Fabiano’s Fantasy Focus: Week I, Volume II

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Every week 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 (August 12th) with the Fantasy Sports Writer’s Association Hall of Famer.

Who are some running backs whose value has increased from last year to this year? “Eddie Lacy, if you remember at the beginning of last year, he was not producing and people were starting to freak out that he was going to be enduring that sophomore slump but then he began to start playing well so I think Eddie Lacy has the confidence of fantasy owners. C.J. Anderson is another player, in Gary Kubiak’s offense, he is someone who is certainly shooting up draft boards. He is a first-round pick right now. So is Jeremy Hill who I have ranked eighth among running backs simply because I loved what I saw from him last year. I know he’s going to lose some work to Giovanni Bernard but they’re two different styles of running backs.”

How about at wide receiver? “Brandin Cooks is someone who’s really jumping on people’s radars this year because the Saints traded Jimmy Graham. They traded Kenny Stills. Really Cooks is the main beneficiary of a lot of those targets. The Saints lost over 200 targets just from those players alone.”

Why is the fantasy talent level so thin at tight end? “You’re looking at a lot of crapshoots. Julius Thomas: most of his production from a fantasy standpoint came on touchdowns last year. It was almost 60%. That’s not going to happen in Jacksonville. Zach Ertz: lot of upside. Can catch the ball very well. Has not improved as a blocker…Jason Witten is long in the tooth. Jordan Cameron is injury-prone. Vernon Davis is coming off an awful year. So there is not a lot of depth there at tight end. If I didn’t get one of the first five tight ends I might wait, grab maybe a sleeper like Austin Seferian-Jenkins or a Tyler Eifert and then grab Antonio Gates and sit on him for four weeks.”

What do you make of the Cowboys’ crowded backfield? “Darren McFadden has never been able to stay healthy and he’s hurt right now so I don’t expect him to be a major threat…I like [Joseph] Randle to be the guy who sees 225-250 carries in that Cowboys’ backfield.”

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