In this series of Twitter Observations, we will focus on some of the interesting tweets you may have missed. Twitter can be overwhelming with the amount of information that streams live, but it also proves to be one of the fastest and easiest ways to communicate. In 140 characters or less you can learn something about a player you may have never thought of from trends, stats or analysis. Let’s review some of the best tweets I’ve captured this week.
What happens with Blount is going to be about price. His market has narrowed significantly. His price point has yet to follow. But it will. https://t.co/oBTtnkWlDQ
— Charles Robinson (@CharlesRobinson) May 2, 2017
Charles Robinson, NFL reporter for Yahoo has reported that LeGarrette Blount is getting interest from the Giants and the Lions. The Lions would be an interesting landing spot, as they did not acquire a running back in the draft and Blount would complement Ameer Abdullah well. I wouldn’t expect Blount’s ADP to lower much in dynasty, but he’s worth the addition to your roster at low cost. Abdullah is the longer term buy, but would need a decent receiving role to be worth his cost.
— Justin Higdon (@afc2nfc) April 30, 2017
Justin Higdon has been tweeting out these really nice compact tables of how a team’s draft picks fair against the combine averages. Here we see the Browns players selected, clearly shows the Browns favoring the physically gifted players. I am inherently critical of any team not filling the most important position, quarterback, however it’s hard to dismiss the level of talented players they have added with this class.
There were 26 WRs taken in the first 5 rounds of the 2017 #NFLDraft. The most since 1990.
— Russell Clay (@RussellJClay) April 29, 2017
As Russell Clay points out, the 2017 draft saw 26 wide receivers in the first five rounds, which I didn’t expect would be a historical amount. While the class felt subpar, there were clearly a lot of NFL caliber receivers. While many of these receivers won’t be fantasy relevant, we should keep our eyes and ear kept wide open for camp standouts. Over the past 11 years receivers like Brandon Marshall, Jamison Crowder, Stefon Diggs, Marvin jones, Martavis Bryant, and Tyreek Hill have come out of the fourth and fifth rounds of the NFL draft. Who will it be this year?
CAR Total RB Trgt (+Share) in Cam’s Career
2011 – 97 (18.7%)
12 – 80 (16.3%)
13 – 79 (16.7%)
14 – 69 (12.7%)
15 – 64 (12.7%)
16 – 70 (12.4%) https://t.co/x6yMeX6TpC
— Ben G (@YardsPerGretch) April 28, 2017
As Ben Gretch points out here, the Panthers have not targeted their running backs very much in the past. Including running backs with at least one target, Panthers backs averaged 17.7 targets over six seasons. In Cam Newton’s rookie season, he targeted Jonathan Stewart 61 times. Since that season, the most Newton has targeted an RB was Mike Tolbert in 2012 with 39. If the question is, can Newton target backs? I absolutely believe he can. However, it requires some change to their past five seasons’ approach. I believe ultimately, the Panthers are looking to become more dynamic on offense, making it a clear intention to change based on their draft picks.
— Gridiron Experts (@GridironExperts) April 30, 2017
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Amelia Molitor’s Story Is Better, And More Important, Than Joe Mixon’s
— 700WLW (@700wlw) April 29, 2017
This is an incredible story on Amelia Molitor. Please do check it out.
With so much information on Twitter, there are so many great minds contributing great discussion, articles, and bits of data, truly a hot bed of fantasy goodness. I will be doing my best to capture the highlights of the week and mining it out in one place for you.
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