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Eddie Lacy

Seattle Seahawks

Seattle's Crowded Backfield


Seattle Seahawks RB Thomas Rawls ankle injury will hold him out of week 2 preseason action on Friday. It’s being called a minor injury and Eddie Lacy is now expected to be the starting tailback for the second preseason game.

Fantasy Goo: When it was first announced that Rawls would get the start I thought nothing of it, teams usually rest their banged-up players week 2 anyway. Week 3 is what we really care about, but if they’re resting Rawls this week that becomes somewhat questionable. We should probably consider this a full blown committee at this point, in which case you can read our “League Winners” article to see who I think is worthy of drafting in this backfield.


08/17/17, 09:24 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Thomas Rawls

Seattle Seahawks

Seattle's Crowded Backfield


Seattle Seahawks RB Thomas Rawls ankle injury will hold him out of week 2 preseason action on Friday. It’s being called a minor injury and Eddie Lacy is now expected to be the starting tailback for the second preseason game.

Fantasy Goo: When it was first announced that Rawls would get the start I thought nothing of it, teams usually rest their banged-up players week 2 anyway. Week 3 is what we really care about, but if they’re resting Rawls this week that becomes somewhat questionable. We should probably consider this a full blown committee at this point, in which case you can read our “League Winners” article to see who I think is worthy of drafting in this backfield.


08/17/17, 09:24 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Andrew Luck

Indianapolis Colts

Indy Needs Some Luck


There has been quite a bit of concern about Andrew Luck’s availability to start the season on the active roster after offseason surgery. Hartbeat points out that, “Colts seem confident in Luck for week 1 as they haven't changed their playbook.” There is a concern about his offensive line though as starting C Ryan Kelly is likely to find himself on the designated IR for return after foot surgery.

Fantasy Goo: Luck put together a 2016 season with a career best 71.2 QBR and a 92.4 PFF grade. If he’s healthy he’s a must start, and his ADP has fallen nearly two rounds since August first. He is now being drafted as the eighth QB off the board. Check out the Draft Kit vol.3 to get the full goo.


08/17/17, 08:57 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Aaron Jones

Green Bay Packers

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08/17/17, 10:10 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

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Curtis Samuel

Carolina Panthers

Samuel Back in Pads


Curtis Samuel was back in full pads for today's practice (Wednesday), he has missed almost all of training camp with a hamstring problem that began as a issue in the spring. He's been out for so long that it's hard to see him having a immediate early-season role.

Fantasy Goo: Samuel is the ultimate utility knife if he can get healthy, he can pick up the big plays vacated by Ginn and match anything fellow rookie McCaffrey does in the passing game.


08/16/17, 08:15 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Ty Montgomery

Green Bay Packers

Green Bay Rookie's on Display


“Ty Montgomery’s likely absence from Saturday night’s preseason game at Washington will put an even bigger spotlight on the depth-chart battle involving three of Green Bay’s third-day draft picks. Williams is the front-runner in part because he’s shown the best aptitude for pass protection in the backfield. Jones has displayed a different gear in the open field that he’d love to show off in a game if he gets a crease. Mays is the best example of compact power, at 5-10 and 230 pounds.”

Fantasy Goo:Ty performed very well last year with the 3rd best juke rate of 34% and the best yards per contact per touch of all RBs at 2.8. The issue with Montgomery is Jamaal Williams is in line to take away the short yardage work and it’s unclear what type of volume Ty can handle as he rushed double digits in only 1 game.


08/16/17, 07:58 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.packers.com


Jamaal Williams

Green Bay Packers

Green Bay Rookie's on Display


“Ty Montgomery’s likely absence from Saturday night’s preseason game at Washington will put an even bigger spotlight on the depth-chart battle involving three of Green Bay’s third-day draft picks. Williams is the front-runner in part because he’s shown the best aptitude for pass protection in the backfield. Jones has displayed a different gear in the open field that he’d love to show off in a game if he gets a crease. Mays is the best example of compact power, at 5-10 and 230 pounds.”

Fantasy Goo:Ty performed very well last year with the 3rd best juke rate of 34% and the best yards per contact per touch of all RBs at 2.8. The issue with Montgomery is Jamaal Williams is in line to take away the short yardage work and it’s unclear what type of volume Ty can handle as he rushed double digits in only 1 game.


08/16/17, 07:58 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.packers.com


Jaron Brown

Arizona Cardinals

Jaron Number Two?


Larry Fitzgerald is the No. 1 wideout. Brown? “He’s No. 2 right now,” Coach Bruce Arians said Tuesday.
“I’ve been here for a while,” Jaron Brown said. “Every camp is different. We obviously have injuries, and that gives me an opportunity. I just try to take advantage.

Fantasy Goo: I could see Jaron shooting up draft boards, and I like him as a last round dart throw, but this just makes that receiving corps all the more crowded. A torn ACL prevented Jaron from possibly breaking-out last year. Yesterday we thought JJ Nelson would emerge, I’m sure we will be re-visiting this regularly.


08/16/17, 04:21 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Cole Beasley

Dallas Cowboys

Beasley Under the Radar


NFL Next Gen Stats have revealed many of their numbers to the public recently. Hartbeat picked this one out on Twitter: Cole Beasley adding another advanced stat that he thrives in, Top 10 in separation among all pass catchers.

Fantasy Goo: Beasley was one of the most efficient weapons in the NFL last year. His Defense-adjusted Yards above Replacement and Defense-adjusted Value over Average ranked as 5th best among WRs. For more on Beasley and others check out the Pyro Pulse podcast episode 6, WR Tiers.


08/15/17, 05:08 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


John Brown

Arizona Cardinals

John Brown’s Health Back in Question


WR John Brown looking like sickle cell IS NOT being managed by the Cardinals. Could be another injury plagued season for Brown. Arians said WR John Brown not practicing full time is a concern (He's been participating in certain drills during practice).

Fantasy Goo: JJ Nelson was the WR11 in PPR scoring weeks 13-17, it appears as though we should be drafting Nelson as one of our late round flyers immediately. If the Brown news continues to be negative we will begin to see Nelson’s stock rise. Jaron Brown and Chad Williams are names we should also keep an eye on, but Arians has complained about their lack of performance publicly.


08/15/17, 04:28 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Maxx Williams

Baltimore Ravens

Maxx Looks Slow, Open Door for Watson


“Tight end Maxx Williams deserves a ton of credit for persevering through a serious knee surgery and getting back onto the field this summer. But in watching him run, it’s still pretty clear that he has a ways to go. He has bulked up and gotten considerably stronger, so it will be interesting to see whether he becomes more of a blocking tight end, assuming he’s on the season-opening roster.”

fantasy Goo: Ben Watson appears to be worth a last round flier. Denis Pitta was the number eight TE overall last year and he only scored 2 TD’s. Watson was the number 6 TE in 2015 with Drew Brees throwing him 6 TD’s.


08/15/17, 03:54 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.baltimoresun.com


Ryan Mathews

Philadelphia Eagles

Ryan Matthews Released


After passing his physical earlier today, The Eagles have informed former starting RB Ryan Mathews that he's been released. This move was completely expected, the Eagles save a bunch of money by releasing him now.

Fantasy Goo: Hartbeat would like to see him land in: IND, SF, MIA or CHI (all backup roles). I think the Giants or Ravens should see what he has left in the tank, even if it’s just a few games Matthews is a talented back, he’s just been drenched with injuries. I don’t think the team that picks him up has to pay much for him.


08/15/17, 03:30 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Devonta Freeman

Atlanta Falcons

Freeman in Concussion Protocol


Coach Quinn says Devonta Freeman is in concussion protocol, will be ruled out for Sunday's game. This really means nothing if he’s back by next week, but if this lingers like Jay Ajayi’s concussion, Coleman might actually be worth his draft value in the sixth round.

Fantasy Goo: Despite being only 206 lbs he had the 3rd most RZ carries with 53. Although Coleman is an extremely strong receiver Freeman was still top 5 in catches among RBs on only a 63% snap share.


08/14/17, 04:34 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Leonard Fournette

Jacksonville Jaguars

Fournette Battling Same Issues


Jaguars rookie RB Leonard Fournette suffered a foot injury and HC Doug Marrone said team intends to be "careful with him." Fournette battled a recurring foot/ankle injury throughout his final season at LSU. It was a real problem most of the year.

Fantasy Goo: Fournette was clocked running 22.9 MPH at LSU last season, for reference Tyreek Hill was the NFLs fastest player at 23.2MPH. It appears as though Jacksonville is being cautious, but rookies need to get on the field and learn the nuances of the NFL, especially pass blocking.


08/14/17, 03:31 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Jordan Matthews

Buffalo Bills

Matthews Must Play With Pain


Bills' WR Jordan Mathews has what team is calling "a chip fracture in his sternum" and is week to week.
The good news is that it’s just a pain tolerance issue. The bad news is that it can be pretty painful.

Fantasy Goo: Matthews move to Buffalo had very little effect on his projections, but with lack of practice with his new team he will almost certainly get off to a slow start. Check the Pyro Pulse Podcast (Ep.5) to get the hot, sticky goo on how this affects the value of the other Bills and Eagles skill players.


08/14/17, 03:29 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Marqise Lee

Jacksonville Jaguars

Lee High Ankle Sprain Opens Door for Hurns, Again


Jaguars WR Marqise Lee suffered a high-ankle sprain, source said. He'll push hard to be ready for Week 1, but caution could push it back.

Fantasy Goo: 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.


08/14/17, 02:56 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Jordan Reed

Washington Redskins

Reed Has "Special Shoes"


“Redskins tight end Jordan Reed said his new cleats and orthotics have made a difference for his sprained big toe. Reed said, "I'll be out there shortly." He remains on the PUP list.”

Fantasy Goo: Jay Gruden has made it very clear that the offense runs through Jordan Reed, this was never more prominent than when the Redskins let their two best WRs based on production walk this offseason. Reed has obviously red flags when it comes to injuries, he is one dirty hit away from a career ending concussion. When he is healthy, there is no TE that I would rather have, Reed has averaged the most fantasy points per game over the past two seasons and is targeted on a minimum of 15% of his routes.
For more see Hartbeat TE Gold Diggers vol.1


08/13/17, 08:24 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Sterling Shepard

New York Giants

Shepard Back in Practice


“Just 11 days after he was carted off the practice field with an ankle injury fearing the worst, Shepard practiced fully with his teammates on Sunday. There appeared to be very few restrictions on the second-year receiver, who also didn't seem to be favoring his injured ankle at all.”

Fantasy Goo: Shepard finished second among rookie WRs in targets, catches, yards and touchdowns. In general, second year WRs see a jump in fantasy production by 16%, but Sterling is more likely to move in an inverse fashion. With the Giants bringing in Brandon Marshall and Evan Engram, Shepard is the most likely to see a decrease in targets. See Hartbeat, WR Gold Diggers vol.1 for more.


08/13/17, 07:55 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Robby Anderson

New York Jets

Robby With Early Bomb


With Enunwa out for the season the New York Jets will be looking for one of their young receivers to step-up. On their first drive Josh McCown connected with Robby Anderson for a 53 yard gain and finished the drive with a 4-yard TD pass to Charone Peake. Anderson finished the first half with three receptions for 71 yards.

Fantasy Goo: Anderson could be a nice late-round flyer, but this offense doesn’t project for much fire-power. Anderson projects for a 63/830/4 line and Peake is nothing more than a DFS GPP play or possible bye-week flyer.


08/13/17, 08:14 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Travis Kelce

Kansas City Chiefs

Kelce to Return Next Week


After the game, Chiefs coach Andy Reid provided an update on a few of those guys, specifically Travis Kelce. “They are close,” Reid noted of those three guys. “(They will) potentially get some work this next week, we’ll just see how it goes. They’ve got a big rehab session (Saturday), so we’ll see.”

Fantasy Goo: Since he fractured his patella in 2013 and missed his entire rookie campaign, Kelce has not missed a game. Kelce led all TEs last season in fantasy points, but he also thrived under advanced metrics, also leading the league in Success Rate on 65% of his plays. – Hartbeat
I five games without Maclin on the field over the past two years Kelce averages 2.76 more PPR points per game even though he did not score a TD in any of them.


08/12/17, 07:56 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Jay Ajayi

Miami Dolphins

Ajayi Still in Concussion Protocol


Running backs coach Danny Barrett believes Kenyan Drake could be an every-down back if Jay Ajayi misses multiple games. He said Drake is “more reliable, more dependable, being where he’s supposed to be – especially in our passing game”

Fantasy Goo: I’m not necessarily buying what they’re selling, but Ajayi out for 10 days so far does concern me. Gase was not happy with Ajayi to start last year and it was a work-ethic issue. A concussion requires medical clearance and cannot be put in the same category, but Gase seems to have the old-school mentality of, “you can’t make the club from the tub.” If Ajayi is out for any amount of time we can expect about a 50/50 split from Drake and Damien Williams, neither is built for work-horse carries.


08/12/17, 06:23 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Kenyan Drake

Miami Dolphins

Ajayi Still in Concussion Protocol


Running backs coach Danny Barrett believes Kenyan Drake could be an every-down back if Jay Ajayi misses multiple games. He said Drake is “more reliable, more dependable, being where he’s supposed to be – especially in our passing game”

Fantasy Goo: I’m not necessarily buying what they’re selling, but Ajayi out for 10 days so far does concern me. Gase was not happy with Ajayi to start last year and it was a work-ethic issue. A concussion requires medical clearance and cannot be put in the same category, but Gase seems to have the old-school mentality of, “you can’t make the club from the tub.” If Ajayi is out for any amount of time we can expect about a 50/50 split from Drake and Damien Williams, neither is built for work-horse carries.


08/12/17, 06:23 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Jordan Matthews

Buffalo Bills

Bills replace Watkins with Jordan Matthews


“Bills acquired WR Jordan Matthews and a 2018 third-round pick from the Eagles in exchange for CB Ronald Darby.” I’m not quite sure what the Bills are thinking here, they now have three (Zay Jones, Anquan Boldin) receivers that play predominantly out of the slot.

Fantasy Goo: For Matthews this is pretty much a lateral move, if he continues to play from the slot. He is far more successful from the slot compared to playing the outside receiver positions. Podcast (Ep.5) to get the hot, sticky goo on how this affects the value of the other Bills and Eagles skill players.


08/11/17, 07:38 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: pyromaniac.com

2017 NFL Draft and fantasy football - who should teams draft for #FF

Team needs from a fantasy perspective in the 2017 NFL Draft

Posted by d-Rx on 04/07/17

by   The Archer


@TheArcher


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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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