Week 20
January 20, 2018


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Tom Brady

New England Patriots

Tom Still Terrific?

Tom Brady was first listed on the team's injury report with an Achilles injury heading in to Week 11.
Weeks 1-10: 21.2 fantasy points per game, 110.9 passer rating
Weeks 11-17: 14.2 fantasy points per game, 87.3 passer rating

Fantasy Goo: This should line up for a good week for Brady, Tennessee is 8th in fantasy points allowed to RB’s, but just below average against QB’s. The Patriots are 13 point favorites on Saturday Night, if Brady doesn’t do it at home in prime-time then something is wrong.

01/09/18, 07:30 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Alvin Kamara

New Orleans Saints

Primary Role Shifting

Saints have run 5 times at/inside opponent's 5-yard line over last 4 weeks (including playoffs):
Alvin Kamara 3 carries, Zach Line 1, Mark Ingram 1. Kamara was in on all 3 Saints run plays at/inside 5 vs. Panthers last week, including Line's 1-yard TD run.

Fantasy Goo: If you’re trying to decide between Kamara and Ingram for the playoff run, Kamara looks to be the much better play.

01/09/18, 07:20 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Jay Ajayi

Philadelphia Eagles

It's A Trap

Jay Ajayi (knee) is practicing in full for the Divisional Round.

Fantasy Goo: Atlanta is 5th in fantasy points allowed to RB’s this year and they are more susceptible to pass-catching backs. Todd Gurley rushed 14 times for 101 yards in the Rams' Wild Card loss to the Falcons, adding four receptions for 10 additional yards. Ajayi might have been drafted before Gurley this year, but that was clearly a mistake. Ajayi has talent, but he’s far from a good option this week.

01/09/18, 07:16 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

Chris Hogan

New England Patriots

Back in Action

Chris Hogan (shoulder) is expected to return for Saturday's Divisional Round game against the Titans.

Fantasy Goo: He’s going to take a couple of weeks to get in tune with the offense, I’m looking to save him until the Super Bowl if you’re in one of those one and done fantasy playoff tournaments.

01/09/18, 07:14 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

Drew Brees

New Orleans Saints

Strength vs Strength

Saints RBs led NFL during regular season in receptions (9.0) and receiving yards (77.8) per game.
Vikings held opposing RBs to fewest yards per target (4.2) and 3rd-fewest yards per game (30.6).

Fantasy Goo: The Vikings have been absolutely sick in all aspects on defense this year. If the Saints are going to pull this one out it sounds like it’s going to have to be a Brees week, I’m not so sure he’s going to be the guy you want to start on the road this week.

01/09/18, 07:12 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

LeSean McCoy

Buffalo Bills

Not The Real McCoy

LeSean McCoy said if he plays Sunday, "I want to be able to cut well enough to where I don't have a lot of pain cutting. I just want to be close, or the best as far as 100 percent as I can get. The type of game like this, you got to lay it all on the line.”

Fantasy Goo: McCoy is a poor play against the Jags this week. The Jags strength on defense is against the pass (#1 in FP allowed), but they are still strong against the rush (11th). I’m not taking any Bills on fantasy playoff squads or in DFS this week.

01/04/18, 09:29 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Derrick Henry

Tennessee Titans

Arrow Pointing Down

DeMarco Murray (knee) didn't practice again Thursday. Derrick Henry show ready to go.

Fantasy Goo: The way to attack KC is through the air, they rank 9th in fantasy points allowed to RB’s. They will most likely be in negative game script. KC hasn’t allowed any team to score over 20 points in Arrowhead all year.

01/04/18, 09:27 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Julio Jones

Atlanta Falcons

No Fly Zone

Julio Jones finished 11th in NFL in red-zone targets but caught only 5 of 19. He finished 4th in targets inside 10 but only caught 4 of 11.

Fantasy Goo: The Rams have a strong pass defense, especially against outside receivers, but are second worst in fantasy points allowed to RB’s. Freeman and Coleman are the only Falcons I am considering this week.

01/04/18, 09:25 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Kenny Golladay

Detroit Lions

Under the Radar

In the first game with TJ Jones (shoulder) on IR last week, Kenny Golladay played 95% of snaps and led DET WRs with 8 targets.

Fantasy Goo: Marvin Jones has a history of shredding the Packers defense and is a solid play at $6500 on DK, but Golladay is half the price ($3300) and will probably see a similar number of targets. If Detroit had something to play for I’d be stacking the heck out of this game, but I still think it’s smart to have one of these guys in the line-up this week.

12/31/17, 09:46 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Patrick Mahomes

Kansas City Chiefs

Rookie Debut

Patrick Mahomes was 2nd in PFF’s QB Rating when kept clean in preseason. He rushed for 744 yards, 22 TDs in his last two years at Texas Tech. Denver has allowed multiple passing TDs to six-straight QBs not named Petty or Brissett.

Fantasy Goo: The rookie was supposed to take over for Alex Smith much earlier this season, but Smith and the Chief’s came out firing on all cylinders and kept the rookie on the bench. Mahomes will get his chance this week as Smith gets a week off before the playoffs. Denver may be packing it in, but they still have one of the best defenses and I expect they will play more inspired this week against a division rival.

12/31/17, 09:32 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Wayne Gallman

New York Giants

Last Man Standing

Giants will be without Shepard (neck), Engram (ribs), and King (concussion) vs. WAS. Wayne Gallman has 9, 7, 8 target counts in last three weeks.

Fantasy Goo: Washington ranks 24th in fantasy points allowed to RB’s and Gallman is $4200 on DK. Feels like a great way to save and pay up at other positions.

12/31/17, 09:21 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Alex Collins

Baltimore Ravens

Burfict Situation

Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict ruled out for game Sunday at Baltimore because of shoulder injury.

Fantasy Goo: Collins becomes a solid RB1 this week. Cincinnati’s run defense is a sieve with Burfict out.

12/31/17, 09:19 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Akeem Hunt

Houston Texans

Akeem No Dream

Charcandrick West is out Sunday vs Denver with an illness. Akeem Hunt and Kareem Hunt only RBs on active roster for KC. It would be a surprise to see Kareem play much. That means a ton of Akeem Hunt and likely some De'Anthony Thomas on passing downs.

Fantasy Goo: Akeem is min price ($3000) on DK so the definition of a free-square, but there’s a reason he’s bounced around the NFL and never earned a starting role. Denver is 5th in fantasy points allowed to RB’s, I’m not rostering Akeem when there are so many other options this week.

12/31/17, 09:17 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

DeAndre Hopkins

Houston Texans

Milestone Not Worth The Risk

Bill O'Brien on DeAndre Hopkins' status: 'Probably won't know up until game time'. Typically, we might classify this as coach-speak, but Hopkins has never missed a game, and is four catches away from 100 for the season. He's probably pushing hard to play.

Fantasy Goo: This is an awesome match-up for the Houston WR’s going against a very weak Indy pass defense, but there is really no reason for Hopkins to play, especially with the calf injury. At $8400 on DK he’s just way too pricey given this news. A sneaky start might be Will Fuller at $4300, he has 5 targets in each of the past three games and is coming off some difficult match-ups. Earlier in the season he was a superstar with Watson throwing the ball, but he has always had the big play in his arsenal no matter who the QB is.

12/29/17, 10:03 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Dion Lewis

New England Patriots

Vultures Are Always Flying

James White (ankle) remained limited at Thursday's practice. White was absent for last week's win over Buffalo but should be out there against the Jets in Week 17. He ranks eighth among running backs with 56 catches this year.

Fantasy Goo: Lewis dominated last week with White and Burkhead out, even though Gillislee vultured a TD. I would imagine that White playing will take away the five receptions Lewis had last week and the Jets actually have a better rush defense than the Pats week 16 opponent (Buf). The Pats will be looking to lock-up home field advantage and won’t be resting their starters, but they will probably be looking to get everyone some work as they prep for the playoffs. Gillislee appears to be nursing a hammy and is not expected to play, but let’s not forget how White performed last year in the Super Bowl.

12/29/17, 09:47 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

Pittsburgh Steelers

Stars Sitting

The Steelers Marcus Gilbert tells reporter Tim Benz that the Steelers won't play Ben Roethlisberger or Le'Veon Bell in finale vs. Cleveland. Landry Jones will be under center for Pittsburgh and Fitzgerald Toussaint and Stevan Ridley will form a thoroughly underwhelming RB committee against the Browns.

Fantasy Goo: Underwhelming is an understatement for these two backs, a highly respected fantasy website hasn’t even updated the news on these two since the pre-season and doesn’t even recognize them as being on the team. The one player of note in this is Martavis Bryant, The Alien averages over 17 ppr points per game with Landry at the helm as opposed to 8.4 ppg with other QB’s. He also has 5 TD’s in 5 home games with Landry. Granted most of this production comes from 2015 when they worked together often in the preseason, but Bryant could be a very sneaky GPP play this week.

12/29/17, 09:23 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Jacksonville Jaguars

Play To Win The Game

Despite already being locked into the AFC's No. 3 seed, Jaguars coach Doug Marrone has no plans to rest starters in Sunday's game against the Titans. "Make no mistake about it, just so there is not a lot of talk during the week: When the players come in (Wednesday), we are talking about how we are going to play to win and do everything we possibly can to win this game, period," Marrone said. "I am not even thinking about what happens beyond that, and that is the way we are going to go about our business this week."

Fantasy Goo: I think it’s crazy of him to do, but I’m sure he has Tom Coughlin in his ear feeding him that old-school philosophy. Looks like Bortles, Fournette, Westbrook and Cole will be safe plays against a Titan’s team hoping to hold on to the sixth seed in the AFC.

12/26/17, 10:00 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

Los Angeles Rams

Resting Starters

McVay hints that there will be Rams starters “who won’t play at all” on Sunday. The Rams are already locked into either the No. 3 or 4 seed in the NFC and will host a Wild Card round playoff game.

Fantasy Goo: Gurley, Goff, Woods, all sitting this week? That’s going to destroy so many hopes and dreams for teams that rode Gurley all year.

12/26/17, 09:58 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

DeMarco Murray

Tennessee Titans

Grind It Out

Mike Mularkey said he's not ruling DeMarco Murray out just yet. He's day-to-day. The Titans are holding out hope to have him in limited role.

Fantasy Goo: They are really grinding him into the dirt if they play him this week. I didn’t see the injury, but it sounded pretty ugly from sources in the know. Keep away from him in whatever format you are playing this week, I’m giving Derick Henry a solid upgrade as the Titans are trying to hold on to the final playoff spot in the AFC.

12/26/17, 05:17 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Philadelphia Eagles

All Locked Up

Pederson on playing Foles vs. Cowboys: “I’ve got to get him as many reps as he can and then be smart about it. Obviously, we have a lot of football left. Our season is really just beginning, quite honestly. We’ll be smart.”

Fantasy Goo: This is why you don’t play a championship game in week 17. I’m staying away from the Eagles regular starters, pretty much across the board, as they have a first round bye all locked up. Guys like Blount, Clement, and Nelson Agholor might have some DFS appeal, but we have to get closer to Sunday to see what they plan on doing.

12/26/17, 05:15 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.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

by   The Archer


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Hartbeat's Favorites

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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