If you havent seen how collectors are reacting to Johnny Manziel, you should do yourself a favor and take a look. He is single handedly commanding case cost worthy prices in a lot of situations, and that is a very good thing. His cards are regularly becoming the focus of a lot of collections, but he isnt the only player worth chasing this year.
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All that being said, this hobby is all about QBs, WRs, and Running Backs. A few times you have guys like Jadeveon Clowney that will command some big bucks, but outside of that rare gem, its all the big three positions. Take a look at my target list.
Outside of Manziel, there are a few guys I would check out. Obviously Bortles and Bridgewater are targets, and they both should see time on the field early on in the season. Bortles has a very difficult situation in Jacksonville with so few weapons on the offensive side of the ball, and Bridgewater may not start from week 1. I would actually take a gander at Derek Carr, who will likely start in Oakland, and is flying under the radar right now. Tom Savage isnt a bad look either, as Ryan Fitzpatrick is NOT a long term solution to the things ailing Houston’s offense right now.
Even though the NFL is moving away from the workhorse back, guys like Bishop Sankey are really intriguing. Sankey has a pretty good team around him, but his receivers arent elite. There will be a focus on the running game, and Tennessee’s line isnt all that bad. Locker needs a great year to solidify a new contract, and should be injury free now. I also like the prospects of Carlos Hyde in San Fran, as Gore is getting older and the Niners are a smashmouth team. He will get carries, and that is always good for initial value.
Its been publicized that Watkins and Manuel have been lacking chemistry in Buffalo, and it shouldnt be surprising to anyone that the bills are having issues with getting that all set up. However, the real guy I would look at is Jordan Mathews in Philadelphia. Philly passes a ton, and though McCoy is a big deal, they usually will throw more often than not. Other guys like Odell Beckham, Marqise Lee and Jarvis Landry might be worth a look, but all of them will likely be the 2 or 3 receiver on their team to start. Rookie wideouts RARELY play well coming out of school, and it could just be a guy like Jared Abberdaris or Davante Adams doing well because Rodgers is throwing to them in Green Bay.
So far, the top guys in the class are easily Manziel, Bridgewater and Watkins, but that all could change once the guys get on the field. Dont let pre-season sway you, and take advantage of the people who are jumping on the bandwagon during that time. If Manziel has a crazy game and throws a bunch of TDs in the pre-season, you better be selling.