NFL Draft

Top 10 WRs

With the NFL Draft now less than a month away, I present to you my first edition of my top 10 positional rankings.

You will notice I have 12 players listed here, but that’s just in honor of the depth this draft class possesses at the receiver position. While there are no Calvin Johnson’s or Julio Jones’ in this group, there are more than a handful of legitimate prospects with the potential to become impact players at the next level.

Laquon Treadwell is the consensus number one, and though many will point to his stop watch time (4.65) with doubt, it’s his fluidity and game tape that put him in pole position.

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Baylor’s Corey Coleman has been under heavy scrutiny for his apparent lack of overall skills. He ran a limited route-tree in college, so word of bad route-running and only possessing straight-line speed has surfaced. He also has drop issues, especially in the middle of the field. He ran a 4.37 at his Pro Day and scored 20 TDs through the first eight games of the 2015 season, so going deep is no issue. The issue is that he didn’t score any in the next four games and never came close to 100 yards again. If college teams can figure out how to shut him down, NFL defenses will without breaking a sweat. But if he lands with the right team, those same defenses will be sweating just watching the film on him.

Will Fuller also has the speed (4.32) but as one scout and former NFL receiver said “I hear the DeSean Jackson comparison and I can’t get there. DeSean was faster, tougher and more reliable than Fuller. I’m not saying Fuller can’t play, but I don’t think he’s DeSean.”

Josh Doctson is of a different mold. More of a possession type receiver with the ability to go up and snag the ball out of the air. The Minnesota Vikings seem really interested in what TCU product has to offer, as would he be a great compliment to their young receiving core. An immediate starting job on the outside seems to be in Doctson’s future.

Sterling Shepard rounds out my top five (for this edition anyway). The Sooner may leave something to be desired in terms of measurements, but definitely leaves nothing on the field in terms of effort. The 5’10 slot man not only comes with a ferocious hunger to make plays, but the talent to execute them. I see shades of Steve Smith all over this one.

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NFL Combine Day 2

Day 2 of the NFL Combine has come and gone, and as usual there was drama and excitement of all kinds. Even a couple of staff members got into it.

The athletes had their ups and downs, notably a major down for Ohio State QB Cardale Jones who pulled his hamstring and is done for the remainder of the combine. Christian Hackenberg was terribly inaccurate during his throwing session, but did run a respectable 4.78 40-yard dash. Positively, Jeff Goff had a fantastic day throwing, as did Carson Wentz. Wentz also ran an impressive 4.77 40-yard dash, when you consider he measured in at 6’5 237 lbs. The latter two are considered the classes top QBs and probably top 10 picks.

The Wide Receivers…

The wide outs ran their 40’s today, and we had some surprises. Mike Mayock says this is the slowest group of WR’s we’ve maybe ever seen, and they are all “quicker than fast”. Laquon Treadwell didn’t run, but is still considered the top player at his position.

Here is the Top 10…plus the next two since they are very notable names.

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Braxton Miller was probably Day 2 of the combine’s biggest surprise. While folks are still high on him, the Buckeyes converted QB was expected to run somewhere in the 4.3 range. His 4.5 flat (best) was disappointing to say the least. There was claims he ran a 4.36 as a QB for Ohio State, so after training so long as a wide receiver he would be even faster. That wasn’t the case, but his physicality and quickness are what make him a good WR anyway. He can be an NFL team’s number 2 WR one day soon. I see many first-down conversions in the future for this converted competitor.

Notre Dame’s Will Fuller unsurprisingly was among the events top performers. Impressively, he finished at the top medal standings.

TCU’s Josh Doctson is in the discussion as a top 3 pick at his position. His 40 time will definitely lower his draft stock, and now is a mid-to-late first round pick at best.

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Fanpicks.com College Football Bowl Game Preview

VALERO ALAMO BOWL

Oregon vs. Texas Christian University

Fanpicks.com is proud to bring you the Valero Alamo Bowl game preview featuring Oregon against Texas Christian University.  Talk about excitement, these two teams will certainly play their hearts out in a very close game which will be won by Oregon 49-47 over TCU. Play the best fantasy college football contests at Fanpicks.com

Two high-octane offenses will be looking to put a bushel of points on the scoreboard when TCU – without suspended senior quarterback Trevone Boykin – faces Oregon in the Valero Alamo Bowl on Jan. 2 at San Antonio. The Horned Frogs average 41.7 points per game and scored 50 or more points on five occasions while Oregon checks in with a 43.2 average and four outings of over 50. The Ducks are shaky on defense – allowing 36.8 per contest – despite ending the regular season with six consecutive victories.

Boykin was suspended two days before the contest after being arrested outside a San Antonio bar and charged with assault on a public servant, a third-degree felony. Boykin, who passed for 3,575 yards and 31 touchdowns, allegedly fought employees of the bar as they attempted to get him to leave and could also face charges of resisting arrest and public intoxication. Either senior Bram Kohlhausen (369 yards, three touchdowns, one interception) or redshirt freshman Foster Sawyer (155 yards, two touchdowns, three interceptions) will start in Boykin’s place.

Ducks sophomore running back Royce Freeman somehow flies under the national radar despite racking up 1,706 yards and 14 touchdowns. Freeman posted 10 100-yard rushing games this season and needs an even 100 yards to break the school’s season-single rushing mark set by LaMichael James in 2011. “He’s a guy that I think was very overshadowed, unfortunately, with kind of some early losses,” Oregon coach Mark Helfrich told reporters. “He was out of any talk for individual awards and accolades. I know that doesn’t mean a ton to him, but it’s unfortunate for him.”

OREGON Season Overview (9-3, 7-2 Pac-12): Senior quarterback Vernon Adams overcame an early season finger injury to pass for 2,446 yards and 25 touchdowns and the offense took off once he was healthy. Junior wideout Bralon Addison caught 58 passes for 775 yards and 10 touchdowns, while big-play sophomore Darren Carrington averaged 20.1 yards per catch and had five touchdowns in six games after returning from an NCAA suspension for failing a drug test prior to last season’s College Football Playoff title game. Senior defensive end DeForest Buckner is the star of the defense with 16 tackles for losses (including 9.5 sacks) with senior linebacker Tyson Coleman (10 tackles for losses), senior inside linebacker Joe Walker (team-best 82 tackles) and sophomore strong safety Tyree Robinson (team-high three interceptions) also being key figures.

TCU Season Overview (10-2, 7-2 Big 12): Senior receiver Josh Doctson was enjoying the best receiving season in school history – 79 receptions for 1,327 yards and 14 touchdowns – before breaking his left

wrist in early November. He was recently ruled out for the contest and his absence takes away more firepower from an offense that also has a strong running back in senior Aaron Green (1,171 yards, 10 touchdowns). The Horned Frogs allow 26.1 points per game and had to patch holes on defense most of the season due to injuries but have a couple of dependable standouts in senior free safety Derrick Kindred (79 tackles, team-best two interceptions) and junior defensive end Josh Carraway (team-leading eight sacks).

 

 

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College Football Weekend Leaders

Daily Fantasy College football is often overlooked in the fantasy world. It typically serves as a Saturday side note to the Fantasy focus of the weekend, the NFL Sunday action. However, by skipping the amateur football contests, you may be missing out on some volatile and exiting Cash Drafts where you can make a lot of money.

Look at this weekends leaders for example. We saw the leading Quarterback score 45.3 fantasy points, the leading wide receiver score 51.9 fantasy points, and the leading receiver score an unreal 65.7 fantasy points. In the NFL these totals would be historic, even record breaking, but in the NCAA, this is the norm. College games are more fast paced and with the constant scoring, there is much more to the fantasy excitement.

Quarterback

The top quarterback of the weekend should be no surprise. Brandon Doughty from Western Kentucky has been consistent in providing fantasy value all season. While he comes at a premium price, he provides fantasy return week after week. Doughty scored his massive point total of 45.3 fantasy points with pure passing, no rushing touchdowns or yards (he actually had -29 rushing yards). Rather he stayed in the pocket and threw 6 touchdowns and 457 passing yards to lead the list of quarterbacks.

The second quarterback on the list scored his points a little differently. Greg Ward Jr. from Houston scored 39 fantasy points, but he did a lot of work with his legs. He scored 6 touchdowns like Doughty, but only 4 of those were passing and he ran in the rest. He only scored 274 passing yards, falling short of the 300 yard fantasy bonus, but matched that with 91 rushing yards, almost enough for the rushing yards fantasy bonus.

Running Backs

Deandre Washington from Texas Tech had a dominating 51.9 fantasy point performance this weekend. He rushed for 188 yards with 4 rushing touchdowns. Once a player exceeds that 100 yard mark and attains that rushing bonus, they get most of their fantasy value from touchdowns. Compare Washington to Leonard Fournette of Louisiana State who ran for 244 yards, but only got 2 touchdowns, and therefore ended the day with 41.1 fantasy points, far less than Washington. The key to maximizing fantasy value in your running back draft picks is to find a back who gets enough attempts to surpass that 100 yards mark yet still gets the red zone attempts. A running back who does all the work down the field, just to hand off the duties in the red zone has little value in a Daily Fantasy CFB contest.

Receivers

Way above the competition at the receiver position was Josh Doctson of Texas Christian. He scored a total of 65.7 fantasy points this weekend with 267 receiving yards and 3 touchdowns. The next closed on this list was Ed’Marques Batties from Middle Tennessee with 45.5 fantasy points from 2 touchdowns and 175 receiving yards.

The point differential here is key. At the quarterback position, if you swap out Ward for Doughty that only costs your lineup 7 fantasy points while swapping out Doctson for Batties costs your lineup a huge 20 fantasy points. The key to winning Daily Cash Drafts is to spend a little extra money on those positions with high point differentials, and maybe save a little cash at those positions like quarterback where there is a lot of depth to be found.

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