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2019 Fantasy Football NFC West NFL Draft Recap


The NFL Draft is now behind us (as I wipe a tear off my face), and we’re now faced with the digestion of all the picks and free agency signings.

Here’s a recap of the fantasy relevant players drafted by NFC West teams and what you should expect from them.

But remember, always temper your expectations on rookie contributors. Especially after four months of hyping them up during Draft Season.

2019 Fantasy Football NFC West NFL Draft Recap

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Arizona Cardinals

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Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma – 1.01

After trading Josh Rosen to the Dolphins on Day 2, Kyler Murray is now 100% the guy in the Cardinals’ offense. Kliff Kingsbury will implement his air-raid offense, which should bode well for Kyler Murray’s value. He’s undeniably the immediate starter and should be number one on your rookie draft boards in Superflex and 2QB leagues. He now teams up with old teammate Christian Kirk (at Texas A&M), a connection to keep an eye out for. His value in redraft leagues still holds risk (as is the case for every rookie quarterback). Considering the weapons on his offense, his athleticism and rushing ability, along with the scheme Kingsbury is expected to implement he’s an interesting pick as a backup to your starting quarterback. His ADP currently stands in the early 13th round, which is as high as I’d go.

We saw the struggles Josh Rosen went through last year with the Cardinals offensive line. They added Lamont Gaillard at center (or guard?), one of my favorite offensive linemen in the draft. He wins on pass sets and running plays, should help both Kyler and David Johnson. Nevertheless, they still could’ve used more reinforcements in the offensive trench. Kingsbury should fill the playbook with several bootleg and rollouts to facilitate Kyler’s insertion into the league, easing the job on the offensive line.

Andy Isabella, WR, UMass – 2.30

The Cardinals loaded up on receivers as well, so Murray won’t be short of weapons. Andy Isabella is a shifty, fast receiver who can have a great impact after the catch and over the top. He struggled a bit getting off press coverage in college and beating man coverage. Lining him up in the slot could eliminate that worry a little bit, and create mismatches in coverage. I can’t help but imagine Kingsbury has big plans for Isabella, grabbing him in round two. The former Minuteman should slide right into a starting role for the Cardinals.

Isabella should be an early second round dynasty pick. His value in redraft leagues is intriguing as he does hold a skill set that can make him a possible gadget player for Kliff Kingsbury. He may be worth a look in the late rounds of your drafts.

Hakeem Butler, WR, Iowa State – 4.01

Hakeem Butler slid down into day three, to many people’s surprise. The Cardinals snatched him up in the fourth round, which I believe is outstanding value for a player I had an early day 2 grade on. Kliff Kingsbury was already familiar with Butler, as he tore his defense up with 148 yards and a touchdown in the 2018 season. This certainly must’ve had an impact on his selection. I trust his talent should get him on the field.

Butler’s a pro-ready prospect with crisp routes for a receiver of his size. Possesses build-up speed rather than a true burst. His best asset is his size, he uses it well when high-pointing, bodying defenders out, making contested catches and he plays physical after the catch. He’s accumulated a handful of drops on tape, mostly due to concentration… Something to keep in mind. He didn’t win the starting job at Iowa until his final season, however, which is one of my main question marks. Butler should have a shot to play on the outsides, as Kirk and Isabella profile best as slot receivers. He profiles best as a dynasty value but could play a role down the road in redrafts. A player to flag in waivers, as he may have an impact as the season rolls on. As of now, he’s still behind Fitzgerald, Kirk and Isabella.

Los Angeles Rams

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Darrell Henderson, RB, Memphis – 3.06

To say that Henderson was explosive in college is an understatement. He led the country in rushing yards among the 2019 draft class (finished 2nd to Jonathan Taylor, eligible next year) with 1,909 yards. He brings an elite combination of speed and quickness making him one of the most elusive running backs in the class. In the positional previews, I did specify I don’t see him in a feature role (due to his pass pro sets and limitations in power schemes), but more so as a change of pace back.

Unfortunately, with the Rams, he becomes nothing more than a handcuff (a good one) to Todd Gurley. Nonetheless, with Gurley’s recent injury worries, he becomes a must-own for Gurley owners. And he should see snaps if McVay’s offense aims to keep Gurley fresh as they look forward to another playoff run.

San Francisco 49ers

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Deebo Samuel, WR, South Carolina – 2.04

The 49ers brought in two wide receivers in the NFL Draft, and Samuel is by far my favorite (and one of my favorites in the class). He’s a tremendous slot prospect with super sharp routes, quick footwork, great hands and most importantly is extremely dangerous after the catch. He found a way to perform in South Carolina despite shaky quarterback production. This could make him a safe long-term fantasy asset in that aspect. He should be an instant fit into the Shanahan offense.

I force myself to temper expectations in fantasy, as much as I love him as a prospect. Mostly because of how crowded this offense is becoming. They added Jalen Hurd, who I will introduce in the next paragraph. And he joins Marquise Goodwin and already promising Dante Pettis in the receiving room. And most of all, we can’t forget George Kittle who will command a major share of the targets.

While Samuel should step into a starting role (as his skill set looks complementary to Pettis and Goodwin, and considering the draft capital invested), his target-share may be limited in year one. Deebo should have an impact but keep an eye on his ADP, he’s nothing more than a depth option at this point. I still think Dante Pettis should have a bigger role than he did last season. While Marquise Goodwin still holds his speed as a valuable asset, he may see a drop in target share this season (especially as Pettis can compete for reps over the top).

Seattle Seahawks

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D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss – 2.32

When it comes to D.K. Metcalf, I was praying for him landing on a team with a quarterback able (and willing) to hit throw down the field. What better quarterback to do so, than Russell Wilson?! Wilson possesses possibly the prettiest deep ball in the NFL, hitting his receivers in stride and D.K. Metcalf is perhaps the best vertical threat in the Draft. I don’t mind him being selected as the eighth receiver off the board last Friday, as this seems to be an ideal landing spot. The Seahawks training staff should incorporate him into their offense immediately.

Metcalf’s ADP is one to watch in redraft leagues, especially in PPR. He’s not one to fit the profile of a high-target receiver in the NFL (he wasn’t in college either), but more as a big-play threat down the field. However, corners should already have his speed on notice and will be forced to respect it. This could give him some opportunities underneath as they’re less likely to press him off the line. He’s extremely dangerous after the catch, as he uses his body well to bully defenders physically. And not to mention, there’s no catching him once he sees daylight. Metcalf may catch some hype in redraft leagues, so I still wouldn’t overpay or reach past the 8th round. He’s currently valued in the 9th round in standard leagues, and 10th in PPR leagues.

Gary Jennings Jr., WR, West Virginia – 4.18

Gary Jennings is not likely to have an impact year one as of now, with Tyler Lockett coming off a great season and Baldwin still on the roster. But with the rumors of Doug Baldwin considering retirement as a consequence of his injuries taking a toll, a roster spot may open up for Jennings to have value.

Jennings dominated during Senior Bowl week and shows potential as a crafty route runner. Despite David Sills’ superior production in West Virginia, Jennings is the most polished and pro-ready receiver of the two. He’ll be competing with Jaron Brown and David Moore for a relevant spot on the depth chart in the offseason. His situation is one to watch.

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About Selyan Lonqueux

Junior NFL Draft analyst, and aspiring football coach. Active Wide Receiver across the pond, in Europe. The truth lies in the tape, the whole tape and nothing but the tape.

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