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The late summer is a prime time to watch for contract extensions and storylines that will define dynasty leagues for years to come. Below are 16 stories to watch in the NFC that can significantly impact dynasty leagues for years to come.
Is Daniel Jones the answer for the Giants?
Entering year three, Daniel Jones is at a crossroads. Jones has only managed 6.6 yards per passing attempt through two seasons and performed below expectation in completion percentage in 2019 (-0.2) and 2020 (-0.5). His offense should have a better supporting cast with the addition of free agent Kenny Golladay, the draft selection of first-round pick Kadarius Toney, and a healthy Saquon Barkley. The Giants will have to decide on the fifth-year option on Daniel Jones in the offseason, so he needs to make a big leap with his supporting cast in 2021.
Can Antonio Gibson ascend to the elite?
Antonio Gibson entered the 2020 season as a converted wide receiver who was a third-round pick out of Memphis. Gibson benefitted from circumstances and ascended to Washington’s lead running back early in the 2020 season. His performance of 18th out of 55 in rushing yards over expectation is a good start, with a ceiling to grow along with incorporating his pass-catching skills from 3.1 targets per game. Of the second-year running backs, Gibson has amongst the biggest upside.
Can the Dallas Cowboys pre-Dak Injury offense return?
Dak Prescott went down with a gruesome and tear-jerking ankle injury in week 5 of 2020. Through five weeks, Dak Prescott was QB3, Ezekiel Elliott was RB2, Amari Cooper and CeeDeeLamb were WR10 and WR 11, respectively. From weeks 6 through 17, Elliott was RB23, Cooper was WR 23, and Lamb was WR36. If the Dallas offense return to the form that saw them average 32.6 points per game, they can return massive value for Elliott, Cooper, and Lamb.
Is Jalen Hurts the quarterback of the future?
As a second-round pick, Jalen Hurts took over the starter job at the end of 2020. The fantasy production looked like a success, as he finished QB7 in his four-week starting stint, but that may have masked on-field concerns. Hurts finished a respectable 23rd in yards per attempt (7.2) but finished with 37th in completion percentage over expectation (-3.4) out of 41 qualifiers. Philadelphia has stocked up on future assets, with the possibility of three 2022 first-round picks, to potentially address the position in the 2022 offseason if Hurts falters.
What is the wide receiver future in Chicago?
The easy selection for Chicago would be to wonder when Justin Fields starts, but the future at the wide receiver position is a huge question. Allen Robinson is playing on the franchise tag before 2022 free agency, while Anthony Miller is in the final year of his rookie contract and appears to have worn out his welcome with the Bears. The Bears could have 50 million dollars in cap space in 2022 to spend in a potentially strong free-agent wide receiver class.
How will D'Andre Swift progress?
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