2012 Pre-Training Camp AFC South Preview

This week we move on to our third division in our series, the AFC South:

Houston Texans

QB – Matt Schaub – Schaub has struggled with the injury bug most of his career.  If he can stay on the field, he gives the Texans a fighting chance at landing deep in the playoffs.

RB – Arian Foster/Ben Tate – Foster should be among the leagues leading rushers again for 2012.  Tate serves as a solid backup.

WR – Andre Johnson/Kevin Walter/Lestar Jean – AJ is a top 5 beast, enough said.  Kevin Walter is very average but knows the offense so well and thusly that is why he will start over the rookies.  Lestar Jean has been the camp darling so far while AJ sat out with some knee tenderness.

TE – Owen Daniels – Daniels usually slides in the top 6-10 of the tight end’s each year.  He should be up for another good season especially if Schaub remains healthy.

Indianapolis Colts

QB – Andrew Luck – Luck draws the tough task of replacing Peyton Manning.  It will be interesting to see how well his career leads him.  He will certainly determine the future of the Colts franchise for at least the next 5 years.

RB – Donald Brown/Delone Carter/Vick Ballard – Brown was the most highly touted of the bunch, yet he has yet to establish himself as the go to guy in Indy for several seasons.  Carter also struggled for moments of last season.  It will be interesting to see how Ballard fits into the mix.

WR – Reggie Wayne/Austin Collie/Donnie Avery – Wayne came back to be a solid go to guy for Luck in his rookie season.  Austin Collie has proven in stretches he can play well too.  Avery should add some outside vertical speed to the mix(much like Pierre Garcon).

TE – Coby Fleener/Dwayne Allen – The Colts took the top two tight ends in this years draft.  Perhaps they hope to emulate how things are done in New England with Gronkowski and Hernandez.

Jacksonville Jaguars

QB – Blaine Gabbert – The Jags need to come to the fruition that he is not the quarterback of the future here before they set the franchise back too many years.

RB – Maurice Jones-Drew/Rashad Jennings – Even though MJD isn’t in camp now, he will be, and he will still churn out top 10 back numbers.  Jennings serves as a capable handcuff.

WR – Justin Blackmon/Laurent Robinson – Well they upgraded big time at the wide receiver position over the offseason.  They got the #1WR in the draft in Blackmon.  Also added free agent Robinson who had a really decent season for Dallas in 2011 as well.  Finally some targets for Gabbert to prove if he is worthy or not.

TE – Marcedes Lewis – Lewis is a decent tight end, but I would only want him to start for me in deeper leagues.  He should be bye week filler in most leagues.

Tennessee Titans

QB – Matt Hasselbeck/Jake Locker – I think Locker emerges out of camp victorious in this one.  He is much more mobile and can take more of a pounding than old Hass can.  Locker is a good dynasty prospect quarterback.

RB – Chris Johnson/Javon Ringer – I am expecting big things from Chris Johnson this season.  He has been working hard all offseason with his teammates.  Chips on shoulders keep you motivated throughout a season.  I expect a big year from CJ2K this year.  Ringer will ride the pine all season.

WR – Kenny Britt(le)/Kendall Wright/Nate Washington – Britt just recently had his knee scoped again due to more swelling.  That is not a good sign for the perennial IR man.  I fully expect Kendall Wright to supplant Britt in 2012 and start with Nate Washington.  They should both be great weapons for Locker to throw too.

TE – Jared Cook – Some writers are labeling this guy a top 10 tight end already.  He needs to show me much more consistency before I will put him there.  Nice dynasty project to have nonetheless.

7 Responses to “2012 Pre-Training Camp AFC South Preview”


  1. Joe

    Interesting post, nice read!

    Actually since you bring up Foster I have a trade question for you. I am in a 12 team, 10 player keeper league. We start 1QB, 2RBs, 2WRs, 1TE (NO FLEX). A team in my league has Foster and Tate but needs a lot of help in other places.

    Their Team:
    QB — Gabbert, Tebow
    RB — Foster, DMC, Gore, Tate, Tolbert
    WR — Wayne, Young, Garcon
    TE — none kept

    I recently offered them Romo, Ryan Mathews and Dez for Foster and Tate making their starting lineup: Romo, Mathews, DMC, Dez and Wayne/Young/Garcon. This lineup would probably win the division for them. He seemed non-plused by the offer and most likely won’t do it. It seemed like a no-brainer to me, getting 3 top end starters for 1, and a handcuff. In your opinion would that be a good deal for them to make?

  2. Sockonfl

    Joe:

    Thanks for the props.

    As for your trade question, I definitely think he is getting the better end of the deal. Romo is a tremendous improvement over his current quarterback situation. The dropoff from Foster to Mathews won’t be that huge. Dez Bryant is better than Young or Garcon plus he has the aging Wayne. If I were the other person in this trade I would do it in a heartbeat. I presume with you, you have other options at QB and WR that makes this deal worthwhile for you, otherwise I am not sure why you would want to do it.

    Thanks for replying. Feel free to comment on any post or ask questions at any point.

  3. Joe

    Thanks for the response! Just looking for some positive reinforcement of my own opinion haha.

    As to your questions, my team looks like this:

    QB — Brees, Romo
    RB — McCoy, Mathews, Richardson (1.1)
    WR — Megatron, Fitz, AJ Green, Dez
    TE — Jimmy Graham

    So yeah, I can afford to move a lot of talent for an upgrade at RB. I am just shocked the other owner wouldnt do it.

  4. Sockonfl

    Wow Joe love the team by the way.

    Yes I can see how you can afford to give up that talent to get Foster and Tate now that I see your roster. The other guy is still crazy not to take it.

    You must have traded to get pick 1.1, because no way that team should have finished in position to get 1.1 on it’s own.

    Keep on the other guy, maybe he will break down. It really is a great trade for him.

  5. Joe

    haha yeah, I won the championship last year. I am known as an aggressive trader so I re-invent my team almost every year. The only holdovers from the 2011 roster are McCoy, Megatron and Fitz.

    Unfortunately the other owner has only made 2 trades in the 2 leagues we are in together over the last 15 years…total! lol

  6. Joe

    Well the Foster owner came to their senses. We ended up making the deal (maybe he reads CN and thats why he came to his senses! haha). So not that I am looking to trade, but after I got Arian Foster the Rodgers owner in my league approached me to see if I would be interested in him (he NEVER thought the Foster owner would trade him). Of course I would love to have Rodgers, but I don’t want to break the bank to get him. The initial idea he is throwing out is Rodgers and my choice of Forte, CJ2K or Murray for Brees, Foster and Tate. I am pretty sure I do not want to do this, but it is very enticing to try to get Rodgers. My current starters and primary back ups right now are: Brees, Foster, McCoy (TR as my #3), Megatron, Fitz (AJGreen as my #3), Graham.

  7. Sockonfl

    This one really depends how many years you get to keep your keepers. If it is unlimited, I would trade for Rodgers since he is younger QB than Brees. At running back, I feel CJ2K isn’t a big drop off from Arian Foster. I know he had a down year last year, but he reported late to camp due to the contract squabble last year. This year he reported to camp in great shape and has a whole new attitude. I expect to see more of the old CJ2K this season. That would be the deal I would make for Rodgers and CJ2K. If your league limits the number off years you can keep a player than I would probably stick with Brees and Foster.