While my colleague Tyler wrote that he would go with Eli Manning on Team Rice, I think the star will be Derek Carr. This event is made for guys like him. A young fresh face from a team like Oakland. A real gunslinger. Carr will toss it up to his boy Amari Cooper often enough, but Odell Beckham is the one everyone wants to see ball out. He obviously has a flair for the dramatic, and made a bunch of sweet grabs at last year’s contest. Play him with confidence if you’re willing to take on his salary.
Tyrod Taylor is extremely effecient and I don’t think enough people really appreciated how well he played this year. Better yet, the is the unquestioned leader in Buffalo. He provides very good value at a lower salary.
Adrian Peterson is getting long in the tooth, so I wouldn’t be surprised if the coaches give him a little more timeon the field than you’d expect, but Doug Martin will likely play the most snaps. FB John Kuhn should get some good opportunities as well, everybody loves the guy.
Jarvis Landry is someone you want to look for in the end-zone with his strong hands, and Gary Barnidge made a ton of highlight-reel catches around the goal line this season.
Team Irvin’s wide receiver core is just outstanding. Julio Jones, DeAndre Hopkins, AJ Green and Allen Robinson are all big, fast, spectacular playmakers. Once again, while my colleague went with Russel Wilson as his stud QB, I’m going with Jamies Winston. I think this game leans toward the younger players, and the league wants to showcase the great young talent it has. Like Carr, Winston is an aggressive downfield thrower who will thrive with this set of tall WR’s. Wilson may be more effecient in his time, but I think Winston will have the most attempts.
Jones is my man here as I think he is the most explosive receiver in the league. With an All-Star cast around him, a few touchdowns may not be crazy. Hopkins is worth his price tag as well.
The talent at RB is stacked too. Captain Devonta Freeman got there by catching 73 passes (578 yards, 3 TDs) this year to go with his 1000 yards and 11 TDs on the ground. His versatility could go a long way in the Pro-Bowl. Expect him to fill the scoresheet across all categories.
Todd Gurley is an animal. His running style leads to long runs if he has a slight crease, as his power lets him slip through the hands of would-be tacklers. I always feel confident playing Gurley because of his desire, no matter the importance.
Latavius Murray had his share of ups-and-downs in Oakland in 2015, but similar to Gurley can break long runs due to his powerful stride.
RB conclusion – I predict similar production from the trio, so choose one depending on salary needs to fit your team.
TEs Tyler Eifert and Delanie Walker are downfield threats who may be forgotten with such dangerous flankers accompanying them. Eifert could have mutiple TDs.