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Senior Fantasy Football Expert Shawn Childs breaks down and forecasts the top players from the biggest colleges in the nation! In this edition, he takes a look at DeVante Parker, Lamar Jackson and more of your favorite Louisville players! Stay tuned for more College Football Player Breakdowns!
WR DeVante Parker – In his three seasons in the NFL, Parker hasn’t lived up to Fantasy owners expectations. He has 139 catches for 1,908 yards and eight TDs on 233 targets. Last year DeVante was on pace for his best season in his career (57/670/1), but he missed three games with an ankle issue midseason. Parker finished with five games with six catches or more and eight with 60 yards receiving or more. The drop-down at QB to Jay Cutler didn’t help his scoring value. 2018 will be DeVante’s last year in Miami, so a great season could be a win for him in free agency. With Jarvis Landry no longer on the roster, Parker will naturally see a bump in targets. His next step should be 80+ catches for 1,100+ yards and about seven TDs. His lack of success may lead to him falling in drafts. I’m interested in 2018, but I’m not paying a premium.
QB Lamar Jackson – Over three seasons as a starter for Louisville, Jackson passed for 9,043 yards with 69 TDs and 27 Ints. He finished with a low completion rate (57.0) while showing growth in each year. Lamar is a dynamic runner who has a high volume of chances in 2016 (260/1571/21) and 2017 (232/1601/18). Jackson finished his college career with 4,132 yards rushing with an amazing 50 rushing TDs. Lamar has a quick release with exceptional velocity for his minimal movement. He’ll redefine the running game from the QB positions. Jackson will struggle to make plays in a tight pocket but destroy teams when he breaks into the second level of the defense. When the pocket breaks down, his first thought is to run. Jackson has a shot to break Michael Vick’s single-season record in rushing yards (1,039) yards for a QB in his career. Very intriguing Fantasy options when Jackson earns a full time starting job.
RB Bilal Powell – Over the previous two seasons before 2017, Powell was at his best late in the year as a high-volume pass-catching back with early down chances after an injury to Matt Forte. Fantasy owners expected more upside out of him last year with a better path to playing time. Bilal did set a career high in rushing attempts (178), rushing yards (772), and TDs (5), but the Jets failed to get him involved in the passing game (23/170). In 2015 and 2016, Powell caught 105 of 138 combined targets for 776 yards and four TDs. His game isn’t explosive even with four runs over 40 yards in 2017. His opportunity looks shot on early downs with Crowell added to the roster, and New York would love to get Elijah McGuire move involved in the passing game. Tough call on Bilal’s value this season. Possible 125 touches for 500 yards with minimal TDs with a rebound in catches. More of an insurance policy than an upside Fantasy investment.
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QB Teddy Bridgewater – After a nice season for the Vikings in 2015, Bridgewater looked on the verge of being an upside ball control QB. A preseason knee injury cost him his starting opportunity and the last two years. When at his best, Teddy had an 11-5 record in Minnesota while completing 65.3 percent of his 447 passes for 3,231 yards with 14 TDs and nine Ints. He also ran for 192 yards on 44 catches with another three TDs. His age and upside may point to him offering more to the Jets than Josh McCown as a starting QB in 2018 until Sam Darnold is ready to seize the job. Even with talent, Teddy has to prove he’s over his injury. Just a player to follow over the summer.
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