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 two 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 NFC East. 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!
Kirk Cousins QB Redskins (8.07)- The magic number with Cousins is four. That’s how many quarterbacks finished ahead of Cousins in scoring last season. Yet this year Cousins is currently being drafted as the QB10. In a pass first offense, Cousins has thrown for over 4,100 yards and 25 touchdowns in each of his two seasons as the starter. With many weapons on offense around him, Cousins is expected to put up similar numbers this season. An underrated part of Cousins’ fantasy production is his ability to score rushing touchdowns. In his two seasons as the starter, Cousins has nine rushing touchdowns; an added bonus for fantasy owners. With many fantasy players willing to take quarterbacks early for “name value” be smart, take Cousins and watch the fantasy points come in.
— Tom Hunsicker (@TomSportsWUSA9) August 12, 2017
Terrelle Pryor WR Redskins (3.06)- Pryor might be the most polarizing fantasy player this season. Many say he is ready to break out now that he has a real quarterback throwing him the ball, others say he was an one year wonder who needed 140 targets to barely reach 1,000 yards. My answer is simple; draft Pryor and let his play do the talking for you. Pryor is currently being drafted as the WR13 and that is too low. Pryor plays in a high volume pass first offense and now that he has Kirk Cousins throwing to him, he could finish the season as a top eight wide receiver. Someone who might be lacking the big name is sure not lacking the big game.
Dak Prescott QB Cowboys (10.06)- For the record I’m a big Prescott fan and think he is a future star in the league but his fantasy value is way over blown. Playing for a run first team limits Prescott’s upside, especially in six point passing touchdown leagues. Dallas had the most rushing attempts in the league last season with 499 but Prescott had only 57 attempts. In the offseason the team lost two starters off of the best offensive line in the league. Last season Prescott had only four interceptions and that number will be higher this season. With better quarterback options currently being drafted behind him like Matthew Stafford; be cautious drafting Prescott and expecting another top seven finish.
Brandon Marshall in 2015 109/1502/14 & (10-100+ yard games).
His WR 35 ADP is a joke. Eli Manning is the best QB he's had.
— Justin Lonero (@JustinLonero) August 17, 2017
Brandon Marshall WR Giants (5.09)- I believe Marshall has some gas left in the tank but not enough to be drafted as a top 24 wide receiver. Currently Marshall sits just outside that mark as WR25. Last season was one of the worst seasons in Marshall’s career and now with the Giants he should have a bounce back year. However, with a Giants offense that is going to continue to feature Odell Beckham Jr., Marshall will have to fight Sterling Shepard and rookie Evan Engram for targets. With better receivers being drafted behind him with safer floors or higher upside like Golden Tate and Willie Snead, be smart and pass on Marshall.
Evan Engram TE Giants (14.01)- The general rule is rarely do rookie tight ends make a major fantasy impact; this is the year that rule will be broken. Engram is a mismatch nightmare for opposing defenses and in camp has shown to be dangerous one on one. Eli Manning should sooner than later develop a trust with Engram in the red zone. It wouldn’t surprise me to see Engram with a season similar to Hunter Henry last season. Eight touchdowns is a real possibility for Engram. Currently being drafted as TE22, Engram should be drafted ahead of many of the guy currently picked before him. Tight ends like Jared Cook and Jason Witten don’t offer the same upside as Engram. If you’re looking for a tight end late in the draft that can pop and be a steal, Engram is your best bet.
Josh Doctson WR Redskins (13.03)- A rookie season to forget, Doctson had only two catches for 66 yards in 2016 before being placed on injured reserved with an Achilles injury. Reports out of the Redskins’ training camp state that Doctson has fully recovered from that Achilles injury. The Redskins lost 224 targets from last year’s team in free agency and while a big number of them is expected to go to Terrelle Pryor and Jamison Crowder, Doctson should get about 80 of them. When the Redskins drafted Doctson last year they planned on this being the year he takes on a starting role. Currently being selected as the WR57, Doctson offers more upside than many other receivers taken ahead of him; like Ted Ginn Jr. and John Ross. As your fifth wide receiver selected, swing for the fences and see Doctson live up to his first round draft selection.