1 – Josh Doctson, WR Washington Redskins
Coming out of TCU, he was a top receiving prospect with a ton of potential. There is a reason the Redskins were willing to part with Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson, and Doctson was a big factor in those decisions. An Achilles injury kept him off the field for all but two games last season. He will have an opportunity to fill the big-play role for the Redskins in 2017.
The fact that Doctson will be the third wide receiver heading into 2017 might scare some fantasy players off of him, but remember, the Redskins have little-to-no running game and Cousins should be slinging the rock all over FedEx field this season.
During mini camp, head coach Jay Gruden indicated that his injury problems are behind him, and that he is looking better each day. With Pryor, Crowder, Reed, and Doctson we cannot expect massive numbers but he can expect 60 receptions, 800 yards and a handful of touchdowns. If Pryor, Crowder, or Reed go down this season Doctson will be the prime beneficiary.
2 – Jeremy Maclin, WR Baltimore Ravens
Joe Flacco finished only one throw shy of the league lead for pass attempts in 2016. With Steve Smith retiring the Ravens needed a replacement and they got a good one in Maclin.
We can’t forget, simply, how talented Maclin is. Because he played in Kansas City with Alex Smith as his quarterback for the last two seasons and last year a groin injury hurt his fantasy season. In 2014 he caught 86 balls for 1329 yards with the Philadelphia Eagles and in his first season with Kansas City he caught 87 balls for 1,088. In those two seasons combined he found the end zone 18 times, doing this with Nick Foles, Mark Sanchez, and Smith throwing him passes. Now, he gets the borderline elite Joe Flacco a major upgrade.
He will be Baltimore’s clear cut number one. Mike Wallace and Breshad Perriman will stretch the field and Maclin will be force fed the ball on important passing downs. With both Steve Smith, Sr. and David Pitta retired the Ravens will have 200 targets to go around, which Maclin as the team’s new number one should get the bulk of.
He is more attractive in PPR leagues, but I expect Maclin to catch 80+ balls, and eclipse 1,000 yards this season.
3 – Brian Hoyer – QB, San Francisco 49ers
Now, I know the thought of drafting Brian Hoyer seems ridiculous, but let’s keep in mind a few things here. Hoyer has been able to have success for every team he has played for. In his six games with Chicago last season he went 134-200, finishing with a 98.0 rating and 6 touchdowns and 0 interceptions.
With Houston in 2015, he went 224-369 for 2,606 yards, finished with a 91.4 rating and had a 19-7 touchdown-interception ratio. He has a near 60% completion percentage in his career and a 44-26 touchdown-interception ratio. Believe it or not, this guy can play.
Hoyer will find himself in a similar situation, on a bad team with not a whole lot of talent around him. The good news is, San Francisco has a reliable running back in Carlos Hyde, which always aids in the passing game, whether it’s play action or to keep a defense honest. Also, Kyle Shanahan is the new head coach for San Francisco. We know he is an offensive guru, most recently seeing his success with the Atlanta Falcons. New addition and Shanahan guy, Pierre Garcon should help this receiving core out and will most likely be Hoyer’s top target.