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Mike Wright

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Featured Pros: NFL Lottery Tickets
Wed, Jun 27
Featured Pros: NFL Lottery Tickets
Name one under-the-radar RB that you plan to target in all drafts as a late-round lottery ticket and why?
Kenneth Dixon is a very interesting name to watch. As much as I like Alex Collins this year, I see the path where Dixon plays his way into the starting role and becoming a fantasy starter. Generally, RBs going that late in drafts need some kind of depth chart injury and then frequently don't have the talent or the team's support to rise to relevance. Dixon is coming off a season lost to injury, a substance abuse suspension, and a PED suspension. That speaks loudly to me about the team's belief that Dixon could still be part of their future.

Name one under-the-radar WR that you plan to target in all drafts as a late-round lottery ticket and why?
Geronimo Allison isn't being talked about enough. The general buzz in the fantasy world talking about the Packers revolves around Randall Cobb. This isn't an anti-Randall Cobb take. However, Cobb's body has betrayed him for multiple years since his breakout season and he's already banged up again. Allison has flashed enough times that he is interesting as a lotto ticket. It doesn't hurt that he plays for a QB that can easily throw for over forty touchdowns.

Featured Pros: Brandin Cooks Trade Impact
Thu, Apr 5
Featured Pros: Brandin Cooks Trade Impact
What can we expect for Brandin Cooks' fantasy value after the trade?
He has dropped a decent amount in my initial rankings, but it's not the end of Cooks. We saw Coach McVay get a ton out of speedster Desean Jackson in Washington, and I'd expect Cooks to fill that role. He should be a high variance WR2 next year.

Who is impacted the most from a fantasy perspective in New England after the trade?
Trying to find the WR that fills the Cooks void will be an offseason mystery. Julian Edelman is secure in his role of the slot, and likely will be the go-to when the Pats run a one WR set. However, in 3-WR sets will we see Phillip Dorsett, Malcolm Mitchell, Kenny Britt, or a mystery man? It won't shock me to see them lean on Dorsett, who physically is an extremely comparable player to Cooks.

How does the trade impact your fantasy expectations for Jared Goff? Where will he sit in your QB rankings?
The signing won't move the needle much for Goff for me. The TD void from Sammy Watkins departure just slides over to Cooks. Hopefully we can get a few higher ceiling games from Goff but Todd Gurley is the star of the show in LA.

Featured Pros: NFL Early Undervalued Players
Tue, Feb 20
Featured Pros: NFL Early Undervalued Players
What QB is the most undervalued in our early consensus rankings and why?
Philip Rivers continues to be disrespected. Coming in as the early QB15, despite finishing last year as the QB8 and as one of the more consistently startable guys at the position. With Keenan Allen showing he's a beast when healthy, and the upside of guys like Mike Williams and Hunter Henry, Rivers is sure to return on draft value.

What RB is the most undervalued in our early consensus rankings and why?
RBs are hard to properly value this early in the process, but Carlos Hyde as a Tier 4 RB is nonsense. It wasn't his most efficient season, but he was the only RB to finish in the top-10 while playing for a sub .500 team. He'll either be back with a better 49'ers team or more likely, collecting a nice paycheck for a team that desires his services.

What WR is the most undervalued in our early consensus rankings and why?
Pierre Garcon went down in Game 8 and finished the year with 40/500. The nice easy math here puts Garcon on pace for 80/1000. That's without playing with Handsome Jimmy GQ. Garcon still has the chops as a solid possession receiver and will be pushed down draft boards coming off a season cut short by injury.

Against the Spread: Super Bowl Picks
Fri, Feb 2
Against the Spread: Super Bowl Picks
Game: Philadelphia Eagles at New England Patriots (-4.5)
Pick: Philadelphia Eagles (+4.5)

Game: Will the combined score be over or under 48 points?
Pick: Under

Game: What will the total combined points be at the end of the game?
Pick: 47

Against the Spread: Conference Round Picks
Sat, Jan 20
Against the Spread: Conference Round Picks
Game: Jacksonville Jaguars at New England Patriots (-9)
Pick: Jacksonville Jaguars (+9)

Game: Minnesota Vikings at Philadelphia Eagles (+3)
Pick: Minnesota Vikings (-3)

Which game pick are you most confident with?
Jacksonville Jaguars at New England Patriots (-9)

Against the Spread: Divisional Round Picks
Wed, Jan 10
Against the Spread: Divisional Round Picks
Game: Atlanta Falcons at Philadelphia Eagles (+3)
Pick: Atlanta Falcons (-3)

Game: Tennessee Titans at New England Patriots (-13.5)
Pick: Tennessee Titans (+13.5)

Game: Jacksonville Jaguars at Pittsburgh Steelers (-7)
Pick: Jacksonville Jaguars (+7)

Game: New Orleans Saints at Minnesota Vikings (-4.5)
Pick: New Orleans Saints (+4.5)

Which game pick are you most confident with?
Atlanta Falcons at Philadelphia Eagles (+3)

Against the Spread: Wild Card Picks
Wed, Jan 3
Against the Spread: Wild Card Picks
Game: Tennessee Titans at Kansas City Chiefs (-8)
Pick: Kansas City Chiefs (-8)

Game: Atlanta Falcons at Los Angeles Rams (-5)
Pick: Atlanta Falcons (+5)

Game: Buffalo Bills at Jacksonville Jaguars (-8.5)
Pick: Buffalo Bills (+8.5)

Game: Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints (-6)
Pick: New Orleans Saints (-6)

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