Now that preseason is finally over, we can get excited for the week to come and not be let down by watching third stringers playing most of the game. But the one good thing preseason provides, is that it answers a lot of questions for those fantasy fanatics. This is my advice to you when approaching the draft…
Daryl Richardson (Running back) – was the clear cut standout in the preseason. Not only did he win the job, but Isaiah Pead also lost his after a few disappointing fumbles. No need to worry about Pead ever out performing Richardson and taking more reps as the season goes on. Richardson also isn’t on many fantasy owners minds and could be a great value pick in the middle rounds.
Jared Cook (Tight End) – has been a frustrating fantasy player for years as he has shown glimpses of what could be, then disappears for a few games. This year he is set to be Sam Bradford’s favourite weapon. Cook is great value and fantasy owners will sleep on him.
Chris Givens (Wide Receiver) – is the number one receiver on the Rams roster but you shouldn’t rely on him to be your fantasy starter, as there are more reliable receivers to draft in the earlier rounds. If Givens is on your bench and doesn’t have a great season then theres no real loss, but if he explodes (which he will) then you’re laughing.
Isaiah Pead (Running back) – had 26 carries for 86 yards (3.3 avg), 2 fumbles and no touchdowns, against the second string teams. Enough said.
Tavon Austin (Wide Receiver) – was obviously not shown in the preseason, as Jeff Fisher wants to keep him our little secret. Before any Ram fans go crazy – I own an Austin jersey and I can’t wait to watch him play, but fantasy owners will reach on Austin. Don’t be that fantasy owner. History shows that rookie wide receivers tend to have long learning curve before finding their feet in the NFL. If he’s there in the later rounds, yeah go and get him. Just don’t be silly and draft him in the fifth or the higher rounds.