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Deck Stacked in Cousins’ Favor
Kirk Cousins has quietly finished as a top-eight fantasy quarterback in each of the last three seasons, and he’s done it with a very underwhelming supporting cast around him. He traded Washington burgundy for Minnesota purple in the off season, and is now at the helm of one of the most all-around talented rosters in the NFL. Cousins now gets to throw to the best wide receiver tandem in football with Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs, has a capable pass-catching tight end with a nose for the end zone in Kyle Rudolph, and has an electric backfield that defenses have to respect with Dalvin Cook and Latavius Murray to hand the ball off to. Sometimes you don’t need a bunch of complicated statistics to tell you what should be obvious–in this case, adding a top-eight quarterback to one of the most well-balanced and talented offenses in the entire league, you have a recipe for fantasy success. Cousins could very well prove to be a steal at his current 7th-round ADP.
Kupp Could Top Depth Chart in LA
The Rams brought in Brandin Cooks to replace Sammy Watkins as the main vertical threat in the Los Angeles Rams offense, but honestly I see him more as an expensive decoy who will have a few great games. The sustainable fantasy production is going to come from the receiver that quarterback Jared Goff has the best rapport with, and that is undoubtedly Cooper Kupp. As a rookie Kupp and Goff hooked up for 869 yards and five touchdowns, and there is plenty of room for those numbers to increase, especially the latter. Kupp was targeted a ridiculous 23 times in the red zone last season, proving Goff has a clear favorite when he gets near pay-dirt. Robert Woods isn’t going anywhere, but Kupp is the receiver with the highest upside in that offense. An 80-1,000-8 stat line is well within Kupp’s reach this year, and might be a draft-winner that you can get in the eighth or ninth round.
Miller Remains Unspectacular In Houston
Lamar Miller was great during his time in Miami–with a 4.5 YPC mark across his time there, I was leading the chorus of “Free Lamar Miller” chants. When he went to Houston in 2016 I was elated–finally an opportunity to receive the proper amount of work a back with his talent deserves. Miller was merely okay in his debut seasons for the Texans, piling up 1,073 yards and five touchdowns on the ground, but with a pedestrian 4.0 YPC. His efficiency dropped off a cliff in 2017, as he managed just 888 yards and three touchdowns thanks to a sub-par 3.7 YPC. While it’s true the entire Texans offense suffered when DeShaun Watson was lost for the season in Week 8, Miller’s numbers were actually WORSE with Watson on the field (3.5 YPC). Ultimately the 27-year-old back is going to have nothing but opportunity to start the season with his main competition for touches (D’Onta Foreman) nursing an injury, but his unspectacular production makes him a risky fourth-round pick.
Draft Sleepers of the Week
Corey Clement, RB, Philadelphia Eagles – Jay Ajayi is currently dealing with a lower-body injury, and should be miss any time Clement would be the back to own in Philly. He will likely eat into Ajayi’s touches even if he is healthy.
Keelan Cole, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars – With presumed WR1 Marqise Lee done for the season, Cole is instantly the most intriguing receiver in Jacksonville. He showed legitimate flashes of brilliance late last season, and now the targets should be available for him to shine.
Geroge Kittle, TE, San Francisco 49ers – Kittle finished out the season strong last year with Jimmy Garoppolo under center, and he’s established strong chemistry with the young QB in training camp. He has sleeper TE1 appeal if he can take a step forward in snaps and touches.