Elliott and the aforementioned receivers highlight this draft class and should have the chance to contribute right away, but other options like Sterling Shepard, Michael Thomas, Kenneth Dixon and Derrick Henry, among many others, could be significant Fantasy options in 2016, as well as down the road. The goal, like any draft, is to hopefully land the player you want, and then they can become a cornerstone of your roster for years to come.
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Sharpe will be the No. 4 receiver at best for the Titans behind Dorial Green-Beckham, Kendall Wright and Rishard Matthews, but he could eventually take over as the slot receiver for Wright, who is a free agent after this year.
40. Darius Jackson, RB, DAL
2015 college stats: 208 carries for 1,078 yards and 14 touchdowns; 21 catches for 201 yards and two touchdowns
Jackson won’t see the field in 2016 behind Elliott, Darren McFadden and Alfred Morris, but he could emerge as the handcuff to Elliott in 2017. And that gives him value as a late-round pick in rookie-only drafts.
If you haven’t noticed by now, I like to lead the #fantasymail column with a relevant Fantasy topic and then get into your questions. But this week there was a great question that I thought was worth the lead.
The Jets are currently in a holding pattern with free-agent quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. He is coming off a successful season in 2015 and wants to be paid accordingly. The Jets have made him an offer, although it’s reportedly far from Fitzpatrick’s asking price.
Most rookie-only drafts will look the same at the top with Elliott the clear-cut No. 1 overall pick and Docston, Coleman and Treadwell the next three players off the board. Drake was a reach at No. 6 overall, especially over Thomas, and Henry should not be drafted after Booker. I picked at No. 12 and took Boyd, and I like his upside landing in Cincinnati.
Fuller falling to the third pick of the second round could be a steal, but he has to prove he’s more than just a deep threat and that Brock Osweiler can consistently get him the ball. I took Perkins with the first pick in the second round, and he has plenty of upside landing with the Giants. I like that Lynch was drafted ahead of Goff here because playing for the Broncos is a better scenario than playing for the Rams.
The Colts situation is more clear even though Frank Gore struggled last season and is 33. No one of significance was added this offseason, but the Colts get Andrew Luck (kidney) back at 100 percent and improved the offensive line with the addition of rookie center Ryan Kelly. That should help Gore even at his advanced age. As for the Ravens, it appears like a three-headed monster coming into the season with Justin Forsett, Javorius Allen and rookie Kenneth Dixon. I would pass on Forsett, who is coming off last year’s broken wrist, and Allen, and settle for Dixon, who likely has the most upside of the group. He is worth drafting with a late-round pick in all leagues.