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Every Wednesday during the season NFL Network and NFL.com Senior Fantasy Analyst Michael Fabiano joins Sports360AZ.com’s Brad Cesmat to share his insight on building and developing your fantasy team for success.
Here are some hi-lights from our most recent conversation with the Fantasy Sports Writer’s Association Hall of Famer.
Which rookie running back is positioned to have the biggest fantasy impact this fall? “Melvin Gordon. Big winner. Goes to San Diego. Ryan Mathews is gone. Danny Woodhead is not a featured back, neither is Donald Brown. He’s proven that. Nor is Branden Oliver. So Gordon comes in and becomes the number one running back. That is a very good fit.”
What NFL veterans came out as “winners after draft weekend? “How about Latavius Murray. The Raiders didn’t draft a running back. That is a show of faith in Murray and his skills in an offense that suddenly has a lot of really good, young players.”
How about biggest veteran fantasy “loser?” “Well, the first one is Tre Mason. That one hurt. He could still be the starter to open the year but that all depends on Todd Gurley’s knee. I’ve heard reports that, potentially, the Rams could ease him back and maybe he’s on the PUP list for the first six weeks and then they bring him in. Long-term, this is a player [Gurley] to draft in dynasty leagues, though. Every one that I’ve talked to that knows anything about the National Football League has talked up this guy like he is the second coming of Adrian Peterson or Marshawn Lynch. They love him…to make him a top 10 pick…that speaks volumes of what Jeff Fisher and the Rams think.”
The Cowboys didn’t draft a running back: what do you make out of their backfield with DeMarco Murray now in Philadelphia? “It seems they have faith in Darren McFadden who is in his late 20’s hasn’t averaged more than 3.4 yards per carry in each of the last three years but the sleeper here is Joe Randall. He averaged over six yards a carry last season. I know he’s a little bit of a knucklehead off the field if he keeps that in-check, I think he’s the sleeper in that backfield and potentially the running back to draft from a fantasy perspective.”
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