By Eric Adams
We’re in early June and the fantasy football season is creeping up on us. If you haven’t been already, it’s time to start thinking about the players you will be buying and selling this year. In this article, I will focus on 5 guys that I am, for whatever reason, not particularly high on and believe you should sell.
There are some perplexing running back battles going on in the NFL currently. One of those battles comes in Green Bay where Ty Montgomery, Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams will all be vying for carries. I understand that Ty Mont had a solid year in 2016 followed by a injury plagued season last year, but Aaron Jones is the better pure running back. Jones averaged 5.5 yards per carry in his rookie season, rushing for 448 yards and 5 touchdowns. Ty Mont has the better receiving skills but Jones is the between the tackles runner that Green Bay is going to need. Green Bay is likely to be a heavy passing offense with Rodgers back so if they commit to Ty Mont then it will benefit him but the injuries are a worry. If Jones gets the opportunity to be the lead back then I don’t see him relinquishing that role.
Patrick Mahomes is about to embark on his first full season as an NFL starting QB. He’s more prepared than a normal rookie QB but in all intents and purposes, this is his rookie year. Simply because of that, I cannot and will not pay up for Travis Kelce when he is going off the board as the 2nd overall TE. I will always worry about possible chemistry and growing pains between a new QB and his targets. It takes time to earn trust and that might be enough to knock Kelce back to the TE4 or 5 spot.
I can’t say this enough but if you end up drafting Carlos Hyde then you better be planning on handcuffing him to Nick Chubb. I don’t think Hyde, who is a good running back, is going to be able to hold off Nick Chubb. Chubb is the future in Cleveland and the further into the season we get; the more Cleveland will realize that the future is now. For a guy who is going in the 5th round, I think you can do way better.
The receiver in Los Angeles who is hurt most by the arrival of Brandin Cooks is Robert Woods. After the departure of Sammy Watkins, I had Woods in that 900-1,000 yard range and possibly up to 8 touchdowns. With Cooks in town, I now believe you can expect Woods to repeat what he did last year and that’s around 750 yards and 5 touchdowns.
I now finally know what to expect from Jerrick McKinnon in his first season as a 49er. Take a look at what Christian McCaffrey did in 2017 and you have 2018 Jerrick McKinnon. McCaffrey was RB10 in PPR leagues while mostly relying on his ability to catch passes. I expect McKinnon right around that range. You have to ask yourself if RB9-11 is worth a late 2nd round pick? For some, it will be. I do like McKinnon this year but this is too rich for me. Especially when I don’t believe he’s as talented as McCaffrey and he’s about equal in his ability to run in between the tackles. He’s not a lead back, he’s a glorified 3rd down back who will catch A TON of passes in order to justify his ADP.