May 15, 2018 at 7:15 am #3487
Seattle Seahawks: 聽
The Seahawks were very quiet for much of the opening night of the draft since they did not have a pick until the end of the second round. Where did their 1st聽round pick go [url=http://www.authenticnewenglandpatriots.com/cheap-adrian-clayborn-jersey]Cheap Adrian Clayborn Jersey[/url] , you ask? Well, they traded it with their center, Max Unger, for a little known player named Jimmy Graham (more on him later). Much of their draft was spent on defensive players as they have lost a bit the past few years via free agency. The three defensive linemen that they nabbed all look solid, particularly 2nd聽round pick, Frank Clark from Michigan. The most notable draftee, in my opinion, was WR Tyler Lockett from Kansas State. He is a playmaker and will find a home returning kicks and working the slot right away for Seattle.
Non-draft moves of note include adding DB Will Blackmon from Jacksonville. Funny thing, Seattle cut him 2 years ago when he wasn’t good enough to make the team out of training camp. With Kam Chancellor, Earl Thomas and Richard Sherman roaming the secondary, lessor DBs tend to look a little better. After talk of retirement, RB Marshawn Lynch is back to inflict lots of pain on opposing defenses [url=http://www.authenticnewenglandpatriots.com/cheap-vincent-valentine-jersey]Cheap Vincent Valentine Jersey[/url] , when given the ball. Fans are hoping that QB Russell Wilson’s contract differences don’t carry over to this season especially since he has a brand new toy in Jimmy Graham. I did like the way TE Luke Willson played down the stretch last year, but Jimmy Graham immediately makes a massive difference on this team. He is now THE big play threat that the Seahawks have been lacking.
Fantasy starters: QB Russell Wilson, RB Marshawn Lynch, WR Jordy Nelson, TE Jimmy Graham, Seattle D
Fantasy bench: WR Doug Baldwin
Fantasy Sleeper: WR Tyler Lockett
After damn near starting a different QB every game last year due to injuries, the Cardinals focused on protecting their QB and helping out their run game by drafting OT D.J. Humphries from Florida with their first pick after they picked up G Mike Lupati in free agency. After that, they addressed the defensive line by adding defensive linemen with three of their next four picks, DE Markus Golden from Missouri being the top choice with their 2nd聽pick.
They are rolling the dice that their current crop of RBs stays healthy or hope that their 3rd聽round pick, RB David Johnson from Northern Iowa, is ready for the pro game. For a smallish guy myself, ya gotta like a player like J.J. Nelson getting drafted. Granted [url=http://www.authenticnewenglandpatriots.com/cheap-trey-flowers-jersey]Cheap Trey Flowers Jersey[/url] , he has 4.3 speed, but he is listed at 5’10” 160lbs! It will be entertaining to see opposing defenses try to locate him when he is on the loose. I certainly hope that the Cardinals can stay healthy this year. My favorite receiver, Larry Fitzgerald, isn’t getting any younger. Also, it would be nice to see WR Michael Floyd deliver on his potential. He was supposed to take a step forward towards All-Pro last year but the injuries at QB put a lid on his season.
Fantasy starters: RB Andre Ellington, WR Larry Fitzgerald, WR Michael Floyd, Arizona D
Fantasy bench: WR John Brown
Fantasy Sleeper: RB David Johnson
St. Louis Rams:
Truthfully, I was shocked when the Rams took RB Todd Gurley with their first pick in the draft. I though Tre’ Mason was fabulous last year and I don’t think Zac Stacy was a one-year wonder. I felt that improving their offensive line and getting one of the many excellent receivers available via the draft should have been a focus. Granted, Gurley is a beast once back to form but how long will it be before you can ride him? With their defense, they are ready to take a step forward and make the playoffs this year. I am not sure how you do that with the receivers they have on their roster. Speaking of their defense, they upgraded even further by adding DT Nick Fairly from Detroit.
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Fantasy starters: RB Tre’ Mason (until Todd Gurley is The Man, then him), Rams D
Fantasy bench: QB Nick Foles, WR: Kenny Britt, Chris Givens, Stedman Bailey, Tavon Austin and Brian Quick (watch pre-season and see if Foles gels with anyone in particular)
Fantasy Sleeper: TE Jared Cook
San Francisco 49ers: 聽
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The Niners are hoping that free agent acquisition, DT Darnell Dockett, can .
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