Redskins QB Alex Smith
Saints have allowed an opponent’s passer rating of 128.7. I love to go with players coming off their bye week. Smith gets first 300-yard game of the season.
Packers RB Aaron Jones
Lions allow 157.8 yards per game on the ground. Projections for Aaron Jones are criminally low. Jones further cements his role in Packers offense this week.
Jaguars WR Dede Westbrook
Lining up more in slot this season and paid dividends last week. Chiefs Slot CB Kendall Fuller has been burned thru 3 contests this season. Slot receivers vs. the Chiefs could be weekly waiver wire gold.
Steelers TE Vance McDonald
Shootout with the Falcons. If you pay attention to the Circle Of Trust, the Falcons defense is one of my targets for receivers due to injuries.
Packers K Mason Crosby
Should be busy in Detroit with injuries in receiving corps.
3 or more sacks in 3 of 4 games this season. Blitz a lot on defense and Josh Allen struggles picking up the blitz. Could be pinball points for Titans in Buffalo.
Redskins Safety Montae Nicholson
5 or more total tackles in all games so far. Should be busy with Saints high powered offense.
12-team Snake PPR Draft. 4 Points for Passing TD. Starting Lineup is QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, TE, Flex, Def, and K. My one regret is waiting too long to take a TE and getting Jack Doyle. I’m doubtful of Doyle replicating his 2017 season. Sony Michel should have been Trey Burton. I got pissed on missing out on Burton so I doubled back to snag Drew Brees as my 2nd QB. With Cam Newton’s physical style, I wanted an elite 2nd QB. I missed McCaffrey in my previous drafts and wasn’t going to let it happen again. I passed on Julio Jones to get OBJ. Too tired of inconsistent production from Julio. Thrilled I was able to take Joe Mixon in the 3rd. 7th round passing on Chris Thompson to get Kerryon Johnson is one that could be questioned as well. I sided with Johnson since Lions traded up to draft him. The Hugh Hefner approach of looking for newer younger models was apparent at the end of the draft with DJ Moore, Mike Gesicki, Aaron Jones, and Calvin Ridley. Depth and potential trade chips fill out the bench. Overall I’m happy with the roster comprised on the Dazzling Dizzler.
|9||Odell Beckham Jr., NYG WR|
|16||Christian McCaffrey, Car RB|
|33||Joe Mixon, Cin RB|
|40||Amari Cooper, Oak WR|
|57||Cam Newton, Car QB|
|64||JuJu Smith-Schuster, Pit WR|
|81||Kerryon Johnson, Det RB|
|88||Sony Michel, NE RB|
|105||Drew Brees, NO QB|
|112||Jack Doyle, Ind TE|
|129||DJ Moore, Car WR|
|136||Mike Gesicki, Mia TE|
|153||Aaron Jones, GB RB|
|160||Calvin Ridley, Atl WR|
|177||Broncos D/ST D/ST|
|184||Wil Lutz, NO K|
10-team PPR snake draft. Site graded out this team as a C- and will finish as a 2-12 squad. I got a good laugh out of reading the projections. I believe this team has depth at Wide Receiver, Tight End, Quarterback, and Defense. The Running Backs are young and unproven. Because Running Backs are the position with the most volatility, I tend to take the Hugh Hefner approach looking for newer younger models. Kerryon Johnson was passed over a few times until finally getting selected. I strongly considered him in a few rounds. I spent most of the clock deciding between Derrick Henry and Royce Freeman, thankfully ended up getting both. Aaron Jones and Jordan Wilkins are both upside picks at that stage of the draft. I believe Jones will lead the Packers in rushing this season despite missing the first couple weeks of the season. Wilkins has looked decent in training camp and Marlon Mack is banged up.
I went up to get 2 of the Defenses I like based off league scoring. Defenses often can get pinball type scoring in this league setup. If I didn’t get Travis Kelce, Trey Burton would have been the player I targeted at Tight End. Mike Gesicki or George Kittle were my backup Tight End targets. Quarterback I wanted a combo of Carson Wentz or Andrew Luck with Jimmy Garoppolo or Patrick Mahomes. I feel comfortable with Davante Adams, Stefon Diggs, Michael Crabtree, and Robert Woods as my top 4 Wide Receivers. Entering the draft I didn’t think this would be my group. Agholor is sneaky value to me with Alshon Jeffery possibly missing the start of the season. Agholor is dealing with a lower body injury, but could be ready for the start of the season. DJ Moore is the one that got away. I may end up kicking myself for taking the Saints defense instead of Moore. I do research on Kickers because it’s a spot on my roster. The Vikings traded up to get Carlson in the 5th round during the draft so he was the Kicker I wanted. Here’s my roster, feel free to leave comments.
- (7) Alvin Kamara (NO – RB)
- (14) Davante Adams (GB – WR)
- (27) Travis Kelce (KC – TE)
- (34) Stefon Diggs (Min – WR)
- (47) Derrick Henry (Ten – RB)
- (54) Royce Freeman (Den – RB)
- (67) Michael Crabtree (Bal – WR)
- (74) Carson Wentz (Phi – QB)
- (87) Robert Woods (LAR – WR)
- (94) Jimmy Garoppolo (SF – QB)
- (107) Nelson Agholor (Phi – WR)
- (114) Aaron Jones (GB – RB)
- (127) Houston (Hou – DEF)
- (134) New Orleans (NO – DEF)
- (147) Mike Gesicki (Mia – TE)
- (154) Jordan Wilkins (Ind – RB)
- (167) Daniel Carlson (Min – K)
The NFL Draft provides plenty of opportunities for over-analysis. I’ll spare you breaking down all the Running Backs selected in this year’s draft. In this piece I’m targeting the late round Running Backs I plan to pay attention to this offseason and in training camp.
Redskins RD 4 pick 114 Samaje Perine Oklahoma. Serious threat to take starting job from Rob Kelley. Perine is a smasher that is better in the passing game than advertised. I plan to track Perine closely in training camp to see the rep distribution over Kelley. Matt Jones is possibly expendable after drafting Perine. Solid seasonal fantasy league prospect
Chiefs RD 3 pick 86 Kareem Hunt Toledo. Excelled at Senior Bowl, but fell flat at Combine. Chiefs traded up to draft Hunt. Solid runner that could steal touches and possibly job from Spencer Ware. This move downgrades Ware a bit on my draft boards. Late round seasonal fantasy league prospect and has significant value in the Dynasty Format.
Colts RD 4 pick 143 Marlon Mack South Florida. Mack is very physically gifted, but Colts coaching staff has a lot of work to do to get Mack ready to contribute. All of the bouncing outside and indecisiveness running inside doesn’t work in the NFL. With polish could be a solid contributor as a rookie. Worth a Dynasty league pick. Training camp reports will be very important in figuring out if and where to draft Mack in seasonal fantasy leagues.
Bucs RD 5 pick 162 Jeremy McNichols Boise State. 3-down back one of few rookie RB’s that is really solid in pass protection. Should provide competition to Martin, Sims, and Rodgers for playing time. Training camp reports may move McNichols for a solid dynasty pick to a solid late round seasonal choice.
Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy has confirmed that despite drafting 3 running backs, Ty Montgomery is the starter. Late last season Montgomery provided the Packers with a spark in the backfield. We’ll see if the Packers go with more of a committee approach in 2017. Each 4 of these backs presents a different skill set. Camp reports will really dictate how to approach this backfield. If I had to choose today with Rookie RB to draft out of this trio, it would be Jones.
Packers RD 4 pick 134 Jamal Williams BYU. Inside runner that doesn’t dance. Needs polish in running thru lanes and may not get much more than what is blocked. In Packers offense could be a solid contributor right away.
Packers RD 5 pick 182 Aaron Jones UTEP. Most dynamic out of this trio. Can run inside and has explosive play potential. I like him more than quite a few runners taken earlier in the draft.
Packers RD 7 pick 238 Devante Mays Utah St. Most physically gifted out of this trio. Ankle injuries derailed his final college season. Mays is a terrific lottery ticket at pick 238. Contributing on special teams would help secure a roster spot. Would like to see if a program with NFL trainers could keep him healthy.