If you’re a fantasy footballer and a fan of the Bengals, the suggestions of NFL.com Senior Fantasy Analyst Tony Fabiano may appeal on a couple levels as he thinks highly of Cincinnati wide receiver A.J. Green and believes that rookie running back Joe Mixon is on the rise.
Should you be a combo FF/Falcons fan, not so much.
Fabiano predicts that Atlanta quarterback and defending NFL MVP Matt Ryan will be fantasy’s biggest bust.
Is this guy nuts, or a genius?
In putting up a 10-round mock draft that features 10 selections per round, he has Green going No. 8 overall. His take:
“Green was on pace to finish fifth in fantasy points among wideouts before he went down with an injured hamstring last season, so don't let his finish (34th) fool you. The veteran out of Georgia remains a top-10 overall selection in fantasy drafts.”
In Fabiano’s pre-text, before he rolls out the mock, he writes:
With Mixon going in his 30th draft spot:
“The more I research Mixon, the more excited I get about his prospects at the next level. The Bengals backfield is crowded to be certain, but the rookie should pass Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard on the depth chart. I'll take the risk right here.”
This draft projection pegs Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert at pick No. 88.
Among Browns in there, Fabiano rates running back Isaiah Crowell No. 24, wide receiver Kenny Britt No. 84 and running back Duke Johnson No. 94.
Steelers back Le’Veon Bell is No. 2, wideout Antonio Brown No. 4 and wideout Bryant No. 48.
For the Ravens, running back Danny Woodhead is No. 68, running back Terrance West No. 82 and wide receiver Jeremy Maclin No. 87.
You don’t like this?
What about Ryan, whom Fabian projects at the No. 93 pick, in the 10th and final round. The hack’s take in his opening paragraph (he offers no specific commentary on players selected in rounds 6-10:
“With the turn of the calendar to August and just a few short weeks until the start of the regular season, the fantasy football chatter is heating up across the NFL landscape. Who will be the biggest bust? (Matt Ryan).”
In Fabiano’s estimation, six quarterbacks should be valued higher than Ryan, who last season completed 69.9 percent of his passes for 4,944 yards, 38 touchdowns, seven interceptions and a passer rating of 117.1 while leading the Falcons to the Super Bowl.
Aaron Rodgers (Packers) No. 36; Tom Brady (Patriots) No. 50); Drew Brees (Saints) No. 55; Andrew Luck (Colts) No. 62; Russell Wilson (Seahawks) No. 77; and Marcus Mariotta (Titans) No. 92.
So, is that all about right?