“Word On The Street”
Gordon is once again on shaky ground as he is not in camp and the reasons for
that are not definitive as we are hearing conflicting reports. The bottom line is this guy will always be a
major liability so while we recognize his legit upside and would still draft
him late in drafts, we are not expecting much from him aside from maybe WR3
status or a WR you can use as a BYE week filler. Stay tuned for more if he ends up rejoining
the team before week 1.
· Josh Gordon is once again on shaky ground as he is not in camp and the reasons for that are not definitive as we are hearing conflicting reports. The bottom line is this guy will always be a major liability so while we recognize his legit upside and would still draft him late in drafts, we are not expecting much from him aside from maybe WR3 status or a WR you can use as a BYE week filler. Stay tuned for more if he ends up rejoining the team before week 1.
· Bengals WR John Ross appears to be the leader as far as being the Bengals WR2 this year alongside AJ Green. Cincy released Brandon LaFell which speaks volumes to their confidence in Ross. We are high on Ross’ talent but we are very low on the ability of Andy Dalton to pass consistently.
· Marlon Mack is trending as a nice RB2 sleeper as Indy seems committed to giving him first crack at being their lead RB. The expected improved Indy passing game this year should help Mack improve upon his weak 3.8 YPC from 2017.
· Miami TE Mike Gesicki is looking like a nice late draft sleeper TE to snag up since he and Tannehill seem to be gelling inside the redzone in early August.
· Stay away from Pat Mahomes as anything more than a QB2 back up this year, not a fantasy starter. He will need time to acclimate and his receiving corps in KC is nothing special. We would never draft Travis Kelce this year either, he’s going way too high for the 6-8 TD season he’ll produce.
· Marquise Goodwin is a fine WR2 sleeper this year working with Garroppolo now. He is far better than Pierre Garcon.
· The Patriots signed Eric Decker to a 1 year deal after releasing Jordan Matthews. He could be a decent WR3 while Edelman is out for the first 4 weeks since Decker is expected to play as the Pats slot receiver. Do not draft Decker until you own at least 5-6 other WRs first.
Dez Bryant has yet to be signed yet we hear the Browns are actively pursuing
him. We would not draft Dez or go after him as anything more than a WR5 type guy you’d
only plan to use as a BYE week filler or low end WR4 in deep leagues. Unless he landed somewhere like
· Terrelle Pryor has some quiet upside going on as a Jet this year but his ankle injury is still nagging him and he is looking like a major risk come draft time. Pryor is still worth a late round flier as a bench WR.
· Randall Cobb has disclosed that he had ankle surgery two months ago. We are not that deterred by this news because we do sense a reemergence of Cobb in GB now that Jordy Nelson is gone so this news is good for you since you will likely be able to steal Cobb as a late round WR5 type and he has legit WR3 upside, maybe higher in PPR leagues!
· Alfred Blue is a guy we are seeing as a deep sleeper this year since we do not see Lamar Miller improving much on his career low 3.7 YPC in 2017. D’Onta Foreman is a guy we like too but he can’t seem to stay healthy so given how we feel Watson/Hopkins/Fuller will be leading a stellar passing game, whichever RB is the lead here will end up being very viable and although Blue is not a stud, the potential volume he could be in line for in Houston is attractive.
· It is very early, but it is looking like Tyrod Taylor will start the year as the Browns starting QB and Baker Mayfield will likely take over (in our opinion) by mid-season (week 11 at the very latest) as we just do not see Tyrod being consistent enough to keep this team competitive. Mayfield is not a bad stash in deeper league and/or 2QB leagues.
Gesicki is a deep TE sleeper for
Moore WR Carolina is looking like he has a legit chance to start week 1
alongside Devin Funchess.
· It looks like there may be a TE battle brewing in Indy. With Luck back and seemingly healthy, Jack Doyle and Ebron will battle it out this pre-season. We feel Doyle will win the initial nod but whether or not he will be able to sustain hanging onto the TE gig remains to be seen. We do have faith in Doyle to potentially be a top 10 TE if Luck stays healthy.
· The Packers are looking like a team that is going to use the dreaded “Running Back by Committee” approach with Jamaal Williams, Ty Montgomery and Aaron Jones randomly mixing in depending on game-flow. That spells doom for the fantasy upside of all three RBs. Maybe Aaron Jones’ off-season troubles get him suspended early on which could triple Williams’ upside overnight.
· Andrew Luck is claiming is surgically repaired shoulder is fine and he is not experiencing any pain lately. If we draft Luck we definitely want to draft a decent mid-level back up as well as Luck could have a relapse at anytime so he is a true 2018 high risk/high reward type guy.
· D’Onta Foreman is shaping up to be a nice last round sleeper to grab in drafts. Coming off an Achilles injury he will not be on anyone’s radar but with a shaky Lamar Miller ahead of him, we see Foreman getting a shot here for 12+ carries by mid-season and if this Houston offense is anything like it was last year with Deshaun Watson at the helm, we want to own as many Texans as we can, right down to Will Fuller.
· Ronald Jones is a nice RB3 type guy to pursue this summer in drafts as he is slated to get 12-15 carries a game on a decent Bucs offense. We do not see Charles Sims or Peyton Barber standing in Jones’ way if Jones can get off to a decent start.
Gallop is going to be asked to fill some huge shoes in Dallas this season with Witten retired and Dez Bryant
gone, Dallas is in desperate need of some playmakers and aside from Allen Hurns, we are not high on any other receivers in Dallas this
year besides Gallop. Gallop is a WR3
prospect at best, more like a BYE week filler or bench WR. We project more running this year than ever
Coleman could be on the move from
· Braedon Bowman TE Chargers is a deep TE sleeper to watch this year. With Gates gone and Hunter Henry already hurt for the whole season, the door is wide open for Bowman if he can develop a rapport with Philip Rivers.
are quietly high on Rashaad Penny this year as the
potential new lead RB in
· Our initial gut is telling us not to get too psyched about Pat Mahomes in K.C. this year. He does have “potential” to be great but we often see “potential” die hard so tread lightly on thinking this guy is going to be your late round QB1 this year.