Daily Dr. Roto—April 29, 2019
NFC West Draft Review (Fantasy offense only)
Overall, the Cardinals did well as they added their QB of the future in Murray, but they were also smart enough to surround him with weapons that he can use immediately. Isabella and Butler will join Larry Fitzgerald and Christian Kirk in what should be one of the better receiving corps in the league.
QB Kyler Murray—Could be an immediate Fantasy starter in 2019
WR Andy Isabella—Should be a beast as a returner and I expect 40-50 catches too.
WR Hakeem Butler—Not sure why he fell in the draft, but he has a great chance to learn from Larry Fitzgerald before Fitz retires. Butler projects better in dynasty leagues than redrafts.
WR Keesean Johnson—There’s no direct pathway to playing time for Johnson, but he could be a solid WR5 if he flashes in camp.
TE Caleb Wilson—Limited chance to make the team
Los Angeles Rams
Todd Gurley’s Fantasy prospects for 2019 might have dipped slightly as the Rams selected Henderson in the third round. Gurley has been the bell cow for the Rams for the past few seasons, but with his knee injury, the Rams know they will have to be more judicious with his playing time.
RB Darrell Henderson—Drafted as a change of pace back, John Kelly owners need to be worried. Henderson is a gifted runner and an above average receiver out of the backfield. As soon as he learns pass protection, he could see about 5-8 touches a game while Gurley gets some rest on the sidelines.
With news that WR Doug Baldwin may have to retire because of the effect of cumulative injuries, the Seahawks needed to address their lack of depth at wide receiver.
WR D.K. Metcalf—Metcalf looks and runs like a Greek God. However, let’s not anoint him just yet. He runs a very limited route tree, and his agility testing at the combine was legendarily poor. Could Metcalf be a star? Quite possibly, but he’s going to have to put the work in on his routes and not just rely on his athletic ability. Consider him a work in progress with significant upside.
WR Gary Jennings Jr.—In two to three years, I think we will see Jennings become a highly targeted receiver for Russell Wilson. Jennings can play the outside and the slot and runs a 4.42 40. He scored 13 TDs as senior at West Virginia, so he also has a nose for the end zone. Jennings is a sneaky late-round pick in dynasty drafts.
RB Travis Homer—Homer has skills, but he’s in a bad situation behind both Chris Carson and Rashaad Penny. Additionally, the Seahawks have C.J. Prosise, and J.D. McKissic on the depth chart who have both flashed when given the opportunity.
WR John Ursua—Ursua’s best bet to make the team will be on the practice squad.
San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers needed to give Jimmy G more weapons and they did with Samuel, Hurd, and Smith.
WR Deebo Samuel—Samuel should be an instant contributor for the 49ers. Scouts loved what they saw of him at Senior Bowl practices and his final season in college showed his true potential. Samuel is never going to be a 100-catch type of receiver, but he can run some quick slants and deep post routes and help the team in various ways. He also excels in the return game, so he gets a bit of an advantage for those who play in leagues with scoring for return yards.
WR Jalen Hurd—Hurd is fascinating as he is unusually huge (6’5″) for a slot receiver. Most slot CBs tend to be on the smaller side, so Hurd could dominate over the middle due to his size and strength. Hurd was also used out of the backfield quite a bit in college, so Kyle Shanahan will be able to use Hurd on a lot of sweeps and reverses as well.
TE Kaden Smith—Don’t be shocked to see Smith win the job as the TE3 out of camp. He might even move past Garrett Celek on the depth chart at TE2 if he can improve his blocking. Regardless, George Kittle is a Fantasy beast and neither Smith nor Celek will play much unless Kittle gets injured.