Pre-Season Power Rankings

8. Jon Green

I feel like Jon’s team could be one where we look back and wonder how he was rated so low originally. The reason I personally don’t have him ranked higher is because almost every position on his team requires a leap of faith to get behind. His starting RBs are his biggest strengths going into this season without a doubt and I think his QBs and WRs could absolutely join that strength tier sooner rather than later. That is where the questions lie, however, as Kyler Murray and Matthew Stafford should both be solid, but Kyler struggled with consistency in his rookie season and Stafford missed 8 games last season. His receivers are all young as well which isn’t necessarily bad, but not something I feel comfortable listing as a strength either.

 

QB: Kyler Murray, Matthew Stafford, Ryan Fitzpatrick

 

I actually love Kyler Murray this year and think he could easily finish as a top 3 QB after an inconsistent rookie season that still lead to a QB6 finish. That doesn’t mean he doesn’t have risk though as he is extremely undersized and runs more than the normal QB does which could lead to injuries in year 2. On the flip side, adding Deandre Hopkins to an already stacked receiving core should set up Kyler for a successful year two. Matthew Stafford looked to be well on his way to a top 10 QB finish last year before getting injured and missing the final 8 games of the season. Before last year, he hadn’t missed a game since 2010 so I look for him to bounce back this season with Kenny Golladay, Marvin Jones, TJ Hockenson, and Deandre Swift as offensive weapons at his disposal. Ryan Fitzpatrick will serve perfectly as Jon’s QB3 being that Jon’s starting QBs have byes in weeks 5 and 8 and Tua Tagovailoa isn’t likely to take over for the Dolphins before the week 11 bye week.

 

RB: Derrick Henry, Chris Carson, Phillip Lindsay, Sony Michel

 

Jon’s RB core is top heavy and that is something that could come back to haunt him later in the season. Derrick Henry was the best rusher in the league last year leading the league in carries, yards, and TDs. However, the lack of pass catching knocks Henry down a couple spots in my eyes. He should be a locked in top 10 RB, but I wouldn’t expect another top 5 finish this season unless he can catch a few more passes. At RB2, Jon drafted the perennially underrated Chris Carson. Every year Chris Carson finds himself getting drafted in the 3rd or 4th round as a mid-range RB2 despite finishing each of the last two seasons as a top 13 RB. Despite the Seahawks adding Carlos Hyde, I expect Carson to continue his trend and finish as a RB1 once again. Phillip Lindsay is another guy who is typically underrated, but this season it’s for good reason. The Broncos added workhorse Melvin Gordon in the offseason and Lindsay will be part of a RBBC at best. As a RB3, Lindsay isn’t a bad dart throw, but he’s also not someone who can be relied on should one of Jon’s starters get injured. Sony Michel has been maddening since entering the league with the Patriots. He has been the defacto RB1 for NE the last few years, but he can never seem to be anything more than an average 2 down back. Now with Damien Harris potentially splitting the early down work with Michel, he has very little value to me.

 

WR: Devante Parker, Terry McLaurin, DJ Chark, Allen Lazard, N’Keal Harry, Deebo Samuel

 

Jon’s receiving core is one of those positions that I think could end up being a strength. However, at this moment I have it classified as a question mark because each of his receivers has several factors that could hinder them this year. Jon’s WR1 is Devante Parker who finished last season as the WR10 in fantasy. He did this with little competition for targets however and before Preston Williams tore his ACL in week 9 of last season, the rookie was outperforming Parker. At WR2 is Terry McLaurin who should have little to no competition for targets this upcoming season. His questions arise from QB play however. Dwayne Haskins was not good last year to be blunt and obviously McLaurin will need him to be much better if he hopes to fulfill his breakout potential. DJ Chark was a top 8 WR before injuries got to him and led him to a WR19 finish. He looks to be seriously undervalued this year and could be a steal for Jon as his WR3. Deebo Samuel and Allen Lazard are two exciting bench WR options for Jon. Deebo was WR9 over the final 8 weeks of last season and would be a lock to be someone’s WR2 if not for a Jones fracture in his foot that will likely have him on the PUP list to start the season. Lazard looks to be the Packers WR2 this season, which has also typically led to fantasy success. N’Keal Harry was the Pats 1st round pick last season, but he is an unknown due to very little playing time his rookie season. With first round pedigree, there are worse WR6 options.

 

TE: Mike Gesicki, Jack Doyle

 

I think the TE position is one that Jon did well at filling with later round picks. Gesicki is a breakout waiting to happen as he flashed his upside turning in a TE7 performance over the final 9 weeks of last season. I think he will easily be top 10 once again. Jack Doyle is a solid insurance option also. Phillip Rivers loves throwing to TEs and Doyle shouldn’t have too much competition for TE targets in the Colts offense.

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