On our latest episode we’ll cover the latest preseason action, we’ll break down all the latest news on McCoy, Gronk, Watkins, Manziel, RGIII, Spiller and more. We’ll recap our 14-team PPR draft recap and give our draft grades, as well answer all of your twitter questions.
On our latest episode we’ll cover the latest preseason action, we’ll break down all the latest news on Watkins, Manziel, Hyde, Sankey, Gronk and more. We’ll talk more ADP trends, have a three round PPR mock draft and answer your twitter questions.
It’s our first show of the 2014 preseason where we’ll break down all the latest news on Wilson, Manziel, Gordon, Ball, Gerhart and more. We’ll also talk sleepers, rookies to avoid, top FA movers, ADP trends and let you know what you need to do to qualify for this year’s Fantasy Football Insider Listener league!
It’s our 2014 post NFL Draft show where we’ll break down the top rookies in terms of fantasy impact and discuss some the top veterans that improved their fantasy stock post-draft. We’ll also have a two round mock draft, talk rookie dynasty ranks and debut our “cant touch this” list for the upcoming season.
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by Josh Hayes @FFinsiderPod
Blake Bortles – 1st Round #3 Overall Jacksonville
Coach Gus Bradley and GM David Caldwell may tell us that they plan to redshirt Bortles this year, but I’m simply not buying it. Combine incumbent starter Chad Henne’s bad knees and terrible mobility with the fact he has yet to play 16 games in six seasons thus far, and you can see that Henne likely won’t even be healthy enough to keep Bortles on the bench. Henne also has yet to throw more touchdowns than interceptions (56:62) in any season in his career. The Jags have a brutal start to the 2014 schedule, facing three playoff teams in the 1st four weeks and going on the road three times in that same span. Look for Bortles to crack the starting lineup by week 7 at home against Cleveland.
Projection: 2300 passing yards, 15 TD’s, 12 INT’s 300 rushing yards, 2 rush TD’s
Fantasy Relevance: mid-tier QB2
Johnny Manziel – 1st Round #22 overall Cleveland
Johnny Football’s opportunity to play quarterback in Cleveland in 2014 seems to be a bit more encouraging compared to Bortles. Both owner Jimmy Haslam and coach Mike Pettine have confirmed Brian Hoyer as the current starter, but have said that if Manziel wins the job, he’ll be the guy. Hoyer played well before getting injured against Buffalo last season, but still only has three starts under his belt as a Brown and four total in his career. Hoyer is not much further than Manziel in terms of playbook installation since Cleveland was one of the last teams to hire an OC this year and the veterans have only had one mini-camp so far. Manziel could likely be the starter coming out the week 4 bye versus Tennessee.
Projection: 3100 passing yards, 20 TD’s, 17 INT’s 425 rushing yards, 3 rush TD’s
Fantasy Relevance: back-end QB1 in 14-team leagues
Teddy Bridgewater- 1st Round #32 overall Minnesota
As it turns out, the most criticized QB in the 2014 draft class may end up being the likeliest to start for the Vikings week 1. New head coach Mike Zimmer has already planned on giving Bridgewater 1st team reps during the team’s upcoming OTA’s, and has mentioned that their rookie QB is quickly picking up the playbook and terminology. Christian Ponder opened last season as the starter, but clearly regressed in his 3rd season, managing to throw more than one touchdown just once last season and put up a zero in the TD column three times in 2013. The teams’s desperation signing of Josh Freeman at mid-season in 2013 shows that the team has no faith in Ponder or Cassell as a starter. Teddy should be ready to roll in the opener versus St. Louis.
Projection: 2800 passing yards, 19 TD’s ,19 INT’s, 150 rushing yards
Fantasy Relevance: Back-end QB2
Derek Carr- 2nd Round, #36 overall Oakland
The resume of Derek Carr has its fair share of highs and lows. The highs include over 5,000 passing yards and 50 TD’s to go with just 8 INT’s in 2013 at Fresno State. Carr also put his cannon-like arm on display in workouts leading up to the draft, also seen here. The lows include a miserable bowl game performance in December against USC, managing just 200 yards in a 25 point loss. What looms even larger is the fact that his brother, David Carr was also a failed #1 overall QB pick that will undoubtedly draw comparisons and skepticism until the younger Carr manages to erase them. The new Carr off the lot may get his first test drive week 6 at home with two weeks to prepare against the Chargers.
Projection: 2500 passing yards, 16 TD’s 11 INT’s
Fantasy Relevance: Back-end QB2
Jimmy Garoppolo- 2nd Round, #62 overall New England
It’s interesting that Garoppolo has been drawing comparisons to Tony Romo in the pre-draft process. Garoppolo is primed to do nothing but ride the bench behind Tom Brady just as Romo did for the first two seasons of his career. Brady will turn 37 in August, but has four years left on his deal ($46 million, fully guaranteed). My guess he spends the next four years trying to get a fourth Lombardi Trophy for the Pats. That means Garappolo turns in to Ryan Mallett 2.0 – professional clipboard holder.
Fantasy Relevance: Maybe holds and extra point if he’s lucky
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