Happy Friday Razzballers!
Reid here giving a second column of the week where I dive into a couple of players who are sure to be drafted, but I would highly suggest avoiding. I’ll be sure to do my best Grinch impression at the end of each one. Let’s get right into it.
1). Amari Cooper (ADP – WR16)
If you’ve been reading my previous posts, you should know by now that I absolutely despise the Raiders offense this year. Maybe it’s because Jon Gruden wants to keep a fullback on the field for every play, or that he’s showing tape from the 70’s to his team. Either way, it’s ridiculous and the offensive line will probably fail Derek Carr this year. I say that for two reasons: First is that they added no new pieces and only lost pieces to their line from last year. Second is that Tom Cable is still the O-line coach. Tom Cable is the Hue Jackson of O-line coaches… just complete dumpster fire units out there. We should also point out the obvious here in that you need the QB to have enough time to throw the ball in order for a WR to be productive. So let’s add that mess in with how Jordy Nelson is going to show Carr what a pair of actual receiver hands look like. It should be obvious to anyone who watched the Raiders play last year that Cooper had awful drops for a majority of the season. Jordy, in my opinion, is likely to siphon off enough targets from Cooper that it makes WR16 a ridiculous ranking and nowhere near the value he’ll actually be. Amari Cooperwho… I HATE YOU (this year in fantasy football for where your ADP currently is).
2). Dak Prescott
Oh baby am I excited to throw out hate in this part. The Mississippi State alum can easily hand the ball off to Ezekiel Elliot and chew up the clock. Then, when they need a big gain, they can run play action and throw it to Dez Bry… oh wait. Dez is gone. Scratch that. Let’s try this again. Then, when they need a 10-yard completion for a first down, they can run play action and throw it over the middle to Ol’ Reliable in Jason Wit… oh shit. He’s gone too. Uhh. Well this is awkward. They can throw it to Allen Hurns? I just don’t see how anyone, with the depth at QB this year in fantasy football, can say that they trust this Dallas offense and the weapons at WR to help Prescott be worthy of being drafted… at all. Also, Jason Garrett is in the bottom-5 of my coach rankings. So that doesn’t help either. Dak Prescotwho… I HATE YOU (this year for fantasy football purposes only and probably next year because your owner is the crypt keeper and your head coach is a space cadet).
3). Derrick Henry
Henry is the player you looked at in the 6th round last year when you were on the clock and you figured “Yeah I still need a RB, and the Titans like to run the ball. Sure let’s do it. He can vulture plenty of TD’s.” Except that didn’t happen. And he was, for the most part, the main RB in Tennessee. But hey, DeMarco Murray retired so surely Henry has nobody else to take carries away from him, right? *Dion Lewis sneaks into the back row of the room* Oh that’s right. The Titans just gave Dion Lewis a bunch of money to take a bunch of carries away from Henry. Now consider that Lewis has been productive and comes from New England, where newly minted Titans HC Mike Vrabel was at one point, I’m willing to bet he trusts the guy his former coach known for hoodies trusted more than Derrick Henry, a guy who feels like a constant disappointment for where you have to draft him. To make matters worse, Henry currently has a positional ADP of RB18. That’s 9 spots HIGHER than Lewis. I honestly have no idea how that is possible. If you’re Marcus Mariota and you want to throw the ball to a RB, which guy is more likely to beat the defender? I mean come on. Lewis is going to dominate the RB receptions on this roster. So for one final time, Derrick Henrywho…. I HATE YOU (for constantly letting me and your fantasy owners down based probably on unrealistic expectations of production growth on your end and likely having horrible play calling before).
Thanks for reading everyone. I’ll be back next week with a couple of posts!