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.

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