Jeremy McNichols: The NFL Draft’s Best-value All-purpose Back

Given Jeremy McNichols’ rare combination of college dominance and exceptional overall athleticism, he is quantitatively more impressive than Dalvin Cook and rivals Christian McCaffrey.

Still under-appreciated by the NFL’s Scouting Industrial Complex, McNichols may be the best-value running back in the NFL Draft and fantasy football league drafts.


Alvin Kamara: The Elusive Enigma of the 2017 NFL Draft

Alvin Kamara has impressive long-term fantasy football upside is impressive, but his advanced stats and metrics profiles suggests a breakout is improbable.

Looking at comparable NFL players, Kamara brings to mind Charcandrick West, although, Kamara holds a greater proclivity for elusiveness than West.

Cooper Kupp: Small School Guy, Big Time Hype

Hailing from Eastern Washington, wide receiver Cooper Kupp is the typical small school guy with atypical hype based on his advanced stats & metrics profile.

Eastern Washington wide receiver Cooper Kupp’s 4-year dominance of the college game is unique in the 2017 NFL Draft Class. Kupp never caught fewer than 93 passes in a single season, never had fewer than 1,431 yards, and his lowest touchdown total in a season was 16.


Leonard Fournette: The Flawed Workhorse

Featuring premium football talent of yore, Leonard Fournette will deliver workhorse production to the NFL like a lightning bolt from the fantasy gods.

In the database, there are six running backs who hold claim to a 115-plus Speed Score as well as a greater than 30-percent College Dominator Rating. The “intriguing six” make up quite the elite stable. Their names: Darren McFadden, Derrick Henry, Chris Johnson, Steven Jackson, Adrian Peterson and Leonard Fournette.

O.J. Howard: King of the Rookie Tight End Mountain

O.J. Howard is poised to turn a dominant NFL Scouting Combine into a successful fantasy football career based on his advanced stats and metrics profile.

There’s always a handful of “can’t miss” prospects in every draft, go ahead and consider former Alabama tight end O.J. Howard one of them. If PlayerProfile’s comparison to superstar tight end Greg Olsen isn’t enough for you, then a closer look at his profile is required.


Brandin Cooks Traded to the New England Patriots: Fantasy Football Winners & Losers

As the dust settles following the Brandin Cooks trade, many other receivers on both New England and New Orleans are affected in a fantasy context. In addition to Cooks, players like Willie Snead, Malcolm Mitchell and Julian Edelman will see drastic changes in fantasy production next season.

I’m afraid this trade marks the end of Julian Edelman’s fantasy glory. In his age-30 season, Edelman was painfully inefficient with a Production Premium, Target Premium and fantasy points per target all ranking outside the top-80 among NFL wide receivers.

Deshaun Watson: Simply #GoodAtFootball

Deshaun Watson was a big-time college quarterback who could become a fantasy football asset based on his advanced stats & metrics profile.

While Deshaun Watson has been impressive in his preparation for the draft, he struggled with accuracy and consistency at times at Clemson, and his his 49 mph (1st-percentile) Throw Velocity suggests he will struggle to fit the ball into tight windows.


Samaje Perine: Putting the Power in Power Back

Samaje Perine is a perennial power back who uses his 5-foot-10, 235-pound frame to smash his way through opposing defenses and into the secondary. He’s another three-year back who chose to leave school following his junior year, after posting solid numbers every season playing in the Big 12.

While Perine does lack lateral quickness, his ability to burst through holes and run over defenders makes him an ideal complementary back for a team with an established dual-threat running back.


Mitchell Trubisky: Underwhelming Throwback Under Center

Mitchell Trubisky declared for the NFL Draft after getting the most out of his junior season at North Carolina, passing for 3,748 yards and 30 touchdowns against 6 interceptions.

Mitchell Trubisky’s unique combination of arm strength, accuracy, and mobility makes him a solid option for a team in need of a quarterback.


Dalvin Cook: Production Is The Ultimate Test

Despite his underwhelming NFL Scouting Combine performance, Florida State running back Dalvin Cook can overcome his combine flop and turn it to NFL success.

A three-year producer at Florida State, running back Dalvin Cook declared for the NFL Draft following his junior season. Already a highly-touted prospect prior to the NFL Scouting Combine, Dalvin Cook is a touchdown scoring machine, but ball security issues, injury history and multiple police run-ins surround him heading into this year’s draft as well.

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