6 Players We’ll Be Mad We Didn’t Pick Up As Fantasy Keepers For 2015
6 Players that Could Be Good Fantasy Keepers for 2015
With just one week left in the Fantasy Football regular season, I thought now would be a good time to discuss some players that might enjoy big 2015 seasons, but we weren’t prescient to pick up this season as our possible keepers.
Zach Mettenberger, QB, Tennessee
Normally, we’re not big fans of holding over quarterbacks, since they’re kind of a dime-a-dozen. So consider the big boy out of LSU only if you’re in a dynasty-type league or a keeper league with more than six keepers per team. Mettenberger had a big Week 12, but we can expect he’ll go up and down over the next few weeks. He has a cannon for an arm, a young running back that has pass-catching ability, a go-up-and-get-it wide receiver in Justin Hunter and a very good possession receiver in Kendall Wright. Finally, he has Ken Whisenhunt to mentor him through a full offseason where he’s not working to come back from a torn ACL.
Carlos Hyde, RB, San Francisco
Would it really surprise us if the 49ers choose to move on from free-agent Frank Gore next season? He’ll be 32 years old and Hyde has shown some flashes of brilliance – mixed with a tepid step once in a while. This offensive line still ranks as one of the best run-blocking units around, and Hyde would be a top-20 running back if he was a starter next year.
Christine Michael, RB, Seattle
While Marshawn Lynch still has another year on his contract, it wouldn’t shock us to see them cut him in the offseason, allowing him to get one more good contract before he turns 30 years old. With Michael and Robert Turbin waiting in the wings, the Seahawks have proven that they’re already thinking about it.
Branden Oliver, RB, San Diego
Speaking of free-agents-to-be, the days of Ryan Mathews sunning and funning while injured in San Diego are over. Oliver proved to be a pretty good replacement, and the Chargers might choose to stick with the smallish second-year guy out of Buffalo.
Donte Moncrief, WR, Indianapolis
Let’s do the math: Moncrief will be a second-year receiver – and he’s the best WR left out that we haven’t heard much from drafted in the top three rounds of the NFL Draft. This class is already the best ever, so there were plenty of GMs that considered Moncrief better than some that are breaking out. The WRs drafted after him include John Brown and Martavis Bryant. More math: Reggie Wayne is 92 years old (or 36), and Hakeem Nicks is not good.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Tampa Bay
Again, not everyone’s looking to hold onto a tight end from one season to the next, but consider a few things about A.S.F. This Bucs offensive line is just brutal, and they’re bound to draft a quarterback early in April. A rookie quarterback loves him some tight end – ask Delanie Walker. With an improved O-line and a pass-catching tight end coming into his second year, Seferian-Jenkins could prove to outplay Vincent Jackson next season – if V-Jax isn’t traded in the offseason.
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