Team Novack, Team Previews, The Dogs

Team Preview: Jay

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General Manager Justin Novack (Jay) drafted a team with plenty of youth, who will be lead by second year Quarterback Jameis Winston. A few of our journalists caught up with Winston to ask his thoughts on his new teammates and the recently installed team name “The Dogs”. He responded by essentially yelling at the journalists in an almost rabid tone “ We some dogs, we ain’t no puppies”. After giving off some puzzling looks but deciding to proceed with the interview, the journalists continued to press on about the prospects of the team, but Winston only wanted to continue his rampage “ I mean we Bears, not cubs. Eagles, not Eaglets”. Safe to say that Winston thinks the Dogs are going to be a team of brute, animalistic strength, and not that of their weaker, younger, counterparts.

 

QBs: C+

 

The two Floridian quarterbacks that Novack has on his roster are risky picks with upside. Jameis Winston finished the 2015 season as the #13 QB in ESPN leagues with over 4,000 yards and 17 Fantasy points per game. Not bad for a rookie. Assuming he can take a leap forward in year two, he should be able to crack the bottom of the QB1 tier. Ryan Tannehill on the other hand had an abysmal year after begininning with such high expectations. The Dolphins quarterback had okay passing numbers with a 62% completion percentage, 4,200 yards, and 24 touchdowns, but people have come to expect better rushing numbers from him than he was able to produce. This lead him to a year as the # 17 QB. With QB Guru Adam Gase becoming the head coach, there is reason to believe this may improve.

 

RBs: B-

 

Lamar Miller has moved over to Houston from Miami after having a efficient career with low quantity with the Dolphins. He stated that he wants more out of his role, and the Texans give their running backs more touches than any team in the league. The only question is, with so many different regimes coming through Miami, how come not one of them thought Miller could carry the load as a workhorse back? I project him to have an outstanding season for the Texans. Rashard Jennings is the undisputed lead back for the New York Giants, and being a starter in the NFL means something. But with Eli Manning having attempted the 4th most passes last year, how much of a role does the Giants starting running back have? Duke Johnson Jr. and Giovanni Bernard are similar backs for teams in Ohio. Both will have their games where their pass catching ability puts them into RB1 range, but it will take some excellent coaching by Jay to decide which of his 3 average backs are going to have the most optimal week for RB2 on his roster.

 

WRs: B+

 

The Dogs have depth for days at Wide Receiver, and an elite guy in Allen Robinson who should be a sure thing. Phillip Dorsett and Michael Thomas do have value as #3 WR’s on teams that use 3 receivers in their base sets. Kamar Aiken and Tyler Lockett are top 2 receivers on teams that should be able to move the ball, but both are expected to have breakouts based on small sample sizes. The Question mark for this corp is if either Golden Tate or Randall Cobb are truly WR2 worthy. Many think Cobb should return to his 2012-2014 form now that Jordy Nelson is back in the Packers lineup, but after finishing his season outside of the top 25 in 2015, that is no guarantee. With Calvin Johnson watching from his couch in 2016, Golden Tate has a “Golden opportunity” (That was terrible, but i refuse to delete it) to breakout, but many believe that Marvin Jones is the true #1 in Detroit.

 

TE: C-
GM Novack has a love affair for Charles Clay, who had a pretty mediocre 2015 with only 51 catches and 3 touchdowns. But, at least many of the teams have guys in a similar vein as the Bills Tight End.

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Ermahgerd Dehrnerd, Team Previews

Team Preview: Kyle

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Ehrmagherd Dehrnerd (I don’t think I have ever spelled this the same way twice) probably thinks they should have won the league last year, as they always do. But after a playoff loss, ED is still looking for the ever elusive championship. In 2016, Kyle Novack will rely on the suspended players to bring him to glory. When asked about his team after the draft, Kyle said “I have the best team, and it helps that i’m playing against 11 bitches who know nothing about fantasy football” in a completely factual and entirely not made up answer.

 

QBs: A-

 

People want to look at Aaron Rodger’s season in 2015 and assume that he is on the decline. He did finish 12th amongst quarterbacks. That was without his star receiver, and with the most inept running game that the Packers have seen in quite some time. Even though he had a poor season, no one should expect that trend to continue. In the 7 seasons that Rodgers has played at least 15 games since 2008, last season is the only season where he was outside of the top 2 in Quarterback fantasy points. Don’t over think it. A lot of people think Dehrnerd’s other quarterback is poised for a breakout season. Marcus Mariota had an up and down season in his rookie year with Tennessee. He has the big play ability and should improve as many second year quarterbacks do, but that is not without question marks. Mariota is in a predominately running offense who would like to utilize the legs of DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry over the arm of Mariota. Mariota has some running ability himself, which helps his fantasy value, but he is not injury-averse. He missed 4 games last year, and could miss more if they ask him to run more often in 2016.

 

RBs: B

 

If Le’Veon Bell did not have to face a 3 game suspension to start the year, Novack’s running back corp would be one of the best in the CE league. It helps, that he has DeAngelo Williams to fill in during those weeks, but at age 33, Williams’ production could drop off at any moment. C.J. Anderson did not live up to expectations in 2015, but showed moments of greatness. With Ronnie Hillman now out of the picture, and Trevor Simeon running the offense, Kyle should expect a heavy workload out of his #2 Running back.  

 

WRs: C-

 

When you spend a high draft pick on a quarterback, you need to make sacrifices elsewhere. ED did that with Wide Receiver depth. He does not have a receiver on his roster without question marks. His stud is Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant, who had a very poor year in 2015, a lot due to injury. The big question marks when it comes to Bryant is how well he has recovered from his foot injury, and if he can play without Tony Romo, who will be out until mid-season. The silver-lining is that when Bryant played in 2015, he was still targeted 8.1 times a game. Jordan Matthews is playing in a bad Philadelphia offense with a rookie quarterback who hasn’t even played against Division 1 opponents, let alone NFL defenses. Steve Smith Sr. is 37 years old and coming off of a torn achilles. And Josh Gordon, the wild card of the league is suspended for the first 4 games and has only played in 5 regular season games since 2013. Kyle is hoping for the best with this group, but may have to rely on Terrelle Pryor and Ted Ginn Jr. and their ability to only run streaks if he is going to find top level production from this group.

 

TE: C+
Eric Ebron should gain more usage around the end zone with Calvin Johnson retired, but for the most part, he is simply one of the many guys in that second tier of Tight End. Add in an injury that has caused him to miss most of training camp, and Ebron should be considered a below average tight end with upside.