By Nick Guarisco
To get you ready for your fantasy football draft, DIG’s fantasy football expert Nick Guarisco will break down every position with the best fantasy football insight around. Strap on your helmets and pass the chicken wings – it’s game time!
Just as Saints wide receiver Brandin Cooks was starting to hit his stride in his rookie year last season, he hurt his hand and was placed on I.R. in week 11. In terms of his 2015 fantasy outlook, last year’s injury may have been a blessing in disguise, because after re-watching him on All-22 film, I get the feeling Cooks was poised to tear it up down the stretch.
Cooks would likely be a far more coveted commodity had he been able to finish his rookie season. As the only legitimate receiving threat for Drew Brees, following the departures of Jimmy Graham and Kenny Stills, Cooks’ primary competition for targets is over-the-hill WR Marques Colston.
Cooks is a lightning quick receiver with an outstanding work ethic. He’s the real deal, and he’s about to have a very big sophomore season.
Don’t be late to the party. I think you can make the case that Cooks should be the next WR taken after the “elite six.”
Other noteworthy WR takes:
- DeAndre Hopkins did not do much of anything in the games Ryan Fitzpatrick missed last season. Fitzpatrick now plays for the Jets.
- Denver’s Emmanuel Sanders’ final 7 games were not pretty.
- Green Bay receiver Randall Cobb has likely peaked statistically. Last season was kind of a perfect storm for Cobb, and don’t be surprised if the Packers spread the ball out more to guys like Davante Adams and Richard Rodgers.
- Julio Jones and Calvin Johnson are being vastly undervalued in drafts. They are WR1 and WR4, respectively, on my board.
- Former LSU standout Jarvis Landry is one of my favorite breakout candidates this season. His second half numbers extrapolate to 105 catches. A lot of people are avoiding Landry because of the cornucopia of ‘Fins pass catchers, but keep in mind TE Jordan Cameron and WRs Greg Jennings, DeVante Parker, and Kenny Stills all have one thing in common: they weren’t on the team last season. Landry was, and Ryan Tannehill’s chemistry with him will be apparent from the get-go.
- Other second-year WRs that should take the next step: John Brown and Allen Robinson.
- Danny Amendola and Eddie Royal are deep sleepers that could be PPR gems.
There are only four tight ends you need to know this year:
- Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots (you can select him in round 2)
- Travis Kelce – Kansas City Chiefs (5-6)
- Kyle Rudolph – Minnesota Vikings (9-12)
- Tyler Eifert – Cincinnati Bengals (12+)
I’d suggest grabbing two. If you draft a tight end not on this shortlist, I can assure you he has some major game-logging red flags.
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