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Fantasy football preview 2014: Oklahoma ties

by Michael Baldwin Modified: August 16, 2014 at 4:10 pm •  Published: August 16, 2014
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If a fantasy football owner was allowed to own territorial rights to all players with Oklahoma ties, that team would be one of the favorites to win the title.

Loaded with star power, three Oklahomans routinely are among the first-rounders, which is what would give you a huge edge. Three first-round quality players would be invaluable.

Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson is a top-three overall pick. Cowboys lightning rod Dez Bryant is one of the top two or three receivers in fantasy football. In some leagues Dallas’ DeMarco Murray is being selected in the first round, definitely a top-10 running back.

You’d be set at receiver with Bryant, Denver’s Wes Welker and Kenny Stills rising the depth chart in New Orleans. Ryan Broyles must stay healthy but could be a third-down slot receiver in Detroit.

At tight end, Charles Clay, from the University of Tulsa, is a quality option. Dallas’ Dan Bailey is one of the NFL’s top kickers.

The biggest key to contending would be St. Louis quarterback Sam Bradford would need to have a good season, which is realistic.

The one negative is the All-Oklahoma team’s depth took a hit when Jacksonville wide receiver Justin Blackmon was suspended and San Francisco running back Kendall Hunter suffered a season-ending injury.

ALL-OKLAHOMA NFL FANTASY TEAM

(Note: Starters in CAPS)

QB—BRADFORD (Weeden, Jones)

RB—PETERSON, MURRAY (Randle)

WR—BRYANT, WELKER (Stills, Broyles)

TE—CLAY (Gresham, Pettigrew)

K—BAILEY

DEF—(take your pick)

by Michael Baldwin
Redhawks, Barons, MLB, NFL Reporter
Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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