August 17, 2018


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Cooper Kupp

Los Angeles Rams

Mr. Cooper's neighborhood

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

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


Jerick McKinnon

Minnesota Vikings

The Jet is set to take off!

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

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


Marquise Goodwin

San Francisco 49ers

Too good, too fast

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

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


Jay Ajayi

Philadelphia Eagles

Ready To Fly

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

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


Jimmy Graham

Green Bay Packers

Split Wide, Back in Stride

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

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

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


Aaron Jones

Green Bay Packers

Cream Rises To The Top

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

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

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


Nelson Agholor

Philadelphia Eagles

Solidified Role

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

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


Sterling Shepard

New York Giants

Buying The Slot Receiver in a Shurmur Offense

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

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

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


Allen Hurns

Jacksonville Jaguars

Plenty of Targets in Dallas

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

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

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


Eric Ebron

Detroit Lions

Second Team Breath's New Life Into TE

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

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

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


Matt Breida

San Francisco 49ers

Filling Coleman Role

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

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

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


LeSean McCoy

Buffalo Bills

McCoy starring down 30 with uncertainty

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

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


Tyreek Hill

Kansas City Chiefs

Hill lookin' busty with chiefs new look.

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

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


Eric Ebron

Detroit Lions

Ebron Could Use Some Luck

Colts signed TE Eric Ebron, formerly of the Lions, to a two-year contract. Coach Frank Reich called Ebron an "elite tight end."

The last time we saw Andrew Luck healthy (2016), the Colts used 2+ TE sets at the 3rd-highest rate in the NFL and had the 6th-highest target share to TEs.

04/01/18, 11:32 AM CDT by Wheeler


Carlos Hyde

San Francisco 49ers

Hyde and Seek

Browns agreed to terms with RB Carlos Hyde, formerly of the 49ers, on a three-year, $15 million contract.

Obtaining Hyde has several trickle-down effects; first it replaces Crowell who signed with the Jets, it probably diminishes Duke Johnson’s value a bit. Hyde is a better all-around back than Crowell was and will certainly take over the goal-line work seeing that he’s got 20+ pounds on Duke. It also reduces the likelihood that Cleveland takes Saquon Barkley with the 4th pick in the draft. They will most likely look to draft a defensive player (Chubb) or trade down again.

04/01/18, 11:28 AM CDT by Wheeler


Jerick McKinnon

Minnesota Vikings

McKinnon Goes West For Gold-Rush

49ers agreed to terms with RB Jerick McKinnon, formerly of the Vikings, on a four-year, $30 million contract.

McKinnon averaged a ho-hum 3.8 yards a carry for the Vikings and scored three rushing touchdowns. By contrast, San Francisco's former lead runner, Carlos Hyde, averaged 3.9 yards an attempt in 2017 and had eight rushing touchdowns.

It appears as though Shanahan is enamored with McKinnon's athletic metrics, but I'm not so sure he was "pounding the table" to get him. This move could push the Niner's to cut Joe Williams.

04/01/18, 11:12 AM CDT by Wheeler


Mike Wallace

Baltimore Ravens

Eagles Keep Improving

Eagles signed WR Mike Wallace to a one-year contract.
Mike Wallace can still move posting a top five max speed among wide receivers last season. He will fill the void left by Torrey Smith as a speed vertical threat.

04/01/18, 11:08 AM CDT by Wheeler


Terrelle Pryor

Washington Redskins

Jets Searching For Weapons

Jets agreed to terms with WR Terrelle Pryor, formerly of Washington and Cleveland.

Second year in a row on a new team doesn’t really help Pryor's cause, but I like the idea of him on the field with Teddy Bridgewater at some point. I would imagine, with some creativity, the Jets could really design some innovative gadget plays.
The Jets receiving corps really looks like a bunch of question marks at this point though, no telling what the week-to-week outcome will be with these guys.
Jermaine Kearse: 65 catches, 810 yards, 5 touchdowns (2017)
Robby Anderson: 63 catches, 941 yards, 7 touchdowns (2017)
Quincy Enunwa: 58 catches, 857 yards, 4 touchdowns (2016)
Terrelle Pryor: 77 catches, 1007 yards, 4 touchdowns (2016)

04/01/18, 11:04 AM CDT by Wheeler


Carlos Henderson

Denver Broncos

Sleeper Watch

Broncos coach Vance Joseph said the team is "counting on" Carlos Henderson making an impact in 2018.

If you are paying attention to Staggs projections there is plenty of opportunity for Henderson to step into a solid number of targets in the slot. Henderson was hindered by injury and awful QB play last year. Being drafted in the 18th round or later in best-ball leagues, Henderson is the late round flyer that should be on your radar.

04/01/18, 11:00 AM CDT by Wheeler


Ben Watson

Baltimore Ravens

Watson Returns To Big Easy

Saints signed TE Ben Watson, formerly of the Ravens, to a one-year contract.

Watson had 74 catches on 110 targets for 825 yards and 6 TD’s when he was with the Saints in 2015. After missing 2016 he had a pretty good year with Baltimore last year despite an anemic offense, with 61 catches on 79 targets for 522 yards and 4 TD’s. He’s not a bad late round flyer TE. He’s basically free right now, but I expect by the time the season starts he’ll be being drafted within the top 20 at the position.

04/01/18, 10:54 AM CDT by Wheeler


Which fantasy football players does 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. 


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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