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Wolf's Big Board:     Monday, May 29, 2017     Tier One - The Big Three   1 ) David Johnson (ARI) RB1   2 ) Le'Veon Bell (PIT) RB2   3 ) Ezekiel Elliott (DAL) RB3   Tier Two - High-end WR1 and RB1s   4 ) Antonio Brown (PIT) WR1   5 ) Julio Jones (ATL) WR2   6 ) Mike Evans (TB) WR3   7 ) Odell Beckham JR. (NYG) WR4   8 ) DeMarco Murray (TEN) RB4   9 ) Melvin Gordon (LAC) RB5   10 ) LeSean McCoy (BUF) RB6   11 ) Jay Ajayi (MIA) RB7   12 ) AJ Green (CIN) WR5   13 ) Jordy Nelson (GB) WR6   14 ) Michael Thomas (NO) WR7   15 ) Dez Bryant (DAL) WR8   16 ) Devonta Freeman (ATL) RB8   Tier 3 - Lower-end RB1 and WR1s, elite second options   17 ) Lamar Miller (HOU) RB9   18 ) DeAndre Hopkins (HOU) WR9   19 ) TY Hilton (IND) WR10   20 ) Leonard Fournette (JAX) RB10   21 ) Rob Gronkowski (NE) TE1   22 ) Brandin Cooks (NE) WR11   23 ) Demaryius Thomas. (DEN) WR12   24 ) Jordan Reed (WAS) TE2   25 ) Doug Baldwin (SEA) WR13   26 ) Amari Cooper (OAK) WR14   Tier 3.5   27 ) Todd Gurley (LAR) RB11   28 ) Carlos Hyde (SF) RB12   29 ) Christian McCaffrey (CAR) RB13   30 ) Jordan Howard (CHI) RB14   31 ) Marshawn Lynch (OAK) RB15   32 ) Davante Adams (GB) WR15   33 ) Alshon Jeffery (PHI) WR16   34 ) Isaiah Crowell (CLE) RB16   35 ) Tyreek Hill (KC) WR17   36 ) Keenan Allen (LAC) WR18   37 ) Spencer Ware (KC) RB17   Tier 4 - Elite QBs, Solid #2 RBs + WRs, side TE1s   38 ) Bilal Powell (NYJ) RB18   39 ) Tom Brady (NE) QB1   40 ) Sammy Watkins WR19   41 ) Aaron Rodgers (GB) QB2   42 ) Travis Kielce (KC) TE3   43 ) Terrelle Pryor (WAS) WR20   44 ) Allen Robinson (JAC) WR21   44 ) Mike Gillislee (NE) RB19   45 ) Mark Ingram (NO) RB20   46 ) Golden Tate (DET) WR22   47 ) Jamison Crowder (WAS) WR23   48 ) Greg Olsen (CAR) TE4   48 ) Tevin Coleman (ATL) RB21   49 ) Willie Snead (NO) WR24   50 ) Doug Martin (TB) RB22   51 ) Michael Crabtree (OAK) WR25   52 ) Brandon Marshal (NYG) WR26   53 ) Julian Edelman (NE) WR27   54 ) Donte Moncrief (IND) WR28   55 ) Drew Brees (NO) QB3   56 ) Ameer Abdullah (DET) RB23   57 ) Jimmy Graham (SEA) TE5   58 ) Tyler Eifert (CIN) TE6   59 ) Martavis Bryant (PIT) WR29   Tier 5 - Last Startable WRs and RBs + TE1 Candidates   60 ) Pierre Garcon (SF) WR30   61 ) Eric Decker (NYJ) WR31   62 ) Jarvis Landry (MIA) WR32   63 ) Larry Fitzgerald (ARI) WR33   64 ) Samaje Perine (WAS) RB24   65 ) Joe Mixon (CIN) RB25   66 ) CJ Anderson (DEN) RB26   67 ) Matt Ryan (ATL) QB4   68 ) Stefon Diggs (MIN) WR33   69 ) Emmanuel Sanders (DEN) WR34   70 ) Ty Montgomery (GB) RB27   71 ) Hunter Henry (LAC) TE7   72 ) Corey Davis (TEN) WR35   73 ) Adrian Peterson (NO) RB28   74 ) Kelvin Benjamin (CAR) WR36   75 ) Delanie Walker TE8   76 ) Paul Perkins (NYG) RB29   77 ) CJ Prosise (SEA) RB30   78 ) Eddie Lacy (SEA) RB31   79 ) Dalvin Cook (MIN) RB32   80 ) Theo Riddick (DET) RB33   81 ) Frank Gore (IND) RB34   82 ) Cameron Meredith (CHI) WR38   83 ) Mike Wallace (BAL) WR39   84 ) DeSean Jackson (TB) WR40   85 ) Martellus Bennett (GB) TE9   TIer 7 - side QB1s and Top WR and RB Lottery Tickets   86 ) Andrew Luck (IND) QB5   87 ) Derek Carr (OAK) QB6   88 ) Kirk Cousins (WAS) QB7   89 ) Marcus Mariota (TEN) QB8   90 ) Philip Rivers (LAC) QB9   91 ) Ben Roethlisberger QB10   92 ) Dak Prescott (DAL) QB11   93 ) Jameis Winston (TB) QB12   94 ) Joe Williams (SF) RB35   95 ) Derrick Henry (TEN) RB36   96 ) Kareem Hunt (KC) RB37   97 ) Jamaal Williams (GB) RB38   98 ) Davante Parker (MIA) WR41   99 ) Josh Doctson (WAS) WR42   100 ) Ted Ginn (NO) WR43  
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Stock Up: Giants offense, especially Rashad Jennings, on the rise

Fantasy football is all about chasing points, and the fastest way to points is explosive offenses. The juggernauts who frequent the red zone, take deep shots, and sustain lengthy drives. Though the Giants were generally considered a top-half NFL offense anyways, we could easily see them rise to top-five scoring status in their third year of continuity under now head-coach Ben McAdoo, making all pieces of this scoring pie worthwhile investments.

According to nj.com, this third year of system continuity has resulted in an increased focus on the no-huddle and pushing the pace. McAdoo has no restrictions now as the head honcho, and the ball is being slung all over the field.  Appearing on Inside Training Camp live, Eli Manning said he’s expecting to score 28 points, at a minimum, per game; with an even more uptempo attack and the second softest 2016 schedule in the league, his goal is highly attainable.  Though Eli might be ranked as my current QB11, I would have no surprise if he finished the year closer towards the top five. This is more a testament to the depth at the position rather than a knock on Eli himself.

All ships rise with improved quarterback play and a higher-paced offense, and the aerial weapons all deserve their appropriate boosts. Ranked at #2 overall behind only Antonio Brown, Odell Beckham doesn’t necessarily have room for ascension, yet these reports cement his status as the clear cut option after Brown; the LSU product appears bound for production more in line with his historic rookie outburst as compared to his very solid, but less captivating sophomore season. In fact, he might be the lone wideout with a ceiling that could top Brown’s.

Meanwhile, secondary receiving threats Sterling Shepard and Will Tye (if he wins the starting job) both become highly viable fantasy bench options with the potential for dependable starter status. Since cementing his status as the #2 wideout despite Victor Cruz’s return to health, Shepard has done nothing but draw positive praise. According to beat writers the second round pick has the looks of an “instant impact” player, while McAdoo has publicly stated he trusts Shepard and has every intention to use the smooth route runner. These positive developments have Shepard rocketing upwards alongside the Saints’ Michael Thomas as an upside WR4 or 5 who’ll likely be highly startable as they develop.

On the tight end front, the aforementioned Tye has yet to outright claim the starting job as the Giants rotate in a number of options at the #1 spot; as the best athlete and someone who caught everything thrown his way in OTAs, Tye is by far the most appealing option from a fantasy perspective. Until he is the clear cut guy, though, Tye holds minimal value as a fringe TE2, but he remains well worth a late stab with the high chances he does claim this role.

Saving the best for last, Rashad Jennings appears prime for a stock boost up into startable RB2 territory:

Last year’s four-headed committee was like a fantasy torture chamber and rendered the entire backfield meaningless.  Yet, now being looked upon as the clear “No.1 back,” Jennings could become one of fantasy’s best bargains.  When looking at muddy backfields a month back, I gave some insight as to what a featured Jennings could look like. His four games as the clear guy to end 2015:

Week 14 @ Mia: 22 carries 81 yds, 2 catches 21 yds

Week 15 Car: 16 carries 107 yds, 1TD, 1 catch 0 yds
Week 16 @Min: 14 carries 74 yds, 2 catches 62 yds
Week 17 PHI: 27 carries 170 yds, 1TD, 1 catch 2 yds

Once featured, he scored above 15 PPR points in three out of four contests, and never dipped below 12 points. Jennings is on record as saying he’s entering his prime, a bit bold for a 31 year old back who’s never finished with above 200 carries in his seven year career. Still, Jennings has produced when fed enough volume, and there’s a real shot he emerges as a 15+ touch guy in an explosive offense

Overall, the emphasis on the no huddle and pace boosts Jennings even further, as the goal will likely be to minimize substitutions. If the team does explode for a 28 points per game average, you have to consider Jennings a weekly coin flip, at worst, for a TD while he starts. He jumps up to RB32 from RB36, and over 10 spots on my Big Board, which seems fairly minor, yet he is jumping a whole tier from bench fodder to starter-quality talent. He’s a bit lower still because of health concerns, but with proper handcuffing, the New York backfield is far more enticing to own with the four-headed dog mess scrapped. There’s higher ceiling lottery tickets for the becnch, but if you’re searching for some dependable numbers late, Jennings is a low-cost, high-floor guy with some under appreciated upside.

To summarize, with the Giants promising to be a high-octane force on offense, all the surrounding pieces should be more prominent on your fantasy radars as raft season approaches.

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