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Draft Day Winners and Losers

2017-05-01 02:36:24
By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer

Manning's stock is going up


While most sites are giving you draft grades for each team, we are here to give you an idea of how the draft is going to impact your fantasy league. So below are the winners and losers from the draft this past weekend. Some players had their fantasy values go up while others had their value dip because of players drafted. Here are the winners and losers from this weekend. . . . . .

WINNERS

Eli Manning, QB, Giants. The Giants used a first-round pick to grab Evan Engram, a top pass-catching tight end. This gives Manning another top option in the passing game. Manning has some of the best pass-catching options on his side in all of football. This offense could be very good, and Manning will be leading the way. He could have a career season with all of these weapons on his side.

Rob Kelley, RB, Redskins. The Redskins did add a back in the draft, but didn't use a high pick on a running back. This means Kelley likely opens the season as the starter for the Redskins. We still aren't big on his skill set but the Redskins seem to trust him, which gives him value for the coming season. His value is rising after the draft.

Brian Hoyer, QB, 49ers. Hoyer sure looks like the "guy" in San Fransisco for the coming year. The 49ers did draft a quarterback but it wasn't an elite option that is NFL ready. Hoyer might get overlooked by some, but he has posted very good numbers the last two years when starting. He could do well in a pass-friendly offense.

Philip Rivers, QB, Chargers. The Chargers used their first pick in the draft on Mike Williams. This give Rivers another top threat in the passing game. The trio of Keenan Allen, Tyrell Williams and Williams could be quite force for the coming season. Plus, tight end Hunter Henry is another great option in the passing game, giving Rivers quite the options to throw to this season.

Paul Perkins, RB, Giants. The Giants didn't really land a back to compete with Paul Perkins for the starter's job. It sure looks like Perkins is going to get his chance to run with the starting job. Perkins will be an intriguing fantasy pick in one of the best offenses in football.

Jameis Winston, QB, Bucs. The Bucs gave Winston two more top options for the passing game in the draft. O.J. Howard was considered the best tight end in the draft and should make an immediate impact in the passing game. The team also drafted Chris Godwin, a speedster that can stretch the field in a hurry. He could have some big plays along the way this year despite being No. 3 or 4 on the depth chart.

LOSERS

Latavius Murray, RB, Vikings. Murray doesn't look quite so good after the draft. The Vikings drafted Dalvin Cook, who will compete with Murray for the starter's job. Cook is more of a three-down back with a better skill set, so Murray seems likely to open the season as the top backup for the Vikings.

Mike Glennon, QB, Bears. Glennon sure looked like the quarterback for the Bears for several seasons, but then the draft happened. The Bears traded up a spot to take Mitchell Trubisky, who will be the starter for this team once he is ready. Glennon had some potential for the coming year in a starting role, but things sure look clouded for him now.

Brandon LaFell, WR, Bengals. LaFell looks like he will be No. 4 on the depth chart for the Bengals at receiver. The Bengals selected John Ross, who is expected to take over a starting job right away. This bumps LaFell down the depth chart. He might have a much harder time finding the time this year.

Alex Smith, QB, Chiefs. The Chiefs traded up in the draft to take Patrick Mahomes. He is the franchise quarterback going forward and will move into the starting lineup when ready. Smith suddenly is looking over his shoulder after the pick of Mahomes.

Jonathan Stewart, RB, Panthers. The addition of Christian McCaffrey likely moves Stewart to No. 2 on the depth chart. He could see his touches reduced a lot compared to past years. The Panthers are going to get McCaffrey involved in all sorts of ways offensively, which means he will be on the field a lot. Stewart isn't looking so good anymore for fantasy teams.

Player Notes
Sammie Coates Jul 26 1:00am ET

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Sammie Coates underwent a knee scope last week and will miss the start of training camp, according to a source. He is also a candidate to go on the Physically Unable to Perform list depending on how he heals. He suffered the injury while training in the offseason. Coates also had offseason surgery on his groin. He got off to a promising start in 2016 but then tailed off down the stretch, mainly because of groin and finger injuries. Coates is an intriguing deep threat but may now be fighting an uphill battle for significant playing time now that Martavis Bryant is back in the fold. Rookie JuJu Smith-Schuster will also push Coates for repetitions in the slot position. Leave Coates to the waiver wire in standard leagues and keep progress on his recovery this summer.

Kenneth Dixon Jul 26 12:40am ET

Baltimore Ravens running back Kenneth Dixon will miss all of the 2017 season after the medial meniscus in his knee was repaired Tuesday. He will be out four to five months. It's a tough blow for Baltimore's backfield, as they expected Dixon to be the primary ball carrier on early downs. This news will significantly boost the fantasy values of both Terrance West on early downs and Danny Woodhead in the passing game.

Kenneth Dixon Jul 25 6:33pm ET

Baltimore Ravens RB Kenneth Dixon (knee) will be sidelined for the regular season after undergoing surgery on his medial collateral ligament Tuesday, July 25. The recovery time is expected to be four to five months.

Kenneth Dixon Jul 25 6:31pm ET

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport is reporting Ravens RB Kenneth Dixon will be out for the season because his meniscus surgery required a full repair.

Lucky Whitehead Jul 25 6:03pm ET

Free-agent WR Lucky Whitehead (Cowboys) will not be re-signed by the Dallas Cowboys despite having his shoplifting charge dropped due to mistaken identity, according to executive vice presdient Stephen Jones.

Jordan Reed Jul 25 5:50pm ET

Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins has a combined 121.4 passer rating when he's targeted tight end Jordan Reed on 201 attempts. The duo has combined for 153 catches and 17 touchdowns. Reed is an elite fantasy tight end, but the fact that he has yet to play a full 16-game season is a bit worrisome as your top tight end in the early rounds. However, when on the field and healthy, it's hard to argue that Reed is right up there with Rob Gronkowski as the best overall tight end in the NFL.

Dannell Ellerbe Jul 25 5:13pm ET

New Orleans Saints LB Dannell Ellerbe (foot) is being placed on Reserve/Injured Tuesday, July 25, according to a source. He is expected to be waived when he is healthy.

Koa Misi Jul 25 4:33pm ET

Miami Dolphins LB Koa Misi (neck) was placed on Reserve/Injured Tuesday, July 25.

Alterraun Verner Jul 25 4:33pm ET

Free-agent CB Alterraun Verner (Buccaneers) was signed by the Miami Dolphins Tuesday, July 25.

Kelvin Benjamin Jul 25 4:00pm ET

Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin is "where he needs to be" with his weight. Rivera called Benjamin out this offseason for being out of shape and overweight in his disappointing 2016 season, but the wideout seems to have gotten the message and is primed for a bounce-back campaign as the club's No. 1 receiver in what should be an upgraded offense. Look to nab Benjamin at a value as low-end WR2/high-end WR3.

Stanley Jean-Baptiste Jul 25 3:33pm ET

Free-agent CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste (Chiefs) was signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars Tuesday, July 25.

Teez Tabor Jul 25 3:23pm ET

Detroit Lions P Sam Martin (undisclosed), Teez Tabor (hamstring) and Cyrus Kouandjio (undisclosed) were placed on the Non-Football Injury list Tuesday, July 25.

Andrew Hawkins Jul 25 3:10pm ET

New England Patriots wide receiver Andrew Hawkins has informed the team that he is retiring. Hawkins played six years in the NFL and had 33 catches for 324 yards and three touchdowns for Cleveland in 2016. He'll call it quits with 209 career receptions, 2,419 yards and nine scores.

Fantasy Spin: This isn't a surprise because Hawkins was going to have a hard time making the roster.

Donnel Pumphrey Jul 25 3:00pm ET

Philadelphia Eagles rookie running back Donnel Pumphrey has been active in the early days of training camp in padless practices and has been one of Carson Wentz's favorite targets. Pumphrey has been really sharp and has yet to drop a pass and has beaten linebackers out of the backfield. The youngster has been promising in offseason workouts and has decent upside, but the uncertainty of touches behind LeGarrette Blount, Darren Sproles and Wendell Smallwood this year makes him a late-round flier in deeper leagues, at best. Pumphrey is more attractive in dynasty/keeper drafts this fall.

Ryan Grant Jul 25 2:13pm ET

Washington Redskins WR Ryan Grant has yet to lose the confidence of his coaching staff despite making only 39 catches in three seasons in large part because he is the best route-runner on the team this year or last year, including Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson. 'I'm easily Ryan Grant's biggest fan. He's always been our best pure route-runner out of everyone. ? He's been a consummate pro. He says nothing and he works all the time. He's gotten a bad rap for situations that weren't completely his fault. The world will never know that,' receivers coach Mike Hilliard said.

Lucky Whitehead Jul 25 1:13pm ET

Free-agent WR Lucky Whitehead (Cowboys) had the shoplifting charge that led the Dallas Cowboys releasing him Monday, July 24, dropped by Virginia authorities Tuesday, July 25.

Fantasy Spin: This is a positive for Whitehead. He could find work with another team.

Maxx Williams Jul 25 12:30pm ET

Baltimore Ravens tight end Maxx Williams, who had offseason knee surgery, will avoid the Physically Unable to Perform list to begin training camp. That's great news for Williams, but he's still likely behind both Benjamin Watson and Crockett Gillmore in the tight end pecking order. It would take an injury to one of Watson or Gillmore for Williams to be fantasy relevant in 2017.

Kenneth Dixon Jul 25 12:20pm ET

Baltimore Ravens running back Kenneth Dixon suffered a torn meniscus in his knee, according to a source informed of the situation. He'll undergo surgery Tuesday, but the team is hoping it's just a trim of the meniscus and not anything more invasive. It's another big blow to the running back, who was already slated to be suspended for the first four games of the year. Meniscus tears typically come with a six- to eight-week recovery period. He'll now be one to avoid in fantasy drafts, while Danny Woodhead and Terrance West become much more attractive in this backfield.

Fantasy Spin: He is already suspended the first four games of the season, so this injury might come at a good time for him. He likely won't miss any regular season games but his missed practice and camp time could hurt his chances to play a big role once he gets healthy.

Greg Olsen Jul 25 12:20pm ET

Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen showed up to the team facilities Tuesday and indicated that he isn't planning to hold out of training camp and "will play out" his contract. Olsen finished as a top-five fantasy tight end in 2016 and went over 1,000 yards for the third straight year, but his owners will complain about the three touchdowns. Even on the wrong side of 30, Olsen is an elite fantasy tight end that should remain a heavy factor in Carolina's passing game.

Andrew Luck Jul 25 10:03am ET

Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck (shoulder) was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list Tuesday, July 25.