24 Aug These 5 Players Will Help You Win A Fantasy Football Championship
By: Shane Thompson
You know that feeling. The weather is still hot, BBQ’ing is at a premium and the beer is still ice cold. Football is back!! That means fantasy football is back! Are you prepared to make another championship run? Are you prepared to make the right plays and crush the competition? Well I’m here to be your intangible and your edge. I have five guys that could be drafted as high as the top five and as low as the last round of drafts. They will be your difference makers, especially in a PPR league.
Mike Evans, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
I know what you’re thinking. Really? We already know he’s good. He did have 96 catches, 1321 yards and 12 touchdowns. Why do I think he’s going to do even better? Two guys; Desean Jackson and O.J. Howard. Of course all of the offensive weapons that Jameis Winston now has will want a piece of the pie. I believe Evans targets will take a hit, but his productivity will go up. The Bucs didn’t complete a ball over 50 yards last year and Jackson joining this team will fill the void of the deep ball and open up areas for Evans to roam free. Expect him to be a top 2 wide out this season.
Dalvin Cook, RB, Minnesota Vikings
It’s amazing to think that there are two first round running backs this year that I could talk about, but frankly, I believe in Dalvin Cook that much more. Now the Vikings did get LaTavius Murray in free agency but it’s not a hefty contract to take on. Cook’s stock took a hit due to being banged up last year and there were questions of his pass blocking abilities. He has silenced the critics thus far in the pre season. He also has great hands and is very electric in open space. He rushed 7 times for 40 yards against a stout Seattle defense. You know who also did the same stat line in his first career start against Seattle last year? Ezekiel Elliot. Cook is a can’t miss in your fantasy lineup and is currently ranked 41st overall on Yahoo.
Terrell Pryor Sr., WR, Washington Redskins
Kirk Cousins lost DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon to free agency, which I believe is a blessing disguise not only for him but also Pryor Sr. He is coming off of a 1,000 yard season in Cleveland and that’s the first 1,000 yard season a Browns wide receiver has had since Josh Gordon a few years ago. The upgrade at quarterback in Cousins and mediocre defenses in the NFC East setup very well for Terrell. Yes, he rated 25th overall according to Yahoo and is projected to catch 78 balls, but don’t be surprised if he ends up being a top 7-10 wide out when it’s all said and done.
Deshaun Watson, QB, Houston
The Houston Texans front office is saying the right things for now to ensure that Tom Savage will be under center come week one, but everyone in the Texans locker room knows that Watson only makes them better. This is not only a guy that torched Alabama in two straight national championship games and threw for 350 plus yards in both instances, but he is also developing and understanding the playbook at a very rapid pace. He did, in most peoples eyes have a dud performance in his last game only throwing 3 for 10 but did have 102 yards and a rushing touchdown. He is quoted as having “complete control” of the offense and is showing flashes of brilliance. Consider him a QB3 but with huge upside. Their schedule is initially tough in going into New England week three and hosting Kansas City and Tennessee shortly after, but it eases up after the bye week. I’m predicting Watson will be a beast for you down the stretch, when you will need him most.
Kenny Golladay, WR, Detroit Lions
Matthew Stafford has plenty of possession receivers in Golden Tate, Marvin Jones and a tight end in Eric Ebron, but their biggest issue was finishing drives in the red zone. They struggled mightily in this part of the game and that’s why Stafford wasn’t in the elite QB category in 2016. Kenny Golladay is getting first team reps and is making the most of it. This very tall and athletic receiver will be a force to be reckoned with especially being on the outside and moving Tate into the slot, which means more one on one match ups. He is going as late as the last round or not even being drafted at all. The toughest part of the draft is finding productivity late and Golladay can provide that in both standard and PPR formats.