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In my weekly column, we take a long look at impact fantasy football rookies.  I compare their performance to date against my original expectations of them.  Let’s continue this 2014 version of samwatkinsthe series by looking at one of the best receivers in the 2014 NFL Draft, Sammy Watkins.  I will look at some of his college production against his performance versus the Dolphins to dissect his dynasty value.

These are my thoughts after watching him in college: He has everything you wants in a receiver: hands, contorts himself to find the ball, great after the catch, skies to get the ball, creating space, and gets off the line with little issues.  Of course, in college there were not many corners that played with the physicality to match Watkins.  The Clemson receiver got used early and often mostly running short routes and bubble screens, but played big with his great athleticism and the best catch radius of his class. His usage in the screen game took the place of an active running game.  With a strong armed quarterback in Tajh Boyd, they built the chemistry for him to run under a lot of passing in stride for a lot of 50+ yard touchdowns.  I found him to be simply the best play maker in his class. Watkins is not a huge physical receiver, but he has enough quick twitch moves to separate from most NFL coverage.  In the right pass first offense, the young receiver could average 80+ catches, 1200 yards, and 7-9 touchdowns per season. Read More »


We are now in the “dead zone” of the NFL football year.  This is the time for making sure your dynasty fantasy football taxi squads are full.  Sure these aren’t superstar players, but just like penny stocks their value could soar if you get lucky.  Ifireworks based my write-ups on their performances during their 2014 collegian bowl games.

Jared Abbarederis, WR GB
The wide receiver did not have a very impressive bowl game as he finished with three catches for 27 yards.  He looked like a possession NFL receiver.  Abbarederis ran clean routes, fought for extra yardage, and was a solid run blocker.  The Badgers sent him in motion to try to create separation, but his hands were inconsistent as he caught the ball as much with his body as with his hands.   Abbarederis will need some time to develop to be a weapon in the NFL. Read More »

Editor’s note: I wanted to replay my first Senior Bowl experience to help differentiate the rookies that you are drafting as we speak.  I hope you enjoy:

I don’t know what it is, but there is something pretty awesome about sitting in a room with hundreds of the best football minds this country has to offer. Looking around and seeing general managers, head coaches, offensive and defensiveabby coordinators, really made me feel lucky to be a part of the Senior Bowl.

My adventure started the day before when I got on my third and final flight of the night from Chicago and as it turned out, I was on the plane with the majority of the Bears coaching staff on their way to Mobile.

Weigh-in/measurements part of the day is a necessary evil, but I was not a fan.  They are made to parade in front of 500 scouts/media members/coaching staffs in their underwear.  If there was something noteworthy I will mention it in my individual player notes.  Now on to my South and North practice notes listed in alphabetical order:

Jared Abbrederis, WR WISC
The powerfully built receiver was physical catching the ball, throwing off a defensive back hanging on him.  He runs crisp routes, sinks his hips, and catches the ball out in front in stride with strong hands.  There is something about him that reminds me of former Cincinnati Bengal TJ Houshmanzadeh.  If anyone could be called the North’s best receiver, it is Abbrederis. Read More »