You may be thinking this is just another way too early Fantasy Football prediction article. And in some ways, you’re right. However, we are going to look at a few 2017 Fantasy Football Storylines that you should follow.
Traditionally speaking, this is a dead zone for the NFL, as we’ve passed the NFL Combine and the start of Free Agency, but haven’t had the NFL draft yet.
Although there are a number of high profile free agents out there, including Adrian Peterson, Darrelle Revis, Jamaal Charles, and Jay Cutler, the initial wave of big signings has passed.
So without further ado, here are a few storylines that you can follow this offseason, while we anxiously await the 2017 NFL draft, OTA’s, mini camps, position battles and much more.
2017 Fantasy Football Storylines
Fantasy Impact of Kyle Shanahan in San Francisco
One big question with Shanahan heading to San Francisco is how will this impact Carlos Hyde?
Hyde was one of the top RBs off the board in 2016, and if you drafted him, you were likely disappointed. Then again, it’s hard to put up consistent rushing numbers when you’re always playing from behind. With that said, Hyde ran for nearly 1,000 yards and six TDs in 13 games last year, despite the 2-14 record. Hyde didn’t have much of an impact in the passing game, but he did find the end zone three times through the air.
Although Kyle Shanahan ran a two-back system in Atlanta, Carlos Hyde is expected to be the workhorse back. Combined, Tevin Coleman and Devonta Freeman ran for 1,700 yards and 19 TDs last year, so that gives you an idea how high the ceiling is for the former Buckeye second round pick.
The next question big question I have with Shanahan heading to San Francisco is can he make Brian Hoyer a Worthwhile Fantasy QB?
Before you move on, give me a minute to explain. Kyle Shanahan was an elite offensive coordinator with Atlanta, and Brian Hoyer is not as bad as you think. In 2016, Hoyer threw for 1,445 yards with six TDs and zero INTs in six games for the Bears. He’s also averaged a 95 QB rating over the last two years. If Hoyer wins the starting job, he could be a viable streamer in DFS leagues and worth a roster spot in two-QB leagues.
This article wouldn’t be complete without commenting on the Tony Romo situation. Once Dallas releases Romo, a few teams are expected to make offers. Denver seems like the most logical destination, and if this were to happen, the fantasy stock for Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders would improve significantly. It remains to be seen whether or not Romo can make it through a full season, let along a full game, but when healthy he’s an elite QB. If he signs with Denver and can stay healthy for 2017, our fantasy football prediction is that he’ll be a top 10 QB.
If not Denver, Houston could also take a chance with the veteran QB. After the Texans shipped Brock Osweiler to the Browns, the only QB’s on their roster include Tom Savage and Brandon Weeden. Since Tony Romo will be in more control over where he signs, it’s hard to imagine him signing with anybody other than Denver or Houston.
Who will give Colin Kaepernick another chance?
Colin Kaepernick took a hard stance, or knee, on social injustice issues last year, and some critics are suggesting that is a reason why the former Nevada QB doesn’t have a job right now. A lot of teams in the NFL are willing to pass on a talented player if he will be a distraction to the team. And while that seems logical, it’s worth noting that his teammates voted for him to win the Len Eshmont Award, indicating he had the support of the locker room. And while most of the attention surrounding Kaepernick last year was non-football related, he quietly had a solid year on the field. He threw for 2,241 passing yards with 16 TDs and four INTs, and ran for another 470 with two scores.
It never ceases to surprise me how quickly players in the NFL rise and fall. It was only five years ago when Kaepernick was considered an up-and-coming NFL QB with an unprecedented ability to run the ball.
Speaking of Distractions, What about Joe Mixon?
If you’ve seen the video online, you may be wondering why any team would give this guy a chance. As mentioned above, even if you’re a talented player, many teams won’t even consider signing someone that will come with this type of baggage.
One thing we know for certain is that Mixon will not be heading to New England. Last week, the Patriots said publicly they have no interest in drafting Mixon. We’re not sure where he’ll fall in the 2017 NFL draft, but whichever team does take a chance should be ready for the backlash that is sure to follow.
Can Sean McVay fix the Rams
If so, the youngest head coach in the history of the NFL has his work cut out for him.
The first overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft, Jared Goff, had a disaster of a season, throwing for just over 1,000 yards with five TDs and seven INTs in seven games. Of course the Rookie signal caller was hardly the only one to blame for the 4-12 finish. The Rams did not have a competent offensive line and the rushing game was non existent, which are critical for a QB, let alone a Rookie, to have any success.
If you’d like to follow the turbulent season of the Rams, you can do so by watching season two of “All or Nothing”, streaming on Amazon Prime.
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