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Good Michael Thomas vs. Bad Michael Thomas

Two wide receivers named Michael Thomas entered the NFL Draft, and you may be surprised which player has more potential at the NFL level.

The Good Michael Thomas was more productive at an earlier age, has demonstrated more all-around football capabilities throughout his college career, and equally athletic to the Bad Michael Thomas. Counterintuitively, the bigger, badder Michael Thomas projects to be an NFL slot receiver. Meanwhile, the forgotten Michael Thomas projects to be a versatile all-field NFL playmaker.

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Best-value Rookie Running Backs: Tyler Ervin, Marshaun Coprich, and Daniel Lasco

After Ezekiel Elliott and Derrick Henry, it’s anybody’s guess as to which rookie RBs deserve to be ranked where before the NFL Draft takes place. That each runner brings such a unique skill-set to the field makes this class of backs both exciting and difficult to rank for fantasy purposes.

Tyler Ervin, Marshaun Coprich and Daniel Lasco are RBs who dynasty owners shouldn’t overlook in rookie drafts despite the relative lack of hype surrounding them. Depending on when they get drafted and by which teams, these three players could make for potentially game-changing late round rookie picks.

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Rashard Higgins: When Production and Athleticism Clash

The metrics you value most will determine whether you draft Rashard Higgins or expect him to do little in the NFL.

Rashard Higgins’ history of production at the college level points to a future fantasy WR3 in all league formats.

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Don’t Ever, Ever, Ever Buy Clive Walford, Ever

Somewhere between the beginning of the off-season and the time I’m typing this, Clive Walford has seen a dynasty ADP jump of nearly two rounds. There’s a good chance by the time you’re reading this, Walford will have been nominated Vice President under Donald Trump and, oh my God, there’s a glitch in the matrix! Walford is everywhere!

Clive Walford must overcome more obstacles to become fantasy viable, which is why Walford is currently prices above his ceiling in dynasty leagues.

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Running Backs and the Power of Reception

Passing is more efficient than rushing in the NFL. In 2015, teams averaged 4.1 yards per rush attempt vs. 6.8 yards per pass — an incredible 2.7 yards per play difference.

Draft target magnet running backs. They are often in situations that maximize efficiency and their all-field skill sets makes them less dependent on game situation or touches in high leverage situations.

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Kevin White and Breshad Perriman and the Value of Mystique

Kevin White and Breshad Perriman were hot prospects in the 2015 NFL Draft. Their dynasty values are now propped up by the mystique of the unknown.

White and Perriman compare more closely to Robert Meachem and Darrius Heyward-Bey than Sammy Watkins and Julio Jones.

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Leonte Carroo: Uncrowned King of the 2016 NFL Draft Wide Receiver Class

Before the NFL Scouting Combine, Laquon Treadwell was a virtual consensus No. 1 WR in the 2016 WR draft class.

Meanwhile, everything about Leonte Carroo screams premier dynasty asset, and yet, Carroo currently going outside the Top 5 in m most dynasty rookie drafts. Select him with confidence, and watch him become the perennial league winner your league mates never saw coming.

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Is Sammie Coates Martavis Bryant 2.0?

Whoever opens the 2016 season as the stretch-X receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers will be a player that fantasy owners are going to want to target, provided their ADP doesn’t spike to the third round like Martavis Bryant’s did before he was suspended for the 2016 season. My money is on that player being second year uber-athlete Sammie Coates.

Sammie Coates was a polarizing prospect coming out of Auburn in 2015, but he’s the team’s best option to fill the void left by Martavis Bryant’s suspension. And with a quarterback like Ben Roethlisberger at the controls of the passing attack, that would make him a steal in fantasy drafts if he continues to be overlooked.

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Brian Quick: Fantasy Football’s Best-value Big Receiver

Brian Quick’s comparables include Calvin Johnson, Julio Jones, and Larry Fitzgerald, and he just signed a 1-year “prove it” deal for $1.5 million guaranteed with the Rams. Brian Quick’s contract may prove to be the biggest steal of free agency in 2016.

At just 26-years old, this might be a make or break year for Brian Quick. He is the cheapest elite-level prospect in fantasy football and he can be acquired at a nominal amount. If you claim to be a member of #TeamBigWR and care about historical comps when compiling a fantasy roster, then Brian Quick must be on your fantasy football team in 2016.

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NFC Tight End Watch List

Wide receivers get all the dynasty love in the world. Running backs have been fawned over in redraft for as long as fantasy has been around. Quarterbacks get all the money, accolades, and Papa John’s commercials. Where is all the love for tight ends?

The tight end position represents the greatest market inefficiency in dynasty league football. MyCole Pruitt, Vance McDonald, and Nile Paul are three NFC sleeper tight ends with serious stash appeal.