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2019 Fantasy Football AFC South NFL Draft Recap


I have nothing negative. Not even Gettleman’s stank will bring me down. That draft was straight Gnarnia. And I loved every second of it. Hopefully, you did too. And for good measure, welcome back my “boycott articles until mock season is done” friends. Today in the 2019 Fantasy Football AFC South NFL Draft Recap we dive into the young reinforcements one of the more dynamic divisions in football added.

The Colts and GM Chris Ballard were cool and calculated once again. Between taking a 2019 draft high seven defensive players, the Colts added an offensive weapon drawing Percy Harvin comparisons. On the heels of adding Spencer Ware and Devin Funchess this offseason, is Andrew Luck ready to take his team and their fantasy numbers to the highest peak?

Caldwell, Coughlin, and Khan, our favorite Duval County law firm, stayed patient. Subsequently, they were rewarded for their virtue, selecting a top-5 prospect (at their respective positions) with each of their first three picks.

Beefy trenches don’t just win Lombardis. They win fake Lombardi’s too. The Texans may or may not have added their tight end of the future. What we are sure of is the Texans [finally] took a swing at solid and potentially long-term protection for DeShaun Watson in the pocket.

Finally, the draft host Titans doubled down on their 2018 draft class and went defensive heavy once again. Taking a possible IR stash in DT Jeffrey Simmons, they then confounded the Adam Humphries singing by adding another slot WR, albeit an extremely talented one.

Will any player from the AFC south’s 2019 draft class make a redraft impact this season? Or maybe a high pick in dynasty drafts. We examine the best bets and share our thoughts on their potential. Here is the AFC South NFL Draft Recap.

2019 Fantasy Football AFC South NFL Draft Recap

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Tennessee Titans

A.J. Brown, WR, Ole Miss – 2.19

Wide receivers, in theory, fell hard out of the first round of the 2019 NFL draft. A.J. Brown will serve as one of the poster children for this. Brown’s polished route running borders on perfection for a 22-year-old. His back to back 1200 yard receiving seasons at Ole Miss set school records against prime SEC defensive competition.

At 6’0 225, Brown is a good athlete and is projected by many to be lethal/elusive after the catch. The 4.49 40 time doesn’t necessarily align with what you see on tape. Brown moves so fluidly, downright deceptive in open space. He also did show a bit of a second gear in the open field, shaking tacklers along the way. Spending the majority of his time at Ole Miss in the slot, but did go off on the outside after D.K. Metcalf went own late last season (4 games, 25 receptions, 515 yards).

Our major concern for his immediate outlook is his landing spot. With former OC Matt LaFleur calling the shots in Green Bay, the Titans promoted longtime staff member and previous tight ends coach Arthur Smith. Smith, 36, has limited info, but the internal promotion suggests a commitment to the system.

The Titans offense looked real with Derrick Henry as its lead dog. From a football and fantasy perspective, this doesn’t bode well for Brown in season one. Another question is Marcus Mariota. Mariota has not been able to deliver the ball to a WR with continuity and success. The idea that Corey Davis is 1A and Brown will be his 1B is not enticing from a numbers perspective.

With offseason acquisition and paid man Adam Humphries presumably manning the slot, Brown is destined for the outside. His target share in this offense, with suddenly many mouths to feed (don’t forget Dion Lewis and Delaine Walker/Jonnu Smith), translates to limited success in 2019.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Josh Oliver, TE, San Jose State – 3.05

Nick Foles nation. Meet your future new best friend.

The renewed marriage of offensive coordinator John DeFilippo and Nick Foles brings renewed promise to Duval County. With this new bond comes hope for trends from seasons past. This QB-QB coach tandem factored into the Eagles ranking 2nd in 2017 tight ends targets per game. DeFilippo was also the offensive coordinator for the 2015 Cleveland Browns, the same year Gary Barnidge became a waiver wire legend with 125 targets and a trip to the Pro Bowl.

Which is one of many reasons why we are so excited for tight end and third-round pick Josh Oliver. Oliver is a former WR who improved statistically at every season at SJSU while learning the tight end position. He has plenty of room for growth. At 6’5 249, with massive 10 3/4″ hands, Oliver has the size and the athleticism NFL team’s look for in a tight end today.

As you can see from the above, he’s strong. But despite that highlight, the biggest knock on Oliver is his blocking. Some even suggest he’s just a larger slot wide receiver. New to the position, the hope is he continues to improve with more reps.

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His wide receiver past will transfer well to the current NFL. Oliver’s versatility is also unique for the position thanks to his time at SJSU. He lined up across the field including at H-back and his route tree has gone very under-appreciated in the pre-draft process. The Jaguars tight end depth chart is not intimidating. Oliver should lock down a role in the offense.

At the very least Oliver should provide red-zone love for fantasy owners in 2019. That makes him relevant at tight end in redraft leagues. He gets after 50-50 balls in addition to his size. Nick Foles loves himself some big targets and Oliver fits the bill. As for the future, if his blocking continues to develop…

…Dynasty owners…lend me your draft boards!

Indianapolis Colts

Parris Campbell, WR, Ohio State – 2.27

Speeeeed Racer! Andrew Luck got quite the new toy in the form of 59th overall pick Parris Campbell. The pick triggered the memory of his 78 yard TD scamper against Michigan emphasizing his 4.31 speed.

A product of  Lebron James’ alma mater St. Vincent-St. Mary, Campbell was ranked a top-20 recruit at running back, wide receiver, and athlete. He set the state of Ohio’s record in the 60-meter dash in 2014.

Campbell began his collegiate career struggling with dropped passes. Former coach Urban Meyer stated he worked effortlessly on his hands and the results paid off on the field. Meyer also added that Campbell emerged as a leader in the locker room as his Ohio State career progressed.

In college, Campbell was deployed as an H-back. I dug into Reich’s history, and on the surface, there are two players who thrived in what could be a similar role in this Colts offense. Reich’s first season as an offensive coordinator was with the 2015 Chargers. He deployed Danny Woodhead that season with the type of usage we would like to see for Campbell as his career progresses. Woodhead led the chargers in targets (80) while carrying the rock 98 times.

The 98 carries is a sketchy stretch on my part, but Harris goes 6’0, 205. He’s not a little guy by any means. He can tote the rock, and we can envision 15-25 backfield touches being realistic. Fast forwarding to the 2018 Colts, Nyheim Hines was targeted 80 times, good for third on the team. Imagine a player as electric as Campbell as a threat on the field alongside Marlon Mack, TY Hilton, Devin Funchess, and Eric Ebron.

If the hands and lack of extensive route tree scare you, stop self-sabotaging your fantasy teams. The odds of Frank Reich finding ways to set the rookie up for success is worth betting on with draft capital. Meyer insinuated the Colts drafted themselves the next Percy Harvin.

Reich agrees. He’s on the record that the Colts offense “isn’t fair” after adding Campbell.

Houston Texans

Kahale Warring, TE, San Diego State – 3.22

6’6 250 lb Kahale Warring is said to have the inside track on the Texans starting tight end job. Much like the Jags, the previous production from the Texans current tight end depth charts is weak.

Come on down and deep dive with us. Warring is a crazy athlete with a multi-sport background. His football experience started his senior year of HS. Similarly to Oliver but with even more potential, Warring will continue to get better with every rep.

In contrast to Oliver, Warring CAN block but has weak hands. The resulting drops are a pronounced red flag for most analysts. He’s also been brittle throughout his football playing days, but the hope is his body continues to adapt the rigors of the sport. He is a better natural run blocker than Oliver, but he still has a long way to go to become a three-down player.

Warring’s highest immediate potential, similar once again to Oliver, is his Red Zone potential. But the knock there is his unpolished route running and timing will continue to need work for him to become a consistent player. We often hear “size/speed” as a precursor to the draft, but it’s become such a cliche phrase to summarize a high potential talent on the raw end of the spectrum.

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The standard operating procedures with tight ends is the third year step; with his raw route running possibly affecting his red zone snaps, Warring sounds more like a hype pick than a strong one. Plan on leaving him on the wire and out of your dynasty draft queues unless you are in a very long running deep league.

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