The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of the NFC!

 

Attention! Attention! I’m breaking down every single team in the entire league and giving you the good, the bad, and the ugly of every team from the fantasy perspective. The good being the must have fantasy players, the bad being the must avoid fantasy players, and the ugly being those players who have potential, but it’s definitely not the sexiest draft pick you’ve ever made. Welcome to the NFC version of the Good, Bad, and the Ugly.

NFC East

New York Giants

The Good

Odell Beckham Jr. - Need I say more?

 

The Bad

Sterling Shepard - Definitely has the talent, but with the addition of Marshall and Engram. I’m concerned that Shepard may end up being Eli’s third or even fourth target in the passing game.

 

The Ugly

Brandon Marshall - Marshall has potential and can definitely be worth a low WR2/high WR3, but with the presence of OBJ and other weapons, his upside could be capped.

 

Evan Engram - Engram is definitely one of the most talented TEs in this year’s draft class, but his fantasy value will depend on if the Giants can figure out how to use him. May be worth a late-round flyer in redraft leagues, but risk is certainly involved.

 

Philadelphia Eagles

The Good

Alshon Jeffrey - Call me crazy, but I’m buying into Jeffrey and his potential in Philly. They have been starving for a clear cut WR1 and I think they have found it in Alshon.

 

The Bad

Philadelphia RBs - Between Blount, Sproles, and Mathews (for now), this is a mess that I’m not thrilled to touch. Blount is more than likely the starting RB, but his production came from a lot of opportunity in a Super Bowl winning Patriot offense. I’m not confident that the Eagles can get him that many opportunities.

 

The Ugly

Carson Wentz - Wentz has potential to be a decent streaming option, but I’m definitely not willing to trust the fate of my fantasy team to someone who could experience a sophomore slump.

 

Washington Redskins

The Good

Jordan Reed - Easily a top tier TE that will give you high-TE1 production as long as he stays on the field.

 

Kirk Cousins - I love Cousins this season and think he could even hit the 5000 yard mark this season. I’m targeting him in a lot of leagues and think he has good value in all formats.

 

Terrelle Pryor - With the departure of Jackson and Garcon, there are a lot of targets to go around and I think Pryor has the talent and the opportunity in his favor. I see him as a solid WR2 this season.

 

The Bad

Rob Kelley - Fat Rob is still the starter for now, but I don’t expect him to be able to hold off Perine and for someone at his current ADP, you need solid RB2 potential which he doesn’t give you.

 

The Ugly

Jamison Crowder - I still think Crowder is a decent Flex option with upside because he is a red zone threat, but he now has to deal with Pryor, Reed, Doctson, and eventually Perine so his upside is capped.

 

Dallas Cowboys

The Good

Ezekiel Elliott - I know Zeke may be getting suspended, but the dude is one of the big three elite RBs and should be drafted that way.

 

Dez Bryant - I really like Bryant’s potential this year. He and Dak were firing on all cylinders at the end of last season and I expect them to continue that in 2017. He’s a low WR1/high WR2.

 

The Bad

Terrance Williams - Just not enough production to warrant drafting or fantasy value except in very deep leagues.

T

he Ugly

Cole Beasley - Beasley is worth a late round flyer in PPR leagues and could have some flex value, especially if Bryant misses time which we saw last season.

 

Darren McFadden - I don’t normally advocate drafting handcuffs, but if Elliott is possibly facing a suspension then he’s worth one of your last picks. Plus, if Elliott gets injured then McFadden could be a valuable pickup.

 

 

NFC South

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Good

Mike Evans - Easily a top WR talent and a solid WR1.

 

Jameis Winston - Winston is one of the few late round QBs that I wouldn’t mind having on my team. I think this offense has taken a step forward and he should be the main beneficiary.

 

The Bad

Tampa Bay RBs - This is a similar situation to the Eagles RBs, but instead of Blount it’s Doug Martin. I’m not confident in the Muscle Hamster’s abilities with Sims and Rodgers also there.

 

The Ugly

DeSean Jackson - I think Jackson has some good flex potential this season, especially with Mike Evans opposite him on the field.

 

Cameron Brate - I know everyone is going crazy over OJ Howard, but I think Brate is still going to be the TE1 in Tampa Bay.

 

New Orleans Saints

The Good

Drew Brees - Brees is consistently one of the most accurate and best fantasy QBs. Easily a QB1.

 

Michael Thomas - I mentioned Thomas in my sophomore slump article, but he still is the WR1 on a Brees offense so I think he’s a decent WR option with upside if he can handle top CBs.

 

The Bad

Coby Fleener - Some people are buying into his potential to breakout with Brees, but I am not one of them. There are lots of other options with the same upside that I would rather draft.

 

The Ugly

Willie Snead - With Cooks gone, Snead now is a clear WR2 in this offense and has lots of upside, especially with CBs now focusing on Thomas.

 

Carolina Panthers

The Good

Greg Olsen - Olsen may be on the backside of his career, but he still has strong TE1 potential.

 

The Bad

Christian McCaffrey - This may be a bold take and I mentioned this in my rookie fever article, but McCaffrey is certainly not worth his current ADP. That plus his clunky fit into the Panthers offense equals bad.

 

Kelvin Benjamin - Between his weight problems and everything else, Benjamin is one of those players that won’t end up on any of my teams.

 

The Ugly

Jonathan Stewart - Speaking of McCaffrey, he hasn’t even been named the starter yet. Stewart is still the starter and has a great ADP right now.

 

Atlanta Falcons

The Good

Julio Jones - High-end WR1 on a high-powered offense. Draft him.

 

Devonta Freeman - Strong RB1 pick with lots of upside since he’s playing for a long-term contract and the Falcons are committed to him more than Coleman.

 

The Bad

Mohamed Sanu - The Falcons offense was productive enough to warrant starting Sanu as a flex in deeper leagues, but I think he will be the one who suffers from any regression that could occur.

 

The Ugly

Matt Ryan - Probably should be in the good section, but I’m concerned about his production with Shanahan gone and possible regression. Should still be a good QB1 play, however.

 

 

NFC West

San Francisco 49ers

The Good

Pierre Garcon - I am a huge believer in the potential of Garcon reuniting with Shanahan as well as Hoyer’s knack for making one WR stand out above the rest. I’m looking to start him as a low WR2.

 

The Bad

Carlos Hyde - Hyde is another one of those players that will not end up on any of my fantasy teams. The new regime isn’t sold on him and neither am I.

 

The Ugly

Brian Hoyer - If you are looking to stream QBs then Hoyer is someone who I would be definitely targeting. I see a lot of upside with him at the helm of a Shanahan offense.

 

Seattle Seahawks

The Good

Doug Baldwin - Baldwin consistently finishes as a top WR and is constantly undervalued. He’s a great mid-round pick for those looking for a sneaky WR2.

 

Russell Wilson - Wilson struggled with injury and a bad O-line last season, but he is a strong mid-round QB to draft if he can stay healthy and be mobile like he usually is.

 

The Bad

Eddie Lacy - I’m not doubting Eddie Lacy’s talent, but he has had a lot of struggles lately with injury and his weight. I’m not willing to draft him despite his situation, unless I absolutely have to.

 

The Ugly

Thomas Rawls - Rawls still has the talent to get the job done and be a valuable fantasy asset, but having to contend with Eddie Lacy makes him an ugly pick.

 

Arizona Cardinals

The Good

David Johnson - Best. Fantasy. Football. Player.

 

Larry Fitzgerald - Fitzgerald may be towards the end of his career, but he still carries a lot of fantasy potential, especially in PPR leagues. I like him as a sneaky pick in mid-rounds.

 

The Bad

Jermaine Gresham - Just save yourself the trouble.

T

he Ugly

John Brown - Brown dealt with a lot of health issues last season, but if he can return to form then he may be one of this year’s biggest draft steals.

 

Los Angeles Rams

The Good

Todd Gurley - I know a lot of people got burned by Gurley last year, but I’m buying into him again this season despite last season. Call me crazy.

 

The Bad

Tavon Austin - I’m not excited at all about Tavon Austin receiving passes from Jared Goff.

 

Jared Goff - Literally, one of the only QBs that I wouldn’t draft.

 

The Ugly

Robert Woods - Woods could be a sneaky pickup. He has more talent than Austin, in my opinion, but he still has Goff throwing to him so it really depends on Goff’s progression.

 

 

NFC North

Minnesota Vikings

The Good

Stefon Diggs - I am loving Diggs value and potential this season, especially in PPR leagues. I’m taking him as a solid WR2.

 

The Bad

Latavius Murray and Dalvin Cook - This o-line struggled to produce any sort of RB value last season and I don’t see that changing despite the addition of these two RBs.

 

The Ugly

Adam Thielen - Thielen proved valuable at times last season, especially with Diggs out, so he is worth a flyer in PPR leagues.

 

Green Bay Packers

The Good

Aaron Rodgers - The best QB option for fantasy football, but I won’t be drafting him since I am a fan of the streaming QB strategy.

 

Jordy Nelson - At the very top of that 2nd tier of WRs despite his age. Will be solid this season.

 

The Bad

Martellus Bennett - Bennett was awesome with Brady and because of Gronk’s injuries last season, but the Packers do not use their TEs nearly as much as the Patriots do so I’m avoiding except in Best Ball.

 

The Ugly

Ty Montgomery - I’m not crazy about Montgomery, but if he can really make the switch to RB then he should have some value as a mid-round pick.

 

Detroit Lions

The Good

Golden Tate - Despite the Megatron rumors (he’s not coming back), Tate has a lot of potential and is a great sleeper pick this season.

 

The Bad

Marvin Jones - I know it’s tempting because of how he started last season, but resist and protect yourself.

 

The Ugly

Ameer Abdullah - In a pass heavy offense, the RB who can catch the ball is key, especially in PPR leagues.

 

Eric Ebron - This is his last chance for me, but Ebron still has the potential to breakout if he can get his issues under control.

 

Chicago Bears

The Good

Jordan Howard - Probably the only bright spot in this offense this season, but Howard is a workhorse and has the talent to make things happen despite the bad offense as he did last season. Solid RB1.

 

The Bad

Chicago QBs - Whether it’s Glennon or Trubisky, they will struggle to be fantasy relevant.

 

The Ugly

Cameron Meredith - He has potential and is essentially free in drafts, but one of the QBs will have to pull themselves together for him to have any fantasy value.

 

Check back next week for the AFC version of the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly!

 

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