TE- O.J. Howard (BAMA) Ė Iíll start off the list with Howard since thereís a strong chance he could become a top 10 fantasy tight end in 2017. His college stats are definitely not jaw dropping, but remember he played for Alabama who primary runs a smashmouth offense that feeds the ball a ton to their running backs while having the game wrapped up by halftime. Though he showed time and time again during big games in college that heís a true force to be reckoned with and will suit any NFL system. Howards projected to be a top 20 pick and I predict he will be a solid fantasy player that produces around 75-90 points his rookie year.
RB- Dalvin Cook (FSU) Ė My opinion is Cooks the best overall running back in the draft and will get picked up by a team in need of a week 1 starter (Colts, Bucs, Eagles, etc). Heís coming off a JR year where he had nearly 1800 yards rushing and 500 receiving with a total of 20 touchdowns. While being an extremely good blocker in pass protection. Pretty much heís capable of doing anything a NFL team needs from their back. Fantasy related heís going to get fed with touches his rookie year which is always intriguing and due to his versatile threat as a receiver out of the backfield should lead to satisfying fantasy production on a weekly basis. Cooks has a high ceiling value and is a safe bet to be plugged in as a Flex early on..
RB/WR- Curtis Samuel (OSU) Ė Only question on Samuel heading into the draft is what position will suit him best in the pros. That being said the dudes a freak athlete and is a jack of all trades no matter where he lines up in the offense. Samuel is a playmaker and can score in a variety of ways when the balls in his hands. Heís going to get plenty of opportunities next year to showcase his skills making him a possible sleeper in fantasy and someone thatís well worth gambling on. He had 800 yards last year in receiving and rushing yards while averaging 9.6 yards every time the ball was in his hands. Heís a perfect bench stash player that could easily find himself into your starting lineup a few weeks in..
RB- Marlon Mack (USF) Ė Iím a huge believer that Mack is going to be a standout running back over the course of his NFL career since watching a handful of his games in 2016. Mack is an every down runner that has the explosiveness and acceleration to score at any given time while having the ability to put a move on any defender. He averaged over 100 yards a game rushing in his college career at USF and was a major contributor to why the Bulls offense ranked 11th in the nation last year. Once he gets the chance in the NFL next year thereís not a doubt in my mind he wonít impress. Fantasy sleeper next year mark my words and remember you heard it from me first!.
RB- Samaje Perine (OKLA) Ė I heard a draft analyst describe Perine the best way possible ďAll bully with very little ballerina as a runnerĒ. Perine is strong as an ox and is able to fit into tight crevices between the tackles even with his 235 pound frame, making him a great complimentary back to a team that already has a slasher. He will instantly become the short yardage and goal line back wherever he ends up and thatís why he will be fantasy relevant by scoring touchdowns when his teams inside the ten. Perine has a knack for the endzone since he scored over 50 touchdowns for Oklahoma in the past three seasons. Definitely a player that will be touchdown dependent for fantasy but should get plenty of opportunities to punch in six, making him a risk with a high reward sort of like Derrick Henry last year..
WR- Juju Smith- Schuster (USC) Ė First ill start by saying anyone named Juju is a person you need to watch out for since they donít come along to often. Smith- Schuster has all the talent in the world from the wide receiver position standing at 6í2 and weighing 215 pounds and has no concern at going after a ball across the middle. Juju struggles a little out of his breaks but his toughness alone makes up for that as well as his ability to make catches anywhere on the field due to his tremendous ball tracking skills. Doubtful he will be a WR 1 for whatever team drafts him but will be a perfect possession receiver and a redzone threat. Catching roughly nine passes a game last year proves he could be very useful in PPR leagues and someone that carries positive upside to find his way in for a fair share of touchdowns in 2017..
WR- Taywan Taylor (WKU) Ė Every year it seems thereís an unexpected rookie that takes the fantasy world by surprise. Taywan Taylor is my pick for being that guy next season and is someone Iíve hyped on a lot leading up to the draft. He fits the picture perfect role of a NFL slot receiver due to his elite athleticism and separation quickness in and out of his routes. Taylor runs flawless routes and has had his game compared to Vikings Stefon Diggs. Going for over 1400 yards the last two seasons at Western Kentucky with 17 touchdowns in each of those years proves heís a complete game changer. Though best stat of all was his game last year vs. Alabama where he caught nine passes for 123 yards against cornerback Marlon Humphrey who isthe second ranked CB in this yearís draft. Make sure you keep Taylor on your fantasy watch list..
WR- Chad Hansen (CAL) Ė Hansen is a player I havenít really looked into until this week and he has certainly got my attention. Heís gone unnoticed to many probably because he was a late bloomer and didnít really standout until his JR year last season for Cal. Hansen has a good combination of size and speed with the ability to climb over d-backs to win the deep ball. Very sound route runner and someone who displayed NFL maturity from his game tapes in 2016. My bet is his name gets called on the second or third day with a great possibility to be productive as a WR2 for whatever team he falls to. Hansen is just a solid all around player in my eyes and could flourish during his rookie season in fantasy..
|Austin Vershel||I'm also on the Samaje Perine bandwagon.|