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It’s a wild time we’re living in when the Jets’ offense is getting all the buzz. The thought of Gang Green having a high-powered offense still feels bizarre, but you better believe I’m going to take this opportunity to plug Coop’s rankings on our Patreon, where (Spoiler) he got controversial in the rookie rankings and had Zach Wilson really high from the jump. Truth be told, I wasn’t sure about it in the beginning, but now it’s looking pretty sharp.
Now let’s get to the headlines!
Analysis & Hype:
The Elijah Moore hype is reaching face-melting temperatures:
• "This isn’t written lightly: The Jets might have someone really, really special."
• “Jets have been waiting two decades for WR prospect like Elijah Moore”
• “Rookie wide receiver Elijah Moore was the most impressive player — offense or defense, any age — whenever he was on the field.”
• “Elijah Moore does this every day. As promising as I’ve seen a rookie wideout”
• “I’ve seen enough early reports + the college tape… I’m ready to go from 0 to 100 and leap to hall of fame comparisons. Elijah Moore is going to be Antonio Brown. Let’s ride.”
• Might be a good time for a reminder of what A.J. Brown said to Elijah Moore: "I couldn't do none of the shit you do. I never told you this but you way better than me bro. The shit you do I'm still trying to do. The sky's not the limit for you, you can go as far as you want. You're special. You going to be the best. I believe that."
Jets HC on Zach Wilson: “He’s unflappable in the sense that he doesn’t care whether [it] went good or bad. He wants to know why it went good or bad. He wants to learn from it. He’s wired exactly the way you want all players to be wired.”
Some more Zach Wilson and Jets offense hype.
“Corey Davis matched or exceed AJ Brown in targets in 8/12 games played together in 2020”
Mike LaFleur explains why Corey Davis will thrive in Jets' new offense.
Beat writer says the Falcons are "force feeding" rookie TE Kyle Pitts at minicamp.
PSA: Joe Burrow was on pace for a league-leading 658 attempts last year. As a rookie. Without Ja'Marr Chase.
Bengals OC notes that WR Tee Higgins has gotten "markedly more explosive." “He now knows what to take to get to the next level of his game.”
Merrill Reese on DeVonta Smith: “In 50 years, I’ve seen a lot of wide receivers and I’ve seen great ones like Harold Carmichal, who’s going into the Hall of Fame, and my partner in the booth, Mike Quick, who went to five Pro Bowls. So I’ve seen great receivers,” Reese said. “But I’ve never seen a receiver that makes my jaw drop the way that he does.”
Fantastic Clyde Edwards-Helaire thread on Twitter.
And another great thread on D’Andre Swift.
D'Andre Swift's receiving ability has been the talk of #Lions offseason
Yards Per Route Run among Rookie RBs in 2020:
1. D'Andre Swift - 1.58
2. Jonathan Taylor - 1.47
Threat Rate among Rookie RBs in 2020:
1. D'Andre Swift - 24.8%
2. Antonio Gibson - 23.6%
Baker Mayfield had 8 games last season with a QBR over 80. The Browns went 7-1 in those games. Only Aaron Rodgers and Patrick Mahomes had more 80+ QBR performances.
Some pretty good discussion on this /r/fantasyfootball thread: “Can James Robinson & ETN coexist?”
Video breakdown showcasing why Nick Chubb is arguable the best runner in the NFL.
Article outlining some Zero RB targets.
Raiders beat: Darren Waller "will surely top last year’s 1,196 yards as he continues to get better" in 2021.
Running backs with the most fantasy points per rushing attempt (Min. 100 attempts):
1) Alvin Kamara 2.02
2) D’Andre Swift 1.66
3) Austin Ekeler 1.42
4) Chris Carson 1.33
5) Aaron Jones 1.28
"it's easy to see" how Cheifsrookie TE Noah Gray "could get a significant amount of playing time" in 2021.
Rookie Rams TE Jacob Harris has become a "special project" for tight end coach Wes Phillips and head coach Sean McVay.
On J.K. Dobbins: “Ravens coaches have been vocal about their desire to get the running backs more involved in the passing game, and Dobbins has shown this offseason that he’s capable of contributing … he’s giving the coaching staff plenty of reasons to keep him on the field more.”
Mina Kimes lays out why she thinks Noah Fant is the most likely TE to join Kelce, Kittle, and Waller in that top tier.
TE Leaders by Total Fantasy Points 
1 Travis Kelce (312.6)
2 Darren Waller (280.6)*
3 Robert Tonyan (176.6)**
4 Logan Thomas (175.5)***
5 TJ Hockenson (175.3)
* Played WR in NCAA
** Played QB/WR in NCAA
*** Played QB in NCAA
Sammy Watkins "was the Ravens' best receiver at minicamp." He made several contested grabs and delivered the best catch of the offseason, getting separation from Pro Bowl cornerback Marlon Humphrey along the sideline for a long touchdown reception. This represented a big first step between Watkins and Lamar Jackson in terms of chemistry. "I'm not going to lie to you; it is fun," Jackson said of Watkins. "A big receiver, nice target, fast guy. Sammy is going to make our job a lot easier."
Dynasty 2021 Rookie Stock Watch on Reddit.
If you don’t want to go overpay for Brandon Aiyuk, don’t read this Twitter thread.
Article outlining rookie WRs that are poised to enjoy immediate NFL success.
Thread on /r/fantasyfootball: “Early Undervalued Players (2021 Fantasy Football)”
Cam Akers is younger than Najee Harris, Travis Etienne, Trey Sermon, and Michael Carter.
Cole Kmet listed here as the Bear who stood out most during OTAs. "The ball always seemed to find him, regardless of who was at quarterback."
Article: “Surprise players you should know from NFL minicamps for all 32 teams”
“And as ready as Ridley is, Gage and Zaccheaus are poised for breakout years as well as they will benefit from expanded roles.”
“[Jameis] Winston's not getting much love because of the bad taste left in everyone's mouth from his final year in Tampa. However, it's hard to not picture him as the starter going into the new season”
“What bodes well for [Adam] Trautman is a sampling from Winston's 2019 season. In that final year with the Bucs, Winston targeted Cameron Brate and O.J. Howard a combined 88 times. The 70 receptions between the two accounted for 18 percent of Winston's completions (380)”
“Player props might be one of the most underrated, unknown ways to view a players projected outcome. Vegas doesn’t like to lose y’all.”
This clip makes me want to move Jets rookie RB Michael Carter up my board.
Deep (Mostly Dynasty) Sleepers:
The Bills took 6’4 210 WR Isaiah Hodgins late in last years’ NFL draft, but he spent his rookie year on IR. He’s healthy now and getting some buzz including praise from Josh Allen and Bills head coach.
Bengals OC on 6th-round rookie RB Chris Evans. “He’s got the most natural hands for a running back that I’ve ever been around."
PFF’s 4 toughest strength of schedule grades for RBs belong to Saquon Barkley, Aaron Jones, D’Andre Swift, and Ezekiel Elliott.
Last year, Cam Akers only saw more than 66% of his team’s snaps in 1 game.
Thread on /r/DynastyFF: “What is one hype train that you just can't get behind?”
Podcasts I Enjoyed This Week:
Lightning Round Podcast: “AFC North Divisional Preview with Andrew Hall!”
The Late-Round Podcast: “How Rookie Quarterbacks Affect Their Teammates”
The Fun Stuff:
“I am coming to you live from a Brandon, Mississippi Waffle House. I, a total loser, came in last place in my fantasy football league. As punishment, I spend 24 hours in a Waffle House. Every waffle I eat shaves an hour off the clock. It’s 4:07 Central.” — I enjoyed the response from Waffle House.
Ever wanted in on the Reddit 1,584 team NarFFL league? Update here.
Jameis Winston’s workouts never disappoint.
Najee Harris is smooth.
When they send you a “plentiful package” trade offer.
Drew Lock found his true calling in a former life.
I’m starting to get the sense that everyone looks fast on these types of treadmills.6
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