Tyler’s Unqualified Fantasy Corner: Off-Season Edition


Sorry for yelling, I am just really excited. The NFL season is slooooowly creeping up on us. Mini camps are in full swing, contract extensions are being signed (S/O Carson Wentz) and we just found out we get to watch the Oakland Raiders on Hard Knocks. I am particularly thrilled for that one.

But most of all, it is almost FANTASY FOOTBALL SEASON.

I know, I know, I am yelling again. But, how could I not be? Fantasy has grown so big that getting together with your friends and drafting your teams is the best part of the season. There is always so much hope. (Almost) everybody is pumped about the team they picked and are convinced their lineup isn’t going to look entirely different Week 4, it’s truly a powerful thing to see so much hope.

However, I know A LOT of you did not win your leagues last year. (I won one of mine, not to brag.) A new season brings the itch to redeem your losses, and you could not live with your own failure, where did that lead you?

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Back to me.

The corner will be back and more unqualified than ever. For now, I have some takes and predictions here on this nice June afternoon as I write this. And you know me, my takes always right.

SeQuon Barkley will lead all non QB’s in Points

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I don’t think this is necessarily a scorched earth take; however, it should go without saying that I also think he will and should be the number 1 pick in your draft should you have it. He’s going to lead that Giants team in rushing, receiving, and may lead it in passing with what they have going on behind center. He’ll command about 35 touches a game and will dominate, potentially at MVP levels. Look to lock him up anyway you can and you’ll be reaping the benefits all season.

Carson Wentz will be a Top 5 QB Once More.

Photo: CBS Sports

I am not biased. That was a lie. But, Wentz is going to be back and better than ever this season. That was NOT a lie. He is a full year removed from his injury and is completely healed from the injury to his back. His weapons are more loaded than they ever were before and he’s fresh off a new contract where he will look to lead the Eagles to the promised land once more.

Not being able to play in that Super Bowl has to linger with him even still, people in the city still doubt what he can do when he is healthy on the football field and he has yet to even still play a down of playoff football.

I would expect Wentz to come into this season hungry and ready to lead the charge, with massive stats that could lead him to an MVP award and you to a fantasy title.

DK Metcalf is Going to be a Steal in the Late Rounds

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Metcalf slipped all the way to Seattle in the back of the second round, being the 64th overall pick, when many pegged him to go as early as the top 10. Whatever the case may be for his free-for-all, he is going to be well worth a late round flier on your team.

Metcalf, while being a physical specimen, is also going to get a ton of opportunities on this Seahawks team to make an impact.

Aside from Tyler Lockett, there really isn’t anybody standing in his way on the deep chart at Wide Receiver. Russell Wilson has a nice new contract and will be ready to fire away this season, and he is going to need weapons on the outside. Russell even described the wide receiver out of Ole Miss as “really, really special.” Metcalf is primed for a rookie breakout for the Seahawks, and for the lucky person who grabs him in the back half of your draft.

We will dive much deeper as the season draws closer, but it is never too early to start thinking of some draft strategies that you may use during your drafts.

Be prepared everybody, #DraftSZN is FAST approaching.

Tyler Downey

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