Straight off the bat I don’t believe Tyreek Hill is out of the doghouse with the NFL (see Elliott, Ezekiel; mid-season suspension for a ‘closed case’) just yet and the rumors of Kansas City shopping him, although quiet whispers at best, are enough to bother me. I love the move for Odell Beckham, Jr. to Cleveland - but they have a stack of options and I don’t believe Baker Mayfield will just lock in on him only. Ben Roethlisberger will, however, lock in on the one guy he trusts and target him constantly making Juju Smith-Schuster for me the guy to take in this range.
Forget the question marks around Todd Gurley and the impact Darrell Henderson might have, have a look at the trio of receivers that the Rams have at their disposal. At one point before Cooper Kupp was lost for the season, the Rams had three receivers in the top 20 with a QB in the top 10. For all the ‘it's a Todd Gurley Offense’ speech there was last year, quietly, their passing game dominated.
Now I know what you are thinking… “Yes, I do love a slot receiver.” I also love a second-year breakout, and I love that when D.J. Moore started to get more time on the field, he started commanding more looks and love from Cam Newton.
I also low-key love what Carolina is building. Out with the big, bulky, slow, receivers and in with the quick and dangerous little fellas that can all be used with versatility. The NFL is changing rapidly. Speed kills and Carolina is built for the modern game moving forward, led by Moore, McCaffrey and Samuel.
Some of these narratives were great like - readily available targets (Hi Miami target share, sans Jarvis Landry), the influx of rookie quarterbacks loving their tight ends (remember #DavidNjokuSZN when Baker Mayfield arrived), star recruit free agents on the move and their impact and naturally the excitement around rookies like Saquon Barkley and others. Where the rookies were touted and vouched for and how much work they would hypothetically be lined up for had almost everyone in the fantasy football world riled up (remember when Calvin Ridley was the new number one because Julio Jones was a no show at the start of O.T.A’s?) - yep, that was a fun one!
Phillip Lindsay, as a senior, had a 301-1474-14 TDs on the ground with a 23-257-1 TD season as a senior at Colorado in 2017 (12 games). Barkley, in 13 games, had a 217-1271-18 season on the ground (84 more attempts, 203 more yards for Lindsay, 4 more touchdowns for Barkley) and a 54-632-3 season in the air (31 more receptions, 375 more yards and 2 more touchdowns than Lindsay). Barkley stepped ahead, but only slightly, right?