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Eric Ebron

Detroit Lions

Ebron Could Use Some Luck


Colts signed TE Eric Ebron, formerly of the Lions, to a two-year contract. Coach Frank Reich called Ebron an "elite tight end."

The last time we saw Andrew Luck healthy (2016), the Colts used 2+ TE sets at the 3rd-highest rate in the NFL and had the 6th-highest target share to TEs.


04/01/18, 11:32 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Carlos Hyde

San Francisco 49ers

Hyde and Seek


Browns agreed to terms with RB Carlos Hyde, formerly of the 49ers, on a three-year, $15 million contract.

Obtaining Hyde has several trickle-down effects; first it replaces Crowell who signed with the Jets, it probably diminishes Duke Johnson’s value a bit. Hyde is a better all-around back than Crowell was and will certainly take over the goal-line work seeing that he’s got 20+ pounds on Duke. It also reduces the likelihood that Cleveland takes Saquon Barkley with the 4th pick in the draft. They will most likely look to draft a defensive player (Chubb) or trade down again.


04/01/18, 11:28 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Jerick McKinnon

Minnesota Vikings

McKinnon Goes West For Gold-Rush


49ers agreed to terms with RB Jerick McKinnon, formerly of the Vikings, on a four-year, $30 million contract.

McKinnon averaged a ho-hum 3.8 yards a carry for the Vikings and scored three rushing touchdowns. By contrast, San Francisco's former lead runner, Carlos Hyde, averaged 3.9 yards an attempt in 2017 and had eight rushing touchdowns.

It appears as though Shanahan is enamored with McKinnon's athletic metrics, but I'm not so sure he was "pounding the table" to get him. This move could push the Niner's to cut Joe Williams.


04/01/18, 11:12 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.sacbee.com


Mike Wallace

Baltimore Ravens

Eagles Keep Improving


Eagles signed WR Mike Wallace to a one-year contract.
Mike Wallace can still move posting a top five max speed among wide receivers last season. He will fill the void left by Torrey Smith as a speed vertical threat.


04/01/18, 11:08 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Terrelle Pryor

Washington Redskins

Jets Searching For Weapons


Jets agreed to terms with WR Terrelle Pryor, formerly of Washington and Cleveland.

Second year in a row on a new team doesn’t really help Pryor's cause, but I like the idea of him on the field with Teddy Bridgewater at some point. I would imagine, with some creativity, the Jets could really design some innovative gadget plays.
The Jets receiving corps really looks like a bunch of question marks at this point though, no telling what the week-to-week outcome will be with these guys.
Jermaine Kearse: 65 catches, 810 yards, 5 touchdowns (2017)
Robby Anderson: 63 catches, 941 yards, 7 touchdowns (2017)
Quincy Enunwa: 58 catches, 857 yards, 4 touchdowns (2016)
Terrelle Pryor: 77 catches, 1007 yards, 4 touchdowns (2016)


04/01/18, 11:04 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Carlos Henderson

Denver Broncos

Sleeper Watch


Broncos coach Vance Joseph said the team is "counting on" Carlos Henderson making an impact in 2018.

If you are paying attention to Staggs projections there is plenty of opportunity for Henderson to step into a solid number of targets in the slot. Henderson was hindered by injury and awful QB play last year. Being drafted in the 18th round or later in best-ball leagues, Henderson is the late round flyer that should be on your radar.


04/01/18, 11:00 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.denverpost.com


Ben Watson

Baltimore Ravens

Watson Returns To Big Easy


Saints signed TE Ben Watson, formerly of the Ravens, to a one-year contract.

Watson had 74 catches on 110 targets for 825 yards and 6 TD’s when he was with the Saints in 2015. After missing 2016 he had a pretty good year with Baltimore last year despite an anemic offense, with 61 catches on 79 targets for 522 yards and 4 TD’s. He’s not a bad late round flyer TE. He’s basically free right now, but I expect by the time the season starts he’ll be being drafted within the top 20 at the position.


04/01/18, 10:54 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Jeff Janis

Green Bay Packers

Janis Truthers Challenged


Browns officially signed former Packers’ WR Jeff Janis.
The combine superstar never amounted to anything in Green Bay, I highly doubt Cleveland is the place for him to finally break-out.


04/01/18, 10:50 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Thomas Rawls

Seattle Seahawks

Jets Sign Rawls


Rawls had five RB1 games in 2015, one in 2016, and has been a disappointment since. He’s not worth your time in fantasy, but he could cause enough disruption in the Jets backfield to cut any upside we might have hoped for from Isaiah Crowell.


04/01/18, 10:48 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.newyorkjets.com


Allen Robinson

Jacksonville Jaguars

Coo coo ca choo Mr. Robinson


Bears signed WR Allen Robinson, formerly of the Jaguars, to a three-year, $42 million contract.

This is a great move for Robinson and Chicago. Nagy’s offense and the young QB, Trubiski, should benefit Robinson at least as much as Bortles did, and Chicago gets the top WR in free agency.
Everyone on the team will be in a new scheme so there will be an adjustment, but as they start to gel we should see a big second half. Robinson’s recovery from a torn ACL doesn’t scare me away from drafting him in the late third/early fourth, his current MFL10 ADP is 43 overall while his Draft app ADP is 59.9. I expect Robinson to be somewhere in the range of 75 receptions, for 1100 yards and 8 TD’s.


03/24/18, 08:25 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Sammy Watkins

Los Angeles Rams

KC Building Strong Air Attack


Chiefs signed Sammy Watkins, formerly of the Rams, to a three-year, $48 million contract.

I’m a big Sammy truther so getting him in the 5th or 6th round is a pure power move. His current Draft app ADP of 87.1 is an absolute steal, his MFL10 ADP of 69.5 is still a great value in my opinion. There are quite a few options for high targets in KC so I don’t expect him to see the 128 targets he saw his rookie year, but he should definitely see more than the 70 he saw last year. He’ll have an entire offseason to work with the near-rookie QB, and at age 25 he should have enough burst left to have a 70 catch, 1050 yd, 8TD line. For his career he has 16 receptions on 30 targets for 12 TD’s in the Red Zone, and 9 receptions on 13 targets, for 8 TD’s inside the opponents 10. He should be the exact WR the Chiefs need to get over the hump. As a team the Chiefs were 34/75 for 13 TD’s in the Red-Zone last year and 12/24 for 10 TD inside the 10.


03/24/18, 08:19 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.pro-football-reference.com


Kirk Cousins

Washington Redskins

Vikings Like That


Kirk Cousins plans to sign a three-year, fully-guaranteed contract from the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday. The deal is believed to be for around $86 million, and reports are it will be fully-guaranteed, a landmark for an NFL free agent.

Should be a lateral move for Kirk as far as fantasy, better WR’s, but fewer passes thrown in this offense. A healthy Dalvin Cook should be able to run out the clock if they are up in the second half of games and take the ball out of Cousins hands near the end zone. It should also help the overall efficiency of the offense so all in all it increases his floor, but cuts any garbage-time production we’ve seen with Washington. Kyle Rudolph becomes a big benefactor here, Cousins loves his TE, especially near the end-zone.


03/24/18, 08:16 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Case Keenum

Minnesota Vikings

Denver Makes Case


Broncos signed QB Case Keenum, formerly of the Vikings, to a two-year, $36 million contract.

Well, I was hoping for more than a bridge QB for my favorite WR (D. Thomas), but this is a definite upgrade from the three stooges Denver put behind center last year.


03/24/18, 08:13 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


LeGarrette Blount

Philadelphia Eagles

Detroit Sparks Up Blount


The Lions signed free agent RB LeGarrette Blount to a 1-year deal worth $4.5M. He’s back with Matt Patricia, as the New England ties are strong.

The Lions have needed a true goal-line/power-back for years. I expect Blount to get between 150-200 touches and all the short-yardage carries. Detroit’s offense doesn’t really fit what Blount brings to the table, but I expect Patricia will have some influence over how the offense will operate from here-on-out.


03/24/18, 08:10 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Cleveland Browns

Money Ball: The Sequel


Hate to start out the offseason with the Cleveland Browns, but they are makin’ moves!
Browns acquired: Tyrod Taylor, Jarvis Landry, Damarious Randall
Browns gave up: 2018 3rd-round pick (No. 65), 2018 4th-round pick, 2019 7th-round pick, DeShone Kizer

Building with experienced quality performers that have something to prove, by selling inconsequential draft picks is exactly what Sashi Brown was building up for. It’s a shame he won’t be around to reap the rewards, but these are quality moves for a win-now mentality.


03/09/18, 09:37 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Tyrod Taylor

Buffalo Bills

Hue Looks To TyGoat


Browns left tackle Joe Thomas, who's pondering his future, is a fan of Tyrod Taylor and has said so on the ThomaHawk Show podcast.

Tyrod is just one season removed (2016) from being the QB11 in average fantasy ppg, including seven 20+ point weeks and six 15+ point weeks. Given the current talent on the O-line and skill position weapons he could improve on those numbers. He has the potential to be this year’s Alex Smith, definitely heading my late-round (12+) QB picks now.


03/09/18, 09:32 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Deshone Kizer

Cleveland Browns

Packers Get In On The Fun


The Packers have traded for QB DeShone Kizer from the Browns to Green Bay.

This is the best possible scenario for Kizer, who was thrown into the fire last season. Getting the chance to develop and learn behind the best in the business is the best chance he has for longevity.


03/09/18, 09:30 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Torrey Smith

Philadelphia Eagles

On The Move Again


The Eagles trade WR Torrey Smith to the Panthers for CB Daryl Worley. Torrey Smith could fill the old Ted Ginn role which makes this fairly interesting. Stagg Party says it’s more of a boost for Cam than Torrey himself.

This is an absolute perfect fit, someone who isn’t going to demand the ball, but can take the top off a defense while McCaffrey, Olsen, and Cam work underneath. Torrey is looking like a great late-round flyer.


03/09/18, 09:28 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


DeMarco Murray

Tennessee Titans

Henry Hype Train Has Clear Track


DeMarco Murray was released by the Titans.
No surprise here, expect Derick Henry to be a lead back with 250+ touches, but they will bring in someone that will play the third-down, pass-catching role out of the backfield. I wouldn’t be surprised if they sign someone like Jerick McKinnon or Rex Burkhead, or even Darren Sproles or Charles Sims. There are also plenty of options in the NFL draft, Henry won’t be a true “Bell Cow.”


03/09/18, 09:17 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Marquise Goodwin

San Francisco 49ers

The Name Says It All


Marquise Goodwin and the 49ers have agreed to a 3yr extension worth $20.3M & 10M guaranteed.

Shanahan has found his big-play threat at a reasonable price. Goodwin caught 56 balls for 962 yards last season, but only had two TD’s. None of his six longest plays (33+ yards) were from Garoppollo so it leads me to believe they will still be looking for a top of the line WR, even with Garcon coming back from injury.


03/09/18, 09:15 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.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

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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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