Five Fantasy losers from NFL Draft
Markus Wheaton's chance for a starting job tumbled following the NFL Draft. See who else's Fantasy value took a hit.
The NFL Draft reshaped every team's roster and affected countless Fantasy outlooks. Guys like Shonn Greene, Rueben Randle and Brandon Pettigrew plunged in value. Here are five more players whose value took a hit.
WR Markus Wheaton, Steelers: Pittsburgh drafted Clemson wideout Martavius Bryant in the fourth round and WRs coach Richard Mann said Bryant potentially could start right away opposite Antonio Brown. Bryant (6-3, 211) clocked a 4.42 forty at the combine. This should put the brakes on Wheaton's breakout buzz. He'll be in a camp battle worth tracking closely.
RB Giovani Bernard, Bengals: He's still an RB1 despite Cincy's selection of running back Jeremy Hill at No. 55 overall. But Bernard might not dominate touches in a split with Hill like he would have with plodder BenJarvus Green-Ellis, who could be cut. Hill is a 6-1, 233-pounder who excels at the goal line (28 rushing TDs in two seasons) and as a receiver (26 catches).
"He can catch the ball," offensive coordinator Hue Jackson said. "He really demonstrated that on his pro day. They split him out and he caught passes."
Bernard caught 56 passes last season to Green-Ellis' four. That disparity won't happen with Hill playing a major role.
RB Rashad Jennings, Giants: He's still the unquestioned starter, but when Andre Williams fell to the Giants in the fourth round they felt they had to grab the NCAA's leading rusher. He ran for 2,177 yards last season and eventually could work into a rotation with Jennings. While Williams is not a good receiver, he's sound in pass protection. Now the Giants don't have to count on David Wilson or Peyton Hillis.
WR Kenny Stills, Saints: Everyone knew the Saints were going to draft a receiver. Then they gave up two picks to move up to No. 20 and take Brandin Cooks. New Orleans made a big commitment to Cooks, who had over 1,600 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns on 120 catches last year at Oregon State. The fastest receiver in the draft (4.33 forty) will play in the slot, not outside like Stills. But his presence depresses Stills' ceiling.
RB Zac Stacy, Rams: The Rams had more pressing needs but chose Auburn's Tre Mason in the third round. That should push Stacy from borderline RB1 to high-end RB2. For one thing, Mason scored 15 touchdowns inside the opponents' 10-yard line last year. Stacy had 21 rushes inside the 10 and cashed in just six times.
A Heisman finalist, Mason exploded for 1,063 rushing yards and 14 scores over his last six games. He hurts Stacy's value in 2014 seasonal leagues and especially in dynasty leagues.
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