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Player Spotlight: LB Jarrad Davis
Our Footballguys Players Spotlights are deep looks into what we see for a player this year. In this one, our Daniel Simpkins takes a detailed look at Jarrad Davis' fantasty prospects for 2017.
Keep an eye on this situation as Hunt was one of our favorite rookie RBs in this draft class. He can run with power, although he's not a guy who just wants to bull over defenders. Hunt can make people miss, and he's capable as a receiver too. The Chiefs will use a RBBC, but Hunt may be the lead back in that group which includes guys like SPencer Ware and Charcandrick West.
Lynch is no doubt going to be a leader in the Raiders locker room. This may be the best offensive line he's ever run behind, and the veteran -- even after a year off -- should be considered a potential RB1 for fantasy owners. Right now, you can add Lynch at RB17 (4.07) in 12-team PPR leagues.
Philadelphia Eagles RB LeGarrette Blount will likely inherit the carries RB Ryan Mathews was given last year, according to beat writer Jimmy Kempski, and Kempski estimates Blount will see around 170 carries.
That's a given as the other backs on the Eagles roster are more part-time or change-of-pace players. Mathews is likely to be released as soon as he's considered healthy coming back from neck surgery. Blount may not produce like he did last year (no.7 fantasy RB), but he should perform like a low-end RB2 (standard) or flex option (PPR) in fantasy leagues.
Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie said the team expects WR Amari Cooper to make a big leap in his play in 2017. McKenzie said Cooper played well early in the 2016 season but struggled a bit at the end of the season.
His catches and yardage went up each of his two years in the league. His numbers might have been even better last year had it not been for the injury to QB Derek Carr. Cooper is one of the best young receivers in the league, and fantasy owners should consider him a low-end WR1 with upside.
Parker missed some time because of hamstring problems this past season, but the ability to get 1,000 yards receiving is certainly there. Through 15 games last year, Parker amassed 744 yards receiving with four touchdowns. The addition of TE Julius Thomas (a noted TD hog) may not leave too many more red-zone targets for Parker in 2017. He's a WR5-ish for fantasy owners.
Inman had a career high 58 catches in 2016, but additions to the WR corps will likely keep his numbers down. This surgery should keep him sidelined for six weeks. We should see Inman back on the field sometime around training camp.
San Francisco 49ers TE Cole Hikutini is a good fit for the offense and is the type of player head coach Kyle Shanahan is looking for in a tight end, according to vice president of player personnel Adam Peters.
Shanahan's system is known to be TE friendly, so any player at the position working under him is an intriguing prospect. They don't have much at the position behind Vance McDonald, so we'll be monitoring Hikutini in deep dynasty leagues. He was a pure pass-catching weapon during his college days at Louisville and will have to likely shine on special teams just to make the 53-man roster.
After losing both DeSean Jackson (Buccaneers) and Pierre Garcon (49ers) in free agency, Washington needs Doctson to be healthy, available and productive in 2017. Doctson should work as the no.2 WR opposite free agent addition Terrelle Pryor with Jamison Crowder working out of the slot.
The potential to be a Pro Bowl caliber player (eventually) is there for the rookie from South Alabama. The Rams added Everett in the second round of the 2017 NFL draft with the idea that he could be a playmaker in McVay's offense. He's not a great route runner, but that could get better in time. What Everett can do is burn any linebacker trying to cover him after the catch. He's a mismatch on the field due to his athleticism and WR-like ball skills.
Pittsburgh Steelers TE Xavier Grimble played more than twice as many snaps per game with Ladarius Green out than in last season. Prior to breaking his ribs in the second half of last season, Grimble averaged 19.9 snaps per contest.
Writers are only left to speculate who is going to be the lead tight end for the Steelers now that Ladarius Green has been released. Grimble is not a plus-athlete, but his big body (6'4" 261 pounds) helps him box out smaller defenders. He'll compete with Jesse James (the likely favorite) for the starting tight end job in 2017.
Hooker was one of the best players in the 2017 NFL draft regardless of position. He can roam all over the field with his nose for the ball and burst to the play. Geathers can play close to the line of scrimmage and be used as a run-stopper.
Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said he is confident that the team will be able to sign RB Devonta Freeman to a contract extension. Dimitroff said talks between the two sides likely will occur around the start of training camp.
Dimitroff is confident, and we are too. Earlier reports indicate Freeman wants "elite" money for a running back. That likely puts him around $7-9 million annually. It's a hefty price to be sure, but Freeman is coming off back-to-back 1,000 yard seasons and worth it. We should see something get done around the time of training camp.
Potential is a dirty, filthy word and Green-Beckham has always been a player with a ton of it...but he's never really played up to that potential. With the additions to the passing game like WRs Torrey Smith and Alshon Jeffery, we don't consider him a lock to make the final roster even though he's physically gifted.
A second-round pick out of Boise State in 2016, Correa has intriguing upside as a pass-rusher because of his quick-twitch athleticism. Correa said he has been working with defensive coordinator Dean Pees and linebackers coach Don Martindale this offseason to improve his play.
Coming out of UCF as a first-round pick in 2015, Perriman was an exciting prospect who scouts would compare physical traits with Josh Gordon. Perriman has a fine size/speed combination and can make big plays regularly. Injuries caused him to miss his rookie season, and last year Perriman only caught 33 passes for 499 yards and three touchdowns. With the retirement of Steve Smith, the Ravens are looking for another weapon to go along with Mike Wallace at the WR position.
Perkins is an elusive runner, but he's not a burner by any stretch of the imagination. As a smaller back, he shouldn't be asked to run between the tackles as that won't work consistently. The Giants should use Perkins in a RBBC (perhaps as the lead back) with rookie back Wayne Gallman. Perkins has a current ADP of RB35 (7.11) in 12-team PPR leagues.
Vereen is going to have a chance for snaps in a Giants backfield that is up in the air in 2017. Paul Perkins and Wayne Gallman will compete with Vereen for touches, but both of those young backs are currently ahead in the pecking order.