Hey guys, I’m one of the new writers this season. My name is Michael and I’ve been playing season long fantasy football the last 4 or 5 seasons. I’m very into numbers and statistics, but I know those can get boring sometimes so I’ll try to not have too many in my articles. A lot of you I’m sure have drafts coming up, I know I have two in the week, and just had third draft last night. Every year there are receivers who come out of nowhere and shock the fantasy world, well let me mention four of them for you, so you can be ahead of the curve.
The Chargers say he should be back by October, and he’s not being drafted in most drafts, but I think he will have a huge season when he comes back. Williams was the seventh overall pick in this years NFL Draft, and had 98 catches, 1,361 yards and 11 touchdowns in his last season in college.
All I’ve been seeing since the Cameron Meredith injury is how much Kevin White and Kendall Wright’s value have increased, well I’m not a believer in them. Victor Cruz now moves up to the number 3 spot on the roster thanks to the injury, sure he’ll have Glennon throwing to him, and that helps a little, but I expect Trubitsky to be starting by the end of the season. So far in camp and preseason Cruz has been Trubitsky’s favorite target. Cruz has 4 catches for 22 yards and a touchdown this preseason, the touchdown came in the second quarter of the preseason week 1 game vs the Broncos.
The injury to Edelman has left some question marks as to who will step up for the Patriots receiving corps that have the likes of Brandin Cooks, Danny Amendola and Chris Hogan. I’ve seen all three of these names mentioned as to who will take over the bulk of the targets, but I like Malcolm Mitchell to take over those targets. Before he got hurt at the end of last season he was proving to be a reliable touchdown target for Brady. From Week 11 to Week 16 of last season Mitchell averaged 4.1 receptions with 4 or more receptions in four of the six games. During this span Mitchell also put up 306, of his 401, yards and all 4 of his touchdowns.
Tavon Austin has burned many of us in season long fantasy over the years, but this year I think is the year he finally breaks out. His ADP is stupid late, on Yahoo!, it’s about pick 127 or 128. The Rams revamped their whole O-line this offseason. Not only does that help Todd Gurley (who should bounce back), but it also helps give Jared Goff more time to throw and see who is open. The Rams also went out and traded for Sammy Watkins, the person this trade helped the most wasn’t Goff, it was Austin. With the offseason signing of Robert Woods, and the acquisition of Sammy Watkins Austin should be moved to the slot where he can use his speed to get open deep. When he was drafted, Austin ran a 4.32 40-yard dash time, and has shown flashes of what he can do with the football, but has never been consistent. He also never really had a QB who likes to throw deep, and he was lined up against some of the best talent in the game at the CB position. Slot corners are getting better, but most still aren’t going to be able to stop someone with his speed on a consistent basis.