Carson Wentz: Expect this Eagle’s quarterback to excel in the 2017-2018 NFL season. Wentz finished his rookie season with a 62% passing completion percentage and ranked 24th overall as quarterback. This definitely doesn’t make him an obvious quarterback pick, but his receivers ended the season with the second most drops in the league (31) which affected his production throughout the season. With Torrey Smith and Alshon Jeffery added to this offense along side Zach Ertz, Wentz is ready for a solid comeback year.
Jameis Winston: I anticipate Winston to finish the year ranked as one of the top 5 quarterbacks this 2017-2018 NFL season. Fantasy players appreciated Winston’s consistency last year as he completed 86% of his passes, had a 10.3 average depth of throw, and an admirable running game ranking within the top 10 quarterbacks in carries. With DeSean Jackson added to the Bucc’s offense, Winston is set up to produce his best fantasy season yet.
Ben Roethlisberger: Big Ben isn’t so big anymore. It’s not surprising, but Roethlisberger has been battling an ankle injury these past couple of weeks. He has missed at least one NFL game 7 out of the 10 seasons he’s been in the NFL. His age and his health make it hard to believe his last NFL season is going to be QB1 worthy.
Kareem Hunt: Hunt is only one injury away from being a top 15 running back in the 2017-2018 NFL season. Although he’s a rookie, he was a key player in the Cheif’s offense during the preseason opener against Cincinnati’s first string defense. He ran the ball eight times for 40 yards and caught three passes for 23 yards. His flexibility and strength is very promising. Andy Reid’s offense is built upon a heavy running game so I expect Hunt to appear on the goal line and during third and short situations behind Spencer Ware.
Bilal Powell: When given a chance, Powell takes advantage and is quite impressive. He finished his past two seasons ranked within the top 10 quarterbacks for receptions. Powell exploded in the last four games (ranked #2 RB in fantasy each week) of the 2016-2017 NFL season with 411 rushing yards, two rushing touchdowns, caught 21 passes for 141 yards, and one receiving touchdown. If there’s one Jet you should draft on your team this season, it’s Powell.
LeGarrette Blount: Blount has nine carries in the preseason but only 17 yards. Yikes! It’s still unclear where he fits in the Eagle’s offense and I doubt he’s in for another breakout season with being new to Philadelphia. Understanding how Eagle’s quarterback, Wentz plays, and the receiving weapons (Torrey Smith, Zach Ertz, Jordan Matthews, Darren Sproles, and Alshon Jefferey) he has this season, expect Blount to get only 10 touches a game and goal line work when it’s available. His playability will depend on which defense the Eagle’s face weekly.
Adam Thielen: Theielen’s production last year was a shock for fantasy players as he caught 74% of his targets (ranked 7th in the NFL), averaged 10.4 yards per target (ranked 5th in the NFL) and dropped one of a total 93 targets. Bradford and Theilen demonstrated great chemistry on the field and will continue to do so this 2017-2018 NFL season. He’s earned a top perimeter receiving spot on this Minnesota Viking’s offense and is a caliber flex option. #SKOL
Josh Doctson: Unfortunately, Doctson underwent an Achilles injury the majority of his rookie year. Going off of his two receptions for 66 yards isn’t relevant to his fantasy production, but we can take a look at who the Redskins lost last year. With Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson gone, Doctson is expected to take on a serious role in Washington’s better scoring offenses in the 2017-2018 NFL season.
Keenan Allen: Allen’s durability is doubtful. He’s coming off of a torn ACL and has missed 23 games within just a two-year span. In fact, Allen has yet to appear in more than 15 games in a single season. Don’t put yourself in a hole. There’s no doubt that he’s talented, but he’s no more than a WR3 pick.
Kelvin Benjamin: Benjamin’s 6’5, 245 lbs body makes him an obvious goal line go to, however, he’s also coming off of a torn ACL injury. Unfortunately, that’s the least of fantasy owners concerns. Benjamin’s usage in the Panther’s offense has significantly decreased since 2014 and his career 53% catch rate is just dreadful. He’s a WR3 and nothing more.
Jack Doyle: With Dwayne Allen gone, Doyle is without a doubt the Colt’s best tight end. Last year he caught 59 passes (ranked 11th-most at the position), scored five touchdowns, held a respectable 79% catch rate, and finished 13th in fantasy points at tight end. Let’s not forget that Chuck Pagano (head coach) and Rob Chudzinski (offensive coordinator) have directed at least 20% of their targets were given to the tight end position for ten years straight. As long as Andrew Luck is healthy, Doyle has the potential to rank within the top 5 tight ends this 2017-2018 NFL season.
Austin Hooper: Hooper has everything going for him this season. The Falcon’s are one of the league’s highest scoring offenses and a change in offensive coordinators appears to be in his favor. Steve Sarkisian highlighted his offense at the University of Washington on tight end, Austin Seferian-Jenkins. Maybe that’s just what Sarkisian will do with Hooper this 2017-2018 NFL season. Plus, Matt Ryan is the freaking man. Expect Hooper to have a much larger impact on this offense than he did last year.
Tyler Eifert: Eifert has missed 41% of the Bengal’s regular season games since 2013. It’s difficult to ignore his production when he is healthy, but Eifert is a risk/reward type of player. Are you willing to take the risk? Don’t depend on Eifert as a TE1.
Goodluck on draft day!
Stats came from: http://www.nfl.com/stats/player