One Player, Each Team - NFC Edition


Last week I took you all the way through the AFC and highlighted a player from each team you should target in your Fantasy Football drafts.  This week it is time for the NFC.  Read up to nail your drafts and win your league!


Dallas Cowboys - I have a rule where I typically try not to draft anyone from the team I am a fan of.  So this Cowboys fan appears to be paying the price for drafting Zeke a year ago in a Dynasty league.  With that said, if Zeke drops in your draft to the back end of the first or into the second, DRAFT HIM.  The payoff could be massive.  So what if he is not there for week one or two.  It's weeks 15, 16, and 17 that are the important ones...


New York Giants - Barkley and literally no one else.  If you cannot get Barkley, blacklist the rest of the Giants team.  Okay, MAYBE Evan Engram, but do not reach.

Philadelphia Eagles - It pains me to say this, but I think Philadelphia could be really good this year.  Like potentially back in the Super Bowl good.  This offense is going to hum and their defensive line is arguably one of the best in the league.  Their only downfall could be their secondary.  As for fantasy purposes, aim your eyes to the offensive side of the ball and the answer has to be Zach Ertz.  A year ago he broke the record (also pains me to say this as it was Jason Witten's) for catches by a tight end in a season.  With a lot of mouths to feed in their backfield, Ertz is the most sure thing even with Dallas Goedert getting a chunk of snaps too.  They proved a year ago they can co-exist just fine.  Kelce or Ertz.  Cannot go wrong in either order once you target the TE position.

Washington Redskins - Is it Keenum or Haskins?  And don't forgot Colt McCoy coming back.  Is it AP or Guice?  Is Jordan Reed going to stay on the field for more than three quarters this year?  Is Josh Doctson really their number one wideout?  What I am getting it is there are far too many question marks on the Redskins.  I will say this, if you have zero desire to pay a premium price for a top tier defense, you could definitely do worse than take the Redskins late in your draft.  Their defensive line is legit as they come and this entire unit has a chance to be really good.


Chicago Bears - The reports out of Bears camp is the organization is "in love" with rookie running back David Montgomery.  But believe you me, Tarik Cohen is not going anywhere.  This will once again be a committee approach with Cohen and Montgomery both getting opportunities.  This makes them both viable options as RB3's, especially Cohen if your league is a PPR league.  If not, turn your focus to their defense.  The Bears should once again be a top unit with Mack wreaking havoc in all backfields starting in 2 weeks.

Detroit Lions - Kenny Golladay took a jump last year, and expect another jump this year.  Golladay is an easy WR2 with WR1 upside.  Get yourself a top tier WR like Hopkins or Thomas, and swoop back in with Golladay as your two and reap the benefits.

Green Bay Packers - If Aaron Rodgers has not earned the title injury prone yet, then the next injury will give it to him.  Suffering large scaled injuries the past two seasons, and a decline in numbers, added with his still high draft day price tag of your 5th round pick, Rodgers is just not worth it to me anymore.  And as I say every year, you can load your team elsewhere and still find very strong QBs in the middle of your draft.  If you're lucky enough to pick as high as five, draft Devante Adams with supreme confidence as I foresee a career year for Adams.  If you cannot be fortunate to snag him, turn your eyes to Marquez Valdes-Scantling around Round 13.   Scantling is projected to start opposite Adams and should see plenty of targets with pass-happy Rodgers and Adams gathering the defense's attention.

Minnesota Vikings - Take your pick with Minnesota.  Seriously.  The Vikings are one of those great fantasy teams, but not real life teams.  They finished 8-7-1.  A tie?  Really guys?  Anyway, there are numerous avenues to turn to with the Vikings, so I am going to cheat and not give you one target but instead when to.  If you need a backup quarterback?  You can do a lot worse than Kirk Cousins.  When selecting a backup quarterback though, always check your starters bye week and see who your backup will be playing that week.  For example, maybe you have Big Ben as your quarterback.  The Steelers Bye Week is Week 7.  The Vikings play the Lions Week 7, and by all accounts the Lions should be pretty bad this season.  That matchup makes Cousins a great draft pick in that situation because he is a great play the week you will need him.  Beyond him, take Cook middle to late second, take Thielen late first/early second, and take Diggs early fourth.  How is that for fantasy advice?


Atlanta Falcons -  I am all aboard the Matt Ryan train this year.  The team is going to throw, throw, throw, and throw.  Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley are about to be one of the best wide receiver duos in all of football, and 5000 yards and 35 touchdowns is not that far fetched this year for Ryan.

Carolina Panthers - Y'all remember Muhsin Muhammed?  Good player, good times.  ANYWAY.  One can make the argument that Christian McCaffrey should be the first overall pick.  But odds of you getting the first are what; 1 out of 10?  12?  Hard to target a guy you have almost no shot at getting.  Take a crack at DJ Moore.  Second Year wideout out of Maryland.  In his rookie  year, a year playing with a beat up Cam Newton, Moore still managed 55 catches and nearly 800 yards with two scores.  The two scores give him a very attainable floor, and with Olsen another year older, a healthy Cam Newton, and Devin Funchess out of the mix, Moore has a chance to be a hot commodity this year in fantasy circles.  Start targeting him in Round 5.

New Orleans Saints - I don't know why but I still feel like Michael Thomas gets slighted when you talk about the elite wide receivers in the league.  Well, he shouldn't.  Get Thomas early, if not do your fantasy shopping elsewhere as Brees is another year older and Kamara is too rich for most people's blood come draft day

Tampa Bay Buccaneers - I mentioned back up when I hit the Eagles that Kelce or Ertz in any order is the best you can do at tight end.  But what about after them?  George Kittle out in San Francisco last year established himself as a premier tight end in the league.  He also spent the year being a check down for inexperienced backup quarterbacks.  This year Jimmy G takes over and could very well post duplicate if not better numbers.  I am not going to fight you on that, but what I will fight you on is his draft day cost which is a late second round pick.  So what about OJ Howard in Tampa?  Howard has the physical traits to be a premier tight end and now he gets offensive guru Bruce Arians as his head coach.  Grab Howard if you can and sit back and watch Howard be the breakout tight end of this year.

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Arizona Cardinals -  The Cardinals are going to be a three win team.  That's just how it is.  And I personally do not like touching rookie quarterbacks unless you're playing in a keeper/dynasty.  So try not to get caught up in the Kyler hype as he will spend most games running for his life.  I personally am staying away from Arizona in fantasy drafts UNLESS David Johnson falls to the second round.  First round has to be a sure thing in my eyes, and on this team, we don't know if Johnson is going to be a sure thing again.  Second round though?  No brainer.

Los Angeles Rams - Please, and I cannot stress this enough, wait on taking a quarterback.  You can load your team for 10 rounds.  TEN.  That is four wide receivers, four running backs, two tight ends, and then STILL get Jared Goff as your fantasy quarterback.   So in your eleventh pick you get nearly 4700 passing yards and 34 total touchdowns.  WAIT ON DRAFTING A QUARTERBACK.

San Francisco 49ers -  I already made it quite clear that George Kittle's ADP is way to high.  And the Niners backfield is a cluster of McKinnon, Matt Breida, and Tevin Coleman.  Too many mouths to feed there.  And their wide receivers?  Meh.  Could be Dante Pettis starting.  Could be rookie Deebo Samuel starting.  There are no answers and nothing glaring as a must have.  Take Jimmy G as your backup QB.  About it.

Seattle Seahawks - Let me tell you, this team is going to run the ball.  Over and over and over again.  Chris Carson is who you want to focus on in the Pacific Northwest for fantasy this year.  They also want to get Carson involved in the passing game making him that much more appetizing.  Carson appears to be a very safe RB2, barring injury, with an RB1 ceiling.  And the fact he is not going until nearly the seventh round, makes him an easy pick come draft day.

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