Quarterback Brain Dump
Our Sigmund Bloom looks at topics that will impact your quarterback drafting like offseason changes, 2016 splits, and schedule notes.
Player Spotlight: Doug Baldwin
Our Footballguys Players Spotlights are deep looks into what we see for a player this year. In this one, our Justin Howe takes a detailed look at Doug Baldwin's fantasy prospects for 2017.
White caught 60 passes for the Patriots last year, and that number could push towards 75 this year with an entrenched role. The backfield duties are going to be split between Mike Gillislee as the lead back with White coming in on passing downs and in certain packages. Dion Lewis will work into the mix somehow as well, but for now White seems to be the "1b" to Gillislee's "1a" in 2017. White has a current ADP of RB49 (11.09) in 12-team PPR leagues.
That fits with the offseason clues the Lions have left for us. Abdullah is entering this year as the lead back, and the team didn't draft a replacement for him in the 2017 NFL draft. They also didn't tear up free agency looking for help at the position, although they did add Matt Asiata last week. Abdullah is a smaller back, so his workload will be managed with Zach Zenner getting some short-yardage work and Theo Riddick being featured on passing downs. Right now, Abdullah is getting drafted at RB26 (6.05) in 12-team PPR leagues.
Crowell nearly had 1,000 yards rushing last year but it came on less than 200 carries. With more work in 2017 (and an incredibly upgraded offensive line), Crowell could be a RB1 for fantasy owners. Last year he finished as RB14 in standard scoring leagues.
Staying healthy is the big 'if' with Thomas. Always has been and always will be. He's never played a full 16-game season during his pro career. Thomas is back in the Adam Gase offense, one he was incredibly productive in when he was with the Broncos. His current ADP is low, and he could outperform where he's going off the board at TE17 (13.11) in 12-team PPR leagues.
Chicago Bears RB Jordan Howard is 'noticeably slimmer' entering his second season after finishing second in the league in rushing as a rookie. Howard intends to play at 225 pounds in 2017 and hopes not to come off the field as much.
Howard doesn't want to be known as a one-year wonder. Instead, he's working to stay on the field and stay effective with the rock in his hands. Howard has a current ADP of RB7 (2.02) in 12-team PPR leagues.
Arizona Cardinals WR Chad Williams received some lofty praise from a likely Hall-of-Famer Tuesday, May 30, as WR Larry Fitzgerald said the third-round pick reminds him of former teammate Anquan Boldin in terms of the strength of their hands.
It seems like every other day there's a positive story about the rookie WR from Grambling State. That's a message, and Williams is clearly a player fantasy owners need to be dialed in on. Behind Fitzgerald, the team will utilize John Brown as a speedy field-stretcher. Williams and his acrobatics (plus great hands) could be worked in at least as a red-zone threat in 2017. In dynasty leagues, we are all over his stock.
Fantasy owners need to watch this situation closely. Bell had surgery to repair a core muscle back in March, so there's no need to rush him back. We'll see if the Steelers give Bell the long-term contract he wants before the July 15th deadline. Bell and the team has had some discussions about a long-term deal, but neither side seems worried about the situation at this point.
Source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer - Mary Kay Cabot
Cleveland Browns QB DeShone Kizer has received some snaps with the first-team offense during organized team activities because the coaching staff needs to see more of him on the field than the other quarterbacks, according to head coach Hue Jackson.
That's only natural as Kizer could be the team's franchise quarterback. Cody Kessler may begin the season as the starter, but it's Kizer who could finish the season atop the depth chart. Kizer is big, has a strong arm and is athletic but he needs to speed up his decision maker as a passer and stop locking onto targets. We'll see if he can make enough strides to be a starting option for the Browns at some point during his rookie year.
That's great news for Treadwell and the Vikings. A first-round pick out of Ole Miss, Treadwell's rookie season was a disappointment as injuries slowed him down and held him to one catch for 15 yards in nine games. He's got a skill set reminiscent of DeAndre Hopkins (Texans) if at full strength. Treadwell is not going to outrun anyone down the field, but he has great concentration and can make difficult catches seem routine. He'll compete for the WR3 spot behind Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen in 2017.
Cook has first-round talent, so long as he stays healthy and hangs onto the rock. He's got the vision and instincts to gash defenses as a runner. Cook needs work in pass protection to be more of a three-down back, and this season he'll compete in a RBBC with Latavius Murray and Jerrick McKinnon. The rookie from Florida State has the talent to emerge as the lead back. Fantasy owners are drafting him at RB36 (7.12) in 12-team PPR leagues.
Foreman is a big back with a swift running style. He's not as powerful as perhaps his size indicates, and the rookie from Texas will be competing with Alfred Blue to be the primary backup behind Lamar Miller in 2017.
Source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer - Mary Kay Cabot
Cleveland Browns WR Corey Coleman (undisclosed) is expected to be out a 'little while' after reportedly playing out to make a catch in practice last week and landing on the ball. Head coach Hue Jackson intends on having Coleman back by training camp.
A broken hand last year as a rookie held Coleman back, and this year he's being hampered again by injury. Coleman could be the main WR for the Browns with the departure of Terrelle Pryor (Washington) in free agency. They did make a move to add Kenny Britt in free agency, so perhaps he's the top target if Coleman is banged up or falls behind.
The Lions will not rush Riddick back as he's a known commodity with a clear-cut role. Riddick will continue to be featured as the team's pass-catching running back. Fantasy owners in PPR leagues should look at him as a RB3/flex option.
Cincinnati Bengals fourth-round DE Carl Lawson is seeing significant time as a linebacker so far in offseason practices and has been highly impressive, according to a handful of players and coaches. The Bengals anticipate him putting his hand on the ground on third down, but he is working with the linebackers so they can get him on the field on first and second down as well.
Lawson was not known as a 'twitchy' player in college at Auburn, so he must be improving that part of his game. He does get off the snap quickly, and Lawson has the NFL aggression and toughness to be an edge-setter in the pros.
At 6'4" 218 pounds, Golladay is an impressive size/speed prospect to track in dynasty leagues. He can fly down the field and is known to make acrobatic catches near the sideline. Golladay can take the top off the defense or be a quality option in the red zone.
Los Angeles Rams QB Jared Goff has 'done a nice job of getting better,' according to head coach Sean McVay. However, McVay added, 'But you always want to make sure you're playing the guy that you feel like gives you the best ability to win football games. Right now, Jared is the starter.'
Let's not go overboard here. Goff was the no1 overall pick last year, although it was not McVay's regime that selected him. He'll compete with Sean Mannion in training camp, but we think Goff gets the nod. Whether or not he holds onto the job during the year is another story.
Jones has not been at voluntary workouts as he's likely to be traded or released. Reports indicate Jones has been told he's not in the team's plans for the future. There's a chance some team would take a chance on Jones for a conditional draft pick. Either traded or released, Jones is unlikely to be with Washington when training camp rolls around.