Arizona Cardinals - New HC Steve Wilks is a defensive minded coach who is unlikely to put the pedal to the metal on offense. OC Mike McCoy should be a RUN-FIRST offense and David Johnson will be the key. McCoy in all west coast systems was previously with the Chargers and Broncos and his offenses finished top 18 in yds and had 3 top 10 finishes. Had a bad year with Broncos last year.
BAD SOS: NFC West is a tough defensive division as well as they play NFC North and AFC West.
QB - Sam Bradford was signed as is very good when healthy but never stays healthy. 1st round draft pick Josh Rosen is very much like a Bradford clone: super accurate but maybe takes more chances. Both these are fantasy risks and shouldn't be drafted until late.
RBs - David Johnson – they are going to lean on DJ after missing all of last year. Luckily his injury was a wrist and not a leg and he should be fine. In 2016 DJ dominated yds from scrimmage 2,118 with 20 TDs. He could do it again and it is a CONTRAT-YEAR for him. He is a 1st or 2nd pick in PPR and 1 to 4 in standard. Chase Edmonds is a decent inexpensive handcuff.
WRs -Larry Fitzgerald 35, does not get as many targets when David Johnson is on the field but he still should get a lot of balls and has finished top 10 WR 2 of the last 3 years including 109 catches and 1,156 yds and 6TDs last year. Fitzgerald is most dangerous from the slot. If OC McCoy keeps Fitgerald there he can be a value if he drops in drafts. Christian Kirk was drafted in the 2nd round but is smaller and a rookie. Kirk is only worth a flyer. He really is a slot WR but may play outside. JJ Nelson is a small super fast long ball player that should be hit or miss each week. Brice Butler and Chad Williams will compete with Nelson so it is tough to draft any of them. Right now Brice Butler would line up outside as the WR2.
TE - Ricky Seals-Jones is very athletic and flashed last year. He might be a good sleeper since both QBs like to check down and OC McCoy does like to feature a TE but Seals-Jones is just a sleeper right now. Pre-season should show how often he will be used.
DST - lost S Tyrann Mathieu but have Buddah Baker who is similar. Chandler Jones, Patrick Peterson, Nkemdiche and Markus Golden who missed most of 2017 and is a great sack artist. Brandon Williams will start opposite Peterson at CB. Peterson will shadow the other teams best WR. The defense is switching from a 3-4 to a 4-3 so their should be growing pains but may help the LBs. It is a tough schedule and I just don't see a ton of improvement for this unit unless Wilks gets it out them in year one.
Oline – LT Humphries missed a lot of last year with knee injuries, Iupati and Shipley (preseason note: lost Shipley to an ACL) weren't that great but they drafted OC/OG Mason Cole, RG Justin Pugh signed from Giants is good if healthy, RT Andre Smith is a sore spot. Line should at least be better than last year and have a new oline coach.
Atlanta Falcons – HC is Dan Quinn. The Falcons had an amazing offesne with OC Kyle Shanahan but lost him to SF and Steve Sarkisian and the offesnive production dropped. For some reason Atlanta kept him so expect more of the same. The offense was able to move the ball they just couldn't score.
QBs - Matt Ryan explosion in 2016 came back down to earth when Kyle Shanahan left but he still just made it in a top 20 fantasy QB. Ryan's number should go up (Not as high as 2016) with the addition of Ridley, an easy pass schedule and a 2nd year fwith Sarkisian.
RBs - Devonta Freeman was the number 1 fantasy RB in 2015 and a top 10 RB in 2016 but in 2017 he was banged up and barely made top 15. Freeman is a gerat talent that can run and catch but have to monitor his injury status. I consider him risky for where he get drafted. Tevin Coleman is in a contract year and gets about 10 to 12 touches a game. He has break away speed and can put up big number if given a chance. He finsihes around RB 20 to 25 unless Freeman goes down.
WRs - Julio Jones - led in targets, catches and yards but lacked TDs (3) even though he has a lot of red zone targets. Every year they say he will ge tmore TDs butit doesn't happen. I expect more than 3 but I don't put himbefore Brown, Hopkins and Beckham because of this. Atlanta added WR Calvin Ridley who is a polished route runner and should take over the WR2 position but there may not be enough targets for him to be a consisten performer. Mohammed Sanu will fill the WR3 slot position but probably will be behind Jones and Ridley in targets. TE – Austin Hooper – shouldn't be drafted. O-line - pro bowl center Alex Mack, LG Levitre, RG Schweitzer, LT Jake Mathews and RT Schraeder all return. Brandon Fusco was signed in free agency and could replace Schweitzer the weak link. This is a very good line, top 5 or 10.
Baltimore Ravens – HC is John Harbaugh, OC Marty Mornhinweg likes to pass a lot.
QB – Joe Flacco (33) is probably just a streaming option. He probably will be a lot better now that he has some weapons and has a lot of good tight ends. Robert Griffin III has a shot to be the backup. Rookie QB Lamar Jackson is extremely exciting and runs great but just is not ready to be a NFL QB.
RBs - Alex Collins is a good, hard runner that might not have much competition. His oline is lacking but he still was somewhat successful last year despite them. Collins won't lead the league but would make a good RB3 in standard formats because of volume. Kenneth Dixon is his backup and coming back from injuries. Buc Allen is a passing catching 3rd down RB.
WRs – Michael Crabtree (31) is a red zone king and could equal his numbers since Flacco will probably look to him often. Crabtree may be undervalued in some drafts since he is truly going to get a lot of targets. WR John Brown has had a bunch of injuries. Brown is short but super fast and talented. He is a rsiky pick but is on a 1 year prove it deal. WR Willie Snead also joined the Ravens but probably will not have as much success as he did with Drew Brees.
TEs – 1st round rookie Hayden Hurst could be a big factor for Flacco if he can win the job out right. If so, he is a decent flyer in the late rounds. He is competing with Max Williams, Nick Boyle and fellow rookie Mark Andrews. Flacco loves to throw to TEs.
Oline – Ron Stanley LT, Alex Lewis LG, Matt Skura OC, Marshall Yanda RG (by far their best OLineamn is 34), James Hurst RT. Drafted OT Orlando Brown as a swing OT. The problem is that Hurst, Skura and Alex Lewis aren't great. They lost OC Ryan Jensen and RT Austin Howard. Rookie OC Bradley Bozeman could win the job. This is not a great line.
DST - lead by an amazing secondary CB Jimmy Smith and Humphries plus saffeties Jefferson and Weddle and they can pressure the QB with Suggs and Judon. CJ Mosley is a very good LB.
Buffalo Bills – HC Seam McDermott is more defensive minded so the new offensive coordinator Brian Daboll will handle play calling. Dabool comes from Alabama but has been with Patriots, Chiefs and Browns. It is a Belichick inspired offense. The big difference from last year will be simple play calls with some up tempo. Dabol may put in some Alabama RPOs.
QB – More than likely 1st round rookie Josh Allen will be the starter early in Buffalo. AJ McCarron was acquired in free agency and Nathan Peterman was draft last year but neither are the answer. Josh Allen has a cannon for an arm but lacks accuracy. Allen can also scramble and likes to run. He is all over the place and may not do well in the win column but with rushing yards might be serviceable and an option in 2 QB leagues.
RBs - LeSean McCoy (30) is a great runner on a bad team, he also has been accused of beating his girlfriend but nothing has come of it yet. McCoy caught 59 balls last year making him a PPR value. Chris Ivory is his unspectacular backup. The only positive is in an up tempo offense there could be a lot more touches ancd carries.
WRs - Kelvin Benjamin doesn't get separation and has a histroy of injuries. Benjamin's best chances at fantasy success are lots of targets and the red zone. I wouldn't count on it. Zay Jones had a bizarre off the field incident and a bad rookie year. Jones is just a late round flyer. Bills traded for Corey Coleman who is in his third year and the lights may go on. Coleman hasn't been a total bust and has shown some flashes. He needs to stay healthy.
TE – Charles Clay (back) always injured but if healthy may lead the team in targets. Late round pick or a streamer.
Oline – LT Cordy Glenn was traded and Eric Wood and Rich Incognito retired. That is bad. Dion Dawkins is good at LT Vlad Ducasse and Jordan Mills are serviceable. Groy will play LG and Bodine at OC. The Bills should hope 5th round rookie Teller can challenge for a position. Not a good line.
DST – not counting on much from this group because of the offense.
Carolina Panthers – HC Ron Rivera has a new OC in Norv Turner who is from the Air Croyell offense. Vertical offense and Cam Newton has a big arm. He wants to use mismatch weapons and has talked about McCaffrey.
QB – Cam Newton isn't a classic drop back passer but Norv Turner should adjust his system to allow him to run some. He
RBs – The coaches have said they will get Christian McCaffrey the ball. McCaffrey has more appeal in PPR but it sounds like Turner want sto use him a lot. CJ Andersons may steal early down carries. Anderson is a TD or bust RB3.
WRs - Devin Funchess is a big bodied WR that Turner likes to use. Funchess won't jump into the top ten because he isn't an elite talent but a top 25 finish isn't out of the question unless Olsen grabs all the targets. 1st round rookie DJ Moore can make a lot of plays and is hard to tackle. If Moore gels with Newton he could be the best rookie WR and lead the WRs in targets. Torrey Smith or JArius Wright is the 3rd WR.
TE – Greg Olsen (33 yrs old) had a foot injury and missed most of last year. He still has some left in the tank and should see a lot of targets especially since Norv Turners offense likes the TE. The TDs aren't there but he is solid if he falls.
Oline – lost a very good lineman in Andrew Norwell to free agency. OC Ryan Kalil will play one more season. RG Trai Turner is solid. RT Daryl Williams is very good but LT Matt Kalil is not. The other guard Amini Silatolu is okay (torn meniscus in preseason may not make 1st week, Sirles is replacement, not good for run game). Not the greatest line.
DST – Kawan Short plus new NT Dontari Poe, Kuechly – great front seven; (lost LB Thomas Davis for first 4 games) secondary is a weakness.
Chicago Bears – John Fox is gone and replaced by new head coach Matt Nagy who was the former offensive coordinator of the Chiefs. Should see more RPOs with Trubisky who is mobile. West coast offense gets the ball out quick and they will spread the field. (OC is Mark Helfrich who was with Oregon.) Bears have an Easy schedule.
QB – Mitch Trubisky has run RPO concepts at North Carolina in college. He may take a leap forward because of rushing stats and better talent. Trubisky is still learning.
RBs- Jordan Howard is a great runner but has had a very high drop % for RBs. This offense uses a RB as a WR. His touch volume may be down but he will get standard rushing yards and is better out of the shotgun which the new offense uses a lot. Howard gest dinged in PPR leagues. Tarik Cohen is a human joystick and will be the third down back and do most of the catching out of the backfield. He could be great in PPR leagues as the Tyreek Hill in the new offense and equal or better his 53 catches.
WR – Allen Robinson was added from Jaguars. Robinson had a ACL injury in 2017 but had a big year in 2015. Robinson didn't participate much in the offseason. Anthony Miller is a great rookie who could become a number 1 WR or great slot WR. He is a great late round pick who could potentially lead the Bears in targets. Kevin White was a 1st round pick but is worth no more than a flyer because he can't stay healthy and hasn't caught on. Taylor Gabriel will be used well by Nagy but should be hard to predict which games he will do well.
TE – Trey Burton was grabbed as a TE from Philly. He is worth a flyer but may share some with Adam Shaheen. Trubisky figures to throw a llot of shorter distance passes and it will be interesting in preseason if those go to Burton or rookie Anthony Miller.
Oline: Whitehair, Kyle Long, Daniels (good rookie), Massie at RT, Charles Leno at LT. This is a very strong group up the middle and should be a good run blocking unit.
DST: this is a very good unit that may do better since the offense is destined to do much better. They also added 1st round LB Roquan Smith a great ILB who will be nice to pair with Trevathan. DL Akiem Hicks is a monster and Goldman and Bullard are good against the run. Eddie Jackson and Amos are very good safeties and Kyle Fuller is a top shelf CB. They lost Willie Young and McPhee at OLB; Leonard Floyd Sam Acho will need to pick it up. The most important person on the defensive side was keeping DC Vic Fangio who should have this unit in the top 10.
Cincinnati Bengals – HC Marvin Lewis and OC Bill LAzor are back after a poor 2017 season where they had lost LT Whitworth, guard Zeitler in free agency and Eiffert to injury. 2018 should be better since they added two new lineman and supposedly Eiffert is better. It is a low volume conservative offense.
QB - Andy Dalton – is not a fantasy option finishing QB 16- 18 4 straight years.
RBs - Joe Mixon has been hyped as a "bell cow" RB and potential elite fantasy RB by some even though he actually had a bad 2017 statistically. The optimism is improved ofensive line play and a easier schedule which could give Mixon more TDs and a possible top 15 RB finish. Giovanni Bernard hold Mixon back since he is the Bengals third down and pass catching RB and is very good at it. Statistically he is better than Mixon but they will more than likely continue to split.
WRs – AJ Green turned 30 but has topped 1,000 yds 6 of the last 7 seasons. He should finsh right around WR10 with a high floor but a middle ceiling. Last year 1st round WR John Ross had a horrible season. The speedster needs to step up as the WR2. Although he might flash some big games he will be 3rd or 4th option in targets.
TE - Tyler Eifert signed a one year deal. He has constantly battled injuries especially with his back. He can't be counted on but is a sneaky pick (because he scores TDs) if he drops in the draft to pair with another TE.
Oline – LT Cordy Glenn, rookie OC Billy Price, LG Clint Boling, RG Trey Hopkins and RT Ogbuehi or Jake Fisher. This a slightly below average line.
Cleveland Browns - HC Hue Jackson has hired former Steelers OC Todd Haley. Haley has a vertical offense that stretches the field and has had very productive offenses as he was there for 8 years.
QB – Tyrod Taylor can throw but also adds rushing stats as a dual threat and doesn't turn the ball over. Baker Mayfield may eventually take over if the Browns suffer too many losses. Browns bye week is 11 which is usually when a switch happens.
RBs – Carlos Hyde averaged 4.6 yds per carry in 2016 with SF. More than likely Hyde will start but he gets injured often. Duke Johnson is the pass catching RB and gets a lot of targets. He is valuable in PPR. They paid Duke a hefty contract. Nick Chubb was drafted and is a bruiser who will take Hyde's place if he gets injured and probably share some early down runs no matter what.
WRs- Jarvis Landry had 112 catches and 9TDs out of slot for the Dolphins last year. Landry will be Tyrod Taylor's go to WR. Josh Gordon (27 yrs old, contract) isn't at training camp in a bit of a mystery but reports are he will report before the 1st game. Gordon is a superior athlete who has a very high ceiling and a very low floor since he is always in danger of being suspended. It helps that Tyrod actually throws a very good deep ball. Rookie Antonio Callaway has a ton of talent is fast, could he be the WR3. And Higgins could also carve out a role.
TEs - David Njoku is very athletic and is looking to improve in his second year. He should be on the field more than his rookie year when he shared duties with Seth Devalve.
Oline - Shon Coleman or Joel Bitnio will be the new LT now that all pro Joe Thomas has retired. JC Tretter is a capable OC, Kevin Zeitler is great at RG and if Bitonio plays LT, rookie Austin Corbett will probably play LG. They signed Hubbard away from the Steelers who filled in nicely last year at RT for the injured Marcus Gilbert.
DST - DC Gregg Williams may have all his pieces to play his defense since they drafted 1st round CB Denzel Ward
Dallas Cowboys – HC Jason Garrett and OC Scott Linehan have been together for awhile. With a great offensive line the Cowboys want to run, run and run. Garrett comes from the Air Croyell offensive system and Scott Linehan will need to get more creative in order to score more points. The Cowboys finsihed 2nd in rushing but 14th in points.
QB – Dak Prescott is losing Jason Witten and Dez Bryant. Put that together with the Cowboys are a run first team and Prescott does not make a great fantasy option. Last year in week 1 - 7 he was QB1 but I don't think he can repeat that. His scoring is very erratic and plays a tough pass defense schedule.
RBs – Ezekiel Elliott is one of the best RB, especially in standard formats. He will get volume behind a very good oline. Hopefully the passing game has enough to keep defenses honest. Zeke doesn't catch many balls but gets more rushing attempts. Rod Smith is a good backup.
WRs – to replace Dez as the X WR they signed Allen Hurns who had a 1,000 yd season in 2015 mostly from garbbage time. If Hurns can be rafted late he is a good pick simply since he is probably their number 1 WR. Terrance Williams has not had a TD in 17 games. He did have a broken foot early in the year and a DUI and might be suspended, so I will stay clear. They did draft WR Michael Gallup who is more talented than the rest of the cowboys group: Cole Beasley, Deonte Thompson and Noah Brown. Gallup is a good late round flyer if he develops a connection with Prescott. Tavon Austin also was added but he is a gimmick play or occasional long TD player.
TE – crowded TE room and most of the fans want to see Rico Gathers a former basketball player who is very hard to stop in the red zone but the Cowboys have Blake Jarwin and blocker Geoff Swain ahead of him. If Gathers becomes the starter as a pass catching TE, he is my sleeper pick.
Oline – Second round pick Connor Williams should be a good LG to go with an outstanding line: LT Tyron Smith, OC Fredrick, OG Zack Martin and RT La'el Collins. The swing tackle is Cameron Fleming who was signed away from the Patriots. This is one of the best olines in football
DST - drafted 1st round talent LB Leighton Vander Esch who is athletically talented and will replace the very good but departed Anthony Hitchens. DT David Irving was suspende for 4 games and is good. They have Randy Gregory, Demarcus Lawrence and Kony Ealy to rush the passer. The defense should be better but revolves around Sean Lee staying healthy. Still only a matchup fantasy defense.
Denver Broncos – HC Vance Joseph took over in 2017 and let go of OC McCoy to replace him with Bill Musgrave after 6 straight losses during the season. Musgrave was behins the great season Derek Carr and the Raiders had in 2016. Musgrave spent a year under Chip Kelly so he does have some spread concepts and RPOs.
QB- Case Keenum was acquired through free agency after a terrific season with the Vikings . He is a great improvement over last years QBs. Although he is mobile, the Broncos offensive line may be better than the Vikings and the receivers are probably just as talented. Still Keenum is just a QB2 who had a few big games last year. Musgrave could have a positive influence on Keenum. Paxton Lynch and Kelly will back him up.
RBs - Royce Freeman was drafted in the 3rd round and could possibly be the lead back. Freeman probably won't come in on passing downs but could get a lot of early down work. The offensive line is slightly improved and Freeman coulldbe a good pick later. Devontae Booker more than likely will handle passing downs abnd isn't bad catching the ball and pass blocking. DeAngelo Henderson is a bowling ball of a runner but had struggled with fumbles.
WRs – Demaryius Thomas (30 yrs old)isn't the player he once was but did suffer from bad QB play last year. Thomas's numbers should improve with Keenum but I doubt by much finishing as WR 20 to 25. Emmanuel Sanders (31) should play a lot of snaps in the slot (as will Thomas) after being injured throughout last season. I would bet on Sanders doing better than Thomas this season because Keenum likes the slot WR. Rookie 2nd round rookie Courtland Sutton could be the big surprise. He is very much like Thomas when he was younger and a master at winning contested catches. If he can learn route running quickly he could be a surprise. He is a good late round flyer.
TEs – Jeff Heuerman is listed as the starter but doesn't offer much pass catching ability. Last year Jake Butt was recovering from a ACL if he is fully healed he was a 1st or 2nd round talent. Rookie Troy Fumagalli caught a lot of ball at Wisconsin. Of these I am only interested if Jake Butt wins the job and then I would just monitor his status.
Oline – LT Garett Bolles, LG Ronald Leary, OC Matt Paradis, RG Connor McGovern, RT Jared Veldheer. McGovern may be a weak link, the OTs are good Leary and Paradis are very good. Depending on Bolles and Veldheer this is an average to above average oline.
DST – the Broncos grabbed 1st round and top 5 pick DE Bradley Chubb and combined with Von Miller and Shane Ray probably form the most fearsome pass rushing group in the NFL. The no fly zone is gone now that Aqib Talib left but was getting a little old (32) They still have amazing Chris Harris and Bradley Roby. Justin Simmons is a good safety. The defensive line has NT Domata Peko, but Gotsis and Derek Wolfe who are very good are question marks (I also like Demarcus Walker who put on weight to play 3-4 DE.) ILB Brandon Marshall needs a better partner than Todd Davis. Rookie LB Jose Jewel is a bit slow but has good instincts and might get playing time. This a very good defense.
Detroit Lions - New HC Matt Patricia is defensive minded and he kept OC Jim Bob Cooter who plays a ball control offense that scores but doesn't run a ton of plays. Everything is staying the same on offense and there is no reason to think the results won't be the same, maybe a little better since the oline is improved.
QBs – Mathew Stafford usually finishes in the back half of the Top 10 QBs in fantasy. His ceiling isn't much higher than 8th or 9th but his floor isn't much lower. He also has a very good offensive line. He is a safe pick.
RBs – tehy drafted Kerryon Johnson in the 2nd round ove Guice so they should at least want to get him carries. But they also have LeGarrette Blount (who will get goal line carries - had 18 TDs for PAtritos and Patricia), Ameer Abdullah, and Theo Riddick who is the pass catching RB. Riddick’s role will not change as OC Cooter likes to throw the ball to RBs. Abdullah has been a little disappointing but has some talent. This is a confusing backfield with not a ton of carries to go around.
WRs – Golden Tate (turning 30) and Marvin Jones each had 1,000 yards. Marvin Jones is the long ball weapon who also secured 9 TDs last year and should see the same amount of targets. Marvin Jones does lose some targets to Golladay but Ebron is gone freeing up potentially the same amount of usage. Golden Tate is a very safe pick barring injury with 90 plus catches as a slot WR. Kenny Golladay showed big flashes but dealt with a hamstring injury. Golladay is tall and fast and will be the number 3 WR and a good late round flyer.
TE – Eric Ebron is gone and Luke Wilson takes over. Wilson is athletic but not proven.
Oline – LT Taylor Decker, RG TJ Lang, RT Wagner, OC Glasgow and they drafted really good OC/OG Ragnow who will probably play LG – this is a very good oline.
DST - Lions defense created a lot turnovers last year and finsihed easily in the top 10. They are a decent defense that has to rely on turnovers.
Green Bay Packers - HC Mike McCarthy, OC Joe Philbin; Philbin has already coached Rodgers and they had a fantastic year together in 2011. Although McCarthy calls the plays the PAckers best season was when Philbin was there.
QB – Aaron Rodgers will be great and has finished top 2 in 7 of his last 8 healthy seasons.
RBs - Some say Jamaal Williams will probably be the lead back because of durability, size and pass protection, not because of his 3.6 yd average. Aaron Jones has a two game suspension but had 5.5 yds per carry. I think he is more talented than Williams and is a good stash pick alhtough you have to keep an eye on his MCL injury. He's also not the best pass blocker/receiver. Ty Montgomery will probably be used a lot less in certain packages.
WRs - Davante Adams 74, 885 yds and 10 TDs even with Brett Hundley at QB half the time. Rodgers makes Davante Adams a very high floor easy pick. Randall Cobb could put together a good season with Jordy Nelson gone. Cobb can get open and is in a pass happy offense with the best QB in the league. He cis a decent mid round pick. Geronimo Allison is so far winning the WR3 role but is uninspiring.
TE – Jimmy Graham (32) doesn't get gerat separation but is a red zone threat. Rodgers pin point accuracy may help him out. He may not get the yards but the TDs could be a lot.
Oline – LT David Bakhtiari, RG Justin McCray, RT Bryan Bulaga, OC Corey Linsey, LG Lane Taylor – the OTs are elite but the guards are below average. Linsey is good. this is a very good oline.
DST - I like the ppack's dline but the game script and young secondary drop them too far for fantasy.
Houston Texans – It is HC OBrien’s offense and they will mix the run and the pass and tailor to the skills of DeSaun Watson.
QB – Deshaun Watson went on a rampage weeks 2 to 8 before hurting his ACL in practice. He is one of the top fanasty QBs because he's a dual threat with his ability to run. He has an outrageous 9.3% TD rate which could drop. His horrible offensive line also downgrades him but he is a big playmaker. With JJ Watt and Mercilus back there might not be as many shootouts.
RB – Lamar Miller averaged 3.73 and looked beat down near the end of the season and was benched. In standard leagues MIller actually did okay finishing in the top 15. Dont'a Foreman probably would win the starting job but he tore his ACL in november and is still rehabbing. Alfred Blue is really a backup but got more carries than Miller in the final weeks of last season. The Texans actaully run a lot but the only RB with upside, Foreman, is recovering from an ACL, and the offensiv eline is bad.
WRs – DeAndre Hopkins was the 2nd best fantasy WR despite having terrible QB play for half the season. Hopkins should again be able to be one of the top 3 WR in fasntasy. Will Fuller had some good games with Watson last year scoring an outrageous 7 TDs on only 13 catches in 4 games. Fuller is a burner that stretches the defense. If Watson can possibly get some time and stay healthy Fuller is a good mid round pick.
TE – rookie Jordan Akins or Stephen Anderson would just be streamers.
Oline – LT Julien Davenport, LG Zach Fulton (solid), C Nick MArtin, RG Senio Kelemnet, RT Seantral Henderson. Hopefully rookie OT Martinas Rankin can win a job. Not sure why they traded away OT Duane Brown. This is one of the worst offensive lines in football.
DST – Clowney, and a healthy JJ Watt and Mercilus will make them great again. They also added Tyrann Mathieu. CB play is a bit of a weak link but this is a top 10 defense.
Indianapolis Colts – Frank Reich coming over from Philly didn't actually call the plays though. He also didn't call plays when he was with the Chargers. There will be a lot of no-huddle offense.
QB – Andrew Luck really could bounce back big with Frank Reich. Luck with throw a lot in the no-huddle offense and could easily finish top 5 QB barring injury. This system could be a steal for Luck and the defense is bad so it could lead to a lot of garbage time or shootouts..
RBs – Going to be running back by committee but Marlon Mack should get the lead role. Mack is rehabbing a shoulder injury but should be good. Rookie Nyheim Hynes is a super quick Tarik Cohen clone and in certain games may score big. Hynes will be better in PPR. Robert Turbin comes back after a 4 game suspension and 5th round rookie Jordan Wilkins will challenge Mack for early down carries.
WRs – With Luck back TY Hilton should be a top 5 to 10 WR as they have a great connection and it makes him a solid pick in the early 3rd. They acquired WR Ryan Grant from the Redskins who is unspectaculor. One WR to keep an eye on is rookie Deon Cain who has a ton of talent and speed and has been the star of training camp.
TE – offense likes to use the tight ends; maybe 2 tight ends. Jack Doyle or Eric Ebron? Doyle has been Luck's favorite but Ebron is more athletic. Ebron could be used like Zach Ertz.
Oline – added rookie and the best amazing guard, 1st round pick Quenton Nelson. Nelson will pair with last year 1st rounder OC Ryan Kelly, they also have added veteran OG Slauson and another good rookie OG Braden Smith. They acquired Austin Howard to play RT who is average - (could also be Joe Haeg.) LT Anthony Castonzo is solid at LT but have to see if he can stay healthy. They signed J'Marcus Webb to play LT and are hoping Castonzo comes back. Oline was upgraded.
DST – not looking good; switching to a 4-3 defense.
Jacksonville Jaguars – HC Doug MArone, OC Nathaniel Hackett have been together since Syracuse and Buffalo. In the second year of this offense they are hoping for improvement. The Jags also lead the NFL in plays from scrimmage and have an easy schedule.
QBs – Blake Bortles somehow wound up being QB1 total weeks 12 - 16. He is underratedin a 2 QB league or as a streamer.
RBs – Leonard Fournette played great last year but hit is rookie wall posting just one 100 yd performance between weks 12 to 17. Fournette has slimmed down and should be quicker and more rested. He came in and averaged 122 yds and 7 TDs in teh frist 6 weeks then he aggravated his ankle problem. He finished with 1,628 yds from scrimmage with 14 TDs finishing fantasy RB 7 or 8. He could top that with an improved offensive line and playing at a lighter weight. TJ Yeldon and Corey Grant are the backups.
WRs – Marqise Lee is left as a number 1 WR and really isn't one. They will also have Donte Moncrief who the got in FA from teh Colts. Moncrief is a very erratic player and only worth a flyer. If DeDe Westbrook wins a big role he may be the best WR on he roster. DeDE is super quick and in his second year. He is very much worth a flyer. Keelan Cole and speedster rokie DJ Chark are also in the mix.
TE – Austin Sefarian-Jenkins played very well for the Jets. He is TD dependent but is big and a decent streamer.
Oline – they added maybe the best guard in the league from Carollina Andrew Norwell. LT Cam Robinson, C Brandon Linder, RG AJ Cann, RT Jermey Parnell. Good line.
DST - Calais Campbell, , Malik Jackson, Marcell Dareus, Yannick NGakoue (12 sacks), Dante Fowler, Jalen Ramsey, Aj Bouye, Tashaun Gipson, drafted S Ronnie Harrison, (they did lose Alvin Colvin), Telvin Smith and Myles Jack. Lost Paul Posluszny. Maybe the best defense in the league.
Kansas City Chiefs – HC Andy Reid will call the plays but Eric Bieniemy was promoted to OC after Matt Nagy took the HC job for the Bears. Nagy aided in the game plan and was known for his creativity. It will be interesting to see if the Chiefs lose some of it with him gone. It will still be a spread type west coast offense with RPOs, play-action and screen plays. They have a tough schedule.
QB – Patrick Mahomes – has a huge arms and makes crazy throws. He also is an exceptional athlete and will run. He was given the keys to a great offense. Although the Chiefs don't run as many plays the defense isn't as good and could lend itself to some shootouts. Mahomes is a good sleeper since he isn't shy about throwing down field. Starts his 1st 3 games on the road, Denver, Pittsburgh, San Diego.
RBs – Kareem Hunt rushed for 1,327 yds and 53 passes for 445 yds as rookie and finished as the 3rd overall fantasy RB. The Chiefs have said they are going to throw to him even more. He did have a strecth week 6 to 13 where he didn't score a TD though. Spencer Ware is trying to return from a bad PCL/LCL. If he doesn't make it back Charcandrick West will be the backup.
WRs – Tyreek Hill is the fastest guy in the league and you pair him with one of the biggest arms in the league and they could do really well. He was the 5th best WR last year as the Chiefs "Z" WR. He easily could match that but be erratic from game to game. Sammy Watkins didn't do well with Goff but could with a full offseason with the stronger armed Mahomes. Watkins could rebound but we will have to see if their is any chemistry between him and the QB in preseason.
TE – Travis Kelce – hasn't missed a game in 4 straight years. Kelce has finished as the TE1 and TE2 the last two years and is a safe bet to do it again especially with Albert Wilson gone who was the CHiefs slot WR.
OLINE – LT Fisher, LG Witzmann, OC Mitch Morse, RG Tardif and RT Schwartz (the right side is really good) - overall a good but not great line.
DST – Lost Derrick Johnson, Tamba Hali and Marcus Peters. They did get CB Kendall Fuller and S Eric Berry is back from injury. Got LB Anthony Hitchens from Dallas. They still have Justin Houston and the dline has Xavier Williams, rookie Nnadi and Chris Jones. It is a decent unit probably best in matchup plays.
Los Angeles Chargers – Second year HC Anthony Lynn retained OC Whisenhunt for an offense that ranked 4th in the NFL. Quick hitting pass offense.
QB – Phillip Rivers (36) finished in the top 5 to 10 QBs in 2017. Rivers will throw a lot in general and in the red-zone. He cleared 570 attemps for the last 4 years. Rivers is a hot starter slow finisher – trade bait. Rivers was QB2 through week 8 until Allen got injured as did a lot of the Oline. If the injuries don’t come back Rivers could have a breakout season.
RBs – Melvin Gordan hasn't been able to average 4 yards a carry but did catch 58 passes. He is a decent talent but may do better with an improve line. Gordon has been able to finish in the top 5 RBs despite his yards per rush average. Gordon is a workhorse and doesn't have to share carries as much as other RBs. Austin Ekeler is Gordon't backup. He's a very exciting and fast RB who makes big plays.
WRs – Keenan Allen played a full 16 games for the 1st time with 102 catches, 1,393 yds and 6 TDs (despite leading all WRs in red zone targets.) Tyrell Williams (26) can still go deep and is a good 2nd WR. They don't throw to him often enough but does have a few big games. With Henry out Williams could see more targets. Mike Williams could win some time from Tyrell Williams or Travis Benjamin who was a disapointment. Mike Williams is a big possession WR that was a 1st round pick last year. He may be a big part of the red zone package since he is big and can win jump balls.
TE – Antonio Gates will probably come back because they lost Hunter Henry for the year.
Oline – getting OG Forrest Lamp back will help (injured in 2017), they also have OC Mike Pouncey, OG Dan Feeney with OT Russell Okung and RT Joseph Barksdale – good line
DST - Joey Bosa, Melvin Ingram, Derwin James, Casey Hayward, Uchenna Nwosu (lost CB Jason Verrett for the season - Trevor Williams is a good replacement)
Los Angeles Rams – HC Sean McVay (Jay Gruden/Shanahan disciple) calls the offensive plays but lost QB guru Greg Olson (OC Raiders) and OC Matt Lefleur (OC Titans) and it remains to be seen if this will effect Goff. Olson really has done well mentoring QBs. Goff wasn't making pre-snap reads last year. McVay promoted Oline coach Aaron Kromer to be the run game coordinator and TE coach Shane Waldron to be the pass game coordinator.
QB – Jared Goff finished as a top 10 to 15 QB last year. Goff throws from play action the most in the league and depends on McVay for reads. A lot of his TDs came on short throws and runs after the catch. Goff doesn't have a very high ceiling since he doesn't run and the Rams will run more than pass.
WRs – the distribution for the Rams WRs is very balanced and the WRs will see some tough defenses this year. Brandin Cooks is one of only 5 WRs to put 1,000+ yds each of the last 3 seasons but I doubt that happens here. Lower amount of targets and a downgrade in QBs (formerly with Brees and Brady) should see Cooks have lower numbers however he should have some big games when he does hit paydirt. Goff was unable to get anything going with Sammy Watkins last year who is also a deep ball player. Robert Woods did have chemistry with Goff however there were only a few big games. Woods is a best ball or WR4. Cooper Kupp is probably Goff's go to WR and may be better in his sophomore year especially in PPR. He led the Rams in receiving last year. Kupp won't lead the league in receiving but is a good WR 3 or 4 given the matchup.
RB – Todd Gurley finsihed as the top overall fantasy RB last year thanks in part to an improved oline and coaching staff. He should be a workhorse again and a top 4 RB. I do fear his schedule and defenses adjusting to McVay, so in standard I rate him below Bell, DJ and Zeke. Malcom Brown and John Kelly wouldprobably share carries if Gurley went down.
TE – Tyler Higbee is a very good TE but may be sharing with an equally if not more athletic Gerald Everett. Everett though has had shoulder problems in the preseason while Higbee has been a standout. Higbee could be a good late rouund flyer if Everett is out.
Oline– LT Andrew Whitworth (37), LG Saffold, C John Sullivan, RG Jamon Brown, RT Havenstein - Brown is the weakest link but a very good line
DST - this was already a good defense and then they added Ndamukong Suh, and CBS MArcus Peters and Aqib Talib (32). They also have S Jamarcus Joyner. If Aaron Darnold gets signed this is a fearsome front line with Suh and Brockers. They did lose OLB Robert Quinn and LB Ogletree and need to find some players to step as replacements but with Wade Phillips coaching and the high level stars this defense should be one of the best.
Miami Dolphins – Third year head coach Adam Gase (former Bears, Broncos OC, QB Guru) kept old OC Clyde Christenson but named a new OC Dowell Logains (former Bears OC and worked with Gase as QB coach there. Gase wants to open up the offense this year.
QBs – Ryan Tannehill is back from an ACL. Really just a streamer. His ceiling is low.
RBs – Kenyon Drake wil probably kickoff as the lead RB but this could easily be a committee with Frank Gore (35 but playing in his hometown) and rookie Kalen Ballage. Drake has never been a workhorse but ended last season with a 4.8 yds per carry and caught 32 passes. When given a big workload he had huge games wk 13 (23 carries 120 yds) and wk 14 (25 carries 114 yds) vs. DEN and NE. Can Drake handle a big workload and more importantly will Gase give it to him. I think Ballage will eventually cut in as the 3rd down back and Gore will steal enough carries to make Drake not consistent. If he gets the workload I think he can hold up.
WRs – Jarvis Landry is gone opening up a lot of targets. DeVante Parker was a 1st round pick wthat flashes talent. Problem is that Parker always seems to be injured and has yet to show he consistently have good games. In deep rounds he isn't a bad pick since you hope the talent shines through. Kenny Stills is a good pick since essentially he can be the Dolphins number 1 WR. Stills has deep speed but also chemistry with Tannehill. Landry leaving opens up a lot of targets and Ammendola and Albert Wilson will take some but look for Stills to be Tannehill's go to guy and a great WR3 pick. Danny Ammendola and Albert Wilson will have a few big games but probably will not be consistent enough.
TE – I like Mike Gesicki a lot in the final rounds. Gesicki isn't much of a blocker and therefore when he is in the game it is most likely to run routes. Tannehill supposedly alreay likes him and his freak height, speed, and jumping ability make him a deadly red zone threat. Could be a TD dependent TE. Working against Gesicki is rookie TEs never do well.
Oline – LT Larry Tunsil, LG Josh Sitton (32), C Daniel Kilgore, RG Jesse Davis, LT Ja'Wuan James. James is good and it was good to get Sitton who cna play great the rest aren't great. Just an okay oline.
DST - they lost Suh and got Robert Quinn but that is not enough.
Minnesota Vikings – HC Mike Zimmer; new OC John Defilippo was QB coach and offensive install for Eagles last year, helping Wentz and Nick Foles. Defilippo was formerly with Cleveland that had 4th most yards in franchise history. Tight ends do a lot of damage in this system. Game script will be RUN-FIRST.
QB – Kirk Cousins isn't in as dynamic a passing offense as he was with Washington. He has excellent WRs but with a strong defense and run-first offense he may see his number slip depending on opponent. His yardage may go donw but TD production could go up.
RBs – Dalvin Cook was injured with an ACL after the 4th game but he was on his way to having a huge year. If he stays healthy he is undervalued. He may touch the ball 300+ times. The vikings finished 2nd in run attempts. Latavius Murray could steal some carries inside to keep Cook fresh and the oline isn't so great.
WRs – Adam Thielen is a a tremendously safe pick at WR with 91 catches for 1,276 yds and should improve on his 4 TDs from last season. The question with Thielan is will he stay in the slot or Will Kendall Wright get that spot. Thielan has higher value in the slot. Stephon Diggs is very physically gifted and when healthy is a number 1 WR. He was unstoppable the first 4 game sthen hurt his groin and wasn't the same. He could have a huge year especially since it is a CONTRACT-YEAR
TE- Kyle Rudolph is in a great situation since the offense and Cousins favor the tight end. Rudolph is a solid tight end but not overly athletic and should be a middle of the pack performer.
Oline- Weakness of the team with Riley Reif at LT, Easton and REmmers at guard, Elflein who is decent at C and Rashod Hill at RT. 2nd round pick OT Brian Oneil could get into the mix but this isn't a spectacular unit.
DST – added DT Sheldon Richardson to an already great Dline with Griffen and Hunter at DE. Aslo added 1st round rookie Mike Hughes at CB to [air wiith outstanding Xavier Rhodes and safety Harrsion Smith. This is a top 5 unit.
New England Patriots – HC Bill Belichick, OC Josh McDaniels been together awhile. Also worth noting they still have offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia. This is a very easy schedule!!
QBs – Tom Brady (41) plays in a high volume offense with lots of plays and opportunities. He has finsihed as a top 4 QB in 5 of the last 7 seasons. Injuries and draft position are the only concerns with Brady. He should finish top 4 again.
RBs – the RB group is crowded and confusing. Rex Burkhead is dealing with minor knee issues in preseason although he has had knee issues before. He would probably be the starting RB and he is the best RB to pick from this group. Burkhead's problem isn't production (since he has a huge upside) but he has never stayed healthy. He struggled with injuries with the Bengals and last year missed 6 games with the Patriots. James White has seen a lot of preseason action and still looks like a great option as a 3rd down and screen RB. They drafted RB Sony Michel in the 1st round but he has been sidelined with a minor knee surgery. Michel will miss most of training camp so it may be awhile before he makes an impact. He's very talented but probably way behind on the learning curve. Jeremy Hill and Mike Gillislee are probably battling for a roster spot. Hill has run with some power in preseason.
WRs – Julian Edelman (32 yrs old) is suspended for the first four games and is an injury risk. He has rarely cracked the top 25 Wrs and at his 7th round price I think there are better options. Chris Hogan could benefit the most from Cooks leaving. When not injured Hogan is Brady's number 1 WR and had a 4 game stretch last year where he had 5 TD before a shoulder injury. In the 6th round Hogan makes a good risk pick. Cordarelle Patterson and Phillip Dorsett will not be consistent enough for every week fantasy play.
TEs – Gronk is Gonk and if he plays every game he is the best TE. He can be a competitive advantage if you select late 2nd or 3rd and have enough sleeper WRs and RBs.
Oline – OT Trent Brown replaces Nate Solder, and added Isaiah Wynn in the draft to play LG (check his injury 2nd preseason game), OC is David Andrews, RG Shaq MAson, RT MArcus Cannon. Update Isaiah Wynn tore his ACL done for the year. Thuney will replace him.
DST - added Adrian Clayborn and get Dont'a Hightower back so they might be a good streamer vs. Jets, Miami and Bills.
New Orleans Saints - HC Sean Payton and OC Pete Carmichael have been together for years. Moved from a pass happy offense to a balanced offense. They have a very tough schedule.
QBs – Brees (39) had a huge decline from his previous years thanks to a better run game and different philosophy. He should be better this year but probably won't go back to his previous elite status. He still throws a accurate pass and a good deep ball and his TD rate should go up so expect his numbers to rise.
RB – Alvin Kamara was a rookie sensation 728 yds, 120 carries, 6.1 avg., with 81 catches 826 yds and 13 TDs. Late in the season he was out snapping Ingram and was their red zonee RB. Kamara is desitned to finish in the top 10 RBs and could see top 5 if he gest enough work. Mark Ingram was hit with a 4 game PED suspension. Ingram still runs hard and will get work when he comes back but probably not as much as previous seasons. Shane Vereen was also added.
WRs - Michael Thomas had his 2nd straight top 10 WR finish and he is a very safe pick to finish as a top 5 to 10 WR. Thomas's ceiling may not be elite though. His TDS went from 9 down to 5 so expect that to increase this year. Acquired Cameron Meredith from the Bears (their top WR in 2016) who was tearing up their training camp before suffering an ACl tear and he moved to the Saints. If he can come back fom the injury he is a big and very fast WR that could do well with Brees. Tedd Ginn (33) will battle Meredith for the number WR 2 job. Ginn still brings speed and actually had a good year last year including the playoffs.
TEs – Ben Watson (37)can still get open and caught 61 passes in Baltimore last year. He will contend with Josh Hill for snaps. Both are just streamers.
OLline – LT Terron Armstead and 2nd year RT Ryan Ramczyk but lost swing OT Zach Strief, RG Larry Warford, OC Max Unger and LG Andre Peat. As long as Armstrong stays healthy its a great line.
DST - under DC Dennis Allen greatly improved and could be used as a streamer against weak opponents. CB Marshon Lattimore was elite and they traded up for 1st round DE Marcus Davenport who is raw. Cam Jordon is awesome and is part of a good DLine but I would still only stream this defense.
N.Y. Giants – New HC Pat Shurmur (formely Vikings and Andy Reid disciple) takes over and has a hybrid west coast offense. The offense isn't totally different but shouldn't be so predicatble. Shurmur also adds some Chip Kelly hurry up and spread offense. He will combine zone and power blocking. 1st half of the season is a very rough schedule.
QB – Eli Manning (37) has lots of weapons and a better offensive line.
RBs- 2nd overall pick rookie Saquon Barkley is a special talent. His combination of pass catching and run ability is elite. Saquon is ideal for this offense and should have a great season. Jonathan Stewart (31) is his backup unless Wayne Gallman who is younger and faster beats him out.
WRs – Odell Beckham Jr. was injured last year. Beckham is an elite WR with a lot of upside and should get a ton of targets. He is a very safe pick unless injured. Sterling Shepard is a small rookie 5.10” with a lot of talent and should be in the slot. There are just too many other mouths to feed for me to see Shepard as a good fantasy option unless someone gets injured.
TEs – Evan Engram did very well last year but his targets may sink with ODB back. Engram is really a WR so there isn't much chance of him blocking.
Oline – LT Nate Solder was signed in free agency from the Patriots. He is very good when healthy. They also drafted OG Will Hernandez who is a devasting blocker who has a mean streak and will create holes. Flowers will move to RT and should be average. , LG Pugh, OC Richburg, RG Jerry, RT Newhouse bad tackle play so they will try quick passes, runs can only come up the middle.
DST - switching to a 3-4 and don't quite ahave the players for it.
N.Y. Jets – HC Todd Bowles hired a new OC Jeremy Bates who coached under Mike Shanahan and Pete Carroll. Bates was out of football for four years but then came back as Jets QB coach. Should run a west coast, zone-blocking scheme. Shanahan's system always has really productive RBs. They have a ton of holes
QB – Josh McCown (39) will porbably start and is a wiley verteran who has had some good fantasy games finishing QB8 in the games he played. Sam Darnold will eventually takeover but Teddy Bridgewater has looked good too. Darnold at the very least will take over after the bye week 11.
RBs – Isaiah Crowell, Thomas Rawls, Bilal Powell and Elijah McGuire is a large group of RBs that all have had playing time. Isiah Crowell might be the lead back but most of the time they will be behind in the score and need a pass catching RB like Bilal Powell. The Jets really like Elijah McGuire as a pass cathcing RB too. This is a committee.
WR – Robby Anderson is super fast and has talent but was arrested twice. The charges were dropped but he might get suspended a game or two. Anderson had 63 catches with 941 yds and 7 TDS despite bad QB play last year. Anderson was WR14 until Josh McCown went down. Quincy Enunwa missed last year with a neck injury and it still may be lingering. He had a great season in 2016 when he was used in the slot. IF healthy and in the slot he is a physical run after the catch WR who is worth a pick later rounds. Terrelle Pryor should have stayed in Cleveland, he has talent but had off season ankle surgery and is now practicing but is fighting to be the 3rd or 4th WR. Jermaine Kearse is an average talent that has a few big games at most.
TE – lost Austin Sefarian-Jenkins and Jordan Leggett, Clive Walford and Chris Herndon will replace him. Legget is very athletic but the best bet is he is a streaming option.
Oline – have an issue at RT Giacomini has back problems (out first 6 weeks). Jets are thin at oline. Ben Ijalana would play RT. LT Clady, OC Travis Swanson is good but LG Carpenter and RG Brian Winters are not. LT Kelvin Beachum is good but RT Brandon Shell is mediocre. This line is below average.
DST - the Jest defense has a lot pieces like S Jamaal Adams and DT Leonard Williams but they aren't a fantasy option.
Oakland Raiders - John Gruden takes over as head coach and Greg Olson will run his offense. Olson is a QB guru and should help Carr. Gruden runs the west coast offense - short passes and run after catch. The Raiders schedule on papaer looks easy!
QBs - Derek Carr had a back injury in week 4 last year and wasn't the same. In four years, the highest QBR ranking he had was 17th, and he has finished in the Top 10 (9th) in fantasy just once. He does not pass down field that often. He should do well in the west coast system but it is doubtful he beats his previous best 9th fantasy QB since he also adds virtually no rushing yards or TDs. Greg Olson was also Carr's offensive corrdinator in his rookie year.
RBs - Marshawn Lynch (32 yrs old) and Doug Martin may cancel each other out. Lynch is a decent pick if he slips in drafts. He ran a long 60+ yds preseason TD showing great speed but it was called back. He still has some left in the tank. Martin is on a one year contract so he will be motivated. Gruden has said he will go with the hot hand. DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard may split 3rd down duties. For fantasy this running back group is a mess.
WRs - Gruden has said he wants Amari Cooper to be the "main vein" of the passing game. Cooper was slowed donw by numerous leg injuries (knee sprain, ankle) in 2017. Cooper will get a lot of targets but he needs better matchups (best in the slot) since he may not have elite number 1 WR ability. Jordy Nelson is 33 but still can run and could steal a lot of red zone targets. Nelson also doesn't have a lot of competition for the 3 WR spots so he is a good late round risk. Martavis Bryant may be suspended. If not Bryant is a young and very talented wide receiver who fits this offense well.
TEs – Jared Cook is just a streaming option or flyer pick but his role could expand in this offense.
Oline – Tom Cable is the new oline coach and he is a zone blocking scheme guy and this line is better suited for power blocking. Gruden may still want power blocking. First round pick Kolton Miller or Donald Penn will play LT. Tom Cable will need to coach up Kolton Miller because he was beat by good DEs in college. The other OT Giacomini is average at his best and maybe 3rd round rookie Parker is a better option. The strength of the line is the interior: LG Osemeli, RG Gabe Jackson and Hudson OC. These three are perhaps the best combination at their positions.
DST – even with Khalil Mack this group isn't worth drafting.
Philadelphia Eagles – HC Doug Pederson (an Andy Reid disciple) calls the plays but lost OC Frank Reich (HC Colts) so they promoted WR coach Mike Groh. Groh is son of Al Groh and was credited with Alshon Jeffery and Nelson Algholor improvement. They also lost QB coach John DeFilippo.
QB – Carson Wentz was the 2nd best fantasy QB before tearing his ACL and LCL in Week 14. The Eagles go for it more than any team on 4th down and thushave the 3rd most plays. Like last year's QB1 Russel Wilson, Wentz gets a fantasy point advantage by running some and if his knee isn't ready that will go awy. Still the Eagles offense is in tact and the line is great so Wentz still can be a good pick at the right price. Nick Foles would be at the helm if Wentz can't go week 1. Foles hasn't looked good in preseason looking like the player that flopped the first couple games when Wentz went down. Maybe Foles can only be amazing in the playoffs and Super Bowl (which really makes no sense.) RBs – LeGarrette Blount is gone giving Jay Ajayi the possibility for a lot more carries. Problem is that Ajayi only had 2 TDs last year. For some reason the Eagles give Corey Clement goal line carries. Throw in Darren Sproles and Ajayi is a risky pick. If in preseason Ajayi is the goal line back and Clement and Sproles are taking a back seat Ajayi is a decent pick as a RB2.
WRs – Alshon Jeffrey went for 57 catches for 789 yds and 9 TDs doesn't have a huge ceiling but is a big target in a good offense. I look at him as a WR2 border WR3. WR Nelson Agholor finsihed WR23 and he should finish right around there as a WR3. He is coming back from a shoulder injury and there were rumors he could start on the PUP list. They added Mike Wallace (32) who still can run but is just a best ball player.
TE – Zach Ertz is a solid pick to repeat his performance as the 3rd best TE. Dallas Goedert who takes over for the 2nd TE since Trey Burton left, is a very good athlete and possible bye week sleeper.
Oline – LT Jason Peters, LG Wisniewski, OC Jason Kelce, RG Brandon Brooks (good run blocker), RT Lane Johnson - maybe the bes tline in football
Pittsburgh Steelers – HC Mike Tomlin hired new OC Randy Fitchner he ran an up tempo offense in Memphis in early 2000s. Fitchner was the QB coach in Pittsburgh last year. Fitchner may want to run no huddle and shotgun. This could be a great csmall change for the fantasy offense.
QBs – Ben Roethlisberger will be in an up tempo offense. Big Ben finished as the 2nd QB in 2014 when he hit 600 pass attempts and almost 5,000 yds. He should have bigger numbers. Big Ben notoriously plays better at home than on the road.
RBs – LeVeon Bell (only 26) is holding out but will be there for the opener. Leveon Bell is not only a great runner but he could be a wide receiver as he had 85 catches last year. He is number 1 in in PPR. Second year RB James Connor had a torn MCL last year but has slimmed down and has looked good in camp.
WRs – Antonio Brown (turned 30) is the number 1 WR and may not wind up the number 1 WR but is safe to finish in the top 1 to 3 every year and thus makes him the first WR off the board. JuJu Smith-Schuster had 58 catches, 917 yds and 7 TDs andshould improve on that. Rookie Jamesd Washington is talented and will have some big games once in awhile.
TEs – Vance McDonald was injured much of last year but exploded in the playoffs for 10 catches for 112 yds. Big Ben like Mcdonald and he is a good late round sleeper pick.
Oline – LT Villanueva, LG Ramon Foster, C Pouncey, RG DeCastro, RT Gilbert and Finney, Feller is a good backup in interior of the line orrookie Okorafor is the top tackle backup – Munchak is a great oline coach and has 3 pro bowlers, this is a great line!
DST – lost a lot when LB Ryan Shazier was horribly injured. They failed to replace him and should have some problems because of it. TJ Watt is there best player. They added 1st round safety rookie Terrell Edmunds which will help some but this unit will be at best a streaming option.
San Francisco 49ers – Second year HC Kyle Shanahan is a brilliant offensive mind who has put together some of the best offenses. Shanahan handles the play calling.
QBs – Jimmy Garoppolo came in last year and played great with very little time to learn the offense for 49ers. He won all his games but he only had one big fantasy game out of the five he played. The expectations are he will greatly improve with time to learn the offense. But Jimmy's downfall is he doesn't run that often. He is going in the 8th or 9th round, if he falls beyond that he is a decent pick up who should put up numbers probably on the level of Matt Stafford.
RB – Jerick McKinnon has a muscle strain on his knee he got during practice in the 1st week of preseason and will be out of preseason until week 1. McKinnon is in a amazing situation since Kyle Shanahan featured RBs always set career highs. Mckinnon is a great pick in the 2nd if you believe his smaller frame (205 lbs) can handle 20 carries a week. It is not a good sign he was already injured in preseason. Matt Breida hurt his shoulder and will be out preseason but ready for the start of the seasonn. Alfred Morris was brought in and will probably be 3rd on the depth chart. Joe Williams may wind up in the doghouse. Jeremy McNichols has passe dhim up.
WRs – Marquise Goodwin has risen to round 6 since he has chemistry with Garoppollo and put up 56 catches 962 yds and 2 TDs last year. When Jimmy had a good game so did Goodwin who has olympic speed. He has a low TD total and that should improve some with a full season with Jimmy. Goodwin's problem is his long history of concussions making him a little risky. Pierre Garcon (32) injured his neck week 8 and was out for the rest of the season. Garcon was getting a ton of targets but really only had two good games of the 8 he played and only one 100 yd performance. He has never topped 6 TDs in a season. Garcon has a low ceiling and there are better options with high upside in the 9th round. Trent Taylor is the slot WR and not really a fantasy option. They traded up for Dante Pettis but besides an occassional long TD don't look for him to be fantasy relevant.
TEs – George Kittle separated his shoulder in the 1st preseason game but should be ready for week one. He showed promise as a rookie and might be their best red zone option in the air. Of the 5 games Garoppollo played Kittle had two really good games in weeks 16 and 17. He is a good sleeper tight end.
Oline – Rookie RT Mike McGlinchey was a 1st round pick from Notre Dame. He adds to OC Richburg (good addition), LT Staley, RG Josh Garnett, LG Laken Tomlinson. Good line.
DST - adde Richard Sherman. They have some young and talented defensive lineman but aren't ready as a fantasy defense yet.
Seattle Seahawks – HC Pete Carroll has a new OC Brian Schottenheimer. QB coach for Colts last year. He runs Air Croyell with vertical concepts and was a OC under Mangini, Rex Ryan and Jeff Fisher. Last year they were running west coast offense. Schottenheimer wants to run a lot. Probably won't see a lot of RPOs.They want to run, but can they? They will be facing a much tougher schedule than last year.
QBs – Russell Wilson has consistently been a top 10 QB and last year finished 1st in fantasy scoring. In Schottenheimer's offense Wilson will be throwing more vertical passes. He has been a top 3 QB in 3 of the last 4 years. The switch to run first offense and the loss of Jimmy Graham and Paul Richardson should knock off Wilson from being the top QB but he is a sure bet to be in the top 10. Seahawks want to run but with that line they will most likely fail and then will they pass a lot? also the defense being worse may force more passing than they want.
RBs – Chris Carson might be the starting running back. Rashaad Penny was drafted in the 1st round and should also have a big role. Penny broke his finger during the 1st week of preseason and won't be ready until week 1. His role early on should suffere because he will miss so many practice reps. They will run a lot but it will be behind a not so good offensive line. Always injured but talented pass catching RB C.J. Prosis and small but exciting JD McKissic back them up.
WRs - Angry Doug Baldwin is 5.10”(turning 30) has been a top WR15 finisher in the last three years. Baldwin is missing most of preseason with a knee injury but should be fine. Baldwin could shine from the slot with Graham and Paul Richardson gone. Tyler Lockett is very talented and fast and also has a chance to shine but must stay healthy. In 2016 he still looked injured. He isn't a bad late round flyer pick since there aren't a lot of receiving options in Seattle. Althoug an outside WR will see some tough cornerbacks in that schedule. Seattle has Brandon Marshall (34), Amara Darboh and Jaron Brown. Of them Jaron brown may be the one to watch as he is big and fast and had some good games but was buried in the depth chart in Arizona.
TE – Nick Vannett and Ed Dickson take over for Graham and Luke Wilson. This is a significant downgrade.
Oline – added LT Duane Brown which is a great move but may not be enough. RT Germain Ifedi LG Ethan Pocic (not good), OC Justin Britt and RG DJ Fluker. THey drafted OT Jamarco Jones late and still have OT George Fant. Not a great oline.
DST - lost Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor, Cliff Avril, Michael Bennett and Sheldon Richardson. Wow! I'll pass.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers – HC Dirk Koetter job is probably on the line and he calls the plays for the Bucs. They promoted Todd Monken to offensive coordinator. In preseason Monken was calling plays and the Bucs were doing better, hopefully Koettner keeps it that way. They have a vey hard schedule and the best hope for fantasy is garbage time.
QB – Jamis Winston threw for just 19 TDs last year and was very erratic. He is suspended the first 3 games and is only a factor in 2 QB leagues.
RBs - Ronald Jones is a speedy shift 2nd round draft pick from USC. In camp he was having problems catching and in pass protection which is not a good sign. More than likely Jones will clean that up and get a lot fo work during the season but may be in a committee. Jones is also only 208 lbs. so sharing carries might be the best course for the Bucs. Peyton Barber has started with the first team and the Bucs seem comfortable with him starting. Although Barber isn't an elite talent he is a solid starter and will still probably be the goal line RB because of his size.
WR – Mike Evans is a rollercoaster of stats (2014 - 1,051 yds 12 TDS, 2015 - 1,206 yds 3 TDs, 2016 - 1,321 yds 12 TDs, 2017 - 1,001 yds 5 TDs) I can't see how he will get back to 12 TDs since better weapons have been added to the team and Winston is suspended for 3 games. I don't like the risk of Evans where he is being taken vs. others like TY Hilton, Diggs and Thielan. DeSean Jackson 50 catches for 668 will not be a factor as Chris Godwin will likely start over him. Godwin lit up the Saints in the last game of the year (7 catches for 111 yards) and has been the darling of training camp. Godwin is a great sleeper pick despite the shaky QB play. Adam Humphries is a slot WR without much value.
TEs – O.J. Howard is a beast when he gets a cahnce to go out on pass routes. The problem is Howard is also a good bloacker and Cameron Brate is not so Brate goes out on a lot of routes. If the Bucs give O.J. Howard enough opportunites he is the best sleeper. Weeks 3 to 6 Brate was an awesome streamer but then did nothing after that except week 13.
DST – has some good pass rushers, rookie Noah Spence, Robert Ayers, McCoy, Jacquies Smith
Oline - LT Donovan Smith is really bad. LG Ali Marpet and RT Demar Dotson are really good. OC Ryan Jensen and Caleb Benenoch are average. Donovan Smith brings this line down to average or below.
DST - Noah Spence
Tennessee Titans – New HC is Mike Vrabel but is a defensive minded caoch. The offensive coordinator is Matt LaFleur who was with the Rams(McVey) and Falcons (Kyle Shanahan) and comes from the Shanahan coaching tree. He was with two very explosive offenses. There will be a lot of RPOs and zone blocking runs.
QBs - Marcus Mariota is finally unchained from the slow, run offense of 2017. Mariota will now get to run RPOs and should rebound from his bad 2017. Could Mariota have a turn around similar to Goff's from last year?
RBs – Dion Lewis was added and will team with monster RB Derek Henry. Dion Lewis will probably get more catches and Henry more early down and goal line. This might be a true split. It should be a easy run schedule though.
WRs – In this offense there usually a featured WR and that will probably be Corey Davis. Davis, a 1st round pick in 2017, had hamstring injuries that held him back most of the year. Rishard Mathews has been Mariota's go to wide receiver and will probably fit in the Z role. More than likely Davis will be the star but Mathews will be solid. Taywan Taylor is a great slot WR and seeing what LaFleur and the Rams did with Cooper Cupp makes him a great late round pick.
TE – Delanie Walker (34) might get the second most targets on the team. He is getting up there in age but is a sneaky pick for a top 5 to 8 potential TE if he can stay healthy. (Update toe injury in preseason)
Oline – LT Taylor Lewan and RT Conklin are a very above average pair. The interior is mediocre with OC Ben Jones, and OGs Josh Kline and Quinton Spain.
DST - interesting defense adding CB Malcom Butler and NT Bennie Logan, and drafting rookies LB Rashaan Evans and DE Harold Landry. The secondary is strong and the DLine has Jurrell Casey, Orakpo and Derrick Morgan. Adoree Jackson also runs back kicks.
Washington Redskins – HC Jay Gruden calls plays. Gruden’s offense is very balanced with run and pass. He promoted Matt Cavanaugh to OC but does not call the plays and things should be the same but they need to improve in the red zone. Kevin O'Connell was hired as QB coach that has experience in lots of systems including Chip Kelly's. The Redskins schedule looks very easy.
QBs - Alex Smith (38) was acquired from KC and is every bit as good as Cousins who left for the Vikings. Smith might be a little better given that he can scramble and gain yards. He is goingi in the 12th round which is a great spot. Great opening schedule with @AZ, IND, GB.
RB – "Fat Rob" Kelley has slimmed down to 221 lbs. I considered Derrius Guice one of the steals of the draft and was going to pick him up as much as possible but he tore his ACL in preseason and is done for the year. Samaje Perine is more talented than Kelley. Perine sprained his ankle in preseason but will just miss a week or two. Chris Thompson is a great 3rd and receiving RB and was having a great year before he broke fibula last season. He was RB9 and had five games with double digit fantasy points. With Guice out he could pick up where he left off.
WRs – Josh Docston has been a disappointing 1st round draft pick so far. Redskins picked up Paul Richardson from Seattle who is a great deep threat but Alex Smith isn't known for pushing the ball deep. Richardson may have occassional big games but unless Smith opens it up he will be too erratic. Jamison Crowder is a slot WR that needs injuries to become fantasy relevant (Jordan Reed and Chris Thompson.)
TE – Jordan Reed played just 6 games last year. Reed is an elite talent that can never stay healthy. This year you can ge thim in the 8th or 9th round which could be a really good boom or bust pick depending on how safe you had drafted in the earlier rounds. Reed didn't start running until a month before camp. Vernon Davis is a sneaky streamer for if (when) Reed gets injured.
Oline – Oline was killed by injuries last year and the offense suffered some. LT Trent Williams, LG Shawn Lauvao, OC Chase Roullier, RG Brandon Scherff, RT Morgan Moses.
DST - Da'Ron Payne added, Jonathan Allen is back making the Dline much better; Ryan Kerrigan and Preston Smith provide pass rush; LBs Mason Foster and ZAch Brown; Norman and Swearinger; there are enough pieces there but it remains to be seen if they can put it all together under new DC Greg Munusky.