Fantasy Frontline With Eric Moody
NFL news happens each and every day. In fantasy football, it is important to have awareness of it and have an understanding of the potential implications. The Fantasy Frontline will provide Gridiron Experts readers line of sight on NFL news flow that you should be aware of from a statistical angle and help you understand what’s happening during the season and offseason. This article will cover twelve headlines you should be aware of.
Top Story: Derek Carr Signs Long-Term Deal with Raiders
The Oakland Raiders locked up quarterback Derek Carr in a 5-year-deal worth $125-million on Thursday. USA Today’s Tom Pelissero reports the extension contains $40 million fully guaranteed. Those numbers put him below Andrew Luck, but he did edge Luck out in average annual value. Making Carr the highest paid player in NFL history.
Furthermore, this new contract for Carr and the new deals for Mack and Cooper, the Raiders could potentially have three hundred million dollar players in the next few years.
Locking up your quarterback long term is a sigh of relief for not only the player but the players around him and the organization. Derek Carr now knows he’ll be a Raider for at least the next five years and that should translate onto the field. There will be no more media distractions in the form of contract talk and Carr can focus on his game and continue to grow and lead the Raiders moving forward. Recently, in one of Gridiron Experts latest podcasts, Mike Rigz made a bold prediction that Carr would continue to excel and would jump a tier into the elite fantasy QB group in 2017. With the surrounding talent and superb Raiders offensive line, there is a strong possibly Carr improves on his 2016 numbers.
Derek Carr’s current ADP is 7.03 at Fantasy Football Calculator.
Tell me what fantasy value Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Laquon Treadwell will have in 2017?
Matt Vensel, of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, reported that Treadwell has been acting as the number three wide receiver during the offseason program. Injuries derailed his rookie season as Treadwell looks to bounce back after being drafted late in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft. Stefon Diggs, Adam Thielen, and Kyle Rudolph are the most relevant receiving options on the team from a fantasy football perspective. The Vikings offense produced a dismal 68.7 fantasy points per game which were the sixth-worst in the NFL last season. Treadwell could become more fantasy relevant if Diggs or Thielen were to miss an extended period of time. The Vikings number three wide receiver will be in a position to inherit the target share of Cordarrelle Patterson.
What can I expect from Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant in 2017?
Back in March of last year, the NFL announced that Bryant would be suspended without pay for a minimum of one year for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy after multiple violations. The fourth-round draft pick in 2014 has been on the straight and narrow over this past year. He has recently had a son, developed better habits, is in great shape, and knows that is his last chance. If Bryant has one slip up he will find himself out of the NFL. He averaged 21.1 yards per catch in 2014 and 15.3 yards per catch in 2015. Bryant has caught 56 percent of his 136 targets for 1,314 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns. He also has eight carries for 49 yards and a rushing touchdown.
Bryant is currently being drafted in the fifth round of 12-team PPR drafts according to Fantasy Football Calculator. It will be interesting to observe where his ADP (average draft position) is in August. If you select Bryant right now then you are drafting him at his ceiling. It all comes down to your appetite for risk. Bryant provides fantasy owners with WR2 upside in the Steelers high-octane offense.
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Source: NFL News