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The first guy listed in your lineup is a priority, but not a draft priority for me. I would rather load up on guys at other positions, and my usual draft strategy for taking a second quarterback is matching my WR4 with that QB. The bonus in all of this is that while your WR3 is basically either a sleeper or a questionable guy, he is, after all, your third WR.  So this past few weeks, I’ve done dozens of mocks and research to get me prepped and scrubbed in for the dissection of this year’s upcoming drafts. Thus far, and I may be crazy, but I am falling in love with someone, and I seem to always be netting him at an extreme value (like in the 15th round or later type stuff). His name? Nick Foles. Why Nick Foles you ask? I say, why the heck not? Young blossoming speedy wide receivers, a young, fast, and good pass catching backfield that arguably added the best running back from the draft… Listen, I hear what you’re saying, “Smokey you can’t just say a guy’s name and have all us (and by us, I mean my one reader, thanks mom!) just say sure. We want facts, the goods the extra bacon on the BLT.”  Well patience the bacon is in the microwave and the stats and facts are coming too.

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So Nick Foles is my deep QB2 love this year, and I’m buying him more this year as a “team” quarterback than last year.  He isn’t/wasn’t a fit for Chip beef, that’s for sure.  Hence why he is in the ‘Lou. He enters as the Rams unquestionable starter, and yes, Jeff Fisher’s offense is kind of like running through a foam party in Ibiza and not always awesome for fantasy. Til now. Name me a great quarterback that Fisher has actually had that was good for fantasy… Kerry Collins? Vince Young? Ryan Fitzpatrick? It is debatable that the best quarterback he ever coached was Steve McNair, and that was 2006. Year in and year out, he gets also-ran QB’s, yeah, I am looking at you Sam Bradford, and has to make them into something. He now has a guy who can be that good fantasy QB, finally after a decade.

So Foles is a thrower and a volume thrower.  He also is an effective down-the-field passer.  Just two years ago when he bust onto the scene, he had the highest percentage of passes over 20 yards in the league and completed them at a higher rate (45.5%) than names like Romo and Rivers. I understand what we saw last year will give you a horrible taste in your draft mouths, bit it gets better, I promise. He has a receiver core consisting of  Kenny Britt, Brian Quick, Stedman Bailey and Tavon Austin. All meh, but who has ever thrown them ball? Hill and Davis… that is not the downfield throwing tandem I would want leading my recieving core. In Britt, FOles has an over the top medium-to-deep threat who was in the top-12 in yards per reception.  He has an emerging, yet returning from injury, poor man’s Vincent Jackson in Brian Quick. And Quick is the best receiver they have (and he hasn’t even shown it yet). There’s a slot guy in Stedman Bailey, who is primed to be a breakout guy as a safety blanket receiver for Foles. Then you add in all-purpose burner Austin, and that offense sounds young and explosive. I didn’t even add that they have a sexy combo of running backs (Tre Mason and Todd Gurley) that are both grinders and good pass catchers… well, it all leads to positive things when you have an offense that can control the ball.

So I am not saying that the Rams are returning to the “Greatest Show on Turf” type team, but I am saying that they are getting underrated, collectively, as a football team.  If you are looking for a good QB2 and a sleeper who can be a injury/bye week replacement (possibly more), than I ask you… why not Nick Foles?  He is going off the board as the 22nd QB selected, and the WR/QB pairing of Quick and Foles sounds tasty, if not a something that could blossom into something fantasy roster worthy.

 

 

  1. Vortex says:
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    Nice article man! I’d love to pickup Foles in the 5th-6th round.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Vortex: I think you could even wait longer than that honestly, but yea there is something intersting about him this year

  2. Chucky says:
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    I have Nick in a keeper league for cheap and Im keeping him. Its a tough division defensively but no one is expecting Andrew Luck numbers. He is the kind of under the radar kind of player that could surprise. Sam Bradford who?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Chucky: for his ADP you could do worse

  3. FrankGrimes says:
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    I’m not buying in
    Mark my words
    foles is puke!

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @FrankGrimes: He’s like teh 20th QB off the board not really an expensive proposition

  4. Clint says:
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    The Rams are really starting to feel like one of those teams that has an annual hole that the keep fooling themselves into thinking they can cover up by being great everywhere else at the WR spot. Why they didn’t try to go get a proven guy to finally seal that hole by now is beyond me. Yes, some of the young guys have promise but Britt’s so far beyond his prime due to injuries, they’re starting to look like Carolina without even Steve Smith around. I love Ground & Pound simply for its novelty in today’s NFL but you need a WR threat to get over those close game humps this team’s always in.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Clint: I hear ya and I like the Panther comp, I just think if Quick, Britt and Bailey can all stay fit they will be dangerous….or more dangerous then they are being given credit

  5. I got $100 for groceries, $1400 for liquor, and $6,000 for you to bail a couple of shit puppets out of jail says:
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    all of what you said about Rams guys seems true, but what you didn’t mention is that they had around the 3rd worst O line last year, and by drafting gurley didn’t really appear to try to improve it. now bradford really seemed to be one of the least athletic QB (other than big hulking types) i’ve ever seen, but he spent a lot of his time worrying about being murdered on pretty much every play, and if O line is even worse now, what’s chances Foles survives at all till week 10? This should be the real reason consensus rankings have these Rams players (WR particularly) this low.

      • I got $100 for groceries, $1400 for liquor, and $6,000 for you to bail a couple of shit puppets out of jail says:
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        @Smokey: quick was looking great last year till injury, mason (esp considering the line) quite good too, i agree with you on the skill positions.

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