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In part five of an eight-part series, I’ll identify two ADP stocks, two potential candidates and two potential sleepers in the NFC East.
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Saquon Barkley (RB-NYG): ADP 22.7 | RB13
The former No. 2 overall pick had a historic rookie season, averaging 22 touches and 24.1 fantasy points per game. Unfortunately, Barkley has struggled to stay healthy since his rookie season, missing 42.9 percent of games the past three years. Also, his yards per rushing attempt dropped to a career-low 3.7 for him last season. However, the Giants have done everything they can to help Barkley this offseason.
Added several new offensive linemen, including top 10 pick Evan Neal. The Giants also didn’t compete for touches, giving Barkley an easy path to a standout workload. More importantly, the Giants’ receiving core has been disappointing during training camp so far. If they continue to struggle to start the year, Barkley could see a massive increase in goals. Health is the key for Barkley. Before suffering a torn ACL in 2020, he scored 14 or more fantasy points in 24 of 30 games. If he stays healthy, Barkley could finish the year as the overall RB1.
Jalen Hurts (QB – PHI): DPA 66.7 | QB7
Despite being one of the most talked about quarterbacks this offseason, Hurts is still a steal as the No. 7 quarterback off the board and a sixth-round pick. In his first year as a full-time starter, Hurts was QB9 and averaged 20.8 fantasy points per game. Additionally, he tied for the final QB6 in points per game with Aaron Rogers. More importantly, many expect Hurts to make a joseph allen-as a third year jump.
The reason Hurts will make a big leap in 2022 is the addition of oh brown. Philadelphia traded a first- and third-round pick in the NFL Draft for the former Ole Miss star. Similarly, the Buffalo Bills traded multiple draft picks for Stefon Diggs during the 2020 offseason. Allen went on to have a career year that season. Plus, Hurts has a lot of potential even if his passing numbers don’t improve. Last year, Hurts and Allen were the only two quarterbacks to throw for more than 3,000 yards and rush for more than 750 yards. If he takes that leap forward, Hurts becomes a league winner at his current ADP.
Antonio Gibson (RB-WAS): ADP 41.7 | RB19
Gibson had arguably the worst offseason of any player this year. After averaging 17.4 fantasy points per game in his last six games last season, Gibson came close to a likely top-10 ranking in 2022. JD McKissic He reportedly agreed to a deal with the Bills in free agency. However, the Commanders made a last minute attempt to retain him, and the veteran re-signed with the team. Washington then used a third-round pick on brian robinson. Within a few weeks, Gibson went from likely RB1 to full-blown running back per committee situation.
To make matters worse, Gibson is likely to see very few valuable touches. McKissic will continue his role as pass catcher and third down, while Robinson will handle most of the short-yardage and goal-line work. Thus, this leaves Gibson with career attempts in his 20s. Additionally, he missed practice time during camp due to injury and fumbled during the Commanders’ Week 1 preseason game. In replacement, Robinson scored Washington’s first touchdown of the game, while Gibson returned to the field with the second drive. Gibson’s ADP will start to slip, as it should. Until I get to the seventh round, I don’t want anything to do with Gibson.
Kenny Golladay (UK – NYG): ADP 166.5 | WR60
Golladay was labeled an emerging star wide receiver after averaging 15.5 fantasy PPR points and scoring 11 touchdowns in 2019. He then played just five games in 2020 with injury. Golladay was rumored to have used the injury as a way to hold on, as contract negotiations with the Detroit Lions were going nowhere. After signing a massive free agent deal with the Giants, Golladay was expected to have a breakout season in 2021. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen.
Instead, he struggled with injuries and posted career lows in several areas, including zero touchdowns on 76 targets. More importantly, the Giants have made two substantial additions to their receiving room since signing Golladay. They used their first round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft on Kadarius Toney. The new regime then used a second-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft on Wan’Dale Robinson. Also, Golladay has struggled with injuries the past two years and seems to have mentally tuned out. Instead of using a 14 round pick on Golladay, target players with a later ADP like George Pickens Y romeo doubs instead.
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Tony Pollard (RB-DAL): ADP 82.2 | RB32
Since entering the NFL, Pollard has been a favorite in the fantasy football community, and the buzz around him has grown this offseason. He has averaged 7.5 yards per touch for his career. Pollard also averaged a career-high 5.5 yards per rush attempt last season. Plus, last year he had a career-high 719 rushing yards. The 719 yards were just 171 shy of his career total to start the season. More importantly, Pollard looked like the best running back on the list as Ezekiel Elliott he struggled at times last year.
Even though Elliott played all 17 games and averaged 16.7 touches per contest, Pollard was the RB28 last season. He averaged 10.4 fantasy points per game despite averaging just 11.3 touches per contest. Cowboys swapped away amari cooper this low season and will not have miguel rooster to start the year. There have been reports of the Cowboys playing Pollard in the slot in certain situations. If Elliott struggles to start the year, Pollard could take over the lead and become a top 12 running back. Even if Zeke remains the leader, Pollard should see enough volume to finish the season as a low-end RB2.
Curtis Samuel (WR-ERA): ADP206.5 | WR89
Last year, Samuel was a popular sleeper wide receiver. He was coming off a career year in 2020 with the Carolina Panthers, averaging 14.1 fantasy points per game. Unfortunately, Samuel struggled to stay healthy last year and played in five games, totaling only 84 offensive snaps. The Commanders recently signed Terry McLaurin to a massive extension and used his first-round pick on Jahan Dotson. While his fantasy outlook has changed drastically from a year ago, Samuel has the potential to become a steal at his current ADP.
The last time Samuel was healthy was in 2020. That year he had 77 receptions on 97 targets for a career-high 851 receiving yards and three touchdowns. However, his work in the running game made him an attractive option for fantasy teams. Samuel had 41 rushing attempts for 200 yards and two touchdowns that year. By comparison, he totaled 35 rushing attempts for 289 yards and three touchdowns in the other four years of his career. Hopefully, Samuel will win some rushing attempts this year. In standard-size leagues, he shouldn’t be drafted. However, Samuel is worth a late-round pick as a high-potential dart-throwing pick in deeper leagues.