3. Noah Fant:
- When the Denver Broncos selected Noah Fant with the 20th overall selection in the 2019 NFL Draft, they did so with the intent on utilizing his athletic ability to create mismatches all across the field. It’s not every day you see a TE with the combine numbers, Fant posted. While Old Tom doesn’t try to build too many cases of these sorts of things I do feel that this is one time it really helps to at least be aware. Fant’s 20-yard split, 10-yard split, vertical jump, broad jump, & 3 cone drill all place him in at least the 93rd percentile among TEs. Fant’s 40 time (4.5) places him in the 97.8 percentile among saiWhen the Denver Broncos selected Noah Fant with the 20th overall selection in the 2019 NFL Draft, they did so with the intent on utilizing his athletic ability to create mismatches all across the field. It’s not every day you see a TE with the combine numbers, Fant posted. While Old Tom doesn’t try to build too many cases of these sorts of things I do feel that this is one time it really helps to at least be aware. Fant’s 20-yard split, 10-yard split, vertical jump, broad jump, & 3 cone drill all place him in at least the 93rd percentile among TEs. Fant’s 40 time (4.5) places him in the 97.8 percentile among said, same peers. At the end of the day, regardless of how you feel towards Fant, there’s no denying he is one very athletic individual. The hope Old Tom has moving forward is that Fant builds off his rookie finish of TE16 (PPR) as he enters year 2 in Denver. With the abundance of weapons John Elway has surrounded Drew Lock with, I have a hard time imagining scenarios where Fant isn’t matched-up 1-on-1 with LBs or much smaller DBs. In which case Old Tom is putting his money down on Fant 10 out of 10 times. I understand TEs can be a tricky position to hit on. I also understand that unless you have one of the top few truly elite fantasy producers, at the TE position, they all seem to be a relative wash. I’m not advocating you sell the farm to acquire Mr. Fant. All I’m saying is that if ever there was a TE who I could legitimately see breaking into that elite category, it’s Noah Fant. After all, when you look at some of the greats today (Ertz – 23rd, Andrews – 17th, & Kittle – 19th) you see similar year 1 finishes.
2. Jerry Jeudy:
- Old Tom will be the first to admit, whenever I discuss incoming rookies, there is no doubt a much more subjective take than you’d probably prefer. The good news is that Old Tom has built a reputation on subjectivity, and I really enjoy that old gut feeling once in a while. When discussing Mr. Jeudy, Old Tom could spend quite a while listing off the accolades. From first-team All-American to 2nd all-time in career touchdowns at Alabama with 26 (Amari Cooper, 31) the list is as long as you have time. With that said, however, the best compliment I can find for Jerry Jeudy is his acing of Old Tom’s eye-test. For the previous two college football season’s I’m not sure I can think of a more enjoyable WR to watch, especially in the department of route running. That’s no way, shape, or form a knock on some of the truly elite talents that have come along. It’s the greatest of praise and a true testament to what #4 has been able to accomplish during his time in Tuscaloosa. As I look to the future, in Denver, I can’t help but see a real offensive explosion with Jerry Jeudy lining up opposite Courtland Sutton. If you’ve found yourself disappointed, from a fantasy perspective, of Jeudy’s landing spot because you feel he’s entrenched behind another elite talent, I’m here to quell that concern. Talent is talent, and one thing I know is talent has a way of rising to the top. In the case of Jerry Jeudy, this rise is going to be a quick one, my friends.
- Courtland Sutton:
- Coming in as #1, on Old Tom’s list, is #14 Courtland Sutton. While the 2018 NFL Draft may not have been filled with elite WR talent, it still produced the likes of D.J. Moore (24), Calvin Ridley (26), Courtland Sutton (40), Christian Kirk (47), Anthony Miller (51), DJ Chark (61), & Michael Gallup (81). Not a terrible haul, now three years invested. While Moore takes the cake as the best dynasty asset, Sutton isn’t as far behind as one might think. This 6’4 218lb athlete possesses every natural ability you want in your WR1, in addition to one of the unquestioned leaders of that Denver offensive locker room. Elway has done a terrific job of surrounding a young Drew Lock with talent (Jeudy, Fant, Hamler, Gordon, Lindsay, Okwuegbunam) his best acquisition, in Old Tom’s eyes is Mr. Sutton, himself. Coming off a solid WR19 (PPR) finish in his second campaign, Sutton saw the 17th most targets among WRs with 125. What Courtland will most assuredly want to do, moving forward, is improve upon his 58th place finish among WRs, in the catch rate department (minimum of 50 passes). While these statistics don’t account for the all-important catchable-ball statistic, it does shed an interesting light on just how much room there is for Sutton to grow, from a fantasy perspective. One has to think that improved QB play consequently results in obviously improved production. If/when this happens, Sutton is primed for an explosion the likes of which so many see coming. His price right now may be somewhat high, but Old Tom is here to tell you it’s only going to get higher, so act sooner rather than later, my friends.
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