Most fantasy football leagues, at least the smart ones, haven’t held their drafts as of yet. This is primarily because you have to get as much information as possible on young players playing with the starters, injuries to players and the length of time they will be out, etc.
Well, now that the third weekend of preseason play is getting underway for all the teams, it’s about that time for the onslaught of player information and then drafting.
So, we here at F.F.I. are here to give you some advice on the three teams in our state and whom might not be on the immediate radar. We qualify that as: not the top player on his team at a position and probably not a guy that you would think about drafting before the 5th-6th round in your league (depending on size of your league).
We will give you a couple of names for each team
You’ve heard so much about WR Chris Godwin as an “under the radar” type fantasy impact player. And while you should take a strong look at him, if he’s around in the 5th round and beyond, it’s likely that others will be doing so, also. So, we also suggest that veteran Adam Humphries, who primarily plays in the slot for Tampa Bay gets a look later in your draft.
Now, you must factor in that most of that was with Jameis Winston at QB. And, as you know, Winston is suspended for the first three games of the season. Humphries also has only 3 TD’s the last two years and he’s not a guy to draft for that reason. However, if points per reception (PPR) and yards help you, Humphries will.
Next, we wrote about the Bucs placing RB Charles Sims on IR Thursday, and what that means for the Bucs backfield. Certainly young running backs Shaun Wilson and Dare Ogubowale are going to get more of a look in their final two preseason games. However, the late round sleeper may very well be veteran RB Jacquizz Rodgers. He carried the ball 129 times in 2016 with a 4.3 average. A year ago his carries dwindled 64 and a 3.8 average.
Still, he’s a decent pass catcher and a good pass blocker, too. And while Peyton Barber and rookie second round pick Ronald Jones will get most of the attention and carries, Rodgers may be worth the “sleeper” investment.
Miami also has several players that will be available in the later rounds of a draft, and we think the one should take a strong look at is WR Albert Wilson. The free agent from Kansas City (shown above) is not going to get the attention that Kenny Stills and fellow new free agent Danny Amendola will.
However, Wilson has averaged 31 catches and 12.5 average over his five year career. And he may easily surpass that this season.
Wilson only has seven career receiving TDs. So, much like Adam Humprhries above, this is not a move about touchdowns, but more receptions and yards to help your team.
Also, in the Dolphins backfield, everyone will pay most attention to Kenyan Drake and Frank Gore in the first few rounds, and rightfully so. They are the two guys that will get the bulk of the playing time when the season begins.
We at F.F.I. have been high on rookie RB Kalen Ballage, but he’s battling a concussion in preseason at the moment. So veteran free agent back Senorise Perry may be worth a look. Even though he only has eight carries in the regular season. Perry has looked good in both Dolphins preseason games to this point. He is almost assured of being on the 53 man roster now and if there are injuries, you might be glad you made a “sleeper investment” on him.
We already wrote earlier this week about the emergence of T.J. Yeldon at backup running back and he’s looking like a solid sleeper option for your later rounds. So, again depending on your league size, take note about round seven or eight, if Yeldon’s still there. He maybe worth the risk.
The other player that most league members won’t be looking at is TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins. The former Bucs and Jets player came to Jacksonville, as a free agent.
He’s big, athletic, can run down field and will be a weapon in the red zone for Blake Bortles.
He had his best season of his four year career with the Jets last year catching 50 balls with three TDs. If he’s healthy for 16 games, he will easily have those numbers for the Jaguars. Again, per our theme, Seferian-Jenkins is a late round sleeper once most of the top receivers are gone.
Still he, like the others on our list, can help you with bye weeks, injuries to your starters, etc.
Bama QB Tua Tagovailoa present to start NFL combine
The NFL Scouting Combine is getting underway in Indianapolis this week and on Monday morning, one of the prized quarterbacks that will be available early in the first round of the draft was there for official measurements and to meet with teams.
Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa, whose season ended with a fractured hip last November, is on the road to recovery and he was officially measured and also, met with numerous teams that are looking at the possibility of drafting him:
Tua Tagovailoa measured at 6-0, 217 pounds at the NFL combine today. Left throwing hand at 10”
— Cameron Wolfe (@CameronWolfe) February 24, 2020
In addition to not only the injured hip, but also a history of high ankle sprain problems, Tagovailoa has got to answer critics on his size. At just 6 – 0 feet there will be concerns about his ability to clearly see downfield through the massive bodies on NFL Sundays.
However, this can be combated by moving him around out of the pocket and that’s something that Alabama was successful at doing over his three years as well.
As we wrote recently, Tagovailoa was injured in Alabama’s 10th game of the season suffering a fractured hip on a sack late in the first half at Mississippi State. He missed the Tide’s final two regular-season games and then, their Citrus Bowl win January 1st, over Michigan
He came to Alabama from Hawaii and the same high school as Marcus Mariota, having thrown for over 8,000 yards which at that time was a Hawaii High School record. And, he had a career of 84 passing and 27 rushing touchdowns in three seasons.
Tua burst onto the scene nationally, when he relieved Jalen Hurts in the second half and overtime of Alabama’s thrilling title game win over Georgia in the 2018 College Football Playoff Championship Game. Tagovailoa threw the game-winning touchdown pass on the first overtime possession, as Alabama celebrated their fifth National Title in nine seasons under Saban.
In his second season at the helm in the 2018 regular season, Tagovailoa was named second-team AP All-American and was a Heisman Trophy finalist, as the Tide reached the National Title game, again, before being beaten soundly by Clemson 12 months ago.
As this junior season unfolded, Tagovailoa was named almost became synonymous with the Dolphins, who started the season horribly at 0 – 7 and the moniker “Tank for Tua” began to gain momentum in South Florida.
Tagovailoa is obviously on the Dolphins list to look at strongly to select in the top five in the draft and currently, Miami is slated to pick fifth.
It is expected that Tagovailoa will work out for teams probably later in March or maybe even, early April at the Tide’s facility in Tuscaloosa, prior to the NFL draft coming to Las Vegas.
Colorado announced hire of Dolphins assistant Dorrel Sunday
Former UCLA coach and recently promoted Dolphins assistant Karl Dorrell is headed back to college, as the new head coach of the Colorado Buffaloes.
The school confirmed Dorrell’s hire on Sunday evening with a five-year contract to take over their Big 12 program:
We'd like to officially introduce you to our new HC, Karl Dorrell.
— Colorado Buffaloes Football (@CUBuffsFootball) February 23, 2020
The Buffaloes have been seeking a head coach since there coach Mel Tucker abruptly left to take the Michigan State job earlier this month.
Dorrell came to the dolphins with Brian Flores this past season, as wide receiver coach and earlier last week was promoted to assistant head coach for the upcoming season. Miami’s top receiver, DeVante Parker, blossomed under Dorrell’s tutelage as the year went on. He finished the season with 72 catches for 1,202 yards and nine touchdowns becoming the favorite target of QB Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Dorrel is the latest Dolphins assistant on the move. Flores fired the offensive coordinator Chad O’Shea he brought with him from New England. And, his defensive coordinator Patrick Graham left to take the same job with the Giants.
Dorrell had also been the Dolphins receivers coach, previously from 2008 – 10 and then, their quarterbacks coach in 2011 under the late Tony Sparano.
“I am excited that Karl Dorrell has agreed to become our head football coach,” George said. “Karl has had great success as a college coach, both as a head coach and an assistant, and he knows the Pac-12 Conference and West Coast well. It was important that our next coach have CU ties, and Karl has those ties having worked at CU twice previously. Karl shares my passion for Colorado and our vision for winning championships. He will be a tremendous mentor and role model for our student-athletes, and he will provide great leadership for our program going forward.”
The CU Board of Regents still have to approve Dorrell’s contract, which will be $18 million for five seasons.
Dorrell had previously been on Colorado staffs two other times in his career, including most recently as offensive coordinator under Rick Neuheisel from 1995- 98.
Dorrell was named head coach of his alma mater UCLA in 2003, where he lasted five seasons and went to a bowl game every year finishing with a career 35 – 27 record before being fired after the 2007 season.
Dorrell had previously been receivers coach for the New York Jets 2015 – 18 under Todd Bowles (above) and two of his receivers had made the Pro Bowl during his time there.
Colorado picked Dorrell from an interview process that also included former Buffaloes player and Kansas City Super Bowl offensive coordinator Eric Bienemy, who interviewed and was under strong consideration.