Fantasy Football Lifters: OTA
The NFL minicamps are over, and a lot of information has been reported by National Writers and Team Beating Writers over the past month. Of course, we can’t take everything the coaches say to heart, but it’s always worth staying on top of what they’re saying and what the beat makers see during practice.
Below we’ll take a look at some of the news and which players have come out of OTAs on the rise in fantasy football that appear to be on the decline.
Mac Jones, New England Patriots, QB
Mac Jones had more first-team shots than Cam Newton, according to The Athletic’s Jeff Howe. Howe also said Jones looked like “the best quarterback in the field.” This is the first time we’ve heard praise like this for Jones and it’s not like Howe is someone who praises for no reason. It’s a long way before Newton is considered the favorite to start Week 1, but it’s a milestone for Jones.
Gus Edwards, Baltimore Ravens, RB
The Ravens signed Edwards throughout the 2023 season, granting him a $ 10 million contract extension. That’s a fair amount of money in the running back market and probably gives them a big role in the offense going forward.
Elijah Moore, New York Jets, WR
The rookie catcher has been looking great so far, with beat writer Connor Hughes saying he’s “been the most impressive player in OTAs and it’s not really close.” This coincides with Denzel Mims getting second-team shots, so if he can continue in training camp, there’s a real chance he’ll be a prime target for Zach Wilson this season.
Kyle Pitts, Atlanta Falcons, TE
Pitts is likely going to go higher in the draft than he should, but there’s no doubt that there are plenty of targets vacant in the Falcons’ offense as well and he’ll have every chance to prove himself. In OTAs, he was easily the most targeted receiver by Matt Ryan according to beat reporter D. Orlando Ledbetter. The Falcons realize they need Pitts to be a useful offensive player the first year.
Tee Higgins, Cincinnati Bengals, WR
Bengals OC Brian Callahan said second-year WR Tee Higgins was “significantly more explosive” this summer, by ESPN’s Ben Baby. Higgins had a solid rookie campaign in a bad offense last season and is now set to step up in an offense that should be better overall.
Cornell Powell, Kansas City Chiefs, WR
Powell is still far from making a splash this season after being drafted late, but he has received praise from Patrick Mahomes. Mahomes called him a “dumb” when it comes to the disputed catches. Powell was a late bloomer in college and there is room for him to carve out a role for himself in the Chiefs’ high-powered offense.
De’Andre Swift, Detroit Lions, RB
The news continues to be bad for Swift’s workload in 2021. New Lions CO Anthony Lynn said he “ride hot hand to run backwards. “He also praised Jamaal Williams as an early return and Swift as a quick comeback a few months ago. And now they’re taking a critical look at Todd Gurley. Swift is going to need a lot of receptions to be up to par. of its current ADP.
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers, QB
Rodgers has proven he is still one of the best quarterbacks in the league after his 2020 MVP season, but he did not show up to OTAs as expected and Peter King writes that he would bet Rodgers, today, is solid to never play for the Packers again. If that’s true, there’s a good chance the Packers will play hard ball and let it sit the season instead of trading it. It’s still too early to rule it out this season, but we need to keep that thought alive.
JK Dobbins, Baltimore Ravens, RB
Edwards’ expansion reinforces the fact that the Ravens will continue to have a committee backfield. Dobbins are the better pass catcher of the two and have more upside whimsy, but we can’t expect a huge spread in the touches towards Dobbins. There has also been talk of Justice Hill having more work this season, so expecting over 200 looks from Dobbins this season is probably too much.
Miles Sanders, Philadelphia Eagles, RB
We all know the day of the return of the bell is over, but there are enough teams and backs in the NFL who are still receiving huge shares of the snaps and running back use that we hope. it can happen to our fantastic players. Sanders is one of those players and after a lot of use at the end of last season there was reason to be hopeful, but running back coach Jamel Singleton played down that kind of use. He told Athletic’s Zach Berman, I think on the days of “it’s a all-down back”, it’s kind of skewed. . . because of the speed, because of the contact.