Thursday, May 29, 2014

2014 NFL Draft - Round 4 & 5 - IDP Fantasy Football Impact

The 2014 NFL draft, 4th & 5th round defenders that could make an impact. 

IDP Watch List- Rounds 4 & 5

Khairi Fortt - ILB - CAL - The one year Cal Bear was chosen by the New Orleans Saints as a linebacking project. Fortt looks the part of an inside linebacker and has intriguing, starter-caliber athleticism, but needs time to develop. He will be a free agent in 2014 dynasty leagues but should definitely be on the radar as he moves up the depth chart. 

Kevin Pierre-Louis - OLB - Boston - The Boston alum will be switching coasts to Seattle to play for the Seahawks.  Pierre-Louis was a productive college LB and is well built for the NFL. We don't see him making an impact early in his career, but could be a nice WLB down the road. 

Tre Boston - SS - North Carolina - The former Tar Heels star was a three-year starter with experience at safety and corner. Selected by the Carolina Panthers, Boston will have to improve his instincts and his maturity to be a factor in the future. We don't see much action for him with Carolina's current defensive backfield.

Cassius Marsh - DE - UCLA - The UCLA Bruin was selected by the Seattle Seahawks for his high-motor and steady play while in college. He fits the mold of DE that the Seahawks love, but due to all the talent ahead of him, we don't see immediate impact. 

Brock Vereen - FS - Minnesota - The former Golden Gopher couldn't have landed in a better spot than the Chicago Bears. Chris Conte is the only player ahead of him on the depth chart and Vereen brings terrific intangibles that could propel him into a role as a starter and defensive leader. He will be available late in dynasty football drafts, but could produce early in his career.

Telvin Smith - LB - Florida St - The Jacksonville Jaguars scored a gem in the 5th round selecting the Florida State product Smith. The kid has All-Pro potential and will get his opportunity early in his career to produce at WLB. He'll likely be a 4th round pick in most dynasty fantasy leagues.

Lamin Barrow - LB - LSU - Another solid linebacker from the 5th round is Denver's Barrow.  The LSU stud is tough, football smart, and a highly respected team captain. Expect him to get a chance at MLB sometime soon in his career. Barrow will be a 5th round pick in 2014 dynasty IDP drafts.

Chris Smith - DE - Arkansas - The ex-Razorback has an opportunity to compete with the Jacksonville Jaguars.  Smith has good finishing speed and hustle in pursuit which translates well to the pros.  He won't get much attention this year, but if he performs he could become a starter. 

Avery Williamson - ILB - Kentucky - The former Wildcat was selected to play middle linebacker for the Tennessee Titans.  Williamson is smart, understands the game, and can make all the on-field adjustments naturally. He projects as a backup with some slight upside if he becomes a starter.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

2014 NFL Draft - Round 2 & 3 - IDP Fantasy Football Impact

The 2014 NFL draft, 2nd & 3rd round defenders, should make IDP dynasty fans excited, as there are a bunch of good players ready to make an impact. Let's take a look at the Fantasy Football impact of the day two picks from 2014.

IDP Watch List- Rounds 2 & 3

Demarcus Lawrence - DE - Boise State - The former Bronco is now a Cowboy, and Dallas got what most consider Lawrence's pass-rushing ability among the best in this year's class. Expect him to be selected in the 4th-5th round in most dynasty rookie leagues.

Kony Ealy - DE - Missouri - The Carolina Panthers selected the ex-Tiger for depth in their defensive line. Ealy is a big, athletic, ascending, pass-rush talent with the size, burst and flexibility to produce in the NFL. He won't get much PT in 2014, but could have solid sleeper potential in the future. He'll be a late round selection in fantasy dynasty rookie drafts.

RaShede Hageman - DE - Minnesota - The Golden Gophers star is a classic boom or bust option. He will play often for the Falcons, who lack playmakers on the D-line, but will Hageman's motor be a factor. If he is considered a DE he has more fantasy value but he could also be an outstanding DT. We don't see him being drafted in most fantasy dynasty rookie drafts, but is a flyer option.

Kyle Van Noy - OLB - BYU - The Detroit Lions selected the BYU prospect. Van Noy has unique ability to play up the field, laterally or in reverse, but does not project as a three down LB at this time. He'll be available late in most fantasy rookie dynasty drafts.

Timmy Jernigan - DE - Florida State - The former Seminole is a slightly undersized, stoutly built, country-strong run stopper. He'll play for Baltimore and will fit solidly in their rotation as a 3-4 DE. Jernigan doesn't have a whole lot of fantasy value, so expect him to be a free agent in 2014.

Lamarcus Joyner - CB - Florida St - The St. Louis Rams selected this galvanizing leader for the national champion Florida St. Seminoles, to be a contributor at nickel corner or safety. Joyner is not expected to earn every down snaps as a rookie, so he'll be available as a free agent in most dynasty fantasy leagues.

Jeremiah Attaochu - OLB - Georgia Tech - The San Diego Chargers selected Attaochu to eventually become a long-term starter at OLB given his pass-rush ability, motor and makeup. The Georgia Tech alum will have to start his career behind Dwight Freeney, which will likely make it difficult to get on the field as a rookie, but the kid has long term value. Expect Attaochu to be a free agent in 2014 dynasty leagues.

Stanley Jean-Baptise - CB - Nebraska - The former Cornhusker is a converted receiver, and at 6'3" offers the New Orleans Saints some interesting skills to mold. Jean-Baptise is green, and will likely be a developmental candidate, but don't expect much production from the guy any time soon. Free agency is where you'll find him this year.

Christian Kirksey - LB - Iowa - The ex-Hawkeye was selected by the Cleveland Browns to play inside linebacker. Kirksey has players ahead of him on the depth chart but will stand out on special teams. As a reserve, he has little value in fantasy this year so he'll be a free agent in 2014.

Scott Crichton - DE - Oregon State - The former Beaver is slotted to play defensive end for the Minnesota Vikings. Crichton shows flashes and power with solid potential as a 4-3 defensive end. It could require patience, but he may be worth a gamble since there are snaps available in the wake of Jared Allen's departure. Crichton should be available late in most dynasty rookie drafts.

Preston Brown - ILB - Louisville - The Louisville product is a classic Mike Linebacker, which are very valuable in fantasy. He'll have to earn his way to playing time, but if he does, he'll be a solid option at LB. Expect him to be a late round pick in dynasty fantasy leagues.

Chris Borland - LB - Wisconsin - The Wisconsin alum is an instinctive tackling machine who will have to overcome physical limitations to establish himself. The 49ers may need Borland to step in and contribute early if Bowman has to miss time, so expect the former Badger to be selected late in dynasty rookie drafts.

Dezmen Southward - FS - Wisconsin - Another former Badger, Southward was picked by the Atlanta Falcons as a size-speed prospect who is still learning positional nuances. Southward will not be selected in fantasy rookie drafts in most cases.

Will Clarke - DE - West Virginia - The ex-Mountaneer was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals as a solid depth option. Clarke will have to make significant strides with his technique and improve his run defense in order to move up the charts. Clarke will be a free agent in 2014 dynasty leagues.

Jay Bromley - DT - Syracuse - The Syracuse product will play in the New York Giants scheme as a big, two-down, run stuffer. If he performs well, Bromley could take over for Linval Joseph as the starter for the Giants. The kid is the 3rd or 4th best DT in this draft, but not valuable in fantasy if you are not required to start Tackles.

Kareem Martin - DE - North Carolina - The UNC alum was selected by the Arizona Cardinals as a possible heir apparent to Calais Campbell. At 6-foot-6, he wins with length and could be a nice stash down the road. If you have the roster space, he'll be available late in most rookie dynasty drafts.

Terrence Brooks - FS - Florida State - The Baltimore Ravens selected the Seminole safety as a possible starting option in center field. Brooks is a hybrid safety who can run and blitz well. If he wins the starting job, Brooks could be a nice sleeper in some leagues. He'll be available late in most dynasty rookie drafts.

Will Sutton - DT - Arizona State - The ASU stud was selected by the Chicago Bears to fill a need on the Defensive line.  Sutton is a back-to-back Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year and was a team captain in college. He's likely to be a free agent in 2014.

Friday, May 23, 2014

2014 NFL Draft - Round 1 - IDP Fantasy Football Impact

The 2014 NFL draft should make IDP dynasty fans excited, as there are tons of good players ready to make an impact on the league. Let's take a look at the Fantasy Football impact of the defensive options from 2014.

IDP Watch List- Round 1 

Ryan Shazier - ILB - Ohio St - The Pittsburgh Steelers found their next "Mack" linebacker in the first round of the NFL Draft. Shazier is an immediate starter with LB2 potential, but will most likely end up in LB4 territory. He will likely be selected in the 3rd round of dynasty rookie drafts.

CJ Mosley - ILB - Alabama -   The Ravens have a solid playmaker. He will have to fight for the starter spot, but if he wins the job right away, expect LB2 numbers as a rookie. Mosley's ADP will be 3rd round. 

Khalil Mack - OLB - Buffalo - Oakland has found a phenomenal athlete at the top of the first round. As a linebacker, Mack is in the LB3-LB4 category right now. If he somehow gets the DE designation, he'd be a top 15 lineman. He'll be a 3rd or 4th round pick in rookie dynasty drafts.

Aaron Donald - DT - Pittsburgh -  St. Louis will use Donald as a Geno Atkins-like 3-tech in one of the league’s most lethal pass rushing defensive lines. He's expected to be a top 5 DT, and top 25 overall DL. He'll land in the 4th round of rookie dynasty drafts.

Calvin Pryor - FS - Louisville - The Jets will use him as a thumper who should step right in as the starter and see plenty of time in the box. We expect him to be a top 20 DB right away with top 5 potential long term. He'll be picked in round 4 or 5 of dynasty rookie drafts.

Deone Bucannon - S - Washington St - The Arizona safety is a heavy hitter, and will get playing time right away. Bucannon can make plays sideline to sideline. He'll be a nice SS with top 20 potential in Dyanasty IDP. Expect 5th round ADP. 

Jadeveon Clowney - LB - U of So Carolina -   With J.J. Watt motivation, Clowney should be a beast. Expect 10+ sacks and 50 tackles from the man. If he is designated at DE in your league, he's a first round pick. As a linebacker his ADP drops to the 3rd round.

Anthony Barr - LB - UCLA -  The Vikings used the 9th pick on one of the fastest linebackers in the league. He's likely to start, and will play a hybrid type of position in Zimmer's defense. Expect LB5 stats and a 5th round landing spot in dynasty rookie drafts.

HaHa Clinton-Dix - S - Alabama- The Packers will use Clinton-Dix in center field as free safety, which doesn't produce the stats like a strong safety would.  Dix is still worth a look, but don't expect much more than DB4 stats. He will likely be available late in dynasty rookie drafts.

Marcus Smith - LB - Louisville- The Eagles will use Smith as Trent Cole’s replacement, but we may not see that until 2015. Expect Smith to be available late in dynasty rookie drafts, or to go un-drafted until he earns a starter position.

Jason Verrett - CB - TCU - The Chargers are planning to start Verrett, and the aggressive CB has the potential to put up strong IDP production in his rookie season. It's likely he'll be a late round pick in leagues where CBs are required, and a FA in leagues where CBs are not required.

Justin Gilbert - CB - Oklahoma St - The Cleveland Browns will use Gilbert as a starter from day one. He may get balls thrown his way, so expect decent CB numbers as a rookie. His ADP is late in CB required leagues, and undrafted in all other leagues.

Dee Ford - OLB - Auburn - The Chiefs won’t start Ford in year one, but he’ll be groomed to be Tamba Hali’s long-term replacement. He's a stash away candidate if you have the roster space. He'll be available in free agency in 2014.

Dominique Easley - DT - Florida - The Patriots are gambling on Easley to return to his pre-injury form. If he does so, he’ll be a draft steal. Currently, he's not being drafted higher than round 5 in dynasty rookie drafts.

Jimmie Ward - SS - Northern Illinois - Another playmaking safety, but goes to a team that already has solid Safeties. The 49ers may not need him that much in his rookie season, but he should develop into a nice asset down the road. Expect round 5 ADP or free agency for Ward.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

2014 NFL Draft - Round 7 - Fantasy Football Impact

Let's take a look at the offensive Fantasy Football impact of the 7th round in the NFL draft. A few diamonds in the rough, especially Johnson and Janis. Take a look!

Ted Bolser  - TE - Indiana - This ex-Hooser was selected to compete in the Washington Redskins organization as a backup. Bolser has little real dynasty fantasy value, unless injuries force him into a key role, so free agency is where you'll find him in 2014. 

Michael Campanaro  - WR - Wake Forest - The Wake Forest alum has been brought into the Ravens organization to compete for the slot position. He has some quickness, but not the explosiveness it will take to become relevant in fantasy football. He could be a wildcard if Baltimore falls in love with him but expect him to be available in free agency.

Storm Johnson  - RB - UCF - Johnson is expected to be a solid talent, originally a Miami recruit, and projected to be a 4th-5th round selection, he proved to be a very good one cut runner for UCF. He lands in a perfect situation in Jacksonville, where the expected starter (Toby Gerhart) is unproven and has been nicked up in the past. Johnson has the tools to shine and could eventually become the Jaguars starter. He will go late 2nd, early 3rd in rookie fantasy dynasty drafts.

Kiero Small  - RB - Arkansas - Small is a big dude (244 pounds) who will play fullback for the Seahawks. Unfortunately, he has to beat out a couple other young fullbacks in Seattle to get PT. Additionally, you'd be pretty stuck to carry a blocking fullback in fantasy football. The former Razorback will be a free agent in dynasty fantasy football.

Rob Blanchflower  - TE - Massachusetts - The former UMass man was selected to play in Pittsburgh as a backup tight end. He fits in perfectly with the Steelers mindset as a brawler who enjoys blocking. He'll have his chance to get on the field, but won't produce stats that help fantasy football teams, so he will be a free agent in 2014.

Jeff Janis  - WR - Saginaw Valley State - Janis is a Division II standout with rare measurables and production. He could be the steal of this draft as a Green Bay Packer if he can translate his small-school success to the field against better competition. Janis's ceiling is unlimited with the high powered Packers if he makes a splash, but could be a bust since the Packers are so deep at WR. Expect Janis to be a 5th round pick in fantasy dynasty rookie drafts.

James Wright  - WR - LSU - The ex-Tiger is a special teams star who will be able to compete for WR5-WR6 in Cincinnati. Wright will have to earn his Bengals stripes in the kicking game but is not a fantasy option at this point. He will be a free agent in 2014.

Tevin Reese  - WR - Baylor - This former Bear is a small, incredibly athletic, and explosive player. He could have some value as a slot receiver in the long run for the San Diego Chargers, but it will take a long time. Reese will be a free agent in 2014.

Jeremy Gallon  - WR - Michigan - The Michigan alum is a short, stocky, slot type receiver. Gallon may have a good chance to make the team for the New England Patriots, but will need to show explosion in the return game to do so. He'll be available in free agency.

Trey Millard  - FB - Oklahoma - This Sooner stud is a jack of all trades. He'll compliment the San Francisco offense and special teams nicely and the 49ers will appreciate his reliability. He doesn't have fantasy value and will be a free agent in all leagues.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

2014 NFL Draft - Round 6 - Fantasy Football Impact

Let's take a look at the offensive Fantasy Football impact of the 6th round in the NFL draft. This round brought a bunch of flyers, especially at QB, to keep on your radar.

Zach Mettenberger  - QB - LSU - The former Tiger is now a Titan, and could get his shot early in his career, but he is dealing with some injury and substance issues. He'll be available late in dynasty fantasy drafts but could be worth the roster spot due to the Titans QB situation.

Alfred Blue  - RB - LSU - Another LSU alum, Blue was selected by Houston, and will surely be buried on the Texans depth charts. If he shows flashes, especially with his pass-catching out of the backfield, he could earn some touches in the long run. He'll be available as a flyer late in dynasty fantasy drafts.

David Fales  - QB - San Jose State - This San Jose State Stud is an opposite type of player to Jay Cutler in Chicago. He cycles through his progressions and takes what he can get, but lacks the arm strength to gun it into tight windows. Fales will compete for backup duties, and with Cutler's injury issues, may be a handcuff option so keep an eye on if he earns the backup job for the Bears. He'll likely be a free agent in Dynasty this year.

Robert Herron  - WR - Wyoming - The Wyoming receiver will now be working with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, trying to find a spot as a slot man.  He's 5'9", 190 pounds, and can fly. Expect him to fight for a chance early in his career. Expect him to go in the 4th or 5th round.

Lache Seastrunk  - RB - Baylor - Probably the most highly rated 6th rounder (fantasy football wise) this year, the ex-Baylor Bear will compete in the Washington Redskins backfield. He was a Top 5 overall prospect as a Texas prep after rushing for 4,217 yards and scoring 52 total touchdowns before heading to Baylor. Seastrunk may earn the backup spot in DC, so expect 3rd Round ADP in dynasty rookie Fantasy drafts.

T. J. Jones  - WR - Notre Dame - The former Fighting Irish stud was selected into a nice situation in Detroit. He is a polished receiver and will compete for the 3rd-6th WR spot with the Lions. Expect him to be available late in most rookie fantasy dynasty drafts.

Matt Hazel  - WR - Coastal Carolina - The Coastal Carolina man has his chance to work for the Miami Dolphins. Hazel has skills to eventually contribute, but we don't see much from him anytime soon. He'll be a free agent in 2014.

Keith Wenning  - QB - Ball State - The Ball State Cardinals alum will now be wearing a Ravens Jersey. Wenning has been a winner for a long time, which is a good reason why Baltimore likes him, but we think his skills translate to a backup QB at best. Free Agency is where you'll find him in 2014.

Walt Powell  - WR - Murray State - Powell was picked by the Arizona Cardinals and will fight for a roster spot. Powell showed excellent skills at his pro day, but we don't expect him to take off in the NFL. He'll be a free agent in fantasy football dynasty leagues.

Marion Grice  - RB - Arizona State - The former Sun Devils star was selected to stay out west, moving to San Diego. The Chargers have a full backfield at the moment, but with Mathews' and Brown's injury issues, and Woodhead's size, it wouldn't surprise us if he got some PT sometime this year. Grice should be a 4th-5th round selection in 2014 dynasty rookie drafts.

Tyler Gaffney  - RB - Stanford - The Stanford Stud played baseball and football in his days on campus, and played both very well. He is a strong runner, who fits the Carolina Panthers scheme, but unfortunately, Carolina has many other backs ahead of him on the depth chart. He'll be a late round pick in dynasty rookie drafts with good upside long term.

Quincy Enunwa  - WR - Nebraska - The ex-Cornhusker will be headed to the big apple to play for the New York Jets.  We love this guys size, and working as a Jets wide-out may give him some opportunities early. He is a flyer option, and will be available late in most dynasty fantasy rookie drafts.

Tajh Boyd  - QB - Clemson - The former Clemson QB will now compete for the Jets in New York. Boyd has the ability to sling the ball and he put on a show at his pro day. If Geno Smith struggles again this year, Boyd could get a chance in 2015 or 2016. Keep tabs on him as he'll be a free agent in 2014.

Garrett Gilbert  - QB - SMU - Garrett Gilbert was selected by the St. Louis Rams to compete for backup duties with Shaun Hill and Austin Davis. Gilbert is a large man, and was highly recruited out of High School, so it wouldn't surprise us if he made the cut. Don't expect much from him unless there is an emergency for the Rams.  Gilbert will be a free agent in dynasty fantasy football. 

Thursday, May 15, 2014

2014 NFL Draft - Round 5 - Fantasy Football Impact

Let's take a look at the offensive Fantasy Football impact of the 5th round in the NFL draft. Only six offensive players were chosen, but a few could be diamonds in the rough. 

Ryan Grant  - WR - Tulane - The former Green Wave player was selected by the Washington Redskins to compete for the 4th/5th WR in DC.  Grant good route runner and has very good hands, but a 4.64 40 time hurt his stock in the draft. We don't see much coming of Grant anytime soon, expect him to be available a free agent in dynasty leagues.

Devin Street  - WR - Pittsburgh -  This Pittsburgh product is 6'3" and 200 pounds was selected by Dallas to compete for backup duties. There isn't a ton of talent in the Cowboys WR core outside of Dez Bryant and Terrance Williams, so Street could make an impact if he shows flashes early.  He'll likely be available at the end of dynasty rookie drafts.

Arthur Lynch  - TE - Georgia - The ex-Georgia Bulldog is not expected to make an impact as a pass catcher. He is good at blocking and may be used in sub packages, but that's about it. He'll be a free agent in 2014 dynasty leagues.

Aaron Murray  - QB - Georgia - Another Georgia alum, who could make some waves in the NFL is Aaron Murray. Selected by the Kansas City Chiefs, Murray will start his career as a backup, learning a good offense, behind a veteran QB.  If he develops well, he will eventually compete to be the starter. He'll be a free agent in 2014

AJ McCarron  - QB - Alabama - The most interesting pick in the fifth round was made by the Cincinnati Bengals, selecting a two time national champion QB AJ McCarron. Andy Dalton has gone 0-3 in playoff games in his career, and is due for a new contract, but if the Bengals don't like what they see out of Dalton this year, there could be a chance McCarron gets his shot in 2015. If you have Dalton, be sure to take a look at him, because he has what it takes to be a starter in the NFL. Expect him to be a late round selection in deeper rookie dynasty drafts.

Jared Abbrederis  - WR - Wisconsin - The Badgers star was picked and will play for his favorite childhood team, the Green Bay Packers. With recent departures of James Jones, Donald Driver, Greg Jennings, and Jermichael Finley, there will be some targets available for the taking. Abbrederis will have to beat out guys like Jarrett Boykin, Davante Adams, and Jeff Janis for a chance, but we like his skill set and his work ethic. Expect him to be selected in the 4th or 5th round of most dynasty rookie drafts.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

2014 NFL Draft - Round 4 - Fantasy Football Impact

Let's take a look at the offensive fantasy Football impact of the 4rd round of the 2014 NFL Draft. There are definitely some flyers and projects available in this group, so be prepared to test your patience with most of them.

Devonta Freeman  - RB - Florida State - The former Seminole is only 5'8", has a physical 206 pound frame, and can catch.  Freeman has always split the duties in the backfield so he's fresh and could compete for time in the Atlanta backfield. He also could be a factor long term in Atlanta as Steven Jackson is long in the tooth and Jacquizz Rodgers is an Unrestricted Free Agent in 2015.  Expect Freeman to be selected in the 3rd round of fantasy dynasty rookie drafts.

Jalen Saunders  - WR - Oklahoma -  The Sooner star is now a New York Jet. Saunders is a highly physical receiver for his small size (5'9", 165) and will have the chance to play slot and special teams in the pros. The Jets brought in two other WRs in the draft, so the battle for playing time might be tough. Saunders should be available late in rookie dynasty drafts.

Bruce Ellington  - WR - South Carolina -  The South Carolina alum was selected by San Francisco. He's quicker than fast, and can help in the return game. The 49ers needed some wide receiver depth, but that's about all Ellington is right now. However, if Boldin, Johnson or Crabtree go down, Ellington could be in line for production.  We have an ADP of the 4th round for him in rookie dynasty drafts.

Andre Williams  - RB - Boston College -  The former Golden Eagle landed on a team with and excellent track record in developing late round running backs in New York. The Giants backfield is a bit crowded right now, but with the age of Hillis, the inconsistency of Jennings, and the injuries of Wilson, there could be room for Williams to ascend.  He's a high character guy who'll be picked 3rd-4th round in rookie fantasy drafts.

Shaq Evans  - WR - UCLA -  The Bruins product has the size to play in the NFL at 6'1", 213 pounds but the New York Jets have plenty of bodies competing for spots at WR. We don't expect much from him anytime soon, but may be a nice stash away candidate who'll be available late in dynasty rookie drafts.

Ka'Deem Carey  - RB - Arizona -  The ex-Wildcat had a tremendous college career. He was expected to be a higher pick coming into the pros, but a slow 40 time (4.70) hampered him. Now the 4th round pick will be playing for the Chicago Bears, which is a great place for him to be. He will get opportunities as the backup to Forte, and if an injury would occur, could be in line for starting duties as a rookie.  Expect Carey to be taken early in the 1st round of most dynasty fantasy rookie drafts.

Martavis Bryant  - WR - Clemson -  The Clemson Alum has a crazy wide receiver skill set, but is a one-year wonder. Bryant has some immaturity issues that could hinder him from impacting the Steelers depth chart, but if he stays on the right path, could be the sleeper of this draft. At 6'4", he has the size to make it as an outside receiver.  Expect him to be selected in the 3rd round of fantasy dynasty drafts.

Logan Thomas  - QB - Virginia Tech -  The Virginia Tech signal caller is definitely a long term project for the Arizona Cardinals. He is huge (6'6", 248) and has the skill set to make it in the NFL, but he's inconsistent. If you have room on your roster for someone who'll likely get his shot in two years, Thomas might be a nice flyer.  He should be available late in dynasty rookie drafts.

Kevin Norwood  - WR - Alabama -  The former Crimson Tide has an unfortunate name for the NFL, but a fortunate landing place for WRs. He goes from a national championship squad to the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks.  Seattle lost Tate, and Harvin has been injury prone, so if Norwood can show his talents, he may have a chance. He's a flyer/late round fantasy option in dynasty rookie drafts.

De'Anthony Thomas  - WR - Oregon -  The Oregon product is fast, and could be a fit for Andy Reid in Kansas City. With Bowe on the outside, Thomas could project well in the slot, and with little depth on the Chiefs, he may get his chance early. He may be cast as a running back, and if that is the case, his value drops since the Chiefs backfield is stacked. Expect Thomas to be available late in rookie dynasty fantasy drafts.

James White  - RB - Wisconsin -  The Badgers star will have a tough time getting on the field for the New England Patriots, but with how Belichek runs the ball, White may get his chance early on. We don't expect White to make an impact without injury, but keep an eye on him on the waiver wire if Ridley and Bolden struggle.

Tom Savage  - QB - Pittsburgh -  The former Pitt star had all the tools to play in the pros, but due to his constant transferring, he hasn't played meaningful football for a while. The Texans don't have much ahead of Savage, so he'll likely get a shot to start in the next year, so if you have the room, use a later round pick and stash him for when Houston give him the reigns.  

Lorenzo Taliaferro  - RB - Coastal Carolina -  The ex-Chanticleer is now a Baltimore Raven. He is a big dude, at 6'0", 230 pounds, and have a nice pro day.  He's a sneaky good pickup as a handcuff to the Baltimore backfield since he may vulture goal line opportunities.  He is expected to be available late in dynasty fantasy drafts.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

2014 NFL Draft - Round 3 - Fantasy Football Impact

Let's take a look at the offensive fantasy Football impact of the 3rd round of the 2014 NFL Draft. There are definitely some contributors in this bunch, but most of them will need an opportunity to really be a factor early in their careers.

C. J. Fiedorowicz  - TE - Iowa - The former Hawkeye is more of a blocker than a pass catcher, and the Texans have Griffin and Graham slated ahead of Fiedorowicz on the depth chart. We don't see much value this year, but with time, could be a producer in the Houston offense. He will likely go undrafted in dynasty rookie drafts.

Charles Sims  - RB - West Virginia - The ex-West Virginia star will now transition to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers backfield. Sims, known to be a solid receiver out of the backfield, will have his work cut out for him to see playing time. He has Doug Marting coming back off injury, Mike James in the mix, and Bobby Rainey to contend with.  Expect Sims to be selected in the 2nd or 3rd round of most rookie dynasty fantasy drafts.

Tre Mason  - RB - Auburn - Mason had an amazing 2013 working in the Auburn backfield. He was highly touted coming into the NFL, but being selected by St. Louis reduces his value slightly. The Rams have a plethora of young running backs, including stud and starter Zac Stacy, and backups Benny Cunningham, Daryl Richardson, and Isaiah Pead. We do expect Mason to beat out most of the backups, but unless Stacy gets nicked up, don't expect much from the ex-Tiger anytime soon.  Mason's ADP is 1st round in rookie fantasy dynasty drafts.

Josh Huff  - WR - Oregon - The Oregon Ducks product is headed to the perfect situation for him. He has his old College coach, knows the playbook, is in a pass happy offense, and has the skills to compete for playing time. Unfortunately, Huff will have to compete with fellow rookie Jordan Matthews, which may be difficult. Expect Huff to come off the board late in most rookie dynasty drafts.

Donte Moncrief  - WR - Ole Miss - This Ole Miss Rebel may be the cream of the 3rd round crop this draft. Moncrief has an excellent shot to be a major piece the the Indianapolis puzzle. He has the size (6'2", 220) speed (4.40 forty), and quarterback (Andrew Luck) to be a producer in fantasy football going forward. The colts do have some depth at WR, but Wayne is at the tail end of his career and Nicks is signed to a one-year contract, so Moncrief may be a starter early in his career. Expect 1st/2nd round ADP in dynasty fantasy drafts.

John Brown  - WR - Pittsburg State (KS) - A relative unknown coming into the draft, the Pittsburgh State star was selected by the Arizona Cardinals to fill the slot, and add depth to the Receiving core. Brown is lightning quick, and if he transitions well, could make some big plays early in his career.  We expect Brown to be a 5th round pick in most rookie dynasty drafts.

Terrance West  - RB - Towson - West ran wild in college, putting up 2509 yards and 41 touchdowns (Towson University and NCAA FCS records) on 413 carries. The Cleveland Browns selected West, along with Isaiah Crowell in the 2014 drafts as insurance for Ben Tate, but there are rumblings that West will beat out Tate to start sometime this year. Expect west to be a 3rd round dynasty rookie pick.

Jerick McKinnon  - RB - Georgia Southern - This Georgia Southern product is a project for the Minnesota Vikings. Lucky for McKinnon, he only has to beat out Matt Asiata to become the backup to Adrian Peterson. However, there is a possibility he switches to defense, which would likely make render him useless in fantasy football.  Unless AP gets hurt, expect him to be available as a free agent in dynasty football this year.

Dri Archer  - RB - Kent State - The former Kent State stud can flat out fly. His 4.26 40 yard dash was the fastest of 2014 and the 5th fastest all-time. Now the Pittsburgh Steelers have him, and will likely use him as a poor man's Darren Sproles type of back. If Archer were considered a WR, he'd have a little more value, but as an RB, don't expect much from him in Pittsburgh.  He will be available late in most rookie dynasty drafts.

Richard Rodgers  - TE - California - This ex Cal Bear has landed in an excellent spot to have value in fantasy football and in the NFL. Richard Rodgers has the opportunity to become Aaron Rodgers over the middle target, which would create very solid TE numbers for him.  We project R.Rodgers starting slowly, but slowly working his way into the starting lineup, and eventually becoming top 20 TE in fantasy football. Expect him to be available late in fantasy rookie drafts.

Crockett Gillmore  - TE - Colorado State - The CSU Rams star has size and leaping ability to make it in the NFL. He can block well and has a knack for making plays. Unfortunately, for Gillmore, the Ravens have Dennis Pitta and and Owen Daniels in front of him on the depth charts. Look for Gillmore to go undrafted in dynasty fantasy rookie leagues.

Monday, May 12, 2014

2014 NFL Draft - Round 2 - Fantasy Football Impact

Now that the 2014 NFL draft is complete. Let's take a look at the Fantasy Football impact. Today we'll analyze round 2, which is full of talent ready to make a contribution to Fantasy Football and the NFL.

Derek Carr - QB - Raiders - The former Fresno State Star stayed on the West coast. He was selected by the Raiders to be the next franchise Quarterback in Silver and black.  After a year on the bench, we do expect Carr to get his chance, and as long as the weapons around him are consistent, he could become a viable Fantasy option.  Expect him to be a 3rd round pick in most rookie dynasty drafts.

Austin Seferian-Jenkins - TE - Buccaneers - The enormous Tight End fits in with what the Buccaneers are building in Tampa. At 6'5" 260 pounds, ASJ is another tall, imposing pass catcher to go along with Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans.  The former Husky will start and produce immediately as a pass catcher. Unfortunately there are a lot of mouths to feed in Tampa Bay, so his target numbers may suffer slightly. However, he has a great chance a long term Fantasy starter, his ADP will be early to mid 2nd round in dynasty rookie drafts.

Marqise Lee - WR - Jaguars- The USC product got drafted into a situation where he may be asked to be a playmaker immediately. If Blackmon stays suspended, Lee and fellow 2nd round pick Robinson will be asked to step right in and play. Both players are talented, and will push each other for playing time across from Cecil Shorts.  Expect Lee to be a mid to late 1st round pick in dynasty fantasy rookie drafts.

Jordan Matthews WR Eagles- Matthews is a great fit for the Eagles offense. At 6'3", 212 pounds, he is a nice addition to the offense. He;ll be asked to play a major role in the offense along with Maclin, Cooper, and rookie Josh Huff.  Look for the Eagles offense to be strong and for Matthews to be a solid contributor.  We expect Matthews to be chosen no later than 1.10 in dynasty fantasy rookie drafts.

Paul Richardson - WR - Seahawks- The former Colorado buffalo is 6'0", 175 pounds of pure speed, just what the Super Bowl champs like. Richardson wasn't rated highly by most, so it was surprising that the Seahawks took him in the 2nd, but that doesn't mean he wasn't a good selection. After losing Tate, Seattle needed to get some WR help and expect Richardson to do just that. He has a the ability to take the top off a defense which will open up the field for Lynch to run.  He'll also get his fair share of big play targets working as a 3rd or 4th option in the passing game. Expect his ADP to be in the 3rd round.

Jace Amaro - TE - Jets- The New York pick fits a need well. Amaro is a physical route runner who gets into seams very well. Once he catches the ball, he becomes an excellent ball carrier too. The Texas Tech star will fight for the starting role from day one, and if he earns it, will be a viable option each week. We expect Amaro to be a 2nd round pick in rookie dynasty drafts.

Troy Niklas - TE - Cardinals- The former Notre Dame tight end was picked into a nice situation with Arizona. There was some thought to be a large gap between the top three tight ends off the board and Niklas. Although he can become best blocking tight end in pro football if he wants to, Niklas doesn't possess the greatest speed or instincts. He could eventually build those traits, but as of now, we don't see much fantasy production from him.  Expect him to be selected in the 4th-5th round of rookie dynasty drafts.

Davante Adams - WR - Packers- The former Fresno State stud has the size and is now in the offense to make him a dynamic Fantasy Football option. He needs to work on his route running, but with Aaron Rodgers throwing to him in Green Bay, expect solid numbers from the kid if he shows he can handle the playbook.  Unfortunately, Green Bay selected two other rookie WRs, making it difficult to determine if Adams will end up getting playing time.  Expect 1st round ADP in rookie dynasty drafts.

Bishop Sankey - RB - Titans - The Tennessee Titans have found a more physical replacement to Chris Johnson.  At 5'09", 210 pounds, and with 4.5 40 speed, Sankey is in great position to take over the Titans starting RB spot. If he does so beat out Greene, he'll be in line for top 25 RB production right away, with upside of top 10 RB numbers in the Titans run heavy offense.  Expect 1st round ADP for the former Washington Husky.

Jeremy Hill - RB - Bengals- The LSU Alum was considered by many to be the best RB coming out in 2014. It is a little disappointing that for fantasy owners that he was selected by the Bengals since they have Giovani Bernard and BGE.  I would expect Hill to take over for the lawfirm earlier than later, but don't think he'll get the kind of work that'll make him a starter in fantasy football anytime soon.  Expect Hill to be selected in the 2nd round of rookie dynasty drafts, especially by those who own Bernard.

Cody Latimer - WR - Broncos- The rich get richer in Denver.  Latimer will have to work hard to get playing time early on as a Bronco, working with Peyton Manning and behind D.Thomas, W.Welker, E.Sanders, and A.Caldwell will surely help him learn the game quickly, but we don't see him contributing much in 2014 in terms of stats.  Expect him to be a nice long term project with starter upside in 2-3 years once Welker/Sanders have moved on.  His ADP will likely be the 2nd round.

Carlos Hyde - RB - 49ers- The former Buckeye has been selected into an interesting situation in the San Francisco backfield. The 49ers love to run the ball, and Frank Gore is aging, so being selected to play there is great.  Unfortunately, the team also has Kendall Hunter, LaMichael James and Marcus Lattimore in the backfield to compete with Hyde. Now, spending a 2nd on a running back likely means the 49ers weren't confident in those backs already on the roster, so we expect good things out of Hyde. He will be selected in the 1st round in most dynasty drafts.

Allen Robinson - WR - Jaguars- Similar to Marquise Lee, Robinson has a chance to make an impact early. If Blackmon stays suspended, and if Robinson wins a starting job, will be asked to step right in and play. Robinson seems to have all the polish of a veteran and will push hard for targets, so we expect him to produce right away.  Expect the Penn State product to be a mid to late 1st round pick in dynasty fantasy rookie drafts.

Jimmy Garoppolo - QB - Patriots- New England made a bold move late in the 2nd round by selecting Garoppolo. This pick seems to signify that Mallet is not the future of the Patriots. Garoppolo looks like he will get the first chance to take the QB position from Tom Brady, once he moves on. If you have extra room on your roster, the Eastern Illinois star might be a nice long term option. Expect 3rd-4th round ADP in dynasty fantasy rookie drafts. 

Jarvis Landry - WR - Dolphins- Landry may have one of the best chances of all 2nd rounders to make plays in his rookie year. The Miami Dolphins need a slot / 3rd WR, and Landry fits that bill. If he earns the job. Expect solid PPR numbers in the Dolphins offense.  We expect him to be selected in the 3rd round of most dynasty rookie drafts.

Friday, May 9, 2014

2014 NFL Draft - Round 1 - Fantasy Football Impact

Now that Round 1 of the 2014 NFL draft is complete. Let's take a look at the Fantasy Football impact.

Best Situation- Mike Evans has an opportunity to be a major factor in Tampa Bay. He will be going against CB2s early on as he develops and will eventually take over WR1 duties once Vincent Jackson is finished. Additionally, Evans gets to play in an offense with a dynamic running game (as long as Martin is healthy) and work in a division that scores a lot of points. Even though the QB position is not perfect, Josh McCown knows how to work with large receivers (Marshall and Jeffrey in Chicago), making Evans a younger version of Alshon Jeffrey. Look for Evans to be a 1.01 or 1.02 in all rookie dynasty drafts.

Solid Pick-  Odell Beckham Jr. is a great fit for the New York Giants. Working with Eli Manning and learning from Victor Cruz will help Beckham quickly develop into a solid WR2. The Giants don't have a ton of playmakers, which will create urgency to get Beckham Jr. into the fold quickly. Rueben Randle, Mario Manningham, Jerrel Jernigan and Trindon Holliday will all get so playing time, but don't expect them to hinder this 1st round pick from getting his targets. Expect 1.03-1.06 ADP in rookie dynasty drafts.

Tough Situation- Sammy Watkins could have a major impact at the next level, but it will take an open-minded staff and creative playbook to get the most from him at the start. Hopefully, Buffalo has that figured out, but with a young QB (EJ Manuel), and players like Mike Williams and Robert Woods in the fold, it seems like Buffalo has it's work cut out.  No doubt, Watkins is the WR1 in Buffalo, but can the offense produce enough to make Watkins a WR1 in Fantasy Football. We're not quite sure, expect 1.01-1.02 ADP, but less than stellar stats early on.

Cursed?- Johnny Manziel was selected by the Cleveland Browns after falling through 21 picks in the first round. Now, with Josh Gordon, Jordan Cameron, and Ben Tate in the mix, the Browns skill players seem solid. However, it's Cleveland, and somehow Quarterbacks never work out there. Chances are Manziel will start the 2014 season on the bench behind Hoyer, but as the season progresses, people will get antsy and want to see him play, which he will. We're not sure Manziel will thrive as a Brown, but he'll get his chance fairly early in his career.  Expect late 1st round-early 2nd round ADP for him in rookie dynasty drafts.

Best Spot Possible - Brandin Cooks is the perfect fit for the Saints offense. Sean Peyton loves designing plays for quick, speedy players and Drew Brees is a master at getting the ball to his playmakers. With Sproles and Moore out of the picture, there will be plenty of targets for Cooks throughout the season. Additionally, the Oregon State alum is well liked by all scouts and will be a good locker room addition in New Orleans. Expect mid 1st round ADP for Cooks.

Immediate Starter- Eric Ebron was a slight surprise pick by the Detroit Lions considering they re-signed Pettigrew and Fauria just finished a relatively strong rookie season. However, Ebron is in a great position to be a top 10 Fantasy Tight End as a rookie. He has the speed and the size to be a factor in the Lions passing game, and will not be double teamed with Calvin Johnson around. Expect mid 1st round ADP for Ebron with very high upside once Pettigrew moves on from Detroit.

Patience - Teddy Bridgewater was selected as the final pick in the first round as the Minnesota Vikings traded up into the first round to get him.  The Vikings are a good place for Bridgewater to be, as they have Cassel short term and Norv Turner to coach him up. Expect Bridgewater to sit for his rookie year (unless there is an injury) and learn. Then, when Cassel is done, he'll take over a team with Cordarrelle Patterson and Kyle Rudolph ready to make him look good.  Expect 2nd-3rd round ADP for Bridgewater.

Biggest Surprise- Blake Bortles was expected to be a first round pick in this draft. Some had him going to Houston at #1, but once Houston picked Clowney, many believed Bortles would be the one to slide, not Manziel. So when the Jaguars made him the 3rd pick, people were surprised. However, Bortles is a good fit for the Jaguars, who will now focus on adding weapons around the young QB to make him better. We won't expect much out of Bortles for a year or two, but he should be a consistant, pocket passer, similar to an Eli Manning or a Joe Flacco. Expect 2nd-3rd round ADP for Bortles.

Sleeper- Kelvin Benjamin has the chance to take over as the Carolina Panthers #1 redzone threat. Since there isn't a whole lot of competition for targets from Cam Newton, expect solid numbers right away from Benjamin. Unfortunately, Benjamin does not have the speed or explosion to be a WR1, so he may struggle against the top CBs in the NFL, but he'll still get his fair share of jump balls in the end zone. Expect 6-8 TDs from the late 1st round pick.  His ADP will likely be end of the 1st round in Dynasty Rookie drafts.

IDP Watch List- 
Jadeveon Clowney- With J.J. Watt motivating him, Clowney should be a beast. Expect 10+ sacks. ADP end of 1st round.
C.J. Mosley - The Ravens have a solid playmaker. If he is a 3 down linebacker right away, expect LB2 numbers as a rookie.  ADP will be early 3rd round. 
Deone Bucannon- The safety is a heavy hitter, and should get playing time early in his career and can make plays sideline to sideline. He'll be a nice SS to own in Dyanasty IDP. Expect 4th round ADP
Jimmie Ward- Another playmaking safety, but goes to a team that already has solid Safeties. The 49ers may not need him all that much as a rookie, but he should develop into a nice asset down the road. Expect round 5 ADP for Ward.