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ProCanes impact on Fantasy Football

See how the ProCanes rank as Fantasy Football options

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Is it ever too early to get prepared for Fantasy Football? I don’t think so. Today, I am going to rank the top ten ProCanes from a Fantasy Football standpoint. Expect this list to be updated and tweaked throughout the summer months and again when camp starts. Lets’ get down to it.

P.S

I use ESPN Standard Scoring as my reference

10. Clive Walford

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It is still unknown whether Clive Walford will even make the Jets, but regardless a Miami TE will be a factor in the Meadowlands. Walford is coming into his fourth year in the NFL and his first in New York after spending three seasons in Oakland. He was claimed off of waivers by NYJ in late March. In his first two seasons with the Raiders, Walford caught 61 passes for 680 yards and six touchdowns. The Jets are paper thin at TE this season with Eric Tomlinson (mainly a blocker) standing atop the depth chart and that bodes well for Walford, who will have an opportunity to compete for a starting job. Canes fans that remember watching Walford play know his potential in the passing game. I can see him being a big-time sleeper in 2018 if he can stay healthy and handle his business.

2018 projection: 58 points

9. Travis Benjamin

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Travis Benjamin has seen his fantasy totals fall in each of the last two seasons with the Chargers. Best case, he catches a long touchdown and will give you big points on a long touchdown catch. He had over 10 points just five times in 2017, but with the emergence of 2017 first rounder, Mike Williams, I would expect to see his production drop again. Benjamin will have his big plays but is far too inconsistent to depend on from a fantasy standpoint.

2018 projection: 65 points

8. Allen Hurns

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Allen Hurns is now three years removed from his 64 reception 1031 yards and 10 touchdown season which feel like it was an eternity ago. If you combined his last two years of production, Hurns would still be 70 yards and five touchdowns short of his 2015 season. Hopefully, a change of scenery in Dallas is exactly what Hurns needs to bounce back into the productive receiver he has shown to be. Hurns has worked mostly from the slot and arrival of Tavon Austin could limit his production unless he could successfully transition to the outside almost full-time.

2018 Projection: 84 points

7. Frank Gore

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Gore finished the 2017 fantasy season as the 18th ranked running back. Can we expect the same production from 35-year-old who is competing with Kenyan Drake and rookie Kalen Ballage? Absolutely not. I would actually expect his production to be cut almost in half. There was almost no reason for the rebuilding Dolphins to sign Gore other than to help guide Drake and to bring about a nice homecoming from the Coral Gables native and former Miami Hurricane great. I am not sure what his role will be, but Gore is an ageless wonder. He could surprise us all once again and contribute greatly to the Dolphins ground game.

2018 projection: 89 points

6. Duke Johnson

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Duke Johnson was surprisingly efficient from a fantasy standpoint. Johnson ranked 21st among running backs and is a superb PPR option. He ran the ball just 82 times last year but ranked in the top five among running backs in targets, receptions, and receiving yards. The additions of Carlos Hyde and Nick Chubb don’t help his case, but the Browns love what Duke can do. If we see a drop off in production it will only be due to reps taken by the other two quality backs they have in Cleveland. If you are in a PPR league, Duke is a must have as a backup or even a flex.

2018 projection: 98 points

5. Mark Walton

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You will not find a bigger Mark Walton fan than me. When healthy Walton is among the best running backs you will find anywhere. He has a big, strong frame and wills his way on every run. He may not have the break-away speed needed to be a RB1, but the combination of him and Joe Mixon as a little Thunder/Lighting is extremely intriguing to me. I know Giovani Bernard is still there, but I can see Cincy deferring to Walton sooner rather than later. This is more of a bold prediction than a certainty at this point. It is too early to know what is going to happen in Cincy. But if/when he starts to produce in 2018, I’ll be the guy saying, “I told you so.”

2018 projection: 102 points

4. David Njoku

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David Njoku may not score as much as the running backs, but I have him up here because I believe he will rank higher among those at his position. It is not easy for a TE to come in as a rookie and play the way he did. Njoku broke the Browns record for receiving touchdowns as a rookie with four. I would not be shocked to see Njoku catch 60 passes and six touchdowns in 2018. He looks absolutely massive and we have seen the way he can run for a guy his size. With a year under his belt, I expect to see Njoku take that next step. It doesn’t hurt that the Browns loaded up at WR and Njoku may be an after-thought in defensive schemes.

2018 projection: 87 points

3. Lamar Miller

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If there was a time to start treading backward on Lamar Miller, that would be now. His yards per carry have been down the last two years with Houston and he found himself occasionally losing snaps to D’Onta Foreman and Alfred Blue last year. However, Miller still finished in the top 20 at his position. I am not sure how to feel about the position he is in now, but I do know that Houston was a scoring machine while Deshaun Watson was healthy. D’Onta Foreman is coming off a torn Achilles and some expect him to take over Lamar’s RB1 position at some point this season. That is still yet to be determined, but regardless now is the time to start creeping away from Miller as a top running back.

2018 projection: 108 points

2. Greg Olsen

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Has there been a more consistent tight end than Greg Olsen? Before injuries limited his 2017 campaign, Olsen had five straight top-seven finishes at TE. During that five-year span Olsen was first in targets and receiving yards and second in receptions and fantasy points. He is healthy now and the Panthers are going to do what they always do and that is prioritizing Greg Olsen in the offense. There is nothing else to expect but greatness at the TE spot from Olsen and he will be a top-five TE in 2018. Write that in sharpie.

2018 projection: 117 points

1. Jimmy Graham

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Jimmy Graham led all tight ends in touchdowns last season with 10. He now joins a Packers offense led by Aaron Rodgers, who loves to use his tight ends. For eight straight years (2008-2015) Rodgers threw at least five touchdown passes to his tight ends. That also includes a year of 10 TDs (2009), 9 TDs (2011), and 8 (2015). Rodgers may have the most talented tight end he has had in his career and Graham may have the most talented quarterback (up for debate because Brees). All of that added with the fact that Jordy Nelson is out of Green Bay makes Graham and very intriguing option at tight end. He did not have the most yardage of his career last year, but he led the NFL in end zone targets with 19 in 2017. Jimmy Graham will be one of the top tight ends again in 2018.

2018 projection: 122 points