To gauge the value of these players, I’ll use the 12-team ADP from Fantasy Football Calculator early-down ability as I believe they provide the best glimpses of early drafts across fantasy players’ skill-level.
Fantasy owners have a tendency to only remember either the beginning or end of the season when perusing end of season rankings.
Yet, the NFL season is often multiple stories woven together into the quilt that forms a player’s final fantasy numbers.
In the final eight games of the season the Texans ran 3.59 rush plays per drive to 4.14 pass plays per drive.
John Brown and Larry Fitzgerald both finished inside the top-24 in fantasy points per game and Michael Floyd went over 100 yards receiving in five of his last eight games in 2015.
Consequently, Fitzgerald accumulated the bulk of his fantasy scoring (70.9 percent) in his first nine games of the season.
The veteran receiver was one of the best players inside the 20-yard line in the early portions of the season, but finished behind John Brown (seven) in terms of red zone targets during the final five games.
NFL Fantasy’s Michael Fabiano wouldn’t be shocked if Parker finished as a top-15 fantasy receiver and Alex Gelhar asserted he’s “a perfect high-upside, middle-round” pick this year.
I’m confident Parker will be a fine player down the line, but it might be a slower point in the progression this year than fantasy owners are currently accounting for.
Smith was on his way to another dynamic season at age 36 averaging 95.7 yards per game last year, but went down with a torn Achilles after seven contests.