Dec. 30, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions kicker Jason Hanson (4) kicks a field goal in the first half against the Chicago Bears at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Fantasy Focus: The Dog Days Of Summer #77


2012 #77- Jason Hanson-PK- Detroit Lions Hanson retired after the 2012 season after kicking for the organization for what seems like my entire lifetime! Hanson became a regular on Thanksgiving Day but now he is kicking away in retirement.  Whoever wins the Lions kicking  job will be a good option with a pretty good offense and 8 games a year of perfect kicking weather.

Retro-#77 2002- Derrick Mason WR Tennessee Titans  Mason is one of my favorite receivers of all-time (in fantasy).  I picked him up off waivers when he was just a kick returner and he became a better receiver than most people and fantasy owners could ever imagine.  From 2001-2009 Mason only had one season with less than 1,000 yards receiving while catching between 75-103 balls. In 2002 he had 1,012 yards receiving and 5 Td’s.

Look Ahead #77

ESPN- Matthew Stafford QB Detroit Lions- This is really low if you ask me, but it’s probably more realistic than his first round predictions last season.  He throws for 5,000 yards a season so if he doesn’t get hurt he’s a every week starter.  2012 was a down year for touchdown passes which lowers his ESPN value.

CBS Sportsline- Antonio Brown -WR Pittsburgh Steelers- Someone has to be the #1 with Mike Wallace departing.  Brown stats slid back a little after a great 2011, but the this isn’t your Dad’s Steelers running offense.  The Steelers throw the ball around so taking Brown as a #2 receiver in deep leagues should be a good option.

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