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Tier-ing up over RG3's slot among fantasy QBs

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Tier-ing up over RG3's slot among fantasy QBs

With NFL training camps opening for business, it's certainly time to start gearing up for the allimportant business of fantasy football. Or, to phrase it another way for all those in Redskins nation,determining where RG3 goes in fantasy drafts.I suspect in these parts Robert Griffin III's average draft position will be higher than the national average seeing as many locally have come down with a severe case of RGIII-itis (After a season dealing with Rex-Beck syndrome, it's a welcome problem). My take, excerpted below from an article I posted on FFToolbox.com and discussed on this podcast, looks at Griffin and all the fantasy quarterbacks from a tier (and non-burgundy and gold colored glasses) perspective. Essentially after the top 12 options, there is a very shallow pool ofpassers fantasyowners should target as starters in deep leagues or high-end backups with potential for stardom. The Redskins passer is one of them.For a single game, I can imagine selecting the likes of Joe Flacco or Josh Freeman or Ryan Fitzpatrick depending on the matchup for all involved. However, when you consider the potential for greatness - at least on a fantasy level - in 2012, I'll side with RG3's upside over the ordinary upside offered by the suspect bottom half of quarterbacks.The "Tier-ing up over fantasy quarterbacks" intro is below along with the section involving RG3 (plus Jay Cutler and Matt Schaub). Click here to find out which tiers the other 29 starting passers and intriguing backupslanded in...--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Based on the fantasy football calendar, it is now time to get in touch with my feelings, those that involve drafting one player over another, that is. Actually, I'm not much for rankings. As the title of this piece indicates, I'm more of a tier guy.

We can quibble about Tom Brady v. Drew Brees (Brady), Tony Romo v. Matt Ryan (Ryan), Griffin III v. Luck (RGIII) and so on, but in some of those cases we're talking eye of the beholder type differences. As Kramer once noted on Seinfeld, it's all about levels.

Just because, as the FFToolbox rankings currently indicate, Jay Cutler is one spot ahead of Andy Dalton does not mean the two are of comparable value. Brady vs. Brees, yes. An aggressive Cutler vs. a play it closer to the vest Dalton, no. Simply taking the next name on a list, especially when viewing the entire draft board, is not always smart business.

As Mike Tyson once famously said upon hearing before a fight that his opponent had a plan to beat him, Tyson brashly countered that, "everyone has a plan, until they get hit in the mouth." The fantasy football equivalent is stating, as many do, bumper sticker claims of "waiting on QB" or "drafting best available" yet not realizing when adaptability is called for. The best way to put all your strategic components together is tiers.

Unlike Kramer, I actually completed my quarterback levels, err, tiers with all six plus a bonus rainy day grouping listed below. The specific order of each player within said tier is indeed my personal and current preference, but that's certainly not the point of this exercise. Understanding when you can bob and weave and when you have to jab, jab, jab with a needed selection is
Tier 4 Jay Cutler, Robert Griffin III, Matt SchaubThe low-end QB1QB2 market dries up dramatically after these three. Cutler's jerky vibe can be tough to root for, but he played rather well last season and finally, finally has a legitimate WR in his former Broncos' buddy Brandon Marshall. Not ready to declare RGIII another Newton, but his legs make his fantasy floor higher than most and the Redskins receivers are better than projected. His presence speaks more to his dynamic potential than purely 2012 production. Schaub's proven, but is another Andre Johnson injury away from sliding.

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3 biggest games of Ryan Anderson's Alabama career

3 biggest games of Ryan Anderson's Alabama career

Ryan Anderson played four seasons for the Alabama Crimson Tide, though his career did not take off until his junior and senior seasons. In those two years, Anderson combined for 14.5 sacks and 30 tackles for loss. 

Looking back at his biggest games is a fun excercise to see the 6-foot-2, 253 lbs., linebacker at his best. 

No. 3

  • November 14, 2015 - Alabama @ Mississippi State - The Crimson Tide won this road game against Dak Prescott and the Bulldogs, and Anderson was a big part of the win. He registered five tackles along with two sacks and two tackles for loss and recovered a fumble. This marked Anderson's lone two sack game at 'Bama. 

No. 2 

  • October 8, 2016 - Alabama @ Arkansas - It's hard to remember now as the Tide steamrolled the Hogs, but there was a major upset alert when 'Bama traveled to Arkansas for a nationally televised game. Anderson showed up big time, making nine tackles to go with two tackles for loss and a sack. Nine tackles marked a career high.

No. 1

  • January 9, 2017 - Alabama vs Clemson - Anderson played his best game in the biggest spot. Yes, it was the only loss for Anderson in his final two seasons and it came in the national title game, but he was all over the field. Twice he made tackles for loss to go with one sack and seven total tackles, but he also forced a fumble and recovered two fumbles.

Bonus: Anderson scored one touchdown in his career. It came in the College Football Playoff game against Washington. He grabbed an interception and rumbled 26 yards for the TD. Notice a trend? In big games, Anderson delivers. 

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New Redskins LB Anderson: 'I'm an old school football player'

New Redskins LB Anderson: 'I'm an old school football player'

The conference call that Redskins second-round pick Ryan Anderson had with the Washington media shortly after he was drafted got off to a slow start, with the former Crimson Tide linebacker giving short answers to a few questions.

But when he was asked what he would bring to the Redskins on the field, he became animated.  

“I'm a play maker, I’m a game changer,” he said, with some emotion coming to his voice. “I'm a good teammate, I'm a good due to have in the locker room. I'm an old school football player, man. I'm not a workout warrior,

“I'm a football player. At the end of the day, that's why it boils down to. See ball, get ball, and strike the man in front of you. That's what I bring to the table.”

If Anderson lives up to his own billing, he could quickly become a fan favorite.

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