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This should give Beckham a continued partnership with a veteran QB who has locked onto him in the past and an offense that should be better able to force the opponent to defend all parts of the field. Barkley was an exceptional receiver in college and should be frequently targeted out of the backfield, giving him three-down appeal and the chance to distance himself from many other workhorse RBs in PPR.
That said, he scored an insanely low three TDs last season on 88 catches. While he has never been a major end-zone producer, an average of 7. The home dome helps, too. Okay, time to winnow down the field. Sadly, I must eliminate Jones as well, out of a sense of impartiality.
He is second only to Brown among WRs in my rankings, but my fellow experts, as tallied at Fantasy Pros, have him well behind Hopkins at an average disparity of almost four placements, and the disparity is five in ADP. I tend to agree that the greater injury risks at RB are worth the potentially league-winning reward of hitting on a monster who can carry your squad to glory. So, the owner who passes on Hopkins with the sixth pick can spend his or her next one on a delightful choice of A.
We now have an interesting decision, in terms of rolling the dice on massive upside. Barkley, of course, has yet to play so much as a snap in the preseason, let alone prove to be a top-notch NFL player.
Kamara, on the other hand, looked little short of incredible last year, showing great hands, burst, vision and an ability to shed tackles. Over the past 25 seasons, the 16 RBs taken with top-five draft picks received an average of 20 touches per game during their rookie seasons.
Kamara should get more than his allotment, but can he reach, say, touches? Or you could have checked out my top rankings and saved yourself the trouble of reading all this, but think of all the useful info you would have missed out on! Has finished 14th, fourth, 26th and second in PPR at his position over the past four seasons, with a first-place ranking last year in standard after leading the NFL with 13 TD catches.
He accomplished that despite losing his rookie-sensation QB, Deshaun Watson, midway through the season, leaving him to corral passes from Tom Savage and T. He's only missed one game in his five-year career, and should get back a healthy Watson. Alvin Kamara, RB, Saints. He racked up 1, yards from scrimmage and 13 TDs on just touches, averaging a league-leading 6.
Kamara also benefits from playing in a dome for an offensively creative head coach, Sean Payton , and with a QB, Drew Brees , who can still threaten defenses with his arm and is masterful at checking his team into the right plays. A nasty ankle injury limited him to just four games last year and led to an 83rd-place finish in PPR, after he started his career seventh, fifth and fourth.
He had at least 91 catches for 1, yards and 10 TDs in each of those first three seasons, while looking like one of the NFL's most talented players. The Giants committed to Eli Manning by using the second-overall pick on Barkley instead of on a promising young QB, while spending some major capital on offensive line help.
This should give Beckham a continued partnership with a veteran QB who has locked onto him in the past and an offense that should be better able to force opponents to defend all parts of the field. The Giants' extremely heavy investment in the former Penn State star, combined with little else at RB, almost certainly means he will immediately receive a major diet of touches. Barkley was an exceptional receiver in college and should be frequently targeted out of the backfield, giving him three-down appeal and the chance to distance himself from many other workhorse RBs in PPR.
Julio Jones, WR, Falcons. He's the only WR to have gone over 1, yards in each of those seasons, with an average of targets, and is the NFL's career leader in yards per game That said, he scored an insanely low three TDs last season on 88 catches. While he's never been a major end zone producer, an average of 7.
The home dome helps too. Kareem Hunt, RB, Chiefs. He was also used well in the passing game, catching 53 balls for yards, leaving him third among all players in yards from scrimmage 1, , with a total of 11 TDs. Kansas City traded away Alex Smith to give the starting job to second-year QB Patrick Mahomes , whose cannon arm and scrambling ability, combined with an explosive group of receivers, promise to keep defenses on their heels.
OK, time to winnow down the field. Let's begin by dropping Hunt. Whereas Kamara's role figures to grow, Hunt could lose touches to a healthy Spencer Ware, and Hunt had an alarmingly ineffective stretch of seven straight games in the middle of last season.
Plus, there's always the chance that Mahomes could be a bust - and an even better chance that the perpetually underappreciated Smith won't be replaced so easily - which could drag down the whole offense. We'll also say bye-bye to Beckham, whose dropping efficiency rates may be explained by the worrisome deterioration of the year-old Manning, and who is suddenly one of several highly drafted mouths to feed in the Giants' offense.
Sadly, I must eliminate Jones, as well, out of a sense of impartiality. He is second only to Brown among WRs in my rankings, but my fellow experts, as tallied at Fantasy Pros, have him well behind Hopkins at an average disparity of almost four placements, and the disparity is five in ADP.