Dynasty Experts Q and A: Combine Preview 2017

Each and every week we will ask our dynasty experts several questions regarding fantasy football. Our expert panel will answer anything you throw at them. We’ll look at buy-low and sell-high players along with trade questions we receive during the week from our followers as well as other general dilemmas and draft questions. Here we go:

***This week our guest expert is Stephen Fuller of DynastyFootballFactory.com***
1.) Which running back are you keeping your eye on at the combine?

Brian Hawkes – I will be watching Jamaal Williams, BYU, and Samaje Perine, Oklahoma. I want to see if Williams measures up as a true 6′, 220 lb. guy, and if he does, I am curious to see how his speed and agility stacks up. His tape is impressive, and if he measures well, he could be a guy that checks a number of “bell cow” boxes. We know Perine is going to crush the weigh in and bench press, but will his speed/agility prove to be subpar? If Perine runs well, he is also a guy that can really fly up draft boards (maybe even the top half of rookie drafts).

Josh Johnson – After some extensive film study I believe Boise State’s Jeremy McNichols to have best hands of any RB in the class. “The Gauntlet” drill at the combine should fulfill this idea. Watch with a kleenex under you jaw as the former high school WRs dazzles with his webbed hands. Also interested to see North Carolina’s T.J. Logan run the 40 and Wyoming’s Brian Hill do everything.

Stephen Fuller – The RB I am most looking forward to is Samaje Perine, The Sooners Junior has put up over 1,000yds 3 straight years even with Mixon sharing duties. Although not considered to be nifty or explosive his 3 cone drill and shuttle run times will be intriguing,

Shaun Laibe –  I’ve got my eye on Christian McCaffrey when looking at the RBs at this year’s combine.  We already know that McCaffrey was terrific in his career at Stanford.  He has all of the intangibles, including an innate ability to catch the ball out of the backfield.  The question will be how well he stacks up with the competition on speed and agility drills.  A good performance could drastically improve his draft stock, both in NFL and Fantasy. 

2.) Which wide receiver are you keeping your eye on at the combine?

Brian Hawkes – Josh Malone, Tennessee. Malone was a top high school prospect who failed to make an impact until this past season (junior year). I think he’ll measure and time very well, and he appears to have natural hands to shine in drills. I’m watching him to see if he confirms what I’ve seen on tape, and that is a very underrated player who may shine in the right situation (I see shades of Michael Thomas). 

Josh Johnson – In case you don’t know my intriguing WR of the process so far is LA Tech’s Carlos Henderson. I am not the only person who believes he can clock in the 4.3s at the combine. I am also a drooler for cats who can run a sub-seven second three cone time. Again others agree a good combine could move Henderson into the top 50 pick discussion. I truly see eventual greatness there. He is a laser cannon explosiveness and his lacking tools can be coached up. I am also looking at “Big ” Billy Brown of Shepherd (WV) to see his overall testing scores.

Stephen Fuller – At WR Amba Etta-Tawo may have only one year of production but it was a steady rise for Syracuse’s graduate transfer. The senior showed improvement with his route running but needs a solid combine to help offset a senior bowl marred by multiple drops.

Shaun Laibe – I’m going to be paying close attention to what Juju Smith-Schuster does at the combine.  After a breakout sophomore year at USC in which he caught 89 passes for 1,454 yards, Smith-Schuster regressed as a junior with just 70 catches for 914 yards.  That sort of regression is troubling, but if he can put together an above average showing at the combine, he will have NFL execs (and Fantasy owners) drooling once again.

3.) Potpourri: Name one other player at any position you will be keeping tabs on during the combine?

Brian Hawkes – Christian McCaffrey. I have some assumptions about his weight (< 210 lbs.) and speed (sub 4.5), but the combine will confirm if they are correct. He should shine in pass catching drills, but a light weigh in or slow 40 time could be damaging to his rookie draft value as there are sure to be a number of risers in this talented RB class. 

Josh Johnson – Virginia Tech TE Bucky Hodges: 40-time, 3-cone and bench press
Washington FS Budda Baker: Vertical and Broad Jump
Virginia Tech WR Isaiah Ford: everything
Clemson WR Artavis Scott: 3-cone and shuttle run
Oklahoma RB Samaje Perine: Bench Press
Villanova DE Tanoh Kpassagon: Bench Press and Broad Jump

Stephen Fuller – “Sometimes you will just watch in awe at a top prospect, and in ’17 that will likely be the Aggies Myles Garrett. At 6′ 5″” and 270lbs the DE should not be capable of a reported sub 4.5 40 time and 40 inch vertical jump, viewing Texas A & Ms outgoing Junior’s freakishly athletic combine numbers is a must.”

Shaun Laibe –  As a fan of the game, I’ve always been intrigued by the NFL Scouting combine. It presents a unique opportunity for draft prospects to showcase all of their skills with eyes from all 32 teams watching.  As a self proclaimed dynasty football “guru”, the combine is an essential part of how I try to gain an early competitive advantage over competition.  We always have preconceived ideas of what we THINK we know of a player.  The combine gives the chance to watch with your own eyes and make your own decisions.  Here are several players that I’m going to have my eyes on in search of top notch Fantasy potential:

  • Curtis Samuel – WR, Ohio State
  • OJ Howard – TE, Alabama
  • Kareem Hunt – RB, Toledo
  • Mitch Trubisky – QB, North Carolina
  • D’Onta Foreman, RB Texas

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