Phillip Rivers, QB, Chargers
I’m all in on Phillip Rivers. He finished as the sixth-best quarterback in most formats last season after passing for 4,478 yards and 31 touchdowns, and has the necessary complements on the offense to be successful again: Running back Ryan Mathews is projected to be in the top 20 for total points, wide receiver Keenan Allen is slotted for a 1,000-yard, eight-touchdown campaign and Antonio Gates is one of the best tight ends in the game.
The Saints’ Jimmy Graham is the clear No. 1 tight end in the game, but less than two points per week separate the next three (Davis, Rob Gronkowski and Julius Thomas), making Davis a great value in round five or six.
Stacy served as the Rams’ offensive focal point as a rookie last season, averaging 17.9 carries per game and 3.9 yards per attempt. And while the presence of rookies Tre Mason and Benny Cunningham have some thinking one or both may siphon off some of that production, look for Stacy to get a majority of carries in Brian Schottenheimer’s run-heavy scheme.
According to Pro Football Focus, Stacy has induced five missed tackles this preseason and Fantasy Pros has him projected to be among the top 12 running backs with 1,185 yards and nine touchdowns. If he continues to drop to the third or fourth round, snatch him up.
Michael Floyd, WR, Cardinals
Floyd was named to Sports Illustrated’s All-Breakout Team after making 65 catches for 1,041 receiving yards last season. And there is clearly a shift in Arizona’s passing game. In 2012, Larry Fitzgerald was targeted 156 times, Floyd just 86. In 2013, those numbers narrowed to 135 and 113, respectively. This could be the year Floyd becomes the focal point of Arizona’s aerial attack. Here are the 2014 projections:
- Larry Fitzgerald: 85 receptions, 1,078 yards, nine touchdowns
- Michael Floyd: 77 receptions, 1,115 yards seven touchdowns
And for that difference, Fitzgerald is being drafted a full round before Floyd. Instead, take Floyd in the fifth round and use the fourth round on a running back.