Hec & Vic: AFC North

The two infamous gridiron gurus/goofballs are back for more! Hector and Victor always have a lot to say, and now they give their views on key situations in the AFC North.

Question: Will Ben Roethlisberger be a good fantasy starter in 2005?

Hector: That's like asking me if Outkast should be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Sure, they're good, but let's not get crazy yet. Roethlisberger plays in a conservative offense that is based on the running game. Yes, he wins NFL games, but he doesn't help you win fantasy games yet.

Victor: Hey Ya, Roethlisberger was a great story as a rookie. But he didn't smell like Roses in fantasy football. He had one 300-yard game and never threw more than two TD passes in a game. And defenses began adjusting to him late in the year and in the postseason, so he'll have more improvements to make in 2005. He'll be a good backup, nothing more.

Question: Can Jamal Lewis rebound to elite form this year?

Hector He's only going to be 26 years old when the season starts, and will have served his time for off-field issues. I am willing to forgive and forget. I say Lewis plays like a top five fantasy RB again and becomes a model citizen. Maybe he won't run for mayor, but he'll rush for 1,400-plus yards and at least nine TDs.

Victor: Heck, I used to watch Oz. Being locked up is tough. Running over linebackers is easy compared to dodging brawls in the big house. Facing the Steelers is a lot easier than doing hard time. I think Lewis will have a great year.

Question: Can Carson Palmer become a top 10 fantasy QB this year?

Hector: Can you find a good parking space at Wal-Mart? It's not likely, but it's possible. The Bengals are no longer a one-dollar store bunch of rejects, and Palmer is efficient and poised for a young QB. He'll be solid and unspectacular, much like that entertainment center Hector bought for the new season. It's not great-looking, but it gets the job done. Unlike the new discount store furniture we have, though, Palmer is not a clearance item.

Victor: Palmer will give you good numbers and won't cost you a high draft choice. What a bargain. I can see that Wal-Mart smiley face bouncing all over fantasy football rosters this year.

Who will be the best RB to draft in Cleveland?:

Hector: I can't stand Lee Suggs. He's been nothing but a big fantasy tease. I, for one, will not put up with being toyed with anymore. I deserve more respect than that. I have feelings. I'm not a plaything. This ain't cardboard. I'm good enough, I'm smart enough, and doggone it, people like me.

Victor: Hey, you're not the only one with hurt feelings. Reuben Droughns is going to miss Denver so much he will cry. And William Green misses the days when people took him seriously. Suggs is the only hope in that backfield. You'll take him back, even if you're feeling jilted now.