Daily Dr. Roto—May 7, 2019
AFC South Draft Review (Offense Only)
The Texans’ draft went sour as soon as the Philadelphia Eagles traded up to the pick before them to snipe OL Andre Dillard. Tytus Howard was not a first-round value no matter what the Texans might be saying post-draft.
TE Kahale Warring — The Texans took two tight ends in last year’s draft, but Warring might have the most upside of anyone in that position on the team. Warring is a relative latecomer to the position, so he is still a work in progress. However, with Watson at QB, there is a definite need for another receiver to take the pressure off DeAndre Hopkins, so if Fantasy owners are patient, Warring might pay off soon.
RB Cullen Gillaspia — Gillaspia is a top-notch special teams player who can also fill-in at fullback when needed. He will help the Texans more than he will your Fantasy team.
ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. gave the Colts’ draft an “A” and it’s easy to see why. The Colts maneuvered throughout the draft and were able to not only land players who can help them this season but also stock pile depth in later rounds.
WR Parris Campbell — Campbell is probably the wide receiver who ended up in the best position Fantasy-wise. Campbell is a burner who has great separation but there are scouts who think that he still has room to grow into a next level receiver. Ohio State players often surprise at the Pro level because they are not needed to do as much in college. When they arrive in the NFL, teams are often amazed at their athletic ability and overall game (a prime example is Saints WR Michael Thomas). While I won’t compare Campbell to Thomas, I will say that he is a perfect complement to TY Hilton and could find himself with 40-45 catches as a rookie.
The Jaguars may have been the luckiest team in the draft as EDGE rusher Josh Allen and OL Jawaan Taylor fell to them in the first and second round respectively when they both could have gone earlier.
TE Josh Oliver — Nick Foles loves to throw to the tight end and Oliver has excellent receiving skills. His only competition is former Dallas Cowboy Geoff Swaim, so there is a good chance that Oliver will be starting Week 1. At the very least, expect him to play on obvious passing downs, which could give him about 30-35 receptions in his rookie season.
RB Ryquell Armstead — There is a lot of talk in Jacksonville that RB Leonard Fournette is wearing out his welcome with Tom Coughlin and the entire coaching staff. Thus, Armstead might be a player to keep a close eye on. Armstead is a high-motor, high-intensity runner who has good speed and burst through holes. He’s not very fluid in the passing game, but if Fournette should go down for any length of time, Armstead could assert himself and prove that he deserves regular carries.
QB Gardner Minshew — Minshew played for offensive guru Mike Leach at Washington State, so there is hope that he is comfortable enough with complex offenses that he can make the Jaguars as a backup QB.
The Titans draft will come down to the health (and maturity) of DT Jefferey Simmons. Simmons is currently out with a torn ACL and may not be back in time for the regular season. If healthy, there is no doubt that Simmons would have been a top three overall selection.
WR A.J. Brown — Brown is a terrific receiver who ended up on a team who might neuter him in Fantasy leagues. The Titans showed last season that they are a run-first offense, and QB Marcus Mariota has struggled to connect with his receivers consistently. Former first-round pick Corey Davis has struggled thus far, so it’s not hard to imagine Brown struggling as well. Add in the fact that the team signed slot receiver Adam Humphries to a free agent contract in the off-season and it is hard to see a pathway to Brown having a solid rookie campaign.