Sunday, July 30, 2017

Roster Overview Part I

Time to look at last year's rosters for each team and make observations on what each team might be looking to do as far as their keeper situation. I'll be doing this in 4 installments of 3 teams apiece.

Alex (SCLSU MudDogs)

QB- Drew Brees, Marcus Mariota

WR- Larry Fitzgerald, Julian Edelman, Tavon Austin, Tyler Boyd, Travis Benjamin, Torrey Smith

RB- Le'veon Bell, Carlos Hyde, Bilal Powell, Theo Riddick

TE- Delanie Walker, Jimmy Graham

Potential Keepers: Le'Veon Bell, Drew Brees, Marcus Mariota, Bilal Powell, Theo Riddick, Jimmy Graham

Overview: Well, we can pencil in Le'Veon Bell as Alex's first keeper. It's one thing to not keep when you don't have a first round prospect like Alex did last year, but it's another to do it again and let go of a guy you will not see again since Alex picks 11th in the draft. The 2nd keeper is interesting. Do you go with ol' faithful Drew Brees or do you take a value keeper in Marcus Mariota (though he won't be as valuable as a drafted keeper since he'll be kept at ADP position, but it still may be enticing enough to keep). There's also guys that might not seem "keeperish" but could provide excellent value in Bilal Powell, Theo Riddick or Jimmy Graham. It's all about strategy so we'll see what Alex plans to do with his keepers.

Ryan (Hoosier Daddy)

QB- Ben Roethlisberger

WR- Michael Crabtree, Demaryius Thomas, Kenny Britt, John Brown, Brandon LaFell

RB- Ezekiel Elliott, Thomas Rawls, Mark Ingram, Tevin Coleman, Deangelo Williams, Jacquizz Rodgers

TE- Greg Olsen

Potential Keepers: Ezekiel Elliott, Mark Ingram, Ben Roethlisberger, Michael Crabtree, Tevin Coleman, Greg Olsen

Overview: Well, Ryan has a problem off the bat..there's no way you'd drop Zeke, but it's looking like a suspension will cost him a game at the very least. That's tough to swallow, but hey, Alex did it last year with Le'veon and he won it all. I still think it's a no brainer to keep Zeke. The 2nd keep is a bit murkier. There's no standout guy to keep. If you wanna go safe, possibly Greg Olsen, Big Ben or Michael Crabtree. If you want to go high risk/high reward..then Tevin Coleman is intriguing in the 10th round. I doubt Ryan Keeps Ingram in the 2nd, given the Adrian Peterson is now sharing the backfield with him, but he's still there just in case.

Albert (Channel 4 News Team)

QB- Andrew Luck

WR-  T.Y. Hilton, Doug Baldwin, Will Fuller, Dontrelle Inman, Jordan Matthews

RB- Jordan Howard, LeSean McCoy, Ty Montgomery, Derrick Henry, Justin Forsett, Doug Martin

TE- Tyler Eifert, C.J. Fiedorowicz

Potetinal Keepers: Andrew Luck, T.Y. Hilton, Doug Baldwin, Jordan Howard, LeSean McCoy, Ty Montgomery, Derrick Henry, Tyler Eifert

Overview: Man...this team is BRIMMING with legit keepable prospects. It's going to be tough to week through. Under last year's rules, Jordan Howard would've been a no brainer keep since he was undrafted last year. Unfortunately for Albert, the rule change would make Howard a 1st round keep..which makes Howard an extremely risky keeper. He could be legit, a top 5 RB, like he showed last year. Or he could be Jeremy Langford. LeSean McCoy seems like a no brainer keep too...but then you worry about injury and age..injuries also come into play with Andrew Luck and T.Y. Hilton but you can't deny their talent. How about Doug Baldwin, who seems to be underrated, or Tyler Eifert a top flight Tight End when healthy at a double digit round price? There's also the possibility of taking a flier on Derrick Henry and hoping he steals the job away from DeMarco Murray either through an injury to Murray or sheer talent. And is Ty Montgomery a legit RB? If he is, is he worthy of a keep? So many questions that need to be answered. Sometimes to much of a good thing is a problem. We'll see if it is for Albert.


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