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Noah Fant: an Infusion of Tight End Talent

Noah Fant (6’5”, 241), Tight End, Iowa

20.6 Aggregate Score (4 Star Prospect)

Welcome to the 48 Report, a full working database including 48 of our favorite 2019 Draft Prospects. The key, however, is that we focus specifically on their ability to translate as fantasy football players. All players in the database have been/will be scored by 3 writers, and this is their article; explaining their aggregate score, as well as the score of their writer.

All categories are scored on a 1-5 scale; with 5 being the highest score a prospect can receive. The highest aggregate average scores a player can receive is 25. Articles will be posted January-April, all the way up to the draft. Ratings will be adjusted after the combine, based on measurables and after the draft, because as we all know: landing spot matters.

VERY excited to discuss this upcoming NFL Draft stud. As all fantasy players know, 2018 was a year in which the tight end position hit rock bottom. Talent was hard to come by and production was scarce. It practically became a wasteland outside of the top 5 and even they had their struggles.

Enter this year’s draft class rich with plenty of top prospects that should lead the tight end position back to fantasy relevance. Today we will be discussing Iowa Tight End Noah Fant. Fant attended Omaha South High School and played football and basketball. He totaled 1,064 yards on 78 catches and scored 18 touchdowns.

College Production

A 3 star recruit, Fant committed to Iowa in 2016. Fant appeared in 6 games as a freshman, totaling 9 receptions for 70 yards and a touchdown. As a sophomore in 2017, Fant appeared in 12 games catching 30 balls for 494 yards and 11 touchdowns. Looking to improve on a solid sophomore season, Fant appeared in another 12 games in his final college season grabbing 39 receptions for 519 yards and 7 touchdowns.

It is fair to note that while at Iowa, Fant had a running mate in fellow tight end TJ Hockensen who, in his own right, will also be a very high draft pick come April. They are likely to be the first 2 tight ends off the board in the Draft and are both very good tight ends.

Speed/Acceleration: Aggregate Score 4.6 (Personal Score 5)

6 foot 5 inches and 241 pounds, I just want to state that before letting you know Noah Fant possesses elite speed and acceleration for a tight end. Fant was constantly blowing by defenders and has a gear that elite tight ends possess. He creates easy separation for a guy his size and will be a matchup nightmare at the NFL level.

Route Running: Aggregate Score 4 (Personal Score 4)

Very solid route runner who can improve but who couldn’t? Fant has enough in this area to be an elite receiving option right away in the NFL. He has swift cuts and good burst off the line of scrimmage and in and out of his routes. A true matchup nightmare for opposing defenses and it shows on tape.

Blocking: Aggregate Score 3 (Personal Score 3)

Honestly he was better than I thought he was going into the tape. I have heard that he just doesn’t block at all and that is just not true. He can be an effective blocker and has the tools to be a very good one. What he needs to work on is his awareness in blocking schemes. There was a certain play where he was tasked with blocking an outside defender and turning him inside so the RB could get the edge. He succeeded in doing so but he also let a defender run right inside and disrupt the play. If he cut that defender off, the play goes for a big gain. It’s little things that he can do better and if he improves then he will be one of the better all around tight ends sooner rather than later.

Handwork/Positioning: Aggregate Score 4.3 (Personal Score 5)

Good luck getting a hand on this guy because jamming him at the line, at his size, just won’t work. He constantly swatted away defenders at the line of scrimmage. Whether it’s a linebacker, safety or corner defending him, he is going to be difficult to account for with the way he can win at the line of scrimmage.

Athleticism: Aggregate Score 4.6 (Personal Score 5)

Get ready for Fant to be a darling of the combine. He will ace every test with flying colors and his 40 time will especially be monitored because if he an pull a 4.5 or lower then that may secure him a spot in the first round. The bench press also bears watching due to his playing strength. If he can perform well in those two areas then he’s going in the first round.

Conclusion: Late 1st-Early 2nd round

Fant is a bona fide stud and he will no doubt in high demand come rookie draft season. The tight end position needs a shot in the arm and Fant along with the rest of the class should provide it. If you’re sitting around the 1.08-1.12 range and Fant is available, I would pull the trigger. Even if not a need and you’re set at TE, Fant can be a valuable trade commodity with the current state of the position for fantasy football.

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Sleeper Alert! Trayveon Williams: 3 Star Fantasy Football Prospect

Welcome to the 48 Report, a full working database including 48 of our favorite 2019 Draft Prospects. The key, however, is that we focus specifically on their ability to translate as fantasy football players. All players in the database have been/will be scored by 3 writers, and this is their article; explaining their aggregate score, as well as the score of their writer.

All categories are scored on a 1-5 scale; with 5 being the highest score a prospect can receive. The highest aggregate average scores a player can receive is 25. Articles will be posted January-April, all the way up to the draft. Ratings will be adjusted after the combine, based on measurables and after the draft, because as we all know: landing spot matters.

Trayveon Williams (5’9, 200), Running Back, Texas A&M

16 Aggregate Score (3 Star Prospect)

The first thing that people will notice right away is his diminutive size. I need you to throw all of that out the window because the tape doesn’t lie: he plays bigger than his size indicates. In the same mold as Dion Lewis, Williams can run in between the tackles with great vision. His balanced running style is a testament to his strength and balance as a runner. He is absolutely a guy to keep an eye on in the lead up to the draft.

College Production

As a freshman, Williams toted the rock 156 times for 1,087 yards (6.8 YPC) and 8 touchdowns. In the receiving department, he totaled 19 receptions for 91 yards. A modest start to Williams’ collegiate career but he would unfortunately suffer setbacks in year 2. As a sophomore, Williams failed to break 1,000 yards rushing. He totaled 798 yards on 173 carries (4.6 YPC) to go along with 8 touchdowns. He took a step forward in the receiving department totaling 192 yards on 20 receptions.

As a junior, Williams broke out in a big way. He ran the ball 271 times for 1,760 yards and scored an outrageous 18 touchdowns on the ground. He also added in 27 receptions for 278 yards and a touchdown in the receiving game. It all finally clicked for Williams and now he looks to take the next step in the NFL.

Speed/Agility: Aggregate Score: 4.3 (Personal Score: 4)

Trayveon Williams has very good speed and can move very smoothly in and out of tight spots. Due to his size, it is often hard to get a beat on where he is behind the line of scrimmage. The Dion Lewis comparisons are going to follow Williams everywhere and they honestly fit him pretty well.

Receiving: Aggregate Score: 3.6 (Personal Score: 3)

Williams rarely ever left the field. He was on the field for running and passing downs. When I reviewed his tape, I saw him run multiple routes and he looked good doing it. He definitely has the chops to be an all-around back in the NFL.

Vision: Aggregate Score: 4.3 (Personal Score: 5)

This might be Williams’ best trait and his size helps him avoid defenders simply because it’s hard to find him and get him down once he gets the ball. He is able to find holes and hit them with great burst. He has a very clean and quick jump cut that allows him to make positive plays. His vision will be loved by many scouts leading up to the draft and will be one reason he is on so many radars.

Blocking: Aggregate Score: 1.6 (Personal Score: 2)

The biggest concern is his size, which will get him manhandled at times. He needs to lower his shoulder more on chip blocks. If he can put a little more power behind his chip blocks then he would have a better score. This is an area to work on for Williams; he’ll have to work on this area if he wants to stay on the field more.

Strength: Aggregate Score: 2.6 (Personal Score: 3)

Williams is a very balanced running back. His running style allows him to maintain his balance and he has the ability to take some hits and keep on chugging along. He has a good base that allows him to keep his feet as well. For a guy who isn’t over 5’10, he can lower the boom on defenders who don’t see it coming.

Conclusion: 2nd round pick

Get ready to take a shot because here it is; depending on the landing spot, Williams might be the steal of fantasy drafts when it’s time to select. If he lands in a spot in need of an all around back then his stock will rise big time. If he is available in the second round of rookie drafts then I would absolutely pull the trigger on him. He could provide immediate return on investment.

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Myles Gaskin: 3 Star Fantasy Prospect

Welcome to the 48 Report, a full database of 48 of our favorite 2019 Draft Prospects. The key, however, is that we focus specifically on their ability to translate as fantasy football players. All players in the database have been/will be scored by 3 writers, and this is their article; explaining their aggregate score, as well as the score of their writer.

All categories are scored on a 1-5 scale; with 5 being the highest score a prospect can receive. The highest aggregate average score a player can receive is 25. Articles will be posted January-April, all the way up to the draft. Ratings will be adjusted after the combine, based on measurables and after the draft, because as we all know: landing spot matters.

Myles Gaskin (5’9”, 191) Running Back, Washington

17 Aggregate Score (3 Star Prospect)

Myles Gaskin is amongst the murky running back class of 2019 and we’re not totally sure where he fits best. The running back position is usually the best source of fantasy production but the rookie class for 2019 might break that mold. While there are some solid prospects, there’s a lot more questions than certainty.

Gaskin falls somewhere in the middle. We have him as a 3 star prospect and while his running style looks to translate well to the NFL, we would’ve liked a little more flash from the Washington product. Gaskin was a 3-star recruit out of O’Dea high school in Seattle, Washington and as a junior ran for 2,182 yards and 35 touchdowns. As a senior, he rushed for 1,567 yards and 25 touchdowns.

Speed/Acceleration: 3.6 (Personal Score: 4)

Gaskin has breakaway speed but was rarely able to get to the second level. He’s quick in space but sometimes that’s his downfall-leading to him being tackled, leaving yards on the field. Gaskin has good speed and acceleration but there are certain aspects to being a running back that he needs to learn. His position coach will need to teach him how to best utilize his traits starting in this area.

Receiving Skills: 3.3 (Personal Score: 3)

While Gaskin didn’t catch many balls out of the backfield, he seemed to be more than capable of doing so. This can be worked on at the NFL level. The best thing for Gaskin in this area is that he isn’t a complete zero like some running backs. He has the potential to be a 3 down back and that’s the most important thing early on in the scouting process.

Vision: 4.3 (Personal Score: 4)

Here’s the problem with Gaskin and his vision as a running back: he mostly saw nothing but defenders in the backfield. His line was an absolute mess and rarely gave him a chance. They were awful in the games I watched, constantly allowing defenders to meet Gaskin in the backfield. From the brief glimpses that I did get to watch, he has the chops to be a good runner. When given a hole, there’s a good chance he’ll find it and hit it hard.

Blocking: 2.3 (Personal Score: 2)

His size is his downfall here. Can he block? Sure. Will he get bulldozed from time to time? Unfortunately yes. This could be something that makes or breaks Gaskin come draft time.

Strength: 2.6 (Personal Score: 4)

Gaskin can lower the shoulder on a defender putting-them on their backside. He has the strength to break tackles but can also get rag dolled. His strength really shows when running at the goal line. He gets a head of steam and blows through the line at a million miles an hour, which will be a well-liked trait amongst scouts.

Conclusion: Mid 2nd-Late 3rd Round Target

Gaskin has some pretty good traits but he is limited as a prospect. He will likely enter a backfield that takes a by committee approach. I think Gaskin can definitely make something of himself at the NFL level but in terms of fantasy, you might be waiting a while for return on investment and that is why he is nothing more than a mid-round pick.

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Kaden Smith: 3 Star Fantasy Football Prospect

Welcome to the 48 Report, a full working database including 48 of our favorite 2019 Draft Prospects. The key, however, is that we focus specifically on their ability to translate as fantasy football players. All players in the database have been/will be scored by 3 writers, and this is their article; explaining their aggregate score, as well as the score of their writer.

All categories are scored on a 1-5 scale; with 5 being the highest score a prospect can receive. The highest aggregate average scores a player can receive is 25. Articles will be posted January-April, all the way up to the draft. Ratings will be adjusted after the combine, based on measurables and after the draft, because as we all know: landing spot matters.

Kaden Smith (6’5”, 259) Tight End, Stanford.

15 Aggregate Score (3 Star Prospect)

The tight end position was an absolute mess in 2018 for Fantasy Football. Outside of the top tier options, there was a whole lot of nothing from the position. With that being the case, the 2019 NFL Draft will look to infuse the NFL with some top talent at the position.

Up first for the tight end position is Kaden Smith out of Stanford. A 4 star recruit out of Flower Mound Texas, Smith has had a solid career with production that warrants mid-round draft consideration. While playing in 15 games for Marcus high school, Smith accumulated 678 total yards on 43 catches and hauled in 5 touchdowns.

College Production

After committing to Stanford and not seeing action as a freshman in 2016, Smith played in 14 games in his sophomore season hauling in 23 catches for 414 yards and 5 touchdowns. His season was highlighted by a 4 catch-80 yard-2 touchdown performance against USC in the Pac-12 Championship game. This past year as a junior, Smith earned All-Pac-12 second team honors and was a Mackey Award finalist. In 10 games, he totaled 635 yards on 47 receptions and scored 2 touchdowns.

At first glance, the production doesn’t seem to be overwhelming but this is the typical production of a college tight end. In comparison to fellow draft class tight ends Noah Fant and Dawson Knox, Smith could make an argument as the top tight end in the class in terms of production although Fant’s touchdown production was pretty off the charts.

All in all, Smith had a productive collegiate career that will certainly have scouts talking. Let’s do a deep dive into some particular attributes for Kaden Smith.

Speed/Acceleration: Aggregate Score: 2.3 (Personal Score: 2)

Smith definitely isn’t the fastest guy on the field. While he moves well for his size, he won’t be known for running past defenders. While watching tape, Smith doesn’t seem to add anything in terms of yards after the catch. His combine 40 time could make or break him and could be the difference between the 3rd round or the 5th round.

Route Running: Aggregate Score: 2.3 (Personal Score: 2)

Due to his lack of speed, Smith’s route running abilities are pretty subpar. He doesn’t really have burst when coming out of his routes, which could be a problem at the NFL level. I’ll get to why I actually believe he’ll be ok in a minute but overall; Smith needs some polish on his route tree. The seam route is easily his best route and he runs it well, often in perfect position while utilizing his size to block out the defender.

Blocking: Aggregate Score: 4 (Personal Score: 4)

Ah yes, Blocking. The ultimate sign of a fantasy gem at the tight end position, how could you go wrong with a strong blocker! In all seriousness, I saw a plus blocking tight end while watching the film on Smith. He does not shy away from contact (at his size, why would he?) and engages defenders with a good, low base to support his blocks. He is rarely out of position on his block attempts and helped spring some huge plays for Stanford running back Bryce Love. His abilities as a pass catcher leave a lot to be desired but his blocking ability will be an immediate help at the NFL level.

Handwork/Positioning: Aggregate Score: 2.6 (Personal Score: 3)

Kaden Smith, while not being the most precise route runner or a burner, has very solid hands. He made some pretty nice catches this past season and can be relied on if the ball is thrown in his area. However, his hand usage when trying to separate from defenders needs work. He consistently lost that battle this past season and will need to refine his technique before becoming a threat in the passing game. There’s potential here but he’ll need a solid tight end coach. Get him into one of those Aaron Donald-type knife combat training sessions and he should be good to go…or he might get stabbed, let’s hope for the other one though.

Athleticism: Aggregate Score: 3.6 (Personal Score: 3)

Smith has the size and strength that you like to see from an NFL tight end. He’s pretty athletic for a guy his size but that can be a blessing and a curse. Smith often relies on his athleticism far too often in the passing game and that will not win him battles at the NFL level. Defenders will be just as athletic if not more so he will need to develop his other tools in order to be a presence.

Conclusion: 3rd round target

I don’t expect Smith to have a substantial enough rookie season to warrant spending a high pick on. I would like to point out that if he ended up on a team like the Rams then that could possibly change but right now, I don’t see a heavy contributor in year 1. If you deem him not worthy enough for a draft pick then I wouldn’t blame you but he’s an interesting late round flyer at a position that was bare bones in 2018. He could be worth the late round flyer.

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Week 9 Start ‘Em/Sit ‘Em: QB/WR

Welcome to Week 9 of the NFL season. If you listened to me on the Top 2 Pod then I’m a genius for saying start Nick Mullens! Just kidding not even a psychic could have seen that coming but before we jump in, let’s recap from last week.

In the QB department I went 3 for 4 (thanks Jameis). Remind me to never trust a man who steals crab legs and eats W’s. In the WR department, my sit ‘em section went well but my starts were God-awful. Josh Gordon had 4 catches for 42 yards and Jordy Nelson…. well good ole Jordy Nelson disappeared against Indy and still hasn’t been found. Put him on a milk carton and let’s take a stab at Week 9.

Start ‘Em QB

Cowboys QB Dak Prescott VS Tennessee

Trying to prove a point here, but Dak and Dallas are in a good spot here. Monday night at home against a struggling Titans team. While Tennessee has played teams tough, I expect Dak and the Cowboys offense to make some plays. The Cowboys have been better at home than on the road by a wide margin and with Amari Cooper added to the mix; I expect the offense to become a lot more diverse. Start Dak with confidence this week.

Browns QB Baker Mayfield VS Kansas City

This has the potential to be a shoot out. While potential is great and all, the Browns seem to be having a fistfight with that word as of late. After firing Head Coach Hue Jackson and Offensive Coordinator Todd Haley, the Browns are in a state of flux. Some things just never change. However, the Browns have pieces on offense that make up a nice group. I believe in Baker Mayfield and the Browns will have to throw A LOT in this game. Baker should put up a nice stat line against a bad KC defense.

Sit ‘Em QB

Bears QB Mitch Trubisky @ Buffalo

I don’t like this matchup at all for Trubisky. The Bills, though hapless on offense, have actually been good on defense and especially so at home. Mitch could also be without top target Allen Robinson. Tre White, Kyle Williams, Jerry Hughes and more make up a great Buffalo defense and rookie Tremaine Edmonds is going to be one of the best linebackers in the league sooner rather than later. Stay away from the 10 God.

Ravens QB Joe Flacco VS Pittsburgh

The Steelers have been playing better defense as of late and I expect this game to be one of those ugly affairs. AFC North football can be pretty brutal and that is what you should expect in this game which will likely determine who has the inside track to the AFC North title. Flacco did well in the first matchup but my guess is the second one doesn’t go as smoothly.

Start ‘Em WR

Lions WR Kenny Golladay @ Minnesota

This will be the final time you see Kenny Golladay in this article. Simply put, guy is an absolute stud and Golden Tate has been given the boot. Golladay will now officially become the WR1 of the Lions and, honestly, he’s already been that this season. Expect Golladay to get even more targets and turn that into sure fire production against a Vikings defense that has struggled more than expected this season.

Broncos WR Courtland Sutton VS Houston

The start section for the wide receivers this week is has a new era feel. Out goes Demaryius Thomas, in steps Courtland Sutton. The Broncos love this kid and rightfully so. He has all the tools to be a bona fide star. He has had some good games this season but expect him to really make his presence felt this weekend in his first game as the starter opposite Emmanuel Sanders.

Sit ‘Em WR

Any Jets WR VS Miami

The Jets are insanely banged up at the moment and they released Terrelle Pryor. Sam Darnold might have to throw it to himself.

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Week 8 Start ‘Em/Sit ‘Em: QB/WR

The saying goes that ‘you win some, you lose some’. That was the case with last week’s start/sit article. I won some (QB’s) and I lost some (WR’s). While all 4 suggestions at QB worked out well, only half of the WR calls worked out in some capacity. Take the wins with the losses and the ups with the downs and move along.

Start ‘Em QB

Bengals QB Andy Dalton VS TB

I called for sitting Dalton last week and if you listened, you were rewarded. This week, I expect a bounce back at home VS a bad Bucs defense. This game should have a good amount of scoring and I think Dalton will move the ball at will on the Bucs. Look for a big bounce back week for Dalton and the Bengals offense as a whole.

Bucs QB Jameis Winston @ CIN

This suggestion comes with a good amount of caution. I am worried about Winston going into Cincinnati because the Bengal usually play good defense at home. Couple that with the fact that Jameis is still pretty turnover prone and there is some cause for concern. My argument is that the weapons Winston has to work with will prevail and vault Winston into yet another week of QB1 territory. It’s risky, but it will be worth it.

Sit ‘Em QB

Broncos QB Case Keenum @ KC

Last week was a nice little bounce back for a Broncos team that thinks they can make the playoffs. Well Denver, get ready to get smacked in the face by reality. I want no part of any mediocre QB going into Arrowhead stadium and playing a Chiefs team that can maul people on their home turf. Stay far away from Keenum this weekend.

Giants QB Eli Manning VS WAS

Hey Eli looked pretty great last week, almost throwing for 400 yards! That won’t happen again…maybe ever for poor Eli. Washington has done a very good job shutting down QBs not named Drew Brees this season. While Eli usually performs well against his division rivals, I think this game is going to be a low scoring affair. Look elsewhere if you have Eli rostered.

Start ‘Em WR

Raiders WR Jordy Nelson VS IND

That is new Raiders Wide Receiver number 1 Jordy Nelson thank you very much. Nelson will now take over as the top receiver on the Raiders’ depth chart and he has a pretty good matchup against a porous Colts secondary. I think Nelson already has pretty good chemistry with Carr and he will now get even more targets with Cooper gone.

Patriots WR Josh Gordon @ Buffalo

With his role growing more and more each week, Josh Gordon is starting to turn into the receiver I expected him to be. He’s also starting to turn into the receiver opponents of New England have feared. Gordon has earned Brady’s trust. He will draw Tre White at times during the Monday night game but I simply don’t care. I know the Gordon breakout game is coming and it practically happened last week (4 catches for 100 yards). I think Gordon breaks out on Monday Night with a huge game. Start him from here on out.

Sit ‘Em WR

Panthers WR Devin Funchess VS BAL

I want no part of any WR playing against what could be the best secondary in the league. The Ravens lost a heartbreaker last week and will be determined to impose their will on Carolina. This should be a defensive ball game so both offenses should be avoided.

Ravens WR John Brown @ CAR

Like I said before, this game will be all defense. The offenses are actually pretty good but defense springs eternal in this case. I’d avoid John Brown this week even in the midst of a great first season with Baltimore.

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