By the time you hear me say those words, we will officially be ONE WEEK AWAY from the kickoff of the 2017 NFL season. But before that, we here at Sports Krunch want to give all you fantasy owners some final pieces of advice to dominate your league as you finalize those draft boards. And to help us do that, it’s a pleasure to welcome back a great friend of the show who’s now the director of fantasy content for ProFootballSpot.com, Jake Arthur!!
- With the Patriots losing Julian Edelman for the season with a torn ACL, Brandin Cooks has been bumped up draft boards, and rightfully so. But after talking with Ari Ingel of Footballguys.com on Twitter about this, he told me to not discount Chris Hogan either. He said that although Cooks is the far more dynamic player, it’s fair to wonder if Hogan ends up out-producing him? How possible is it that Hogan out-produces Cooks? When is the earliest you would draft Chris Hogan?
- Two other Patriots that could get a production bump from the Edelman injury are RB’s Rex Burkhead and James White. I can easily see both of them getting an increase in targets, especially on underneath routes, in order to help fill the void left by Edelman’s injury. Do you buy their potential to be fantasy difference makers in PPR leagues?
- The Saints have a little bit of a fantasy dilemma concerning who will be the next WR behind Michael Thomas in their pecking order for targets. Although Willie Snead remains listed much higher on draft boards than Ted Ginn, Jr., Ginn has received more snaps than Snead in two-receiver sets during the preseason. Ginn’s explosiveness also makes him the better candidate of the two to fill the Brandin Cooks role in the Saints offense. Would you rather draft Ginn in round 12 or Snead in round 7?
- Right now, the eyes of the NFL and the fantasy world are on the status of Ezekiel Elliott’s appeal of his six-game suspension. The hearing on the appeal is expected to last into tomorrow and a decision might not come until next week. However, all signs point to Elliott taking this to court if the league upholds most or all of the suspension as expected. Thus, it’s very likely this ends up being a replay of Deflategate, when Tom Brady got his four-game suspension fully delayed until the following season. Given that likelihood, would you be comfortable drafting Elliott in the first two rounds even before the league issues a verdict on the appeal?
- If both of these players were on the board at the same time and you had to pick one of them, who would it be and why?
- Dalvin Cook or Kareem Hunt?
- Doug Martin or Joe Mixon?
- Martavis Bryant or Allen Robinson?
- Larry Fitzgerald or Terrelle Pryor?
- Jimmy Graham or Delanie Walker?
- Jordan Reed or Greg Olsen?
- Russell Wilson or Marcus Mariota?
- Kirk Cousins or Derek Carr?
- Given their impressive preseason performances, are DeShone Kizer, Mitchell Trubisky and Patrick Mahomes worth a late-round flier in keeper leagues?
- Who are some players or teams you would avoid at all costs?
- Who are some players (especially ones you can get in the mid-late rounds) that you should NOT want to leave your draft without?
- Aside from mock drafts, what other last-minute study tips do you have for fantasy owners?
And that’s all for today here on Sports Krunch with DKrom. But we will be back next week with previews and predictions for every NFL opening week game, so stay tuned. Also, be sure to check out the episode archive as well as an up-to-date blog of mine at sportskrunch.com!!! For Jake Arthur, our producer Chris Brodhead, man in the box, I’m David Kromelow saying so long and stay awesome!!!
Jake’s Twitter Handle: @JakeArthurNFL