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Team needs from a fantasy perspective in the 2017 NFL Draft

Posted by d-Rx on 04/07/17

AFC North

 

Ravens

 

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.

 

 

Bengals

 

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.

 

 

Browns

 

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.

 

 

Steelers

 

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.

 

 

AFC East

 

Bills

 

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.

 

 

Dolphins

 

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.

 

 

Patriots

 

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.

 

 

Jets

 

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.

 

 

AFC South

 

 

Texans

 

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.

 

 

Colts

 

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.

 

 

Jaguars

 

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.

 

 

Titans

 

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.

 

 

AFC West

 

 

Raiders

 

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.

 

 

Broncos

 

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.

 

 

Chiefs

 

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

 

 

Chargers

 

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.

 

 

NFC North

 

 

Packers

 

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.

 

 

Vikings

 

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.

 

 

Lions

 

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.

 

 

Bears

 

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.

 

 

NFC East

 

 

Eagles

 

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.

 

 

Cowboys

 

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.

 

 

Redskins

 

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.

 

 

Giants

 

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.

 

 

NFC South

 

 

Falcons

 

WR – A lot of weapons but could always use one more.

 

 

Buccaneers

 

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.

 

 

Saints

 

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.

 

 

Panthers

 

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.

 

 

NFC West

 

 

Rams

 

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.

 

 

Cardinals

 

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.

 

 

Seahawks

 

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.

 

 

49ers

 

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.

 


 

By The Archer (aka @raiderbuchanon)


 

 

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