Even in May, it is never too early to start preparing for the fantasy football season. Last year I wrote an article about the top players to own from Ohio State and for the most part I was correct.
Except, no one saw Rod Smith going off the final four games. I may have also been a little high on Curtis Samuel as a rookie last season and too low on Ted Ginn Jr. Now with the NFL Draft over and free agency complete let’s take a look at the best fantasy players to own from Ohio State.
5.) Nick Vannett – Tight End
The Seahawks are in a full rebuild and desperately need to find their identity. They lost starting tight end Jimmy Graham in the off-season, opening the door for Nick Vannett to be the starter. The Seahawks are going to have to put up points to win games now that the Legion of Boom is on it’s last legs. Luckily the Seahawks have Russell Wilson to lead the offense through the air.
Projections: 52 catches, 515 yards, six touchdowns
4.) Ted Ginn Jr. – Wide Receiver
Tedd Ginn Jr. is like a fine wine; he is only getting better with age. I thought he reached his peak in Carolina, but boy was I wrong. Now, Ginn is the No. 2 in a loaded New Orleans offense that will allow him to see many one-on-one looks.
Ginn still has plenty of big play ability left. Last season he averaged 14.8 yards per catch. He is a solid boom or bust guy to play at the flex position.
Projections: 48 receptions, 670 yards, 6 touchdowns.
3.) Carlos Hyde – Running Back
Okay, I know people are very wary of drafting players on the Cleveland Browns to their fantasy team, I completely understand the reasoning. However, the Browns will not be terrible in 2018 and may actually win some games.
Carlos Hyde has proven, time and time again, that he can put up numbers in anemic offenses during his time in San Francisco. Hyde will be the starting running back in Cleveland and will definitely see goal line carries. He is definitely worth a draft pick if you plan on playing him as a running back No. 2 or at the flex.
Projections: 800 rushing yards, nine touchdowns
2.) Mike Thomas – Wide Receiver
Mike Thomas has been one of the best young wide receivers in NFL history. Yet, he will most likely be a second or third round pick in most leagues for some odd reason. As the No. 1 receiving threat in the New Orleans offense, Thomas is once again primed for another 100 reception and 1,000 yard receiving season.
Projections: 102 receptions, 1220 receiving yards, seven touchdowns.
1.) Ezekiel Elliott – Running Back
Ezekiel Elliott would have had a much better 2017 season if he wasn’t appealing a six-game suspension that he ultimately had to serve in the middle of the season. Now the Cowboys have their star running back for a full season. However, maybe the suspension was a blessing in disguise for Elliott as the running back was on pace for two straight seasons with over 300 carries.
Reports are that Elliott wants to be more of a leader in 2018 which could mean big things for the running back. With Dez Bryant gone, Elliott is now the man in Dallas. Expect monster numbers in 2018.
Projections: 1,700 rushing yards, 12 touchdowns.