Legarette Blunt had quite the season to remember in 2016 with 1,161 yards and 18 TD’s! Sounds great right. Ya that absolutely will not happen again. I could tell you in a long winded paragraph why but there is too many reasons so I’m going to list them.
1. He’s not on the Patriots anymore! AKA the best offense in the league that afforded him 29 carries within the 5 yard line. Compare that to a mere 10 carries within the 5 for LeSean McCoy and only 9 for Mark Ingram, two running backs who put up more fantasy points last season than Blount.
2. He’s 30 years old!
3. He only averaged 3.9 yards a carry. His worst in 4 seasons.
4. He’s not on the Patriots anymore…
5. He can’t catch the football.
6. Sproles will steal all 3rd down work.
7. He’s not on the Patriots anymore…
Demarco Murray is as dynamic of a RB1 that we have in today’s game. That does not mean you should draft him or that he will stay on the field all season in 2017. Coming off a year in which he ran the ball 293 times and narrowly escaped a severe toe injury those who expect the soon to be 30 year old to have a similar season in 2017 will be mistaken. Derrick Henry has already shown in small bursts that he is a premier NFL talent, with 5 TD’s and almost 500 yards in only 110 attempts, and has the big NFL body that will keep him on the field if Murray goes down. Not to mention even if Murray does somehow stay healthy it might not matter with the Titans being firmly committed to the run coming in 3rd in per game attempts with 29.8 per game. Henry can provide fantasy points even with 15 carries a game and this offense could become similar to the Atlanta Falcons with two premier RB’s, i.e. Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman. Both players averaged nearly the same impressive yards per carry last season, Murray with 4.4 per carry and Henry with 4.5 per carry, so it may simply come down to durability and age. Considering Murray’s age and workload look for Henry to have a huge impact if Murrays spends any time on the sideline next season. If you do draft Murray you must also draft Henry to protect yourself otherwise smart owners should take a fly on Henry in the later rounds because of his huge upside.
Brandon Marshall will be a top 15 fantasy receiver in the 2017 season. I know this may shock many of you to hear such a bold statement after the season he put forward last year having career lows in TDs(3), receptions(59), and second worst year in yards(788). Sounds pretty bad right? Yes those are horrendous stats for what many thought would be a WR1 or even a WR2 last season and left many fantasy owners wishing they picked another WR. I’m here to tell you to draft him again at a bargain, maybe round 4 or 5, and watch the TD’s roll in. Marshall is a huge target the likes of which Eli hasn’t had since Plaxico Burress, who by the way had 33 TD’s in four years with the Giants. Despite his mediocre year with the Jets last year he still managed 35 red zone looks last year on an absolute garbage fire that was the New York Jet’s offense. Compare this to the Giants number one threat in the red zone last year Odell Beckham Jr. who only received 5 more looks (40) in the red zone last season. Odell is 5’11, on a good day in cleats, where as Marshall is a towering 6’4 in a similar mold to Plaxico. Smart fantasy owners should recognize Marshall’s red zone ability and the fact that teams will not be able to double cover Marshall with a dominant Odell on the other side and a viable Sterling Shepard in the slot. Not to mention that Marshall is no longer taking passes from Bryce Petty, Ryan Fitzpatrick, or Geno Smith. Now he will be taking passes from 2-time Super Bowl champion Eli Manning and a pass heavy offense. The Giants are committed to the passing game, as evident by the signing of Marshall, and they will continue their air assault in 2017. Eli hasn’t had a weapon the likes of Marshall in many seasons and he will capitalize on having a sizable WR in the red zone. Bank on Marshall to be a steal in this year’s drafts.