Keep an eye on Broyles Through the Preseason
The final pick in this mock draft is a player I feel is worth keeping an eye on as a sleeper option in Ryan Broyles. It’s been a tough time for Broyles in recent years as he’s torn his ACL in each of the past two years.
That said, Broyles played well when he made it back to the field last year and was cleared for the start of training camp, so we should like his odds of playing week one. I feel he’s a better fit for PPR leagues, but Broyles has a chance to emerge as the No.2 receiver in the Lions offense.
141. Steelers Defense -
An interesting defense for fantasy leagues as Pittsburgh has a history of following down years with strong comebacks. The Steelers are going through a rebuild on defense, but as long as Dick LeBeau is coaching the defense, this group has fantasy relevance.
142. Julian Edelman -
Edelman will serve as a backup to Danny Amendola but I wouldn’t pick him up in standard scoring leagues unless Amendola suffers an injury this summer.
143. Isaiah Pead -
Not a fan of Pead but he has a chance to work in the Rams situational passing downs. A good receiver, Pead may never develop into a full-time starter in the NFL, but can have a role in the Rams offense. He’s worth a shot at this point in drafts, but I like him better in PPR leagues.
144. Denarius Moore -
This is a good landing spot for Moore and I believe he can still play at a WR3 level. Take him as a backup and see how he plays in the early portion of the season but he will give your team respectable depth to start the year.
145. Heath Miller -
Health is a concern for Miller but he will likely be an active part of the Steelers offense again if he can get back to the form we saw last year. Not sure that will happen for an aging player, and I would avoid him at this point in 10-team leagues.
146. Tyler Eifert -
He's probably a year away from begin a worthy starter in fantasy leagues but Eifert is worth a look at this point in standard league drafts, as a backup on your team.
147. Dustin Keller -
I like Keller as a sleeper this year. Keller has his best quarterback since his rookie season when Brett Farve was with the Jets and if Keller and Ryan Tannehill develop chemistry in the preseason, he could emerge as a low-end TE1 option.
148. Vick Ballard -
Ballard will start at some point because Ahmad Brashaw won’t last for an entire season with his foot problems. Ballard is a terrific stash at the end of your draft.
149. Ravens Defense -
Not a fan of the Ravens defense on draft day because of all the changes in personnel and the loss of leadership from Ray Lewis and Ed Reed. It will take some time for the Ravens new group to gel, but they could be a nice waiver wire pickup for matchup plays in the second half of the season.
150. Ryan Broyles -
I’m impressed with Broyles recovery from his second torn ACL in as many years. Already back with the team, I’ll be rooting for Broyles and he’s an interesting late round pick.
That said, he’s a better PPR receiver because I’m not sure he will ever post a high touchdown total and with Calvin Johnson around, he’s unlikely to reach 1,000 yards receiving this year.