Here are apparent fantasy football winners & losers following the NFL Draft! Let us know what you agreed with/disagreed with by sending us a tweet @FrontRowNFL.
1. Winner: Tom Brady
Multiple events that transpired during the NFL Draft made Tom Brady a “winner” when it comes to fantasy football. The Patriots added some quality pieces around Brady that will further help his success. To start, the Patriots added two key pieces on Offense in Round 1: OG/OT Isaiah Wynn and RB Sony Michel. This was very surprising. Regardless, this was great news for Brady. Adding a dynamic back who can run & catch, as well as adding some extra protection up front, drastically helps Brady’s fantasy outlook. The Pats also added Miami WR Braxton Berrios in the 6th Round. Keep an eye out for Berrios, as he will likely be utilized in the slot and could become a reliable target for Brady.
2. Loser: Demaryius Thomas & Emmanuel Sanders
By taking both Courtland Sutton and DaeSean Hamilton relatively early in the draft, the Broncos raised some eyebrows. The Broncos starting WRs were seen by many as a strength, but by adding two new young players into the mix, there is a clear message being sent that some changes will be made at the position. There should be a lot of concern for Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas heading into the 2018 season. Both struggled to be reliable fantasy options in 2017, and this trend should continue in 2018.
3. Winner: New York Giants Offense
The Giants are surely one of the most improved teams after the NFL Draft. New York has reloaded & revamped multiple aspects on their offense that should lead to a big turnaround in 2018. Adding Saquon Barkley was a tremendous addition for the Giants, and he will provide the team a game-changer at Running Back. Having Barkley makes everyone else on the Giants offense better. The Giants also wisely Will Hernandez in Round 2, and he will be a catalyst up front. Odell Beckham Jr, Sterling Shepard, Evan Engram, and Eli Manning (yes, Eli Manning!) will all be viable fantasy options in 2018. With new offensive guru Pat Shurmur now in control, be ready for a high-powered Giants offense in 2018.
4. Loser: Russell Wilson
Seattle made some curious moves in the NFL Draft, and none seemed to be in the best interest of Russell Wilson. Seattle desperately needed to add players up front to protect Wilson, and will regret that they waited until Round 5 to just that. Seattle did add Rashaad Penny to the Offense, but this seemed to be a reach, and it’s hard to see Penny succeeding running the ball behind a lack-luster O-line. Russell Wilson has been a top performer in fantasy the past few years, but the odds are stacked against him to get back to this status in 2018. Seattle will regret not adding more protection for Wilson.
5. Winner: Mitchell Trubisky
Mitchell Trubisky has enjoyed a wonderful 2018 off-season. The Chicago Bears have done just about everything in their power to help him succeed in 2018 and beyond. In the Draft, the Bears added a great piece upfront, Iowa’s James Daniels, as well as another reliable pass catcher, Memphis’s Anthony Miller. Trubisky’s fantasy outlook looks even more appealing with the addition of Daniels and Miller. Chicago’s Offense is looking to make a huge jump in 2018, and Trubisky has the chance to fulfill that and bring the Bears to new heights.
6. Loser: The Other Patriot Running Backs
Sony Michel has a great shot to become the first feature back for the Patriots in years. Even if he is not a true “lead-back”, Michel will see the field often. All of the other RBs on the Patriots’ roster take a major blow in value, and Michel could dominate the backfield in touches. Jeremy Hill, Mike Gillislee, and Brandon Bolden will be unlikely to see the field much. Rex Burkhead and James White are worth monitoring, but if things go Michel’s way they could also become afterthoughts.
7. Winner: Andrew Luck
The Colts had a lot of selections in the Draft, and the team added a lot of viable pieces on Offense. If Andrew Luck does play in 2018, he will reap the benefits, and it will help him return to performing as a top-tier QB in fantasy. The Colts got vastly better up front by adding Guard Quenton Nelson and Guard Braden Smith in the first Two Rounds. The Colts also added some quality pieces on offense during Day 3 that will provide Luck some additional options. New RB Nyheim Hines will be a steady receiving back to play in passing situations, and WRs Daurice Fountain & Deon Cain should find a role in the passing game.
8. Loser: Carlos Hyde
The Browns draft overall was quite surprising, and one aspect of it was adding RB Nick Chubb with the 35th overall selection. Chubb is a great back, don’t get me wrong, but he possesses a similar skill-set to Hyde. This is not ideal for both backs, as they will be fighting for the same role. This is not ideal for Carlos Hyde at all, and the newly-signed veteran will not likely have a huge role in the offense. Hyde will still have fantasy value, but his stock was drastically hurt by the Browns addition of Nick Chubb early in Round 2.
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