WITH a shade over a month until the NFL season kicks off, most Fantasy Football coaches are starting to orchestrate a plan for the impending draft day. There is no doubt that there are some players and trends worth noting, but there are some things you may have missed in the past week or two. After participating in a few mock drafts over the past few weeks there are a few things that I have noticed worth sharing with the SportsbyFry Fantasy community!
*All Fantasy numbers are based on ESPN Fantasy Football scoring.
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Who is No.1?
THERE is a real debate at which player deserves to be the first player drafted off the board. In 12 games last year Le’Veon Bell managed to chalk up 1,884 yards from scrimmage (good for 157 yards per game) while the man fighting to be atop the food chain, David Johnson, put together 2,118 in the same category (132.4 per game). Judging by those stats Bell should be the first person taken but his contractual issues mean that he is still isn’t in Steelers camp. It’s hard to ignore Johnson’s value as well given the fact that he has played 32 of a possible 32 games in his career, while Bell has managed 47 out of 64 with suspension and injury woes stopping him from seeing time on the field. I think that Bell still deserves to remain No. 1, but it’s easy to accept the safer Johnson with the first pick come draft night.
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Just What Does Ezekiel Elliott’s Suspension Mean?
WE all know that Elliott’s suspension is going to impact Dallas and his own draft position. I was somewhat surprised to see that since the news broke Elliott’s average draft place was still hovering around pick #28, even with him potentially missing the first six games of the season. Of course, the suspension doesn’t just impact Zeke, with Darren McFadden the most added player in fantasy and his average draft spot moving inside the top 100. Don’t forget that without the security blanket of handing the ball off the Elliott, Dak Prescott may find life tougher to start the season. Prescott is projected to put up the 12th highest amount of points from the QB spot, but over the past week, he has been drafted 15 spots lower than a week prior. Proceed with caution.
Everyone Is Overreacting
WHILE I am of the firm belief that training camp and the preseason games can teach us a lot, do not overreact to the preseason games, especially one solitary game. With just one game in the books so far from the preseason, many players opted to leave their first team players on the shelf and as a result, some players were able to shine. That doesn’t necessarily mean they will star when the big lights come on, so take these numbers and players ownership spikes at face value. As long as you have the best team you can build come the 7th of Septemeber that’s all that matters.
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MIKE Williams (WR, Chargers) and Will Fuller (WR, Texans) are the two biggest names affected by injury at the moment. LA is hopeful that Williams, their first round selection in last years draft, can avoid back surgery even though he will start the season on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list. Fuller has been diagnosed with a broken collarbone and while it won’t rule him out for the whole season, he is still out for an indefinite period of time. Look away if you’re a Jets fan. Quincy Enunwa is now expected to miss the season with a neck injury. With Eric Decker and Brandon Marshall no longer with the squad either, the next four main targets for whichever dismal QB will be taking snaps have combined for 75 receptions and just over 900 yards in their careers. Someone has to catch passes in New York though, so keep an eye on their production and you may be able to snap up a late round steal.
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