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Leonard Fournette

Jacksonville Jaguars

Rookie Wall?


Fournette came off of essentially 20 days of resting and rehabbing the injured ankle suffered in the fourth quarter of Jacksonville’s October 15th loss to the Rams, when he suited up last week against the L.A. Chargers. Last week, he carried 17 times for 33 yards. According to Florida Football Insiders, Leonard Fournette's ankle is "still not right," and he could be limited if he plays this week against the Browns.

I’ve heard a few people recognize that Cleveland’s run defense has been underrated this year. They started out pretty strong, but they have been fading lately, especially when it comes to the pass-catching backs over the past five games. Yeldon or Ivory could be that sneaky flex you’re looking for.


11/18/17, 11:12 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: www.floridafootballinsiders.com

Jacksonville Jaguars

Ground and Pound


According to Forecast.io, it's expected to be 39° F and with a 18% chance of snow and 20 MPH wind in Cleveland at 1:00 PM ET.

This is something to watch Sunday morning, especially if you were high on the Jacksonville passing game facing Cleveland this weekend. The snow doesn’t matter, but the wind could eliminate any deep balls. If you’re looking for a Dede or K. Cole explosion, like I have been, I think we’re going to have to wait at least one more week. Marquis Lee should be fine, he’ll still get his targets. The running game should benefit, but Fournette is questionable with an ankle.


11/18/17, 11:02 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: www.rotowire.com


Jay Ajayi

Philadelphia Eagles

Ajayi Slated for More Work in Week 11


Coaches have come out and said there is a concentrated effort to increase Ajayi's workload.

Fantasy Goo: Certainly Corey Clement impressed in their last game, Week 9 against Denver. However, he won't sustain the pace of 3TDs on just 13 touches. I do like both players in GPP, I would certainly save Clement for the larger tournaments where you take on more risk in order to differentiate yourself from the field. Still, Ajayi has had a bye week and a game to get familiar with his new digs. Each game from now on, should highlight his comfort and growth in the system.


11/18/17, 03:02 PM CST by PyromaniacMo

Source: www.philly.com


Devonta Freeman

Atlanta Falcons

Coleman to Increase Workload Sans Freeman


Devonta Freeman is in concussion protocol. That leaves Tevin 'Betchya Bottom Dollar" Coleman to pick up extra duties.

Fantasy Goo: Freeman was taken out very early on in last week's game. Because of this, Coleman seized the reins with command. He finished as Draft Kings 10th best RB of the week. Their Week 11 matchup with the Seahawks could easily turn into a high schoring affair as Seattle is without starters Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor, and Jarran Reed. What Seattle puts on the field will not resemble what we are accustomed to. Coleman should seize thee opportunity.


11/18/17, 02:33 PM CST by PyromaniacMo

Source: www.fftoday.com


Tevin Coleman

Atlanta Falcons

Coleman to Increase Workload Sans Freeman


Devonta Freeman is in concussion protocol. That leaves Tevin 'Betchya Bottom Dollar" Coleman to pick up extra duties.

Fantasy Goo: Freeman was taken out very early on in last week's game. Because of this, Coleman seized the reins with command. He finished as Draft Kings 10th best RB of the week. Their Week 11 matchup with the Seahawks could easily turn into a high schoring affair as Seattle is without starters Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor, and Jarran Reed. What Seattle puts on the field will not resemble what we are accustomed to. Coleman should seize thee opportunity.


11/18/17, 02:33 PM CST by PyromaniacMo

Source: www.fftoday.com

Buffalo Bills

Bills Getting Gashed


In the last 3 weeks, the Buffalo Bills have given up 8 TDS. There is not a team in the league that has given up more than 8 rushing TDS ALL SEASON!

Fantasy Goo: There is trepidation about Gordon this week. Ekeler made a bit of a name for himself last week as Gordon owners experienced fits or rage and madness last week. I still like Gordon even in cash this week. Still whichever back you prefer, they should have a field day.


11/18/17, 12:55 PM CST by PyromaniacMo

Source: www.fftoday.com


Jamaal Williams

Green Bay Packers

Next Man Up


As expected, Ty Montgomery officially ruled OUT for Sunday against the Ravens. Jamaal Williams should start at running back.

Williams is not Montgomery or Jones, I would not recommend starting him if you can prevent it. It will probably take a positive game script for him to be heavily use, don’t be surprised if we see Cobb being used in the backfield, especially in third-and-long situations.


11/17/17, 09:32 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Alshon Jeffery

Philadelphia Eagles

Open Door for Agholor


Eagles coach Doug Pederson says that Alshon Jeffery's ankle injury has been lingering for a while, but he is "optimistic" he'll play against the Cowboys Sunday night. He will be listed as questionable.

I’m looking at Nelson Agholor having a nice opportunity to put up some points with Dallas being the 24th ranked defense against opposing WR’s. Ertz coming off of the injury report is an obvious play, he’s a must start whenever he’s on the field.

It seems as though Jeffery plays through injuries every year, but he’s not very effective when he does. His injuries tend to linger and former performance enhancer users tend to get hurt more often.


11/17/17, 09:28 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Kareem Hunt

Kansas City Chiefs

KC Ready to Run


The KC/NYG game could experience heavy winds, and certainly, a blowout of the Giants is a likely outcome as well. If either, or both of these potential situations play out, it could be good things for the KC ground game.

Fantasy Goo: The Giants have surrendered 3 rushing TD in their last 2 games. On the season, they have given up the 5th most yards to opposing backs. Hunt is a great cash game play, and in GPPs, I will toss out a few line-ups with West, maybe 5%. If indeed it is a blowout, the Chiefs, led by Reid who is 16-2 off a bye, could look to lighten the load for their workhorse RB and let Charcandrick bat cleanup.


11/17/17, 07:04 PM CST by PyromaniacMo

Source: www.cbssports.com


Charcandrick West

Kansas City Chiefs

KC Ready to Run


The KC/NYG game could experience heavy winds, and certainly, a blowout of the Giants is a likely outcome as well. If either, or both of these potential situations play out, it could be good things for the KC ground game.

Fantasy Goo: The Giants have surrendered 3 rushing TD in their last 2 games. On the season, they have given up the 5th most yards to opposing backs. Hunt is a great cash game play, and in GPPs, I will toss out a few line-ups with West, maybe 5%. If indeed it is a blowout, the Chiefs, led by Reid who is 16-2 off a bye, could look to lighten the load for their workhorse RB and let Charcandrick bat cleanup.


11/17/17, 07:04 PM CST by PyromaniacMo

Source: www.cbssports.com


Sterling Shepard

New York Giants

Sterling Shepard's Time to Shine


The Giants are going to need to put the ball in the air against KC. Keep an eye on the winds in this one. If it is north of 15mph, I will lessen my DFS shares.

Fantasy Goo: If the winds are not bad, Shep could get some looks as he should dominate KC's Steven Nelson. There are 84 starting cornerbacks in the NFL for Week #11. Nelson comes in at #80 according to PFF


11/17/17, 06:55 PM CST by PyromaniacMo

Source: www.nflweather.com


Tom Brady

New England Patriots

Brady a Top Bet for DFS Cash Games


The Patriots stayed in mile-high country last week in order to get acclimated to higher altitudes. The Raiders remained at sea level. This week they square off in Mexico City, which is much higher than one mile up. The difference could be seen in the 2nd half where the Raiders could run out of gas.

Fantasy Goo: Regardless of the elevation narrative, this game opened as the only 50 pointer this coming week. Football Outsiders ranks Oakland dead last for defensive DVOA, weighted defense, and overall pass ranking. Plus, Tom Brady is a great stack with Gronk against Oakland who is notoriously bad versus tight ends. Finally, New England will likely be missing Hogan, the recipient of 11 red zone targets this season. Gronk could easily be the beneficiary, as he has 13 himself.


11/17/17, 06:38 PM CST by PyromaniacMo

Source: www.footballoutsiders.com


Rob Gronkowski

New England Patriots

Brady a Top Bet for DFS Cash Games


The Patriots stayed in mile-high country last week in order to get acclimated to higher altitudes. The Raiders remained at sea level. This week they square off in Mexico City, which is much higher than one mile up. The difference could be seen in the 2nd half where the Raiders could run out of gas.

Fantasy Goo: Regardless of the elevation narrative, this game opened as the only 50 pointer this coming week. Football Outsiders ranks Oakland dead last for defensive DVOA, weighted defense, and overall pass ranking. Plus, Tom Brady is a great stack with Gronk against Oakland who is notoriously bad versus tight ends. Finally, New England will likely be missing Hogan, the recipient of 11 red zone targets this season. Gronk could easily be the beneficiary, as he has 13 himself.


11/17/17, 06:38 PM CST by PyromaniacMo

Source: www.footballoutsiders.com


Chris Hogan

New England Patriots

Brady a Top Bet for DFS Cash Games


The Patriots stayed in mile-high country last week in order to get acclimated to higher altitudes. The Raiders remained at sea level. This week they square off in Mexico City, which is much higher than one mile up. The difference could be seen in the 2nd half where the Raiders could run out of gas.

Fantasy Goo: Regardless of the elevation narrative, this game opened as the only 50 pointer this coming week. Football Outsiders ranks Oakland dead last for defensive DVOA, weighted defense, and overall pass ranking. Plus, Tom Brady is a great stack with Gronk against Oakland who is notoriously bad versus tight ends. Finally, New England will likely be missing Hogan, the recipient of 11 red zone targets this season. Gronk could easily be the beneficiary, as he has 13 himself.


11/17/17, 06:38 PM CST by PyromaniacMo

Source: www.footballoutsiders.com


Mike Evans

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

FanDuel Triple Play - Pass Go Collect 2TDS


This Sunday is "National Play Monopoly day." What does that mean for FD? Absolutely nothing, but I'm taking a "chance" and grabbing these 3 players that have a bit higher price tag because that's how I won at Monopoly.

Mike Evans @MIA - $7,800 - Much like AJ Green last week, I am banking on Evans to deliver his game of redemption and bounce back in a BIG way. Ryan Fitzpatrick will only have eyes for the 6'5 Evans as he once did for Brandon Marshall in NY. Evans will coast down A1A for 2TDS!

Travis Kelce @NYG - $7,500 - Kelce has 3TDs in the last 3 games. The Giants are giving up a TD every game to opposing TEs this season. That's crazy! Momma ain't raise no fool. 1+1= 2TDs!

Melvin Gordon vsBUF - $7,800 - The Bills gave up 50FPTS at home to the Saints dynamic duo of Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara just last week, and now have to fly to LA. Gordon will stampede all over the Buffalo Bills. 2TDs in da house!


11/16/17, 12:43 AM CST by Pete Z

Source: www.pyromaniac.com


Travis Kelce

Kansas City Chiefs

FanDuel Triple Play - Pass Go Collect 2TDS


This Sunday is "National Play Monopoly day." What does that mean for FD? Absolutely nothing, but I'm taking a "chance" and grabbing these 3 players that have a bit higher price tag because that's how I won at Monopoly.

Mike Evans @MIA - $7,800 - Much like AJ Green last week, I am banking on Evans to deliver his game of redemption and bounce back in a BIG way. Ryan Fitzpatrick will only have eyes for the 6'5 Evans as he once did for Brandon Marshall in NY. Evans will coast down A1A for 2TDS!

Travis Kelce @NYG - $7,500 - Kelce has 3TDs in the last 3 games. The Giants are giving up a TD every game to opposing TEs this season. That's crazy! Momma ain't raise no fool. 1+1= 2TDs!

Melvin Gordon vsBUF - $7,800 - The Bills gave up 50FPTS at home to the Saints dynamic duo of Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara just last week, and now have to fly to LA. Gordon will stampede all over the Buffalo Bills. 2TDs in da house!


11/16/17, 12:42 AM CST by Pete Z

Source: www.pyromaniac.com


Melvin Gordon

Los Angeles Chargers

FanDuel Triple Play - Pass Go Collect 2TDS


This Sunday is "National Play Monopoly day." What does that mean for FD? Absolutely nothing, but I'm taking a "chance" and grabbing these 3 players that have a bit higher price tag because that's how I won at Monopoly.

Mike Evans @MIA - $7,800 - Much like AJ Green last week, I am banking on Evans to deliver his game of redemption and bounce back in a BIG way. Ryan Fitzpatrick will only have eyes for the 6'5 Evans as he once did for Brandon Marshall in NY. Evans will coast down A1A for 2TDS!

Travis Kelce @NYG - $7,500 - Kelce has 3TDs in the last 3 games. The Giants are giving up a TD every game to opposing TEs this season. That's crazy! Momma ain't raise no fool. 1+1= 2TDs!

Melvin Gordon vsBUF - $7,800 - The Bills gave up 50FPTS at home to the Saints dynamic duo of Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara just last week, and now have to fly to LA. Gordon will stampede all over the Buffalo Bills. 2TDs in da house!


11/15/17, 11:23 PM CST by Pete Z

Source: www.pyromaniac.com


Latavius Murray

Minnesota Vikings

Waiver Wire Pickup Target for Week 11


LATAVIUS MURRAY – RB – VIKINGS – AVAILABLE IN 34% OF CBS LEAGUES

He is still getting a lot of touches, and this week had 17 carries for 68 yards with a touchdown. Getting the redzone carries makes him a worthy add in deeper leagues.


11/14/17, 07:43 PM CST by Houdini

Source: www.pyromaniac.com


Garrett Celek

San Francisco 49ers

Waiver Wire Pickup Target for Week 11


GARRETT CELEK – TE – 49ERS – AVAILABLE IN 95% OF CBS LEAGUES

With George Kittle out of the game, Celek had four catches for 67 yards with a 47-yard touchdown. He is viable as long as Kittle is out.


11/14/17, 07:43 PM CST by Houdini

Source: www.pyromaniac.com


Jamison Crowder

Washington Redskins

Waiver Wire Pickup Target for Week 11


JAMISON CROWDER – WR – REDSKINS – AVAILABLE IN 61% OF CBS LEAGUES

Crowder came back to action and had four receptions for 76 yards and one run for five yards. He is finally starting to make an impact when healthy.


11/14/17, 07:41 PM CST by Houdini

Source: www.pyromaniac.com


Matt Breida

San Francisco 49ers

Waiver Wire Pickup Target for Week 11


MATT BREIDA – RB – 49ERS – AVAILABLE IN 95% OF CBS LEAUGES

Breida had himself a nice game this week, carrying the ball nine times for 55 yards with a touchdown and had one catch for three yards. The 49ers are looking to the future, and Breida will get more looks going forward.


11/14/17, 07:41 PM CST by Houdini

Source: www.pyromaniac.com


Case Keenum

Minnesota Vikings

Waiver Wire Pickup Target for Week 11


CASE KEENUM – QB – VIKINGS – AVAILABLE IN 73% OF CBS LEAGUES

Looking for a quarterback? Well, how about Keenum? He has the job and the weapons and is doing well. This week he completed 21 of 29 passes for 304 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions. This is a first place team and they need him the rest of the way.


11/14/17, 07:39 PM CST by Houdini

Source: www.pyromaniac.com


Corey Davis

Tennessee Titans

Waiver Wire Pickup Target for Week 11


COREY DAVIS – WR – TITANS – AVAILABLE IN 42% OF CBS LEAGUES

Davis had four receptions for 48 yards, so not what we are expecting, but there is light for the future. He is starting to see more targets, and is the future of what the Titans want to be. He will see more looks going forward.


11/14/17, 07:38 PM CST by Houdini

Source: www.pyromaniac.com


Marqise Lee

Jacksonville Jaguars

Waiver Wire Pickup Target for Week 11


MARQISE LEE – WR – JAGUARS – AVAILABLE IN 42% OF CBS LEAGUES

He is on this list every week, and he came through again with six catches for 55 yards and a score. He is the best option in the Jaguars passing game.


11/14/17, 07:38 PM CST by Houdini

Source: www.pyromaniac.com

Cameron Meredith is in a big roster battle for fantasy supremacy

2017 Fantasy Football Training Camp Battles

Posted by Stagg Party on 07/25/17

by   The Archer


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Training camp is just around the corner for every team in the NFL and that means one thing, we are very close to some games. Man have I missed football, so much so that I will even watch some preseason games. This is a check in on some important fantasy questions and position battles that could be answered during training camps and preseason games. Let’s go team by team and see what jumps off the page.

 

Arizona Cardinals

 

WR2: John Brown vs. J.J. Nelson vs. (Darkhorse) Chad Williams

 

The battle for the second wide receiver is a big one for the Cards, with John Brown the most proven of the group but also the one with the most questions. When healthy we have seen that he can be a true number two on a team. J.J. Nelson will always be limited because of his size, as he is arguably still the lightest player in the NFL. Chad Williams is a darkhorse as a slightly bigger burner, but one that will likely take some time to catch on as he makes the jump from Grambling State.

 

Favorite: John Brown

 

Atlanta Falcons

 

WR2: Mohamed Sanu vs. Taylor Gabriel

 

Mohamed Sanu is the slow and steady chain mover who can get it done on third down and provide a safety blanket for Matt Ryan with his sure hands. Taylor Gabriel is the opposite, nicknamed Turbo he can take it to the house from nearly anywhere on the field. If new offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian can find a way to use Gabriel and find a way to get him some extra targets, he could be an underrated fantasy asset entering the season.

 

Favorite: Split work

 

Baltimore Ravens

 

TE1: Benjamin Watson vs. Crockett Gillmore vs. Maxx Williams

 

Just like last year the Ravens have question marks in terms of pecking order at seemingly every position, but their tight ends might be the most interesting, as I believe running backs and wide receivers have clearly defined roles, at least until Kenneth Dixon returns from his four-game suspension. The Ravens threw 158 passes to their tight ends last season, and after Dennis Pitta’s seemingly last injury there is a big void there for one of the tight ends to step into. Ben Watson came over last season and before injury his Achilles was expected for a big role. He finished as the seventh tight end in 2015, Gillmore finished as the 24th TE in 2015 after playing in just ten games catching 33 passes for 412 yards and 4 scores. Maxx Williams is the biggest projection as he has proven less than nothing at the NFL level after being the highest drafted TE in his class.

 

Favorite: Benjamin Watson

 

Buffalo Bills

 

WR2: Zay Jones vs. Andre Holmes

 

The Buffalo Bills seem like they are pretty solidified at all positions except for the wide receiver behind Sammy Watkins. Zay Jones was drafted in the second round to hopefully fill that void, especially after Robert Woods departed for Los Angeles. Zay Jones has seen a ton of target in his college career and could be used right off the bat but will need to officially beat out Andre Holmes who has a crazy athletic profile and has shown glimpses at the NFL level. Holmes did have 99 targets back in 2014, if he has grown from his time behind Crabtree and Cooper, he could be an under the radar contributor this season. This could all be thrown out if Anquan Boldin were added however.

 

Favorite: Zay Jones

 

Carolina Panthers

 

RB1: Jonathan Stewart vs. Christian McCaffrey

 

While this may not seem like a battle, it is Jonathan Stewart battling to maintain 200 or so carries on the season and C-Mac trying to take more of the rushing workload then expected. Stewart is a solid runner who can also score touchdowns when called upon, J-Stew should continue to be the early down runner.

 

Favorite: Jonathan Stewart for lead in carries, and rushing touchdowns.

 

Chicago Bears

 

WR1: Kevin White vs. Cameron Meredith

 

With Alshon Jeffery flying his way to Philadelphia Kevin White will have a chance to  fulfill his draft stock but will have to potentially unseat Cam Meredith who has put together a better season than White at the NFL level. Meredith will have a shot, but with so much invested in Kevin White, the targets could flow his way, if healthy.

 

Favorite: Cameron Meredith

 

Cincinnati Bengals

 

RB1: Joe Mixon vs. Jeremy Hill vs. Giovani Bernard

 

The Bengals added Joe Mixon to what was already a fairly crowded backfield in the past few seasons. Mixon is a spread runner who can catch it from the backfield, mixing the skillsets of each incumbent. With Gio on the mend, and Hill having underperformed over the last two seasons, Mixon could see a lot of carries right off the bat.

 

Favorite: Joe Mixon, but a strong potential for split work.

 

Cleveland Browns

 

QB1: DeShone Kizer vs. Cody Kessler

 

The Cleveland Browns biggest competition is by far their quarterback slot, Kizer was considered a top prospect entering draft season but ended up falling to a price where Cleveland felt he was worth the gamble. Kessler was hand picked last season by Hue Jackson and quietly put up good numbers, but did have to battle through injuries leaving questions as to his long term viability as a starter.

 

Favorite: Cody Kessler

 

Dallas Cowboys

 

RB2: Alfred Morris vs. Darren McFadden

 

While this might not seem like the sexiest of battles, it could have a big fantasy impact early in the season as we await news of a potential Zeke suspension. Morris was the early season back up, but had trouble even finding the active roster once D-Mac returned from his injury. McFadden has shown fantasy viability behind the Cowboys offensive line and possesses a wider range of skills than the pure runner of Morris.

 

Favorite: Darren McFadden

 

Denver Broncos

 

QB1:Trevor Siemian vs. Paxton Lynch

 

The Broncos have an offensive system with pretty clearly defined roles, but who will be getting them the ball is still in question. Siemian the incumbent, put up respectable numbers, but is really a backup QB masquerading as a starter. Paxton Lynch looked lost given his opportunities last season, but with the draft capital invested in him, he should see the field at some point this season.

 

Favorite: Trevor Siemian

 

Detroit Lions

 

RB1: Ameer Abdullah vs. Theo Riddick vs. Zach Zenner

 

Amerr Abdullah got off to a fast start last season before going down with an injury and leaving more rushing work for Theo Riddick who got off to a great start before going down with an injury of his own then Zach Zenner even got a few good games in at the end of the season. This could be a backfield with split roles, which makes it tough to take any of these guys early.

 

Favorite: Ameer Abdullah

 

Green Bay Packers

 

RB1: Ty Montgomery vs. Aaron Jones vs. Jamaal Williams

 

Ty Montgomery is coming off an offseason transition to the running back position full-time, and worked out like a running back for the first time in his career. After being one of the best yards after contact runners in the league last season, Montgomery has put in the work. Everyone is worried about Ty because the team spent last round picks on Jamaal Williams and Aaron Jones who each have impressive collegiate resumes.

 

Favorite: Ty Montgomery

 

Houston Texans

 

QB1: Deshaun Watson vs. Tom Savage

 

The Texans need to sort out their quarterback position after the disaster of the Osweiler contract. Savage has yet to establish himself at the NFL level and not throwing a touchdown to date. Watson comes with a huge collegiate profile having shined on he biggest of stages over the last two years. Savage may be the guy to start the season, but Watson will get more than his share of opportunities.

 

Favorite: Deshaun Watson

 

Indianapolis Colts

 

RB2: Robert Turbin vs. Marlon Mack

 

While Frank Gore is the incumbent, we know he has his warts and got some valuable opportunities taken from him in the form of redzone carries and reception by Robert Turbin he still feels locked in as the team’s top running back. Marlon Mack is the heralded rookie who brings some much needed to the backfield and Turbin is a proven commodity that can do a lot of things okay.

 

Favorite: Robert Turbin

 

Jacksonville Jaguars

 

WR2: Allen Hurns vs. Marqise Lee

 

This is one of those position battles where it looks like it might not matter as each will have a role, but we also have to remember that this is an offense that is slated wto change after the drafting of Leonard Fournette. Fournette’s power style will probably play better in two back and two tight end sets, relegating one of these two guys to the bench. Lee offers the viability of having a better season last year. But Hurns’ career numbers are much stronger. With Allen’s vertically and length, he is the more likely touchdown threat so I’d lean his way.

 

Favorite: Allen Hurns

 

Kansas City Chiefs

 

RB1: Spencer Ware vs. Kareem Hunt

 

Spencer Ware put together a nice start to the season then tailed off as the year went on. Kareem Hunt is the new hotness, being added in the third round of the NFL draft. Ware has an all around ability, adding receiving ability to his rushing productivity last season. Kareem Hunt brings an all around game as well, including an ability to carry the load at the collegiate level.

 

Favorite: Spencer Ware

 

Los Angeles Chargers

 

TE1: Antonio Gates vs. Hunter Henry

 

Antonio Gates is currently tied for the most career touchdown receptions by a tight end with Tony Gonzalez, and unless something goes horribly wrong, will break that record this season. After that, Gates’ role is a bit of a question mark for the first time in his career. Will he play more than third downs or in the redzone? Henry is coming off a big rookie season as far as tight ends are concerned and could be in line for a boost in targets. The real question is if one can take over more of the role than expected.

 

Favorite: Hunter Henry

 

Los Angeles Rams

 

WR2: Tavon Austin vs. Cooper Kupp

 

Tavon Austin is the incumbent with a big contract and a creative offensive mind who may be better suited to use his skillset than anyone in his career. Then comes the Kuppening who had big numbers at a lower level of competition and was somehow selected over Chris Godwin.

 

Favorite: Tavon Austin

 

Miami Dolphins

 

WR2: DeVante Parker vs. Kenny Stills

 

While this may not be a traditional battle in the sense that each player is likely to be used, it is a battle for which receiver will slot into the WR2 role in two wide sets and who will see the most targets than the hog that is Jarvis Landry. Kenny Stills brings an elite skill as a lid lifter, while Parker has shown glimpses of a diverse skillset. Parker has been all the rage this offseason, but without more targets it is hard to see the true breakout many are projecting.

 

Favorite DeVante Parker

 

Minnesota Vikings

 

RB1: Dalvin Cook vs. Latavius Murray vs. Jerick McKinnon

 

Dalvin Cook was one of the most dominant running backs over the last two seasons at Florida State, Latavius Murray has had a 1,000 yard season or scored double digit touchdowns in the last two seasons, and Jerick McKinnon is a freak athlete with room for growth. Each of these guys has strengths and weaknesses, and knowing today how the coaches will divide up the work could be the differences in fantasy leagues this season.

 

Favorite: Split Work.

 

New England Patriots

 

RB1: Mike Gillislee vs. Rex Burkhead vs. Dion Lewis vs. James White

 

The New England Patriots have long since had a minefield going on in their backfield, except last year where players seemingly had clearly defined roles as Lewis spent most of the season out of the lineup. This offseason, the Patriots added even more ambiguity to the backfield with the additions of Gillislee and Burkhead over just re-signing Blount. Gillislee has the most capital invested in him, and has been super productive in limited touches, while James White should still see the majority of the receiving work.

 

Favorite: Mike Gillislee

 

New Orleans Saints

 

RB1: Mark Ingram vs. Adrian Peterson vs. Alvin Kamara

 

The Saints running back position is tantalizing for fantasy as over the last five years the team has averaged 510 fantasy points per season in PPR leagues. Mark Ingram is always discussed as being hated by Sean Payton, and they brought in Adrian Peterson in free agency and Alvin Kamara in the draft. Ingram has had competition over the last few years and still came out on top, even with guys in designed secondary roles.

 

Favorite: Mark Ingram

 

New York Giants

 

RB1: Paul Perkins vs. Shane Vereen vs. Wayne Gallman

 

The Giants running back position is another spot where we could see each guy play a role, sapping a lot of the value out of any one player. If Vereen is the third down back and Gallman gets used in short yardage and goalline situations because he is the biggest, it could make for tough sledding for Paul Perkins to return value.

 

Favorite: Paul Perkins

 

New York Jets

 

WR2: Robby Anderson vs. ArDarius Stewart

 

While everyone is immediately slotting Quincy Enunwa into the #1 target role, I think it could be a little harder than that. But the real battle will be for depth at the wide receiver position, especially for a team that will need to throw to stay in some ball games next season. Anderson is an athlete who showed some chops at the end of last season while Stewart brings some savvy after being the number two passing option in a run first offense at Alabama, but making a ton of impact plays.

 

Favorite: Robby Anderson

 

Oakland Raiders

 

RB2: DeAndre Washington vs. Jalen Richard

 

DeAndre and Jalen both put up very similar seasons in their rookie seasons and possess similar athletic profiles making this too difficult to call. Richard looked like the more dynamic pass catcher while Washington looked like the better in between the tackle runner. While they will probably both get work, Richard’s change of pace ability makes him look like the one to own if Marshawn Lynch can stay healthy, if not this has split work written all over it.

 

Favorite: Split Work.

 

Philadelphia Eagles

 

RB1: LeGarette Blount vs. Darren Sproles vs. Wendell Smallwood vs. Ryan Mathews?

 

While this may seem like a cut and dry backfield with Blount as the thunder and Sproles as lightning there are some concerns. Like why hasn’t Ryan Mathews been released yet? Is Wendell Smallwood just going to ride the bench all season? Can Blount be half of what he was for the Patriots last season? Can Sproles continue to defy the odds and beat father time? Lots of questions exist here and the answers seem too easy

 

Favorite: LeGarrette Blount and Darren Sproles

 

Pittsburgh Steelers

 

RB2: James Connor vs. Fitzgerald Toussaint

 

While many are writing in James Connor as the backup because of the surprising draft capital spent on him, Toussaint is the incumbent with DeAngelo Williams still unsigned. Williams could also be added back to the mix making this all a moot point. Connor has the story and the capital, but would a team with Superbowl aspirations hand the keys over to a rookie if the worst were to happen to Bell?

 

San Francisco 49ers

 

TE1: Vance McDonald vs. George Kittle

 

Vance McDonald is a highly paid tight end from a previous regime who has shown flashes of being a dynamic receiver, especially with the ball in his hands. George Kittle has gotten the most hype from minicamp after posting some crazy athletic combine numbers, under the radar of all the first round tight ends. Kittle is said to be closer to ready than the general public knows, making for an interesting watch this training camp.

 

Favorite: Vance McDonald

 

Seattle Seahawks

 

WR2: Tyler Lockett vs. Paul Richardson vs. Jermaine Kearse

 

This is a situation where each player has been on the squad for at least the last two seasons and has shown signs of success at the NFL level. Lockett has shown an ability to get open vertically and make things happen with the ball in his hands, Richardson showed a knack for the spectacular at the end of last year, and Kearse is seemingly always there when the team needs a big catch.

 

Favorite: Tyler Lockett

 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

 

TE1: O.J. Howard vs. Cameron Brate

 

Brate is currently falling in fantasy drafts as everyone is expecting a big time season from O.J. Howard after the team spent a first rounder to bring the rookie it. Brate is coming off a season in which he led all tight ends in touchdowns while Howard caught just 7 touchdowns in his college career despite being one of the biggest matchup nightmares in all of college football. We know it takes some time for rookie tight ends to adapt to the NFL level; this one should be no different.

 

Favorite: Cameron Brate

 

Tennessee Titans

 

WR1: Eric Decker vs. Corey Davis vs. Rishard Matthews

 

The Tennessee Titans have one of the more interesting battles for who will be their defacto number one receiver going into the season in camp. Will it be the top-five rookie who put up a heap of college receiving stats in the MAC? Or will it be the grizzled vet coming off of injury that has been dominant in the redzone when given adequate quarterback play? Or will it be the incumbent Rishard Matthews who was a top-24 wide receiver in his first year in Tennessee? Each of these guys has big positives, but also major questions as they all try for targets.

 

Favorite: Eric Decker

 

Washington Redskins

 

RB1: Robert Kelley vs. Samaje Perine

 

Robert Kelly is a guy who you know what you will get from, whether he is called upon for 2 carries or 20. Kelley will carry the rock with three yards and a cloud of dust and maybe score some touchdowns. Perine is a bowling ball that brings something a little more dynamic to the table. Perine can carry a load all while bringing a little more oomph to the game, giving him more of a potential ceiling.

 

Favorite: Samaje Perine 

 

 

 

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