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Is Equanimeous St. Brown this year’s JuJu Smith-Schuster?

by Marc Mathyk, March 15, 2018

Nothing about Equanimeous St. Brown is conventional. The 6-5 enigma is about to land in the NFL, and his underwhelming final college season may pave the way for St. Brown to be this year’s JuJu Smith-Schuster based on his productivity as a sophomore at Notre Dame.

Isolating a wide receiver’s most productive college season, the JuJu Smith-Schuster Corollary, best illuminates his NFL upside.  St. Brown’s Dominator Rating during his peak sophomore season with DeShone Kizer reached the 58th-percentile, which puts him ahead of Mike Evans and Kelvin Benjamin.

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Why Richie James looks like a late round dynasty steal

by Matthew Gajewski, March 14, 2018

James turned in 1,346 receiving yards and 8 touchdowns on 107 catches as a sophomore at Middle Tennessee State. While only his second year at Middle Tennessee. James also recorded a 20.0 Breakout Age (61st-percentile) demonstrating a polished slot receiver skill set early in his college career.

Seemingly with a floor of Trent Taylor, Richie James warrants late round consideration in all dynasty leagues. Despite the production red flags, James also recorded a receiving yardage share of 38.3-percent and a touchdown share of 54.5-percent in 2016.

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Welp… Derrick Henry Just Became Overrated

by Kyle Dvorchak, March 12, 2018

I’ve always thought Derrick Henry was overvalued. Now, Demarco Murray is gone, and just as the door of opportunity swung open, the specter overvaluation emerged. After reviewing the advanced stats and metrics, Henry is clearly overrated.

Murray was an obstacle for Henry to plow through like any corner or safety but this draft class could provide real competition for Henry even in the mid rounds. Tennessee has the chance to bring in real competition for him from a running back class will change the landscape of dynasty rankings.

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Jaylen Samuels is a running back. Period.

by Marc Mathyk, March 10, 2018

North Carolina State’s Jaylen Samuels, a multi-faceted offensive weapon who played football for the Wolfpack. Samuels proved that he is an NFL-caliber athlete at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Jaylen Samuels has the potential to be a three-down workhorse due to his size and versatility. He could also concentrate on what he has done the most in college and be a larger pass catching threat who can line up anywhere in the field.

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7 dream scenario destinations for the top free agent wide receivers

by Mike Medeiros, March 8, 2018

Poised to be a free agent, Sammy Watkins and the San Francisco 49ers make a great pairing. A team flush with salary cap space and in need of a true No.1 receiver to pair with franchise quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. The appeal of Watkins reaching his elite potential as the top option in the 49ers high volume passing offense is mouth-watering.

The 2017 season was an absolute riddle for Jarvis Landry. A short-target funnel — just 3.1 (No.101) completed Air Yards per target — Landry led the NFL with 112 receptions, yet failed to crest 1,000 yards, posting 987 (No.15), a feat which had yet to be accomplished by a wide receiver.

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Mike Gesicki and the hyper-athletic tight end prototype

by Marc Mathyk, March 7, 2018

Mike Gesicki is more athletic than Rob Gronkowski, Travis Kelce and Jimmy Graham, all of which killed it at the combine during their rookie campaigns. He is best comparable to two athletic tight ends, Vernon Davis and Evan Engram, who happen to be two of the most athletic tight ends of all time. 

Mike Gesicki set high school records in three sports. In basketball he scored 1,866 points; in volleyball he had 519 blocks; in football he caught 103 passes for 1,817 yards and 16 touchdowns. From an analytical perspective, he is better than every tight end mentioned and therefore, should be considered a first round pick.

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Quarterback Height and Baker Mayfield’s Range of NFL Outcomes

by Mark Leipold, March 6, 2018

It’s probably no secret by now that the Underworld supports Baker Mayfield and #NeverJoshAllen, despite a baseless infatuation with Allen and an irrational under-appreciation of Mayfield among NFL scouts and draft analysts.

Mayfield is one of the most productive and efficient quarterback prospects of all time. Mayfield’s resume and the relative success of short quarterbacks in today’s NFL amount to a strong case for him to be the first overall pick.

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Who are the best dynasty values from the 2016 wide receiver class?

by Peter Lawrence, March 5, 2018

Malcolm Mitchell has been dealing with injuries off and on since he was drafted. In 2016 he posted a solid +15.9 (No. 20) Production Premium and a +6.8-percent (No. 34) Target Premium. If he can stay on the field with Tom Brady, he can be a late round steal for fantasy owners.

No one doubts Doctson’s athleticism, evidenced by an exceptional Burst Score of 135.2 (97th-percentile) and 10.36 (96th-percentile) Catch Radius. His playmaking ability is intriguing. However, there is reason to worry about Doctson’s 1.10 (No. 94) Target Separation, which could throttle his target share given new quarterback Alex Smith’s well-deserved interception-phobic reputation.

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A great Tight End Renaissance is coming to the NFL

by Neil Dutton, March 3, 2018

David Njoku, Evan Engram, O.J. Howard, George Kittle, Jonnu Smith and Gerald Everett averaged a 26.2-percent College Dominator Rating, dwarfing the college production of Travis Kelce, Rob Gronkowski, Zach Ertz, and Jimmy Graham.

The next evolution of NFL tight end has arrived. The advanced metrics prospect profiles of younger players from David Njoku to Austin Seferian-Jenkins suggest the league is on the verge of a great TE Renaissance.

There college production, however, is dwarfed by that achieved by six rookies drafted in 2017, namely David Njoku, Evan Engram, O.J. Howard, George Kittle, Jonnu Smith and Gerald Everett .

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Why the Browns should NOT draft a quarterback

by Marc Mathyk, March 2, 2018

In ten attempts, Cleveland has never drafted a quarterback that has been successful. The Browns need to sign a free agent veteran quarterback who has success as a starter. They need to target Kirk Cousins in free agency.

Assuming Cleveland does win the Kirk Cousins sweepstakes, and signs him to a longer contract, then it would make sense for Cleveland to trade down in the 2018 NFL Draft.  By giving up the first and the fourth draft pick could be the best move they could make.  By trading those picks for some later first round picks or later, the Browns could get more picks for later years. 

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