15 Sets of 5 2016 Fantasy Football Edition

To me, writing this article is like Christmas morning. I wait and wait and wait all off season (or year) just to jot down these easy to read, straight forward pieces of advice. But just like December 26th, once fantasy football season starts, a sense of nervousness and sadness sets in. Yes, now I get to play with all my new toys, or play all my new draft picks, but I also have to another 12 months for something new.

So here  is the much awaited 15 sets of 5.

5 Breakouts

  1. DeSean Jackson, WAS
  2. Keenan Allen, SD
  3. Zach Ertz, PHI
  4. Lamar Miller, MIA
  5. Derek Carr, OAK

5 Busts

  1. Andrew Luck, IND
  2. Jamaal Charles, KC
  3. Thomas Rawls, SEA
  4. Dez Bryant, DAL
  5. Jeremy Maclin, KC

5 Rookies

  1. Ezekiel Elliott, DAL
  2. Derrick Henry, TEN
  3. Michael Thomas, NO
  4. Sterling Shepard, NYG
  5. Devontae Booker, DEN

5 Rookie Sleepers

  1. Devontae Booker, DEN
  2. DeAndre Washington, OAK
  3. Robert Kelly, WAS
  4. Tajae Sharpe, TEN
  5. Josh Doctston, WAS

5 Sleepers

  1. Derrick Henry, TEN
  2. Melvin Gordon, SD
  3. Zach Ertz, PHI
  4. Jordan Matthews, PHI
  5. Desean Jackson, WAS

5 Loves

  1. Lamar Miller, HOU
  2. Amari Cooper, OAK
  3. Keenan Allen, SD
  4. Andy Dalton, CIN
  5. Derrick Henry, TEN

5 Hates

  1. Alshon Jeffery, CHI
  2. Andrew Luck, IND
  3. Thomas Rawls, SEA
  4. TY Hilton, IND
  5. Jonathan Stewart, CAR

5 Low-Risk Buys

  1. AJ Green, CIN
  2. Antonio Brown, PIT
  3. Aaron Rodgers, GB
  4. Greg Olsen, CAR
  5. Adrian Peterson, MIN

5 Dark Horse #1 Finishers

  1. AJ Green, CIN
  2. Lamar Miller, MIA
  3. Mark Ingram, NO
  4. Alshon Jeffery, CHI
  5. Marcus Mariota, TEN

5 High Risk-High Reward Finishers

  1. Alshon Jeffery, CHI
  2. Julian Edelman, NE
  3. Le’veon Bell, PIT
  4. Dez Bryant, DAL
  5. Jordan Reed, WAS

5 Late-Late Round Fliers

  1. Robert Griffin, CLE
  2. Alfred Morris, DAL
  3. Devontae Booker, DEN
  4. Tajae Sharpe, TEN
  5. Martellues Bennett, NE

5 Redskins Fantasy Options

  1. Jordan Reed, WAS
  2. DeSean Jackson, WAS
  3. Matt Jones, WAS
  4. Josh Doctston, WAS
  5. Robert Kelly, WAS

5 Most Needed Handcuffs

  1. DeAngelo Williams, PIT
  2. Charles Sims, TB
  3. James Starks, GB
  4. Spencer Ware, KC
  5. Giovanni Bernard, CIN

5 Underrated Fantasy Options

  1. Drew Brees, NO
  2. CJ Anderson, DEN
  3. Latavius Murray, OAK
  4. Antonio Gates, SD
  5. Brandin Cooks, NO

5 Must Add Waiver Wire Options

  1. Robert Kelly, WAS
  2. Tajae Sharpe, TEN
  3. Devontae Booker, DEN
  4. Kenneth Dixon, BAL
  5. Will Fuller, HOU
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Teddy Bridgewater Rapid Reaction

At around 3pm ET today Vikings franchise QB Teddy Bridgewater suffered a serious non-contact knee injury. Many local sports reporters are especially  worried due Mike Zimmer, Minnesota’s head coach, immediately canceling practice after Bridgewater went down.

According to sources, reporters could “hear a pin drop” while trainers attended to the quarterback. Another ominous sign of a serious injury was that an Ambulance transported him to a local hospital.

As of 4:12 ET Teddy Bridgewater’s torn ACL was confirmed by multiple reporters. Prior to this news, the Vikings were a popular pick to go to the playoffs, and some even predicted a Superbowl run. Now a winning season seems to be the ceiling for Minnesota.

As for Adrian Peterson’s fantasy value, it stays in relatively the same area. Bridgewater was still only a game manager, so the 31-year old’s carries should not be affected much. In my opinion, fewer carries would actually INCREASE Peterson value. Peterson has the second most carries out of all running backs who have played eight years or less in the NFL. Since his record breaking 2012 season, the Oklahoma alum has posted three of the four lowest Pro Football Focus grades of his career. In line with those statistics, he has not run for over 4.5 YPC the past three years.

Laquon Treadwell and Stefon Diggs both suffered a decrease in value. Though Bridgewater never was the primary offensive player on the team, his accuracy and vision will be missed. Diggs’ value is especially  hampered due to how much he excelled on short and intermediate routes last year with Bridgewater.

Fantasy reasoning aside, I think we can all hope for a quick and successful recovery for Bridgewater.

 

 

Best and Worst NFL Drafts

Just thirteen minutes before the NFL draft started last Thursday a photo of the top offensive tackle in the draft, Laremy Tunsil, smoking weed appeared on Twitter. This photo led him to slide down eight picks, before he was selected by the Miami Dolphins at 13th overall. Miami got a steal here, as Tunsil was projected to be drafted by the Ravens with the 6th pick.

Whether a draft is successful, or not, is most often decided by whether one’s first round is a star, or a bust.  What separates the good from the great are the athletes selected on the second and third day of the draft.  

 The Dolphins landed Laremy Tunsil, and I would give his selection alone an A+ grade. As for the Dolphins complete draft haul? A disappointing C. This grade  is  the result of Miami failing to add any other impact players n the later rounds. Here are my best and worst NFL drafts classes:

 

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Video Analysis of Rounds 2-3 of the 2016 NFL Draft

Chris Savold and John Schooner give their takes on various selections in the second and third rounds. We talk about Emmanuel Ogbah, Myles Jack, Jaylon Smith, Chris Jones, Noah Spence, Sterling Shepard, Derrick Henry, Michael Thomas, Austin Johnson, Jihad Ward, A’Shawn Robinson, Jarran Reed, Sean Davis, Cyrus Jones, Vonn Bell, Carl Nassib, Darien Thompson, Jonathon Bullard, Shilique Calhoun, Adolphus Washington, Austin Hooper, Kendall Fuller, Braxton Miller, Leonte Caroo, Kyler Fackrell, Javon Hargrave, CJ Prosise, Graham Glasgow. Check the Analysis below!

Mock Draft 2.0

As NFL teams gear up for the 2016 draft that gets underway tomorrow night, here is the final 2016 First Round Mock Draft:

 

  1. Los Angeles Rams: Jared Goff, QB, California

St. Louis paid a heavy price to acquire the first pick of the draft. However, this team is only a quarterback away from a playoff berth. Goff has a strong arm and has the tools to be a franchise quarterback.

 

  1.  Philadelphia Eagles: Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State

The Eagles are ready to invest in their future quarterback, and proved that by trading up six picks with the Browns. Though Goff was most likely number one on their big board, the opportunity to select the team’s cornerstone is still available with Wentz.  

  1. San Diego Chargers: Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss

The Chargers get a steal with Tunsil, who was initially the consensus first pick in this draft. Last season, San Diego played twelve different offensive lineman, and Pro Football Focus ranked their line dead last in the NFL. Tunsil would be an upgrade from day one and also give former first round pick Melvin Gordon a chance to succeed in his sophomore campaign.  

  1. Dallas Cowboys: Jalen Ramsey, FS, Florida State University

Ramsey would provide Dallas with a versatile playmaker whether at safety or corner. There has been talk that Jerry Jones wants to take Elliott with the fourth pick, but if the executives of the Cowboys have any sense, Ramsey will be the selection.

  1. Jacksonville Jaguars: Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State

Although Joey Bosa was previously the consensus first pick, the Ohio State product’s stock has since dropped. Playing across from former first round pick Dante Fowler, Bosa will be able to make the Jaguars’ pass rush elite.

  1. Baltimore Ravens: DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon

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Final 2016 Draft WR rankings

As the draft approaches, I will be releasing final prospect rankings for the majority of positions, along with their round grade. To start,  the Wide Receivers will be released.

    1. Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss: Mid Round 1

    Treadwell has a great balance of height, elite body control, and is elusive after the catch. One of the best parts of Treadwell’s game is his ability to win contested catches.

    1.  Josh Doctson, WR, TCU: Late Round 1

    Standing at 6’2, Doctson also pairs his height with great ball skills. If given time to develop, he could become a dynamic playmaker in the NFL.

    1. Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor: Late Round 1

    With a 4.4 40 yard dash, Coleman eats up any cushion given by the cornerback. Though he lacks ideal size, the Baylor alum will be a dangerous deep threat at the next level.

    1.  Sterling Shepard, WR, Oklahoma: Early Round 2

    Shepard gains immediate separation with his initial quickness, and also had a very low drop rate of 3%. He may be undersized, but he can be a great slot threat in the pros.

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NFL Mock Draft 1.0

As NFL teams gear up for the 2016 draft here is Chris Savold’s Mock Draft 1.0.

 

  1. Los Angeles Rams: Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State

St. Louis paid a heavy fee to acquire the first pick of the draft. However, this team is only a quarterback away from a playoff berth. Since Wentz played in a pro-style college offense he should be able to make an immediate impact in the city of angels.

  1. Cleveland Browns:Jared Goff, QB, California

Even after signing Robert Griffin III in free agency, Cleveland still needs to pursue a quarterback. The Browns have had 24 starting quarterbacks since 1999, significantly more than any other franchise. Though Wentz was most likely number one on their big board, the opportunity to select a franchise cornerstone is too much to pass up.

*There is also a strong possibility of the Browns trading down and selecting Paxton Lynch, but trades are not included in this mock.

  1. San Diego Chargers: Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss

The Chargers get a steal with Tunsil originally being the consensus first pick in this draft. Last season, San Diego played twelve different offensive lineman, and Pro Football Focus ranked their line dead last in the NFL. Tunsil would be an upgrade from day one and also give former first round pick Melvin Gordon a chance to succeed in his sophomore campaign.  

  1. Dallas Cowboys: Jalen Ramsey, FS, Florida State University

Though Joey Bosa is also a candidate to be selected here, multiple sources confirmed that Dallas did not “love” Bosa after a private workout. Ramsey is a versatile safety/corner hybrid with exceptional vision, and potential to become a perennial All-Pro player.

  1. Jacksonville Jaguars: Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State

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