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by Rob Michels
Marlon Humphrey, CB (16th overall pick)
The 21-year old corner got his first taste of preseason action in Thursday night’s 31-7 victory over the Miami Dolphins. Humphrey played just nine total snaps (six defensive, three special teams) but it was good to see him on the field. He missing the first preseason game against the Washington Redskins with an undisclosed injury and was limited at the start of this week while dealing with a “soft tissue issue”. The Ravens coaching staff has done nothing but provide glowing reviews on Humphrey’s poise and confidence shown in practice. It’s nice to see the rookie playing well in practice but he needs to get healthy reps against other teams in real game situations. The Ravens third preseason game at home against the Buffalo Bill (Saturday, August 26th) is a big one for Humphrey if he wants to secure a role early on with this defense.
Tyus Bowser, EDGE (47th overall pick)
Competition for the Ravens SAM linebacker position is heating up between second-year man Matt Judon and Bowser. A big reason for that is the tape Bowser has provided through two preseason games. So far, the rookie has recorded just four tackles but he’s flashed all over the field with his athleticism off the edge and coverage skills. Bowser’s showing so far in the preseason should allow him to be in the linebacker rotation early on this season.
Chris Wormley, DL (74th overall pick)
The spot the Ravens have the most depth on their roster is the defensive line. It’s stacked with five or six quality players that could start across the league. Wormley has been quiet so far in training camp practices and the first two preseason games recording just one tackle. It might be tough for the rookie out of Michigan to see significant snaps during the regular season barring the front office trading some of the defensive line depth away.
Tim Williams, EDGE (78th overall pick)
Williams stood out during the win over the Dolphins because of an impressive fourth-quarter sack. All night long against the Dolphins second unit, Williams was able to generate pressure. Through two preseason games this year Williams has two total tackles and the aforementioned sack. There’s plenty of room for Williams to improve as a run defender but so far he’s shown a knack for getting to the quarterback. That’s a talent that should get him regular season snaps.
Nico Siragusa, G (122nd overall pick)
Siragusa will miss the 2017 season after suffering a torn ACL, MCL, and PCL in the beginning of August. Losing Siragusa might end up being one of the biggest losses of the season for the Ravens. The offensive line has been destroyed by injuries with Siragusa and guard Alex Lewis out of the season. It will be a long and tough road back for the rookie. He’s questionable for the start of next year’s training camp.
Jermaine Eluemunor, OL (159th overall pick)
Camp didn't start off well for Eluemunor as he failed the team conditioning test and was placed on the non-football injury list to start camp. He’s passed the test since and even started at guard in the first preseason game against the Washington Redskins. Unfortunately, Eluemunor missed practice time prior to the Dolphins game and did not start the second preseason game. The Ravens offensive line has been crippled by injures which has forced Eluemunor into playing time with the first unit. Right now the left guard spot is up for grabs so if Eluemunor can be more consistent in practice it could be his for the taking.
Chuck Clark, S (186th overall pick)
Through two preseason games Clark has three total tackles and has played mainly with the third team. His best chance of making an impact with the Ravens this year is on special teams.
Taquan Mizzell, RB (Undrafted Free Agent)
Mizzell leads the Ravens in rushing through two preseason games with 89 yards on 25 carries (3.6 yards per carry) and has impressed as a receiver out of the backfield with three catches for 27 yards. His best chance of making the 53-man roster is beating out third-year man Buck Allen. So far, Allen has been impressive which will make it tough on Mizzell. He might be heading to the practice squad or will need to win the kick return job.
Jaylen Hill, CB (Undrafted Free Agent)
It’s going to be very hard for the Ravens coaching staff not to find a spot on the 53-man roster for Hill. He’s been arguably the most impressive player so far in camp and the preseason. According to Pro Football Focus, Hill has only allowed a 17.3 passer rating against opposing quarterbacks. That ranks 3rd out of 44 cornerbacks who have seen a minimum of five targets. Hill appears to be the leader for the nickel corner job left behind by the injured Tavon Young.
Quincy Adeboyejo, WR (Undrafted Free Agent)
Even with the struggles on the offensive end Adeboyejo has really performed in practice and preseason. His size (6’3’’) and speed (4.42 40-yard dash) is something that the offense could use on the perimeter too. Through the two preseason games the undrafted rookie has just two grabs for 24 yards but has been a big play threat in practice. With fellow undrafted receiver Tim White out for the season Adeboyejo has put himself in a nice position to secure the six wide out spot on this team.
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1. Michael Thomas, Saints
Not your traditional "sleeper" but hear me out. Of all the receivers outside of the first round, I think Thomas has the best chance to be a top five player at the position next year. He has the physical tools (6'3" with 4.57 speed) and a quarterback named Drew Brees throwing him the ball. 92 receptions as a rookie and Brandin Cooks is in New England. The sky is the limit for Michael Thomas.
2. Pierre Garçon, 49ers
THE best french receiver in the league. No doubt about it. Seriously though I love Garcon's upside in a Shanahan offense and the team spent big money to bring him in some look for him to be peppered with targets. The 49ers are rebuilding so they will be throwing quite often late in games.......meaning more targets for the former Redskin. Brian Hoyer isn't the next Joe Montana but he has proven in the past to be a viable quarterback for fantasy receiver production. In PPR leagues Garcon could easily finish as a WR2 despite being available in the 7th or 8th round.
3. Tyrell Williams, Chargers
Finished as a top 15 wide receiver in 2016 and NOBODY is talking about him. Rookie Mike Williams has been on the shelf the entire preseason and probably won't get onto the field until October. Keenan Allen is the clear #1 receiver and he's healthy.....for now. Either way I like Williams skill set and he should see a ton of targets from Phillip Rivers.
4. Cooper Kupp, Rams
Should you worry about a rookie receiver in one of the worst passing offenses in the league last year that just traded for Sammy Watkins? Surprisingly yes. I think the Watkins deal will actually help open up the middle of the field for Kupp, who should win the slot receiver gig with the Rams. While his touchdown upside is limited, I think 70-80 catches is possible. PPR monster. Think a slightly better Adam Thielen.
5. Corey Coleman, Browns
I liked what I saw from Corey Coleman early last season when he scored two quick touchdowns against the Ravens in Week Two. With Terrell Pryor leaving this offseason, Coleman should be the #1 option on the Browns. My only hesitation is the QB situation in Cleveland is murky at best but with Osweiler and rookie Deshone Kizer if will at least be better than it was last season.
6. Ted Ginn, Saints
Ginn played with the starters in the first preseason game and will likely be the deep threat for one of the best passing offenses in the league. Best part? You can literally get the speedy receiver in the 12th round!!!!! You're welcome.
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Who doesn't love watching flashy wide receivers sprint past corners and then juke out incoming safeties. I know I do and these are some of the best in the business. Julio was the standout in one of the greatest offense's of all time, while OBJ helped lead the offensively inept Giants (with the help of their defense of course) to the playoffs. These two have been some of the best receivers, let alone players in the NFL over the past couple of years, and that is no different in fantasy football either. Julio and Odell will be two of the most sought-out receivers in the draft, and for good reason.
Julio Jones helped take the Atlanta Falcons to the Super Bowl where they eventually lost a heart breaker. Nevertheless, Julio was one of the best players in the league last season, while that comes as no surprise, most would say he exceeded all expectations. Julio has been very consistent over the past couple of seasons, so there is no risk of a terrible season in terms of productivity, unless a major injury occurs. It does help when Matt Ryan (the MVP) was the quarterback to thread the needle and make perfect throws to Julio which only bolsters his production. Most are predicting a drop-off in numbers for Matt, but he should still be one of the better quarterbacks in the league, so Julio's numbers should remain in the same range. The Falcons have the best running back combo in the NFL with Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman, which will create holes in the secondary for Julio to expose and breakthrough for a ton of yards and hopefully touchdowns for fantasy owners. Julio averaged a solid 100 yards/game for a total of 1409 yards, as he played in only 14 games.
Julio clearly, has a huge ceiling, but in some weeks can be a major letdown. In 5 games last season Julio couldn't gain more than 60 yards, which is a killer for fantasy owners. Another huge loss for Julio is Kyle Shanahan (the offensive coordinator), as he headed to The City by the Bay. Shanahan was the mastermind of the great Falcons offense. Another problem for Julio, is his fitness as he has missed 2 games in the last season and most of the 2013 season. Fantasy owners should be wary however, as he only managed to catch 6 touchdowns, which isn't incredible for a first round receiver.
Odell Beckham Jr. is another one of the top choices for the wide receiver position in fantasy drafts. Rookie of the year in 2014, Odell has continued to prove his dominance on the field. Odell Beckham has everything you want in a receiver as he has good hands, speed, strength, height and reach. With an average of 85.4 yards/game and 10 touchdowns total for the season, he consistently puts points on the board for fantasy owners and the Giants.
Odell is clearly a great choice, but the best still have some drawbacks. In 2016, Odell started off slow, but turned up the heat later in the season. Before the week 8 bye, Odell only had 2 games over 90 yards and in those 7 games he had only 3 touchdowns. After the bye week he had 5 games over 90 yards and 7 touchdowns. Something to keep in mind is that with elite receiver Brandon Marshall joining the Giants, Odell wont have as many opportunities to score and make big plays. Aging quarterback Eli Manning is in the twilight of his career which will affect Beckham's production. The Giants offense also lacks a solid running back, so opposing defenses will focus on covering Odell, rather than the run. Overall, OBJ is a terrific player and should be a top 3 wide receiver.
Clearly, both players are premier receivers and will be picked up early in all drafts. Julio and Odell will both be gone by the second round and that is displayed by the players ADP (Average Draft Position). Odell's ADP is 5.04 while Julio's is 7.11 per myfantasyleague.com. On average Odell will be picked up before Julio is, but I would have to disagree. Julio and Odell both look primed for another incredible fantasy season. If both are available when its your turn to pick, Julio is the better choice.
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