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Wolf's Big Board:     Wednesday, June 28, 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  

Fantasy Football Stock Watch: WR Jeremy Maclin signs with Ravens, oodles of targets to ensue

After the Kansas City Chiefs unexpectedly released WR Jeremy Maclin, the Baltimore Ravens, a team desperate for a sure-handed pass catcher, signed Maclin to a 2-year, $11 million dollar contract.

RedSocker45’s Take

We all knew a signing was imminent, we just did not know who would win the Jeremy Maclin sweepstakes. It came down to the Baltimore Ravens and a potential triumphant return to the Philadelphia Eagles (the Buffalo Bills were obviously out of it because of money and poor financial management). Fortunately for the Baltimore Ravens, Maclin decided to take his talents to a new home, and he should find himself quite comfortable there.

From a fantasy football perspective, this is potentially gigantic news. The Ravens are missing a league-high 345 targets from last year as noted above. With a potential career-ending injury for Dennis Pitta, the retirement of Steve Smith Sr., no “true” running back, and no sure-handed receiver, Maclin should thrive alongside gunslinger Joe Flacco and on a team that led the NFL in pass attempts in back-to-back years. Let’s take a deeper dive into the receiving core for the Ravens, shall we:

After losing his rookie season to injury, Breshad Perriman became everyone’s favorite sleeper pick in the 2016 fantasy season…Only to completely bust and disappoint with a meager 499 yards on 33 receptions. While we are still hearing rumblings about Permian’s potential, he does not represent a significant fantasy threat or reliable producer.

Mike Wallace enjoyed a career resurrection in 2016 amassing over 1,000 yards receiving and 14+ yards per reception. However, we all know Wallace has the long game down part but he lacks that short, intermediate passing game attack that can add crucial points to your fantasy team. While I do not think Maclin’s addition kills Wallace’s value, he will certainly take a hit with a more reliable, consistent performer on his team.

Danny WoodheadKenneth Dixon and Terrance West would make one hell of a running back if they were all one player. Unfortunately, they profile more as a three-headed approach to what seems a receiving-oriented attack out of the backfield. In a pass-happy league, I do not expect Harbaugh to rely on any of these three for consistent ground-game yardage.

Finally, the tight-end crew of Ben WatsonCrockett Gilmore and Maxx Williams really does absolutely nothing for me. The Ravens might as well be throwing to slabs of meat with stickum on them.

So those are the receiving “threats” to Maclin. Really, the only threat I see is Joe Flacco, who likes holding the ball and throwing it down the field to make the big play (aka, targeting Mike Wallace on fly patterns). However, Flacco really has never had a great intermediate threat and if Coach John Harbaugh can get Flacco to see the light and the usefulness of a sure-handed guy like Maclin (who has dropped 5 passes over the last 3 years, spanning 343 targets and 216 receptions), I can see Flacco exploiting his new reliable toy for 80+ receptions and 1,000+ yards. For me, Maclin’s hands and reliability make him a top 100 player in half point PPR, with the upside of a WR2.5 if the Flacco/Maclin love connection really takes off.

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