Football is back! With the preseason under way fantasy players are doing mock drafts hourly (or maybe it’s just me) to prepare for their fantasy drafts. Each year fantasy owners want to construct their team with a proper mix of good value players and upside sleepers while avoiding players with high bust potential. For my fantasy readers, this is part five of eight installments where I will go division by division giving you two players with great ADP value, two players with high bust potential and two sleepers that could help put your team over the top. Today is the AFC South. Players ADP and rankings is based off standard scoring according to the fantasy football calculator. So let’s begin and as always, happy hunting fantasy friends!
Marcus Mariota QB Titans (8.10)- Currently being drafted as the QB11, Mariota offers upside in four point passing touchdown leagues because of his running ability. Mariota is also one of the most efficient redzone passes and has only 19 interceptions in two years. The Titans added several new weapons this offseason and Mariota is expected to take the next step in his development. While there is some concerns for him coming off a leg injury, he has the potential to finish as a top five quarterback.
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Leonard Fournette RB Jaguars (2.06)- The Jaguars want to run the ball and play good defense, that’s good news for Fournette. As the number four pick in the NFL draft, Fournette has the potential to be a bell-cow runner. Currently being drafted as the RB10, Fournette is a good balance of safe floor and high upside player. He is a good value in the middle of the second round.
My man Allen Robinson deserves better than Blake Bortles. He even sounds sick of him in this video pic.twitter.com/Dxa4wMTu50
— Buddy 🤠 (@TacoBeIIGawd) August 15, 2017
Allen Robinson WR Jaguars (4.09)- With the Jaguars new team identity the passing game will suffer, well more than it did last season. While Blake Bortles or Chad Henne is the quarterback, Robinson will struggle to be a WR2. Currently Robinson is being drafted as the WR21 and could struggle to reach that ranking this year. Last year Robinson finished as the WR28 and only had five games with double-digit fantasy points in standard scoring leagues. The Jaguars are hopeful to be in more games this year and that means less garbage time fantasy points for Robinson.
Delanie Walker TE Titans (7.09)- Last season Delanie Walker finished as the TE5 and had a career-high seven touchdowns. However, Walker just turned 33 years old and the Titans added several receivers in the offseason including his long-term replacement at tight end. Of Walker’s seven touchdowns, five of them came from the redzone and with the addition of Eric Decker, I expect that number to decrease. Walker is currently being drafted ahead of Kyle Rudolph and Hunter Henry. Both players have higher upside and safer floors this season.
Eric Decker WR Titans (8.02)- Speaking of Decker, the Titans’ big splashy offseason move was drafting Corey Davis with the fifth pick in the NFL draft, but the most important move was signing Decker. As mentioned above, Marcus Mariota is one of the best quarterbacks in the redzone and Decker is one of the best wide receivers in that vicinity of the field. This is a match made in heaven and with Decker being selected as the WR35, he could be the steal that helps you win a fantasy title. Three times in Decker’s career he scored 11+ touchdowns including 2015 with the Jets; Mariota will be the best quarterback Decker has had since Peyton Manning in 2013.
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Jack Doyle TE Colts (12.02)- The hype for Doyle last season was real but may have been a year early. In the offseason the Colts traded away former starter Dwayne Allen and gave Doyle a three year, $19 million contract. Last season Doyle finished as the TE13 and now as the starter he is expected to finish in the top ten this season. Doyle had four touchdowns on his nine redzone catches last season and Andrew Luck trusts him in the redzone. Currently Doyle is being drafted as the TE13. Both O.J Howard and Delanie Walker are being drafted ahead of him, but Doyle has more upside and a safer floor then either Howard or Walker.