Eli is not considered an elite fantasy quarterback but he should be this season. Last year he had his second most productive season in passing yards and touchdowns under the tutelage of offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo, who was Aaron Rodgers quarterback coach in 2012 and 2013. He could have an even better season in 2015 with another year in McAdoo’s system. Eli also has one of the better receiving corps in the NFL and should have a healthy Victor Cruz to add to prolific threats that include receivers Reuben Randall and Odell Beckham and tight end Larry Donnell.
The former Oklahoma quarterback has not lived up to the hype of being the top overall pick in the 2010 NFL draft. Sam Bradford can’t quite be labeled a bust at this point because much of that has had to do with the porous offensive line he played with early in his career and injury problems in 2013 and 2014. Bradford only played in seven games in 2013 before missing the entire 2014 season. He was starting to come around in the 2012 season when he threw for nearly 4,000 yards. He started well in 2013, averaging around 250 passing yards per game and throwing 14 touchdowns through those seven games. That was in a more conservative Brian Schottenheimer offense. Chip Kelly is not conservative and has a history of coaching high powered offenses without an elite quarterback. Sam Bradford could flourish in Chip Kelly’s high paced offense if he can avoid injuries.
Randall is the starter in a Cowboys backfield that also features Darren McFadden. He is projected to get around 15 touches per game early on but that could increase as the season goes on, considering McFadden’s injury problems throughout his career. The Cowboys have one of the better offensive lines in the league, which is one of the reasons why Demarco Murray ran for close to 2,000 yards last season. Randall gained 534 yards on 155 carries in a backup role during the 2014 season. He should be able to eclipse the 1,000 yard mark this season as a starter.
He may have been overvalued in the past during his days with the Buffalo Bills but this is the season that he will finally bust out, particularly in PPR leagues. C.J. Spiller was never a good fit in Buffalo considering the Bills’ offensive style of pounding the football that they use to adapt to the cold environment of upstate New York. Spiller was never a pound the rock, run between the tackles running back even in his college years at Clemson. Now he is in the right system for his abilities, playing his home games inside on turf in a loose system with an elite quarterback. Pierre Thomas had 77 receptions in the 2013 season and 45 in 11 games last season. C.J. Spiller is a rich man’s Pierre Thomas ability wise and should easily eclipse those numbers this season.
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