NFL Fantasy Hail Mary – 3/18/16
Welcome to the NFL Fantasy Hail Mary! Each week, we will take a look at each conference and any fantasy implications that might be taking place. Let’s get things started with the NFC this week!
NFC East: All eyes are on Dallas and who they will get to run the football next year. Darren McFadden did well in 2015, but they seem to have moved on from him. It looks at this point like they will draft. The Giants defense looks like it could be an improved unit in 2016, and could be a sneaky sleeper in September. DeMarco Murray is gone from Philly, bumping the value of both Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles, but the team is willing to move on from Mathews. I think he stays and has a strong 2016. Washington is moving on without Alfred Morris, bumping the value of Matt Jones up considerably.
NFC West: David Johnson is going to be good, but I think he will be over-drafted in 2016. Todd Gurley will be drafted high, but I think he will be worth it. Still wouldn’t draft him top 5 though. San Francisco appears to be in a massive rebuild, and I’m not really sure what to say about anyone’s fantasy value aside from saying that it doesn’t look good right now. Seattle’s defense will take a small step back in 2016 in my opinion, and there are going to be some questions about the offensive line if they can’t bring back Russell Okung. I still like the upside for both Russell Wilson and Thomas Rawls in 2016.
NFC North: With Matt Forte leaving for the Jets, the natural assumption is that it is Jeremy Langford time, but do not forget about KaDeem Carey. It wouldn’t surprise me to see them split the workload this year. The Lions added Mohammed Sanu to replaced Calvin Johnson. I actually like both he and Golden Tate moving into 2016. The Packers will get Jordy Nelson back, and I think because he wasn’t the top QB this year, Aaron Rodgers may go slightly underdrafted. Finally, I think we will need to wait until after the draft to see the true picture in Minnesota, but right now it appears to be just AP and Stefon Diggs.
NFC South: Marvin Jones is added into the mix in Atlanta, but he is very inefficient, so I still like Justin Hardy. I think they will still draft a receiver though. Cameron Artis-Payne should still see some increase in duty even though Mike Tolbert is coming back. Jonathan Stewart is a year older, and sooner or later, it will show. I really like the Coby Fleener acquisition by the Saints. He should out-produce what Ben Watson in 2015, but let’s not go crazy thinking he’s going to put up Jimmy Graham numbers. Finally, it’s good to see Doug Martin back with the Bucs. I think he’ll do well, but let’s all remember he isn’t exactly the model of consistency.