I was going to write more, but I’m already in a dark enough place.
Round 1, Pick 15 – Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor
Lightning fast (4.37 40), highly productive (2015 Biletnikoff Award winner), and explosive at the point of the catch, Coleman has everything needed to be DeSean Jackson, or better. In order to get there he will need to prove he can run polished routes and show more consistent hands, but these are both things that can be worked on. In the meantime, he is going to be a lid-lifter catching passes from a rocket armed quarterback. And once Josh Gordon retakes his spot on the throne, Coleman won’t have to worry nearly so much about safety help over the top. Color me excited.]]>
There are position battles and injury concerns in the AFC South with potentially significant IDP implications. Today, we will take a look at four of those situations and assess the IDP impact.]]>
This is the first in a 12-part series that will answer some simple questions, namely “who is the biggest risk?” and “who is the best value?” These are the types of questions dynasty owners ask themselves every time they are on the clock, so hopefully you’ll use this as a guide for the first three rounds of your upcoming drafts.
Let’s begin with the first round of dynasty startup drafts as we search for the biggest risk among the top 12 players. For reference, I’ll be using our latest August ADP data, which looks like this:
These are obviously some of the best players in the game and players that most dynasty owners would love the chance to draft or roster, but that doesn’t mean they are without risk, especially considering their relative cost compared to later draft picks.
I polled 27 DLF writers for this question and the responses were surprising and informative. Let’s begin with the players receiving no votes, meaning they are viewed as having very little risk.
Romo finally started a preseason game and lasted only three plays before taking an awkward hit from behind, falling to the ground in obvious pain while grabbing at his lower back. Despite multiple reports stating the injury wasn’t serious (including from owner Jerry Jones himself), news has just emerged that an MRI has revealed a broken bone in his lower back. The good news is this injury does not appear to be related to Romo’s previous back injuries. The bad news is it appears he could miss up to a reported ten weeks of the regular season.
No firm conclusion has been offered and all estimates, at this point, can only be guesswork but what you can plan on is that rookie pre-season sensation Dak Prescott will be under center in week one. For more on Prescott, read on here and be sure to check out our “Dak to the Future” article posted moments earlier.
What does this mean for the Cowboys?
So, who is Dak Prescott?
Well, for starters, he was born Rayne Dakota Prescott on July 29, 1993. He was a star quarterback for the Haughton High School Buccaneers in Haughton, Louisiana. Dak was redshirted as a true freshman in 2011 at Mississippi State, before eventually splitting time with Tyler Russell through the 2012 and 2013 season. Taking over as full time starter in 2014, Prescott went on to have back-to-back outstanding seasons, breaking several records along the way. Although it may not be a big deal to some, the most notable statistic that stands out to me was the fact he improved his completion percentage every year from 2013 to 2015, finishing with a career best 66.2% completion percentage. In fact, he increased his passing numbers in nearly every category across the board every year from 2013 to 2015.]]>
Not surprisingly, Cooks’ August ADP has risen to the rank of the 17th player overall, and the WR13, just a hair behind Bears’ stud pass catcher Alshon Jeffery. His metaphorical value balloon is soaring in the minds of most, but I’m here to take a needle to it. I’m not trying to be a Debbie Downer, but the advanced numbers just don’t support the assertion of Cooks’ ascension. Because after all…
Brandin Cooks was an inefficient NFL and fantasy receiver who couldn’t be relied upon on a weekly basis.]]>
To help everybody along, we are going to be categorizing our sleepers under one of three headings:
Because we aren’t going give you the likes of mainstream sleepers like Tyler Lockett or Carlos Hyde, most of these players will undoubtedly fizzle. All we are asking is for you to keep an open mind and perhaps be willing to make room for one of these players on your bench. You never know when the next Willie Snead is going to spring up. Feel free to add your own thoughts about our choice for the designated sleeper, or nominate one of your own in the comments below.]]>
For this mock, we did three rounds with twelve teams. We assumed PPR scoring and traditional lineups (so not a 2QB or superflex league). All of the drafters were asked to give a brief intro to their selection, and I’ll be providing some additional thoughts on each one as well. These are just our personal opinions on the rookies, so it is likely there could be some disagreement which is perfectly okay. The goal is to provide you with as many different perspectives as possible with the start of the season just around the corner. Let’s take a look at the picks.
If you missed the first round or the second round, be sure to go back and take a look.
**Special Note: This mock was conducted prior to preseason games. Anything which occurred, good or bad, during those games did not factor into this mock.**
25 – Hunter Henry, TE SD
Brian’s thoughts: I am not a big fan of taking rookie tight ends, but in the third round I would be thrilled to land Henry. Henry was the top tight end taken in the draft early in round two of the 2016 NFL draft. He is a balanced tight end who is a willing run blocker and was the best pass catching tight end in the class. Henry didn’t drop a single pass last season in Arkansas, and received rave reviews about his play during rookie mini camp. Rivers has loved Antonio Gates as a pass catching tight end for the last decade, so it can’t hurt Henry to learn from a guy like Gates.
My thoughts: I don’t see a ton of difference between Henry and Austin Hooper, who was drafted almost half a round sooner than Henry in this mock. Henry is probably a little bit more talented, but I think Hooper has a clearer path to playing time in the short term. If you’re willing to wait on Henry, just like every rookie tight end, it could pay off big. He has the talent to be a starting tight end in the NFL, and Rivers has shown he loves using the tight end position. Who knows how much longer Gates will be there, but Henry has a chance to learn from the best and turn into an asset.]]>