After spreading the gospel regarding players that shouldn’t be on your fantasy radar from the NFC East, I’m back to nay say four candidates from the other side of the U.S., namely the four squads of the NFC West. I have nothing personal against any player I name, it must be stressed, this is strictly business.
(Note – Any Average Draft Position Data is courtesy of FantasyPros.com)
Arizona Cardinals – Daniel Fells, TE
The Cardinals offense is one of the most exciting and productive in the entire NFL, and it is only logical that fantasy owners should want to own a piece or two of it. Satisfy yourselves with chasing Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd, John Brown or David Johnson. Fells boasted an impressive catch rate in 2015, snaring 75 percent of his targets…but we are only talking about 28 targets here, and after seeing five in Week 1 he never saw more than four for the rest of the season. In his three seasons as Cardinals head coach, Bruce Arians has targeted the main tight end on less than 10% of all aimed passes. Fells is currently going undrafted according to FantasyPros, which some could see as meaning he has sleeper value. Believe me, he doesn’t.
Los Angeles Rams – Kenny Britt, WR
Ah, Kenny. If only his IQ was as high as his talent. After a chequered time off the field, including three arrests in 14 months between 2011 and 2012, he has settled down somewhat to be a mediocre part of one of the most somnolent offenses in football. His two years with the Rams have seen him average less than 45 receiving yards per game, and just a shade over 2.5 catches per outing. The Rams attempted the 4th fewest passes in 2015 (473), and figure to pin what they call an offense onto the back of stud running back Todd Gurley. He is the only Ram you should consider drafting.
San Francisco 49ers – Garrett Celek, TE
Celek has a family connection to Chip Kelly, his new head coach, who as coach of the Eagles worked with Brent (Garrett’s elder brother) for the last three seasons. Kelly at times seemed wedded to Brent, often utilising him ahead of the more dynamic Zach Ertz, and given this family link some may think that Chip would make the youngster a focal part of his new offense. I wouldn’t count on it. Celek saw 19 targets in his first five games of 2015, reeling in 14 of them for 131 yards, but over the rest of the season he never saw more than three looks in a single game. He will be a second tight end behind Vance McDonald.
Seattle Seahawks – Jermaine Kearse, WR
Of the players who started all 16 games for the Seahawks last season, only Doug Baldwin (103) saw more targets than the 68 Kearse drew. Worryingly for Kearse, two players recorded more catches than him, namely Baldwin and rookie stud Tyler Lockett. Kearse signed a new deal with the Seahawks this spring, but the numbers certainly indicate a certain “I couldn’t get better anywhere else” feel to them. If the Seahawks return to their “ground and pound” mindset of recent years, he will struggle for targets. If Jimmy Graham returns to health and form and the Seahawks can incorporate him into the offense, Kearse will struggle for targets. If Lockett can build on a strong rookie season, Kearse will struggle for targets. In fact, to paraphrase Rory Breaker in “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels“, he’s gonna have to work pretty hard just to get a target.
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