T.J. Yeldon – Jacksonville Jaguars…The Jacksonville Jaguars drafted T.J. Yeldon at the top of the second round as the organization views him as a three-down back. Yeldon’s rookie year fantasy value will be determined based on the running back battle between him and Denard Robinson. Yeldon in my opinion will eventually win this battle even though Robinson had a good stretch of productive games last season. Robinson flamed out later in the season as he is best suited to take on a change of pace roll within the offense. Once Yeldon takes on the bulk of the carries he will get to run behind a much improved offensive line with the addition of tackle Jeremy Pernell, center Stefen Wisniewski and third round draft pick A.J. Cann.
Fantasy Value – RB3
Devin Smith – New York Jets…I applaud the Jets for drafting wide receiver Devin Smith to put more weapons around Geno Smith. An element that Smith will bring to the Jets’ offense which was missing last season is Devin Smith’s ability to separate from defenders and provide Geno with a true deep threat. Although it makes perfect football sense I believe Smith is a boom or bust fantasy player and fantasy owners should temper their expectations.
Fantasy Value – WR5
Dorial Green-Beckham -Tennessee Titans…The Titans came out well in the draft to be able to get who they believe is their franchise quarterback of the future in the first round and selecting a talented big play wide receiver in the second in Dorial Green-Beckham. Beckham is uber-talented with tremendous 6’5 240 pound measurables. He is an immediate red zone threat. His ability to high point passes while using his body to box out defenders makes him an interesting name late in your fantasy drafts.
Fantasy Value – WR4
Devin Funchess – Carolina Panthers…The Panthers loved their 2014 first round draft pick wide-out Kelvin Benjamin so much they decided to draft another version of him, welcome Devin Funchess. Cam Newton is probably smiling from ear-to-ear as he gets another 6’5 230 plus weapon at his disposal but if you thought Benjamin was raw last season Funchess is even more so. And that’s raw meaning inexperienced not “Raw” meaning amazing.
Fantasy Value – WR5
Ameer Abdullah – Detroit Lions…I love this pick for the Lions as I believe Ameer Abdullah is a perfect fit for this pass first offense. He brings a dimension that Reggie Bush previously brought to the offense in terms of catching the football out of the backfield. But Abdullah also plays with edge in terms of his running style, running behind his pads, and finishing his runs with power. The issue Abdullah faces will be the competition for snaps with starter Joique Bell and change of pace running back Theo Riddick along with his documented fumbling history. A rookie running back “no-no” is putting the ball on the ground and not picking up the blitz so Abdullah will need to do both if he wants to get on the field.
Fantasy Value – RB 4/5
Maxx Williams – Baltimore Ravens…The injury plagued tight end Dennis Pitta forced the Ravens to jump in front of the arch-rival Pittsburgh Steelers in the draft to select whom many believe was the best tight end prospect in the 2015 NFL Draft in Maxx Williams. Joe Flacco loves to throw passes to his tight ends and he gets a viable one in Williams who is a underrated athlete with great hands. He will step in and be a difference-maker in the offense and should produce respectable numbers that should warrant a mid round fantasy selection, especially with a position that was shallow a season ago.
Fantasy Value – TE 1/2