It's #fantasymail time! We talk AP, Lions backfield and more
Our Jamey Eisenberg answers your questions about Adrian Peterson's potential landing spots, Ben Roethlisberger's value and more from around the NFL.
As always, we have you covered with the best Fantasy news-gathering team in the industry. And we'll continue to react to the big news like stuff from the NFL Combine while bringing you an early look at sleepers and breakouts.
Then you can send your questions about all the offseason moves via Twitter to @jameyeisenberg. Just use the hashtag #fantasymail, and we'll answer them here.
You guys are doing a great job sending in questions, and I greatly appreciate it. We answered tweets from @EricP29, @El_Burro324, @matrat103, @jasondmccord and @tvidljinovic on video with @JamieErdahl, which you can view above. And I wanted to reference that the question from @DominicManna44 about Tre Mason can be answered in my breakouts column.
As for your other questions, this week we'll address the following topics:
- Adrian Peterson's best landing spot
- Theo Riddick replacing Reggie Bush
- Rookie wide receivers
- Keepers: Eddie Lacy vs. Arian Foster vs. Rob Gronkowski vs. Calvin Johnson
- Ben Roethlisberger as a No. 1 option
If Peterson and the Vikings part ways then you can expect a host of teams to look at him as a potential starter, even at 30 and sitting out the majority of last season. His father, Nelson Peterson, told the St. Paul Pioneer Press that some possible destinations could be Arizona, Indianapolis and Dallas. Seattle is also a potential landing spot if Marshawn Lynch retires, and don't rule out a return to Minnesota based on his $12.75 million salary for 2015, which he likely won't get elsewhere. Peterson's best Fantasy value would be in Dallas behind that standout offensive line or Seattle. Indianapolis would also be great, but I'd rather him stay in Minnesota instead of going to Arizona. Hopefully we'll find out where he's playing this season sooner rather than later, and Peterson should remain a Top 15 overall pick in the majority of leagues.
Bush was expected to be released, which is why we listed Riddick as a sleeper in our first column. Last year, when Bush was hurt, Riddick stepped up with five catches for 75 yards and a touchdown against Minnesota in Week 6 and eight catches for 74 yards and a touchdown against Atlanta in Week 8. He had four games with five catches or more in limited playing time (he finished with 34 catches for 316 yards and four touchdowns on the season), but he could be a solid option in PPR leagues a la Shane Vereen or Darren Sproles. As for Joique Bell, this only enhances his value, and he closed last season with at least 11 Fantasy points in a standard league in five of his final seven games. He should be a third-round pick in all formats.
We probably need to revisit this topic again after the NFL Draft because where these guys play will likely determine their value. As of now, it's hard not to like Kevin White from West Virginia. He has so much potential, and his stock is on the rise. Amari Cooper is a special talent, and Dorial Green-Beckham is a wild card where he can easily be the best or a bust. DeVante Parker, Sammie Coates, Devin Smith and Jaelen Strong are all interesting, and hopefully these receivers will be as good as the Class of 2014. We shouldn't overvalue these receivers based on what Odell Beckham, Mike Evans, Kelvin Benjamin and Co. did last season, but this group should also produce a few good, if not great, Fantasy options. It's going to be fun to see where they land at the NFL Draft.
#fantasymail keeper league, no penalties, ppr, 3 wr, 2 rb, 1 flex, gotta chose 2, eddie lacy, arian foster, gronk, and megatron, need help— Nathan Hill (@callmepob) February 25, 2015
I'm going to assume based on the way you phrased the question that no tight end is required, meaning Gronkowski is either counted as a receiver or a flex. That lowers his value slightly because his main asset is dominating his position. That said, I'm still going with him and Lacy here. Gronkowski would have been the No. 6 wide receiver last season and finished No. 10 overall in PPR leagues. Lacy was No. 16 overall, and both were better than Foster and Johnson. I expect Johnson to rebound if he can stay healthy, but I like Gronkowski to continue playing at a high level. And Lacy could easily be the No. 1 Fantasy running back in all leagues, as he continues to trend up compared to Foster, who is nearing the end of his run as a featured back.
I think you're on the right path for sure. I would draft Roethlisberger as a Top 10 Fantasy quarterback, and I like him better than Russell Wilson, Matthew Stafford and Tony Romo, to name a few. (You can see all our rankings here). He was the No. 4 Fantasy quarterback last season, and he's been a proven commodity in an offense catered to his success. His receiving corps should improve this season with Martavis Bryant getting better to join Antonio Brown and Heath Miller. Le'Veon Bell is a beast, but if he's suspended for two games that only means more throwing for Roethlisberger. He'll be a steal on Draft Day with a late-round pick.
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