The Baltimore sports scene is blessed with a bunch of talented bloggers who bring their unique perspective to the conversation. Each week, I hope to chat with one of them in a regular feature called Blogger on Blogger. This week, I exchanged emails with Dan Ciarrocchi, a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association who writes about fantasy football for Pro Football Focus and the Redskins for Hogs Haven, an SB Nation website.
MV: Which rookie backs will have the most fantasy impact in 2013? Any worth drafting in the top 20?
DC: Denver’s Montee Ball and Pittsburgh’s
MV: What about rookies at the other positions? Do you see any quarterbacks, wide receivers or tight ends who will become viable fantasy starters by the middle of the 2013 fantasy season?
DC: Rookie quarterbacks can be an afterthought for 2013, but there are definitely receivers and tight ends worth monitoring, and it begins with Dunbar product
MV: With the majority of free agency behind us, which new faces in new places intrigue you the most? I imagine
DC: I think you nailed it with Bush and Welker. Amendola, who is filling Welker’s vacancy in New England, may be in line for a breakout season now that
MV: If you had to draft a team right now, who would be the top five or six players on your board?
DC: I’m a proponent of value-based drafting, which means not necessarily going after the players who score the most points, but the players who outscore others at their positions by the biggest margin. There are plenty of quarterbacks and wide receivers who will give you consistent points each week, and when the season is all said and done, there isn’t much difference between the second tier and the third or even fourth tier. You can’t say the same for running backs because the league is shifting more toward a running-back-by-committee approach. For that reason, if you have the chance to grab an elite three-down back, take him. I would target
MV: Before I let you go, I should probably get in one
DC: Flacco’s last eight games were incredible by any player’s standards, but that’s not what makes his run so unique. The compelling thing is that those numbers were the product of a player, who up to that point, was riddled with inconsistent stretches of games. In the six full games Flacco played after