Real fake football is getting close with fantasy drafts around the corner. Right now you’ll have to settle for fake real football with preseason action. As plays get made and highlights get generated the Ameer Abdulah effect will begin to happen. That cozy vacation town that is your favorite sleeper will soon get ruined by tide pod eating morons that don’t truly appreciate it/them. These names should be at the top of your list to grab before it’s too late.
Devante Adams: As the realization dawns on people that Adams is the only reliable pass catcher Aaron Rodgers has his price is going to climb. Jordy is gone. Cobb is hurt. A-A-ron is already throwing shade on the rookies. Adams is the only WR to score double-digit TDs in both of the last two seasons. That doesn’t change, barring significant injury.
Sammy Watkins: Is there any other WR coming off an 8 TD season getting less fanfare? He did that on 70 targets. I just don’t see how he doesn’t exceed that target share in KC with a more valuable role. People are going to realize it as meaningful snaps happen, too. It’s not even much of a stretch to say that Watkins could get more targets than Tyreek Hill.
Jamaal Williams: If Aaron Jones wasn’t on the Packers you would be much more excited for Williams getting a significant role in his second season. He’s not as explosive as Jones. That’s not a problem. Rodgers trusts him and he’s a three-down back in what could be a top offense. That will crystallize for drafters as the preseason goes.
Kenny Golladay: New preseason, same Babytron hype. It’s hard to avoid when you have the tools he has. He should be on the field plenty, so I’m getting my shares of him. As the highlights pile up drafters will remember how much they liked him last preseason.
Cameron Meredith: Avoiding the PUP list was huge for Meredith. Soon we’ll get to see if he can develop any rapport with Drew Brees. A 6’3″ slot target who runs (at least pre-knee injury) a 4.45 forty could thrive in the Saints passing attack.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins: The Jags definitely have a type. Most of their pass catchers are big-bodied types. ASJ is yet another that could gain a red zone role. Reports have Blake Bortles showing a connection with his new TE. Thirty-four-year-old Marcedes Lewis scored 5 TDs with them last year. A few preseason TDs will launch ASJ’s cost with a rocket.
Anthony Miller: The buzz is pumping around the Bears newest receiver. He’s an excellent athlete, with strong hands. Reports out of camp have him as one of the early season’s standouts. So much so that he’s earning the starting slot role. The Antonio Brown comps have only just begun.
John Brown: Smokey Brown may have a hard time staying healthy due to sickle cell trait, but he remains incredibly fast. Pair him with big-armed Joe Flacco and the training camp highlights have started to flow. It’s easy to forget that just three seasons ago he had 1,000 rec yards and 7 TDs.
Dante Pettis: One of the popular debates right now is, “Which 49er is the better fantasy wide-receiver, Garcon or Goodwin?” Pettis may be the answer. Neither of the projected starters has been an ironman. The only thing Pettis needs to shine is opportunity. If he continues showing the way he has in camp and hauling in 53-yard bombs (which could have easily been a 70 TD if it’s not thrown behind him), folks are going to add him as a flyer.
Jeremy Hill: Hill was always the most dangerous threat to expensive Patriot RBs. Now that Sony Michel is laid up the door is open. Hill could see goalline work, which is obvious, but he has three-down potential. The cheapest Patriot is usually the smartest best. With a solid performance (11 carries for 51 yards and a TD) in the preseason opener, the foundation is laid for a price spike.