To say the least, I am a Fantasy Football guy. I am entering Year 3 in a Dynasty in one league, I am entering Year 1 in a Superflex Dynasty league, and I have a yearly re-draft league. I enjoy this stuff and do plenty of research. In fact, I am listening to a podcast as I type this at 8:30 in the morning.
As fans of the Louisville Cardinals, we have our fair share of guys to root for and keep an eye on in the NFL. Not only that, but some are also impact players in Fantasy Football. I thought it would be fun to do a weekly post to talk about our former Cards and who you should be targeting in your Fantasy leagues. I will be talking about these guys as if they are in a PPR format. So let’s get started…
DeVante Parker – WR Miami Dolphins
Depth Chart: WR 2
DeVante is the best fantasy asset of this group. He got off to a very slow start last season after his foot injury crept up on him again. He only had 4 catches in the first 10 games. But once he got back to 100%, he showed what we all know, that he is the real deal. In the last 6 games, he had 22 catches for 445 yards, averages of 3.6 receptions for 74.1 yards per game. Not a bad way to end the season for the rookie.
Unfortunately, the injury bug still hasn’t completely left Parker. He has battled a hamstring injury thus far and has missed several practices. So we are still waiting to see if we will get the UofL version of DeVante, or if his career will be full of nagging injuries that will keep him from reaching his full potential.
In a league full of big-time wide receivers, approach with caution here.
Teddy Bridgewater – QB Minnesota Vikings
Depth Chart: QB 1
We all love Teddy Bridgewater and he is one of the best quarterbacks to ever play for Louisville. But we are talking about Fantasy Football here. So far, Teddy has not been someone to put up big numbers in this format. A big reason would be the Vikings having the beast named Adrian Peterson, so of course they will focus on the run.
To this point, Teddy has been accurate and decent, but not great. The addition of Laquon Treadwell should help his passing numbers. Having Treadwell and Stefon Diggs will give Teddy a couple of weapons on the outside. However, as long as Peterson is still there, Teddy will remain an average pick up in the Fantasy Football world.
Bilal Powell – RB New York Jets
Depth Chart: RB 2
Powell is someone you want to keep your eye on later in drafts. He is playing behind 30 year old Matt Forte, and the Jets just signed Powell to a 3 year deal where he is making just slightly less money than Forte. So they obviously view Bilal as a big part of their plans in the backfield.
The Jets will not want to use Forte every down, so Powell will get his touches, that’s for sure. Where he will help the most is as a pass catcher. He had 70 rushes in 2015, but he also had 47 catches for 388 yards.
Powell is a must-own in PPR formats and can be plugged in your flex spot if you have room.
Gary Barnidge – TE Cleveland Browns
Depth Chart: TE 1
Barnidge was one of the biggest breakout performers last year. His career highs in receptions was 13 and yards was 242 before 2016. Well, last season he had 79 receptions for 1,043 yards and 9 touchdowns. If you picked him up, congratulations.
Cleveland is stockpiling their wide receivers with the addition of rookie Corey Coleman. Believe it or not, former QB Terrelle Pryor is making waves as the #2 WR. Barnidge will surely still be one of the focal points on offense, but don’t forget that Josh Gordon comes back after 4 games.
If you own Barnidge and he has a good first couple of games, it may be good to sell high before Gordon comes back and the targets go down.
Eli Rogers – WR Pittsburgh Steelers
Depth Chart: 4th string WR 1
Shhh. Don’t tell anybody, but Eli may just grab some time as the slot receiver for the Steelers. He missed all of 2015 after foot surgery, so members of your league have probably forgotten about him. Offensive Coordinator Todd Haley said “We haven’t had a slot guy like him since I’ve been here. It hasn’t been close.”
Wait on him. Don’t get him early, but you should be able to get him very late and it could be a steal. If it isn’t, then you just used a later pick anyways.
Josh Bellamy – WR Chicago Bears
Depth Chart: 2nd string WR 2
Bellamy played in all 16 games last season, but Kevin White also played in 0. With White back and Alshon Jeffery healthy (for now), Bellamy isn’t a factor right now.
Harry Douglas – WR Tennessee Titans
Depth Chart: 3rd string WR 2
Not a lock to make the roster. Too many other receivers in front of him right now to make him a viable fantasy option.
Senorise Perry – RB Chicago Bears
Depth Chart – RB 5
Not a factor in fantasy.