NFL Offseason Movement: NFC West
The NFC West seems to have four teams whose arrows are pointing in a different direction than they were just a couple of years ago. Once the laughing stock of the division, the 49ers certainly seem to be on the rise. They look to follow in the footsteps of the Rams who came out of nowhere and served the league on notice that they were back in contention. On the flip side of the division, the Seahawks are aging especially on the defensive side of the ball and look to be trending down. And with Carson Palmer gone, the Cardinals have the look of a team that might struggle to reach .500. Who made the move to help decide the NFC West this offseason? Check it out!
Brandin Cooks, WR, Los Angeles Rams. I have to admit that I get a little bit of a chubby when I think of the possibility of Brandin Cooks speed together with Jared Goff’s arm. Cooks isn’t a high volume reception guy, but he is an amazing deep threat, and could score double digit touchdowns in this potent Rams offense. He is a shitload better than Sammy Watkins is, and even he wasn’t bad for the Rams with eight touchdowns. Look for Cooks to be a WR2 this season on a great team.
Jerick McKinnon, RB, San Francisco 49ers. Last year when Dalvin Cook went down there was a debate in fantasy football about who was going to be more valuable between McKinnon and Latavius Murray. I thought Murray because the team had traded for him even though McKinnon was on the roster. McKinnon was a great pass catcher out of the backfield, and had a couple of very strong games. He is an explosive runner, and should fit great in Kyle Shanahan’s offense. Just think of all of the passes that Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman caught when Shanahan was the Offensive Coordinator of the Falcons. In PPR leagues, McKinnon could be a beast.
Sam Bradford, QB, Arizona Cardinals. How the fuck does this guy keep getting contracts???? This guy has made more money for less production for longer than anyone I can think of. Somehow he got $15 million guaranteed from the Cardinals and will likely begin the season as the starter. However, Arizona did invest the tenth overall pick in rookie Josh Rosen so the leash on Bradford will be pretty short. Even in two quarterback leagues I wouldn’t consider Bradford since I don’t expect him to be starting by Columbus Day, or even quicker than that if he gets hurt like usual.
Brice Butler, WR, Arizona Cardinals. Butler has been a guy that I have been watching for a while. Watching incredibly pissed off that they wouldn’t give him more of a chance in Dallas. Butler is big, Butler is fast, and he has an impressive yards per catch total for his career. For some reason, the Cowboys wouldn’t throw to him. Arizona still has the ageless Larry Fitzgerald and rookie Christian Kirk, but I think Butler has a chance to have an actual role on this team. Unfortunately, Sam Bradford sucks, so until Josh Rosen comes in, Butler might get off to a slow start. He is definitely a name to remember towards the end of your draft to take a flier on.
Ed Dickson, TE, Seattle Seahawks. The Seahawks had one of the better pass catching tight ends of the last ten years in Jimmy Graham for the past three seasons and he never had a 1,000 yard season or more than 65 catches. Dickson is ok at best, and even though he will be atop the Seahawks depth chart at tight end, I don’t see any reason to consider him for your fantasy team. He could be a low end TE2, but better left on the wire and only added in an emergency.