Rob Gronkowski and Travis Kelce have been the first two tight ends taken off the board in fantasy drafts the last few years and rightfully so. Combined, one of them has finished as fantasy’s top tight end four years running. And while the days of Gronk being taken in the first round are likely gone, they both will likely go in the second or no later than the third in 2018. But because such a high draft pick is needed to snag one of these elite options, it makes the decision much more significant than others. Let’s dig in to see which one will prevail this year.
Nagy made Travis Kelce into one of fantasy’s truly elite tight ends, and no team targeted the position more than the Chiefs did last year. Kelce, in turn, led all tight ends in targets, target share and yards after catch, per Player Profiler. Both Kelce and Burton have previous experience playing quarterback, and Nagy loved lining Kelce up all over the formation. Expect Burton to be used in a similar manner and be a legitimate fantasy tight end.
We here at Silver & Black Pride are going through the Raiders 2018 opponents and taking a look at where each team stands going into the new season. Oakland will have to wait a long time into the season before finally facing the Chiefs because their first match up isn’t until Week 13 and then they face a second time to finish the season Week 17.
Reason For: Patrick Mahomes
Going into his fourth start (remember he started a game in 2017), Mahomes will just be coming out of his rawness and teams will be getting film on him. At this point, the 49ers may have found enough of a sample size and can turn the tides quickly on the young quarterback. All it takes is a few games and we really see what kind of quarterback the Chiefs have. Sometimes it takes two games, some eight, some a whole season, but teams will adjust and make life harder for him. Given his inexperience, the defense may have found a gameplan in his first three starts of 2018 to take a bit of the wind out of his sails. The 49ers defense isn’t near as inept as it was years ago, this is right around the time Mahomes gets a rude awakening and a bad game courtesy of the 49ers secondary.
Around the league
The NFL Supplemental Draft rarely garners much attention from the football world, but this year’s event features a number of promising prospects with the potential to impact teams as contributors this season. This is certainly uncommon for a draft that typically features misfits and cast-offs with spotty records and character flaws. Despite those red flags, the supplemental draft has produced some high-level playmakers in the past, with guys like Hall of Fame inductee Cris Carter, Josh Gordon and Terrelle Pryor making their mark in the league after being mid-summer draft picks.
The NFL’s summer break presents the ideal opportunity for players to pursue individual passions, and this year, they lent a hand during a crisis (Josh Norman), got involved in local politics (Devin and Jason McCourty and Matthew Slater) and tackled personal goals around the world (Brett Hundley), just to name a few. Also, items on how the NFL is aiding coaches in teaching the new helment-lowering rule, the NFL’s involvment in NYC Pride, why Russell Okung’s discussion about guaranteed contracts is so important and much more.
The Bills and Colts played one heck of a weird football game last year, with the two questionably talented teams engaging in slow-motion battle in a Buffalo-area blizzard. Snow was dumping so hard before the game you couldn’t see what was actually happening on the field, and the footage captured from the game was marvelous.
The Cleveland Browns were set to start the season without offensive lineman Donald Stephenson given his two-game suspension for violating the league’s Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse.
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We’re less than three weeks from training camp and that means not a ton of new, relevant news. So, with that in mind, on Friday, we asked Arrowhead Pride twitter followers to send us in their favorite pieces of Kansas City Chiefs gear.
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