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Wolf's Big Board:     Tuesday, May 30, 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: Titans WR Tajae Sharpe building strong connection with Marcus Mariota this preseason

Tajae Sharpe is a name you may not have heard before unless you are either: A.) A Tennessee Titans fan, B.) A recent UMass Amherst Alum (holla #FireTheMusket!) or C.) a member of RSJ. The former Minuteman was selected in the 5th round (#140 overall) in this year’s draft by the Titans. After leading the nation in receptions last year (111 catches), Sharpe has come in and taken the Titans preseason buzz by storm.

 In The Wolf’s recent Top 150 Big Board, Sharpe was rated #140 overall (WR56). On Yahoo, he is not currently listed in the Top 100 wide receivers, while on ESPN he is the #72 receiver with an ADP of 170. We are here to tell you that if you let Sharpe fall that far, or even let him go undrafted for that matter, then you are a moron.

Heading into the combine and the draft process, Sharpe was known for his plus route running ability, athleticism and high IQ.

“You don’t have to worry about him. You tell him something once and he knows what to do,” UMass coach Mark Whipple said about his former wideout. “He can play multiple positions. He works at it and he’s a pro already. He’s got great character and is driven.”

Sharpe has been killing the preseason thus far, leading the Titans in receiving with 8 catches for 103 yards. It looks like he’s quickly becoming a favorite target of quarterback Marcus Mariota, and could even wind up being the top receiver target if he keeps up this stellar play. Sharpe has made catches of all kinds, showing his versatile receiving skills as well as the trust that Mariota has in delivering him the ball. The video below shows some nice grabs early on by Sharpe in the Titans second preseason game. He’s been running exclusively with the first team offense.

Going into this season, it appeared that Sharpe had the possibility to play a role in the offense at some point, but wasn’t expected to be a key contributor right away. Then, with his continued success, paired with the trade of receiver Dorial Green-Beckham to Philadelphia, Sharpe is looking like someone who will be expected to produce right away by his team.

Take it straight from the horse’s/quarterback’s mouth:

“He makes it easy,” Mariota said of Sharpe. “He is a very versatile athlete, and he’s done a lot for us already. He creates separation in and out of his routes and we are going to continue to expect these kinds of things out of him.”

Delanie Walker is most likely going to be the apple of Mariota’s eye and lead the team in targets/receptions. But I could definitely see Sharpe being the surprise #2 guy, surpassing Kendall Wright after a very lackluster season. Wright only totaled 36 catches for 408 yards and 3 touchdowns. On top of that, he has missed all preseason action thus far and is missing valuable time that could be spent developing his connection with Mariota, something that Sharpe has clearly been excelling at. Sharpe has serious potential to be a top receiver for the Titans. He’s currently listed as the #2 receiver on the Titans depth chart, ahead of Wright and alongside the newly acquired Rishard Matthews.

The biggest obstacle that Sharpe will face is going to come from this two headed MONSTER in the backfield. Both Demarco Murray and Derrick Henry (he wears #2? Really? Hardooooo) have looked phenomenal this preseason and have Head Coach Mike Mularkey dusting off his old Pittsburgh Steelers offensive playbook from the early 2000’s. “Exotic Smashmouth” is the apparent name Mularkey used back in the day, and just the sound of it is both frightening and tingling (especially to our own guy The Wolf. Seriously, the dude LOVES it). In Pittsburgh, Exotic Smashmouth had the reputation of being very physical while mixing in some creativity. Murray and Henry form the perfect duo for physical runners (I mean really, look how huge Henry is compared to Mark Ingram), while Mariota and his playmaking abilities brings out the creative side. Mularkey had Kordell Stewart back in the day, but Mariota will not be running the ball 96 times this season, as we have seen that relying or forcing the QB run game hasn’t panned out very well. (*Cough cough* RGIII, Colin Kaepernick, Johnny Manziel *Cough cough*). Mularkey would be crazy to have Mariota slinging the ball 30-40 times a game with that backfield duo, but knowing the Titans lack of success for the past decade, Mariota could be playing catch up and forced to throw more often.

The best part about Tajae Sharpe is that because his ADP is so low, he comes with little to no risk. When you scoop him up in the last few rounds of the draft you don’t expect much production anyways. You’re essentially swinging for home runs once your defense and kicker have been taken. He is the quintessential “low risk, high reward” fantasy prospect that drafters are constantly searching for and could pay off huge dividends to those who use a pick on him. I can see Sharpe developing into a solid WR4 with a ceiling of a WR3. He also offers nice value in dynasty leagues as someone you can draft now and stash, hoping he blossoms into a reliable fantasy receiver.

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Make sure you become familiar with this name before everyone else does. And just remember; You were, you are, UMass.

2016 Fantasy Projections: 54 catches, 680 yards & 4 touchdowns



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