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DFF Asks – Rank your Top 5 WRs in the 2016 NFL Draft class & give a brief explanation as to why you have ranked them there.
UTTER-FANTASY RESPONSE –
1. 6’2″ Laquon Treadwell, WR Ole Miss
2. 6’0″ Will Fuller, Notre Dame
3. 6’2″ Michael Thomas, Ohio State
4. 6’2″ Josh Doctson, TCU
5. 6’2″ Tyler Boyd, Pittsburgh.
LT is a big, strong possession receiver who will help his team with his exceptional blocking abilities. Fuller is the deep threat and Thomas is thought to have the best skill set in this class. Doctson and Boyd are also tall, talented receivers, with Boyd adding notable skills on special teams. Carroo truthers will crucify me most likely.
DFF Asks – Of the aforementioned 5 WRs, what do you perceive as the best and worst, potential/realistic landing spots for each?
UTTER-FANTASY RESPONSE – Obviously these guys want to go to a team with a history of winning, a good, solid quarterback and a team that isn’t currently rich in wide receiving talent. Atlanta comes to mind, as does Baltimore, Cincinnati, New York Giants and Pittsburgh. They probably don’t want to go to Cleveland, Tennessee or San Francisco.
DFF Asks – Is Ezekiel Elliott a better prospect than Todd Gurley, why or why not?
UTTER-FANTASY RESPONSE – When the Rams used their #10 overall selection on injured Todd Gurley last year, I was thinking that they “might” have blown that pick. By extension, when people drafted Gurley, early in fantasy football last year, I was thinking “thank you”. After watching him in 2015….”now I get it”. Gurley is a very rare player that doesn’t come along very often. Ezekiel Elliott might be an AP or Gurley, but that is too big a tag to be labeling him with already.
DFF Asks – How much emphasis do you place on youth vs. recent production?
UTTER-FANTASY RESPONSE – I am a ” I’ll believe it when I see it” kind of guy, so recent production means everything. Now keep in mind, I spy college and preseason games as a model for good things to come, so they count. BALT wide receiver Breshad Perriman is a good example of youth I’ll avoid, in lieu of production from a vet, even if BP comes into 2016 at 100%. RB Melvin Gordon was supposed to tear up the NFL, while ultimately having ZERO TDs in 2015? PHI WR Nelson Agholor was quiet, for the most part, in 2015, as was NYJ WR Devin Smith and JAC RB Yeldon. I usually choose “recent production” over youth and it’s one of the reasons I win or at the very least remain competitive every year. A good balance does matter thought, especially in Dynasty formats.
DFF Asks – Will Ray Rice don a uniform again in the NFL?
UTTER-FANTASY RESPONSE – Sadly, I came from a less than ideal upbringing, so I do NOT take subject matter lightly. If his fiancé/girlfriend/wife can forgive him, then fans and the NFL should be able to as well, so I hope so. Although, I’m fine with never having Rice ever play again, (or any other person play in the NFL who does this sort of despicable behavior), ……if the rule is 100% consistent.
DFF Asks – Will DGB ascend to WR1 status in 2016, or is he a more definable year 3 breakout candidate?
UTTER-FANTASY RESPONSE – DGB can’t ascend to WR1 status in 2016 and it has nothing to do with talent. The Titan’s roster is just too deep with players. When the Pittsburgh Steelers lost WR Bryant to an indefinite suspension, that left WRs Brown, Wheaton and likely Coates. That’s not a lot of names. Here’s what the Titans have….Kendall Wright, Harry Douglas, Tre McBride, Damaris Johnson, Dorial Green-Beckham, Rishard Matthews, Justin Hunter, Delanie Walker, Craig Stevens and Anthony Fasano. Hard to see any one of them getting enough targets for him to jump to WR1 status in 2016.
DFF Asks – Should Kaep accept a pay cut in order to help facilitate a trade with Denver?
UTTER FANTASY RESPONSE – Yes, “Kaep’ should accept a pay cut, because he’s the one that got benched for “Plain Blaine Gabbert”. (He’s already made a shit-ton of money and still will be, even with a “paycut”, so boo-hoo. Make a few million less and get yourself in a better situation.)
DFF Asks – How will the 49ers fair in 2016 with Kelly at the helm?
UTTER-FANTASY RESPONSE – This won’t be pretty in 2016 for 49er fans. Their team is a mess and Chip Kelly is not the answer. Kelly had some success in the NFL, until defensive coordinators had time to figure out his game and he lasted as the Eagles’ head coach from 2013-2015. (Andy Reid was there from 1999- 2012). Kelly was lucky to find any team to give him a job and he will be a college head coach again by 2018.
DFF Asks – Crystal Ball: Which rookie running back will have the greatest impact in his rookie season and why?
UTTER-FANTASY RESPONSE – Can’t answer that one until I see where they land in the draft. If Dallas were to take RB Derrick Henry for instance, DMF’s stock wouldn’t be worth Trent Richardson’s and with that Dallas O-Line, who knows what Henry could do there. (or Elliott, Booker, Dixon or Prosise….for that matter) Ask me again on May 1, 2016.
DFF Asks – Which high volume producer from 2015 will tailspin in production in 2016?
UTTER-FANTASY RESPONSE – I love this question and will give you a few answers.
RB Doug Martin can not repeat those 2015 stats. (he was the #3 RB)SEA WR Doug Baldwin finished as the WR7 in 2015. He won’t come close to that in 2016.ARI QB Carson Palmer will struggle to be in the Top 10 QBs in 2016 after finishing as the QB5 in 2015.DEN WR Demaryius Thomas will NOT reach 1000 receiving yards for the first time since 2012.