Reid here to give a final edition of divisional hot takes. I’m well-rested after a long vacation at the Outer Banks and bringing some heat back with me. This week we’re going to round out this part of the series with the AFC South and a hot take with each team.
This may be taking advantage of the current depth chart in Sacksonville. But with Marquis Lee out for the season with a tragic knee injury, I think the best wideout in Jacksonville will show himself in Cole. I expect him to be featured and effective in a division where the secondaries are… not overly difficult to navigate through. The reason I think this is a hot take is because Blake Bortles is somehow still starting for this team and throwing the football for the Jags.
That’s right. Taylor is going to be electric this year. All reports from the local media are that Taylor is going to play a large role in the big play portion of this offense. I also am encouraged that the “exotic smashmouth” was thrown into the garbage disposal (rightfully so). This is also predicated on Marcus Mariota taking a leap forward in the passing game, which I believe he will.
Hear me out on this one. Watson was electric in throwing 19 TD’s last season and rushing for 2 more. That was all in 6.5 games. But let’s look closer at the teams he lit up last season (was not great against Cincy) and tell me which team had a formidable defense for him to go against: New England, Tennessee, Kansas City, Cleveland, Seattle. I don’t think anyone can sit here with a straight face and say, “those defenses and secondaries are really talented.” I’m also a massive believer in the sophomore-mirror enigma. For those who don’t know what that means, it’s pretty simple. Normally, rookies that are exceptional suffer from a sophomore slump, where rookies that struggle in their first year normally perform better than the year before. I don’t trust the O-line in Houston just yet and I think teams will have enough on tape by Week 4 of this year to give Watson some trouble. I love Watson long-term, but this year has me fading his current ADP (QB2).
Oh you better god damn believe it. I absolutely love me some Luck this year. You’ll be able to grab him probably in the 9th round in most of your leagues (Later in 10-team leagues). Let me just spell out the things he has going for him: He has a stable of RB’s that can both catch the ball out of the backfield and run the ball with some efficiency, TY Hilton can still get open on the outside and nobody should be sleeping on Ryan Grant this year. But there are two more important things. The first is that this is the most talented offensive line that he has had in his entire career in Indy. The second is Frank Reich will be scheming up a storm to keep Luck on his feet. Count your luck with Luck this year.
That’s it for the divisional fantasy hot takes this year. Keep a lookout for my post later in the week.
Thanks for reading!