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DS Morning Dump: Breakout TEs, a dynasty rebuild and more fantasy football advice

By Jared Smola | Updated on Tue, 23 May 2023 . 1:27 PM EDT

Should you target Zach Ertz and Ladarius Green?

I’m curious to see what happens to Zach Ertz and Ladarius Green’s ADPs this summer. They’re currently sitting 11th and 12th, respectively, among TEs in MyFantasyLeague.com’s ADP. Tough to argue with those prices considering both guys carry top-5 upside in 2014. But both might also struggle for enough targets to be reliable weekly fantasy starters. Greg Olsen (TE9), Martellus Bennett (TE14) and Delanie Walker (TE18) all look like better values right now.

Dynasty rebuild

I was fortunate enough to be invited to take over a team in the SiriusXM Dynasty League. I was unfortunate enough to be strapped with a crappy roster. The way I see it, I have 2 building blocks in Eddie Lacy and DeSean Jackson. David Wilson and Robert Woods are a couple young guys with upside. Then I have short-term assets in Peyton Manning, Ray Rice, Larry Fitzgerald and Reggie Wayne. I plan on shopping those 4 guys as part of a total rebuild. I’ll be tracking the rebuild process on both my Twitter page and this blog. 2016 Championship, here I come!

Jermichael Finley to New England?

TE Jermichael Finley recently visited the Patriots, according to insider Adam Caplan. Finley has received full medical clearance from his personal doctor and seems to have a good chance of getting back on the field this season. New England might be his optimal landing spot. He has the athleticism to step into the old Aaron Hernandez role.

Trent Richardson's 2014 fantasy outlook

RB Trent Richardson has been one of the early battlegrounds as we put together our 2014 fantasy football rankings. DSer Kevin English is calling for a big bounceback season from the former 1st-rounder. Matt Schauf isn’t buying it, calling T-Rich a low-end RB3. I fall somewhere in between. On the plus side, Richardson has a clear path to a monster workload on a high-powered offense. The flip side is that the guy has shown absolutely nothing at the NFL level. Richardson’s 3.33 yards-per-carry average ranks 45th among the 47 RBs with 200+ carries over the past 2 years.

WR love

How many times have you heard “it’s a passing league” over the past few years? Well, it looks like Fantasy Nation is really buying into that. Seven of the first 12 players off the board in early drafts are WRs or TEs. It’s tough to argue with the safety and consistency of those elite pass-catchers. At the same time, the WR pool looks a heckuva lot better than the RB options in the middle rounds. As always, our best fantasy football draft tip is to go best player available, regardless of position, in the first 4 or 5 rounds. Worry about filling positional needs after that.

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Jared has been with Draft Sharks since 2007. He’s now Lead Analyst, heading up the preseason and weekly projections that fuel your Draft War Room and My Team tools. He currently ranks 1st among 133 analysts in draft rankings accuracy.
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