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Leonard Fournette

Jacksonville Jaguars

Rookie Wall?


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

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


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

Source: www.floridafootballinsiders.com

Jacksonville Jaguars

Ground and Pound


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

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


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

Source: www.rotowire.com


Jay Ajayi

Philadelphia Eagles

Ajayi Slated for More Work in Week 11


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

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


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

Source: www.philly.com


Devonta Freeman

Atlanta Falcons

Coleman to Increase Workload Sans Freeman


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

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


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

Source: www.fftoday.com


Tevin Coleman

Atlanta Falcons

Coleman to Increase Workload Sans Freeman


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

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


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

Source: www.fftoday.com

Buffalo Bills

Bills Getting Gashed


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

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


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

Source: www.fftoday.com


Jamaal Williams

Green Bay Packers

Next Man Up


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

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


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

Source: twitter.com


Alshon Jeffery

Philadelphia Eagles

Open Door for Agholor


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

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

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


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

Source: twitter.com


Kareem Hunt

Kansas City Chiefs

KC Ready to Run


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

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


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

Source: www.cbssports.com


Charcandrick West

Kansas City Chiefs

KC Ready to Run


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

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


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

Source: www.cbssports.com


Sterling Shepard

New York Giants

Sterling Shepard's Time to Shine


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

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


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

Source: www.nflweather.com


Tom Brady

New England Patriots

Brady a Top Bet for DFS Cash Games


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

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


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

Source: www.footballoutsiders.com


Rob Gronkowski

New England Patriots

Brady a Top Bet for DFS Cash Games


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

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


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

Source: www.footballoutsiders.com


Chris Hogan

New England Patriots

Brady a Top Bet for DFS Cash Games


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

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


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

Source: www.footballoutsiders.com


Mike Evans

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

FanDuel Triple Play - Pass Go Collect 2TDS


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

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

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

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


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

Source: www.pyromaniac.com


Travis Kelce

Kansas City Chiefs

FanDuel Triple Play - Pass Go Collect 2TDS


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

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

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

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


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

Source: www.pyromaniac.com


Melvin Gordon

Los Angeles Chargers

FanDuel Triple Play - Pass Go Collect 2TDS


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

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

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

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


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

Source: www.pyromaniac.com


Latavius Murray

Minnesota Vikings

Waiver Wire Pickup Target for Week 11


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

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


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

Source: www.pyromaniac.com


Garrett Celek

San Francisco 49ers

Waiver Wire Pickup Target for Week 11


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

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


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

Source: www.pyromaniac.com


Jamison Crowder

Washington Redskins

Waiver Wire Pickup Target for Week 11


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

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


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

Source: www.pyromaniac.com


Matt Breida

San Francisco 49ers

Waiver Wire Pickup Target for Week 11


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

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


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

Source: www.pyromaniac.com


Case Keenum

Minnesota Vikings

Waiver Wire Pickup Target for Week 11


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

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


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

Source: www.pyromaniac.com


Corey Davis

Tennessee Titans

Waiver Wire Pickup Target for Week 11


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

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


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

Source: www.pyromaniac.com


Marqise Lee

Jacksonville Jaguars

Waiver Wire Pickup Target for Week 11


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

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


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

Source: www.pyromaniac.com

Which fantasy football players does Pyromaniac.com think are worth taking a flyer on with the last pick...

Mr. irRelevant - Fantasy Football players you should take with your last pick

Posted by d-Rx on 07/22/17

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Crockett Gillmore - TE - Ravens:
Gillmore had an uninspiring 2016, where he managed single digit catches and a single score. He played only 5 games and dealt with persistent thigh injuries and recently stated he also dealt with a broken back. He is currently going completely undrafted in MFL10s with an overall ADP of 334. I think we found the jackpot here pyro’s. Dennis Pitta will be out for the 2017 season, Steve Smith Sr is retired, Kamar Aiken has found a new home in Indy. Also, something that no one seems to bring up are FB Kyle Juszczyk is leaving 49 vacated targets as he joins Shanahan in San Francisco. That is a total of 321 vacated targets! So the opportunity will clearly be there even when you include adding Maclin and giving Perriman a much larger target share. Gillmore is expected to be good to go for training camp, if he isn’t ready we will revisit this. Overall, Crockett was the 11th best rated TE of 2015, and he specialized in…everything. Gillmore recorded the second highest yards after catch at 7.5 and missed 9 tackles. His 9 missed tackles were good for eighth among TE’s and that was on only 30 catches, that’s about 1 every 3 catches. Finally, he had the 13th best yards per route among TEs. If we conservatively say he runs only half of the routes that Pitta ran last year that projects out to 450 yards. For a free TE that is a really nice floor. Scoop him up as much as you can before the market realized this discrepancy and take it to the bank!

 

Jacquizz Rodgers - RB - Buccaneers:
Quizz Rodgers will be spending the pre-season in Doug Martin’s shadow, but once opening day hits its Jacquizz who will be in the spotlight. Doug Martin will be missing the first 3 games of the season after getting silly with the PEDs. We have a pretty strong sample size of what Tampa Bay does without Martin as he was out last season from Week 3 to Week 9. It took Quizz two weeks to unseat Charles Sims as the main back, and then he dominated until a sprained foot sidelined Rodgers for the majority of the rest of the season. But oh boy did Quizz dominate those games before, he saw 30 carries, 26 carries and finally 19 carries in the game he was injured. In those respective games he went for 101 yards, adding 28 more on 5 catches, 154 yards Week 7 and 69 and a score in Week 8. Rodgers was also the best RB in Tampa when accounting for advanced metrics as he turned out a 46.5% success rate compared to Martin’s 34.7% and Sims 27.4%. Rodgers is going to take the job and run with it, for a very cheap draft price Quizz could lock up 3 early victories to get you moving in the right direction.

 

Chris Conley - WR - Chiefs:
When the Chiefs released veteran WR Jeremy Maclin the fantasy football industry imploded with hot takes on what this means for Tyreek Hill. After seeing a very similar situation in Minnesota with Cordarrelle Patterson who outplayed his potential in his rookie season by breaking off a number of big plays. Then Matthew Berry of ESPN proclaimed Cordarrelle to be a top 5 WR and we went crazy drafting him with a 4th round ADP. Tyreek Hill is also a special playmaker, who may not be a fulltime WR as we’ve seen with Patterson, Devin Hester and Dante Hall. Chris Conley is being criminally overlooked right now, as Andy Reid has put Conley in the X position, otherwise known as the possession WR. Conley has showed flashes, but he is entering his 3rd season and I expect him to make that next step. Chris Conley has some of the best measurable in the NFL, lets put him up against one of the best. Conley is 3 inches taller, 15 pounds heavier and has an extra inch on his wingspan than superstar WR Odell Beckham Jr. He also ran a faster 40 time by 7 hundredths of a second, he tested in the 97th percentile or above in his Speed Score, Burst Score, and Catch Radius, besting OBJ in all categories other than the Agility Score. No, these do not mean that Conley is a sure thing to be a star, and I am not saying that Conley will be better than OBJ. But if fantasy football really is talent times opportunity, Conley checks every possible box for a potential breakout star, and I’m buying all I can while he’s still cheap.

 

 

P.K. Ripper's Favorites

 

Austin Seferian-Jenkins - TE - Jets

ASJ will be overlooked in most cases not just because his two game suspension to start the 2017 campaign but let's face it the Jets have been in the league basement as far as production from the tight end position. Exit Chan Gailey whose only use for a tight end was to carry pads after practice. Enter New offensive coordinator John Morton a former recievers coach then add in the departure of Brandon Marshall with his 30 redzone targets leaves the 6'7 Jenkins to be a sneaky play to get multiple touchdown opportunities. Austin is on a rebuilding Jets team most likely playing alot from behind with plenty of youth in the receiving corps he could see a nice volume in the passing game as well,and if Josh McCown starts remember one of the lone bright spots on his resume is his chemistry with Gary Barnidge made for a fantasy tight-end Cinderella story.

 

Will the glass cleat fit in 2017? 

 

Lance Dunbar - RB - Rams

Lance is a great deep draft find with some nice upside in the PPR format incoming Head Coach Sean McVey comes from Washington where they ran dual backs to LA LA Land. Todd Gurley will be the feature back but had struggled last year with less than four yards a carry, Lance can come in on that second back Christian Thompson role that had 68 car 356 yrds & 3 td's on ground plus 49 rec 349 yrds & 2 td's in the air in 2016.

 

We've only had a tiny sample size of his abilities in Dallas due to injury but what we did see when healthy was a dynamic pass catching back which can only help second year quarterback Jared Goff. 

 

Torrey Smith - WR - Eagles

I know recent numbers won't support my pickup of Torrey but he has speed on the outside that leaves him open for big play ability, he is also on a team with a revamped recieving corp with Alshon Jeffery to draw most of the oppositions top coverage he could hit paydirt. Remember a few seasons ago Smith was a highly coveted free agent then after two years on a Niners team that struggled to find its identity he is on his way to the city of brotherly love on a pass happy team looking for thier sophomore star quarterback Carson Wentz to make a jump to the elite. I know he is probably fifth in the passing order behind Alshon, Ertz, Matthews and Sproles but he will probably have a handful of good games and some nice long touchdowns and for a bargain basement price would be a worthy investment as a late round flyer.

 

 

 

Pop's Favorites

 

“I have no preferred team, but everyone wants to go No. 1 in the draft. Even the guy who gets picked last in the draft wants to go No. 1. But I just know that whoever picks me, I'm going to be excited to play for that team, and I can't wait to see myself in 'Madden' on that team.”

Robert Griffin III

 

Who will be Mr. Irrelevant?

I have been given the task of identifying 3 players who you could draft at the very end of your fantasy draft, that could be a breakout and or surprise. I will be honest, as a FF player I have a hard time letting my Mr. Irrelevant develop. I am always looking to improve each week and looking to added players that will improve my team. Most of the time this works great, but there have been times when I cut someone then they blowup in a few weeks. My patience is something I am working on, but ADD and OCD are a bitch. ANY HOOO, let me present my case. 

 

Ted Ginn III - WR - Saints

In the Queen City last season Ginn finished 2nd in yards on the team with 752, 4 TDs on 54 receptions with an avg. catch of 13.9 yards. This year he resides in the Crescent City and has dramatically improved his QB. He goes from Carolina 21st in pass attempts with 563 to New Orleans 2nd in the league with their 674. I suspect with the departure of Cooks and his 78 catches this will be a trickledown effect. It will clearly benefit Snead the most but if you just plug him into the 3 spot. If he gets the same amount of catches as Snead did last season, 72, he should approach 1000 yards and 5 TDs. As the # 3 last year Snead had 72/895 and 4 TDs. Ginn was brought in for his speed. With the loss of Cooks that vertical threat is up for the taking. Ginn has never been a superstar in the league but this season should prove that certain QBs can make everyone better around them. 

 

James Conner - RB - Steelers

So my goal for this article was to give 3 players each from a different position. When you look at the backs that are available at the end of any draft. You will only find backups. I wanted to pick a back that has the best path to opportunity. Who better to take than the clear backup and future replacement, for the best in the league. Bell is the best in the game, but if he is hurt his backup is a league winner. In 2015 Bell started just 6 games which gave DeAngelo Williams the chance to produce at a very high level. He had 907 yards and 11 TDs. Conner out of Pitt will be a huge fan favorite early. We all know what he has fought back from to produce some crazy good numbers. He had 3,733 rushing yards in 4 years as a Panther and one of those seasons he missed to fight off Cancer. If you are the Bell owner he is a must have, but if you want to stash him either way. Why not take a potential league winner with your last pick?

 

Coby Fleener - TE - Saints

If you are looking at TE with the last pick, it is most likely a rookie or someone who underperformed last year. The latter describes 2016 for Fleener. At times, he looked completely lost in Sean Peytons Offense, but for all intents and purposes Fleener was a rookie in 2016. Coming over from the Colts he had to learn a new system and it took time. The reason I like him is the same reason he went so high last season, Saints success with TE in the past is well documented. Graham and Watson both had great years. This is a team that if he hits with he could be great. Why not take him with the last pick?

 

 

 

Houdini's Favorites

 

In my humble opinion the last pick of the draft is one where you have to go after a potential impact player. Looking over the current ADP’s I would definitely keep the following three players on your radar. 

 

Alvin Kamara - RB - Saints

Kamara is currently stuck behind Mark Ingram and Adrian Peterson on the depth chart, but don’t let that stop you from taking a chance on this kid. Alvin is seen as a pass catching threat out of the backfield, and they plan to use him much in they way they used Darren Sproles. The Saints drafted him in the third round, so they definitely think there is potential here. The other positive is if Adrian Peterson is back to form that could lead to the Saints trading Ingram before the season or trade deadline. If that happens then Kamara is going to have a larger role in the offense, and will see the field more as Peterson is not a threat as a receiver. The other potential is that Peterson looks old and the Saints are not in contention for the playoffs, in which case they give Alvin a larger stage to have a better look at what they have in the kid. Either way it is a lot of upside for a late round flier. 

 

 

Evan Engram - TE - Giants

Engram is currently available at the end of drafts, but if he keeps getting publicity like he just got he could become a player moving up draft boards. New York Giants legendary tight end Mark Bavaro recently watched Engram and had this to say: 

 

"He's unbelievable, I don't know what he's going to look like in pads and playing football. But he can move. He can run and he can catch. He's impressive."

 

The rookie does not have any real competition in front of him, with Will Tye being the best of the bunch. The Giants have plenty of protection in the offense that Engram will not see any kind of double coverage. There is not a great history of rookie tight ends making a difference, although there was a rookie tight end from the Giants in 2002 that made everyone notice him…Jeremy Shockey. Look out for Engram and grab him late if you can. 

 

 

Allen Hurns - WR - Jaguars

Hurns is coming off a down season where he only caught 35 passes for 477 yards with three scores in 11 games. That type of production a season ago is why he is going to be available to you at the end of your draft. You need to keep in mind in 2015 he caught 64 passes for 1,031 yards with 10 touchdowns, and he scored six touchdowns in his rookie season. Hurns is only 25 years old, and still has a lot of potential to become the receiver he was trending toward after 2015. Hurns is still locked in as the #2 behind Allen Robinson, so he is not getting premier coverage from defenses. The Jaguars should have more consistent production out of their running game this year, which will open up bigger plays in the passing game where Hurns excels. Allen has a career 14.6 yards per catch average. There is a lot of upside and not much risk with this late pick.  

 

 

 

Wheeler's Favorites

 

I haven’t been doing many of the traditional 16-17 round, head-to-head, league drafts lately. Most of the drafts I’ve been in go anywhere from 20-28 rounds and many don’t include a kicker, DST, or both. So my version of a last-round grab may be different than what most casual fans are looking for. I’ll start simple and work my way up, if you’re in a traditional league keep the players I mention late on your watch list.

 

Ted Ginn - WR - Saints

I don’t really consider him a late round flyer, I grabbed him in the 12th round of the Pyro Mock, but there were only 8 wide receivers drafted after him for the rest of the draft. He’s great to have as a WR4-5, especially in a best ball format, with Drew Brees spreading the ball around Ginn could see a repeat of his 2015 season.

 

Marquise Lee – WR - Jaguars

Lee was the 39th overall pick of the 2014 draft. In 2016 he caught a career-high 63 passes for 851 yards and three touchdowns. He was finally healthy after continuous injuries the last two years. I think many would rank him higher if we could be sure that he has beaten Allen Hurns out for regular targets. Waz told me Dede Westbrook sucks so I’m not concerned about him cutting into anyone this year.

 

Devonte Booker - RB - Broncos

CJ Anderson has never made it through the whole season healthy, Jamal Charles is going to have no legs left soon, and when Booker got his chance last year the offensive line was decimated. With a new offensive scheme Booker should see a good amount of third down work, be able to learn some things from Charles and have flex value late in the season.

 

Darren McFadden - RB - Cowboys

It looks like Zeke could be facing a suspension of a game or two, if he does it won’t be for domestic violence, but for character unbecoming, damaging the seal. I don’t think McFadden is the one that really picks up that role just for a game or two. I think we see McFadden serve as the third-down back for most of the season. McFadden has had three seasons where he saw over 40 receptions and has a career 8.3 yards per reception average. With the Cowboys offensive line jumbled they will also need a RB that is experienced at picking up blitzes. 

 

DeAndre Washington - RB - Raiders

Contrary to popular opinion Washington had a sucesful rookie season. He was overshadowed by Latavius Murray, but Washington averaged 5.0 yards per carry (on pace with Lev Bell and Jay Ajayi) and 6.8 yards per reception, which is on par with Bilal Powell.

 

Marlon Mack - RB - Colts

As is put in the newsfeed, Indy is looking to spread the backfield work around. We’ve been waiting for the next Amahd Bradshaw to emerge from this offense for a couple of years now. Many of us thought Josh Ferguson was going to come through last year after Dan Herron failed the year before. Mack has greater draft pedigree than those two and the athletic metrics comparable to Todd Gurley. https://www.playerprofiler.com/nfl/marlon-mack/ 

 

Zay Jones - WR - Bills

With Goodwin and Woods leaving Buffalo Jones has a wide open opportunity to command WR2 targets, probably from the slot. With Watkins on the other side and the strong running game there’s plenty of opportunity for Jones to have a top 40WR season or better.

 

Curtis Samuel - WR - Panthers

I'm not sure how they are going to use Samuel, but it seems as though he’s a blend of fellow rookie Christian McCaffery and Ted Ginn. They plan on using him in the slot, a position they basically didn’t have or use last year, and having him run deep fly patterns from time to time for big plays. His metrics are very similar to Randal Cobb when he came out of college and seems to be a players that can do it all, including rushing 97 times for 771 yards his senior year in college.

 

Kenny Golladay - WR - Lions

A big bodied receiver that could see a large portion of the 22 vacated red-zone targets of Boldin, with the speed to play the WR2 role opposite Marvin Jones. This moves Golden Tate into the slot where he is most effective. Golladay could make this passing game very effective if he works on his route running and creating space.

  

Tavon Austin/Cooper Kupp - WR - Rams

Many people are grabbing rookie Cooper Kupp at the end of drafts, but I don’t see him being fantasy viable or even being in the NFL for very long. He dominated in college at Easten Washington because of the weak competition where he could hide his lack of speed (4.62/40yd). Tavon Austin is in a put-up or leave year and is finally free from the middle school offense of Jeff Fisher. Despite Fisher not knowing how to properly use him, Austin compiled over 900 rushing and receiving yards in 2015. He had a disappointing 2016 season after being hyped as a potential top 20WR. But I would certainly take the gamble with him being drafted as the 56th wide receiver in MFL10’s.

 

 


 

 

 

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