Wondering what’s going on with the Texans, Colts, Jaguars, and Titans for your fantasy football team(s)? The Fantasy Authority has you covered with the AFC South Training Camp Update. Let’s jump in.
- For complete fantasy goodness in 2019, we need a healthy Will Fuller and Keke Coutee alongside DeAndre Hopkins. After tearing his ACL in Week 8, Fuller is back on the field and nearing 100% health. Coutee’s focus this offseason was his health – anything he could do to prepare for the upcoming season. If all three receivers can stay healthy, you don’t have to squint too hard to see Deshaun Watson finish as the QB1 in fantasy.
- He may be boring, but Lamar Miller is the clear lead back with the RB2 spot still up for grabs, according to head coach Bill O’Brien. This means that D’Onta Foreman is not guaranteed the backup role. Miller has reportedly looked quicker and more explosive during training camp. At RB29 (6.03), he can fit into whatever draft strategy you deploy in your leagues this year. We want to target running backs that will get volume and are in good offenses, and Miller gives us that.
- The other major storyline for the Texans will be their offensive line. Last year, the Texans led the NFL in sacks, and in fact, led to Watson playing with a broken rib and partially collapsed lung. Even a modest increase in quality line play will make a huge difference for Houston’s entire offense.
- Jordan Thomas is currently the front-runner for starting tight end duties. Unless you’re playing in a league where you have to start two tight ends, Thomas shouldn’t be on your radar. If you stream the position, however, he’s a name to keep an eye on.
- Andrew Luck will be sitting out for the next week as he attempts to rehab a strained calf. Head coach Frank Reich is insisting this is nothing to worry about, but I’d be hesitant with his current early fifth-round price tag. Luck reminded us last year just how good he can be and did so with a relatively rag-tag group of pass-catchers. As long as he’s completely healthy before the season starts, he’ll be in the conversation with Watson as finishing as the top fantasy quarterback.
- Speaking of Luck, let’s talk about his receivers. T.Y. Hilton was reportedly dealing with an injury of his own earlier this offseason but has been a full participant thus far. The Colts added veteran Devin Funchess and rookie speedster Parris Campbell to the group. Funchess provides another big-bodied presence, while Campbell brings more of a Hilton-esque skillset to Indy. Campbell has received praise from both inside and outside of the organization, as reports on Funchess have been more mixed. Campbell has been dealing with a minor hamstring injury, so we’ll be sure to keep tabs on that.
- We saw Eric Ebron have a breakout season last year, finishing as TE4 in half-PPR leagues. With the return of Jack Doyle on the horizon, we shouldn’t be expecting Ebron to mirror his 2018 production. In fact, Ebron’s numbers took noticeable hits when Doyle was on the field. After having hip and kidney procedures during the offseason, Doyle is now dealing with a minor oblique injury, however. If Doyle has to miss any time, I’d think about snagging Ebron and trade him before Doyle’s return.
- The lack of major additions to the running back group says the Colts are confident in Marlon Mack. Something to watch, however, is Mack’s shoulder injury which kept him out the entire offseason. He’s currently a full-go in training camp, but given his injury history, it’s something to be aware of as your draft nears.
- Nick Foles joined the Jags this offseason and I have yet to find a negative report on him. Something that stood out while sifting through the training camp news and blurbs was Foles seems to be taking a lot of downfield shots. The top target is yet to be determined (more on that next), but this is a complete flip from Blake Bortles, particularly in terms of accuracy.
- Dede Westbrook has been the most consistent standout for the Jaguars, although DJ Chark, Keelan Cole, and Chris Conley have all flashed and been impressive in their own right. The fantasy community feels the best about Westbrook, considering he’s the only Jacksonville wideout currently being drafted.
- Westbrook’s ADP is 9.09 (WR43) and if he ends up being the number one receiver for Foles, that’s absurd value.
- Leonard Fournette has remained healthy thus far and has also been a name that popped up in connection with Foles. Offensive coordinator John DeFilippo earlier this offseason mentioned Fournette specifically as being key to the offense’s success as a whole. Recently, DeFilippo mentioned Fournette as being key to the passing game as well. Fournette already has a 36-catch-season to his name, and if he can stay healthy, he could crush his RB17 price tag.
- Rookie tight end Josh Oliver looked promising earlier in camp, but suffered a “significant” hamstring injury. It looks like it will keep him sidelined for an extended period of time.
- The biggest story for the Titans will be Derrick Henry‘s injury, considering the offense will be run through him. Henry is dealing with a strained calf which isn’t considered major, but it’s something we have to keep an eye on with the big, explosive back.
- Corey Davis has been a consistent standout during training camp. He is (still) clearly their best weapon in the passing game. The only question now is how often will they be passing, and if Marcus Mariota can get past the nerve issues that plagued him last year. Mariota also needs to show he can be a franchise quarterback, frankly.
- Delanie Walker is back to feeling 100% healthy and has no restrictions. Prior to last year, Walker had several strong consecutive seasons and was a favorite of Mariota. If he’s able to stay healthy, he’ll provide a big boost for the Titans. Walker represents really nice value in the mid-11th round as TE12.
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