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Seattle Seahawks Fantasy Football Player Projections, Rankings and Commentary

Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson hoisting the Vince Lombardi Trophy after winning Super Bowl XLVIII

Two years into his career, Wilson has defied the odds and proven to the other 31 teams in the league that they were fools for not choosing him in the first two rounds of the 2012 NFL Draft.

Player Tier · Rank Passing Rushing Receiving FPts
QB R. Wilson
4 · 10th
305-500-3,725 26 TD 10 INT
90-450 2 TD
347.3
RB M. Lynch
2 · 6th
295-1,275 9 TD
20-180 1 TD
205.5
RB C. Michael
7 · 42nd
120-525 3 TD
8-65 0 TD
77.0
RB R. Turbin
NR
15-60 0 TD
2-15 0 TD
7.5
WR P. Harvin
5 · 26th
80-930 6 TD
154.0
WR D. Baldwin
8 · 48th
55-700 4 TD
94.0
WR S. Rice
NR
12-185 1 TD
24.5
WR J. Kearse
NR
28-425 4 TD
66.5
WR P. Richardson
NR
20-295 2 TD
41.5
TE L. Willson
NR
20-240 3 TD
42.0
TE A. McCoy
NR
12-150 2 TD
27.0
TE Z. Miller
NR
35-400 2 TD
52.0

QB Russell Wilson

Two years into his career, Wilson has defied the odds and proven to the other 31 teams in the league that they were fools for not choosing him in the first two rounds of the 2012 NFL Draft. After a superlative rookie season during which he led the Seahawks to a Divisional Playoffs loss, Wilson led Seattle to a Super Bowl triumph, cementing his status as one of the top quarterbacks in the league. While Wilson is clearly a winner and has consistently displayed the ability to make game winning plays, his fantasy prognosis isn’t quite as illustrious. With Seattle leaning heavily on the run game, Wilson has averaged just 400 passing attempts per season during his first two years in the league. Despite his low attempts, Wilson has somehow managed to throw for 26 touchdowns in each of his two years, a touchdown to attempt ratio of 6.5% (which would have ranked 3rd in the league last season). His ability to generate passing touchdowns and ability as a rusher (1,028 rushing yards and five touchdowns) have propelled his fantasy production so unless the Seahawks somehow morph into a passing team, that is what you are banking on with Wilson. Given that we expect the Seahawks to remain heavily committed to the running game, we feel it is best to hedge your bets on Wilson as a low end QB1. If that strikes your fancy, keep in mind that Wilson will throw up the odd dud as his five games with fewer than 15 points attest.

RB Marshawn Lynch

After three and a half years in Seattle, I guess we can conclude that the Seahawks won the trade with the Buffalo Bills for Marshawn Lynch. Last season, Lynch was the key cog in the Seahawks Super Bowl winning rushing attack, as he ran for 1,257 yards and matched a career-high with 12 touchdowns. For icing on the cake, he also reached career-highs in receiving yards with 316 and receiving touchdowns with two. While that’s all fine and dandy, there are a couple of red flags regarding Lynch’s fantasy prognosis for 2014. First off is that he has eclipsed 300 touches in each of the last three years and accumulated 1,094 touches over that stretch including playoff games. As you may have heard, such a heavy workload often leads to a decline in performance the following season and look no further than Arian Foster’s issues last season as evidence of that. Secondly, with two years left on his contract, including a healthy $7.5-million in salary and easily reachable bonuses in 2015, and with quarterback Russell Wilson in line for a lucrative, long term extension following the season, Lynch could be expendable following this season. That could lead the Seahawks to increase backup Christine Michael’s role and they have made noises about either using a committee approach or reducing Lynch’s usage in 2014. While we fully expect Lynch to once again approach 300 touches, a small decline in seems likely. Despite these risks, Lynch still rates as a mid-tier RB1 partly due to his ability to find the end zone on a consistent basis with 39 touchdowns over the past three seasons.

RB Christine Michael

After a season spent mostly sitting on the sideline, Michael, the Seahawks 2nd round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, seems poised to assume the lead backup role to Marshawn Lynch in 2014. An obvious physical specimen at 5’11” and 220 pounds, Michael has the size and speed to eventually take over as Seattle’s leading running back provided the character concerns that caused him to drop in the draft do not resurface. While there is little debate that Michael will push aside former top backup Robert Turbin, he is unlikely to leapfrog past Lynch this season barring injury. And, sorry, but we’re not buying into the reports out of Seattle that offensive coordinator Darren Bevell is planning on using a committee approach this season. Michael rates as a must-have handcuff to Lynch owners and a solid dynasty prospect.

RB Robert Turbin

Last season, Turbin fought off 2013 2nd round pick Christine Michael to hold onto the backup running back position behind Marshawn Lynch. Unfortunately, Turbin failed to repeat his solid performance as a rookie, finishing the season with just 264 rushing yards on 77 carries, for a less than stellar 3.4 yards per carry, and eight receptions for 60 yards. While we think Turbin has the requisite talent to enjoy a lengthy career in the league, we aren’t sold on his ability to hold off Michael in 2014. Simply put, Michael has too much talent and upside to barely play for a second season in a row. That will render Turbin unappealing for fantasy purposes.

WR Percy Harvin

After catching one pass during the regular season, Harvin displayed his game breaking ability in the Super Bowl, scoring on a kick return and gaining 45 yards on a pair of rushes. While there is little point in debating Harvin’s obvious jaw-dropping skill level and speed when healthy, his inability to remain healthy makes him a huge risk for fantasy purposes. During his first three years in the league, he seemed capable of playing through his various nicks, bruises and migraine issues, missing just three games. However, over the past two seasons, Harvin has missed 22 regular season games. Reportedly fully healthy, he will assume the role as the Seahawks leading wide receiver but question marks surround him in 2014. First, he must get up to speed with the Seahawks playbook and get in sync with quarterback Russell Wilson. Second, just how valuable is the leading wide receiver in the Seahawks heavily run-based offense? And, hey, there is the injury risk. Did we mention that Harvin has never topped 1,000 receiving yards or six receiving touchdowns during his five years in the league? If we generously (and optimistically?) project Harvin to gain 1,000 total yards and six touchdowns, that production would have him rated as the 23rd ranked wide receiver last season. Is Harvin worth the risk? Sometimes you don’t mind missing out a player’s breakout season based on their risk profile and that seems to be the case with Harvin in 2014.

WR Doug Baldwin

Baldwin has had a roller coaster ride during his first three years in the league. The former undrafted free agent had a surprisingly solid rookie season with 51 receptions for 788 yards and four touchdowns before seeing his production plummet to 29 receptions, 366 yards and three touchdowns in 2012. He rebounded last season as injuries to Percy Harvin and Sidney Rice opened up a spot in the starting line up, catching 50 passes for 778 yards and a career-high five touchdowns. While the Stanford product has displayed solid playmaking ability when given an opportunity and figures to open the season in the starting line up, the fact is that the Seahawks don’t seem sold that he is a long term option as a starter. With Golden Tate having departed in free agency, Seattle used 2nd and 4th round picks on Paul Richardson and Kevin Norwood and re-signed Sidney Rice after first releasing him in the offseason. Consider Baldwin a back of the roster player on your fantasy squad or a potential waiver wire fill in as an injury or bye week replacement.

WR Jermaine Kearse

Kearse emerged as a decent backup receiver in his third year in the league, catching 22 passes for 346 yards and four touchdowns while averaging an eye popping 15.7 yards per catch. At 6’1” and 209 pounds, he possesses solid size to go along with better than average speed. And with Percy Harvin returning from injury and Golden Tate having taken his talents to Detroit, Kearse could carve out a bigger role for himself in 2014. Consistent veteran Doug Baldwin and a pair of rookies in Paul Richardson and Kevin Norwood stand in his way. While we like Kearse’s talent level, we expect the Seahawks to mix and match at receiver this season with Harvin and Baldwin hogging the target count. Kearse could be a decent in-season waiver wire pickup.

WR Paul Richardson

After trading out of the 1st round, the Seahawks made Richardson their initial choice in this year’s rookie draft, grabbing him with the 45th overall selection. The speedy Colorado product checks in at 6’0” and 183 pounds and gives quarterback Russell Wilson another option in the passing game. While reports out of Seattle suggest Richardson looked solid in OTAs, he is unlikely to emerge as a useful fantasy option during his rookie season given the performances last season of Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse, coupled with the return of a healthy Percy Harvin. Richardson does rate as a mid-tier prospect in dynasty formats.

WR Sidney Rice

Released during the offseason, it seemed the Seahawks had given up on Rice after signing him to a five-year, $41-million contract prior to the 2011 season. However, after finding no market for his services on the open market, Rice returned to the Seahawks on a, “prove it” deal. With only Percy Harvin, Doug Baldwin, Jermaine Kearse and a pair of rookies accompanying him on the depth chart, Rice could have a bounce back season. We’re just not drinking that Kool-Aid. It says here that if Rice is on the Seahawks roster on opening day, it is for his ability to snag some balls in the red zone and that just won’t be a big enough role for him to warrant consideration as a player on your fantasy roster.

TE Zach Miller

Three years into his Seattle career, Miller has neither found a prominent role in the Seahawks passing offense nor lived up to the lucrative five-year contract he signed to join the team. While Miller averaged over 750 receiving yards during his final three years as a Raider, he has failed to top 400 yards as a Seahawk. A glorified blocker, Miller just doesn’t see enough targets to be a consistent fantasy producer. With Luke Willson nipping at his heels and Anthony McCoy returning from injury, Miller is a low-end TE2 or high-end TE3 with little upside.

St. Louis Rams Fantasy Football Player Projections, Rankings and Commentary

St. Louis Rams Quarterback Sam Bradford (8) on the field during the football game against the Texans. Rams defeated the Texans 38-13 in Houston. October 13, 2013; Photographer: Juan DeLeon/Icon Sportswire

This is a make or break year for St. Louis Rams QB Sam Bradford – Part Deux. Photo: Icon Sportswire

Player Tier · Rank Passing Rushing Receiving FPts
QB S. Bradford
5 · 22nd
335-550-3,800 21 TD 14 INT
40-126 1 TD
292.6
RB Z. Stacy
3 · 18th
260-1,200 6 TD
30-185 1 TD
180.5
RB T. Mason
7 · 48th
100-400 2 TD
35-205 1 TD
78.5
RB B. Cunningham
NR
30-135 1 TD
3-00 0 TD
19.5
WR T. Austin
8 · 49th
65-850 6 TD
121.0
WR K. Britt
9 · 57th
35-375 2 TD
49.5
WR A. Pettis
NR
10-110 0 TD
11.0
WR B. Quick
NR
16-215 2 TD
33.5
WR C. Givens
NR
35-525 2 TD
64.5
WR S. Bailey
NR
30-390 2 TD
51.0
TE J. Cook
5 · 22nd
50-625 4 TD
86.5
TE L. Kendricks
NR
30-300 2 TD
42.0

QB Sam Bradford

Tell us if you’ve heard this before – this is a make or break year for St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford. Entering last season, we said the same thing about Bradford, only to watch him suffer a torn ACL in a Week 7 loss to the Carolina Panthers. Prior to the injury, Bradford posted solid production with 1,687 passing yards and 14 touchdowns with just four interceptions. However, a closer look reveals that he struggled to play well in two of his seven starts with the Rams accumulating just 18 total points in Week 3 and 4 losses to the Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers. After four years, the book on Bradford is that he is an injury prone player (16 missed games) who fails to deliver big plays when his team needs him. Looking forward to 2014, the Rams have put together their best offensive line of Bradford’s career and surrounded him with a talented, if not entirely proven group of skill position players. St. Louis needs Bradford to step up his game and for offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer to put him in a solid position to succeed. The good news is that fantasy owners won’t be reaching for Bradford as anything more than a low end QB2. If you want him, he rates as a low risk, moderate upside option at quarterback.

RB Zac Stacy

Taken in the 5th round of the 2013 NFL Draft, Stacy suffered through an awful preseason but, after barely playing in the Rams first four games, emerged as the Rams top running back in Week 5. Built low and powerful, Stacy effectively used his 5’8”, 224 pound frame to move the pile and churn out yards, finishing the season with 973 rushing yards and seven touchdowns on 250 carries. He was passable as a receiver, gaining just 141 yards and a touchdown on 26 receptions as he played extensively due to the lack of solid options on the depth chart. With the Rams having added Tre Mason in the 3rd round of this year’s draft, we don’t foresee Stacy averaging the close to 23 touches per game he averaged in games he led the St. Louis rushing attack in 2013. Look for Mason to take over as the team’s leading receiving option out of the backfield and earn at least 6-8 rushes per game. However, Stacy will own the short yardage role and could emerge as a low end RB1 provided quarterback Sam Bradford can remain healthy and the Rams rebuilt offensive line lives up to its preseason billing.

RB Tre Mason

With former undrafted free agent Benny Cuningham, disappointing Isaiah Pead and injury prone Daryl Richardson (since released) behind Zac Stacy on the depth chart, the Rams used a 3rd round pick to acquire Auburn running back Tre Mason. While Mason lacks ideal size at just 5’9” and 205 pounds, he was a physical runner in college whose running style and size compare to Ray Rice. However, the Rams offense was at its best in 2013 with Stacy grinding out first downs and wearing down opposing defenses, and Stacy’s running style is more in line with what head coach Jeff Fisher prefers in the rushing game. Look for Mason to emerge as the Rams top backup and for offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer to work him into the game plan as a change of pace and receiving option on 3rd down. He is a mid-tier dynasty prospect.

RB Benny Cunningham

Cunningham emerged as the Rams top backup running back last season almost by default. With former 2nd round pick Isaiah Pead in the doghouse and Daryl Richardson on the shelf due to a thigh injury, Cunningham was used extensively in two games and was solid in each, gaining 199 yards and a touchdown on 21 touches in Weeks 10 and 12. Unfortunately, talent wins out and it was pretty clear that the undrafted free agent out of Middle Tennessee State lacked upside, leading the Rams to use a 3rd round pick this season on Tre Mason.

RB Isaiah Pead

A 2nd round selection in the 2012 draft, Pead was pegged by many to be the eventual replacement for running back Steven Jackson. However, after two years, 17 carries, 14 receptions and a pile of time on the inactive list, Pead’s career with the Rams should mercifully come to an end at some point in August.

WR Tavon Austin

Entering his 2nd year in the league, Austin is a polarizing figure for fantasy purposes. Was he misused last season by Rams offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, a coach often criticized for his lack of creativity? Would he have produced more had Sam Bradford been healthy for the entire season? With the Rams having their most success last season when they featured the running game, will Austin’s lack of blocking ability cause him to lose playing time in 2014? What is his role in the Rams deep, yet mostly unproven group of wide receivers? While Austin clearly has game breaking ability (as evidenced the 60.1 points he amassed in three games last season), he also struggled to separate himself from a group of receivers with much less talent and was wildly inconsistent, failing to top 40 receiving yards in ten of his 13 games. Since we don’t expect the Rams to give away their plans for Austin in the preseason, grabbing him as a WR3 seems foolhardy. If you like Austin’s potential, draft him as no more than a WR4 and hope the Rams have figured out how to maximize his tantalizing blend of speed and agility.

WR Chris Givens

After using his blazing speed to haul in 42 passes for 698 yards and three touchdowns as a rookie in 2012, the Rams expected Givens to continue to develop and become a key cog in the team’s passing attack in 2013. However, the Wake Forest product suffered an ankle injury that bothered him for much of the season and he failed to develop a rapport with backup quarterback Kellen Clemens after Sam Bradford was lost for the season in Week 7. By season’s end, Givens had accumulated just 34 receptions for 569 yards while failing to find the end zone. In 2014, Givens will compete for a role in the starting lineup with Tavon Austin, Stedman Bailey, Kenny Britt, Austin Pettis and Brian Quick. While that is hardly tough competition, it’s worth noting that Given has hauled in just 76 of his 163 targets during his first two years in the league. Largely a one trick pony as a deep threat, Givens will need to expand his game to have solid fantasy value.

WR Austin Pettis

Pettis enjoyed a career-year in 2013 with 38 receptions for 399 yards and four touchdowns. The 2011 3rd round pick out of Boise State has made his mark as a decent receiver in the red zone, as evidenced by his eight touchdowns over the past two years on just 68 receptions. That’s the good news. That bad news is that he has averaged just 9.6 yards per reception during his three year career. Given’s limited upside and lack of a defined role in the Rams offense entering 2014 equates to no fantasy value.

WR Stedman Bailey

Expected to spend his rookie season buried on the Rams depth chart at wide receiver, Bailey, the Rams 3rd round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, was surprisingly productive as the season wound down. The 5’10” and 195 pound West Virginia product hauled in 15 of his 22 targets for 195 yards and a pair of touchdowns over the final five games of the season when given an expanded role in the team’s offense. Possessing 4.4-40 speed, Bailey was a solid contender to exit the preseason with a role in the starting lineup until it was announced in May that he would be suspended for four games for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs. That news put a serious kink in his fantasy value and pretty much ensures he will go undrafted in all but the deepest fantasy leagues.

WR Brian Quick

Considered a raw prospect after being taken with the 1st pick in the second round of the 2012 draft, Quick followed up a disappointing rookie year with another subpar effort in 2013. He once again failed to emerge as a consistent contributor due to his inability to fully grasp the team’s playbook and his inconsistent hands. Unless Quick can quickly gain the trust of quarterback Sam Bradford and the team’s coaching staff, he is headed for bust status. While he has solid size at 6’5” and 220 pounds and better than average speed, Quick is in no danger of being taken in fantasy drafts this summer given the presence of Kenny Britt, a player with similar physical characteristics, on the Rams roster.

WR Kenny Britt

Should you drink the Britt Kool-Aid? Tough call. Sure, he’s talented. Sure, the Rams lack a true number one wide receiver. However, Britt is coming off the worst season of his five-year career having caught just 11 of his 35 targets for 96 yards in 2013. An incentive-laden one-year deal in St. Louis may help propel Britt back to respectability but even if he earns a job with the Rams (not a given by any stretch), it’s worth noting that he has never topped 800 receiving yards and he found the end zone just seven times over his final three seasons in Tennessee. He rates as a late round flier at best.

TE Jared Cook

At first glance, Cook enjoyed a fairly solid season during his first year in St. Louis, finishing as the 11th ranked fantasy tight end with 51 receptions for 671 yards and five touchdowns. However, a closer look reveals that the talented Cook was a major bust after his 7 reception, 141 yard, two touchdown performance in Week 1. From that point on, Cook hauled in just 44 of his 75 targets (a 58.9% completion rate) for 530 yards and three touchdowns, hitting double digit fantasy points just once. In fact, Cook had a whopping 12 games with five fantasy points or less. Unless offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer figures out a way to maximize his talents, Cook rates as nothing more than a low end TE2.

First Draft Versus Fantasy Experts, Recapping Scott Fish Bowl QB-Flex PPR League #2014SFB

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning throws a 15-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Andre Caldwell during the first quarter against the San Diego Chargers on Thursday, December 12, 2013, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver; Photographer: Christian Murdock/Zuma Press/Icon Sportswire

Option to flex a quarterback in a redraft league with deep starters, and get Peyton Manning at the 5th overall pick? Yes please! Photo: Icon Sportswire

When I started writing fantasy football articles, joining DraftBuddy.com in April of this year, I took to Twitter, made as many contacts as I could, and kept my eyes open for opportunities to network with other writers in the industry. That led me to sign up and join the Scott Fish Bowl Fantasy League.

Checking the link, you can see this is a massive fantasy football league: 240 teams broken into four, 60 team conferences. From there, each conference has five, 12 team divisions. I am really looking forward to this league.

The starting roster is 1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE, 4 Flex, and QB is included in the Flex. With the Flex QB option, I’m approaching the draft as a 2-QB league. The key scoring to be aware of is 4 points per passing TD, 1 point per reception (PPR) and 0.2 points per rushing attempt.

The draft for my league/division started July 7 and ended July 17. I received the 5th pick in the draft. Here is the complete league draft report, and below is how my team shaped up specifically, including thoughts and analysis at each selection:

1.05 QB Peyton Manning, DEN

Going into the draft with the 5th overall pick, I knew I was either going to get one of a Top 3 quarterback (Manning, Drew Brees or Aaron Rodgers), LeSean McCoy or Jamaal Charles. Considering QBs, on average, score more weekly points than running backs and wide receivers, my strategy was going to be to try to get 2 solid QBs to start. The first four players drafted, in order, were Charles, Matt Forte, Rodgers and McCoy. Between Brees and Manning, I took the guy coming off a career year and fantasy points leader from 2013. Brees was picked next at 1.06.

2.08 RB Le’Veon Bell, PIT

I was hoping DeMarco Murray would fall to me at 2.08, but he was taken at 2.06, leaving me deciding between Marshawn Lynch and Le’Veon Bell. Lynch worries me for a few reasons. First, he’s racked up a lot of miles in recent years with deep playoff runs culminating in the Super Bowl last season. There are also grumblings he wants a contract extension, plus Seattle already indicated sophomore Christine Michael will play a bigger role this year to help keep Lynch fresh. With Bell, I’m not worried about LeGarrette Blount, who was signed from New England this offseason, and rookie Dri Archer has some work to do before threatening Bell.

3.05 WR Randall Cobb, GB

My top available choices boiled down to Cobb or a running back, and I didn’t want to wait 14 more picks to get my WR1. Based on my NFC North recap article, I am very high on Cobb. I think this is a big year for him, especially since it’s a contract year. Plus, with Aaron Rodgers fully healthy and the new found running game with Eddy Lacy, Green Bay will be tough to stop in all aspects on offense, an offense in which Cobb plays a huge part.

4.08 QB Jay Cutler, CHI

Approaching this as a 2-QB league, since we are allowed to flex one, why not take a QB with huge upside who is locked into his starting job? Again, referencing in my NFC North recap article, I am really high on Cutler due to his weapons around him and coaching of Marc Trestman. If he can stay healthy, I have no doubt in my mind he will be a Top 7 quarterback. As the 13th quarterback off the board, this could be a huge steal.

5.05 RB Trent Richardson, IND

As my RB2, I have no problem adding Trent Richardson. After a full offseason and training camp, as opposed to arriving in Indianapolis midseason, I expect him to be much more comfortable in the Colts’ system. I think 2013 will go down as a fluke, and this will represent a big bounce back year for Richardson. He has two banged up players behind him in Ahmad Bradshaw and Vick Ballard, so he should be a workhorse for the Colts.

6.08 RB Ben Tate, CLE

Hoping Vincent Jackson would fall just a little further, he was nabbed at 6.07, right before my pick. Plan B: Ben Tate. Tate was a great free agent signing for Cleveland. While Terrance West and possibly Isaiah Crowell are in the mix to steal some carries, Tate was brought to Cleveland to be the main back and there is little doubt he will have a prominent role, and potentially more. Talented yet stuck behind Arian Foster previously, this is his time to show everyone what he’s got.

7.05 WR Torrey Smith, BAL

I debated between Eric Decker and Torrey Smith at this pick, and decided to go with the guy that has a better surrounding staff, the guy with Joe Flacco, Ray Rice, Steve Smith and Dennis Pitta. The addition of Steve Smith should prevent teams double covering Torrey as much as he had to fight through last year, having lost teammate Anquan Boldin, allowing for more targets, catches and touchdowns.

8.08 WR Terrance Williams, DAL

With Miles Austin departed due to free agency, Terrance Williams steps up as the true number two wide receiver. I expect big things from Dallas this year due to new offensive coordinator Scott Linehan. The Cowboys defense looks highly questionable, resulting in some serious pass attempts by Tony Romo, and they can’t all go to Dez Bryant or Jason Witten.

9.05 RB Steven Jackson, ATL

Although Father Time is working against Steven Jackson at this point in his career, he is still the number one running back in Atlanta. The Falcons had a very down year in 2013, mainly due to injuries on offense, and I expect a big rebound year for them including Jackson, assuming he can stay healthy this time around.

10.08 WR Cecil Shorts, JAC

There are no signs Justin Blackmon will be reinstated from his indefinite suspension any time soon. Cecil Shorts is the Jacksonville Jaguars clear number one wide receiver, and proved last year he can produce even without Blackmon in the lineup until injuries slowed him down. With the addition of rookie wide receivers Marquise Lee and Allen Robinson, Jacksonville has a lot of receiving youth, so veteran QB Chad Henne will lean heavily on Shorts.

11.05 TE Martellus Bennett, CHI

My first tight end drafted and Martellus Bennett is on a team that should be passing the ball a lot, yet doesn’t have a plethora of quality receiving options. Bennett will get his targets, especially in the red zone.

12.08 WR Andrew Hawkins, CLE

Considering Josh Gordon will likely be serving a lengthy suspension, recently acquired free agent Andrew Hawkins got a lot more intriguing, especially in PPR scoring leagues. Hawkins could prove to be a great value pick so late in the draft.

13.05 WR Markus Wheaton, PIT

Even off a very quiet rookie year, Wheaton steps in as a starting wide receiver, replacing departed Emmanuel Sanders. Playing opposite Antonio Brown, Wheaton should see a lot of single coverage and he has the speed and moves to blow past defenders.

14.08 WR Odell Beckham Jr., NYG
15.05 WR Harry Douglas, ATL
16.08 RB David Wilson, NYG

At this point, I was looking for high upside players as my starters and main backups were filled. Beckham could be a nice spark to the New York Giants offense that seems to be in desperate need for an overhaul. Douglas is the third wide receiver for the Atlanta Falcons, but he proved himself in 2013 filling in for an injured Roddy White and Julio Jones. He will play the slot and get many targets as teams worry about the dynamic duo. David Wilson is big risk, potentially big reward pick. In 2013, he was poised to have a breakout year. However, a neck injury and surgery sidelined him. He says he is “ready to go,” so if free agent signee Rashad Jennings struggles just a bit, Giants fans will let the team know they want a change and Wilson could step in and shine.

17.05 WR Jarvis Landry, MIA
18.08 TE Jace Amaro, NYJ
19.05 RB Isaiah Crowell, CLE

All rookies with these three picks. I like Jarvis Landry to play the slot alongside Mike Wallace and even give Brian Hartline a good challenge for the number two spot. Plus, Ryan Tannehill loves to check down, so being a PPR league, Landry might see plenty of receptions. Jace Amaro is the starting tight end for the New York Jets. Although that is not saying too much, I decided to go with upside as opposed to a backup tight end for a different team. Isaiah Crowell is getting a lot of talk this offseason as giving Terrance West a tough competition for the true number two running back slot. Also, as the Ben Tate owner, a handcuff isn’t a bad idea since Tate does have an injury history.

20.08 WR Mike Williams, BUF
21.05 RB Mike Tolbert, CAR
22.08 TE Brandon Bostick, GB

More upside picks to close out the draft. Mike Williams surprised as a rookie and then disappointed before finally being unceremoniously traded to Buffalo for next to nothing from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Maybe a change of scenery will do him some good. As defenders will be focused on the speedy Sammy Watkins, Williams might find his fair share of targets, if E.J. Manuel can get him the ball. I was thinking about taking a quarterback at 21.05, however remaining choices Derek Carr, Mike Glennon and Zach Mettenberger should be available on waivers. Mike Tolbert is the goal line back for the Panthers, plus he will fill in if there is an injury to DeAngelo Williams or Jonathan Stewart, which is very likely to happen. He is bowling ball that plows through players, and he should score a handful of touchdowns. I did pass on Marcus Lattimore (he went 21.06), but I’m not sure if he will play or rookie Carlos Hyde will pass him as the backup to Frank Gore. Hopefully this doesn’t come back to hurt me. Finally, not being too confident in Jace Amaro, I went with another starting tight end with upside in Brandon Bostick. Although there are many tight ends in Green Bay, Bostick should be given the chance to show what he can do as the number one tight end and with quarterback Aaron Rodgers, you never know what can happen.

My post-draft analysis tells me my quarterbacks are very strong, and should make up for the points lacking from other positions. As for my running backs, I’m a little worried about injury risk, but they should be workhorses for their respective teams. I’m really excited about my potential at wide receiver. At TE, the Cutler-Bennett connection gives me even more reason to cheer for my Chicago Bears.

Overall, I give my team a B in my first appearance in the Scott Fish Bowl Fantasy League, competing against many tough, experienced, fantasy experts. Consider this is the first and biggest step towards earning a spot in the Scott Fish Bowl playoffs!