The All-University Of Georgia Fantasy Football Team

The All-University Of Georgia Fantasy Football Team

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The All-University Of Georgia Fantasy Football Team


With NFL football on the horizon, Fantasy Football drafts are taking place across the nation. As I set out to do some preparation for my upcoming draft, I noticed a plethora of Georgia players who are expected to produce this coming season. That got me thinking: What would an all-Georgia Fantasy Football team look like?

Below is a compilation of Georgia players who should put up some good points this season. Included is the ESPN Fantasy Football statistical projections as well as outlook for the coming season.

Quarterback: Matt Stafford, Detroit Lions 

ESPN Projection: 372/574, 4,393 passing yards, 27.5 passing touchdowns, 10.8 interceptions, 278.7 Fantasy Football points

ESPN Outlook:

Remember when Stafford’s durability was a giant concern? The 30-year-old passer hasn’t missed a game since 2010. During that seven-year span of health, Stafford has posted six top-nine fantasy campaigns, which includes seventh in 2017. Stafford finished no lower than ninth in pass attempts and yards each of those seven years and has averaged 28.1 passing touchdowns in that span. To Stafford’s benefit, Detroit operates one of the league’s pass-heaviest offenses, having called pass at least 65 percent of the time during each of OC Jim Bob Cooter’s three seasons. Stafford will work behind one of the league’s best offensive lines and will be throwing to a strong trio of wide receivers in Golden Tate, Marvin Jones Jr. and Kenny Golladay. Stafford is a high-floor, back-end QB1 option.


Running Back: Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams

ESPN Projection: 283 carries, 1,274 rushing yards, 10.5 rushing touchdowns, 67 receptions, 584 receiving yards, 2.6 receiving touchdowns, 329.4 points Fantasy Football points

ESPN Outlook:

Gurley’s roller-coaster career continued in 2017, as he exploded for a league-high 2,093 yards and 19 touchdowns from scrimmage en route to finishing as fantasy’s top-scoring running back. One year after averaging a dreadful 3.2 YPC, Gurley exploded for 4.7 YPC. Gurley was already a heavily utilized rusher, but he saw his receiving workload increase dramatically in 2017. He hauled in 64 passes for 788 yards after totaling 64 catches for 515 yards during his first two seasons. Only five backs ran more routes. Now a full-on, every-down workhorse in a high-scoring offense, Gurley is an elite fantasy option. He turns 24 years old this summer.


Running Back 2: Sony Michel, New England Patriots

ESPN Projection: 145 carries, 630 rushing yards, 5.3 rushing touchdowns, 24 receptions, 200 receiving yards, .8 receiving touchdowns, 143.1 Fantasy Football points

ESPN Outlook:

Michel has the size and skill set to emerge as a featured back, but he is likely headed for committee duties after New England selected him in the first round of April’s draft. The Georgia product is well-built at 5-foot-11, 214 pounds and is a physical, downhill runner with pretty good quickness. Michel averaged 7.9 YPC, including 2.7 after initial contact last year. Michel is a capable receiver and blocker, which supplies him with big upside down the road, but expect him to share snaps with James White and Rex Burkhead in 2018. Of course, even if limited to 200-230 touches, Michel could score 10 touchdowns in the Patriots’ high-scoring offense. He is a flex target.


Wide Receiver: AJ Green, Cincinnati Bengals

ESPN Projection: 89 receptions, 1,297 receiving yards, 8 receiving touchdowns, 267.1 Fantasy Football points

ESPN Outlook:

Green always seems to be overshadowed by other top wideouts, but he has finished as a top-10 fantasy WR in four of the past six seasons, ranking in the top 12 in fantasy points per snap during the two campaigns in which he missed a combined nine games. Last season, despite the Bengals’ offensive woes, Green ranked top-12 in all of the important receiving counting stats, including targets (139), receptions (75), receiving yards (1,078), touchdowns (8) and end zone targets (14). Green has averaged 9.6 targets per game during his seven-season career, and there’s no sign that he’s slowing down as he enters his age-30 season. Target him in the second round.


Wide Receiver 2: Javon Wims, Chicago Bears

ESPN Projection: Not Available

ESPN Outlook: Not Available

We, however, project Wims to fit in well in the NFL. A solid NFL Preseason debut saw Wims reel in 7 receptions for 89 yards and we expect that success to carry over into the NFL.


Tight End: Benjamin Watson, New Orleans Saints 

ESPN Projection: 46 receptions, 471 receiving yards, 4.7 receiving touchdowns, 121.7 Fantasy Football points

ESPN Outlook:

Watson had a career year with the Saints back in 2015, and after two years in Baltimore, the 37-year-old tight end is back in New Orleans in 2018. Watson’s statistical production has been all over the place throughout his career, but he has posted back-to-back top-11 fantasy campaigns (excluding a 2016 season lost to a torn Achilles). Watson registered a 74-825-6 line and was fantasy’s No. 7 tight end in 2015. Last season, he put up 61-522-4 and finished 11th. Watson caught 78 percent of his targets last season (second-best at the position). Watson’s role as primary tight end in New Orleans’ high-scoring offense certainly puts him on the TE1 radar. He’s worth a look late in your draft.

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