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Chris Thompson

Washington Redskins

Thompson Flashes


Thompson only had three carries, but two of them went for scores, including a 61-yard scamper. He finished with six touches for 106 yards and two scores. Rob Kelley could miss time with the injury and Thompson is lightening in a bottle.

Fantasy Goo: Thompson is the back to own in PPR leagues, his floor is solid with the passing downs work and he will probably average five carries a game if Kelley (ribs) is out.


09/19/17, 07:08 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: pyromaniac.com


Chris Carson

Seattle Seahawks

Seattle Backfield Jumble


Carson was the man at running back for the Seahawks, running the ball 20 times for 93 yards, and he caught one pass for 7 yards to give him 100 total yards on the day. Lacy is a non-factor, and Rawls does not look like he will be able to keep Carson from getting the Lion share of carries going forward.

Fantasy Goo: Carson will probably be the number one waiver add in your league, and if you have the number one pick you NEED to add Carson now.


09/19/17, 07:06 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: pyromaniac.com


D'Onta Foreman

Houston Texans

The Foreman Is On The Job


The Texans want to get Foreman more involved in the offense, and this week he had 12 carries for 40 yards. He is going to be in a 60/40 split with Lamar Miller, but there is upside if Miller goes down. His workload should only increase as the season moves along.

Fantasy Goo: If he’s still available, if you have space on your roster, and if you can wait a few weeks for him to take even more of the role, then this is your guy to grab. Foreman could emerge as the Texans primary back by the end of the year.


09/19/17, 07:03 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: pyromaniac.com


Rashard Higgins

Cleveland Browns

They Call Him "Hollywood"


Browns placed WR Corey Coleman on injured reserve with a broken hand. Coleman underwent surgery on his broken right hand Monday. Higgins played 54-of-71 snaps against the Ravens, 12 more than Kenny Britt. He also turned 11 targets into seven catches for 95 yards. He was just promoted off the practice squad on Saturday, so he could be a one hit wonder.

Fantasy Goo: Normally I would say to just put him on your watch list, but he could emerge into what we thought Kenny Britt would be. Britt is playing like he doesn’t give a crap right now, which is giving Higgins opportunity and with Coleman out for at least eight weeks there might not be anyone else to throw to.


09/19/17, 07:00 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com


Will Fuller

Houston Texans

Strong Out, Fuller In


Will Fuller (collarbone) returned to practice on Monday. It's a potential sign Fuller could return for Week 3. The Houston Chronicle reported in early August that Fuller would likely miss "2-3 months," but Fuller is an elite athlete in optimal condition, and he is capable of beating a lengthy timetable like that. The Texans also placed WR Jaelen Strong on waivers and the Jaguars have claimed him.

Fantasy Goo: It’s too bad the Texans still don’t have a QB. Fuller could add a valuable weapon for Watson, but I don’t see Watson being a productive QB that can maintain two WR’s with weekly fantasy value. Keep Fuller on the watch list just in case Watson proves he can produce or they shift to a free agent QB.


09/19/17, 06:57 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com


A.J. Green

Cincinnati Bengals

Green looking forward to Green Bay


A.J. Green has struggled to get going this season, with 10 receptions for 141 yards and no touchdowns. This week he faces a Packers defense that could be without Mike Daniels and Ahmad Brooks. Julio Jones had 108 yards against the Packers last week, and without the pass rush of Daniels Green should be able to make more plays downfield this week. The Bengals are looking for their first touchdown of the season, and Dalton wants it to be a passing touchdown to A.J.


09/19/17, 06:57 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: www.pro-football-reference.com


Le'Veon Bell

Pittsburgh Steelers

Bell looking for a breakthrough against the Bears


Le'Veon has only totaled 138 yards with no scores through the first two weeks. Owners should be feeling good about his matchup this week against the Bears. Chicago is already without LB Jerrell Freeman, and last week lost his replacement Nick Kwiatkowski. The Bears are a mess and Bell should be able to exploit those weaknesses for big gains this week.


09/19/17, 06:52 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: www.pro-football-reference.com

Carolina Panthers

Carolina In My Mind


Implied Team Totals: Panthers 25, Bills 18
Cam looked rusty last week, he was literally shaking his arm after passes like there was rust in his shoulder joint. Christian McCaffrey out-snapped Jonathan Stewart 70% to 43% in Week 1, but Stewart out-touched McCaffrey 20 to 18, and Stewart scored the backfield’s lone TD on a red-zone reception where McCaffrey served as a decoy. As Carolina is favored by a touchdown at home, this sets up as another positive-script game where Stewart can log a similar if not superior workload to his dynamic rookie counterpart, giving both Panthers backs RB2/flex appeal. I don’t like any of the receivers, Benjamin is only ranked within the startable range because of the implied opportunity and what should be a prime match-up.


09/17/17, 10:30 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

Buffalo Bills

Buffalo @ Carolina


Implied Team Totals: Panthers 25, Bills 18
Tyrod is a solid sit for me on the road against a strong Carolina defense that silenced the 49ers on the road last week. McCoy will get 25 or so carries so I’m starting him in season-long, but his upside is capped so he’s a fade in DFS this week. Charles Clay led Buffalo in targets and caught his eighth TD in 29 games as a Bill. Last year’s Panthers allowed the league’s second-most fantasy points to tight ends, a position to which their Cover-3 zone can be vulnerable.


09/17/17, 10:28 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

New England Patriots

New England @ New Orleans


Implied Team Totals: Patriots 31, Saints 25
Last year the Saints allowed the second-most points (454) and the most passing yards (4380), the Superdome is now known as football’s version of Coors Field for its elevation of offensive output. My top DFS plays are Brady, of course, Cooks in a revenge game, Gronk if you are ok with paying up at TE, and the way to get Gronk in a DK line-up is to play James White at RB2 or flex. White is cheap, and played the most snaps of the RB’s last week, he could have around 5 receptions for around 35-50yds and cross your fingers for a TD.


09/17/17, 10:12 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

New Orleans Saints

New Orleans Hosting New England


Implied Team Totals: Patriots 31, Saints 25
The Saints, and Brees are a different animal at home than the road. Alex Smith shredded the Pats last week and even on short rest (6 days, compared to NE’s 10 days) Brees should see similar numbers. I feel good about starting Michael Thomas or Fleener, they should see the bulk of red-zone targets. The RB situation is in flux so the only RB I’m considering is Alvin Kamara, he’s obviously not a cash game play, but at $3500 he could pay-off in a big way.


09/17/17, 10:09 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars have alot to do to bounce back to fantasy relevance in week 2


With Blake Bortles playing the role as "game manager" it certainly puts a cap on the Jags offense as a whole,sure Leonard Fournette can be counted on to get the Lions share of work but at the cost of the passing game especially after losing AR15 who is left to count on ?
Blake threw for a meager 125 and a TD in week one's victory over Houston,but went 11 for 21 pass attempts. (21 attempts yoikes)
It seems the lack of faith in Bortles has everyone wondering if you can even start any pass catcher on this team.
The improvement of the defense should help but if history tells us anything it is that the Jags will be playing from behind and will be forced to throw. So again who's catching the ball in Jacksonville week 2?

Allen Hurns caught 3 out of 4 targets for 42 yards in the Jaguars' season opener and should be the one to take on the WR1 duties. He did show some fantasy value two years ago and is most likely to be the receiver with the most upside and is currently WR 49 on pyro rankings.

Marqise Lee was off the marq week 1 and had 4 balls thrown his way and failed to haul in a single catch, but he is in line to be the WR2. Maybe the increased workload and motivation of being more involved in the game plan will be the trick for Lee who's is WR 50 on pyro rankings.

Marcedes Lewis the tight-end failed to make a single reception of his two targets vs.the Texans. He could be called on to make up some of the loss of ARob but I'm not holding my breath. He only had 169 yards and a single touchdown all of last season Lewis is currently holding down TE 47 on the current pyro rankings.

Fantasy Goo: So if your like me the approach in Jacksonville is wait and see what happens Sunday vs Tennessee and hopefully we get the answers we are looking for by end of week three.


09/17/17, 05:13 AM CDT by PK Ripper

Source: pyromaniac.com

Green Bay Packers

Packers @ Falcons


Ty Montgomery played 75 of82 snaps, he’s playing a team that struggles to cover RBs and there’s a high over under. After allowing a league-high 14.5 receiving points per game to opposing backfields in 2016, Atlanta allowed a Week 1 high 23.1 points to the Chicago backfield receiving. Aaron Rodgers has thrown 10 touchdowns with at least three in each game and averaged 29.3 points per game. Randall Cobb accounted for 32 percent of the Green Bay targets Week 1.

Fantasy Goo: Start everyone mentioned above and Jordy. I guess Adams and Bennett are solid plays too, but I usually stay away from them in general, very TD dependent. This should be a shoot-out in Atlanta’s new stadium, and I expect Ty Montgomery to have the best value at $5800 on DK.


09/16/17, 06:28 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com


Akeem Hunt

Houston Texans

Double Hunt in KC


“Chiefs are releasing CJ Spiller again, per sources. This makes room on the 53 for RB Akeem Hunt, who can contribute on lots of special teams.”

Fantasy: Ok, this means absolutely nothing, but if you have that guy in your league that keeps sending annoying trades, you should pick up Akeem and send the guy an offer when you know he’s been drinking. All he’ll see is Hunt KC, if you make the right offer. Ask for someone good, but don’t get greedy.


09/16/17, 06:24 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Michael Crabtree

Oakland Raiders

Crabtree is the WR1 on Oakland yet again


Crabtree is the WR1a for the Raiders against a strong Jets defense in Oakland, but it’s the first home game of the year and they’ve already shown the ability to put up points. This game should end in a blowout which means more red-zone targets for Crabby, something that he didn’t see in Week 1. Look for another seven reception performance for around 100 yards and a touchdown.


09/16/17, 04:56 PM CDT by d-Rx

Source: www.pyomaniac.com


Derek Carr

Oakland Raiders

Great matchup this week


Carr was very efficient against the Titans on the road but will break out in a major way at home against the withering Jets defense. Tyrod Taylor posted 18.7 FF points in Week 1 against NYJ and Carr has better weapons at his disposal. Carr could easily be the top QB this week and will continue to be the steal of the draft.


09/16/17, 04:54 PM CDT by d-Rx

Source: www.pyomaniac.com


Amari Cooper

Oakland Raiders

Cooper scooper


Cooper had the big fantasy day with his 62 yards and a touchdown, but he had only five receptions on 13 targets! Something to be concerned about, but Amari also worked through a small knee injury. Use the eye-test in Week 2 to see if his efficiency improves, otherwise, Crabtree might re-take the WR1 spot on this powerful offense.


09/16/17, 04:54 PM CDT by d-Rx

Source: www.pyomaniac.com


Emmanuel Sanders

Denver Broncos

2 inches short of explosion


Sanders was so close to a massive fantasy day but was overthrown by inches on two red-zone targets on Monday night. Sanders and Demaryius will mimic each other’s stat lines through the season, but ‘Manny usually sees the softer coverage. Over the course of the season, Demaryius will see a larger total FF point sum, but itll be Sanders that wins you the week.


09/16/17, 04:53 PM CDT by d-Rx

Source: www.pyomaniac.com


Demaryius Thomas

Denver Broncos

Solid WR2 in all formats


Thomas will continue to be a solid WR2 especially in PPR leagues. Dallas is a similar test to the Chargers in defending receivers, so temper expectations for a breakout week, but you can definitely expect 6-8 receptions for just under 100 yards.


09/16/17, 04:52 PM CDT by d-Rx

Source: www.pyomaniac.com


C.J. Anderson

Denver Broncos

Anderson has Charles breathing down his neck...


Anderson rushed 20 times for 81 yards but was often replaced near the goal line and in long yardage situations. It was odd to see and may be a legitimate concern with Jamaal Charles in the back-up role. All CJ owners should think about stashing Charles on the bench. Dallas only allowed 9.6 and 3.5 FF points to Giant RBs so we should expect a similar output in Week 2, making CJ a flex candidate.


09/16/17, 04:50 PM CDT by d-Rx

Source: www.pyomaniac.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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