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 "Pump, Stump and Dump". From each team, I will be choosing one player I am high on (Pump), and one player I am avoiding in fantasy drafts for the 2021 season (Dump). You can check out my rankings here!
PUMP – Brandin Cooks, WR
Underdog ADP – WR28
DH Rank – WR16
Brandin Cooks has been under drafted for many years and this year is no different. He has finished with at least 1,000 yards and 5 TDs in 6 out of the 8 years he has been in the league, including his last 2 years in Houston. He is by far the best pass-catching target on the team, and he will receive a hefty target share. His current ADP in round 5 is fine, but there shouldn’t be 27 WRs being drafted ahead of him. If you can get him as you WR3, snatch him up and don’t blink an eye.
DUMP – N/A
Underdog ADP – N/A
DH Rank – N/A
The Houston Texans don’t have many players worth drafting in normal sized fantasy leagues, but the few that are, are priced fairly. Dameon Pierce isn’t being taken until after round 10, so he is perfect as a stash and cash RB4 until we see what he can do in the pros. Davis Mills is a great QB2 that is free in drafts right now if you take one of the elite QBs early. Nico Collins is a great WR7/8 in bestball leagues to stack with Mills.
PUMP – Mo Alie-Cox, TE
Underdog ADP – TE31
DH Rank – TE25
The Colts have moved on from Carson Wentz to the more reliable Matt Ryan, which is a boost for their passing weapons. Mo Alie-Cox steps into the starting TE role after the retirement of Jack Doyle. Matt Ryan has a solid track record of targeting his TE going all the way back to his days with Tony Gonzalez. Mo Alie-Cox is athletic and should receive a hefty Target share as the 2nd best pass catching option behind Michael Pittman Jr. He is the perfect TE2 for your team if you go with one of the elite TE options early in drafts.
DUMP – N/A
MFL10 ADP – N/A
NDL Rank – N/A
Even with Jonathan Taylor as the consensus #1 pick in all formats, the current ADP of all relevant Colts players is pretty much in line with what I agree with. Michael Pittman Jr. is poised for a 3rd year breakout and is being drafted appropriately as a high-end WR2. Matt Ryan should bounce back as a solid QB2 now that he is on a team that is competent. Nyheim Hines is getting hyped up with the promise of a bigger role in the passing game, but he remains as RB44 in ADP which makes him a good value. Being in bottom 2 division in the league also helps.
PUMP – Christian Kirk, WR
Underdog ADP – WR42, #86 Overall
DH Rank – WR27
I am betting on the Jaguars not having the worst coaching situation in the league by far this season. The Jaguars paid Christian Kirk, and I anticipate him being an integral part of the Doug Peterson offense. I love drafting him as a WR3 on teams that I draft 2 early RBs. His 77/985/5 should be closer to his floor in this upcoming season.
DUMP – Travis Etienne, RB
Underdog ADP – RB17, #43 Overall
DH Rank – RB24
I was a Travis Etienne fan coming into last season prior to his season ending injury, but I was not a fan of drafting him as an RB2 as his current ADP is suggesting. He has the receiving chops to a a viable contributor in the passing game, which we love in fantasy. I am skeptical if he will get the carries to justify a 4th round ADP. There are rumors that James Robinson will be back sooner rather than later from his Achilles injury, and the Jaguars traded up in the draft to take rookie RB Snoop Conner. Pass on Etienne at his current value.
PUMP – Austin Hooper, TE
Underdog ADP – TE27, #200 Overall
DH Rank – TE24
The Titans have a big void to fill after the trade of A.J. Brown, and I think Austin Hooper will do more than his fair share to take on that task. The last time he was healthy as the full time guy, he put up a 75/787/6 line and finished as the #6 TE in fantasy. I don’t believe he can get that high given the way the Titans play offense, but he can approach those numbers, which will blow that TE27 ADP out of the water. Take him as a second TE if you don’t get one of the elite guys and flourish.
DUMP – Treylon Burks, WR
Underdog ADP – WR38, #75 Overall
DH Rank – WR44
Treylon Burks’ situation was very intriguing on draft night, but it has lost a bit of its luster in the past few months. The 7th round ADP is the biggest turnoff for me, as there are still more proven players available that I would rather roster on the board. There have also been recent reports that Robert Woods is further along than anticipated, and I have always been a fan of Woods’ game. I have a feeling as we get closer to training camp, Burks’s ADP will drop to a more acceptable level, and he will be a WR4 on several of my season-long teams. Until then, stay away!
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