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Fantasy Focus

Rookie wide receivers often struggle during their first season NFL season. At least that's the standard assumption -- and one shattered by the 2014 class. The likes of Odell Beckham Jr., Mike Evans and Kelvin Benjamin rocked as rookies and they were't alone. Here's a look at where those three plus Sammy Watkins, Brandin Cooks and others ranks among the top 10 second year wide-outs drafted in the first two rounds in last year's draft.

Fantasy Focus

When drafting tight ends, beware of the incredibly fickle nature of the position. Sure, you can go for one of the top-tier tight ends like Rob Gronkowski or Jimmy Graham, but players like those are often overvalued because they significantly outscore most tight ends. After the first few tight ends, however, the position offers many players who are very closely separated in value. It's not too hard to find a good value pick later in your draft or even off the waiver wire. Here are a few names you may want to look for that offer either steady value or good upside from the tight end position.

Fantasy Focus: Sophomore RBs

Some 2014 rookie running backs did not live up to their expectations. Others zoomed past them. Here are the top five sophomore running backs that could make the fantasy updates by carrying the workload on the field and for your fantasy team.

It’s more important than ever to be aware of the trends in Points Per Reception (PPR) leagues, as more and more owners are making the switch to such scoring formats. We broke down fantasy WRs may be overvalued in PPR leagues because other owners overlook the impact of PPR scoring. Make sure to wait on these guys come draft day.

Fantasy Focus: New Orleans Saints

The New Orleans Saints were a colossal disappointment in 2014, and things are still looking bleak for a team with a talented but worrisome roster. GM Mickey Loomis spent the offseason trying to manage bad contracts while still adding players to try and put a playoff-caliber team on the field. This offense may take a step back after losing Jimmy Graham, Ben Grubbs and Kenny Stills, but the combo of Sean Payton and Drew Brees are always a threat to win games.

Fantasy Focus: Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jacksonville Jaguars had a 3-13 record last season. Yikes. So, they sought help in the offseason while hoping their young core develops. The pieces are interesting, but has Jacksonville solved the winning football puzzle or at least improved enough to make believers out of fantasy football players?

Lately we’ve broken down the importance of understanding how to effectively draft in Points Per Reception (PPR) leagues at the wide receiver and running back positions. Next up are the fantasy football TEs. PPR can add a particularly interesting dimension to fantasy TE’s because their scoring outputs become less important, allowing high volume targets who don’t score a lot to blossom. 

Fantasy Focus: Cleveland Browns

For the purposes of web traffic it might make sense just to type JOHNNY MANZIEL over and over again in this space. The thing is, the rising second-year player simply might not be more than divisive talking point until further notice. Then again, considering the rather blah fantasy options elsewhere on the Cleveland Browns roster other perhaps at running back, maybe discussing Manziel is the way to go. Nah, let's get going with thoughts on Josh McCown, Dwayne Bowe, Isaiah Crowell and others.

Stop me if you’ve heard these statistics thrown out there this offseason in fantasy news: “Last season, Kenny Stills ranked third in the league in catch percentage (minimum 50 receptions). His 14.8 yards per reception was the most of anyone with at least a 70% catch rate. The only other players that had at least 14 yards per catch and a 70% catch rate last year were Odell Beckham Jr and Randall Cobb.”

Fantasy Focus: Green Bay Packers

The Green Bay Packers have always been one of the Super bowl contending teams ever since Aaron Rodgers has established himself as an elite quarterback. The Green and Gold didn’t change their offensive outlook from last season after they resigned Randall Cobb their impressive young receiver and Bryan Bulaga an offensive tackle who was extremely effective in 2014. There isn’t a lot of new things going on for the Packers and that’s a good thing because they have one of the most complete offensive rosters in the NFL.