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Mastering the Art of the Auction Draft, Part 1: Beginner Mistakes
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Learning from History Series
Our Adam Harstad's created an entire series where he looks at what can the past tell us about how current players' careers are likely to turn out? This is the Landing Page for the series where we'll list all the players currently featured and we'll add to it as new ones are covered.
Retired TE Rob Gronkowski has a 40-percent chance of returning to play for the New England Patriots this season, a source close to the tight end told Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio on Tuesday, July 16. The report speculates that Gronkowski may come back for the 'good stuff,' the end of the season and playoffs.
This should be an ongoing question throughout the 2019 season -- both early and late. The Patriots sure could use Gronkowski, especially since Ben Watson is suspended for the first four games of the season. Even though he's lost some weight since retirement, Gronkowski has been seen working out with QB Tom Brady. We love the story of Gronkowski returning, but we'll have to wait and see if it actually comes to fruition.
Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota needs to earn a long-term commitment from the team as he enters the fifth-year option of his rookie deal in 2019, according to head coach Mike Vrabel. 'I think everybody has a contract, and we're very aware of players who are in the last year of the deal. Marcus is obviously one of those,' Vrabel said. 'When you make a commitment to the QB you want to make sure that this is going to be your guy for the next 7-10 years when you look at the percentage of the cap quarterbacks are driving. Nobody is more proud of what Marcus has done in the offseason than me. He's come back stronger, bigger, with greater understanding of what we're doing offensively, being able to communicate it to players the field. I don't look at the lack of a long-term extension as a negative, though that's what people try to make it. I know Marcus's demeanor and that won't change whether he's on a 10-year contract or its up after the season. He's that type of person. So I know it'll work because of how he is.'
In four seasons as a pro, Mariota has failed to play a full 16-game regular season. He first needs to stay healthy if he wants a chance to get a long-term commitment from the Titans. If healthy, Mariota needs to impress as a passer. We all know he's athletic and can keep plays alive with his feet but he needs to be better with his arm. It's easy to see that 2019 is a make-or-break year for Mariota.
We'll see if Jones can actually start playing up to his potential this year. A highly-touted second-round pick out of USC in 2018, Jones had an incredibly disappointing rookie season. He appeared in only nine games, rushing the ball 23 times for just 44 yards. Jones has a chance to beat out Peyton Barber in training camp this year for the top spot on the Bucs depth chart.
Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (Achilles) told The Athletic's Nicki Jhabvala that he is 'definitely not going to be full-go from the jump' in training camp. He also said the plan is to gradually work him back to full practices.
That's the best move for the Broncos in camp. Sanders is a seasoned veteran and doesn't need a ton of work in the preseason. He's been running at full speed and cutting, but there's no need to rush him back and risk an aggravation of the Achilles' injury that cut short his 2018 season. Sanders should be the No. 2 receiver for the Broncos this year so long as Courtland Sutton takes over as the top target.
Smith was hurt late in the 2018 season (Week 14) with a torn MCL. He's missed everything so far this offseason as he continues to recover. It sounds like Smith may be a candidate to begin the regular season on the PUP list. That would mean he's out for the first six weeks...stay tuned to see if Smith can get back before the start of the regular season.
Good news for the seasoned veteran here. The Titans should take it easy on him in training camp and the preseason so that he's as close to full strength as possible when the season opens up. Walker has a current ADP of TE13 (12.04) in 12-team PPR leagues.
Barkley can rip off big runs with ease. He did that in college and wasted no time doing the same thing in the pros. Barkley is a top-43 fantasy running back this year and worthy of a top-5 pick in any format. In fact, Barkley is going off the board at RB1 (1.02) in 12-team PPR leagues.
Allen had three games of 95 or more rushing yards and he scored eight times as a runner. He clearly can make plays with his legs, but in 2019 we need to see him make more plays with that big arm. His 52.8 completion percentage ranked the lowest of any regular starting quarterback in the league last year. They put better weapons around him in the passing game this year and that should help.
We'll watch Scott in deep dynasty formats. A sixth-round pick for the Saints in the 2018 NFL draft, Scott is a smaller (5'6" 203 pounds) but lightning quick back who is an excellent receiver out of the backfield. He has great footwork and can change direction on a dime.
The Jaguars are going to take it easy on Lee as he continues to come back. The best-case scenario is that he is available for Week 1. Lee said he's ahead of schedule, but the team is taking a conservative approach with his recovery.
Switzer is a slot guy, so it makes sense that he could win that job in training camp. In 2018, Switzer had 36 catches for 253 receiving yards and one touchdown. Those totals are around where he should be projected this year. Even without Antonio Brown, there might not be much of a bump for Switzer because of rookie Diontae Johnson and free agent addition Donte Moncrief.
New York Jets WR Quincy Enunwa will be used more on the outside this year, whereas he was used on screen routes more last season. Head coach Adam Gase said that Enunwa needs to go down more instead of fighting for the extra inch in order to stay healthy.
There have been some positive reports about Jets WRs (Robby Anderson, Jamison Crowder) over the last couple of weeks. We're excited to see the next step that second-year QB Sam Darnold takes, but don't go overboard loading up with Jets WRs in your redraft leagues. Anderson is typically the only Jets WR getting drafted with a current ADP of WR31 (7.01) in 12-team PPR leagues.
No surprise here. Wilson missed all of the Dolphins offseason work. He's learning a new system and coming off of a hip injury so just keep the veteran on your waiver wire speed dial. There doesn't seem to be any concern about his status for Week 1 of the regular season even though he might miss some time in training camp.
Collins was trying to latch on with a team and was working out to stay in shape. Now, his football career might be near the end. Not only is he out with this broken leg, but Collins also has some legal troubles from this offseason to clear up.