Whose Fantasy Stock Took Big Hits 2 by Utter-Fantasy Writer & illustrator Doug Bowles
HC Jeff Fisher surprised everyone on day one of the NFL Draft by selecting RB Todd Gurley with the Rams #10 overall pick of the 1st round. Running back Zac Stacy was more than surprised by the selection…..he was “pissed”, and immediately requested to be traded. RB Stacy, who was 3rd on the St. Louis depth chart after having entered the 2014 season as the Ram’s starter, suddenly became inconsequential. His request was granted BTW, and Stacy is now a Jet.
Many veteran player’s fantasy stock took big hits the weekend because of the NFL Draft, some took minor hits and Utter-Fantasy has decided to take a look at some of them, team by team.
MIAMI- WR Jarvis Landry/ WR Kenny Stills- ( Medium hit)- The Dolphins selected WR DeVanta Parker in the 1st Round, with the 14th overall selection. ( Miami had perhaps more pressing needs to address in Round One, but Parker’s talent may have been too irresistible to pass up) Johnson was the 3rd overall ranked WR by Utter-Fantasy in this year’s draft. Parker’s selection does hurt any WR on Miami’s roster in particular, it simply deletes everyone’s value. RB Lamar Miller- (Medium Hit)- The Dolphins selected RB Jay Ajayi in the 5th Round (shocking that he lasted til the 5th, and slipped due to knee concerns) Lamar Miller had an incredible 2014 season, but is in a contract year and Miami may already have his replacement.
MINNESOTA- TE Kyle Rudolph- ( little/ no hit)- The Vikings did not select an player on offense until the 5th round ( TE MyCole Pruitt) and he won’t threaten current #1 TE Kyle Rudolph unless there is an injury. The Vikings also selected WR Stephan Diggs in the 6th round, but Minnesota is loaded at with WRs. Diggs currently has very little fantasy value.
NEW ENGLAND- Pat’s offense players ( little/no hit)- The Patriots had 11 selections in the 2015 NFL Draft. Out of those 11 picks, only one was devoted to a player at skill position, TE A J Derby. The rookie tight end was picked in Round 6, and will not threaten any player currently on the Pats roster. TE Derby White was Utter-Fantasy’s #23 ranked TE in this year’s draft.
NEW ORLEANS- Saint’s offense players ( little/no hit)- The Saints had 9 selections in the 2015 NFL Draft, and used only two of their selections for their offense. QB Garrett Grayson was selected in Round 3 by the Saints, and he’ll spend the 2015 season holding a clipboard. RB Marcus Murphy was selected by New Orleans in the Round 7, and he’ll end up being a low end #4 RB. Murphy was the 25th overall ranked RB by Utter-Fantasy in this year’s draft.
NEW YORK GIANTS- Giant’s offense players ( little/no hit)- The Giants only had 5 picks in the 2015 NFL Draft, one in each round except for Round Four. The only player selected for their offense was WR Geremy Davis, who was selected in Round Six. Davis was not in Utter-Fantasy’s top 25 WR prospects for 2015 NFL Draft. He will have to success early to have any fantasy value on a crowded WR depth chart.
NEW YORK JETS- WR Jeremy Kerley- (Big Hit)- The Jets selected WR Devin Smith early in Round Two with the #37 overall pick. New York is trying to get as many explosive players as they can to help this offense. Smith was Utter-Fantasy’s #8 ranked WR in this year’s draft. He is 6’0″ and weighs 196 pounds. He is quick with deceptive speed. WR Devin Smith will become the Jets #3 WR early in the season, and will dilute the stats of WRs Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker in 2015. QB Bryce Petty was selected by New York in Round 4, but he’ll only be a developmental quarterback in 2015.
OAKLAND- WR James Jones/ WR Michael Crabtree- (Huge Hit)- The Raiders selected WR Amari Cooper with the #15 overall selection in Round One. Cooper was Utter-Fantasy’s #1 ranked WR in this year’s draft, and a true #1 WR for Oakland. WRs Crabtree and Jones weren’t going to be fantasy stars regardless, but with Cooper’s addition, they will now have even far less fantasy value. Cooper in Oakland will be similar to WR Kelvin Benjamin’s addition to the Carolina receiving corps in 2014.
PHILADELPHIA- WR Josh Huff/ WR Riley Cooper-(Huge Hit)- The Eagles’s selected WR Nelson Agholor with the #20 overall pick in Round One. He was Utter-Fantasy’s #10 ranked WR in this year’s draft. The selection of WR Agholor doesn’t hurt WR Jordan Matthew’s fantasy stock, as he needed someone opposite him to draw away coverage, but the rest of the Philly’s receiving corps were crushed by the selection.( Utter- Fantasy didn’t think WR Miles Austin had any fantasy value regardless.) Agholor is 6’0″, weighs 198 pounds and has great quickness & balance. He should be able to grab the #2 WR spot for Philadelphia early on.
PITTSBURGH- WR Marcus Wheaton- (Big Hit)- The Steelers selected WR Sammy Coates in Round Three, and they were probably surprised that he was still available. Coates was Utter-Fantasy’s #7 ranked WR in this year’s draft. He is 6’1″, weighs in at 212 and has crazy fast speed. He likely fell in the draft due to the fact that he is not always sure-handed. WR Wheaton had a productive 2014 rookie season, but only caught 2 TD passes. WRs Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant are locked in as Pittsburgh’s #1 & #2 WRs, so WR Wheaton is the worst hit by this addition. ( TE Jesse James was selected in Round 5 by Pittsburgh, but won’t threaten TE Heath Miller’s fantasy value in 2015)
SAN DIEGO- RB Brandon Oliver/ Donald Brown- (Huge Hit)-The Chargers selected RB Melvin Gordon in the 3rd Round of the NFL Draft. Gordon was Utter-Fantasy’s #1 ranked RB in this year’s draft. The Chargers let RB Ryan Mathews sign with Philadelphia, and RBs Oliver and Brown were never going to be the #1 RB for San Diego in 2015. Danny Woodhead is going to handle most passing downs, but Gordon has a chance to make a big fantasy impact in his first year.
SAN FRANCISCO- 49er’s offense players ( little/no hit)- The 49ers first three selections went to help their defense. San Francisco selected a tackle, a safety and an outside linebacker. In Round Four, the 49ers selected TE Blake Bell, who was Utter-Fantasy’s #9 overall TE prospect for the 2015 NFL Draft. The 49ers have a rebuilding offense, therefore, it will be difficult for any rookie to have a fantasy impact in 2015. (also in Round Four, SF selected RB Mike Davis, but he’ll only be a handcuff for starting RB Carlos Hyde)
SEATTLE- WR Doug Baldwin/ WR Jermaine Kearse- (Medium Hit)- The Seahawks selected WR Tyler Lockett with the #69 overall pick in Round Three. Lockett was Utter-Fantasy’s #12 ranked WR in this year’s draft. Lockett is one of the best punt and return men in the country, so how he will be used exactly in Seattle’s offense is unknown right now. WRs Baldwin and Kearse have been servicable for Seattle, but neither can be considered a true #1 WR in the NFL. If Lockett has chemistry early with QB Russell Wilson, Baldwin and Kearse’s fantasy stock could take a bigger hit. (also remember, the Seahawks now have TE Jimmy Graham)
ST LOUIS- RB Tre Mason- (Medium Hit)- As mentioned above, HC Jeff Fisher surprised everyone on day one of the NFL Draft by selecting RB Todd Gurley with the Rams #10 overall pick of the 1st round. Gurley was Utter-Fantasy’s #2 ranked RB in this year’s draft. Coach Jeff Fisher confirmed the Rams will take a “conservative” approach to No. 10 pick Todd Gurley’s return from November ACL surgery. If Gurley was completely healthy, he could take over as the Rams #1 RB immediately. RB Cunningham may still be the St Louis third-down back this season, but his fantasy value is hit hard as well.
TAMPA BAY- QB Mike Glennon- ( Huge Hit)- As expected when the Bucs didn’t resign QB McCown, Tampa Bay selected Florida State QB Jameis Winston. Winston will begin the 2015 season as the Buc’s starting quarterback, and only an injury or weeks of atrocious play, will get Glennon back on the field.
TENNESSEE- WR Kendall Wright/ Justin Hunter/ WR Harry Douglas- (Big Hit)- The Titans selected WR Dorial Green-Beckham with the #40 overall pick in Round Two. Green-Beckham was Utter-Fantasy’s #4 ranked WR in this year’s draft. He is huge at 6’5″ with freakish talents. If he can keep his nose clean ( some character issues) Green-Beckham could challenge as the Titans top receiver. QB Jach Mettenberger- ( Huge Hit)- As expected, the Titans selected Oregon QB Marcus Mariota. Tennesse was shopping their #2 NFL Draft selection, but were asking too much from any team that inquired to make the trade. Mariota will begin the 2015 season as the Titan’s starting quarterback, and only an injury or weeks of atrocious play, will get Mettenberger back on the field.
WASHINGTON- RB Alfred Morris (Small hit)- Washington’s first player on offense wasn’t drafted until Round Three, RB Matt Jones. Jones was Utter-Fantasy’s #17 ranked RB in this year’s draft. Following the draft, coach Jay Gruden has already confirmed that RB Morris “will still be getting the bulk of the carries.” Washington drafted WR Jamison Chowder is Round 4. Chowder will likely compete for a slot/return role for Washington and has big time punt return ability. He won’t threaten the fans sty value of WRs DeSean Jackson or Pierre Garcon.
Who’s Fantasy Stock took the Biggest Hits- PART ONE