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Ryan Sitzmann

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Budda Baker (S - ARI)
Wed, Sep 4
Player Note on Budda Baker (S - ARI)
After a very promising end to his rookie season, there was some concern surrounding Baker's fantasy value in 2018 given his position switch from safety to nickel cornerback. However, the youngster rose to the occasion and lead all CB-eligible players with 80 solo tackles and chipped in two sacks to boot. Baker will be moving to free safety in 2019 and should be able to sustain last year's numbers behind a relatively weak set of linebackers. He should be a good player to target in this year's drafts.
Jerome Baker (LB - MIA)
Wed, Sep 4
Player Note on Jerome Baker (LB - MIA)
Baker had a sound rookie season and made strides in gaining the coaching staff's trust last year. He has been wearing the "green dot" in the preseason and will an every down player and leader of the young, rebuilding Dolphins defense. With underperforming Kiko Alonso traded and Raekwon McMillan's value in question as well, Baker should lead the team in tackles in 2019. He's a player I will be trying to slot into my LB3 slots wherever I can.
Vontaze Burfict (LB - OAK)
Wed, Sep 4
Player Note on Vontaze Burfict (LB - OAK)
At one time, Burfict possessed the tantalizing fantasy upside that owners coveted. However, between the injury and suspension rik, he's become an extreme long shot to string together a full season and has seen his tackle rate decline in recent years. Oakland is a very nice landing spot from a fantasy perspective but it's best to temper expectations for the eight-year veteran out of Arizona State and only draft him if you have a solid backup plan in place.
Kiko Alonso (LB - NO)
Wed, Sep 4
Player Note on Kiko Alonso (LB - NO)
Alonso is coming off the best statistical season since his rookie year back in 2013. Although he was great in terms of fantasy, finishing in the top 10-15 in most leagues, he continued to grade out poorly and fall out of favor with the Dolphins. Thus, he was traded to the Saints shortly before the season started and will likely have a part-time role with them for at least the immediate future. He's a big avoid in drafts this year.
Jarrad Davis (LB - DET)
Fri, Aug 30
Player Note on Jarrad Davis (LB - DET)
Davis was a player I listed as an avoid heading into last year's drafts as he's struggled to fully capitalize on his opportunities so far in Detroit (not reading plays correctly, missing tackles, etc.). Although his tackle figures were about what I expected, he managed to salvage most of his fantasy value with six sacks. I don't think that's a number you can bank on again from a middle linebacker though, so he remains someone that isn't likely to find himself on many of my 2019 fantasy teams. Additionally, he suffered an ankle sprain in preseason and is expected to miss at least a couple regular season games.
Justin Evans (S - TB)
Mon, Aug 26
Player Note on Justin Evans (S - TB)
Injuries have prevented Evans from realizing his full potential in the NFL. When healthy, he profiles a 4-5 solo tackle per game talent with slightly above average big play potential. At this point in drafts, many of the remaining DBs will be considered somewhat of "dart throws" which makes Evans an OK selection within the very large DB3 tier.
Justin Evans (S - TB)
Mon, Aug 26
Player Note on Justin Evans (S - TB)
Injuries have prevented Evans from realizing his full potential in the NFL. When healthy, he profiles a 4-5 solo tackle per game talent with slightly above average big play potential. At this point in drafts, many of the remaining DBs will be considered somewhat of "dart throws" which makes Evans a fine selection within the very large DB3 tier.
Reshad Jones (S - MIA)
Mon, Aug 26
Player Note on Reshad Jones (S - MIA)
Up until last year, Jones had been a year-in, year-out DB1 dating back to 2012. However, age and injuries have begun to catch up to the former first round pick out of Georgia. The Dolphins have some new, young talent in Minkah Fitzpatrick which makes Jones all that more expendable and made him the subject of preseason trade rumors. Given all the unknowns around him, he's a tough player to draft as a DB1 anymore, but if he falls towards the middle to bottom end of the DB2 tier, he may be worth a shot for those risk-oriented fantasy players.
Todd Davis (LB - DEN)
Mon, Aug 26
Player Note on Todd Davis (LB - DEN)
Up until last season, Davis was a middling-type fantasy linebacker who was mainly utilized as a bye week/injury filler. Although he's still not an every-down player on the Broncos defense, he made the most of his snaps and finished with 83 solo tackles and 29 assists. But I don't love that he's looking like a 75-80% defensive snap player yet again in 2019 as he'll have to be super-efficient for second year in a row to maintain his stats and warrant his current ADP. Plus, he's questionable to be active in Week 1.
Reshad Jones (S - MIA)
Sat, Aug 24
Player Note on Reshad Jones (S - MIA)
Up until last year, Jones had been a year-in, year-out DB1 dating back to 2012. However, age and injuries have begun to catch up to the former first round pick out of Georgia. The Dolphins have some new, young talent in Minkah Fitzpatrick and T.J. McDonald has been steadily improving in recent seasons which makes Jones all that more expendable and has made him the subject of trade rumors. Given all the unknowns around him, he's a tough player to draft as a DB1/DB2+ anymore, but if he falls towards the bottom end of the DB2 tier, he may be worth a shot for those risk-oriented fantasy players.
Budda Baker (S - ARI)
Wed, Sep 4
Player Note on Budda Baker (S - ARI)
After a very promising end to his rookie season, there was some concern surrounding Baker's fantasy value in 2018 given his position switch from safety to nickel cornerback. However, the youngster rose to the occasion and lead all CB-eligible players with 80 solo tackles and chipped in two sacks to boot. Baker will be moving to free safety in 2019 and should be able to sustain last year's numbers behind a relatively weak set of linebackers. He should be a good player to target in this year's drafts.
Jerome Baker (LB - MIA)
Wed, Sep 4
Player Note on Jerome Baker (LB - MIA)
Baker had a sound rookie season and made strides in gaining the coaching staff's trust last year. He has been wearing the "green dot" in the preseason and will an every down player and leader of the young, rebuilding Dolphins defense. With underperforming Kiko Alonso traded and Raekwon McMillan's value in question as well, Baker should lead the team in tackles in 2019. He's a player I will be trying to slot into my LB3 slots wherever I can.
Vontaze Burfict (LB - OAK)
Wed, Sep 4
Player Note on Vontaze Burfict (LB - OAK)
At one time, Burfict possessed the tantalizing fantasy upside that owners coveted. However, between the injury and suspension rik, he's become an extreme long shot to string together a full season and has seen his tackle rate decline in recent years. Oakland is a very nice landing spot from a fantasy perspective but it's best to temper expectations for the eight-year veteran out of Arizona State and only draft him if you have a solid backup plan in place.
Kiko Alonso (LB - NO)
Wed, Sep 4
Player Note on Kiko Alonso (LB - NO)
Alonso is coming off the best statistical season since his rookie year back in 2013. Although he was great in terms of fantasy, finishing in the top 10-15 in most leagues, he continued to grade out poorly and fall out of favor with the Dolphins. Thus, he was traded to the Saints shortly before the season started and will likely have a part-time role with them for at least the immediate future. He's a big avoid in drafts this year.
Jarrad Davis (LB - DET)
Fri, Aug 30
Player Note on Jarrad Davis (LB - DET)
Davis was a player I listed as an avoid heading into last year's drafts as he's struggled to fully capitalize on his opportunities so far in Detroit (not reading plays correctly, missing tackles, etc.). Although his tackle figures were about what I expected, he managed to salvage most of his fantasy value with six sacks. I don't think that's a number you can bank on again from a middle linebacker though, so he remains someone that isn't likely to find himself on many of my 2019 fantasy teams. Additionally, he suffered an ankle sprain in preseason and is expected to miss at least a couple regular season games.
Justin Evans (S - TB)
Mon, Aug 26
Player Note on Justin Evans (S - TB)
Injuries have prevented Evans from realizing his full potential in the NFL. When healthy, he profiles a 4-5 solo tackle per game talent with slightly above average big play potential. At this point in drafts, many of the remaining DBs will be considered somewhat of "dart throws" which makes Evans an OK selection within the very large DB3 tier.
Justin Evans (S - TB)
Mon, Aug 26
Player Note on Justin Evans (S - TB)
Injuries have prevented Evans from realizing his full potential in the NFL. When healthy, he profiles a 4-5 solo tackle per game talent with slightly above average big play potential. At this point in drafts, many of the remaining DBs will be considered somewhat of "dart throws" which makes Evans a fine selection within the very large DB3 tier.
Reshad Jones (S - MIA)
Mon, Aug 26
Player Note on Reshad Jones (S - MIA)
Up until last year, Jones had been a year-in, year-out DB1 dating back to 2012. However, age and injuries have begun to catch up to the former first round pick out of Georgia. The Dolphins have some new, young talent in Minkah Fitzpatrick which makes Jones all that more expendable and made him the subject of preseason trade rumors. Given all the unknowns around him, he's a tough player to draft as a DB1 anymore, but if he falls towards the middle to bottom end of the DB2 tier, he may be worth a shot for those risk-oriented fantasy players.
Todd Davis (LB - DEN)
Mon, Aug 26
Player Note on Todd Davis (LB - DEN)
Up until last season, Davis was a middling-type fantasy linebacker who was mainly utilized as a bye week/injury filler. Although he's still not an every-down player on the Broncos defense, he made the most of his snaps and finished with 83 solo tackles and 29 assists. But I don't love that he's looking like a 75-80% defensive snap player yet again in 2019 as he'll have to be super-efficient for second year in a row to maintain his stats and warrant his current ADP. Plus, he's questionable to be active in Week 1.
Reshad Jones (S - MIA)
Sat, Aug 24
Player Note on Reshad Jones (S - MIA)
Up until last year, Jones had been a year-in, year-out DB1 dating back to 2012. However, age and injuries have begun to catch up to the former first round pick out of Georgia. The Dolphins have some new, young talent in Minkah Fitzpatrick and T.J. McDonald has been steadily improving in recent seasons which makes Jones all that more expendable and has made him the subject of trade rumors. Given all the unknowns around him, he's a tough player to draft as a DB1/DB2+ anymore, but if he falls towards the bottom end of the DB2 tier, he may be worth a shot for those risk-oriented fantasy players.
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