Week 3
September 19, 2017


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Chris Thompson

Washington Redskins

Thompson Flashes

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

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

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

Source: pyromaniac.com

Chris Carson

Seattle Seahawks

Seattle Backfield Jumble

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

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

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

Source: pyromaniac.com

D'Onta Foreman

Houston Texans

The Foreman Is On The Job

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

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

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

Source: pyromaniac.com

Rashard Higgins

Cleveland Browns

They Call Him "Hollywood"

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

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

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

Source: www.rotoworld.com

Will Fuller

Houston Texans

Strong Out, Fuller In

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

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

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

Source: www.rotoworld.com

A.J. Green

Cincinnati Bengals

Green looking forward to Green Bay

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

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

Source: www.pro-football-reference.com

Le'Veon Bell

Pittsburgh Steelers

Bell looking for a breakthrough against the Bears

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

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

Source: www.pro-football-reference.com

Carolina Panthers

Carolina In My Mind

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

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

Source: www.rotoworld.com

Buffalo Bills

Buffalo @ Carolina

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

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

Source: www.rotoworld.com

New England Patriots

New England @ New Orleans

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

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

Source: www.rotoworld.com

New Orleans Saints

New Orleans Hosting New England

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

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

Source: www.rotoworld.com

Jacksonville Jaguars

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: pyromaniac.com

Green Bay Packers

Packers @ Falcons

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

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

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

Source: www.rotoworld.com

Akeem Hunt

Houston Texans

Double Hunt in KC

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

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

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

Source: twitter.com

Michael Crabtree

Oakland Raiders

Crabtree is the WR1 on Oakland yet again

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

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

Source: www.pyomaniac.com

Derek Carr

Oakland Raiders

Great matchup this week

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

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

Source: www.pyomaniac.com

Amari Cooper

Oakland Raiders

Cooper scooper

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

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

Source: www.pyomaniac.com

Emmanuel Sanders

Denver Broncos

2 inches short of explosion

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

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

Source: www.pyomaniac.com

Demaryius Thomas

Denver Broncos

Solid WR2 in all formats

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

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

Source: www.pyomaniac.com

C.J. Anderson

Denver Broncos

Anderson has Charles breathing down his neck...

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

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

Source: www.pyomaniac.com

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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