With just a few days until the start of the NFL Season, every fantasy team waiting to draft has some decisions to worry about. Waiting this long means all the preseason injuries are out there, so no one will be drafting players like Julian Edelman or Spencer Ware, but other players are ready to jolt into stardom.
The Kansas City rookie looks to be in a perfect spot for success, especially under Andy Reid who fed Jamaal Charles, and will be doing the same for Hunt, now that Ware is out. Kareem will be RB1 when the Chiefs open week one against the Patriots. If the first week is lackluster, don’t give up on him yet. That offense is heading in a new direction featuring him as well as Tyreek Hill.
Draft Spot: third round RB2 with possible RB1 upside
The Carolina Panthers offense in 2016 was stagnant. Cam Newton spent most of the year nursing a shoulder injury, and will turn around production. Aside from Greg Olson, Kelvin Benjamin has been a favorite target of Newton’s, catching 63 balls for nearly 1000 yards last season. He has two touchdowns in the preseason, and will likely benefit from the additions of McCaffrey and his versatility out of the backfield
Draft Spot- Early 6th round, FLEX/WR2
Entering his third year, Diggs is poised to have another strong year behind the arm of Sam Bradford. Last season, he was second on the team in targets with 111, but with only three touchdowns, his fantasy value was limited. The Vikings used him mostly in the slot, but will look to use his speed and route running on the outside for a chance to make some downfield plays. Diggs will have a huge year.
Draft Spot: 6th or 7th round. WR2/FLEX
Mariota finished 2016 with nearly 3,500 yards and 26 touchdowns, showing promise of a new superstar at the QB position. The Titans are posied to have a good year, adding Eric Decker and first round pick Corey Davis to his arsenal, as well as Demarco Murray in the backfield, there’s no reason to believe his numbers wont jump even more.
Draft Spot: 7th or 8th, but if a QB run happens, don’t miss out on him
The time has come for a new face at TE1 for the chargers. Antonio Gates is on the wrong side of 30, and Henry’s production last year showed signs of him ready to dominate targets from Phillip Rivers. Last season he only had 36 catches, but his 8 touchdowns were a nice fantasy boost. If you miss out on the big name tight ends early on, Henry is a late round option that can seriously boost your team.
Draft Spot: rounds 10-12
Other players poised for a big 2017:
Devante Parker – Miami Dolphins
Quincy Enunwa – New York Jets
Jack Doyle – Indianapolis Colts
Jamison Crowder – Washington Redskins
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