are likely to run more this season with Aaron Hernandez and Wes Welker off the team and the Lions are coming off a season where Matthew Stafford set the record for passing attempts. In a PPR league, I wouldn’t feel as good, but I think I should be favored. My friend contends that Patiorts offensive coordinator is a bad mix for running backs and that Ridley’s production is sure to drop.
What do you think?
Dallas’ Dez Bryant vs Atlanta’s Julio Jones
It is hard to bet against either guy here, but my theory is that Bryant scored 10 touchdowns in the final eight games last season once he was fully healthy. The Falcons still have Roddy White and Tony Gonzalez and they added Steven Jackson to make their running game, and-short passing game, better. The Cowboys will go as far as Bryant takes them, the Falcons will not have to depend on Jones. My friend contends that Bryant eight-game flurry was an anomaly and that Jones has been the model of consistency during his two-year career. Bryant might have more upside, but he is certainly more of a risk.
There is a reason I shared these two bets first – I am feeling pretty good about each of them. I will soon share the bets I am not so confident in. I bet on two Chiefs.
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