Risk vs Reward: Fantasy football players in 2017
Everybody knows that in fantasy football there’s always a handful of players that perform below average from either what you valued them at, or at the spot you drafted that player. There’s also players who out perform their current ADP from which they were drafted, or if you picked them up in the waiver wire. Either way, things are heating up in July with training camp starting at the end of the month and it’s never too early to look at potential busts, or gems in this years fantasy stock.
It wasn’t long ago when Eddie Lacy was one of the premier dominant backs in the league averaging 5.1 YPC, and was rushing for over 1,000 yards each season. A combination of fast food and lack of exercise has made Lacy one of the most-polarizing figures in the league today. Lacy comes with a huge “buyer beware” price tag, but the opportunity for double-digit TD’s and the fact that Pete Carroll has been invested in Lacy for quite some time is a bit soothing.
As a Doug Martin owner for the past couple of years I can honestly say that he’s been one of the most frustrating players to roster in the past. You just don’t know what you’re going to get out of him. He could easily rush for 80 yards and two TD’s, or he is going to rush for 30 yards before pulling a hammy, missing a week or two. One thing I’ve concluded with Martin is that there is a trend in his productivity. One year he’s a top ten back, the next he’s on your IR all year-long. Last year Martin was trash so this year he’s going to present plenty of reward. He’ll open up the season serving a three game suspension, but draft Martin and stash him.
I wasn’t worried about Hill being over-drafted this year, that was until the Kansas City Chiefs did Jeremy Maclin dirty and pulled one of the coldest, bloodiest moves in recent memory by cutting Maclin soon after he skipped out on his honeymoon to attend OTA’s. In the numerous mocks I’ve been apart of Hill has been going late in the sixth, and has recently been moving up. With Maclin gone, drafters won’t hesitate to pull the trigger considering the fact that he currently is the #1 WR in KC, but I can name numerous problems why I wouldn’t draft the guy, or consider him as a flex at best. For starters, Alex Smith is his QB who isn’t known for throwing a pass over twenty yards, and his 12 TD’s last year will be hard to repeat, without Maclin being there to help take off some of the attention from Hill. Beware drafting Hill, he could bring a lot of risk if you’re eyeing him early in the draft.
I know the guy is a Patriot so it’s easy to believe why I would put him as a “risk” player, but regardless of Bill Belichick’s tactics (you never know which RB will actually get the ball from week-to-week), Mike Gillisle presents a lot of “reward” especially if you take him late in the draft after going WR heavy. The Patriots have around a gazillion backs currently on the roster, but looking at some of the guys who potentially won’t make the team, Gillisle can find himself in a really great spot to lead the backfield duties with a great team.
Nobody drafted Meredith into their fantasy lineups last year, or onto an actual roster in 2015 when he went undrafted, but he eventually cracked the starting lineup in Chicago mixed in with Eddie Royal and a handful of receivers behind Alshon Jeffrey. Fast forward two years later, Alshon is no longer there, and Meredith finds himself in an interesting situation. Kevin White can’t stay healthy if his life depended on it, Markus Wheaton and Kendall Wright could have a few decent games, but the #1 role for receiver is shaping up to belong to Meredith if he wants it. Despite numerous questions surrounding Mike Glennon and Mitch Trubisky, Cameron should have no trouble bouncing back and presenting plenty of “reward” for your team this year.https://www.myfantasysportstalk.com/risk-vs-reward-fantasy-football-players-in-2017/https://i0.wp.com/www.myfantasysportstalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/lacy-runs.jpg?fit=640%2C653&ssl=1https://i0.wp.com/www.myfantasysportstalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/lacy-runs.jpg?resize=150%2C150&ssl=1Chicago BearsFantasy Studs/DudsFF AnalysisFF Mock DraftsFF RankingsFF SleepersFootballKansas City ChiefsNew England PatriotsNFLRecent PostsSeattle SeahawksTampa Bay BuccaneersFantasy Football,NFLEverybody knows that in fantasy football there's always a handful of players that perform below average from either what you valued them at, or at the spot you drafted that player. There's also players who out perform their current ADP from which they were drafted, or if you picked...Orlando TorresOrlando Torreslando17800@yahoo.comContributorHello everybody my name is Orlando, my friends call me Lando for short. I love all kinds of sports and fantasy sports as well. I grew up watching the Spurs and Cowboys since I was a kid, so those are my teams. I love writing, video games, spending time with my son along with acting and films. Movie buff. Follow me on Twitter @itslandoyoMyFantasySportsTalk