High Fives: The next big thing

Each Monday during the 2012 regular season, the Yahoo! fantasy experts will offer their quick hitters on certain topics in the world of fantasy sports. This week, Brandon Funston, Brad Evans and Andy Behrens offer their top-5 takes on the upcoming fantasy football season. Topics are focused on the “next big thing” at each of the skill positions.

Five quarterbacks that could be this year’s Ryan Fitzpatrick (ADP outside top 18 QBs)?
Brandon Funston Says: Brad Evans Says: Andy Behrens Says:
  1. Jake Locker – Has arm/legs combo to push the top 12 if he can nab the Titans’ QB first chair early enough
  2. Matt Cassel
  3. Ryan Fitzpatrick
  4. Matt Flynn
  5. Christian Ponder
  1. Jake Locker – If he can stake his claim to the starting job in camp, the Vick-lite passer will be one of fantasy’s biggest surprises
  2. Matt Flynn
  3. John Skelton
  4. Christian Ponder
  5. Brandon Weeden
  1. Carson Palmer – He’ll have a full off-season with the team and its playbook, and his receiving corps has a few interesting pieces.
  2. Ryan Fitzpatrick
  3. Tim Tebow
  4. Matt Flynn
  5. Andrew Luck
Five running backs that could be this year’s Darren Sproles?
Brandon Funston Says: Brad Evans Says: Andy Behrens Says:
  1. Jacquizz Rodgers – Actually more than just a dynamic receiving threat, but rest of his game may have to wait for Turner’s exit
  2. C.J. Spiller
  3. Ronnie Hillman
  4. LaMichael James
  5. Chris Rainey
  1. Ronnie Hillman – Shifty, elusive and blessed with terrific hands, rookie could become indispensable dump-off weapon for Peyton
  2. Jahvid Best
  3. Jacquizz Rodgers
  4. Shane Vereen
  5. LaMichael James
  1. Jacquizz Rodgers – Don’t expect a Sproles-like catch total, but Rodgers should have a bigger role.
  2. Ronnie Hillman
  3. C.J. Spiller
  4. Roy Helu
  5. Bernard Scott
Five wideouts that could be this year’s Victor Cruz?
Brandon Funston Says: Brad Evans Says: Andy Behrens Says:
  1. Vincent Brown – Starts year as Chargers No. 3 WR but is better consistent go-to option than the guys in front of him
  2. Greg Little
  3. Titus Young
  4. Jon Baldwin
  5. Lestar Jean
  1. Titus Young – Speedster really opened eyes in minicamp. Provided he doesn’t disfigure another teammate’s face … 70-1000-7 possible
  2. Greg Little
  3. Darius Heyward-Bey
  4. Danny Amendola
  5. Doug Baldwin
  1. Eric DeckerDemaryius Thomas’ late binge made us all forget how useful Decker was in the opening weeks, with a traditional QB.
  2. Titus Young
  3. Vincent Brown
  4. Jon Baldwin
  5. James Jones
Five tight ends that could be this year’s Jimmy Graham?
Brandon Funston Says: Brad Evans Says: Andy Behrens Says:
  1. Jared Cook – Fits the comparison as an athletic freak; No. 3 TE for final three weeks of ’11
  2. Aaron Hernandez
  3. Fred Davis
  4. Jermaine Gresham
  5. Ed Dickson
  1. Fred Davis – With young, inexperienced and accurate RGIII under center, he could bloom into top-5 commodity. Dynamite mid-round value.
  2. Aaron Hernandez
  3. Jacob Tamme
  4. Brandon Pettigrew
  5. Jared Cook
  1. Jacob Tamme – Reunited with Peyton Manning, ready to repeat the success of 2010.
  2. Fred Davis
  3. Jermaine Gresham
  4. Kyle Rudolph
  5. Tony Moeaki
In honor of Father’s Day, top five “Fathers”
Brandon Funston Says: Brad Evans Says: Andy Behrens Says:
  1. Ward Cleaver, “Leave it to Beaver” – He’s the all-time father archetype - the pefect blend of warmth, discipline (although sometimes a little too hard on the Beaver) and fashion
  2. Don Vito Corleone, “The Godfather”
  3. San Diego Padres
  4. Dad’s Root Beer
  5. Pop Fisher, “The Natural”
  1. Antonio Cromartie – When you have 12 kids, Father’s Day is awfully good in the Cromartie house, though logistics are a problem.
  2. Big Daddy Kane
  3. Trick Daddy
  4. Puff Daddy
  5. Father MC
  1. Rueben Kincaid, “The Partridge Family” – Not actually the dad, I realize, but Rueben was the glue in that family. Obviously screwed up with Danny somewhere, though. Can’t win ‘em all.
  2. Philip Drummond, “Diff’rent Strokes”
  3. Captain Merrill Stubing, “Love Boat”
  4. James Evans, “Good Times”
  5. Tom Bradford, “Eight Is Enough”