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.
What is Eric Decker’s Fantasy outlook with the Tennessee Titans?
Adam Schefter, ESPN NFL Insider, broke the news that recently released Eric Decker has signed with the Titans. I anticipate that the Titans will run more three-wide receiver sets to incorporate their plethora of receiving options. In 2015 Decker scored seven touchdowns on routes run out of the slot which tied for third in the NFL according to Pro Football Focus. He also used his large frame to generate 56 receptions out of the slot. Decker’s average draft position should fluctuate in the near future as fantasy drafters react to this news.
Dez Bryant (61), Jordy Nelson (57), and Brandon Marshall (54) are the only 3 WRs with more TDs than Decker (51) since '11. #FantastyFootball
— Moody (@EricNMoody) June 19, 2017
Who will be the New York Jets starting quarterback this season?
Brian Costello, New York Post Jets beat reporter, does not think quarterback Josh McCown will start Week 1. The buzz around the Jets continues to be negative. The quarterback situation with McCown, Bryce Petty, and Christian Hackenberg is not ideal for fantasy purposes.
— Brian Costello (@BrianCoz) June 16, 2017
Quincy Enunwa continues to be the Jets wide receiver to own despite the dysfunction taking place around him. He produced more receiving yards than Brandon Marshall last season. Enunwa nearly doubled Marshall’s average after the catch (6.2 yards to 3.2).
Who will be the Vikings RB to own in 2017?
ESPN mentioned that Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said rookie Dalvin Cook “has a chance to be special.” Latavius Murray, who was signed in free agency, continues to recover from ankle surgery and has missed all of OTAs and minicamp. You can read my view on Cook and the Vikings running back situation in 2017 by clicking here.
The Buffalo Bills coaching staff are invested in RB Jonathan Williams should you?
Joe Buscaglia, Bills beat reporter for 7 Eyewitness News, tweeted the following tweet:
#Bills HC Sean McDermott: (RB) Jonathan Williams' development will be key to our success moving forward.
— Joe Buscaglia (@JoeBuscaglia) June 13, 2017
LeSean McCoy has 2,280 career touches since his rookie season back in 2009. The only other active players with more touches according to Pro Football Reference are Chris Johnson, Adrian Peterson, Matt Forte, Steven Jackson, and Frank Gore. McCoy is an elite RB1 based on the Bills offense and the volume he will be given. If you invest in him this season it would be wise to protect your investment with Williams.
Would New York Jets RB Bilal Powell be an RB1 if he had the backfield to himself?
Jets RB coach Stump Mitchell says Bilal Powell would be a Pro Bowler if he were used as feature back. Plan is to use both BP and Forte.#Jets
— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) June 13, 2017
Bilal Powell is currently being drafted in the sixth round in 12-team PPR drafts according to Fantasy Football Calculator. He ranked second in yards per carry last season. Powell also ranked third in yards after contact per carry and ninth in missed tackles per carry according to Pro Football Focus. He is only the RB2 radar at the moment but would have RB1 upside if Forte happened to miss time.
Can New York Jets ArDarius Stewart stay healthy long enough to solidify himself as the team’s WR3?
Jets rookie WR ArDarius Stewart had thumb and groin surgeries recently (last 2 weeks), according to Todd Bowles. Should be ready for camp
— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) June 14, 2017
The release of Eric Decker has opened the door for rookies Stewart and Chad Hansen. Quincy Enunwa and Robby Anderson are locked in as the number one and two receivers. This news can be viewed as a setback for Stewart’s fantasy prospects. I recommend you keep Hansen on your watch list. He is eerily similar to other wide receivers you know when comparing their measurables and collegiate production:
ArDarius Stewart's injuries have opened the door for Hansen to solidify the Jets no. 3 WR role. He's a name to monitor for deeper leagues. pic.twitter.com/HZgy3PzG8W
— Moody (@EricNMoody) June 15, 2017
What can I expect from Miami Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi in 2017?
The Miami Herald published an article that suggests Ajayi is ready for a larger workload. This has been a narrative that continues to gain momentum this offseason. Ajayi only played 61 percent (582) of the Dolphins offensive snaps last season but was targeted or touched the football on 51 percent of them. James Walker, of ESPN, mentioned that he has focused a significant percentage of his offseason development around becoming a better receiver and that it shows. Ajayi is firmly on the RB1 radar heading into fantasy drafts this summer. Imagine drafting late in the first round and selecting Ajayi and Jordan Howard with back to back picks.
Is Baltimore Ravens Danny Woodhead the team’s missing link?
The Associated Press published an article that described Woodhead as a “big part of the passing game.” He produced 1.91 yards per route run according to Pro Football Focus back in 2015 (his last full season). Woodhead ranked eighth among 66 running backs with a minimum of 100 routes run. He currently has a seventh-round ADP (average draft position) in 12-team PPR drafts according to Fantasy Football Calculator.
Is Washington Redskins Jamison Crowder the fantasy WR2 you are looking for?
The Washington Post published an article that reminds fantasy owners of the rapport between quarterback Kirk Cousins and wide receiver Jamison Crowder. He had the third highest wide receiver rating (112.9) of any receiver who ran 75 percent of more of his routes from the slot according to Pro Football Focus. I project Crowder to lead the Redskins wide receivers in targets in 2017 after accumulating 99 in 2016. He is currently being drafted in the sixth round of 12-team PPR drafts according to Fantasy Football Calculator.
Will New Orleans Saints RB Adrian Peterson be used in the passing game?
The New Orleans Times-Picayune continues to publish articles discussing Peterson’s use as a receiver out of the backfield. He has fewer than 2,000 receiving yards in his career counting the playoffs. Peterson is the Saints running back to own in 2017 and can be viewed as a high-end RB2 with upside. He is currently being drafted in the fifth round in 12-team PPR leagues according to Fantasy Football Calculator.
Will Green Bay Packers RB Ty Montgomery see an increase in playing time?
The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel published an article that suggests Montgomery’s pass protection prowess could positively or negatively affect his playing time. He was Pro Football Focus’ most elusive back from Week 7 through the postseason producing a rating of 97.6. Montgomery also forced 30 total missed tackles on 141 touches. He is currently being drafted in the fourth round of 12-team PPR drafts according to Pro Football Focus. Montgomery is a key component of an electric Packers offense that produced 2.49 points (third in the NFL) per drive last season. He can be viewed as a solid RB2 with RB1 upside.
Can you trust Jordan Reed in 2017?
The CSN Mid-Atlantic published an article that mentioned Jordan Reed dominated the first day of Redskins minicamp Tuesday. This news is not surprising considering that he is one of the rare fantasy tight ends that can singlehandedly win matchups for fantasy owners. Reed played 568 snaps last season and was targeted on 16 percent of them (which led the team). He has ranked in the top four of all tight ends in yards per route run since 2014 according to Pro Football Focus.
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Source: NFL News