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Myrick 2.0 NFL MOCK DRAFT

The NFL combine is here and everyone who loves the draft, like myself, are all tuned in. Owners, General Managers, coaches, scouts finally get to see what the best athletes in college has to offer. From the measurements and interviews to showing what they can do out there on the field, this is the time to answer the most of the important questions. Let’s not get carried away on who has the fastest 40 time or who can have the most reps at the but pay attention to what will translate.

The draft order has been set for a month, with Kansas City Chiefs winning the Super Bowl over the San Francisco 49ers in Miami. The Chiefs moved up in the draft through trade to select, future Super Bowl MVP, Patrick Mahomes in the 1st round in 2017 and drafted Eric Fisher 1st overall in 2013. So who will select their future Super Bowl Champion — Here’s my 2nd version of how it will shape out come April.

1. Cincinnati Bengals

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QB Joe Burrow, LSU

Even though his words from recent interviews haven’t embraced the nickname of ‘the Bayou Bengal’, I will continue to pick Joe Burrow here first, every single time. Will he pull an Eli Manning – I’m not sure if he has the leverage to do so. While everything went right for Burrow and LSU in 2019, to me, there lies a concern about him being a 1-year wonder, but the Bengals know Zac Taylor needs everything to succeed and that includes the most important position in football.

2. Washington Redskins

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DE Chase Young, OHST

Young is the best player in the 2020 NFL Draft and every team knows it. Chase Young would be the first pick in most drafts following guys like Clowney and Garrett as top picks but it’s fine, he can be Von Miller (2nd overall in 2011) and Nick Bosa (2nd overall in 2019) who both went on to win DROY. Rivera won’t waste time with this decision

3. Detroit Lions

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DB, Jeff Okudah, OHST

Jeff Okudah is one of my favorite players in the draft and will be the 3rd Ohio guy off the board. There have been talks that Lions GM Bob Quinn would like to trade back but how far? Lions need a star, with Darius Slay contract looming, with Slay or without the CB position is a dire need. I predicted this defense would be top 8 in the league and that prophet prediction was way off (lions defense ranked 31st in 2019).  The thing I like about Okudah is he’s phenomenal in pass coverage and to prevent separation with a combination of size, speed, athleticism and instincts. NO BRAINER.

4. New York Giants

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OT, Jedrick Wills, BAMA

With the ability to play either tackle spot, I have Wills as my highest ranked O-Lineman in the draft. Wills is big (6’5 320 lbs), strong, quick and athletic. Giants have invested in Daniel Jones (6th pick in 2019) and Saquon Barkley (2nd pick in 2018) the only way to protect and clear lanes for those investments is to continue to work on the OL. Daniel Jones fumbled 13 times in 9 games, Giants please help!

5. Miami Dolphins

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QB, Tua Tagovailoa, BAMA

Tua is the best QB in this draft! Don’t let what Joe Burrow did in 1 year overlooked what Tua has done dating back to the championship comeback vs UGA as a true freshman. Tagovailoa has a quality arm that can make any throw required in the NFL. Accuracy and poised, no wonder he’s been compared to Drew Brees.

6. Los Angeles Chargers

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DE Derrick Brown, AUB

Yes, Philip Rivers will no longer be the QB at the helm. No, the Chargers shouldn’t panic and draft a QB. Derrick Brown from Auburn is a monster. Interior DL has been the chargers weakness for years and they have the opportunity to fix it. With Ingram and Bosa on the edge and Derwin James at safety this defense can bounce back and be one of the best. He’s a monster in the ground game and as a pass rusher – take BPA (best player available) and don’t look back.

7. Carolina Panthers

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OT Tristan Wirfs, IOWA

Good in both sets, plays with good leverage as a run blocker and sustains his blocks well enough to make room for the stud running back in Christian Mccaffery and blocking for whoever is at the helm for QB next season, if its Cam Newton or Kyle Allen, someone needs to protect. Carolina has a long rebuild ahead. Tackle is not the sexiest move but a building block.

8. Arizona Cardinals

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OT Mekhi Becton, UL

He’s a late riser and physical freak, for his size he has great athleticism – much need blocker for Kyler Murray. Kingsbury need his QB to have more time to execute the offense and this is the start.

9. Jacksonville Jaguars

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LB Isiah Simmons, CLEM

Versatility is my favorite attribute. Simmons can play Linebacker, Safety, Slot Corner, Running Back, and Quarterback….. You get my point. With Telvin Smith not coming back, no Jalen Ramsey, this defense needs talent. Imagine Simmons and Myles Jack controlling the middle of the field for years.

10. Cleveland Browns

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OT Andrew Thomas, UGA

Kevin Stefanski did a great job last year as the Vikings OC with a suspect OL and this was Baker Mayfield’s problem last year. He looked like he was seeing ghost so it’s best to add a much need tackle to the team. Baker has everything to succeed from a weapon standpoint but the OL needs to protect and that’s what Thomas from UGA can bring.

11. New York Jets

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WR Jerry Jeudy, BAMA

My WR1 in this draft class, with Robbie Anderson looming, either way Jets need a #1 guy for Sam Darnold. Jeudy has been impressive since day 1 with his route running ability. He has the skills to be very dynamic and walk on the team as an instant star. Getting Darnold the tools is succeed should be priorty one.

12. Las Vegas Raiders

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WR Ceedee Lamb, OKLA

Since Jeudy is off the board, the Raiders will run up to the podium to select Lamb. A lot of people say that Lamb doesn’t have the speed but the Raiders need someone who can get open. Good size, good hands and route running ability, I don’t see Gruden passing up on WR of this caliber.

13. Indianapolis  Colts

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DT, Javon Kinlaw, SCAR

The story of Kinlaw should amaze everyone. He’s work extremely hard to get to this point and getting drafted top 15 is the icing on the cake. Kinlaw was the best player at Senior Bowl practices from either team and the first thing that stands out about Kinlaw is his size. He is quick to close and has strength to fight off blockers. Notice I didn’t spend this pick on a QB – it’s because I’m not a fan of the Jordan Love hype train to go this high so take Kinlaw.

14. Tampa Bay Bucs

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QB Justin Herbert, ORE

I think Jamies Winston will be back but Bruce Arians may be looking for someone to groom. Herbert has something in common with Big Ben, Peyton Manning, and Carson Palmer,ho all played under Arians, the similarity is they all are TALL with a BIG ARM. Learning what NOT to do by watching Jamies can also help.

15. Denver Broncos

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WR Henry Ruggs

Henry Ruggs may have been the 2nd best WR on this team but he was one of the best in the country. Ruggs will have the fastest 40 yard time at the combine and that enough will move him ahead in the draft. If Drew Lock continue to be the starter having the TE set, the RBS and your #1 WR Cortland Sutton, adding Ruggs as the deep threat would be a perfect fit.

16. Atlanta Falcons

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DE K’Lavon Chaisson, LSU

The Falcons aren’t bringing back Beasley, Chaisson from LSU has great bend around the edge and the ability to create chaos for a team that was toward the bottom in sacks. Chaisson doesn’t have the numbers but if you watch the games, the impact was felt.

17. Dallas Cowboys

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S, Xavier Mckinney, Bama

Mckinney has moved up on my board as the #1 Safety ways ahead of Delpit. McKinney is the jack-of-all-trades in the secondary, as he is able cover tight ends and wide receivers, can play deep zone free safety, also has the strength to tackle and can be the eighth man in the box. McKinney has size, speed, athleticism and upside for the NFL. He’ll be a can’t miss prospect for the Dallas Cowboys.

18. Miami Dolphins (Steelers)

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CB Kristian Fulton, LSU

Aqib Talib is old and Xavien Howard is in legal trouble. He’s a clean prospect and can help a secondary right away. I don’t know if I see star but I do see a good piece.

19. Las Vegas Raiders (Bears)

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LB Kenneth Murray, OKLA

Murray is a fast and physical linebacker who flies around the field and is always around the ball. He is put together well and a good tackler. Raiders drafting the WR-LB combo with their 2 draft picks are a win-win for this organization.

20. Jacksonville Jaguars (Rams)

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CB Trevon Diggs, BAMA                                   

A very physical corner but Diggs is not the Jalen Ramsey replacement, he has above-average instincts but is not a natural defender converting to a CB not too long ago, but he could sneak into the first round because of his skill set.

21. Philadelphia Eagles

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WR Laviska Shenault, COL

WR is the biggest need for the Eagles. Definitely can be a #1 WR with Carson Wentz – has the speed to be a big playmaker year 1. With all those injuries he can be poised for a BIG year.

22. Buffalo Bills

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DE Yetur Gross-Matos, PSU

The defense is getting older, Gross-Matos has fallen but maybe the combine is what he needs to insert his name higher in the draft. He’s a good run defender and an improving pass-rusher. Jerry Hughes over 30 getting the replacement could be the selection.

23. New England Patriots

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IOL Cesar Ruiz, MICH

He just seems like a Patriot, he’s a lineman who can play at Center or at either guard position. He is a well-balanced blocker in the ground game and in pass protection which can help them get the ground game going and buy time for WRs to get open.

24. New Orleans Saints

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WR Brandon Aiyuk, ASU

The Saints need to help Michael Thomas; Aiyuk has the speed and ability to make it a dangerous duo. Scouts believe that Aiyuk was better than N’Keal Harry, if Harry was a 1st rounder so can Aiyuk.

25. Minnesota Vikings

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CB Jeff Gladney, TCU

Rhodes is closed now and Waynes should be on the way out tool. Gladney has real cover skills to run with receivers and prevent separation and can be lined up as an outside or inside corner.

26. Miami Dolphins (Texans)

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RB DeAndre Swift, UGA

Swift ran well for Georgia showing his speed, vision, cutting ability, and versatility. He’s a 3 down back and Dolphins doesn’t have a running back on the roster of his caliber.

27. Seattle Seahawks

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DT Ross Blacklock, TCU

Could be a one hit wonder but 6’4 and 305 Seattle could fall in love with him and drafting at this spot. Blacklock does have medical issues.

28. Baltimore Ravens

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DE AJ Epenesa, IOWA

Ravens have to replace Judon if he leaves in FA, Epenesa at 6’6 280 he has all the power from the edge.  Epenesa can play the solid base end on 4-3 defense but is best suited as a five-technique end in a 3-4.

29. Tennessee Titans

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OT Josh Jones, HOU

Probably will lose Conklin to FA, fill the void at tackle with Josh Jones who has good size with length, athleticism and agility. Not an overpowering athlete, but he has some functional strength to manipulate and lean on defenders.

30. Green Bay Packers

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WR Jalen Reagor, TCU

Same reason with the Saints taking a WR, Devante Adams needs help. Reagor has the ability to take the top off the defense, he’s a speed demon and a home run hitter for the NFL that coaches drool over.

31. San Francisco 49ers

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S Antoine Winfield Jr. MINN

His dad was a great corner, his son can potentially be a great safety. A couple injuries but he’s another jack-of-all- trades who’s a ball hawk safety. Continuing to add help on that defense is the smart thing to do, John Lynch will love him.

32. Kansas City Chiefs

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LB Patrick Queen, LSU

The Chiefs has to hit on draft picks due to the Mahomes contract that will follow. With that being said the Chiefs should select someone who can be a star on a cheap deal. Enter Patrick Queen. Queen is a fast linebacker who can go sideline-to-sideline and has three-down starting potential for the next level. He has special speed and athleticism that make him a valuable linebacker in pass coverage

The Trade Deadline

The NBA is in full swing! With only the Super Bowl remaining from the NFL, we have turned our attention to the second half of the NBA season where teams are preparing to make their respective playoff push. Both conferences feel wide open, where 1 move could potentially be the catalyst for a Finals run. Just last year, the Toronto Raptors acquired Kawhi before the season and Marc Gasol during the season which gave them the interior size, floor spacing and defense needed to make a run. As of today I believe there are 12 teams that should be examining the trade and buyout market for the missing piece to their team. Let’s examine each team and who could be available for each.

Western Conference

Los Angeles Lakers

Currently sitting at 36-9 and atop the West, the Lakers most glaring weakness is a playmaker who can get LeBron off the ball some and score. Iguodala was perceived to be their top target early this season but it now seems to be Derrick Rose. The Pistons asking price could be too high (possibly a player and 1st round pick) so the Lakers may pass. I would suggest looking at veteran Alec Burks on Golden State who’s averaging 16 points and only cost $2 million dollars or Jamal Crawford.

Utah Jazz

Utah has hit a surge having won 18 of their last 20 games, including 13 of their last 14. They are currently 2nd in the West at 31-13. Acquiring Bogdanovic over the summer, trading Exum for Clarkson earlier in the season, and having Conley back from injury has been huge. But is it enough to get out of the West? Potentially having to face LeBron, Kawhi, Harden or Luka I think the Jazz need some perimeter defense/toughness to slow these big time wings. Trevor Ariza would’ve been great here but with him no longer being available the best option would be Marcus Morris of the Knicks. He would fit small ball lineups as well as be able to play alongside Gobert.

Los Angeles Clippers

Despite the “load management” of Kawhi, Paul George dealing with injury, and not having fully gelled this team is still 31-14 and 3rd in the West. Pretty impressive! Making a trade wouldn’t disrupt the chemistry as it hasn’t rounded into form yet. The best way to sum up their weakness is interior size and wing depth with a little bit of scoring. It sounds like a lot but I think they could hope everyone gets healthy and go after Aron Baynes to fill the size need or they could try to solve it all by going after Markieff Morris. Morris is 6’8 roughly 240 pounds and would provide the necessary wing depth while also not being afraid to get in the trenches. If Memphis wasn’t in playoff contention I could see Jae Crowder being a potential target as well.


Denver Nuggets

I love this team. Denver is the kind of team you buy league pass for because there is so much talent here. Plumlee recently got hurt but should return in a month and Gary Harris just hasn’t taken the leap yet and it could be time to cut bait via trade. Enter Jrue Holiday, he would fit alongside Jamal Murray and provide veteran presence. The Pelicans may be exciting with Zion coming to action but Jrue deserves to be in contention to win and I have no doubt he could help this 30-14 team potentially leap up to the 2 seed in this tight race. Trading for Jrue, favorable seeding and the stellar play of Michael Porter Jr. could land Denver in the Finals.

Dallas Mavericks

Luka Doncic has taken one of the more unprecedented 2nd year leaps in NBA history. What he is doing with the triple doubles, being a MVP candidate and having the Mavs 5th in the playoff race in his 2nd year is nothing short of phenomenal but he can’t carry them alone. Losing Dwight Powell to an Achilles injury has hurt their size greatly. The Mavericks made a predictable move by trading for Willie Cauley-Stein from the Warriors to recover from the Powell lost. Now the question is, with different teams best player at the wing position can the Mavs defend it? Maybe trading Courtney Lee, who has an expiring deal, might be on the block to make a move for a defender.

Houston Rockets

The window could slowly be closing for these guys. The competition around them has increased and they haven’t made a leap forward. With no contracts that can be traded and already not owning some of their picks they will be hoping for a generous buyout market.

The Eastern Conference

Milwaukee Bucks

Having the best record in the NBA at 39-6 would make anyone say “what else do they need”. The answer could be nothing, only time will tell. The Brogdon departure may not show itself until the postseason if Bledsoe struggles shooting again. The Bucks will probably stand pact unless a small move for more shooting or defense presents itself.

Miami Heat

Miami may be the surprise team of the NBA. Adding Jimmy Butler has been a great addition for them but is this team a contender as presently constructed? I don’t think so. They need a 2nd star but the catch is who could they obtain while also staying financially flexible. Demar Derozan and Lamarcus Aldridge fit this description. But would the Spurs be okay taking back Dion Waters and another players salary…I don’t think so. The Heat are young and may have to just enjoy this moment and see what happens come playoff time.

Toronto Raptors

The defending champs are showing last year was not a fluke. They were 17-5 in games Kawhi sat and this year they are 30-14 good enough for 3rd in the conference. Siakam was named a starter for his first All Star appearance and Kyle Lowry has returned to All Star form as well. With 6 players averaging over 10 points Masai could be content to ride this thing out and see what happens but I think they should make a move for Bogdan Bagdonovic. An unselfish team player who brings 15 points a game with him. The dilemma here would be trade for him now or wait until free agency to sign him.

Boston Celtics

It is so great to see Kemba Walker on a winning team. It’s long overdue for him. But in order to complete the job Kemba and company will need Danny Ainge to get on the phone and try to acquire this team some size. You won’t make it out the East with the likes of Giannis, Embiid, Ben, and Sabonis dominating your team on the inside. You need a presence to combat that. With little financial flexibility the C’s may have to hope for a buyout of someone like Biyombo or go after Joakim Noah.

Indiana Pacers

This team as presently constructed could be a problem come playoff time. Their biggest acquisition will be getting Victor Oladipo back healthy. If Oladipo hits the ground running look out! This is a team I would suggest don’t do anything drastic but if the right low risk high reward proposition presents itself look into it.

Philadelphia 76ers

Philadelphia was busy over the offseason giving Al Horford a big contract, Tobias Harris max money and extending Ben Simmons. A lot of money has been committed to this core so the trade options are limited. The biggest need here is guard play who can space the floor for Embiid. Derrick Rose is the hot name here again and who wouldn’t want to see that guy on a contender after all he’s gone through career wise. Maybe give JR Smith or Jamal Crawford a call.

The trade deadline is set for February 6th at 3 pm this year, teams should go all in this year because next year the Warriors and Nets are expected to return healthy star players and create another obstacle to overcome in each conference. When you have a window like this year you must capitalize. The countdown is on, so hopefully your team’s GM is working the phones.

Myrick’s 1.0 Mock Draft

The 2019 NFL regular season is in the books, and much has changed when it comes to the 2020 NFL Draft. The thought was that the Miami Dolphins would be tanking yet they find themselves not in the top 5 after defeating the Patriots in week 17 but still lead with three picks in the first round. Jaguars picked up another first round pick trading away Jalen Ramsey while the Las Vegas Raiders, yea Las Vegas, has two picks with one coming from Chicago who thought to be in the playoffs.

Originally, I wanted to give every team Chase Young and since August that has not changed. The only thing different is the rise of the QB Joe Burrow out of LSU, he’s on pace to have the best season ever as a coach, already racking up the Heisman and throwing 7 touchdowns in the College Football Playoffs Semifinals.

Here’s my initial mock draft at how it could play out come April 2020.

1. Cincinnati Bengals

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The Selection: QB Joe Burrow, LSU

It’s destiny that the LSU Tiger will head for play for the Cincinnati Bengal. He will be a day 1 starter. High hopes for the Bayou Bengal.

2. Washington Redskins

The Selection: EDGE Chase Young, OHST

He will walk and be a stud right away. Pairing him with Swear, Allen and Payne give this one of the best fronts in football with new coach Ron Rivera and DC Del Rio

3. Detroit Lions

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The Selection: CB Jeffery Okudah, OHST

Lions want to play man and struggle from the secondary this season. Okudah with his long arms, fast feet and closing speed can help him be a strong candidate for DROY immediately.

4. New York Giants

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The Selection: OT Jedrick Willis, Bama

No need to use a high draft pick on skills position when you need help to protect your investment. So getting a OL is key. I like Willis – he can be dominate when run blocking and can maximize his ability to help Daniel Jones and Barkley.

5. Miami Dolphins

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The Selection: QB Tua Tagovailoa, Bama

No way he returns to school, he’s in good position to find himself on a solid team. Pairing him with good weapons would help him pick right back up where he left off in Alabama. He’ll declare and go south to Miami. Don’t count out the Dolphins.

6. Los Angeles Chargers

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The Selection: OT Andrew Thomas, UGA

Lets get physical and tough with this pick and whoever Thomas will be blocking for at the Quarterback position the need and fit is here.

7. Carolina Panthers

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The Selection: OT Tristan Wirfs, IOWA

Good in both sets, blocking for Mccaffery in the run game is a priority as well as blocking for whoever is at the helm for QB next season. He has good control to his game and could play either tackle spot.

8. Arizona Cardinals

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The Selection: WR CeeDee Lamb, OKLA

The ageless, great, and future Hall of Famer Larry will probably retire. CeeDee Lamb has questions for long speed but why not put him in a system where speed wasn’t Larry’s thing. Can be ROY in Kliff system and pairing him back with Kyler Murray is the icing on the cake.

9. Jacksonville Jaguars

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The Selection: WR Jerry Jeudy, Bama

They retain the staff and will

They retain the staff and will probably keep Minshew. Jags offense can be special with a special WR. Good weapons to put on a show with Fournette, Juedy and Chark Jr.

10. Cleveland Browns

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The Selection: Derrick Brown, AUB

The Browns can get you from the edge consistently once Garrett is reinstated. Imagine pressure up the middle too, and from the best IDL in the class, I mean 6’5 318, he’s a monster and I see superstar.

11. New York Jets

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The Selection: EDGE A.J. Epenesa, IOWA

Joey Douglas loves big players. Hard to find out as big as Epenesa 6’6 280. All power from the edge here.

12. Las Vegas Raiders

The Selection: LB Isaiah Simmons, CLEM

The leader of a defense Gruden has been looking for. Long arms. Can also cover TEs in man and zone. Potential Defensive nightmare.

13. Indianapolis Colts

NFL mocks

The Selection: WR Tee Higgins, CLEM

Cris Carter always say you should build your WR core like a basketball team. If TY, Pascal are my guards I need a big SF to go along with the TEs. Would’ve seen what Devin Funchess would’ve done in this offense but injuries ended his season early. Tee Higgins and TY can be similar to another former Clemson WR Mike Williams pairing with Keenan Allen. With the right QB watch out for that duo.

14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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The Selection: QB Justin Herbert, ORE

IDL is a need if Suh doesn’t comeback. But, I went QB. Reason being as much the fun rollercoaster ride is watching Jamies Winston there’s no way they keep him for the future. Draft Herbert……he has something in common with Big Ben, Manning and Carson Palmer (who played under Arians) TALL AND BIG ARM. Learning what NOT to do watching Jamies can also help.

15. Denver Broncos

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The Selection: CB Kristian Fulton, LSU

CB is still a need. Few months ago they wanted to trade Chris Harris. Here’s a good way to bounce back with Fulton. He’s not long but neither is Chris Harris, he’s a clean prospect and can help right away

16. Atlanta Falcons

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The Selection: CB C.J. Henderson, UF

Falcons need help at CB position. Very athletic good speed to keep up with any type WR and physical toughness. That’s a need for this division with the likes of Michael Thomas, Godwin/Evans and DJ Moore.

17. Dallas Cowboys

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The Selection: S Grant Delpit, LSU

Trading for Jamal Adams could fix things but how bout getting the safety he played with in college. Delpit is very versatile and that’s what you need from the safety position. Once he sure up his tackling he will be a good player, maybe not Jamal but close.

18. Miami Dolphins (from Steelers)

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The Selection: EDGE K’Lavon Chaisson, LSU

Got the most important position in football drafting Tua earlier. Here they are with the position that’s supposed to get after guys like Tua. K. Chaisson from LSU is a good pick here. Very versatile playing in any scheme as a 4-3 DE or stand up OLB in a 3-4. Raw but can be a serious problem for opposing teams.

19. Las Vegas Raiders (from Bears)

The Spun

The Selection: WR Henry Ruggs III

Ruggs in space can’t be stopped. Similar to would be his rival in KC with elite Speed in Tyreek hill, could help open up a John Gruden offense. Imagine a Jacobs-Ruggs-Waller combination, that’s a very nice.

20. Jacksonville Jaguars (from Rams)

Bleacher Report

The Selection: EDGE Yetur Gross-Matos

Josh Allen had a very impressive rookie campaign and the Jags should continue in that direction and bring back Sacksonville. Plus, Campbell can’t play forever, can he?

21. Philadelphia Eagles

Draft Wire

The Selection: WR Laviska Shenault Jr. , COLO

Have you seen the injuries to the Eagles offense? Easy to why they would take a WR? He has big play ability from Colorado. Definitely can be a #1 WR with Carson Wentz.

22. Tennessee Titans

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The Selection: IDL Javon Kinlaw, So. Carolina

My philosophy of a GM is not to pay RBs. Do the Titans sway away from that and draft one? I would say yes but a deep RB class I can’t take one first round. This teams needs IDL up front and that’s J. Kinlaw, a long term answer.

23. Buffalo Bills

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The Selection: WR Justin Jefferson, LSU

Did they missed out on the run of WRs? Not even, Justin Jefferson should rise up on draft boards especially after a performance of a lifetime. Big body WR 6’3 190. Just what the doctor order for Josh Allen.

24. Minnesota Vikings

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The Selection: IOL Tyler Biadasz, WIS

Although everyone assumes a CB will be taken. I won’t go that route. Vikings Rookie center, Bradbury, has looked awful all season. With really only one good draft pick on the Offensive line they need to address the interior of again. Tyler Biadasz is the pick.

25. Miami Dolphins (from Texans)

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The Selection: CB Paulson Adebo, Stan

QB, check, Edge rusher, check, dolphins need someone to help Xavier Howard in the secondary. How bout a long, playmaker at the cornerback from Stanford, P. Adebo, who can help in both the passes and run game.

26. Seattle Seahawks

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The Selection: OT Alex Leatherwood, Bama

I’ll do anything in my power if it helps Russell Wilson. Easy decision. Let’s help protect him. Alex Leatherwood can help.

27. New England Patriots

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The Selection: EDGE Terrell Lewis, Bama

Could go so many directions as they need pieces pretty much everywhere and to continue to keep Gilmore the best CB in the league lets get him some help up front to get after the QB. Terrell Lewis from Alabama looks the part of a NFL rusher with his length and size. Saban and Bill talk about Bama players to one another. I know Saban has sent plenty of tape.

28. Green Bay Packers

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The Selection: WR K.J. Hamler, PSU

YES, another WR off the board. He gives me hollywood brown vibes. Another player who excelled with Rodgers was Randall Cobb. Hamler speed is top notch can be vital playmaker to continue to help Rodgers as he enters “old man status.”

29. Kansas City Chiefs

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The Selection: RB J.K. Dobbins, OHST

My first RB comes off the board and that is JK Dobbins. He can fit into any system. Andy Reid loves backs who can catch and JK not only can run the ball but can be deadly in the passing game. Matchup nightmare pairing him with Tyreek Hill, Kelce and of course Mahomes.

30. New Orleans Saints

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The Selection: LB Kenneth Murray, OKLA

K. Murray is very productive with good sideline to sideline range. Would be a steal for a team where their weakness is the middle of the defense.

31. San Francisco 49ers

Alabama Athletics

The Selection: S Xavier McKinney, Bama

Wont be here come April. But since we don’t predict trades — they should address the secondary. The question is a safety versus CB. I would compare McKinney from Bama as a Minkah Fitzpatrick type. He can play either safety spot at a high level. Versatility is my favorite word. John Lynch will hit another home run with this selection

32. Baltimore Ravens

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The Selection: EDGE Julian Okwara, ND

Since the Ravens fixed the CB situation by acquiring Marcus Peters, has solid playmakers on offense, a top 5 OL, there’s nothing really left to do but attack opponents QBs. I went with another edge rusher I’ve liked this season. Okwara from ND. He’s a go getter and fits well with the Ravens.

Ranking The Best NFL Job Destinations

Who’s Hiring? The time is upon us again, the infamous Black Sunday and Monday for NFL Head Coaches. Jay Gruden and Ron Rivera didn’t make it to this point after being fired mid-season, but for some of their contemporaries this can be a dreaded day. Some coaches like Dan Quinn were able to string together some wins and get a vote of confidence from ownership, while Pat Shurmur and Freddie Kitchens were relieved of duties relatively immediately.

With those jobs and a few others expected to open, what factors should potential candidates look at to be sure it’s the right fit. Candidates should make sure stand a chance to succeed so they don’t become a casualty of Black Sunday & Monday in the not to distant future as well as avoid a 1 and Done situation. (Steve Wilks in Arizona 2018-2019 and Freddie Kitchens 2019-2020)

We believe there are 5 things every coach should consider: GM/Ownership, Location, Roster, Quarterback, and Division. We have graded each of these categories and ranked them by perceived level of importance to assess which coaching situations are the most and least desirable. Here are our rankings for the available jobs from Best Job to Worst.

*K is For Keven, R is for Rashad for their reasoning*

Dallas Cowboys

K: With Dak contract situation looming, I still believe this team has the best QB situation out of all available jobs. With the roster already in place with the likes of Zeke, Cooper (contract looming), Gallup, the OL and an above average defense any coach would be happy given the state of the team. I gave the GM/Owner grade a C because of the involvement of Jerry Jones. He is everything you do not want as a coach because he has so much power in the NFL. I can see big names turning down the Cowboys for this reason alone but in a division so wide open this job takes the cake. 

R: The Cowboys, America’s team, is set up great for the future but who will be there to lead them. Jerry and Stephen have put together a deep roster the only major question being how much is Dak Prescott worth. If you don’t mind Jerry lurking and always being in the shadows this is a job you can expect to walk in and win games immediately.

New York Giants

K: The G-Men will be introducing their 3rd coach in 5 years for the 2020 season. Why would this job be 2nd? Well it should not be too hard to turn around. A defensive-minded coach should be lured here with Daniel Jones getting experience as a rookie and multiple weapons they have on offense including a top 4 draft pick, the right coach can quickly get the Giants to the promised land.  Just like for the Cowboys, the division is another luring factor, it so wide open I can see the Giants going from 3rd place to 1st similar to the 49ers in the NFC West.

R: After 2 attempts at hiring an offensive minded head coach the New York Giants could be headed in the opposite direction this time around. A solid offensive coordinator to pair with the young core of Daniel Jones, Saquon and young receivers should be enough to keep them headed in the right direction. The defense is where the attention should be. A personable defensive oriented coach who can handle the New York media and mask the shortcomings of talent would be ideal.

Carolina Panthers


K: Panther are here more so because of me than Rashad. Reports say that Panthers prefer an offensive minded coach and that is just what they need. I believe they will draft a QB like Tua from Alabama or keep their signal caller Cam Newton. A coach looking for his QB this is a great scenario because of what scheme they could bring. The defense need some fixing but with guys like DJ Moore and CMC in place the right Coach-QB pairing could get panthers in the mix of things, especially with a 4th place schedule and the 7th pick in the NFL Draft. 

R: The Carolina Panthers are in a precarious position. You have a new owner looking to make a splash. Firing Ron Rivera mid-season turned out to be terrible but at least you got a head start on your search. The QB and O Line situation need to be addressed and being in a tough division makes this coaching hire very important.

Jacksonville Jaguars

K: I don’t believe this is a great job, I mean it’s solid. If Marrone is fired, good luck to whoever is next because this roster does have holes. I do like the division, there’s no team who just owns it, hopefully Jags can get back to that magical season of 2017.

R: It feels like a decade has passed since the Jacksonville Jaguars had the Patriots on the ropes in the AFC Championship. A lot has changed in the 2 years since. No more Coughlin, Bortles or All-Pro stud Ramsey. Based on reports, I would guess this team needs a players coach who can manage multiple egos and unfortunately, you have to walk into the QB dilemma of Minshew vs Foles. I guess no State taxes and the warm weather of Florida make this job somewhat appealing. Not to mention, this division always seems to be up for grabs until the last week of the season and you could be walking into a solid young roster.

New York Jets

K: Adam Gase should be fired, beating Bills without their key guys in a meaningless week 17 means nothing. What you seen from Tannehill in Tennessee, DeVante Parker in Miami and Kenyan Drake in Arizona is simple to say Gase doesn’t know what he’s doing on the offensive end. But for a new coach to walk in with a young QB in Sam Darnold, solid weapons and a superstar safety there is something that can be built. The AFC East, with the Patriots dynasty about over, the division is there for the taking. The location of being in New York, young roster and a competent GM, its a solid job to take. 

R: This franchise is down right special and I don’t mean that as a compliment. They’ve done everything backwards. Letting a GM conduct a draft just to fire him afterwards makes no sense. Now you’re in search for a coach to pair with a GM and QB in Darnold who’s shown some signs of growth. After the Gase debacle do you go offensive minded again or defensive? If not for injury this defense had some potential. Roster and division will be the biggest challenges to overcome for this incoming coach.

Cleveland Browns

K: “Browns gonna Brown”, a famous saying everyone knows, and to me it is somewhere I just don’t want to be. The GM is better and to be honest was going in the right direction under Hue Jackson. Even with a young QB, superstars at the WR and DE position, if I am a young coach I wouldn’t touch it. A Mature coach? Well that’s different.

R: Expectations killed the Browns this season. Freddie was in way over his head with this one. With so much young talent it’s more imperative now than in years past the Browns get the right guy. It won’t be easy coaching against 2 Future Hall of Famers, managing multiple egos, expectations of fans and media and most importantly installing some discipline and accountability. The Browns were one of the league leaders in penalties and do I even need to mention the Myles Garrett debacle. The coach for this job must be a high character guy, proven winner and somewhat of a disciplinarian.

Washington Redskins

K: All I know is, Daniel Snyder is terrible but they’ll have Chase Young. That is it, that’s my analysis.

R: The nations capital, home of the Washington Redskins has also been the home of dysfunction. From Dan Snyder on down this franchise has had its fair share of bad moments. But entering this new decade there’s a chance to turn it around. The roster is relatively young and has shown flashes of productivity. The division is tough yet winnable as there has not been a repeat champion since the Eagles in 2003-2004. The coach to take this job has to be a believer in Haskins. When Haskins was drafted it was reported the room was divided on him as the guy. If the new coach does not believe in him and doesn’t have a track record of being able to create a winning culture there’s a good chance it’s a bad hire.

The Championship Theory

Without a doubt the Summer of 2019 will go down as the most epic in NBA history. Over $3 Billion dollars was doled out to players within the first 24 hours of free agency. Superstars such as Kevin Durant changed coast going from Golden State to Brooklyn, Jimmy Butler was signed and traded to South Beach and later in the week like a thief in the night Kawhi returned to the United States by signing with the Clippers.

And that wasn’t all, Paul George was traded from OKC to join Kawhi in LA which lead to Russell Westbrook being dealt to Houston to team up with his good friend James Harden. These moves along with countless others now have everyone wondering who will win the NBA Championship this upcoming season. For the first time in nearly a decade the NBA season doesn’t feel like a foregone conclusion. But maybe it is! After analyzing each team, their off-season moves, and using my 2 key indicators (the age of your superstar and the position he plays) I feel we can accurately predict the next champion.

When it comes to building a championship team I firmly believe that “Wings win you Rings”. More times than not the key cog that fuels a championship run will be a player listed as Small Forward (SF) or Shooting Guard (SG) and ranges from about 6 feet 5 inches tall to 6 feet 9 inches tall. Jalen Rose is famous for noting that “positions were created so that a novice can follow the game” but history has shown us that with the exceptions being Isiah Thomas and Steph Curry point guards/small guards do not lead to championships (Sorry Dame).

Yes, Magic Johnson was listed as a Point Guard and won championships but let’s note that he’s 6’9 and he walked into the perfect situation playing alongside Kareem. So Magic does fit into the wing category. It is also worth pointing out that great big men don’t win titles without an elite wing alongside them. But 2 great wing players (Mike and Scottie, LeBron and Wade) can win together.

Now let’s talk age. The most consistent themes are ages 22, 23, 27 and 32

At age 22 Shaq, Tim Duncan, LeBron and Kawhi all made their first NBA Finals. Duncan (1999) and Kawhi (2014) were victorious capturing Finals MVP while Shaq in 1995 and LeBron in 2007 were swept. 

At age 23 Kareem (1971), Hakeem (1983), Dwight Howard (2009) and Kevin Durant (2012) made their first NBA Finals. 

At age 27 Michael Jordan, LeBron, Shaq, and Isiah Thomas all captured their first NBA titles. Kawhi Leonard and Larry Bird won their 2nd ring and were selected as Finals MVP. Clyde Drexler made his first of 3 NBA Finals. Dirk Nowitzki also made his first Finals appearance at age 27.

At age 32 the aforementioned Clyde Drexler won his first title playing alongside Hakeem who the previous year won his first title at 32. Dirk also makes this category for defeating the highly touted Heatles in their first year together winning his first championship. Championship glory eluded Kareem for 9 years until he won again at this age.

Let’s compare this with the odds makers favorites for this season – Lakers, Clippers, Bucks, Sixers and Rockets. 

LeBron will turn 35 this season. He’s playing like he’s still in his prime years but how long can he hold up. His running mate Anthony Davis will be 26 this year which coincidentally is the same age Steph Curry won his 1st title and Duncan won his 2nd title. This bodes well for the Lakers titles hopes. However, with King James’ mileage it’s possible he begins to wear down as the season goes on. 

Harden will turn 30 and Westbrook 31. I like these 2 players, they are box office but at their age, defense not being their greatest attribute and no dominant big to lean on I can’t see them winning the title. 

The Bucks have Giannis who is continuing to ascend. He’ll be 25, he’s still getting better and is arguably the best player in the East. It has been proven having the best player in the Eastern Conference can get you to the Finals. But with no costar also in his prime I think the Bucks fall to this next team.

The Sixers have Embiid and Ben Simmons who will be 25 and 23. These guys are entering their primes. With an expected ascension in their games, being motivated from how the playoffs ended for them and entering that age window where players start to win I expect the Sixers to be in the 2019-2020 NBA Finals. But who will they face….

Kawhi Leonard will be 28 and Paul George 29 respectively. Both guys have dealt with injuries throughout their careers but these ages are typically considered athletes “prime years”. Championship winners usually consist of 2 guys in their primes. Again think MJ and Scottie or LeBron and D-Wade 2012. PG and Kawhi are elite 2 way wings both coming off career years. These guys check both boxes of playing the right position and prime age. Don’t be surprised if the Clippers take home their first Larry O’Brien trophy. 

Why Serbia is Destined To Win Gold

The FIBA World Cup is set to take place in China at the end of next week. The tournament will act as qualification for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo and with the field expanding from 24 teams to 32, it will give more teams more opportunities to make a stronger case.

Qualified Teams for FIBA:

  • 5 Teams From Africa (Angola, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Senegal, Tunisia)
  • 7 Teams From The Americas (USA, Canada, Argentina, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Venezuela)
  • 8 Teams From Asia and Oceania (China, Japan, Iran, Australia, South Korea, Jordan, Philippines, New Zealand)
  • 12 Teams From Europe (France, Germany, Czech Republic, Greece, Italy, Poland, Russia, Spain, Turkey, Serbia, Montenegro, Lithuania)

So why Serbia? Let’s take a trip down memory lane. In the last World Cup, dating back to 2014, Team USA met Serbia in the World Cup Final in Madrid, Spain. Serbia was dealing with a very difficult group with the likes of powerhouses of Spain, Brazil and France. Serbia did defeat Iran and Egypt but lost to all three teams accumulating 7 points (2 points for wins & 1 point for a lost) and advancing to the next round. In the round of 16, Serbia faced the winner of Group B Greece, who went undefeated knocking off teams like Argentina and Croatia in the process. An impressive 18 point win was the spark they needed. The next round, they faced an opponent they lost to before, Brazil. An eight point lost earlier in the tournament now turned into a 28 point blowout led by Milos Teodosic with 15 points. Serbia made their way to the Final Four of the World Cup. Serbia couldn’t avoid yet another FIBA Powerhouse in France, a familiar opponent from just a few games back. France won the 4th quarter by 3 points and ultimately winning the game 74-73. In the Semifinals, after 2 big wins, this time would be different. Serbia was in control for majority of the game, taking a 14 point lead into halftime, as well as a 15 point lead into the 4th. Serbia hangs on,behind Milos’ 24 points, with a 5 point win making the World Cup Final for the first time since winning Gold in 2002, who went by the country Yugoslavia that grace the names of Vlade Divac, Peja Stojakovic, and Vladmir Radmanovic. The question was who would Serbia be playing in the Finals? Of course that’s not really a question, as Team USA won every game by 20 or more points. This would be the case in the World Cup Final — Team USA won 129-96. Serbia took home Silver.

Nikola Jokic drafted by the Denver Nuggets in 2014, in the 2nd Rd with the 41st pick, with not a lot of expectations turned out to be one of the best picks this decade. In the 2016 Olympics, the world got to see his growth to stardom. Just 2 years removed from the 129-96 lost to Team USA in the World Cup, Serbia find themselves in the same group as them, with 2 other good teams France and Australia. In similar fashion, Serbia lost to Australia and France by 15 and 1 respectively, but what was so shocking is that Serbia almost upset Team USA who hadn’t lost an international game since the assembling of the Redeem Team. With the star studded team that the USA presents, they almost slipped through the cracks and if not for a off the rim shot by Bogdan Bogdanovic (Kings) would have took a L. Either way Jokic put on a show at a very young age — posting 25 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists in a nailbiting 94-91 lost.

Serbia still made the final round of 8 with another similar path of 2014 FIBA World Cup. Serbia escaped Croatia, then destroyed Australia, who they once lost to before and yet again find their way in another Final match with the Powerhouse of the USA. Very different outcome this time as USA wiped the floor with them coasting to a 3rd Straight Gold Medal winning by 30, leaving Serbia with another Silver Medal.

Nikola Jokic (Serbia) being guarded by Draymond Green (USA) in the Gold Medal Game

Internationally, basketball is getting better and better with a lot of new countries putting more and more teams in the NBA. Teams like Canada, Australia, Greece are all rising with their new talent. Serbia is right in the mix and with Jokic, arguably being the best big man in the league (averaging 20.1 ppg, 10.8 rpg, and 7.2 apg) has to chance to make a statement this upcoming World Cup. Losing Milos Teodosic would hurt for most teams but with a Top Ten player in the NBA and other NBA talent like Bogdan Bogdanovic and Nemanja Bjelica of the Kings, new Mavericks Center Boban Marjanovic, and former Bucks player Miroslav Raduljica it is easy to see why FIBA World Rankings have them ranked #2 in the World, only behind the United States.

Teammates Bogdan Bogdanovic and Nikola Jokic in an exhibition game

Why do I believe that Serbia will take Gold? Well a lot has to do with their rise as a team but also what Team USA will look like come August 31st. After numerous All Stars dropped out to prepare for the NBA Season, what this USA team lack is an identity. Most times, USA gather the best talent and it can overcome any problems that occurs. Chemistry will play a huge factor for Team USA. While most international countries have been playing together since they were young (Serbia is no different) the United States, with as much talent as we have that’s just hard to do.

Since I’ve been watching international basketball, USA at any given moment has the best player on the court. When USA takeS on Nikola Jokic, this would not be the case. Without a superstar or go to guy as of now, Serbia has the advantages to finally capture Gold.

I’m not the only person who agree. Serbian coach, Aleksandar “Sasha” Djordjevic said in a interview, “Let’s let them play their basketball and we will play ours and if we meet, may God help them.” Sasha has shown no sympathy for “the Americans”, as he referred to them in his interview, claiming this is what happens to most European teams.

With plenty of teams and opportunities, this very well may be Serbia’s chance at obtaining Gold. Look for Nikola Jokic and Co. to finally get the job done and win it all.

NFC Fantasy Outlook

NFC North

Chicago Bears

  • Week 1 vs GB
  • Week 2 @ DEN
  • Week 3 @ WSH
  • Week 4 vs MIN
  • Week 5 @ OAK
  • Week 6 Bye
  • Week 7 vs NO
  • Week 8 vs LAC
  • Week 9 @ PHI
  • Week 10 vs DET
  • Week 11 @ LAR
  • Week 12 vs NYG
  • Week 13 @ DET
  • Week 14 vs DAL
  • Week 15 @ GB
  • Week 16 vs KC
  • Week 17 @ MIN

QB

  • Mitch Trubisky

RB

  • David Montgomery
  • Tarik Cohen
  • Mike Davis

WR

  • Allen Robinson
  • Anthony Miller
  • Taylor Gabriel

TE

  • Trey Burton

This team has the potential to be one of the best in the NFL. They have arguably the best defense in the NFL and that is going to always keep them in games. Trubisky, in his second year in the Matt Nagy offense, should feel a lot more comfortable and hopefully the big games that we saw from Trubisky last year will become more consistent. If Trubisky rises up, that is going to bring the value up for his teammates around him. Robinson is another year removed from his ACL tear, If Robinson can perform as he did when he first had Bortles as his quarterback the ceiling now with Trubisky could be a top 15 wideout in the making. Anthony Miller was injury plagued last year if he can stay on the field with Gabriel and him moving into the slot this team could effectively move the ball with ease. They are only going to pass the ball if they really have too. If teams get behind and you have the upper hand with one of the best defenses, why not run the ball? With David Montgomery filling in the Jordan Howard role from last year and Cohen role solidified, they will find fantasy value — albeit inconsistent value depending on the game flow. Cohen is a great playmaker but he won’t be making plays every week, but when it happens it will win you your week. Burton was even more inconsistent last year but he is the best tight end in Chicago.

Notable Fantasy Options: Mitch Trubisky, David Montgomery, Allen Robinson

Optional Fantasy Options: Tarik Cohen, Anthony Miller, Taylor Gabriel, Trey Burton, Mike Davis

Detroit Lions

  • Week 1 @ ARI
  • Week 2 vs LAC
  • Week 3 @ PHI
  • Week 4 vs KC
  • Week 5 Bye
  • Week 6 @ GB
  • Week 7 vs MIN
  • Week 8 vs NYG
  • Week 9 @ OAK
  • Week 10 @ CHI
  • Week 11 vs DAL
  • Week 12 @ WSH
  • Week 13 vs CHI
  • Week 14 @ MIN
  • Week 15 vs TB
  • Week 16 @ DEN
  • Week 17 vs GB

QB

  • Matthew Stafford

RB

  • Kerryon Johnson
  • CJ Anderson

WR

  • Kenny Golladay
  • Marvin Jones
  • Danny Amendola

TE

  • TJ Hockenson

Detroit Lions have one of the slowest offenses in the NFL. They take their time on offense whether they are running or passing. Yet, there is still a lot of fantasy value here — this team has some very good talent that will lead to production. Stafford is coming off of injury but he should be the same above average quarterback that he is, has a safe floor to be a top 15 quarterback. Kenny Golladay is one of the best talents in the NFL and Marvin Jones is one of the biggest threats week to week. Amendola getting play in the slot catching short passes and should have his niche in PPR leagues. Golladay could breakout to be a top 10 wideout while Marvin Jones will have games that’ll win your week but will be inconsistent. Kerryon Johnson is a sleeper talent, this team likes to play slow and Johnson is the best back in the backfield. Anderson off of big games last year may take some play from Johnson but I don’t see it happening. With Riddick gone Johnson has the potential to be a 3 down back, he is the best receiver, the best pass blocker, and arguably is the best runner. If the Lions take the chance on Johnson being the three down back it will pay off. TJ Hockenson has the potential to be a big part of this team but the situation may not let that happen. He is a great blocker so he will be on the field a bunch he should start over Jesse James.

Notable Fantasy Options: Kerryon Johnson, Kenny Golladay, Matthew Stafford

Optional Fantasy Option: CJ Anderson, Marvin Jones, Danny Amendola, TJ Hockenson

Green Bay Packers

  • Week 1 @ CHI
  • Week 2 vs MIN
  • Week 3 vs DEN
  • Week 4 vs PHI
  • Week 5 @ DAL
  • Week 6 vs DET
  • Week 7 vs OAK
  • Week 8 @ KC
  • Week 9 @ LAC
  • Week 10 vs CAR
  • Week 11 Bye
  • Week 12 @ SF
  • Week 13 @ NYG
  • Week 14 vs WSH
  • Week 15 vs CHI
  • Week 16 @ MIN
  • Week 17 @ DET

QB

  • Aaron Rodgers

RB

  • Aaron Jones

WR

  • Davante Adams
  • Geronimo Allison
  • Marquez Valdes-Scantling

TE

  • Jimmy Graham
  • Jace Sternberger

If the Packers can stay healthy they will have a bounce back year at least from a fantasy standpoint. Adams has put himself into that tier of wideouts where he is unguardable, he is going to get his regardless. Aaron Rodgers is recovered from his knee injury last year but if he looks how he did last year, it’s hard to imagine, but he could just be a regular quarterback. This is Rodgers we’re talking about, he always has the potential to be a top 3 quarterback. Allison and Valdes-Scantling are said to be the wideouts not named Adams to be on this team, choose one and he will produce fantasy value for your team if Rodgers has another one of his big years they both could be fantasy viable. Jimmy Graham has turned into just another tight end, he still can have his big games but I don’t expect anything of value out of him. Jace Sternberger was drafted in the third round by the Packers while he’s not the best blocker he is an athlete who could make plays and take away value from Graham. Aaron Jones is the best runner in this backfield and the only one to hold real fantasy value, he has been getting healthier during the offseason whether that takes him to another level has yet to be seen. I like Aaron Jones a lot my only concern is can he get to the point where he is averaging 15 or more carries a game. If he does he could be an elite play.

Notable Fantasy Options: Aaron Rodgers, Aaron Jones, Davante Adams

Optional Fantasy Options: Geronimo Allison, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Jimmy Graham

Minnesota Vikings

  • Week 1 vs ATL
  • Week 2 @ GB
  • Week 3 vs OAK
  • Week 4 @ CHI
  • Week 5 @ NYG
  • Week 6 vs PHI
  • Week 7 @ DET
  • Week 8 vs WSH
  • Week 9 @ KC
  • Week 10 @ DAL
  • Week 11 vs DEN
  • Week 12 Bye
  • Week 13 @ SEA
  • Week 14 vs DET
  • Week 15 @ LAC
  • Week 16 vs GB
  • Week 17 vs CHI

QB

  • Kirk Cousins

RB

  • Dalvin Cook
  • Alex Mattison

WR

  • Adam Thielen
  • Stefon Diggs

TE

  • Kyle Rudolph

This has the potential to be one of the best teams in the NFL it all depends on their line play. Kirk Cousins was under pressure a lot last season and he was not comfortable there. To get pressure off of Kirk the Vikings have to establish the run and Gary Kubiak will make sure they do that. Cook is another year removed from his injury if he can live up to his potential he could be a top 10 running back with his volume. If he can’t stay healthy, Alex Mattison will fill that role and should be locked into the Latavius Murray role from last year. Thielen and Diggs are the best one, two, punch in the league, they are two elite wideouts on the same team and they make plays no matter what. If the line gives Cousins time these two wideouts have the ability to be top 10 receivers each. Kyle Rudolph is back again his role hasn’t really changed but if he under performs the Vikings could cut his playing time so they can see what they really have in Irv Smith Jr.

Notable Fantasy Options: Kirk Cousins, Dalvin Cook, Adam Thielen, Stefon Diggs

Optional Fantasy Options: Alex Mattison, Kyle Rudolph

NFC South

Atlanta Falcons

  • Week 1 @ MIN
  • Week 2 vs PHI
  • Week 3 @ IND
  • Week 4 vs TEN
  • Week 5 @ HOU
  • Week 6 @ ARI
  • Week 7 vs LAR
  • Week 8 vs SEA
  • Week 9 Bye
  • Week 10 @ NO
  • Week 11 @ CAR
  • Week 12 vs TB
  • Week 13 vs NO
  • Week 14 vs CAR
  • Week 15 @ SF
  • Week 16 vs JAX
  • Week 17 @ TB

QB

  • Matt Ryan

RB

  • Devonta Freeman
  • Brian Hill

WR

  • Julio Jones
  • Calvin Ridley
  • Mohamed Sanu

TE

  • Austin Hooper

This is going to be one of the most prolific offenses in the NFL. Matt Ryan last season sneakily had one of his best seasons and it can get better from here. Freeman is back healthy to be the lead back in the offense if he can stay healthy he could easily be a top 15 back. The second running back position is up in the air but I believe Brian Hill will win out this job over Ito Smith. Julio Jones said he is going to have 3,000 yards this season, he is ready to take it to another level if that is even possible. Julio is injury plagued but he always plays through his injuries, he’s a top 2 receiver in the league easily. His TD curse is over and this is his year. Calvin Ridley and Mohamed Sanu round out this passing offense and they both have the ability to be top 20 wideouts in the league. Sanu is consistent in every game and in any game Ridley could catch a pass for 60 yards and a touchdown. For Austin Hooper, it is make or break, if he can break out and be an elite pass catcher at the tight end position that could take this offense to being the best in the league.

Notable Fantasy Options: Matt Ryan, Devonta Freeman, Julio Jones

Optional Fantasy Options: Calvin Ridley, Mohamed Sanu, Austin Hooper, Brian Hill/RB2

Carolina Panthers

  • Week 1 vs LAR
  • Week 2 vs TB
  • Week 3 @ ARI
  • Week 4 @ HOU
  • Week 5 vs JAX
  • Week 6 vs TB
  • Week 7 Bye
  • Week 8 @ SF
  • Week 9 vs TEN
  • Week 10 @ GB
  • Week 11 vs ATL
  • Week 12 @ NO
  • Week 13 vs WSH
  • Week 14 @ ATL
  • Week 15 vs SEA
  • Week 16 @ IND
  • Week 17 vs NO

QB

  • Cam Newton

RB

  • Christian McCaffrey

WR

  • DJ Moore
  • Curtis Samuel 

TE

  • Greg Olsen

The Carolina Panthers finally have an offensive line and it’s going to change what this team is able to do. Cam may have to run less with this OL and Christian McCaffrey, already great last year, could maintain that and then some. Cam’s injury was shoulder related and since surgery everything we’ve heard is that he is fine, maybe better, this isn’t an Andrew Luck situation from two years ago. DJ Moore and Curtis Samuel are said to be the two wideouts to lead this group, Moore has the ability to break out and be a top fantasy wideout in the league with Samuel making big plays and could have weeks winning games in your league. Who emerges as the third wideout is up in the air, there’s a battle going on between Chris Hogan, Jarius Wright, and Torrey Smith, either way their value isn’t noteworthy. Greg Olsen is back for another year and is the best tight end on this team, if he can stay healthy he should provide solid value at the tight end position.

Notable Fantasy Options: Cam Newton, Christian McCaffrey, DJ Moore

Optional Fantasy Options: Curtis Samuel, Greg Olsen

New Orleans Saints

  • Week 1 vs HOU
  • Week 2 @ LAR
  • Week 3 @ SEA
  • Week 4 vs DAL
  • Week 5 vs TB
  • Week 6 @ JAX
  • Week 7 @ CHI
  • Week 8 vs ARI
  • Week 9 Bye
  • Week 10 vs ATL
  • Week 11 @ TB
  • Week 12 vs CAR
  • Week 13 @ ATL
  • Week 14 vs SF
  • Week 15 vs IND
  • Week 16 @ TEN
  • Week 17 @ CAR

QB

  • Drew Brees

RB

  • Alvin Kamara
  • Latavius Murray

WR

  • Michael Thomas
  • Ted Ginn Jr
  • Tre’Quan Smith

TE

  • Jared Cook

This team has had the worst luck in the postseason the past two seasons but has been one of the best teams during that time. This year could be a different story, they have one of the hardest schedules in the league, but for fantasy value that could mean big things from this team. If they are forced to pass Brees, Kamara, Michael Thomas, and Jared Cook could all find themselves in the Top 5 at each of their positions. It could also lead to value for Ted Ginn, albeit inconsistent, and Tre’Quan Smith who could have a breakout year. Kamara is going to be the premiere back in the offense, but he is still going to be stuck in that range of having 13-17 carriers per game, he however is a tremendous pass catching back and he is a playmaker, all the things you need for elite fantasy production. Latavius Murray is going to try and fill in the Mark Ingram role from the previous few years. I do see Murray playing but he is no Mark Ingram, he is a big running back but his vision to see the field and ability to make plays isn’t where it needs to be. Michael Thomas earned his contract and is in that tier of unguardable receivers. Jared Cook is a big playmaker, he is not the best blocker, but if he is in there for all the designed pass plays he may be able to get to Jimmy production levels when he was in New Orleans if he can stay consistent.

Notable Fantasy Options: Drew Brees, Alvin Kamara, Michael Thomas

Optional Fantasy Options: Latavius Murray, Ted Ginn, Tre’Quan Smith, Jared Cook

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • Week 1 vs SF
  • Week 2 @ CAR
  • Week 3 vs NYG
  • Week 4 @ LAR
  • Week 5 @ NO
  • Week 6 vs CAR
  • Week 7 Bye
  • Week 8 @ TEN
  • Week 9 @ SEA
  • Week 10 vs ARI
  • Week 11 vs NO
  • Week 12 @ ATL
  • Week 13 @ JAX
  • Week 14 vs IND
  • Week 15 @ DET
  • Week 16 vs HOU
  • Week 17 vs ATL

QB

  • Jameis Winston

RB

  • Peyton Barber
  • Ronald Jones

WR

  • Mike Evans
  • Chris Godwin
  • Breshad Perriman

TE

  • OJ Howard

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a new coach in Bruce Arians and this offense is about to open up. The defense on this team it doesn’t matter. This team is not going to let up on offense in any game, whether they have a lead or not(more than likely not), they are going to move the ball. Jameis Winston doesn’t always make the best play but he has ceiling to be a dynamic player in the NFL and could easily be a top ten quarterback. Arians is going to limit these mistakes by passing the ball short, whether it’s a screening it out to one of the running backs, or passing it down the line of scrimmage and having Godwin use his speed on a wide receiver screen. Then it’ll be time to make plays, and this team has plenty of them. Mike Evans is a big body receiver and could potentially get up to that tier of unguardable, Chris Godwin in his second season and the uptick in volume he is going to see, without DeSean Jackson taking up 450+ snaps, he is probably going to be the breakout player for this offense and could find value as a WR2. This is OJ Howard’s position now, he is the best blocker and pass catcher at Tight End for this team. He has the potential to insert himself into that tier of Tight Ends making the elite 3 an elite 4 or 5. If one running back emerges from this backfield they do have value. Right now, Barber and RoJo are going to share this backfield all season long. This team could make a move for running back, I’m looking at you Melvin Gordon.

Notable Fantasy Plays: Jameis Winston, Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, OJ Howard

Optional Fantasy Plays: Peyton Barber, Ronald Jones, Breshad Perriman

NFC East

Dallas Cowboys

  • Week 1 vs NYG
  • Week 2@ WSH
  • Week 3 vs MIA
  • Week 4 @ NO
  • Week 5 vs GB
  • Week 6 @ NYJ
  • Week 7 vs PHI
  • Week 8 Bye
  • Week 9 @ NYG
  • Week 10 vs MIN
  • Week 11 @ DET
  • Week 12 @ NE
  • Week 13 vs BUF
  • Week 14 @ CHI
  • Week 15 vs LAR
  • Week 16 @ PHI
  • Week 17 vs WSH

QB

  • Dak Prescott

RB

  • Ezekiel Elliot
  • Tony Pollard

WR

  • Amari Cooper
  • Michael Gallup
  • Randall Cobb

TE

  • Jason Witten
  • Blake Jarwin

The Cowboys are a condensed offense, other teams have a sense of what they do game to game but can they stop it? How effective this Cowboys offense can be rides on the shoulders of Zeke, Tony Pollard is a talented running back but he is no Zeke. Zeke is a top 3 running back in fantasy. The Cowboys play a slow game with a lot of running, the volume will be there for anyone in this backfield. Dak Prescott is an underrated quarterback and provides a great floor for fantasy value. Amari Cooper is a changed man in Dallas and could break out for over 100 yards in any week. Michael Gallup is set to have a breakout year fighting to stay consistent, while Randall Cobb is going to have decent value in PPR leagues filling in as that safety blanket for Dak that Cole Beasley previously held. Tight End is not used much in Dallas other then blocking. If you still believe in Jason Witten he may have a couple good weeks of fantasy value.

Notable Fantasy Options: Ezekiel Elliot*, Amari Cooper, Dak Prescott

Optional Fantasy Options: Micahel Gallup, Randall Cobb, Jason Witten

New York Giants

  • Week 1 @ DAL
  • Week 2 vs BUF
  • Week 3 @ TB
  • Week 4 vs WSH
  • Week 5 vs MIN
  • Week 6 @ NE
  • Week 7 vs ARI
  • Week 8 @ DET
  • Week 9 vs DAL
  • Week 10 @ NYJ
  • Week 11 Bye
  • Week 12 @ CHI
  • Week 13 vs GB
  • Week 14 @ PHI
  • Week 15 vs MIA
  • Week 16 @ WSH
  • Week 17 vs PHI

QB

  • Eli Manning
  • Daniel Jones

RB

  • Saquon Barkley

WR

  • Sterling Shepard
  • Cody Latimer
  • Golden Tate ( 4 Game Suspension )

TE

  • Evan Engram

This team is going to have to try to move the ball at a high rate to try and compete to win games. Barkley, is the center to all of this, he is the consensus overall pick for fantasy drafts this year and that’s not a happy accident. Saquon caught 91 balls out of the backfield last year and he could realistically see over 100 catches and over 250 rush attempts this year. With that kind of volume it’s hard to argue that you shouldn’t take him as the overall pick. Eli Manning is still at quarterback but Daniel Jones is not far behind and the Giants are going to see what they have with him sometime this season. Quarterback play for this team, could provide good value from a fantasy standpoint since they will have to be passing the ball. Shepard is and Tate, when he is back, will be fighting for the number one wide receiver spot early in the season. Cody Latimer if he lives up to his potential could also provide fantasy value for your team but more than likely on an inconsistent basis. Evan Engram rounds out this offense and should be the safety blanket for whoever is at quarterback. Engram is a good candidate to insert himself into that top tier of fantasy tight ends.

Notable Fantasy Options: Saquon Barkley, Evan Engram, Sterling Shepard

Optional Fantasy Options: Cody Latimer, Golden Tate, Eli Manning, Daniel Jones

Philadelphia Eagles

  • Week 1 vs WSH
  • Week 2 @ ATL
  • Week 3 vs DET
  • Week 4 @ GB
  • Week 5 vs NYJ
  • Week 6 @ MIN
  • Week 7 @ DAL
  • Week 8 @ BUF
  • Week 9 vs CHI
  • Week 10 Bye
  • Week 11 vs NE
  • Week 12 vs SEA
  • Week 13 @ MIA
  • Week 14 vs NYG
  • Week 15 @ WSH
  • Week 16 vs DAL
  • Week 17 @ NYG

QB

  • Carson Wentz

RB

  • Jordan Howard
  • Miles Sanders

WR

  • Alshon Jeffrey
  • DeSean Jackson
  • Nelson Agholor

TE

  • Zach Ertz
  • Dallas Goedert

The Eagles have the potential to be one of the best teams in the NFL and it all falls into the hands of Carson Wentz. If Wentz can stay healthy and produce at a high level this team will provide fantasy value at every position. Jordan Howard and Miles Sanders will head a backfield that under Doug Pedersen is almost guaranteed to be a committee. Their games will be inconsistent but when they do hit either of these running backs could have multiple touchdowns in a game. Carson Wentz likes to spread the ball around, Alshon has never been consistent in this offense, DJax is here to take the top off the defense expect some big games throughout the season in his return to Philadelphia. Agholor is filling out the slot where he doesn’t get the most volume but he is steady part of this offense, but the most consistent pass catcher on the team is Zach Ertz, he is in that elite tier of tight end that gives you a big advantage week to week at that position. Dallas Goedert is on the rise but it will take an injury to Ertz to see him produce on a consistent level.

Notable Fantasy Options: Carson Wentz, Zach Ertz

Optional Fantasy Options: Jordan Howard, Miles Sanders, Alshon Jeffrey, DeSean Jackson, Nelson Agholor, Dallas Goedert

Washington Redskins

  • Week 1 @ PHI
  • Week 2 vs DAL
  • Week 3 vs CHI
  • Week 4  @ NYG
  • Week 5 vs NE
  • Week 6 @ MIA
  • Week 7 vs SF
  • Week 8 @ MIN
  • Week 9 @ BUF
  • Week 10 Bye
  • Week 11 vs NYJ
  • Week 12 vs DET
  • Week 13 @ CAR
  • Week 14 @ GB
  • Week 15 vs PHI
  • Week 16 vs NYG
  • Week 17 @ DAL

QB

  • Case Keenum
  • Dwayne Haskins

RB

  • Derrius Guice
  • Chris Thompson
  • Adrian Peterson

WR

  • Paul Richardson
  • Josh Doctson
  • Trey Quinn

TE

  • Jordan Reed
  • Vernon Davis

The Washington Redskins are going to be an average to below average team for the year, going to compete in most games but probably won’t win many. This team is going to be game dependent play slow to try and grind to win games or playing catch up in games where they get down early, where that really matters is at running back position. When they are up Guice and/or Peterson could easily have a game where they get 20+ carries. Meanwhile if they are down Thompson could come in and catch 7 passes for 80 plus yards and 2 scores. Either way the production won’t be consistent but it could easily win you a week. Keenum is said to start the year but with these pass catchers it doesn’t look promising for him or Haskins. The Redskins should see what that have with Haskins sooner rather than later. Richardson and Doctson will lead this wide receiver unit and unless they take a huge step forward expect them to be average to below average fantasy receivers. Jordan Reed has the ability to be one of the best tight ends in the league, all he needs is to stay on the field, you can’t be confident in that though.

Notable Fantasy Options: Derrius Guice/Adrian Peterson, Chris Thompson

Optional Fantasy Options: Paul Richardson, Josh Docston, Jordan Reed, Case Keenum, Dwayne Haskins

NFC West

Arizona Cardinals

  • Week 1 vs DET
  • Week 2 @ BAL
  • Week 3 vs CAR
  • Week 4 vs SEA
  • Week 5 @ CIN
  • Week 6 vs ATL
  • Week 7 @ NYG
  • Week 8 @ NO
  • Week 9 vs SF
  • Week 10 @ TB
  • Week 11 @ SF
  • Week 12 Bye
  • Week 13 vs LAR
  • Week 14 vs PIT
  • Week 15 vs CLE
  • Week 16 @ SEA
  • Week 17 @ LAR

QB

  • Kyler Murray

RB

  • David Johnson

WR

  • Larry Fitzgerald
  • Christian Kirk
  • Andy Isabella

TE

  • Maxx Williams

The Arizona Cardinals only chance to win games is to run a high octane offense and have their defense make plays. With the addition of Kilff Kingsbury this offense is going to find unique ways to move the ball. David Johnson has to ability to put himself back into that elite tier of running back with the amount of volume he should be seeing on this team. Kyler Murray is a hyper accurate quarterback with weapons around him that could make for one of the best offenses in the NFL. Fitzgerald is coming back for another year in Arizona and he should easily have a 95+ catch season while Christian Kirk is set to have a breakout year and take over as the go to wideout in this offense. Andy Isabella is the wideout to complete this unit and is a fast receiver who should make plays. Maxx Williams is the best choice out of the tight end options over Charles Clay and Ricky Seals-Jones.

Notable Fantasy Options: Kyler Murray, David Johnson, Christian Kirk

Optional Fantasy Options: Andy Isabella, Larry Fitzgerald, Maxx Williams

Los Angeles Rams

  • Week 1 @ CAR
  • Week 2 vs NO
  • Week 3 @ CLE
  • Week 4 vs TB
  • Week 5 @ SEA
  • Week 6 vs SF
  • Week 7 @ ATL
  • Week 8 vs CIN
  • Week 9 Bye
  • Week 10 @ PIT
  • Week 11 vs CHI
  • Week 12 vs BAL
  • Week 13 @ ARI
  • Week 14 vs SEA
  • Week 15 @ DAL
  • Week 16 @ SF
  • Week 17 vs ARI

QB

  • Jared Goff

RB

  • Todd Gurley
  • Darrell Henderson

WR

  • Brandin Cooks
  • Robert Woods
  • Cooper Kupp

TE

  • Gerald Everett

The Rams are out for revenge, after a tremendous last season they came up just short in the Super Bowl, with an injured team. If Todd Gurley can stay healthy and at full strength, then this could be one of the best offenses in the NFL. Jared Goff has improved every year and if he can take another step forward this team could take a step forward as the best in the NFL. This is a lot of what ifs, it is within the realm of possibility but this team must stay healthy and consistent for them to reach that potential. This wideout group is one of the most talented in the NFL. Brandin Cooks is a big play waiting to happen and seems to get it done year after year. Robert Woods is one of the most consistent wideouts in the NFL since he has arrived onto the Rams he provides great value for your team. Cooper Kupp is the safety blanket for Goff, coming of an ACL tear he should have a chip on his shoulder to try and have his best year yet. Gerald Everett is going to be the tight end for the team I don’t expect much fantasy value here without Jared Cook at the position.

Notable Fantasy Options: Jared Goff, Todd Gurley, Brandin Cooks, Robert Woods, Cooper Kupp

Optional Fantasy Options: Darrell Henderson, Gerald Everett

San Francisco 49ers

  • Week 1 @ TB
  • Week 2 @ CIN
  • Week 3 vs PIT
  • Week 4 Bye
  • Week 5 vs CLE
  • Week 6 @ LAR
  • Week 7 @ WSH
  • Week 8 vs CAR
  • Week 9 @ ARI
  • Week 10 vs SEA 
  • Week 11 vs ARI
  • Week 12 vs GB
  • Week 13 @ BAL
  • Week 14 @ NO
  • Week 15 vs ATL
  • Week 16 vs LAR
  • Week 17 @ SEA

QB

  • Jimmy Garoppolo

RB

  • Tevin Coleman
  • Jerick McKinnon
  • Matt Breida

WR

  • Dante Pettis
  • Marquise Goodwin
  • Trent Taylor
  • Deebo Samuel

TE

  • George Kittle

The 49ers are not going to be a team of fantasy consistent. They got playmakers at every position and Kyle Shanahan is going to make sure he gets the most use out of them. This is one of the fastest teams in the NFL and sometime this season McKinnon, Breida, Goodwin, and Samuel are going to make plays with speed alone. Jimmy G is coming off of his ACL tear and people are sceptical on how he is going to perform this year. Once the team start to come into rhythm Jimmy G could be a top quarterback in fantasy. Dante Pettis and Marquise Goodwin are set to lead this wideout group with Taylor locked into the slot they should be able to move the ball with the help of their running game. George Kittle is still the best receiver on this team and he should stay in that elite tier of top tight ends year after year, The running game is the biggest mystery for this team. Shanahan is familiar with Coleman and Breida showed last year he has the ability to have big games. McKinnon is coming off of an ACL tear and may possibly be out week one. Once all these running backs are on the field and healthy it’ll be a nightmare for fantasy owners and opposing NFL coaches trying to figure out what this running game will do week to week. There will be value in the backfield if you can capitalize on the right players in the right game plan

Notable Fantasy Options: Jimmy Garappolo, George Kittle, Dante Pettis

Optional Fantasy Options: Tevin Coleman, Jerick McKinnon, Matt Breida, Marquise Goodwin, Deebo Samuel

Seattle Seahawks

  • Week 1 vs CIN
  • Week 2 @ PIT
  • Week 3 vs NO
  • Week 4 @ ARI
  • Week 5 vs LAR
  • Week 6 @ CLE
  • Week 7 vs BAL
  • Week 8 @ ATL
  • Week 9 vs TB
  • Week 10 @ SF
  • Week 11 Bye
  • Week 12 @ PHI
  • Week 13 vs MIN
  • Week 14 @ LAR
  • Week 15 @ CAR
  • Week 16 vs ARI
  • Week 17 vs SF

QB

  • Russell Wilson

RB

  • Chris Carson
  • Rashaad Penny

WR

  • Tyler Lockett
  • David Moore
  • DK Metcalf

TE

  • Will Dissly

Slow and steady wins the race in Seattle. This team is going to run the ball no matter what to try and control the pace of the game. Carson and Wilson are upper tier plays at their position with Carson getting mostly all the volume from the backfield and Wilson always having a great floor from running of his own. Wilson is also a great passer when he needs to be, he’s great at extending plays and that’s just what you need when you have guys like Tyler Lockett. Lockett and Moore are the two best wideouts on their team and should be out there just about every play. Look for Moore to have a breakout campaign from last year and see if Lockett can maintain the performance he put up last year. DK Metcalf is going to get on the field at some point this season but first he is going to have to pass Jaron Brown on the depth chart. It’s going to be a big wait and see for Metcalf. Will Dissly is back off of injury and while he is not the best blocker on the team he should provide great work as the pass catching tight end for the team. 

Notable Fantasy Options: Russell Wilson, Chris Carson, Tyler Lockett

Optional Fantasy Options: David Moore, Will Dissly, Rashaad Penny, DK Metcalf