2017 NFL Draft: A Running Diary of Round 1

According to PlayerProfiler, Fournette’s player comp is Steven Jackson. Fournette’s going to have to do some work to reach Jackson’s level in pass protection and receiving prowess, but overall, Fournette’s 38.8-percent College Dominator Rating is in the 82nd percentile, which is exceptional.

Jarrad Davis fills a huge hole in the Lions defense based on his ability to get down hill and blow up run plays with his 96th percentile Burst Score according to PlayerProfiler.


NFL Draft Skill Position Preview: Small School Prospects & Sleepers

The draft is less than a week away and it’s time to draw back the curtain on all the small school darlings and hidden sleepers you didn’t want your league mates to know about.

Zay Jones’ 10.7 career YPR is as low as you will find for a NFL Draft-worthy wide receiver prospect. Jones is a high-volume, low-yardage player who looks like a more athletic, less refined Jarvis Landry.


Kenny Golladay: The Sleeper of the Sleepers

This not a great year for first round picks. There are few prospects with clear routes to being a top 12 at their position and some of the most interesting are tight ends. But it’s a great year to go hunting for future producers in the lower rounds.

Kenny Golladay is rarely mentioned as an NFL Draft sleeper, but advanced stats and metrics indicate he is the perfect late-round pick in fantasy football dynasty leagues.


Buying and Selling Teams: The Arizona Cardinals, A Team In Transition

Did the Cardinals become David Johnson’s team out of necessity due to their offensive line or because Palmer’s injuries caught up with him and he got trucked by Father Time?

There is still a window where the Cardinals can capitalize on the Palmer-Fitzgerald era while he they both have something left in the tank, if Arians believes Palmer actually has something left.

NFL Draft’s Best and Worst Prospect Landing Spots: Quarterbacks

With the lack of a true can’t-miss prospect at the quarterback position, the landing spot becomes even more important.

We believe Arizona is the best landing spot for Patrick Mahomes, as he would be an excellent fit for the Cardinals’ downfield passing game.


Rookie Chaos Theory: Which NFL Draft Landing Spots Would Disrupt the Fabric of Dynasty Leagues?

If “Chaos Theory” creator Edward Lorenz played fantasy football, he certainly would have enjoyed viewing the NFL Draft through this contradictory lens.

The NFL Draft is impossible to predict. Suppose the top offensive rookies land on teams that cause maximum fantasy disruption in dynasty leagues? What would be their impact in year one based on advanced stats & metrics profiles?

Who Will Be This Season’s Ty Montgomery For Fantasy Football?

NFL passing volume and efficiency is at an all-time high. Ty Montgomery is the poster child running back in a pass-heavy league as more NFL teams deploy RBs as receivers and are less concerned about the RB’s ability to generate yards between the tackles.

Ty Montgomery’s transition to RB mirror’s the NFL’s passing game focus. Who is poised to capitalize on this trend based on advance stats & metrics profiles?


Evan Engram: Hidden Gem in Plain Sight

Is Evan Engram a tight end or a wide receiver? Does that matter? We review Engram’s advanced NFL Draft stats and metrics profile for answers.

If Evan Engram was 6-5 and 250 pounds he would easily be the No. 1 tight end prospect. But there is precedent for undersized tight ends being productive at the NFL level. This isn’t pioneer territory. In fact, the most productive tight end in fantasy points per game the last two seasons was Jordan Reed.


I’Tavius Mathers: Unsexy Late Round Dart Throw

While not invited to the NFL Scouting Combine, I’Tavius Mathers impressed scouts at his pro-day with his route running and pass catching skills despite lackluster agility and burst.

Currently forecast to be drafted in the 7th round or as an UDFA, Mathers is worth a late-round selection in rookie drafts. He’s one of the top pass catching running backs this class, which should help him compete for a role as a satellite running back.


Finding Phenoms: Using Breakout Age to Identify Deep Dynasty Stashes

Eleven wide receivers entering the NFL Draft have a Breakout Age of 19.0 years or younger, the phenom WR line of demarcation.

Lance Lenoir had over 1000 receiving yards for 3 straight years at Western Illinois, and the consistency with which he dominated in college is promising. Lance Lenoir is the best of the worst.