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Fantasy Football Preview: Bop or Flop 2023 – AFC SOUTH

Updated: Aug 6, 2023

Draft Season is here! Bestball Leagues are flowing! The NFL Preseason is upon us. Drafthustle is here to get you ready to dominate your drafts and get to the money and the trophies! This is part of a series I am titling "Bop or Flop". From each team, I will be choosing one player I am high on (Bop), and one player I am avoiding in fantasy drafts at cost for the 2023 season (Flop). You can check out my rankings here!

Houston Texans

BOP – Nico Collins, WR

FantasyPros ADP – WR59, #149 Overall

DH Rank – WR48

Nico Collins is literally the last man standing at WR for the Texans, after the departure of Brandin Cooks. Cooks and Chris Moore leave behind 155 targets up for grabs, and Nico Collins will be the WR to grab the most of those targets. I expect him to be the go-to guy for rookie QB C.J. Stroud along with Dalton Schultz. He will make a great WR5 as a bye week fill-in with upside. Do not waste draft picks on Robert Woods.

FLOP – Devin Singletary. RB

FantasyPros ADP – R46, #136 Overall

DH Rank – RB54

As with most subpar teams, it’s tough to find a player who is going too high in drafts because the market realizes the team stinks. I am only choosing Devin Singletary here because among the team RB2s going in this range, he has the least upside to me. Kendre Miller, Tank Bigsby, and Jaylen Warren are being drafted right after Singletary and they all have more upside.

Indianapolis Colts

BOP – Anthony Richardson. QB

FantasyPros ADP – QB126, #110 Overall

DH Rank – QB12

All the people who are downgrading Anthony Richardson in non-Superflex leagues are missing the boat. With his rushing upside, the play is to draft him as your QB1 and then take one of the “safer” QBs (Kirk Cousins, Geno Smith, etc.) as your QB2 until you feel comfortable putting him in your starting lineup. We have years of evidence showing QBs with his rushing ability can break fantasy football, so don’t miss the boat on this year's Konami code QB.

FLOP – None

FantasyPros ADP – N/A

DH Rank – N/A

The Colts have so few draft-able players, I can’t anyone who has an ADP I dislike. Jonathan Taylor and Michael Pittman are the 2 best skill players on this team by a mile and I like the current ADP value on both of them. Anyone else can be safely considered waiver wire fodder until an injury pops up.

Jacksonville Jaguars

BOP – Travis Etienne, RB

FantasyPros ADP – RB14, #31 Overall

DH Rank – RB11

I am of the belief that Travis Etienne will used much more in the passing game this season. The Tank Bigsby hype has risen to the point of no turn. Etienne is still the more talented player, and the former college teammate of QB Trevor Lawrence. The Jaguars are projected to be a breakout team with an elite offense which means more scoring opportunities for everyone, including Travis Etienne. He will remain efficient and should improve on 5 rushing TDs in his 3rd season.

FLOP – Trevor Lawrence, QB

FantasyPros ADP – QB8, #54 Overall

DH Rank – QB10

I am not opposed to Trevor Lawrence being a breakout candidate this season. He has the skill and talent around him to have his best NFL season, but I just can’t get jiggy with his ADP. Whatever value you hope to attain by drafting him is taken away if you have to draft him in the 5th round, which is where he is going. Unless he turns into a 700+ rushing yard guy (which he won’t), that price will be tough to live up to. No thanks.

Tennessee Titans

BOP – Ryan Tannehill, QB

FantasyPros ADP – QB29, #189 Overall

DH Rank – QB21

Ryan Tannehill has been a sneaky solid QB in recent years, mainly due to his rushing. He finished as a top 15 QB in PPG in 2019 -2021, before injuries took him out last year. He is healthy now and he has a new passing weapon in DeAndre Hopkins, so the passing numbers should improve. He makes for a great QB@ in Superflex leagues, and a solid streamer in leagues that only start 1 QB.

FLOP – Chig Okonkwo, TE

FantasyPros ADP – TE12, #116 Overall

DH Rank – TE18

With the arrival of DeAndre Hopkins, it stands to reason that a Titans pass catcher must take a back seat, and it’s shaping up to be 2nd year TE Chig Okonkwo. He is the clear #1 TE after Austin Hooper left the team, but the Titans offense still revolves around Derrick Henry and the running game. The team simply will not pass enough to support usable pass catchers in fantasy this year. Maybe next year, Chig.

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