August 17, 2018


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Cooper Kupp

Los Angeles Rams

Mr. Cooper's neighborhood

Cooper Kupp was 4th in the NFL last year in red-zone targets. Kupp and Goff have the most chemistry of all the receivers on the team as Goff targeted him more than anyone last year. Everyone is expecting Cooks to lead these receivers in points this year, but Kupp will be the receiver to own. Sammy Watkins had eight red-zone touchdowns last year. Cooks is not a red-zone target receiver, so Kupp should see more targets and could sneak into the WR2 with massive upside.

08/13/18, 09:39 PM CDT by C-wags


Jerick McKinnon

Minnesota Vikings

The Jet is set to take off!

Mckinnon has been a super divisive player this offseason. Especially after the first preseason game where he didn't amass many yards and the following day he injured himself in practice. I constantly hear people question his ability to carry the ball 200+ times or that he can’t run between the tackles, or he’s unproven in a lead role. This is all NONSENSE and you shouldn’t believe any of it. Shanahan had his pick of players that he could’ve signed instead of Mckinnon, including Dion Lewis, Carlos Hyde, or drafting a rookie. He chose Mckinnon cause he felt he fit his offensive system in the same way that Devante Freeman fit his scheme. The 49ers just signed Alfred Morris today as a safety net, but I’m taking all the Mckinnon I can this year. I see him carrying the ball 205car/950yds/6td while also amassing 60rec/500yds/5td making him an RB1 this year. Don't be scared, and steal him away from people that are.

08/13/18, 09:24 PM CDT by C-wags


Marquise Goodwin

San Francisco 49ers

Too good, too fast

Marquiae goodwin has been targeted like a number one in camp. With Pierre Garcon likely squaring off with one of the toughest schedules against number one DBs, Goodwin could break out even more than he did last year. I wouldn't put it past him to put up T.Y HIlton numbers this year. Pick him up in the 6th and 7th round and pile up the points.

08/13/18, 09:11 PM CDT by C-wags


Jay Ajayi

Philadelphia Eagles

Ready To Fly

In 2016 Ajayi racked up 1272 yards on 260 carries and 8 TD’s and finished as the RB11 in both standard and PPR scoring. Last year Miami ran him out of town when he struggled in an anemic offense. He was not heavily used when he got to Philly, but his touches did increase every week until the Superbowl. He was also hyper efficient gaining 5.8 yards per carry and 9.1 yards per reception. Despite the general perception Clements usage went down with Ajayi’s arrival, even with Smallwood going down with injury. The Eagles have the number 1 offensive line as graded by PFF, and 18 RB targets and 192 carries vacated. Ajayi is a safe pick in the fourth round and a steal in the fifth.

08/02/18, 06:08 PM CDT by Wheeler


Jimmy Graham

Green Bay Packers

Split Wide, Back in Stride

He is coming off a season that produced only 57 receptions for 520 yards, his fewest since his rookie season. With that said, Graham remains a big-time weapon in the red zone. He led the league last year with 27 targets in the region, which led to 10 touchdowns. You can bet Rodgers and play-caller Mike McCarthy will be utilizing his skills early and often when knocking on the door of the end zone.
Look for McCarthy to use a variety of personnel groupings with his new tight end group and expect to see Graham split out wide as a receiver much more than as a traditional in-line tight end.

This goes right along with what I was saying on Pyro podcast 308. I expect Graham to be used as a wide receiver and not a tight end. When Graham was negotiating his contract in his last season in New Orleans he wanted to be paid on scale with wide receivers because he rarely lined-up as an in-line tight end. When Seattle paid him, he did whatever they asked, and they asked him to block more. He was out for five games that year, but averaged one less reception per game and only scored two TD’s, after having at least nine TD’s in the previous four years. Overall Graham saw about 25% fewer targets while in Seattle compared to New Orleans and his fantasy numbers reflect it. I see Green Bay using him more like he was used in New Orleans, and even though he has obviously lost a step or two I see him as the major replacement for the Jordy Nelson targets.

07/22/18, 01:41 PM CDT by Wheeler


Aaron Jones

Green Bay Packers

Cream Rises To The Top

Jones’ 5.55 YPC on first- and second-down carries trailed only Alvin Kamara (6.24) for best in the league last year. Jamaal Williams averaged 3.80 YPC on first- and second-down in 2017.

He’s slid two rounds since the announcement of his two game suspension, he is a screaming value if you can get him in the ninth round. We already knew he was going to be competing in a crowded backfield so missing two games really shouldn’t be a big hit to his overall production. The likelihood of either of the other two backs taking over the role is slim, Jones should be able to carve out 10 touches a game when he gets back with fresh legs. They are all high risk for injuries so I’m hoping this added rest will help Jones in the long run.

07/21/18, 06:51 PM CDT by Wheeler


Nelson Agholor

Philadelphia Eagles

Solidified Role

In 2017, Nelson Agholor had 62 recs, 768 yds, 9 TDs and 7 games of WR2 or better. There is no reason he wouldn't maintain this output, even with additions in the offense. Agholor had to carve out a role for himself and beat out incumbent Jordan Matthews. This year he'll be the main slot receiver and have an established role from the start.

07/21/18, 06:49 PM CDT by Wheeler


Sterling Shepard

New York Giants

Buying The Slot Receiver in a Shurmur Offense

Sterling Shepard is currently 24 years old with a 124/1,414/10 career line, in two seasons. He finished 2017 as the WR42 in 11 games (WR22 in FP/G) with only a 13.9% target share. He finished 2016 as the WR36 as a rookie. He's currently being drafted as the WR42 in MFL10’s.

Shepard does see more targets (+2.7), get more receptions (+2.3), more yards (+28), and get about three more PPR points per game when Beckham is out. But he still averages over 11 PPR points per game when he is playing. Apparently Shepard is more open in the end-zone when Beckham is playing, as he averages three times as many TD’s when they are both playing.

07/21/18, 06:47 PM CDT by Wheeler


Allen Hurns

Jacksonville Jaguars

Plenty of Targets in Dallas

He’s been hampered by injuries over the past couple of years, but when he has stayed healthy and gotten the targets he has been successful. His best season was in 2015, he had 105 Targets for 64 Receptions at 1031 Yards for 10 TDs, that’s 16.11 Yards Per Reception and a 61% Catch Rate coming from Blake Bortles. He finished as the WR14 in Standard Scoring and WR18 in PPR.

He's an amazing value in the 11th round of current best-ball drafts.

07/21/18, 06:41 PM CDT by Wheeler


Eric Ebron

Detroit Lions

Second Team Breath's New Life Into TE

Outside Brady, Luck is the only other QB to support 2 TE's, both Fleener and Allen had 8 TD's with Luck. Frank Reich runs 2 TE sets very successfully - see: 2018 Eagles. TE1's for Coach Reich have never finished worse than 12th. Yes, Doyle would seem like the obvious choice after last season, but that was with Brissett who needed a quick dump off outlet. Luck isn't a check-down machine.

Eric Ebron has lined up "everywhere" in the Colts offense. And the new tight end already is beginning to feel at home in Indianapolis. Without a strong WR2, Ebron could see a large number of targets. The Colt's line-up in two TE sets more than any other team in the NFL.

07/21/18, 06:36 PM CDT by Wheeler


Matt Breida

San Francisco 49ers

Filling Coleman Role

“One guy who stood out at Niners practice to me was RB Matt Breida. No one talks about him, but the dude is gonna get some run this year. Fast downhill player.”

This is just some more camp hype from a beat reporter, but if they don’t get another running back through trade or free-agency Brieda is going to see plenty of touches to pay off being picked in the 15th round of fantasy drafts. McKinnon has never had over 205 touches in a season, that leaves plenty of opportunity in a Shanahan offense.

07/21/18, 06:28 PM CDT by Wheeler


LeSean McCoy

Buffalo Bills

McCoy starring down 30 with uncertainty

LeSean McCoy, despite ending the year as the #7 fantasy running back in standard leagues was a slight disappointment for fantasy owners last year. McCoy played in all 16 regular season games, but only cracked 100 yards rushing 4 times, and averaged 4.0 yards per rush, which was 23rd in the NFL. That all happened with a formidable QB with a scrambling ability that defenses had to respect, presumably allowing McCoy some more room before tacklers ascended.
The Bills have the least sexy QB situation in the entire NFL in my opinion. With Tyrod Taylor at the helm for most of the season last year, the bills had the 31st passing offense. None of the QBs on the Bills roster are considered mobile and without a wide receiver on their roster worthy of drafting in any fantasy formats, defenses can stack the box against McCoy. McCoy will be overused, underperform and probably get hurt because of it. McCoy’s ADP is in the second round, but wouldn’t touch him until the fourth or beginning of the fifth round.

06/29/18, 12:42 PM CDT by C-wags


Tyreek Hill

Kansas City Chiefs

Hill lookin' busty with chiefs new look.

Tyreek Hill had a great 2017, amounting 75 receptions for 1183 yards and 7 touchdowns in 15 games. He’s currently being drafted in the middle of the third round in standard leagues, which would appear to be a great value. However, with promoted RB coach Eric Bieniemy presumably in-line to be the primary play caller, a new QB, Travis Kelce receiving the #1 target share and the addition of Sammy Watkins, I expect Hill’s numbers to decrease dramatically.
I believe Hill to be more of a boom or bust player this year. There’s no denying his break-away speed and ability to separate from defenders, and with Mahomes cannon of an arm, I expect them to connect deep on occasion. However, I believe Sammy Watkins to be the more complete receiver and likely to take more of the target share from Hill. Bundled with the change in offensive strategy toward the end of last year to run the ball more, the change to a young QB presumably resulting in a more conservative game plan, I see a major decline in the amount of touches Hill will get and see him as more of a 5-6 round flex play guy.

06/21/18, 10:54 AM CDT by C-wags


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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