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Top 300 List
Just like it says. Our Top 300 Rated Players as projected by our David Dodds. Note that this isn't how we'd draft exactly (that's the Draft List) but it's super helpful to see where the players rank.
Top 300 List - PPR
Just like it says. Our Top 300 Rated Players as projected by our David Dodds. Note that this isn't how we'd draft exactly (that's the Draft List) but it's super helpful to see where the players rank. This one is for Points Per Reception (PPR) scoring systems.
Using ADP and our Top 300 Lists, our David Dodds creates the Draft List that's a real list we'd use to draft.
Draft List - PPR
Using ADP and our Top 300 Lists, our David Dodds creates the Draft List that's a real list we'd use to draft. This one is for Points Per Reception (PPR) scoring systems.
Seattle Seahawks RB C.J. Prosise could catch 60 passes in 2017 if he stays healthy, in the opinion of beat writer Sheil Kapadia. Prosise caught 17 of 18 targets for 208 yards (12.24 yards per reception) last season.
Prosise averaged 7.0 yards after the catch per reception, a total that ranked well above the 4.9 average in the NFL last year. He's elusive in open space, and Prosise has a skill set that is much different than that of starter Eddie Lacy. Seattle can use Lacy and Prosise as a nice 1-2 punch in 2017. We see Lacy as a RB2 for fantasy owners and Prosise as a RB4/flex option in PPR leagues.
Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy is excited as a pass-catcher in the Bills' new offense. He explained that the Bills throw it to the running backs a lot in new offensive coordinator Rick Dennison's offense. Additionally, Dennison makes it harder on defenses because the Bills line up in the same formation a lot.
Last year for the Broncos, running back Devontae Booker was the team's third-leading receiver with 31 catches under Dennison. This year with the Bills, expect McCoy to catch around double that number. He's a top-10 pick in any format, and in PPR leagues McCoy gets that boost because of his skill set and because of his talent as a runner.
From Grambling State, to the Senior Bowl, to Cardinals OTAs it seems like Williams is impressing at every stop. Williams was the centerpiece of the Grambling offense, and he's used to a heavy target load. His body control, concentration on passes above his head (or near the sideline) and athleticism are a sight to be seen. However, the rookie needs work on his route-running ability, and adjusting to low passes is something else that needs attention.
San Francisco 49ers QB Brian Hoyer is confident heading into his second stint with head coach Kyle Shanahan. Shanahan was the Cleveland Browns' offensive coordinator in 2014 when Hoyer quarterbacked the Browns.
That comfort level could put him atop the depth chart when the regular season begins. Hoyer said his familiarity with Shanahan's offense makes it easier for him to call plays, adding that it comes naturally to him now. He's competing with Matt Barkley for the team's starting job in 2017. Rookie C.J. Beathard is on board as a developmental prospect.
Green Bay Packers TE Martellus Bennett has made it a priority to get to know QB Aaron Rodgers this offseason. Bennett said he's had a lot of conversations with his new quarterback and has really made an effort to simply befriend Rodgers. 'I'm just trying to do my job, make sure I can keep up with [my teammates], Bennett said. 'They've been doing a good job for so long, I'm just trying to get in where I fit in right now.'
Good news for the Packers here, and potentially great news for fantasy owners looking to invest in Bennett. The Packers have a high-powered passing game, and with Rodgers tossing him the rock it wouldn't surprise us to see Bennett finish the year as a top-5 fantasy tight end. His current ADP is TE8 (7.04) in 12-team PPR leagues.
Washington Redskins WR Terrelle Pryor is already impressing QB Kirk Cousins in his first offseason with the Redskins. Specifically, Cousins has been impressed with Pryor's knowledge of the game, work ethic and positive attitude. 'I'm really looking forward to trying to get him as many touches as possible and allow him to impact our team in any way he can.'
Pryor has worked hard to be a better wide receiver since transitioning from quarterback. The chemistry he and Cousins are building now should pay off in the fall. Pryor is set to be the team's leading receiver and a favorite for Cousins on Sundays. He has the talent (and is in the system) to outperform his current ADP of WR20 (4.03) in 12-team PPR leagues.
San Francisco 49ers LB Reuben Foster (shoulder) participated in individual drills during the first week of organized team activities. Foster will continue to practice without contact, according to head coach Kyle Shanahan, as he recovers from a torn rotator cuff.
The 49ers will monitor their first-round pick (one of them) carefully. Foster could easily be their new Patrick Willis if healthy. He arrives at the ball with natural violence and was one of the most intimidating players in all of college football. Mild character concerns and this shoulder injury caused his draft stock to fall. In terms of talent, Foster could have easily been a top-10 pick in the 2017 NFL draft.
Smith is still coming back from the knee injury that cost him all of his rookie season in 2016. The Cowboys are just trying to manage this injury and see if he can be ready for training camp and ...more importantly... week 1 of the regular season.
That's wise for the first-time head coach as he doesn't want to spread himself too thin. Mike McDaniel will be in charge of the ground game, and Mike LaFleur will oversee the passing attack. Bobby Turner will serve as running backs coach. Shanahan has a great group of coaches around him.
Allen only made an appearance in eight games last year, and he was a healthy scratch for the Ravens down the stretch. The team went out and added veteran RB Danny Woodhead in free agency, so Allen is not guaranteed a spot on the 53-man roster. He may be safe for a bit as Kenneth Dixon is suspended the first four games of the 2017 season.
New York Giants WR Sterling Shepard believes he needs to improve after the catch this year. 'I feel like I could have gotten a lot more [yards after catch] last year,' Shepard said. 'That's something that I looked at on film and I want to get better on.' The second-year receiver believes he's ready for an upgrade in his game. 'You make a big jump from your sophomore year, and then college the same way,' Shepard said. Shepard added that he'll be a lot more comfortable adjusting to the speed of the NFL, running routes and the Giants' system.
Shepard is a young receiver with tremendous upside, but he didn't quite play up to expectations last year as a rookie. This offseason, the Giants added WR Brandon Marshall and in the draft they selected pass-catching TE Evan Engram in the first round. Those two additions could hold Shepard's numbers down in 2017. His current ADP is WR51 (11.09) in 12-team PPR leagues.
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