It’s finally August, the summer heat has started to dissipate and the NFL is going to kick off the preseason on Sunday. Now is draft preparation time. It’s time to start looking for those diamonds in the rough that will lead you to a championship, and make look smarter than everyone else in your league.
With the lack of depth at RB the middle rounds will see WRs flying off the board. I don’t think any of these guys are going to lead the league in points, but could become a solid WR2.
Vincent Brown (SD) – Remember him? He was everybody’s pick for a breakout season last year, but a preseason injury kept him out all year. The decline of Philip Rivers has been well documented, but a new coach offers a clean slate for him and I expect a bounce back year. Rivers will win over fantasy owners once again, and Brown will be a big part of that. Brown will be the favorite target of Rivers and could post a top 10 season. My bold prediction…90 rec, 1200 yards, 10 TDs.
Michael Floyd (ARI) – The steady veteran hand of Carson Palmer brings some semblance of a legitimate NFL offense to Arizona, and that is great news for Floyd. After spending last year as Fitzgerald’s apprentice, the training wheels are off, and Floyd should see a lot targets. My bold prediction…65 rec, 850 yards, 7 TDs.
Emmanuel Sanders (PIT) – The departure of Mike Wallace opens the door for this third year speedster to step up. He will playing in Wallace’s spot, but offers a wider array of routes than his predecessor, and fits better into Haley’s offense. Antonio Brown may get more catches, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Sanders wound up with more yards. My bold prediction…70 rec, 1050 yards, 8 TDs
Alshon Jeffery (CHI) – All the Bears fans that hated seeing Lovie get fired will forget all about him once they see how Trestman transforms their offense. They will throw the ball more, and with Marshall garnering most of the coverage, this will leave Jeffery with very favorable match-ups. Jeffery has put in a lot of extra work this offseason, and it will pay off. My bold prediction…65 rec, 775 yards, 6 TDs.
Ryan Broyles (DET) – Last year was a roller coaster for Broyles. He got his first catch in week 7, blew up in week 12 with 6 for 126, then blew out his knee on his first catch the following week. His ex-teammate Titus Young was a very popular sleeper pick last year, but he went bat-shit crazy, and opened the door for Broyles. For all the same reasons Young was a popular pick last year is what makes Broyles a good pick this year. The Lions throw a lot, and of course, they have Megatron. Someone else has to step up when every DB on the field is covering Megatron. My bold Prediction…60 rec, 675 yards, 7 TDs.
Tom McAleese (@McAleeseFFA)