Bucs' Seferian-Jenkins primed for a breakout season
August 11, 2015 3:05 AM
by Alan Berg
Last week we talked about ADP (Average Draft Position) and we continue that trend with the Tight End position. As a reminder, the criteria will be based on a 14-team league, PPR, Auction Draft style league. For Tight Ends we will look for anyone being drafted later than the 10th Tight End off the board. (FantasyPros.com for rankings)
Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TB (No. 140; No.18 TE): Seferian-Jenkins was a bust for anyone who counted on him last year to produce as a rookie (21 receptions, 221 yards, 2 TDs). He has some hype on him, but it’s not enough hype, the kid is a freak athlete and is the No. 1 TE in Tampa. Offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter came over from Atlanta where he worked with future Hall of Famer Tony Gonzalez. Koetter’s offense is tight end friendly, especially near the red zone. With the targets Winston has in Tampa I expect a big leap in production for ASJ. If you wait on a TE he’s the guy to consider. Projection: 61-873-9.
Jacob Tamme, Atl (No. 276; No.34 TE): This one is a head scratcher for me; a starting TE in a passing offense is the 34th tight end off the board? I am sure people can point out he has a total of 34 catches the last two seasons with the high powered Broncos and Peyton Manning. However, he was behind Julius Thomas, a pretty big roadblock and a complete pass catching monster.
In Atlanta, his competition Tony Moeaki has missed more games than played and the other, Levine Toilolo, has two left feet. Basically it’s Tamme’s job. While he’s no Gronk or Graham, Tamme would be a serviceable start in the Falcons offense. Projection: 53-508-7.
Fantasy Player Props
Oops, can’t use the word fantasy in this town, even though Vegas has basically taken fantasy betting for years. Gaming Control and casinos missing the boat; anyway, I decided it would be cool to give out some plays around town for player props. We start at Caesars/Stations:
Jeremy Hill, Cin (Caesars 15-1) to win Rushing Title: Hill has explosiveness and the Bengals will need him to take over to win games as Andy Dalton seems to regress each season. The second half of the rushing season belonged to Hill as he officially unseated Giovani Bernard. If Hill finds a seam he’s gon. Now as the feature RB for the Bengals he has the chance to be the NFL’s leading rusher.
Joseph Randle, Dal (SC 30-1) to win Rushing Title: Was it DeMarco Murray or the Dallas offensive line mixed with Tony Romo? I tend to think it was a little of both, but at 30-1 it’s worth a bet that Randle can recreate that magic in 2015.
Alan Berg has 10-plus years of experience at Las Vegas sports books and prior to moving to Las Vegas covered sports for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle. Follow him on Twitter: @vegasberserker Contact him at ABerg@GamingToday.com.