These Six Picks are a Fantasy Football Draft Pick-Six!

Aug 24, 2017

Julio Jones Super Bowl
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The 2016 Minnesota Vikings may have given you a different impression in the real world, but getting off to a winning start in NFL betting fantasy football is key to reaching the playoffs. According to scientists from Automated Insights found that teams starting 4-0 make the playoffs 91.6% of the time, compared to 15.5% for teams that start out 0-3. Additionally, a 3-0 start gives you an 84.8% chance of reaching the playoffs, 63.8% for a 2-1 start, and 36.2% for a 1-2 start. Simply put, you can never underestimate strength of schedule. In that tenor, Carolina, Atlanta, New York, Miami, Seattle, and Arizona have easiest set of opponents in the first half of the fantasy football season – and each team has a valuable pick to offer.
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Julio Jones
The Falcons wide receiver was the No. 2 wideout in the league in 2016, making 83 catches out of 129 targets for 1,409 yards and six touchdowns, and leading the NFL with 3.12 yards per route run, as well as in yards of separation from his defender with an average of 2.25 average (how many degrees of separation is that?). Jones only lagged in red-zone targets, but even that stat should see a surge in 2017.
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Jimmy Graham
The Seahawks tight end rebounded from a ruptured patellar tendon in 2015 with 5 receptions for 923 yards and six touchdowns on 95 targets in 2016. He also saw an increase from 15% to 24% in targets in the red-zone. Unfortunately, he has been inconsistent in that area. Graham had a 61% catch rate inside the 20-yard line in five seasons with the New Orleans Saints but dropped to 36% with the Seahawks.
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Paul Perkins
The Giants running back had 112 carries for 456 yards and no touchdowns in his rookie season. However, his chances to score will certainly increase with Rashad Jennings’s absence. As a matter of fact, he had already bested Jennings in at least one category, breaking 10 tackles – one more than the Dancing with the Stars contestant. That elusiveness will serve Perkins well against such defenses as those of the Detroit Lions and Philadelphia Eagles.
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Cam Newton
The Panthers quarterback was already hurt before his O-Line allowed him to get hit more often than a piñata on Cinco de Mayo. But that was then and this is now, and now Newton seems healthy enough and Carolina’s offensive line is the 12th best according to Pro Football Focus.
 
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Jay Cutler
The unretired Dolphin is could be an interesting late round, QB draft pick. Miami and Cutler have the second-easiest schedule for passers, efficiency-wise, in the first half of the fantasy football season. In addition to that, Cutler’s current offensive weapons far exceed in both quantity and quality those he had at his disposal with the Chicago Bears.
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Pittsburgh Steelers defense
The Steelers ranked 11th in defensive DVOA in 2016 with the 11th-hardest schedule in the league. Pittsburgh’s 2017 schedule will allow them to force their passing downs, and in turn produce sacks, interceptions, and pick-sixes.

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