Pre-Season Power Rankings
12. Decker Farris
I don’t think I’ve ever left a draft and thought that Decker had a good draft. I don’t know whether that’s a difference in opinion or if he truly doesn’t draft good teams, but I thought this year was going to be different. Decker nailed his first three picks, but it sort of went off the rails after that. Decker’s receiving core is a very obvious strength since he took 4 receivers in his first 7 picks, but that’s where the strengths end in my opinion. His decision to draft Devin Singletary in the 4th was extremely questionable leaving many better RBs on the board for a RB who may not be the RB1 for his offense. He also panicked taking back-to-back QBs in the 5th/6th rounds to end a QB run getting poor value out of Baker Mayfield and Joe Burrow in my opinion. I unfortunately think this will be another poor season for Decker and that is why I have him ranked last in these power rankings.
QB: Baker Mayfield, Joe Burrow, Nick Foles
Baker Mayfield had a stellar rookie season leading to an extreme amount of hype surrounding his second season. Baker ended up being a major bust as he regressed big time and turned in a QB19 performance. This season with a new coach, who loves to run the ball, I’m not sure that Baker will be much better. At QB2, Decker took the rookie, Joe Burrow. On paper, the Bengals offense looks pretty good, but rookie QBs typically take some time to adjust to the NFL, and the Bengals suspect offensive line could have Burrow running for his life early on. Expecting Burrow to turn in a top 15 QB performance is a lot to ask of a rookie and one that I do not think will happen. Nick Foles isn’t a bad QB3, if he starts that is. Foles is in a competition for the starting QB job for the Chicago Bears and is still trading off QB1 snaps with Mitch Trubisky at the time of this writing.
RB: Devin Singletary, Deandre Swift, Darrell Henderson, Justin Jackson, Chase Edmonds
There isn’t much to say about Decker’s running backs other than I do not like them. I had both Devin Singletary and Deandre Swift rated as RB3s in my draft rankings and Decker has to start both. Singletary is undersized and not typically served for a 3 down RB role. Making matters worse, reports out of Bills training camp say that Singletary is having fumbling issues and that Zack Moss has been crushing it leading some to believe that Moss may actually be the RB to own in Buffalo. Deandre Swift at least looks to be on the correct side of the RBBC in Detroit, but even still he has been injured early on missing out on valuable practice reps. Kerryon Johnson may lead the Detroit backfield while Swift recovers. It unfortunately doesn’t get much better on Decker’s bench as none of the RBs on his bench have clear paths to fantasy usage right off the bat. Darrell Henderson is the closest, but he has been injured as well and reports say his week 1 status is in jeopardy. Justin Jackson could potentially be the RB3 for the Chargers with Joshua Kelley in tow and Chase Edmonds likely won’t have much of a role unless Kenyan Drake gets injured.
WR: Deandre Hopkins, Davante Adams, Amari Cooper, Stefon Diggs, Curtis Samuel
The one bright spot on Decker’s are his receivers as it should be since he started out WR/WR/WR. Deandre Hopkins has been a fantasy stud even through the Texans QB struggles early in his career. After adding Deshaun Watson, he came into his own finishing as a top 5 receiver in 4 of the past 5 years. Unfortunately for Hopkins and the Texans, he was traded to Arizona in the offseason where his outlook is a little less clear. Kyler Murray has all the makings of a stud QB and Kliff Kingsbury loves to sling the ball around the field so on paper Hopkins shouldn’t drop off much. I have him as more of a top 10 WR instead of his usual top 5 finish. Davante Adams is another solid WR for Decker’s team as he has posted four straight seasons as a top 10 WR on a points per game basis. Last season in the 12 games he played, he was WR2 overall, but staying healthy has been a problem for Adams the past 3 years. He has missed a combined 7 games including 4 due to turf toe just last season. If he can stay healthy, he is a shoe-in for a top 5 finish. At WR3, Decker is starting Amari Cooper who has been nothing but productive since being traded to the Cowboys. Cooper somehow has never finished in the top 10 at WR, but just outside is good enough for your WR3 spot. He may lose some touches to Gallup and Ceedee Lamb this year, but he’ll still see enough to be highly productive in the Dallas offense. Decker’s bench WRs are solid as well headlined by Stefon Diggs who will be the new Bills WR1 this season. He may not be as productive as he was in Minnesota, but as a WR4 he will provide plenty of value. Curtis Samuel seems to always be on the verge of a breakout, but he can never put it all together. Last season was his best as a pro, but Teddy Bridgewater is not necessarily the best QB to spark a breakout this year either.
TE: Hunter Henry, Taysom Hill
Hunter Henry is another player who has loads of potential, but can’t quite shake the injury bug. He has yet to play a full 16 game season heading into year 5 for him. The loss of Phillip Rivers also hurts Henry’s outlook as Tyrod Taylor doesn’t throw to his TEs near as much as Rivers did, but Henry should still be good enough to finish as a TE1. Taysom Hill is a gadget player for the Saints who does have some week to week value, but he’s not nearly consistent enough to rely on more than once or twice a season.