With the NFL regular season looming among us also brings fantasy football. I have compiled a small list of players who I feel will either boom or bust this season. Change my mind.
Kyler Murray, QB, AZ Cardinals – Bust
I know it’s still too early to make judgments. And maybe I will eat my words on this down the road. But for now, I’m going to call it how I see it. And that is I just don’t see Murray having a ton of success in the NFL. He is talented, no doubt. He has the arm strength, accuracy and speed. But there is too much riding on how successful Klingsbury’s system works. With an o-line that hasn’t made hardly any improvements from last year, I think Murray is going to get destroyed. If you ask me, Arizona made a mistake getting rid of Rosen. One year behind a dumpster fire of an o-line isn’t exactly the best indicator of how well Rosen would have developed or ended up.
Jameis Winston, QB, TB Buccaneers – Boom
Winston is bound to have a breakout year, and I think this could be his year. I really like the matchup of him and Bruce Arians. With no running game, Winston will be throwing the ball a lot and I fully believe he has the potential to lead the league in passing yards with the amount of weapons he has.
Darius Slayton, WR, NY Giants – Boom
Call me crazy. But fifth round pick out of Auburn by the Giants, I think Darius Slayton will be a highly targeted weapon. With Odell Beckham gone, Sterling Sheppard takes over as the team’s leading receiver. Whether or not Sheppard can stay healthy is the question, he is currently nursing a broken thumb. The Giants have already lost Cory Coleman to a torn ACL and Tate to 4 game suspension. At 6’1” 190lbs and running a 4.39, his size and speed makes him a threat in a struggling receiver corps.
Sammy Watkins, WR, KC Chiefs– Bust
Watkins has never really delivered and I don’t think there is any reason to believe that he will this year either. With Tyreek Hill who is easily the most effective deep ball receiver in the league no longer facing suspension, and an elite TE like Kelce, Watkins will struggle to be remain effective in the Chiefs offense.
Davlin Cook, RB, MN Vikings – Bust
Cook has the potential to be a breakout star and looks to be in line for a huge workload but his biggest issue is staying healthy. After playing only 4 games in 2017 due to a torn ACL, and being limited in 2018, it’s difficult to speculate how the season will play out for him. If he can stay healthy, he’s definitely a RB you want.
Todd Gurley, RB, LA Rams – Bust
This was a tough one and I’ll probably catch some flak for calling bust. Gurley is a monster no doubt and the centerpiece of the offense. However, we saw his workload take a nosedive last year due to his knee issues. And with the Ram’s trading up to get Darrell Henderson, I don’t think we will see the same production we are accustomed to seeing from Gurley. Which doesn’t necessarily mean he will be a bust, but it seems they are being very cautious with his situation.
George Kittle, TE, SF 49ers – Boom
Kittle is a dangerous TE who had a breakout year last year and with Garoppolo back and I don’t see him slowing down anytime soon. The only TE to accumulate more fantasy points last year was Travis Kelce. He will pick right back up where he left off.
O.J. Howard, TE, TB Buccaneers – Boom
With 34 receptions, 565 yards, and 5 TD’s in 2018 Howard is a solid TE that I think will see even more targets this year without DeSean Jackson and Adam Humphries in the picture. Again, with a lacking run game from Tampa bay, I think Howard is looking to be a top tier TE.