If you haven’t already drafted your fantasy team, then listen up. If you have then you’re fucked and you might as well pack it in because I know what I’m talking about. These are the best picks for later round grabs and mid round stabs. I’m not going to bring up names that you are thinking in the Top 50 or anything close to that (i.e. Kareem Hunt,
Corey Coleman. Before getting hurt, Coleman was leading a Browns offense with some ability to get the ball up and down the field. Terrelle Pryor wasn’t the clear #1 that he turned out to be. And there’s still plenty of room for growth for the talented Coleman. Can Deshone Kizer get him the ball? We will see. But the Browns will definitely be in the position of playing from behind and they will need to throw the ball more often than not to stay in games. If Coleman can stay healthy then there’s no reason he doesn’t get a thousand yards this season.
LeGarrette Blount. This guy seriously never gets old. He keeps jumping from team to team and finding success. It might be tougher with a questionable offense in Philadelphia, but Blount is still the same guy who led the NFL in scores two years ago and was the main cog in a rushing attack that won the Super Bowl a year ago. Does anyone else think Darren Sproles is going to take carries away from this guy? Not likely. He’s not a pass catching back but Carson Wentz isn’t leading an air-it-out attack either.
Samaje Perine. Isn’t he the third back on the depth chart? Does that even matter? Did you know who Rob Kelley was before last year? All valid questions. Redskins camp is saying that the dude has some impressive quicks and if he can find some consistent touches there’s no way this guy doesn’t find himself into the lineup on the regular. He was the BMOC when Joe Mixon was gone for being a woman beater and he has the ability to carry a team with his ability to pound it on the ground. He won’t be a starter right away, but he’s definitely worth a waiver wire flier in 10-team leagues or even a stash and save for deeper leagues.
Marvin Jones Jr. He’s inconsistent at best. He was probably the best receiver in fantasy the first 4 or 5 weeks of last season and then he completely fucking ghosted. But who have the Lions added? Do you trust Golden Tate? Well, you should, but do you? And who is going to carry the ball for Detroit? Theo Riddick might catch a few balls out of the backfield but is he stretching defenses for big plays downfield? Absolutely not. And who is the NFL’s highest paid QB? Matthew Stafford now has to go prove it. And I say he’s going to do that by going big and doing it often in the direction of Jones.
Mike Gillislee. Never trust a Patriots back. But one less option for Tom Brady (Julian Edelman) means there’s gotta be someone touching the ball. Sure, you’ll see Gronk and Brandon Cooks and whoever else featured plenty. But they don’t have the aforementioned Blount anymore. And do you really think they will rely heavily on Rex Burkhead? Dion Lewis can’t stay healthy and James White is too inconsistent. Enter the dude who basically took LeSean McCoy’s job in Buffalo and will now break the hearts of Bills fans two times every year.
Paul Perkins. So it hasn’t been lost on me that every Giants back is typically a guy worth staying away from. The New York offensive line has been terrible the last few years and Eli has been throwing so many interceptions that they’ve had to pass just to keep up with other teams. This year will be different because they finally have a dangerous secondary receiver behind Odell Beckham. Brandon Marshall might not be a game changer, but he’s going to provide the option for even Sterling Shepard to get some touches and opposing defenses to back off the run game a bit. Perkins isn’t super dynamic but he’s serviceable and he will get touches.
Marcus Mariota. Not sure that you can call a Top 10 QB a sleeper. But this guy is obviously not any higher in the rankings because of his injury that ended his last season prematurely. Dude has enough weapons and two beasts in the backfield with him, along with a steadily improving offensive line. His ability to run (even though it’s not as consistently in the game plan) offers the potential for an extra 6 points more than you’re gonna get from some of the top options. Rishard Matthews, Eric Decker and Delanie Walker are solid and Corey Davis should be an interesting option to spread the field.