My look at the Fantasy Lepers of the NFC concludes with the division of the reigning NFC Champions, the South. As always, nothing I write here is personal. I merely seek to offer pertinent fantasy advice.
(Note – Any and all Average Draft Position data is courtesy of FantasyPros)
Atlanta Falcons – Mohamed Sanu, WR
Sanu was signed by the Falcons this offseason to the 24th richest contract among wide receivers, according to OverTheCap.com, tasked with the job of providing an alternative weapon across from superstar receiver Julio Jones. This was much needed, given that the Falcons kept trotting out the rotting corpse of Roddy White last season. Julio saw an astonishing 203 targets last season, with running back Devonta Freeman second with 97. Sanu, in a very small sample size, has shown that he is capable of carrying the mail as the focal point in a passing game. In four games that he played without A.J. Green for the Bengals, he averaged nine targets, five catches and 95 yards a game compared to his average of four, three and 28. But the second wide receiver in a Kyle Shanahan offense is very rarely worth his place, at least in fantasy terms. If Julio was to get injured, Sanu would be someone I would look to pick up and plug in. But at his current ADP of WR63, I believe there is greater value to be found.
Carolina Panthers – Ted Ginn, WR
Ginn found himself at the epicentre of a perfect storm with the Panthers in 2015. On a per target basis, he was decidedly ordinary, reeling in just over 45% of his total targets to finish with 44 reception from 97 looks. He converted 10 of these receptions into touchdowns. One of these figures is likely to be repeated, and given his career total of 21 touchdowns and a career catch rate of 50.6% I think you can guess which I’m shooting for. The Panthers have Kelvin Benjamin returning, Devin Funchess “light years ahead” of where he was last year and the team still based firmly on running the ball, Ginn’s boom or bust appeal is fairly minimal.
New Orleans Saints – Brandon Coleman, WR
At 6’6, Coleman was expected to be a potent red zone weapon to replace the aging (and since departed) Marques Colston. Despite playing in all 16 games as a rookie, this didn’t happen. Coleman converted a solitary target inside the opposition 20 in Week One for a 12 yard score, but saw just three more targets inside the scoring zone for the rest of the season. With Coby Fleener now in New Orleans, and rookie Michael Thomas pencilled in as the next Colston, Coleman is left waiting for an injury to Brandin Cooks, Willie Snead, or Thomas to see significant playing time.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Austin Sefarian-Jenkins, TE
Talent without discipline is no talent, and the best ability in football is availability. ASJ lacks in both of these. He has played 16 out of 32 games since turning pro, and reeled in just 21 passes in each of his first two seasons. Worse, he had a high profile falling out with head coach Dirk Koetter during OTA’s this spring, being sent from the practise field and tweeting “MOVING ON!“. The Bucs may have lost patience with him, and could be happy to let Cameron Brate earn the starting job at tight end. These worries make ASJ’s present ADP of TE16 seem far too high for me.
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