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Nick Zylak

Fantasy Football Advice
C.J. Anderson (RB - DET)
2d
Player Note on C.J. Anderson (RB - DET)
Anderson could have some decent weeks this season. KJ is the clear starter, and Anderson will only be getting the low upside carries. However, Anderson carries a lot of upside if KJ were to go down...as we've seen what he's capable of down the stretch last season.
Mike Davis (RB - CHI)
2d
Player Note on Mike Davis (RB - CHI)
I think David Montgomery is going to take this job over right from the start...but when drafting this late it's all about upside. If Montgomery were to go down then Davis becomes an instant fantasy starter. He's just as good of a pass catcher as Montgomery, so I would expect him to step right into the lead back role. This is purely a late round flier though...I don't expect him to be usable while the other backs are healthy.
Hunter Renfrow (WR - OAK)
2d
Player Note on Hunter Renfrow (WR - OAK)
Renfrow isn't someone you should need to draft in a 12 team league. If you play in deeper formats though, he's certainly an option. Renfrow should be the Raiders starting slot WR this season...and it's not like they're going to be ahead all that much. There's very little talent in that WR core behind the top 3, so he should be given a decent amount of opportunity. This is still Carr's 3rd WR, so you shouldn't get too excited. But he's not a bad stash in deeper formats.
Quincy Enunwa (WR - NYJ)
2d
Player Note on Quincy Enunwa (WR - NYJ)
Enunwa will be the Jets starting outside WR across from Robby Anderson this season. Robby is still the receiver we want in this offense, but with how much better the Jets are going to be on offense this season...we should really be considering Enunwa late in drafts.
Josh Gordon (WR - NE)
2d
Player Note on Josh Gordon (WR - NE)
There have been 2 WR's ever to have over 2,400 receiving yards before their age 23 season while averaging 17+ YPR…Randy Moss and Josh Gordon. Gordon has averaged 74 receiving yards per game over his career, including 40/720/3 in his 11 games with the Pats last season. Brady also averaged 11.3 yards per attempt when targeting Gordon last season. That has his most yards per attempt when targeting any play in his career. Gordon was PFF's 17th rated WR in games he played for the Pats last season, posting a higher WR grade than his teammate Julian Edelman. Gordon showed he's still an elite WR…gaining 90 yards or a TD in half of his games. Including 70 or a TD in 2/3rds of his games, while maintaining 18 yards per reception...second to only DeSean Jackson last season. Gordon's season pace with the Pats was 58/1,047/4.4. That's not going to win leagues…but it's on pace to finish as a WR 2. Also, that's after being traded and coming off injury. He's been working out with Brady, and there's a job opening at outside WR. The risk is obvious…but Flash has finally been reinstated. There are a few more hurdles he needs to overcome, but he's going to be the starting WR for the New England Patriots in week 1. GET PUMPED.
Kalen Ballage (RB - MIA)
3d
Player Note on Kalen Ballage (RB - MIA)
The hype surrounding Ballage continues to grow by the day. Before the Drake injury, reports out of camp suggested that the two would be slitting time, similar to Lindsay and Freeman. Then, after the first preseason game, it seemed as they viewed Drake as their Lindsay and Ballage as their Freeman. However, Drake is currently in a walking boot. We don't yet know how severe the injury is, but this is going to help our Ballage a lot. He's now getting all the first team reps, and he's reportedly looked much improved over last season. That's a good thing for Ballage because he was terrible in his rookie season. Aside from one long carry he was veyr bad, and not elusive at all. There's still a lot working against Ballage. His offensive line is bad, and this isn't a good offense. Plus Drake will have a role when he returns. If his ADP gets insane then just stay away. But at least as of right now, he's a value for where you can get him in drafts.
Devonta Freeman (RB - ATL)
6d
Player Note on Devonta Freeman (RB - ATL)
If you like lengthy injury histories, then let me introduce you to Devonta Freeman! Freeman has suffered a pulled hamstring, a hip strain, an MCL sprain, a PCL sprain, a knee bruise, 3 separate concussions, a foot bruise and then finally lost most of last year due to sports hernia surgery. Aside from his terrible rookie season, he's been extremely productive whole he's been on the field. Now let's talk about his offensive coordinator. Dirk Koetter has returned as the team's OC. He had that job from 2012-2014, then he was hired as the Bucs OC in 2015, and then served as their head coach from 1016-2018. In that time here is where his teams have ranked in rushing yards per game: 27/32/24/4/25/27/28. So in other words, Freeman is a RB with a high likelihood of injury, on an offense run by a man that has no idea how to run the football. What Freeman has going for him is 1) His talent...and 2) There's no one behind him on the depth chart. They have a few guys who can join together to fill potential void if he goes down, but they don't have a single RB that's going to challenge him for touches. Therefore, as long as he stays healthy, he's going to crush.
Dontrell Hilliard (RB - CLE)
6d
Player Note on Dontrell Hilliard (RB - CLE)
Hilliard is expected to take over the team's "Duke Johnson Role" in the wake of their trade with the Texans. This could all be nothing, and they might feature Chubb until Hunt returns, but I think there's truth to the take. Hilliard is an above average athlete, was a great receiving back in college, and has reportedly looked great in the role during camp. You likely won't be able to use him while Chubb is healthy, but there's a chance he puts together some FLEX worth weeks. He's more of a DFS dart throw.
Jamison Crowder (WR - NYJ)
1w
Player Note on Jamison Crowder (WR - NYJ)
I like Crowder as a player. He's a talented wide receiver and was a good addition to the Jets offense. His issue for fantasy is volume. Bell will see work as a receiver, Anderson is the clear #1, Enunwa will get his, and Herndon will factor in after his suspension. When you divvy out the target share there just isn't a whole lot you can give to Crowder. That means his target share will be relatively low, which is less than ideal given his short ADOT. So while I expect Darnold to surprise people this season, that doesn't make Crowder a good pick in fantasy.
Damien Williams (RB - KC)
1w
Player Note on Damien Williams (RB - KC)
Damien Williams has as much upside as any running back in fantasy. Unfortunately, he also has a wide range of outcomes. He suffered a hamstring injury early in camp, which forced him to miss a week and a half of practice. There are now reports Andy Reid might go with a committee approach...something he hasn't done since his days with the Eagles. We're going to need to watch closely what happens for the remainder of camp. If he wins the starting job, and doesn't suffer a setback...then I'm drafting him. If it's a clear split, or he suffers another injury, then I'll fade.
C.J. Anderson (RB - DET)
2d
Player Note on C.J. Anderson (RB - DET)
Anderson could have some decent weeks this season. KJ is the clear starter, and Anderson will only be getting the low upside carries. However, Anderson carries a lot of upside if KJ were to go down...as we've seen what he's capable of down the stretch last season.
Mike Davis (RB - CHI)
2d
Player Note on Mike Davis (RB - CHI)
I think David Montgomery is going to take this job over right from the start...but when drafting this late it's all about upside. If Montgomery were to go down then Davis becomes an instant fantasy starter. He's just as good of a pass catcher as Montgomery, so I would expect him to step right into the lead back role. This is purely a late round flier though...I don't expect him to be usable while the other backs are healthy.
Hunter Renfrow (WR - OAK)
2d
Player Note on Hunter Renfrow (WR - OAK)
Renfrow isn't someone you should need to draft in a 12 team league. If you play in deeper formats though, he's certainly an option. Renfrow should be the Raiders starting slot WR this season...and it's not like they're going to be ahead all that much. There's very little talent in that WR core behind the top 3, so he should be given a decent amount of opportunity. This is still Carr's 3rd WR, so you shouldn't get too excited. But he's not a bad stash in deeper formats.
Quincy Enunwa (WR - NYJ)
2d
Player Note on Quincy Enunwa (WR - NYJ)
Enunwa will be the Jets starting outside WR across from Robby Anderson this season. Robby is still the receiver we want in this offense, but with how much better the Jets are going to be on offense this season...we should really be considering Enunwa late in drafts.
Josh Gordon (WR - NE)
2d
Player Note on Josh Gordon (WR - NE)
There have been 2 WR's ever to have over 2,400 receiving yards before their age 23 season while averaging 17+ YPR…Randy Moss and Josh Gordon. Gordon has averaged 74 receiving yards per game over his career, including 40/720/3 in his 11 games with the Pats last season. Brady also averaged 11.3 yards per attempt when targeting Gordon last season. That has his most yards per attempt when targeting any play in his career. Gordon was PFF's 17th rated WR in games he played for the Pats last season, posting a higher WR grade than his teammate Julian Edelman. Gordon showed he's still an elite WR…gaining 90 yards or a TD in half of his games. Including 70 or a TD in 2/3rds of his games, while maintaining 18 yards per reception...second to only DeSean Jackson last season. Gordon's season pace with the Pats was 58/1,047/4.4. That's not going to win leagues…but it's on pace to finish as a WR 2. Also, that's after being traded and coming off injury. He's been working out with Brady, and there's a job opening at outside WR. The risk is obvious…but Flash has finally been reinstated. There are a few more hurdles he needs to overcome, but he's going to be the starting WR for the New England Patriots in week 1. GET PUMPED.
Kalen Ballage (RB - MIA)
3d
Player Note on Kalen Ballage (RB - MIA)
The hype surrounding Ballage continues to grow by the day. Before the Drake injury, reports out of camp suggested that the two would be slitting time, similar to Lindsay and Freeman. Then, after the first preseason game, it seemed as they viewed Drake as their Lindsay and Ballage as their Freeman. However, Drake is currently in a walking boot. We don't yet know how severe the injury is, but this is going to help our Ballage a lot. He's now getting all the first team reps, and he's reportedly looked much improved over last season. That's a good thing for Ballage because he was terrible in his rookie season. Aside from one long carry he was veyr bad, and not elusive at all. There's still a lot working against Ballage. His offensive line is bad, and this isn't a good offense. Plus Drake will have a role when he returns. If his ADP gets insane then just stay away. But at least as of right now, he's a value for where you can get him in drafts.
Devonta Freeman (RB - ATL)
6d
Player Note on Devonta Freeman (RB - ATL)
If you like lengthy injury histories, then let me introduce you to Devonta Freeman! Freeman has suffered a pulled hamstring, a hip strain, an MCL sprain, a PCL sprain, a knee bruise, 3 separate concussions, a foot bruise and then finally lost most of last year due to sports hernia surgery. Aside from his terrible rookie season, he's been extremely productive whole he's been on the field. Now let's talk about his offensive coordinator. Dirk Koetter has returned as the team's OC. He had that job from 2012-2014, then he was hired as the Bucs OC in 2015, and then served as their head coach from 1016-2018. In that time here is where his teams have ranked in rushing yards per game: 27/32/24/4/25/27/28. So in other words, Freeman is a RB with a high likelihood of injury, on an offense run by a man that has no idea how to run the football. What Freeman has going for him is 1) His talent...and 2) There's no one behind him on the depth chart. They have a few guys who can join together to fill potential void if he goes down, but they don't have a single RB that's going to challenge him for touches. Therefore, as long as he stays healthy, he's going to crush.
Dontrell Hilliard (RB - CLE)
6d
Player Note on Dontrell Hilliard (RB - CLE)
Hilliard is expected to take over the team's "Duke Johnson Role" in the wake of their trade with the Texans. This could all be nothing, and they might feature Chubb until Hunt returns, but I think there's truth to the take. Hilliard is an above average athlete, was a great receiving back in college, and has reportedly looked great in the role during camp. You likely won't be able to use him while Chubb is healthy, but there's a chance he puts together some FLEX worth weeks. He's more of a DFS dart throw.
Jamison Crowder (WR - NYJ)
1w
Player Note on Jamison Crowder (WR - NYJ)
I like Crowder as a player. He's a talented wide receiver and was a good addition to the Jets offense. His issue for fantasy is volume. Bell will see work as a receiver, Anderson is the clear #1, Enunwa will get his, and Herndon will factor in after his suspension. When you divvy out the target share there just isn't a whole lot you can give to Crowder. That means his target share will be relatively low, which is less than ideal given his short ADOT. So while I expect Darnold to surprise people this season, that doesn't make Crowder a good pick in fantasy.
Damien Williams (RB - KC)
1w
Player Note on Damien Williams (RB - KC)
Damien Williams has as much upside as any running back in fantasy. Unfortunately, he also has a wide range of outcomes. He suffered a hamstring injury early in camp, which forced him to miss a week and a half of practice. There are now reports Andy Reid might go with a committee approach...something he hasn't done since his days with the Eagles. We're going to need to watch closely what happens for the remainder of camp. If he wins the starting job, and doesn't suffer a setback...then I'm drafting him. If it's a clear split, or he suffers another injury, then I'll fade.
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