Andrew Ferris, @AndyFerrisFF
By: Andrew Ferris, @AndyFerrisFF
Welcome to the 2018 version of Ferris Wheelin’ & Dealin’. I’m going to give you the lowdown on who to target via trade, who to pick up, and who to keep an eye on in the future. I’ll cover redraft, dynasty, devy, and college football fantasy like a true Renaissance Man.
Pick-up: Austin Ekeler | RB | San Diego Chargers
Currently going off the board at 15.10 in PPR drafts, Austin Ekeler put up numbers for the second straight preseason. Last season, Ekeler gained 539 total yards and averaged a whopping 5.53 YPC despite only playing 22.53-percent of the Chargers offensive snaps. Compare that to Melvin Gordon’s 3.89 YPC, it is easy to
Future: Nick Vannett | TE | Seattle Seahawks
It is no secret that the Seahawks are expected to take a step back on defense this year. The defensive struggles will supercharge the Seattle passing game that features Doug Baldwin, Tyler Lockett, Jaron Brown, and Brandon Marshall. The two WRs that sit atop the depth chart average 5’10 185 lbs and while they are not the same player, neither will be confused as a RZ threat. Nick Vannett, at 6’6 257 lbs could end up being the number one RZ threat on the entire team. It is also important to remember that Russell Wilson threw nearly 35 passes a game last year, a number that won’t go down with a worse defense. Even if Baldwin garners 12 targets a game, there is still 23 passes to be distributed between Lockett, Brown, Marshall, the RBs, and Vannett.
Pick-up: Mike Boone | RB | Minnesota Vikings
Mike Boone was a preseason all-star and someone I am keeping an eye on going forth. Dalvin Cook owners should roster Boone as a possible handcuff going forward. Once Boone proves himself to be a capable backup, the Vikings will have no reason to keep Latavius Murray on the roster.
Trade Target: Peyton Barber | RB | Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Once again, the Bucs squandered a second-round pick with the drafting of Ronald Jones. Jones is a smaller back that cannot catch and has no vision. This makes Barber a possible 3-down workhorse on a team that will have an explosive offense once Jameis Winston returns from suspension. I recently gave a 19 1st for him and I didn’t flinch. Barber has huge touchdown upside and could be a league winner for your dynasty team this year.
Future: Jeshaun Jones | WR | Maryland Terrapins
Going into the weekend, it would have been hard to envision anyone making a bigger splash in their first game than Rondale Moore of Purdue. Jeshaun Jones did his best to top him, however. Jones scored 3 tuddies, in 3 different ways, en route to leading his Terrapin team over the Texas Longhorns. I can still remember 247Sports recruiting analyst, Josh Newberg singing Jones’ praises as early as last summer. It is easy to see why now. The 6’2 180 lb WR from South Fort Myers HS showed his explosiveness in the running game and the passing game.
Pick-up: Woody Barrett | QB | Kent State
Barrett made his debut for the Golden Flashes on Saturday. He made his biggest impact on the ground, totaling 117 yards and a touchdown. At 6’2 236 lbs, the former Auburn Tiger will be able to physically overwhelm many MAC defenders and with Sean Lewis, Dino Babers disciple, at the helm, Barrett will be a fantasy force this year.