Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans (ESPN 22)
Derrick Henry has been patient in his young career, waiting for his chance to show his worth in the fantasy world. A sexy pick in 2017 that never seemed to get his chance to shine Henry had a mediocre season waiting for veteran DeMarco Murray to either get injured or show some decline. Murray’s injury during the 2017 playoffs opened the door for the former Crimson Tide back leading to a breakout game carrying the ball for 156 yards and a touchdown.
Henry may not see as many 3rd downs as most would like due to the pickup of former Patriot Dion Lewis but look for Henry to get all goal line carries as well as the bulk of the opportunity during the season. Henry is to good and the Titans line love to run block. If it’s PPR you may not see the productions you would want but in standard scoring leagues he could be a steal in the mid rounds.
Matt Brieda, San Francisco 49er (ESPN 55)
Jerick McKinnon may be more suitable for the starting spot in San Francisco, especially after Brieda suffered a shoulder injury during the preseason. But McKinnon has just shown glimpses of ability in his career and has never been able to take over a starting spot. Look for the second year player from Georgia Southern to take over the carries early.
Brieda will most likely go undrafted in most leagues so keep an eye on him on the waiver wire around week two.
Honorable Mention: Kenyan Drake (Dolphins)
Cam Meredith, New Orleans Saints (ESPN 54)
Meredith was a sleeper for me in last years draft until a knee injury put him on the sidelines for the entire season. Injuries have derailed the start of the preseason for Meredith but remember this is a guy that had 888 yards receiving with Brian Hoyer as his starting Quarterback just two years ago.
He now has Drew Brees throwing him passes in New Orleans as well as a Wider Receiver core that lacks depth after Micheal Thomas. If Meredith is healthy he can be a solid #2 wide receiver that will pay out big time in late rounds.
Allen Hurns, Dallas Cowboys (ESPN 48)
There has been a lot of talk about Cole Beasley and Tavon Austin but I am keeping my eye on former Jaguar Allen Hurns. With Dez Bryant out of the picture there will be a need in Dallas for a bigger receiver that can catch the long ball and Hurns stands out to me as a potential steal.
At 6’3″ he can be a bigger target for Dak Prescott in the red zone, while the Cowboys also have the 5th easiest projected schedule against wide receivers during the 2018 season. Hurns is another big gamble for the upcoming season but if he can be a threat with Blake Bortles he can really be a threat with Prescott.
Honorable Mention: Mike Williams (Chargers), DJ Moore (Panthers), Calvin Ridley (Falcons)