Draft Day Sleeper: Why The 49ers’ Marquise Goodwin Has Emerged As A Wide Receiver Worth Reaching For

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

It’s his “speed and I feel like he’s underestimated as a route runner, as well,” Witherspoon said. “Very intricate routes, detailed routes, combining that with speed that threatens you, you have to respect it and it makes his game complete.” – Ahkello Witherspoon (cornerback)

“When you can beat man coverage like that on almost any route we give you, and he’s catching it consistently, we’re excited about his year,” Shanahan said. “And (we) expect him to get a lot of opportunities.” – Kyle Shanahan (head coach)

Both quotes courtesy of The San Francisco Chronicle 

Marquise Goodwin enjoyed a breakout 2017 campaign in his first season with the 49ers, putting up 56 receptions, 962 yards and 2 TD.  He really thrived in December, when Jimmy Garoppolo was installed as the team’s starting quarterback:

  • First 11 games – 27 receptions, 578 yards, 1 TD
  • Final 5 games – 29 receptions, 384 yards, 1 TD Read more

Old Face, New Place: Will Allen Robinson Return To WR1 Status In His First Season In Chicago?

by Ray Kuhn

Why not just swing for the fences with Allen Robinson and speculate about him being a WR1? In 2015 he did catch 80 passes for 1,400 yards, but he quickly fell off in 2016 (73/883) with the biggest drop-off being in the TD as he went from 14 to 6.  After catching just one pass for 17 yards last season he tore his ACL in Week 1, so are we really going to say that we can’t find 12 wide receivers who are better than him?

Currently, per NFFC ADP data, Robinson is the 18th wide receiver coming off the board with an ADP of 42.25. That means that depending on your draft position Robinson will cost you either a third (if you really want to reach, which I’m not sure is necessary) or a fourth round pick.

While some wide receivers are quarterback proof, at least to a point, a decent amount of Robinson’s production in 2015 and 2016 was tied to Blake Bortles, and that isn’t exactly the best fate for a wide receiver (as can be seen in his ’16 production). Read more

Buy Low Candidate: Why The Seahawks’ Chris Carson Is A Must Target RB For 2018

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The common assumption has been that Penny will overtake that role after Seattle drafted him 27th overall despite greater needs elsewhere, but Carson has easily been the most impressive of Seattle’s running backs. He’s added about 10 pounds of lean weight and appears to be all the way back from the ankle/leg injury that cut short his promising rookie season. Penny will play as a rookie — perhaps in a third-down or change-of-pace role — but Carson looks like the favorite to enter the season as the starter. – Brady Henderson

Keep in mind this note came as part of a set of bold predictions for each NFL franchise courtesy of ESPN (click here to view), but there could definitely be some truth to it.  A seventh round pick a year ago, Carson showed an ability to both run and catch the football last season before injuries ended things just four games in.

There have also been questions about Penny, even prior to the draft, with the thought being he may need to be eased into a significant role.  Here’s a quote that comes courtesy of Walter Football’s pre-draft scouting report: Read more

2018 Value Picks: Three Running Backs You Should Be Targeting On Draft Day

by Joe Delcorse

Fresh off a record $45 million guaranteed contract Todd Gurley has set the bar for the rest of his brethren. Having such a short life-span due to the physical nature of the game, owners have become reluctant to ink such deals as the stigma is 30-years old for a running back is ancient. Former Hall of Fame running back Jerome Bettis has even accused the NFL collusion as are not selecting RB early in the NFL draft to stymie their financial value.

While this could very well have been the case, the NFL stands for “Not For Long”. Gurley, Ezekiel Elliot and LaVeon Bell have proven that an every down, do everything back is imperative to success in the NFL. Every position on a football field is important, and while the quarterback obviously has the most responsibilities I would consider the running back the heart beat of every offense: Read more

Old Face, New Place: Could Tavon Austin Finally Emerge As A Viable Fantasy Option?

by Ray Kuhn

Risk… If you are talking about Tavon Austin that has to be the first word that comes to mind. In fantasy football you won’t get anywhere by playing incredibly conservative, and it’s worth taking risk (when appropriate) if the ultimate reward is there.

With Austin there is no risk entering 2018. Let’s be careful though, just because there is no risk doesn’t mean that there is all that much in the way of reward either. Through 200 drafts run by the NFFC this off-season Austin checks in with an ADP of 274. So if you believe in him,at that price you can’t pass him up. However, there is an opportunity cost to that roster spot as well, so let’s take a look if Austin is worth a selection over options such as Courtland Sutton or Chase Edmonds: Read more

Three Wide Receiver Sleepers To Consider In The Later Rounds Of Your Draft

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

On the lookout for a sleeper wide receiver at the tail end of your draft?  Here are a few names to consider, and while they are hardly locks to emerge they do have the potential to make a real impact before long:

 

Keke Coutee – Houston Texans
Current Average ADP – 269.5

The Houston Texans’ receiving corps is going to be led by DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller, but who absorbs the opportunities out of the slot remains to be seen.  While incumbent Braxton Miller will likely be the favorite, it’s Coutee who could ultimately assume the role and rise into fantasy relevance.

Selected in the fourth round, NFL.com gave the following scouting report prior to the draft: Read more

Top 10 Rookie Wide Receivers For 2018: Is There Any Value To Be Found Or Should They All Be Avoided?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

This rookie wide receiver class isn’t drawing much attention, as they all appear primed to open the season more as WR4/5 as opposed to can’t miss starters.  That’s not to say that none of them can make an impact, so the question is who brings the most potential and is worth targeting on draft day and who should we simply ignore?  Let’s take a look:

 

1) D.J. Moore – Carolina Panthers
Selected in the first round, it’s easy to argue that Moore lands in the best spot to produce big numbers immediately.  Greg Olsen has recently battled injuries and clearly is on the downside of his career.  There’s often been hype surrounding Devin Funchess, and he did show improvement last season setting career highs in receptions (63), yards (840) and TD (8).  That said, he continues to struggle with efficiency (55.8% completion percentage last season) and it’s possible he’s better suited as a #2 as opposed to a lead receiver. Read more

Deep League Sleeper: Could The Cowboys’ Blake Jarwin Emerge As A Viable Fantasy Tight End?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

There were already questions about the wide receiving corps for the Dallas Cowboys, especially after they cut ties with Dez Bryant.  When Jason Witten unexpectedly retired it created an even bigger void as the team lacked a true alternative.  Just look at the current depth chart:

  1. Geoff Swaim
  2. Blake Jarwin
  3. Rico Gathers

Is anyone there going to catch your attention?  Between Bryant (133 targets) and Witten (87 targets) there are 220 targets from ’17 unaccounted for, and someone is going to get an opportunity to grab them. Read more

Three Contract Year Running Backs To Watch: Is There Value Behind Their Motivation?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The perception is that impending free agents have a little bit extra to play for.  With the dreams of a big contract looming, and with many taking a “what have you done for me lately” mentality, it makes sense.  Which running backs have the potential to turn a contract year into a monster 2018 campaign?  Here are three running backs  to watch:

 

Jay Ajayi – Philadelphia Eagles
Current ADP – 43.2

Acquired ahead of the 2017 Trade Deadline, Ajayi helped Philadelphia to a Super Bowl title.  While he’s going to share the workload, over the final three regular season games and the three playoff contests Ajayi began to take the reigns:

83 carries (roughly 14 carries per game)
363 yards
4.4 yards/carry Read more

Draft Day Strategy: “Deuces Wild”: Three WR2 That Should Be Among Your Targets

by Joe Delcorse

Everybody is well aware of the top dogs at wide receiver on draft night. Once you get past that top-tier there is a significant drop off in talent, fortunately there are plenty of good options available to round out a solid fantasy receiving corps. Depending on where you draft will determine what direction you will go with your team. As always is the case, it seems draft strategy has come full circle and running backs are again flavor of choice atop of most draft boards (after wide receivers had their time at the top) and with good reason. Running backs arguably have more responsibilities than any position in football as they catch, run, block and some may even pass.

Opportunities are plentiful with a surge in scoring around the league due to changes in rules and offensive philosophies. Short of Antonio Brown, Odell Beckham, Julio Jones and DeAndre Hopkins there is no reason to even look at wide receiver in the first couple rounds of your draft. Furthermore, if you do decide to choose among the top-tier…  good luck because I honestly have trouble ranking anyone after Brown. Read more