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2017 Pre-Season

(News-Breakers)

 

·        The Bills have given up on the often injured Sammy Watkins and traded him a 3 way deal, Watkins is now a Ram and will be working with Goff, making Tavon Austin a low end fantasy WR4 at best and Watkins stays about the same, a 20-ish ranked WR2.  Jordan Matthews also ends up in Buffalo so he gets a boost up now that he is working with Tyrod Taylor, who is not a QB we want to use, but he is decent enough to make Jordan a low end fantasy WR3 type.  

·        Ezekiel Elliot has been suspended 6 games for violating the league’s code of conduct requirements and that will cripple Dallas’ initial overall upside and Drop Elliot down to a 20-30 ranked RB that won’t be able to help your team until week 8!  Ouch!

·        Denver’s QB Battle is underway but we aren’t paying much attention to it as we feel Siemian and Lynch will be equally below average and both will hurt the values of Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders.  Edge to Siemian who seems to be slightly ahead as of preseason week 1.

·        Jay Cutler came out of retirement and gave up his gig as a TV analyst to take over the Miami Dolphins QB job as Ryan Tannehill seems done for the year with a partially torn ACL.  We actually see this as a bump up for the Miami offense, although not a huge one since we are not Cutler fans at all, but Jay does have the ability to get at least 1 WR going each game and we think DeVante Parker being that guy.  With new rumors that Jarvis Landry could be dealing with assault and battery charges, Parker could be a real WR3 sleeper with WR2 potential in fantasy.  

·        Larry Fitzgerald is a risky WR in our eyes unless you can get him after about round 8 and as the 3rd WR you draft, we suspect 2017 will be his last season since he is only around to try and win a title and there is no scenario we can imagine that yields the Cardinals as Super Bowl champions, in fact we feel they will not even be close to a deep playoff run and that will scare off Fitz into retirement unless he gets hurt before January.

·        We like DeAndre Hopkins to be an active WR2 this year in a huge contract year for him, if Houston signs him to an extension before the season starts, we would knock down Hopkins’ overall upside a few notches to low end WR2.

·        Ezekiel Elliot is shaping up to be a possible risky round 1 RB as he has some off the field issues that could be looming at anytime.  He is the type of guy who could have a video released or audio tape of his behavior at anytime during the year and screwing your fantasy hopes in turn.  We would still take him as a rd 1 RB but there is definite risk there despite the claims that Jerry Jones makes indicating everything is fine with Zeke.

·        Cards WR John Brown is looking like an excellent WR3 to draft with real upside since he bulked up to 185 lbs and he is healthy this year after battling sickle cell anemia last year.  We could see him producing as much as WR2 numbers so he is going to be a nice late round value pick.

·        Rob Kelley is a nice RB2 to draft after round 10 this year as he could produce solid numbers to start the season since he should get at least 15 carries a game.

·        Eric Ebron is being way over-hyped this year to break out as a TE1, something in our gut tells us this guy is not going to pan out despite what seems to be a nice situation in Detroit.  He just flat out can NOT stay healthy so far after 3 full NFL seasons.

·        Devin Funchess is not a bad WR3 sleeper this year since he should start opposite Kelvin Benjamin and Kelvin is no lock to do well which could leave Funchess as the WR1 in Carolina.  

·        Chargers WR Mike Williams is not a WR to target this year even if he avoids what we hear is going to be season ending back surgery, he is just too risky and there are 2-3 other Chargers WRs we’d rather own, and Hunter Henry has more receiving upside.  

·        We are hearing Carson Palmer’s throwing strength for 2017 is going to look like Peyton Manning in his last year in Denver (minus the Super Bowl win).

·        Dez Bryant is giving off bad vibes if we are expecting him to be a legit fantasy WR1 this year.  We see a WR2 or WR3 at best.

·        DeAngelo Williams is currently an RB free agent who we thought we be getting snagged up for sure as we feel he is better than at least 10 different current starting RBs right now, but surprisingly he is rumored to be join Impact Wrestling as a wrestler, so at the age of 34 he is looking to embark on a new career here.  DeAngelo made an appearance in April (2017) on Impact Wrestling when he and Gary Barnidge appeared as helpers to Quinn “Moose” Ojinnaka.  Rumor has it DeAngelo and Moose will be pairing up to be a tag-team duo this July.  (*updated: 7-20-17 DAngelo was hurt during wrestling practice and quickly bailed on his wrestling stint and is now ready to sign with a team for 2017 putting him back on the radar as a late round draft flier!)

·        Thomas Rawls is looking good in OTA’s for Seattle.  Eddie Lacy is there but given Lacy’s history of being out of shape and giving weak performances, we would not be surprised if Rawls makes an impact this year since Prosise may not be ready to be the full-load ball carrier in Seattle.  This is a pre-season backfield we are monitoring closely.

·        Brandin Cooks has been lining up all around the field for the Pats.  We feel Cooks will be a solid WR2 in fantasy this year and nothing more as the Pats will spread it around randomly as they usually to and Edelman is still there and Gronk is back and Chris Hogan is a rising star.

·        TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins has a lock on the Jets TE spot this year and we hear they plan to get him heavily involved in the passing game, especially in redzone situations to utilize his size so he is a decent TE sleeper this year and he does weigh 30 lbs less than last year.

·        The Pats signed Julian Eldelman to a 2 year extension worth $11 million minimum and he has $9 million dollar worth of incentives as well.  He should be a solid fantasy WR2 for 2017 with minimal TD appeal.  

·        Eric Decker is the odd man out in New York right now as the Jets are actively shopping him around and we hear the Ravens are interested in acquiring the WR.  Baltimore is rumored to be interested in Jeremy Maclin as well.

·        Kareem Hunt is making a case to be the Chiefs starting RB this year, he is doing well in OTA’s thus far and might not have a hard time supplanting Charcandrick West and Spencer Ware.

·        John Brown is a real WR sleeper this year out of Arizona.  He and Carson Palmer have been working out together all off-season and Brown is in a contract year.  With Larry Fitzgerald aging fast, we expect a fairly big year from Brown this season, at least solid WR3 status with reasonable WR2 potential.  

·        The Packers are trying to get Randall Cobb more action this year and get him more opportunity for him to duplicate his 2014 season.  There is enough to go around in Green Bay so the existence of Jordy Nelson and Davante Adams does not worry us all that much as all 3 are legit fantasy WRs.

 

 

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