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San Francisco 49ers Vs. Green Bay Packers Monday Night Football Preview

Two disappointing teams collide on Monday Night Football when the San Francisco 49ers visit the Green Bay Packers. This was supposed to be a must-watch contest with Jimmy Garoppolo and a surging 49ers team going up against Aaron Rodgers and a talented Packers team but with Jimmy G sidelined for the rest of the season and the Packers playing inconsistent football, this game could determine where both teams go next.

San Francisco 49ers

The San Francisco 49ers almost beat the Los Angeles Chargers in C.J. Beathard‘s first start of the season and that 29-27 loss gave fans hope. Some even expected them to be competitive without Jimmy G but last week’s 28-18 home loss against the Arizona Cardinals was a wake-up call and this team seems to be going nowhere.

Beathard completed 34 of 54 passes for 349 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions and he added seven yards and a touchdown on the ground, Alfred Morris ran for 61 yards on 18 carries and Trent Taylor made seven catches for 61 yards and one touchdown. San Francisco had 447 total yards against Arizona’s 220, they got 33 1st downs while Arizona had just 10 and they had possession of the ball for 40:12 while Arizona’s time of possession was 19:48 but it wasn’t enough because of their five turnovers.

The 49ers are averaging 241.8 passing yards (22nd in the NFL) and 136.2 rushing yards (4th). San Francisco ranks 15th with 23.6 points per game and 29th with 29.2 points against. C.J. Beathard has passed for 647 yards, four touchdowns and four interceptions, Matt Breida has 369 rushing yards and one touchdown on 49 carries and George Kittle has 23 receptions for 399 yards and one touchdown. Fred Warner has 46 tackles and DeForest Buckner has 3.5 sacks.

Green Bay Packers

The Green Bay Packers could not overcome uncharacteristic mistakes by veteran kicker Mason Crosby and Aaron Rodgers, who lost two fumbles for just the third time in his 14-year career. Crosby missed a career-high four field goals in one game and an extra point to boot.

Rodgers, missing injured wide receivers Randall Cobb and Geronimo Allison, was 32 of 52 for 442 yards with three touchdowns and Davante Adams caught nine passes for 140 receiving yards and one touchdown but Detroit prevailed 31-23 despite having 18 1st downs against Green Bay’s 30. The Packers had almost twice as many total yards as the Lions (521-264) but their three turnovers and Crosby’s bad day were the difference.

The Packers are averaging 299.8 passing yards (10th in the NFL) and 101.2 rushing yards (19th). Green Bay ranks 18th with 23.0 points per game and 14th with 22.8 points against. Aaron Rodgers has passed for 1572 yards, 10 touchdowns and one interception, Jamaal Williams has 195 rushing yards on 53 carries and Davante Adams has 37 receptions for 425 yards and four touchdowns. Blake Martinez has 39 tackles and three sacks and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix has three interceptions.

NFL Trends:

The San Francisco 49ers are:

3-7 ATS in their last 10 games against NFC opponents

2-6 ATS in their last eight games after accumulating more than 350 total yards in their previous game

1-4 ATS in their last five games overall

2-9 ATS in their last 11 games in October

4-11-2 ATS in their last 17 meetings with the Packers

1-4-1 ATS in their last six meetings in Green Bay

The Green Bay Packers are:

5-1 ATS in their last six home games against a team with a losing road record

19-9-1 ATS in their last 29 games in October

This spread may seem difficult to cover but the Packers already covered a large spread in their 22-0 home win against the Bills in Week 4 and this game could head in that direction. Green Bay can’t afford another loss, Aaron Rodgers is trying to prove why many consider him the best quarterback in the NFL and San Francisco has not much to play for after losing Garoppolo for the rest of the season.

I just can’t see a turnover-prone quarterback like C.J. Beathard keeping up with Aaron Rodgers, who will be facing one of the worst defenses in the NFL. Beathard has had at least one turnover in all eight games he’s thrown a pass and he’s had two or more in half of them.

NFL Pick: Packers -9.5 (-110)

Odds via Jazz Sports

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NFL Week 5 Injury Updates

Dalvin Cook is not expected to play for the Vikings in week 5. Cook has battled hamstring woes all season and sources tell Ian Rapoport of NFL Network that it would take an impressive turnaround for him to be on the field.

Here’s a rundown of more updates on player injuries:

  • Tight end Hayden Hurst is expected to make his debut for Ravens against the Browns, according to Adam Schefter’s twitter feed.
  • Larry Fitzgerald, who is dealing with back and hamstring injuries, is expected to play for the Cardinals against the 49ers.
  • 49ers RB Matt Breida is expected to play in the game as well.
  • Aaron Rodgers is no longer on the injury report for the Packers.
  • Davante Adams remains listed as questionable with a calf injury and is expected to play. Randall Cobb is not expected to play in the contest against the Lions.
  • Marvin Jones is expected to suit up for the Lions.
  • Greg Olsen won’t play in week 5, though there’s a chance he suits up for the Panthers in week 6.

 

NFL Week 5 Power Rankings

The NFL season is a quarter way finished, and we are down to only two unbeaten teams: the Rams and the Chiefs. Those teams were 1-2 in last week’s rankings, and there isn’t any good reason to change that this week. But as for positions 3-10, a little shakeup this week as per usual, and some surprising entrants into the top five and top ten. Will the Patriots or Packers re-enter the list after dominant performances against AFC East competitors? Which teams crack the top ten for the first time in 2018? Full list:

1) The Los Angeles Rams          2018 Record: 4-0          Previous Week: 1 ( – )

The Rams took down the Vikings last Thursday to move to 4-0 this year. Jared Goff racked up over 450 yards and five TDs, finishing the game with a perfect passer rating. The Rams defense was finally tested, but their high powered offense proved too much for Minnesota to overcome. The Rams rank 2nd in the league in points per game (35.0) and also have the most 1st downs (105) through the first four weeks. The Rams are tied for 3rd in the NFL with a +4 turnover margin, and are also T-2nd best in the league at converting on 3rd down (48.8%).

2) The Kansas City Chiefs         2018 Record: 4-0          Previous Week: 2 ( – )

The Chiefs appeared to be on their way to their first loss this week at Mile High. That was before Patrick Mahomes led the Chiefs down the field for two fourth-quarter TD drives, the second of which was the game-winner capped off by a Kareem Hunt four-yard rushing score. In the process, the Chiefs broke the Broncos‘ streak of 65 straight wins when leading by at least ten points in the 4th quarter. It was also the first time in 37 games that the Broncos had surrendered over 300 net passing yards; which had been the longest streak in football. A full quarter into the 2018 season, it is hard to argue that Patrick Mahomes isn’t the front-runner for NFL MVP.

3) The Chicago Bears           2018 Record: 3-1            Previous Week: 6 ( +3 )

For most of the year, the buzz surrounding the Bears has been focused on their new look defense. This past Sunday, the defense again was dominant, as they held the fiery Buccaneers offense to only ten points. But the bigger story was Mitchell Trubisky’s six TD passes en route to putting up a near 50 burger on the Bucs. The Bears currently rank T-3rd in scoring defense (16.3 PPG) and 8th in scoring offense (27.8 PPG). Perhaps more impressive, the Bears have forced 11 turnovers already on defense while only coughing the ball up five times. That +6 turnover ratio ranks 2nd in the NFL to the Browns.

4) The Jacksonville Jaguars           2018 Record: 3-1          Previous Week: 4 ( – )

The Jags dominated the Jets this past Sunday, nearly doubling them up in time of possession. Blake Bortles was able to connect with Dede Westbrook nine times for 130 yards. Bortles also found Donte Moncrief five times for 109 yards, most of which came from a big 67 yard TD pass late in the 3rd quarter. I don’t think we learned a whole ton about the Jags this week that we didn’t already know. Four games in, the Jags have the best scoring defense in the league (14.0 PPG). They also commit too many penalties and have turned the ball over seven times already. Their -4 turnover margin is tied for worst in the NFL.

5) The Cincinnati Bengals          2018 Record: 3-1           Previous Week: 8 ( +3 )

The Bengals beat the Falcons this last week in a shootout 37-36. Andy Dalton led a 75 yard game winning TD drive that was capped by a 13 yard score to AJ Green. This Bengals offense has been electric thus far, ranking 4th in the league in scoring (31.5 PPG). They are also the most efficient team inside the 20 yard line, scoring on 11/13 attempts (84.6%). The Bengals are also T-3rd in first downs (98) and are the 5th best team converting 3rd downs (46.5%). The upcoming schedule for this red hot offense looks promising. They play a Miami team next week that was just routed by the Patriots. After that, their next four opponents all are among the bottom eight teams in points allowed (PIT, KC, TB, and NO).

6) The Baltimore Ravens            2018 Record: 3-1           Previous Week: 9 ( +3 )

The Ravens secured a huge win Sunday night in Pittsburgh, downing the Steelers and holding them to only 47 second-half yards. The Ravens defense stepped up huge down the stretch, and Joe Flacco was able to handle the not so elite Steelers defense for 363 yards and two TDs. He also connected with the speedy John Brown three times for 116 yards and a score, including a 71 yard catch and run in the 2nd quarter. The Ravens are one of two teams, the other being the LA Rams, to rank within the top five for both scoring offense (5th; 30.8 PPG) and scoring defense (T-3rd; 16.3 PPG). The Ravens defense is also 2nd best in the NFL at getting off the field on 3rd down, allowing conversions on just 27.8% of attempts.

7) The Philadelphia Eagles          2018 Record: 2-2          Previous Week: 3 ( -4 )

I do not see a three-point OT loss to a better than expected Titans team as a dagger to this Eagles season. And most weeks, it wouldn’t cause them to slip this far at all. What does worry me slightly is the Eagles rank T-26th in scoring (20.5 PPG) through the first four weeks. Another troubling stat about this Eagles team is they have put the ball on the ground 11 times so far, losing five of those fumbles. Their -3 turnover ratio is T-2nd worst in the league. Defensively, Philly has been solid. They rank 3rd in the league in defensive 3rd down conversions allowed (28.3%) and have only allowed seven scores on 16 red zone attempts. Their 43.8% defensive red zone percent ranks 6th best in the NFL thus far.

8) The Tennessee Titans          2018 Record: 3-1           Previous Week: NR

Last week, I mentioned the Titans were tied with the Jags stout defense for best red zone percentage and best at keeping teams out of the red zone entirely. This past Sunday, they found themselves backed up in the red zone at the end of regulation, but held tough forcing a FG to take the game into OT. Again in OT, the Eagles had a 1st and 10 inside the Tennessee 20, but had to settle for a FG. The Titans defense has come up big inside the 20, allowing a league-best 20% of drives inside the red zone to result in a score. They also rank 6th best in the NFL in overall scoring defense (18.3 PPG). Marcus Mariota led the Titans from 14 points down midway through the 3rd quarter. Mariota finished with 344 yards and three total TDs (1 rushing). He also found his #1 target, the 5th overall pick of 2017’s draft Corey Davis, nine times for 161 yards that included the ten yard score in OT.

9) The New Orleans Saints         2018 Record: 3-1          Previous Week: NR

The Saints took down the Giants this week to move to 3-1. Drew Brees leads this offense that ranks 3rd best in the NFL at 34.3 PPG. Brees has been extremely solid to begin 2018, he has 1295 yards, eight TDs, and zero INTs through the first quarter of 2018. The Saints have also added seven rushing TDs so far, five of those by the 2nd year man Alvin Kamara. Defensively, the Saints haven’t gotten off to as hot of a start this year. They rank 29th in the NFL in points allowed (30.3 PPG) and have surrendered the 3rd most yards through the air through four games.

10) The Green Bay Packers          2018 Record: 2-1-1          Previous Week: NR

The Packers rebounded from a tough loss to the Washington Redskins by blanking the Bills 22-0. That shutout was the Packers’ first in eight years, and included a total of seven sacks of Buffalo rookie QB Josh Allen. The Pack defense also forced three turnovers and held the Bills to just 3/16 on 3rd down. Aaron Rodgers, still suffering the lingering effects from a Week 1 knee sprain, wasn’t his normal self. However, RB Aaron Jones was effective on the ground, running 11 times for 65 yards and a score. He could prove to be a real difference maker going forward for this Packers offense. At the least, he could take some pressure off of Green Bay’s all-pro QB until his knee is 100%. This Packers defense is playing better than last year’s team that ranked 26th in scoring. So far in 2018, they rank 11th in scoring defense (20.8 PPG), are T-9th with five takeaways, and also rank T-4th in the league in sacks (13.0).

NFL Round-Up: Fantasy Corner, Injury Updates

Ryan Fitzpatrick was pulled from the Buccaneers game on Sunday after completing just nine of his 18 passes for 145 yards. Jameis Winston came in for Fitzmagic and he will be the starter when the team returns from a bye in week 6, according to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times (Twitter link).

Coach Dirk Koetter said when he originally found out Winston would be suspended for the first three games, he anticipated the former No. 1 overall pick starting in week 4. The coach added that Tampa Bay brought in Fitzpatrick to be a mentor for Winston. Koetter also said that Winston is a “guy who will be here way longer”  than the coach will and Winston “needs” to be playing.

The Fitzmagic era in Florida is over and the Harvard QB can be dropped in all leagues. Let’s take a look around the league at a few other key fantasy football story lines:

  • Rob Gronkowski left Sunday’s game with an ankle injury and while it’s been reported that the ailment is not serious. He’s considered questionable for the Patriots‘ tilt against the Colts.
  • Geronimo Allison‘s emergence is real, though a concussion sent him out of Sunday’s game after catching six balls for 80 yards. Randall Cobb didn’t suit up in the contest because of a hamstring injury and if both players are out against Detroit, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, who was on the field for 54-of-76 snaps against the Bills, will be the next man up for Green Bay. It’s worth noting that Cobb did not seem close to playing for the Packers this week.
  • Calvin Ridley has six touchdowns in four games this year and although that rate is not sustainable, he’s a mainstay in the Falcons‘ red zone offense. Four of his six scores have come from inside the 20. He’s a solid WR3 going forward.

NFL Top Ten Power Rankings Post Week 2

With an eighth of the NFL season in the books, some teams have looked ready to compete for a championship. Others have looked shaky to put it lightly. It’s a small sample size, relatively speaking, but some trends have started to emerge. Entering Week 3, here are power rankings of the best and brightest teams early on in 2018.

 

1) The Los Angeles Rams          2018 Record: 2-0

The LA Rams have begun their 2018 season red hot. They look to secure a coveted first-round bye this year, as opposed to playing in the wild card weekend where they lost to the Atlanta Falcons a season ago. Through two games, the Rams lead the league in points against, allowing an impressive 6.5 PA to the Raiders and Cardinals. Equally impressive, the Rams have only allowed two drives to reach the red zone, allowing just one red-zone score, both NFL bests. With perhaps the most valuable defensive player in football, in Aaron Donald, and arguably the best active RB, in Todd Gurley, it is shaping up that the NFC may run through LA in 2018.

2) The Jacksonville Jaguars          2018 Record: 2-0

The Jags just took care of business at home, without the help of talented RB Leonard Fournette, to down the reigning AFC Champion Patriots and move to 2-0. Through two games, the Jags have allowed the third-fewest 1st downs on defense (33). Additionally, Jacksonville has allowed just one red zone score out of four attempts (25%), which ranks 3rd in the NFL. Most importantly, albeit against a non-exceptional Pats defensive unit, Blake Bortles looked locked into midseason form this past Sunday. Bortles was great in Week 2, lighting up the Pats for 376 yards and four touchdown passes. In two games, Bortles has also rushed 10 times for 77 yards (7.7 YPC), which ranks 2nd among QB’s to the speedy Tyrod Taylor.

3) The Minnesota Vikings         2018 Record: 1-0-1

The Vikings have an incredibly talented roster from top to bottom. Two games in, new addition Kirk Cousins has made use of his offensive weapons throwing for 669 yards and six TDs. The WR duo of Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen, along with electric RB Dalvin Cook, are as scary as it gets to defend at their respective positions. The Vikings defense has also been the stingiest inside the red zone, allowing just two scores on nine defensive attempts (22%), which is 2nd in the NFL percent wise. On top of that, the Vikings have yet to allow a rushing TD, one of seven teams capable of saying that.

4) The Philadelphia Eagles          2018 Record: 1-1

The most talented team of last year has again been impressive to start 2018, and they played without MVP candidate Carson Wentz for the first 2 games. He is expected to be back this week, giving their team a huge boost at the position. The Eagles, 2 games in, have the 1st ranked rushing defense (58.5) and YPC allowed (2.9). As much as the Eagles have fallen victim to some big plays early on, they have stiffened in the red zone allowing 3 scores on 7 attempts (42.9%), which is tied for 8th best in the league.

5) The Kansas City Chiefs          2018 Record: 2-0

Andy Reid‘s Chiefs are fresh off a shootout win against the dysfunctional Pittsburgh Steelers. Veteran QB Alex Smith headed to Washington, paving the way for the younger Patrick Mahomes to step in. And that he has. In the small two-game sample size, he leads the NFL in TDs (10) and ranks 2nd in the NFL in YPA (10.6). Speedfreak Tyreek Hill is off to a blazing start to the year, with 259 yards and three TDs through the air. He also took a punt return 91 yards to the house. They’re going to need that offense to keep rolling, though, to counteract the fact that they are dead last in passing yards against and defensive red zone percentage.

6) The New England Patriots          2018 Record: 1-1

The defending 2018 AFC Champions have begun 2018 with more questions than answers. Two very important constants remain as fact: they have the best QB and the best coach. Following a gut-check loss to the Jags on the road, the Patriots, who are without WR Julian Edelman for the first four games (SSPD), responded by trading for talented, yet troubled, WR Josh Gordon. Gordon, if healthy and active (two big ifs), may be the best WR Tom Brady has had since Randy Moss. Incorporating Gordon in, alongside Rob Gronkowski, they should have no problem putting up points. MLB Dont’a Hightower, a defensive captain, is back from injury this year. So far, they have four takeaways, ranking 11th in drives ending in a turnover (15.4%). The four turnovers in two games is promising as they only had 18 all of 2017. They still have issues getting off the field on 3rd down, however, ranked 4th worst so far this year (48%). Additionally, they have given up 271 yards on the ground through two games.

7) The Cincinnati Bengals           2018 Record: 2-0

The Bengals are off to a very good start, especially offensively. Through 2 games, they have the NFL’s 2nd leading rusher, in 2nd year RB Joe Mixon. Veteran QB Andy Dalton has already thrown 6 TDs, 4 to the explosive WR AJ Green. The issue with the Bengals seems to lie on the defensive side. They rank 3rd in rushing defense and 2nd in YPA, however, they are giving up 332 YPG through the air. They are also the least efficient team in getting off the field on 3rd down, allowing 54.5% of conversions on 3rd down. Additionally, they have given up the 3rd most first downs (52) in 2 games. Helping to ease those woes, however, the Bengals have 5 takeaways already and are 4th best in percent of drives ending in a turnover (20.8%).

8) The Tampa Bay Buccaneers          2018 Record: 2-0

The Bucs are on an offensive pace that seems impossible to maintain. Ryan Fitzpatrick is leading the NFL in passing yards (819) and ranks 2nd in TDs (8). ‘Fitzmagic’, as many are calling him, isn’t casting spells, but rather using his elite cast of offensive weapons. The veteran speedster DeSean Jackson, who is leading the league in receiving yards (275), has been excellent opposite the tall, more physical WR Mike Evans. Add in two more young, talented players in WR Chris Godwin and TE O.J. Howard, this Bucs offense is for real. The Bucs, however, have been exposed defensively. They rank 2nd last in passing yards allowed and are giving up 30.5 PPG (27th). Teams have also gone for it 6 times on 4th down against the Bucs, four of which were converted, both league worsts. As a small sample it isn’t the worst stat, but does seem to indicate teams are not too scared to test this Bucs defense early on.

9) The Green Bay Packers          2018 Record: 1-0-1

The Packers were close to being 0-2. If Aaron Rodgers‘ knee had been more severely damaged, that would probably be the case. But as long as Rodgers is on the field, the Pack have a chance. He has some familiar weapons, including Randall Cobb and Davante Adams. But the Packers are ranked 25th in the league in rushing yards, and haven’t got the ground game going. They get RB Aaron Jones back from a two-game suspension this week. That could help the run game, he averaged 5.5 YPA last year in limited work, and he may be the most talented RB on their roster. Defensively, it has been tough sledding for Green Bay. They rank 7th worst in passing yards allowed and have only 1 takeaway. They have also given up the 2nd most 3rd down conversions (14) with the 6th worst conversion percentage on that down (45.2%).

10) The Miami Dolphins          2018 Record: 2-0

I am certainly sure there aren’t more than a handful of people who predicted the Dolphins would be undefeated two weeks in to the season. But that’s where they find themselves, and they have looked impressive so far. A powerful RB committee of Kenyan Drake and newly acquired veteran Frank Gore have gotten off to a hot start, as the Fins are 6th in rushing yards after two games. Ryan Tannehill has been a quality QB option early on, and should be helped when WR DeVante Parker returns from injury. The Fins defense has been great early on. They rank 5th best in opposing completion percentage (57%) and already have five interceptions, which has got them ranked 3rd in the NFL in percent of drives ending in a turnover (24%). They have only allowed four drives to enter the red zone and only allowed one score. That 25% red zone rating is currently tied for 3rd in the NFL with their in-state competitors, the Jacksonville Jaguars.

 

NFL Teams That Could Make Their Return to the Postseason in 2018

Every year, it seems, a host of unlikely NFL teams surprises many experts, and fans alike, in crashing the playoff party. Last year, the Bills returned to playoff football, which snapped the longest current drought in American pro sports. The new NFL playoff draught title is bestowed upon the Browns, who haven’t made the playoffs since 2002. The revolving door of the NFL playoffs should keep turning in 2018, and here are a few teams that could make a return to the postseason.

The New York Giants (Odds To Make The Playoffs Entering Season: +280)

Say what you will about Eli Manning, but the Giants had many more issues last year than just at the QB position. It seemed to many NFL insiders that former head coach Ben McAdoo had “lost the locker room”. Combined with the Giants’ rookie coaching issues was a plethora of injuries. The Giants fell from Super Bowl hopefuls to the bottom of the NFC East. Now, enter in new head coach Pat Shurmur, who helped to turn the Vikings offense back into a top 10 scoring offense for the first time since 2009 when they finished 2nd. And speaking of 2nds, more importantly, the Giants drafted star running back Saquon Barkley 2nd overall in this past April’s draft. Add in a healthy Odell Beckham Jr to the mix, along with rookie standout TE Evan Engram entering his 2nd year, the Giants’ already impressive defensive unit looks like it now has the offensive fire-power to carry them back to the playoffs.

The Green Bay Packers (-180)

You need not over think this particular team scenario. If Aaron Rodgers is healthy, the Packers will have a great chance to win double-digit games. Even with the departure of Jordy Nelson, the Pack have a solid #1 option in Davante Adams, who has posted back to back double digit TD seasons. Add in the newly acquired Jimmy Graham and veteran slot man Randall Cobb, the Packers offense should be among the best in 2018. On the defensive side, Clay Matthews and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix are joined by FA acquisition Muhammad Wilkerson. The Packers defense will look to improve upon their 2017 season, where they ranked 7th worst in points allowed and 5th worst in forcing 4th down. All in all, the Packers look to be much improved heading into 2018, and with Aaron Rodgers calling plays, are likely to return to playoff football.

The Los Angeles Chargers (-150)

The Chargers will look to build on an impressive 9-7 finish to 2017. The defense that ranked 3rd best in points allowed last season will suffer a slight setback, losing CB Jason Verrett to a torn Achilles in late July. Rookie DB Derwin James (17th pick) will look to make an immediate impact in the secondary. On the D-line, Melvin Ingram and Joey Bosa return to lead the defensive front that ranked 5th in sacks a season ago. On offense, Philip Rivers and Melvin Gordon head a group that last year ranked 4th in yards per game. Plagued by too many injuries in 2017, the Chargers look healthy and ready to contend for a division title in 2018.

*Odds via The Westgate Superbook

Six Fantasy Football Facts To Help Your Draft

Check out Tuesday’s six pack of NFL stats to help you dominate your fantasy football draft:

  1. Davante Adams has never surpassed 1,000 yards during a season in his career, though it’s he’s a good bet to reach that milestone this season. Aaron Rodgers has produced 10 1,000 yard receivers and with Adams being the top target (he saw 19.3% of Rodgers throws last year, most on the team), he’ll likely be the 11th.
  2. Alex Collins is a guy I’m targeting in both .5 ppr and standard scoring drafts. He was RB8 in standard scoring from weeks 8-17 and had six top-15 finishes during that stretch.
  3. Golden Tate has finished 24th or better during every campaign in Detroit and he’s an underrated target in standard scoring. He earned WR3 numbers or better is 61.5% of his starts (better than Adam Theilen, who’s going in the third/fourth round). Tate will also face the 13th easiest schedule for opposing WR. Pair Tate with a guy like Tyreke Hill if you’re going RB-RB with your first two picks.
  4. Emmanuel Sanders is an underrated asset in fantasy. He’s got the attention of new QB Case Keenum and he’s got a favorable playoff schedule with the Broncos facing the 49ers, Browns, and Raiders in weeks 14-16.
  5. The 49ers are facing the 12th easiest schedule for WRs and Pierre Garcon is a player getting overlooked. Garcon was on pace for 134 targets, 80 catches and over 1,000 receiving yards prior to his injury. And that was without Jimmy GQ. He’s currently the 37th WR taken in Yahoo! leagues and he provides incredible value late in the draft.
  6. Robbie Anderson gets all the fantasy football attention out of the Jets‘ WR corps, but I’d rather take a flyer on Jermaine Kearse with a full offseason in New York under his belt than select Anderson at his 9th round price. Factor in Anderson’s potential suspension and Kearse, who can be had during the last couple rounds of the draft, will be the easy choice at the position if I’m looking for a WR from the Jets. It’s worth noting that I’m not too worried about Kearse’s abdominal injury, as the risk with drafting him late is extremely low.