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The Wolf's Big Board:     Thursday, August 24, 2017       Tier One - The Big Three ($65 - $75)   1 ) David Johnson (ARI) RB1   2 ) Le'Veon Bell (PIT) RB2   Tier Two - High-end WR1 and RB1s ($50-$65)   3 ) Antonio Brown (PIT) WR1   4 ) Julio Jones (ATL) WR2   5 ) Mike Evans (TB) WR3   6 ) Odell Beckham JR. (NYG) WR4   7 ) LeSean McCoy (BUF) RB3   8 ) AJ Green (CIN) WR5   9 ) Jordy Nelson (GB) WR6   10 ) Melvin Gordon (LAC) RB5   11 ) Jay Ajayi (MIA) RB6   12 ) DeMarco Murray (TEN) RB7   13 ) Michael Thomas (NO) WR7   14 ) Devonta Freeman (ATL) RB8   15 ) Ezekiel Elliott (DAL) RB9   Tier 3 - Remaining WR1s, Potential RB1s, and Gronk ($38 - $45)   16 ) Dez Bryant (DAL) WR8   17 ) Rob Gronkowski (NE) TE1   18 ) Todd Gurley (LAR) RB10   19 ) DeAndre Hopkins (HOU) WR9   20 ) Amari Cooper (OAK) WR10   21 ) Brandin Cooks (NE) WR11   22 ) Isaiah Crowell (CLE) RB11   23 ) TY Hilton (IND) WR12   24 ) Demaryius Thomas (DEN) WR13   25 ) Doug Baldwin (SEA) WR14   Tier 4 - High-End RB2 and WRs (with No.1 upside), Elite TEs ($25 - $35)   26 ) Jordan Howard (CHI) RB11   27 ) Marshawn Lynch (OAK) RB12   28 ) Tyreek Hill (KC) WR15   29 ) Keenan Allen (LAC) WR16   30 ) Martavis Bryant (PIT) WR17   31 ) Davante Adams (GB) WR18   32 ) Terrelle Pryor (WAS) WR19   33 ) Ty Montgomery (GB) RB13   34 ) Christian McCaffrey (CAR) RB14   35 ) Dalvin Cook (MIN) RB15   36 ) Joe Mixon (CIN) RB16   37 ) Leonard Fournette (JAX) RB17   38 ) Lamar Miller (HOU) RB18   39 ) Travis Kelce (KC) TE2   40 ) Michael Crabtree (OAK) WR20   41 ) Larry Fitzgerald (ARI) WR21   42 ) Carlos Hyde (SF) RB19   Tier 5 - Remaining #2 RB & WR options, elite QBs, High-End TE1s ($15 - $25)   43 ) Tom Brady (NE) QB1   44 ) Aaron Rodgers (GB) QB2   45 ) Bilal Powell (NYJ) RB20   46 ) Mark Ingram (NO) RB21   47 ) Eric Decker (TEN) WR22   48 ) Jordan Reed (WAS) TE3   49 ) Golden Tate (DET) WR23   50 ) Alshon Jeffery (PHI) WR24   51 ) Allen Robinson (JAX) WR25   52 ) Greg Olsen (CAR) TE4   53 ) DeSean Jackson (TB) WR26   54 ) Doug Martin (TB) RB22   55 ) Adrian Peterson (NO) RB23   56 ) Spencer Ware (KC) RB24   57 ) Willie Snead (NO) WR27   58 ) Danny Woodhead (BAL) RB25   59 ) Jamison Crowder (WAS) WR28   60 ) Sammy Watkins (LAC) WR29   61 ) Tevin Coleman (ATL) RB26   62 ) Mike Gillislee (NE) RB27   63 ) Jimmy Graham (SEA) TE5   64 ) Tyler Eifert (CIN) TE6   Tier 6 - Flex RBs, Upside WR3s, Quality TE1s and Elite QB ($10 - $15   65 ) Kelvin Banjamin (CAR) WR30   66 ) Julian Edelman (NE) WR31   67 ) Rob Kelley (WAS) RB28   68 ) Theo Riddick (DET) RB29   69 ) Stefon Diggs (MIN) WR32   70 ) Brandon Marshall (NYG) WR33   71 ) Jarvis Landry (MIA) WR34   72 ) DeVante Parker(MIA) WR35   73 ) LeGarrette Blount (PHI) RB30   74 ) Ameer Abdullah (DET) RB31   75 ) CJ Anderson (DEN) RB32   76 ) Zach Ertz (PHI) TE7   77 ) Hunter Henry (LAC) TE8   78 ) Martellus Bennett (GB) TE9   79 ) Jeremy Maclin (BAL) WR36   80 ) Cameron Meredith (CHI) WR37   81 ) Emmanuel Sanders (DEN) WR38   82 ) Pierre Garcon (SF) WR39   83 ) Drew Brees (NO) QB3   84 ) Matt Ryan (ATL) QB4   85 ) Delanie Walker (TEN) TE10   Tier 7 -Elite Bench Plays, Last Startable WRs and RBs, Quality QB1s   86 ) Derrick Henry (TEN) RB33   87 ) CJ Prosise (SEA) RB34   88 ) Donte Moncrief (IND) WR40   89 ) Terrance West (BAL) RB35   90 ) Thomas Rawls (SEA) RB36   91 ) James White (NE) RB37   92 ) Tyrell Williams (LAC) WR41   93 ) Randall Cobb (GB) WR42   94 ) Corey Davis (TEN) WR43   95 ) Frank Gore (IND) RB38   96 ) Jonathan Stewart (CR) RB39   97 ) Paul Perkins (NYG) RB40   98 ) Derek Carr (OAK) QB5   99 ) Jameis Winston (TB) QB6   100 ) Marcus Mariota (TEN) QB7   101 ) Kirk Cousins (WAS) QB8   102 ) Ben Roethlisberger (PIT) QB9   103 ) Philip Rivers (LAC) QB10   104 ) Cam Newton (CAR) QB11   105 ) Dak Prescott (DAL) QB12   106 ) Russell Wilson (SEA) QB13   107 ) Duke Johnson (CLE) RB41   108 ) Kareem Hunt (KC) RB42   109 ) Andrew Luck (IND) QB14   110 ) Tyrod Taylor (BUF) QB15   111 ) Jack Doyle (IND) TE10   112 ) Kyle Rudolph (MIN) TE11   Tier 7 - High End "Penny Stock" Bench Assets   113 ) Jamaal Williams (GB) RB43   114 ) Eddie Lacy (SEA) RB44   115 ) Joe Williams (SF) RB45   116 ) Robby Anderson (NYJ) WR44   117 ) Zay Jones (BUF) WR45   118 ) John Brown (ARI) WR46   119 ) Jamaal Charles (DEN) RB46   120 ) Eric Ebron (DET) TE13   121 ) D'Onta Foreman (HOU) RB47   122 ) Taylor Gabriel (ATL) WR47   123 ) Jacquizz Rodgers (TB) RB48   124 ) Darren Sproles (PHI) RB49   125 ) Marvin Jones (DET) WR48   126 ) Ted Ginn Jr (NO) WR49   127 ) Mike Wallace (BAL) WR50   128 ) Kenny Golladay (DET) WR51   129 ) Jonathan Williams (BUF) RB50   130 ) Alvin Kamara (NO) RB51   131 ) Samaje Perine (WAS) RB52   Tier 8 - Remaining "Penny Stocks" to consider   132 ) Josh Docston (WAS) WR52   133 ) Corey Coleman (CLE) WR53   134 ) Adam Thielen (MIN) WR54   135 ) Marlon Mack (IND) RB53   136 ) Julius Thomas (MIA) TE14   137 ) Austin Hooper (ATL) TE15   138 ) Jared Cook (OAK) TE16   139 ) OJ Howard (TB) TE17   140 ) Eli Manning (NYG) QB16   141 ) Andy Dalton (CIN) QB17   142 ) Matthew Stafford (DET) QB18   143 ) Carson Palmer (ARI) QB19   144 ) Matt Forte (NYJ) RB54   145 ) Branden Oliver (LAC) RB55   146 ) Kenny Britt (CLE) WR57   147 ) Cordarelle Patterson (OAK) WR58   148 ) Rex Burkhead (NE) RB56   149 ) Tarik Cohen (CHI) RB57   150 ) Nelson Agholor (PHI) WR59  

Fantasy Football Impact: Bills Trade Sammy Watkins to Rams

Sammy Watkins’ fantasy value takes a definite hit after being traded to the Rams. In Buffalo, Watkins benefited greatly from serving as OC Rich Dennison’s high-volume “X-Receiver,” as well as playing alongside Tyrod Taylor whom he had tremendous chemistry with. Now, his value is far less clear, as Jared Goff looked horrendous last season. On the positive, Sean McVay is a creative play caller and is more than willing to sling deep. Nonetheless, Watkins takes quite a dip.

On the positive front, Todd Gurley should see more space now with a legitimate field-stretcher on the outside for the first time in his carry. Goff also now has the play calling and surrounding talent to potential gain streamer appeal.

Robert Woods can safely be crossed off “Penny Stock” lists after finding himself covered again by Watkins’ shadow.

 

What in the absolute hell is happening this Friday? I spend all week reorganizing my rankings, stayed up until 2am to format my Big Board properly, and excitedly launched it this morning.

Then Ezekiel Elliott is suspended SIX GAMES (fantasy implications here).

Then, while recording a video reaction to this news, Sammy Watkins gets traded to the Rams?!

Meanwhile, Jordan Matthews is shipped to Buffalo as his replacement?!?!?

Let’s continue picking up the debris, now turning to Watkins:

Sammy Watkins to the Rams – Fantasy Implications

Watkins’ Value

Sammy Watkins value takes an obvious hit here.  In Buffalo, new OC Rich Dennison hails from the “Shanahan” coaching tree, which has historically peppered “X-Receivers” with target after target. In fact, just one night ago, evidence for this role was mounting, as in a mere two drive Watkins received 5-of-8 targets, ultimately hauling in 4 catches for 39 yards.  His chemistry with Tyrod Taylor was on point, and health was really the only question mark between Watkins and a Top-10 WR campaign.

Now, he enters the dark and uncharted territories of Jared Goff.  Indeed, Watkins immediately slides in as the Alpha WR1 of this abysmal receiving corps, but does that truly matter with Goff delivering the mail?  True, Goff carries “No.1 overall pick” talent, and sure he was likely shackled by an awful surrounding cast and an abysmally uncreative coaching staff. Even still, Goff looked lost on the NFL field last year, and he’ll need to show some serious growth for Watkins to be worthwhile in 2017.

On the positive, I do like new HC Sean McVay from a creativity standpoint. McVay’s adept at moving pieces around to maximize matchups, and DeSean Jackson thrived in this attack when on the field last season. Watkins is almost a mesh of Jackson’s deep speed and Pierre Garcon‘s strong intermediate game, so if Goff can actually complete the passes, Watkins will have some serious ceiling.  Assuming also, of course, that Watkins can stay healthy.  That remains a monstrous question mark, and with a decreasing “Surrounding Talent” score, Watkins finds himself more in the WR25 – WR30 range, rather than my WR16 from before.

Rest of the Rams offense

Rams' Todd Gurley is NFL's offensive rookie of the year

Watkins could provide the space for Gurley to run wild in 2017

Perhaps the sneaky biggest beneficiary here, and unmentioned in that video, is Todd GurleyFor the first time in his career, Gurley will have a threat on the outside that can take serious pressure off of him. Of course, Goff’s arm will determine just how seriously defenses take Watkins, but his deep speed should, at minimum, keep boxes lighter and red zone chances more plentiful. Already rising thanks to increased receiving game usage and an improved offensive line, Gurley’s chances at a massive bounce-back RB1 campaign are getting even more real. The “Surrounding Talent” boost he receives will propel Gurley above Isaiah Crowell in my next rankings, and possibly ahead of many “Tier 2” WRs like Amari Cooper and DeAndre Hopkins.

Meanwhile, Robert Woods is likely shedding tears, as he finally escapes Watkins in Buffalo and gets his first real shot at being a team’s No.1 option… only for Watkins to come back and steal all those targets away. Cooper Kupp‘s “target hog” potential also takes a massive hit, even if his game complements Watkins well.  Both “sleepers” can be safely crossed off of “Penny Stocks” lists for now. With Watkins injury history, however, either could come into serious value at some point. If McVay’s system is clicking, both will be well-worth waiver looks come September.

Last, but not least, Goff gains “Watch List” consideration. Though I won’t touch him with a 10-foot pole on draft day, the former No.1 pick now has a fairly stacked and explosive cast after Watkins, Kupp, and Woods were all added this offseason.  His blind-side has been sured up thanks to Andrew Whitworth‘s massive addition at LT, and, as mentioned here frequently, McVay will be a far more creative playcaller than Goff’s experienced yet.  There’s enough pieces in place for Goff to take a significant step-forward, but he’ll actually have to be productive himself in order to do so. All camp reports suggest he picked the offense up rapidly, so go throw up in a bag and then keep Goff in mind as an in-season streamer.

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