The NFL Draft and free agency is far behind us and we are steamrolling through camps. Soon enough, the NFL will be back, which means one thing: the return of fantasy football.
While the best Huskers players may be on the defensive side of the ball (Ndamukong Suh, Lavonte David), there are still some intriguing options for those that are looking for some intriguing options and fliers.
Honorable Mention: Andy Janovich
5.) Ameer Abdullah – Running Back
I love Ameer Abdullah. I desperately want to put him higher and have personally drafted him every year since his rookie season, just hoping for a breakout. Well, the Lions aren’t waiting around for that. They drafted Kerryon Johnson and all signs point to him starting and getting most of the carries. Abdullah started 11 times last year, but only averaged 3.3 yards per carry.
He deserves to get carries, it just doesn’t look like Detroit is waiting around for him to be the player they thought he could be when they drafted him in the second round. Plus, Theo Riddick already has the receiving back role locked down and the team signed LeGarrette Blount.
Projection (with Lions): 250 rushing yards, 70 receiving yards, one touchdown
Projection (not on Lions): 350 rushing yards, 140 receiving yards, three touchdowns
4.) Niles Paul – Tight End
The Jags lost franchise tight end Marcedes Lewis but signed Austin Sefarian-Jenkins and Niles Paul to take his spot. Blake Bortles didn’t use Lewis much last year, but that could change with two good tight end options.
Paul has had a more consistent career than ASJ, so I’ll put my money on him to be the top tight end by the end of the year, barring injury.
Projection: 21 receptions, 289 yards, two touchdowns
3.) Brandon Reilly – Wide Receiver
I don’t know what the Bills are doing with their quarterback situation, but I do know they have a very intriguing option to throw to. Reilly went undrafted last year, but he was reportedly very impressive in the offseason and earned a spot on the practice squad, later the active roster.
A year later, Reilly could make some noise with a similar showstopping camp.
He’s a speedy option that Kelvin Benjamin and Zay Jones aren’t. He led the team in receiving last preseason. I think he will surprise Buffalo and become the team’s fourth receiver.
Not sure how much fantasy value he’ll add at that spot, but he’s someone to watch in the later weeks if the Bills are out of the playoffs and giving lower guys a spot.
Projection: 27 receptions, 382 yards, three touchdowns
2.) Quincy Enunwa – Wide Receiver
Enunwa was taken in the sixth round in 2014, but broke out in 2016, tallying 58 catches for 857 yards and four touchdowns. Unfortunately, a neck injury last summer caused him to miss all of last year.
Given that his health returns and there are no problems, Enunwa should possibly at the top of this list.
Unfortunately, a year out of the game is not good for any player. Add in the Jets’ quarterback situation, and there are too many uncertainties to justify the top slot.
He’s a low-risk, high-reward option in the later rounds. He may start slow, but I expect a monster finish once chemistry starts building, similar to 2016.
Projection: 46 receptions, 583 yards, five touchdowns
1.) Rex Burkhead – Running Back
Burkhead is at the top by default, due to his perfect fit in New England and the questions surrounding those below him. He isn’t without his own, however. The Patriots backfield is loaded with similar style backs. Plus, they just used their first-rounder on Sony Michel, out of Georgia.
I expect Burkhead to break through the crowd and play a similar role as last year. He could be useful as a bench guy that can thrive in the right matchup.
Projection: 100 touches, 650 total yards, ten touchdowns