Team needs from a fantasy perspective in the 2017 NFL Draft
Posted by d-Rx on 04/07/17
RB – Although Harbaugh hyped Kenneth Dixon this offseason, he is on a 4-game suspension. I think Woodhead will get enough scraps to maintain his weight but if they draft a RB they could be a situational flex play in a bye week.
WR – Mike Wallace is 30 and Perriman struggles to stay healthy. If they add a WR this will be a big opportunity for fantasy play if they show commitment in the first couple rounds.
TE – Avoid any new players. There are too many to fight to the top.
RB – The Bengals let 2 of their starting linemen go this offseason. If they don’t shore up this position, AVOID!
WR – Could stand to gain depth at the WR position. If they get a vertical threat with this O-line, then it may be a release valve for Dalton.
TE – Odds are, Eifert will sustain an injury this year. I’ve been burnt too many times. With a poor O-line, this could be a savvy play.
QB – This is the $16M question, literally. Browns could move Osweiler or bring in a rookie to compete for the starting position.
RB – Crowell was being shopped for a 2nd round pick earlier this offseason. If that doesn’t show their hand, IDK what will. I think they are content with Crowell but they could move on from Duke Johnson as the 3rd down back.
WR – Kenny Britt and Corey Coleman. I know the industry are hype about these dudes but I want other options. Please draft someone Browns and give me hope.
TE – There is talk the Browns will draft O.J. Howard. While Hunter Henry is the most recent benchmark for a rookie tight end, I think Howard could be a red zone threat and a stick mover for this team.
QB – A personal fit I love is Patrick Mahomes as a developmental talent in Pittsburgh. I think they move on from Landry Jones as the backup. Big Ben has missed ~7 games in the past two seasons. Be the first to the waiver wire if all of the above happens.
RB – Le’Veon Bell is a beast. You know this but he has suffered suspensions the past two years, as well as injuries. If he goes down, grab his back up.
WR – If Martavis Bryant gets reinstated before you draft, consider their 3rd WR but if not, I anticipate the Steelers may target Chris Godwin. Speculative, I know but he’s a Penn St. guy. If this happens; buy, buy, buy.
TE – Ladarius Green is a field stretched when healthy but he’s been a putz as of late. I don’t see a rookie stepping in and taking Jesse James uninspiring role.
QB – There is very little threat here. I think they’ll bring someone in but I think this is Tyrod’s job
WR – They picked up Andre Holmes in free agency but I don’t think he’s WR2 and better suited as a WR3/4. I expect them to pick a WR early in the draft
TE – In a deep class, they could use a TE. Don’t forget there is a typical 3-year learning curve at this position until impact.
RB – Ajayi played extremely well last year with three games over 200 yards! I think they are pleased with their depth but if they get another running back for insurance, don’t be surprised
WR – If they draft one, he may be a late season waiver wire target. I personally don’t like this WR corps but I think they could use reliability/depth.
TE – Julius Thomas rejoins Adam Gase but is often injured.
Flex – Anyone who is drafted here could see playing time but don’t stretch here. This team is a headache because their HC is a maverick.
QB – If the Jets bring in a QB he could start depending on pedigree and talent.
RB – While I like Powell behind a depreciating Matt Forte, anyone here could compete for a job.
WR – Eric Decker may miss some time recovering and their WR corps is not menacing. There are a few guys; who may flash throughout the year but a rookie could step in and be a WR3 to WR2 from day 1.
TE – ASJ was the hot add middle of the season but the Jets, to this point, have failed to effectively use their tight end. I wouldn’t jump on this position even if they get a premier TE in the draft.
QB – Is Tom Savage real? The Texans will most likely draft a QB.
WR – I expect a late round WR but I believe there is plenty of talent and youth here.
TE – Fiedorowicz flashed in the 2nd half of last season. C.J. is young. I don’t expect a move here.
RB – Gore has defied age biases and the Colts have done nothing to shore up RB talent. This is a must in this offseason.
WR – I think the position could use more depth but I believe the Colts are happy with their situation.
RB – I doubt they’ll draft a RB but Ivory is 29 years old. Yeldon was drafted in the 2nd round and this is why I don’t think they will.
WR – I like this WR corps and believe it’s in the top half of the NFL but it depends on Bortles. If they get a WR, I’d like to see a go getter.
TE – Mercedes Lewis is 32, they acquired Mychal Rivera in FA, and traded Julius Thomas. I could see them taking a TE.
WR – Titans are in desperate need of a WR1. They have the draft pick they acquired last year and I would go here with their first pick.
TE – Delanie Walker is 32 years old and performing well for his age. I’d like to see them get a developmental talent here.
RB – Jalen Richard has potential to be a situational threat but I don’t believe he can be a three down back. I don’t think Lynch is in their best interest but the hype is real. I’d like to see them take a mid-round RB.
WR – Crabtree is my only concern in 2018. I believe the Raiders may attempt to draft a late round WR.
QB – The buzz on Paxton Lynch is growing. There are only 2 QBs on their roster and this offers an opportunity for a developmental QB. I don’t believe this QB will start though.
WR – Demaryius and Emmanuel are aging with the team. The Broncos could use a strong WR3 talent.
TE – Virgil Green is a talented athlete but the depth of this class at TE may create an opportunity for a Jake Butt type TE to shore up that O-Line.
QB – I believe the Chiefs will attempt to add depth at the QB position. Alex Smith is dependable and I wouldn’t worry if they do draft a QB, he will not start.
RB – The Chiefs have two situational backs but could stand to draft a 3 down back. Imagine the possibilities if the Chiefs took a multi-tool like Curtis Samuel to pair with Tyreek Hill and ran a RBBC approach for another year.
WR – While I believe Tyreek has won the impression of the coaches, I believe the Chiefs could use more depth at WR
QB – It is reported that the Chargers will draft a developmental QB. Nothing to see here.
RB – The Chargers struggle with soft tissue injuries and a RB could see a fair amount of snaps. Melvin Gordon has draft pedigree though.
WR – The Chargers were successful in cultivating talent with early losses to their WR corps. I think they will attempt to add depth here.
RB – Ty Montgomery proved he could be a fantasy asset but I see them moving to a more traditional RB.
WR – If they add anyone, Aaron Rodgers will get them the ball. Keep them on your radar.
RB – I like the players here but I’m not sure how the Vikings view their situation. Latavius can get the job done and McKinnon/Asiata can serve as vital backups.
WR – This organization has struggled to cultivate WR talent. I would look to replace WR talent to avoid risk. C-Patterson signed with the Raiders this offseason.
TE – Kyle Rudolph has a long history of injury. He bounced back last year and reminded us of his red zone ability. I believe a TE here would be developmental.
WR – I like their ability to move within 20 yards in the passing offense but if John Ross slips to the Lions with Stafford’s arm, this could be deadly.
TE – There is talk the Lions may attempt to draft a TE early. I am not so sure this happens.
QB – John Fox is not a proponent of starting rookies. The Bears went after Mike Glennon and Mark Sanchez in the offseason but could use a developmental talent.
WR – This WR corps is wide open at the present time. Cameron Meredith should be a WR2/WR3 at best. Kevin White needs to step up. Royal is still there though.
TE – Zach Miller is ancient, 32 years old. I believe the Bears could use a nontraditional talent to make up for their depleted WR corps.
RB – I believe they are a prime candidate for a RB in the first couple rounds. Sproles and Mathews are aging. While there are 2 young backs behind these guys, they may attempt to replace explosiveness in this draft or the next.
WR – This team has struggled at the WR position in recent years. Alshon is a dominant weapon for Wentz when healthy. Torrey Smith was signed on a 2-year contract and it’s worth noting but I personally would look to draft a late round WR.
WR – The Cowboys resigned Terrence Williams and I was disappointed as a fantasy player. I was looking forward to the Cowboys drafting a stud WR. It is still a possibility but I believe the other positions on this team are etched in stone for this year.
QB – Although I don’t think a QB will take Cousin’s position via trade, I do expect them to draft someone. There is no way they can sustain the projected pay in 2018 after franchise tagging Cousin two years in a row.
RB – I like Rob Kelley and Keith Marshall but I would not be surprised if they got a late round talent to compete for touches in the middle to late part of the season.
TE – There are a lot of years behind Jordan Reed. I worry about his issues with concussions and fear the Redskins may fear an early retirement. This is a position to watch in the draft for the Redskins.
RB – Paul Perkins looked above average from a rookie but this position could use some help. The Giants have struggled in the recent past at sustaining RB talent.
TE – Will Tye could be a sleeper with Donnell gone but with the acquisition Marshall the Giants appear to be in an arms race with their divisional opponents.
WR – A lot of weapons but could always use one more.
RB – Doug Martin is back and Sims just got resigned. Martin is a risk at the end of the day and the Buccs may attempt to minimize this risk.
WR – Say it isn’t so but I like Humphries in his new role. The team could use an upgrade though.
QB – The Saints need a QB to develop. I am not awestruck by McCown or Grayson.
RB – The Saints could use a backup 3 down back.
WR – After Thomas and Snead you’ve got Ginn and it drops off
TE – Coby Fleener was added last year in free agency but his impact has not been noticed.
RB – If Fournette drops here; bye, bye, bye. Understand soft tissue injuries are a frequent problem with him.
WR – The Panthers could use speed in their WR corps. Funchess may get a bump this year but both starters struggle to separate.
TE – Eventually the Panthers will need to replace Greg Olsen. Look for them to make a move but will most certainly not start unless and injury occurs.
QB – This will be an interesting situation to watch on draft day. The Rams bought up for Goff but I could see him losing his job before week 6 if things go south.
WR – Robert Woods, Tavon Austin, and Pharoh Cooper. Cooper may be a sleeper but I do not like this corps and I believe that they will attempt to solve this with mid rounds. Goff can’t succeed unless he has weapons.
TE – If the Rams add any TE from this draft class they could get a big boost with a young QB.
QB – Palmer has showed signs of regression. I don’t believe he’ll be fired but watch this situation in the draft.
WR – The Cardinals need to replace Larry Fitzgerald. This is a tall task and I expect the Cardinals to draft a WR. Mike Williams is the talk around draft boards.
TE – The Cardinals use in-line tight ends and could use a vertical threat. This is one of the deepest positions in the draft, especially vertical tight ends.
RB – If you’re signing Eddie Lacy with his current weight issue and drafting RBs heavily in the 2016 draft, you probably haven’t found your guy.
WR – I have become a Doug Baldwin believer. However, I believe their second best WR will miss half to most of the season. The Seahawks will most likely draft a DT or OL first round but they need help desperately at WR.
QB- Hoyer is the 28-32nd best QB in the league. He is a solid back up and can start and win games. The only problem is that there is one “weapon” on the outside.
RB – Hyde has not rushed for 1000 yards once in his pro-career. *Thanks Hoidini! * Depth is definitely needed.
WR – Pierre Garcon decent threat with insulation but he’s not going to carry the team all by himself. Goodwin has explosive speed but is a better athlete than a positional football player. Much depth is needed at this position.
TE – Vance McDonald is getting older and his teammates fail to contribute. Blake Bell, a local hero, is not the answer. This team is still feeling the fall out of the departure of Harbaugh.
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