NFL Draft news has made us more optimistic about these particular players for fantasy purposes.


Jameis Winston (TB) – The Buccaneers are putting what looks to be a playoff-caliber roster together, and they’re surrounding their young QB with multiple weapons. After signing DeSean Jackson in the off-season, Tampa added Alabama TE O.J. Howard in the first round of the NFL Draft, providing Winston with one of the best one-two punches at the position in the entire league, including Cameron Brate as well. The Buccaneers could well be a base “12” personnel team in 2017 – one RB, two WRs, two TEs. It may siphon potential production from both Howard and Brate, but it gives Winston speed on the perimeter and size inside the hash marks. When the Bucs go with three WRs, they can add rookie Chris Godwin to the mix – Godwin was a steal in the third round who has phenomenal ball skills. Even later, in the fifth round, the Bucs drafted a pass-catching RB in Jeremy McNichols. Winston will always throw picks because he takes risks, but he is very well positioned for fantasy success.

Marcus Mariota (Ten) – The Jared Goff trade is the gift that keeps on giving for the Titans. Having acquiredWe expect to see an instant connection between Mariota and his new weapon, Corey Davis, drafted fifth overall. the fifth overall pick from the Rams, the Titans used the selection to impact Mariota’s supporting cast. Though there are some concerns about his recent injuries and inability to work out at the NFL Combine, we still ranked Corey Davis as our #1 overall rookie WR in the pre-draft process. A versatile player who can play X, Y, or Z, Davis is instantly Mariota’s most gifted passing option in a receiving corps that had a surplus of possession options but not a whole lot else. Then, on Day 2, the Titans supplemented Mariota’s weaponry even more with Western Kentucky WR Taywan Taylor and Florida International TE Jonnu Smith. Mariota is recovering from a serious injury himself, but there’s no indication his broken leg will sideline him into training camp. Mariota is once again looking like a phenomenal fantasy option, though his ADP should be on the rise.

Philip Rivers (LAC) – No team had worse injury luc...