It’s a beautiful thing - players are officially reporting for training camp and practices are set to begin throughout the week. We’re about to get pummeled with beat writers making something out of nothing. We’ll also be faced with the impossible task of trying to parse through what is simply coach speak and what actually holds value. It’s also time for confirmation bias to grasp hold of each and everyone one of us, and I’m so here for it. What I want to do between these next two articles is to identify some questions I hope will be answered during the next several weeks. First up - the AFC.
- Buffalo Bills - Buffalo is (currently) a dumpster fire for dynasty assets. The first Bill coming off draft boards in July ADP? Devin Singletary with an ADP of 124. That’s right, no player in Buffalo is a top-100 asset. Part of the reason is the absolute mess at running back and wide receiver. How will touches be split between LeSean McCoy, Frank Gore, T.J. Yeldon, and Devin Singletary? Will any of the receivers - Zay Jones, Robert Foster, Cole Beasley, or John Brown - separate themselves?
- Miami Dolphins - The big question here is what happens with Josh Rosen? Multiple reports early on have Ryan Fitzpatrick clearly ahead of Rosen. The Dolphins have their eyes on the future, so they have no reason to not see what the former UCLA Bruin can do. With an ADP of 230.83, Rosen is in danger of not even being drafted in startups. If he’s available in trades at this price, he could provide you with a nice return on investment if he shows any sign of success and stability.
- New England Patriots - The youngsters in this offense are the most intriguing. How far will Sony Michel’s stock fall if he suffers another knee injury? Will N’Keal Harry break the Patriot’s wide receiver curse?
- New York Jets - We’ve been told for several years Adam Gase is a great offensive mind. Hell, Peyton Manning called Jets brass to vouch for Gase before his hiring. What will he do with Sam Darnold, and which receiver steps up? Robby Anderson is a best ball favorite for this year. With the addition of Jamison Crowder, can Quincy Enunwa be successful on the outside for the majority of his snaps?
- Baltimore Ravens - This is an easy one. Does Lamar Jackson take a step forward as a passer in the NFL, and who benefits? The Ravens are going to be a run-first team regardless, but there’s value to be had if Jackson has a preferred target. Rookie Marquise Brown is the first pass-catcher to be drafted in dynasty startups at WR54. Mark Andrews follows closely at TE17.
- Cincinnati Bengals - Is Tyler Boyd the real deal? Boyd hit us with the “third-year-breakout” in a big way in 2018. He basically had the same or better production across the board in 2018 alone versus 2016 and 2017 combined. With A.J. Green on the back-nine of his career, Boyd has a massive opportunity ahead.
- Cleveland Browns - How do the losses and uncertainty along the offensive line affect Baker Mayfield and Nick Chubb? Stud guard Kevin Zeitler was sent to the Giants as part of the Odell Beckham trade, and Austin Corbett (who played mostly tackle at Nevada) is set to take Zeitler’s place. At left tackle, Greg Robinson will look to attempt to look like the player he was during the last half of 2018 and not the bust he appeared to be since 2014.
- Pittsburgh Steelers - Another easy one here - who steps up as the number two target for Ben Roethlisberger? Bonus questions: Is it the James Conner show once again? Can Vance McDonald stay healthy for enough games to be fantasy-viable?
- Houston Texans - Copy and paste the question for the Steelers here. Do Will Fuller (if healthy) and Keke Coutee just eat from the same share of the pie, or will one of them assert themselves over the other?
- Indianapolis Colts - Can Marlon Mack become a true three-down workhorse? In 2018, Mack saw 26 targets in 12 games while teammate Nyheim Hines saw 81 targets over 16 games. If Mack can increase his passing game usage, we’ll see his dynasty value jump from the 3rd/4th round turn to the 2nd/3rd round.
- Jacksonville Jaguars - Fournette is intriguing in terms of his health, but the big question mark for #DUUUVAL is the receiving corps. The dynasty community clearly feels the best about Dede Westbrook, as his ADP of 101.83 is 70 spots higher than the next Nick Foles target in Marqise Lee. One of these receivers is bound to outperform their ADP, right?
- Tennessee Titans - Marcus Mariota (and the passing game in general) is the biggest question mark but won’t be answered until after the 2019 season comes to an end. For training camp, I’m curious to see how A.J. Brown fits into the offense. Brown balled in the slot at Ole Miss, but the Titans added Adam Humphries via free agency. Can Brown win consistently on the outside at the NFL level?
- Denver Broncos - This is another offense which has questions both in the backfield and on the outside. What’s the split between Royce Freeman and Phillip Lindsay going to look like? With Emmanuel Sanders seemingly on track for week one, how does that affect Courtland Sutton, DaeSean Hamilton and the rest of the receivers?
- Kansas City Chiefs - Everything in Kansas City is set as far as fantasy impact, but I am interested to see how the receiver depth chart shakes out. Demarcus Robinson is my favorite to win the WR3 spot, but there’s also rookie Mecole Hardman in addition to players like Byron Pringle and Gehrig Dieter.
- Los Angeles Chargers - I mean, this one kind of wrote itself with Melvin Gordon threatening to holdout through training camp and into the regular season if the Chargers don’t meet his contract demands. Is this a 1A/1B situation between Justin Jackson and Austin Ekeler?
- Oakland Raiders - We’ve seen conflicting reports over the past week or so in concerns to Josh Jacobs and his usage (or lack thereof) in the passing game. Just how much will Jalen Richard cut into Jacobs’ targets and third-down usage? There are well over 300 targets up for grabs, but if Jacobs can establish himself as a pass-catcher, his ADP will creep up to the 2nd/3rd round turn.
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