Discussion 2023 NFL DREAM TEAM Discussion

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Welcome to NFL Season 2023

I'll begin organising official SCS leagues in the near future. They be named SCS NFL 1, SCS NFL 2, etc.

SCS LEAGUE SIGN UP
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1...JnFbYIK2Rdv_UAbSCiqWtRtEA/viewform?usp=pp_url

Teams will be allocated at least one 14 team league.

Teams will be allocated X 8 team leagues. (X = number of leagues so that teams play all other teams. Last season this was 4. Allow for 5 leagues, at least, for this season)

League codes will then be sent via PM to avoid ghost ships.


SCS GROUP (232978)

The SCS Group to join.
https://sportsdeck.com/nfl/dreamteam/?action=join-group&code=232978
 
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BYES



  • Week 5 – Browns, Buccaneers, Chargers, Seahawks
  • Week 6 – Packers, Steelers
  • Week 7 – Bengals, Cowboys, Jets, Texans, Titans, Panthers
  • Week 8 – N/A
  • Week 9 – Broncos, Jaguars, Lions, 49ers
  • Week 10 – Chiefs, Dolphins, Eagles, Rams
  • Week 11 – Colts, Falcons, Patriots, Saints
  • Week 12 – N/A
  • Week 13 – Bears, Bills, Giants, Raiders, Ravens, Vikings
  • Week 14 – Cardinals, Commanders
 
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SCHEDULE ANALYSIS



What NFL team has the easiest schedule for 2023:
Based on projected win totals, the New Orleans Saints have the easiest strength of schedule for the 2023 NFL season.

NFL teams with the easiest schedules in 2023:

  1. New Orleans Saints
  2. Atlanta Falcons
  3. Indianapolis Colts
  4. Carolina Panthers
  5. San Francisco 49ers
What NFL team has the hardest schedule in 2023:
Based on projected win totals, the New England Patriots have the hardest strength of schedule for the 2023 NFL season.

NFL teams with the hardest schedules in 2023:

  1. New England Patriots
  2. Las Vegas Raiders
  3. Miami Dolphins
  4. Buffalo Bills
  5. Kansas City Chiefs
Teams with three straight home games (no byes)

Ravens (Weeks 9-11)
Cowboys (Weeks 12-14)
Texans (Weeks 11-13)
Rams (Weeks 5-7)
Dolphins (Weeks 14-16)
Saints (Weeks 13-15)
Jets (Weeks 12-14)
Steelers (Weeks 8-10)
49ers (Weeks 3-5)

Teams with three straight road games (no byes)

Ravens (Weeks 4-6 — Week 6 in London)
Panthers (Weeks 12-14)
Broncos (Weeks 13-15)
Giants (Weeks 9-11)
Titans (Weeks 9-11)

First two games on the road

Packers
Raiders
Dolphins
49ers

Longest stretches between road games

Raiders: home from 11/20 to 12/24 — 35 days
Browns: home from 9/19 to 10/21 — 33 days
 

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USEFUL LINKS

Articles and Analysis
ESPN: https://www.espn.com/fantasy/football/
NFL: https://fantasy.nfl.com/
Rotoworld: https://www.nbcsports.com/fantasy/football
FantasyPros: https://www.fantasypros.com/nfl/
CBS: https://www.cbssports.com/fantasy/football/draft-prep/


Podcasts
Also does anyone here listen to NFL and NFL Fantasy podcasts that they can recommend?

Can highly recommend the GM Shuffle as a great podcast that is always building my knowledge of the game and the NFL landscape.
For ones not specializing in fantasy but still covering many of the issues:
Around the NFL: https://podbay.fm/p/around-the-nfl
Bill Barnwell: https://podbay.fm/p/the-bill-barnwell-show
MMQB [aka Monday Morning QB]: https://podbay.fm/p/the-mmqb-nfl-podcast
The Ringer NFL Show: https://podbay.fm/p/the-ringer-nfl-show
Rotoworld: https://podbay.fm/p/rotoworld-football-podcast

These ones are all pure fantasy focused done by (mostly) guys who make their living from it.
FantasyPros: http://podcast.fantasypros.com/
Fantasy Footballers: https://podbay.fm/p/fantasy-footballers-fantasy-football-podcast
NFL Fantasy: https://podbay.fm/p/nfl-fantasy-football-podcast
ESPN Fantasy Focus: http://www.espn.com/espnradio/podcast/archive?id=2942325
CBS Fantasy Football Today: https://podbay.fm/p/fantasy-football-today-podcast
The Underdog Football Show: https://podbay.fm/p/the-underdog-football-show

@Rupert

Injuries
ESPN: https://www.espn.com/nfl/injuries
FantasyPros: https://www.fantasypros.com/nfl/injury-news.php
Rotowire: https://www.rotowire.com/football/news.php?view=injuries
CBS: https://www.cbssports.com/fantasy/football/players/news/injury/

Depth Charts
ESPN: https://www.espn.com.au/nfl/story/_/id/29098001/nfl-depth-charts-all-32-teams
FantasyPros: https://www.fantasypros.com/nfl/depth-charts.php
Rotowire: https://www.rotowire.com/football/nfl-depth-charts/
Ourlads: https://www.ourlads.com/nfldepthcharts/
 
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Watched the Hall of Fame game Browns v Jets last night. As usual nothing to report around any of the key players as they all sat out but the Browns have a young QB that could be something special. Dorian Thompson-Robinson came on in the second half hit numerous targets with precision passing out wide as well as to tightly covered WR. Also scrambled well and laid a huge block (yes a QB blocking) to assist with a Browns TD. Rookie Cedric Tillman caught a couple of handy passes but not sure he gets many snaps in the main season.
 
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Looks like we have one rookie kicker we can lock in :-

Jake Moody selected No. 99 by San Francisco 49ers
The San Francisco 49ers have selected K Jake Moody with the No. 99 overall pick in the 2023 NFL draft.

Fantasy Impact

Moody is the first kicker off the board in the 2023 draft and has quality draft capital behind his selection. With Zane Gonzalez as the only kicker on the roster, Moody has an excellent chance to open the season as the 49ers’ kicker.

EXPERT NOTE

When a kicker is selected in the third round of the NFL Draft, it's reasonable to infer that the kicker is very good at putting the ball through the uprights. The 49ers took Moody with the 99th overall pick in the draft, clearly impressed by an illustrious college career in which Moody converted 69-of-84 FG attempts and all 148 of his extra-point tries. Moody set a University of Michigan school record with 29 field goals last year, with 10 of them coming from 40 yards or longer. Moody will be kicking for a team that has Super Bowl aspirations and should have a high-scoring offense.
 
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Just thought id give my notes on who i think will be relevant as rookies this season

QBs

Young, Stroud & Richardson are the big 3 that were taken in the first 4 picks of the draft. Young is pretty freakish in his ability. No doubt he is short for the position but some of his highlights are pretty insane. He doesnt have many big name weapons to throw to but he will step right into that offence and hopefully show why he was pick 1. Will potentially consider him as my 2nd or 3rd QB....probably 2nd (because Richardson is likely QB 3)

Stroud seems like a good fit in Houston. He isnt quite as athletic or eye-catching as the other 2 QBs but i think he does a lot of things very well. He could well be the most complete QB in the draft. Apparantly has a great work ethic too. Because he lacks the run game (although his movement is still very good) of a Richardson he may not have the upside to be a fantasy gun but should be damn reliable and worthy of consideration for sure!

Richardson is an athletic speciman with an absolute rocket for an arm. Lethal combination! Scouting on him suggests that he needs to work on a few little things - like awareness in the pocket - but he has an incredible amount of potential. He is absolutely the type of QB that can turn into fantasy gold. At this stage its not entirely clear if he will take over as QB1 from the start of the season but i think its only a matter of time. I think he is going to make my team as QB3 even if he doesnt start from round 1.

RBs

Bijan Robinson & Jahmyr Gibbs will make my team. Robinson is set to become a plug in and play gun RB. I think he was the highest RB picked in the draft since Saquon & he looks like he could be just as dynamic. Atlanta have Allgeier and not much else on the depth chart. Absolute must have rookie and for me, will start as my 4th RB or potentially even 3rd.

Gibbs will likely get a fair workload at Detroit, in an up and coming team/offense. Swift was traded away and Gibbs provides a similar skill set to him. He is an excellent pass catcher and is pretty quick too. They did trade for Montgomery but he has different strengths and is more like J.Williams who they got rid of after posting high TD numbers last season. In many ways, i feel like the Lions have prioritised the same traits at RB as they had last season, just the names have changed. Gibbs is Swift-like & Montgomery is J.Williams like. I expect Gibbs will have big games in him but i wouldnt want him starting at RB for my team. He will slot in nicely as my 5th RB on the bench.

Charbonnet could get some work with Seattle. He did sustain a small injury in pre season but so did the RB he is behind in the depth chart. Roschon Johnson & Achane are my POD picks to break into their respective sides and in the case of R.Johnson potentially even end up as first choice RB.

Johnson for the Bears is currently behind Herbert but they are different in their strengths. Johnson is more mobile and should be better at catching out of the backfield. Consensus seems to be that Roschon was a steal in the draft. I wouldnt be too surprised if Herbert ends up getting less work than Johnson by the end of the season.

Then there is Achane. If there is one thing that the Dolphins have prioritised on offence it is speed and Achane is insanely quick. I dont think he can carry the workload of a first choice RB but he can be dynamic as a 3rd down back. He is explosive, if nothing else. To be honest I dont think he will see enough snaps to be that relevant but i do think he will be one to watch. Miami's RB situation on the surface seems to be pretty murky to me.

WRs

Admittedly, i dont know that much about the WRs in the draft but there were 4 taken in a row in the 1st round which i believe was a first.

Jaxon Smith-Njiba could be a high volume threat out of the slot in what is now a quality trio (Lockett & DK) . He is probably my favourite and likely starts at WR 5 or 6 for my team.

Addison is a decent deep threat in a team with quality receiving options (JJ & TJ in particular) and a pretty good QB. The Vikings are not looking like a run first team either so you'd expect that they continue to air it out and Addison could be on the end of some big plays. I will keep an eye on him as maybe WR6 or on my bench (WR7 or 8)

Flowers is short but quick and with the Ravens he has potential to be a deep threat but i dont see the volume being there for him, at least not to start the season. I will watch the PS games with interest though.

Johnston was taken by the Chargers and is the WR i know the least about to be honest. I really like Herbert though and in a very solid offensive team/situation Johnston could fit in well. Ill watch him in the pre season games to get a better read.

Johnathon Mingo (Panthers) is one who deserves a mention, he has great hands and can be a deep threat. I expect him and Young could develop a truckload of chemistry. Im not sure what share of the snaps he will get, but i think he could be a bench WR given his upside.

Jalin Hyatt. Slid in the draft and picked up in round 3 by the Giants. Put together a massive game against Alabama - 5 TDs and lands at the Giants who are potentially in need of another starting WR option. He is a speedster and should put up decent yards after the catch. He probably makes my team as WR6 or 7.

TEs

Dalton Kincaid. This guy has landed a quality situation. He isnt much of a blocker but he has great hands and with Allen as his QB and in an elite offence, he could be one to score very well. I think ill take him as my 3rd TE (as my bench player)

Darnell Washington. He is a big dude! He also slid big time in the draft and ends up at the Steelers. He will split snaps with Freiermuth but both Steelers TEs are quality. They can both be red zone threats and are great blockers. Im not sure how many 2 or 3 TE sets the Steelers offence will run but they have quality options. Probably not enough going for Darnell to be a fantasy pick but one to watch for sure.

Sam La Porta. I dont really know much about him but he was rated fairly highly and with TJ Hockenson gone there could be a spot for him in Detroit. He is more of a pass catcher than run blocker but i dont think he has any elite traits that set him apart but he could be a fairly high-volume target in the short-mid passing game. One to consider.

Kickers

Jake Moody. Robbie Gould is gone and SF used their first pick in the draft (in round 3) on Moody who has a massive boot and is guaranteed to be first choice kicker as long as he stays healthy. Ill be taking him and then a dud kicker who will act as my captains loophole.

In summary, these are the rookie picks that im likely to start with

QBs - Young/Stroud & Richardson (QB 2 & 3)

RBs - Bijan Robinson, Gibbs & R.Johnson (RBs 4-6)

WRs - Jaxon smith-njigba, Addison & Hyatt/Mingo (WRs 6-8) Potentially both Hyatt and Mingo if i dont have enough cash and need to start 2 WR rookies

TEs - Dalton Kincaid (TE 3)

K - Moody (K 1)

Anyway, i think PS will shed more light on the viable options but at this stage i think im going with the above players.
 
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Rookie WRs:
@T43597 has mentioned Jaxon smith-njigba, Addison & Hyatt/Mingo
Jaxon Smith-Njigba:
He'll be in my squad but not necessarily on-field.
He was at Ohio State with G Wilson and Olave and Wilson has said that J S-N is the best of the three. He's also impressed Geno Smith in training camp. And, as @T43597 says, will play slot.
But: I wonder how many targets he'll get.
Seattle averaged 33.8 passes per game last year. Assuming that stays the same they will be shared between Metcalf, Lockett, Fant, J S-N, Walker and new pass-catching RB Charbonnet.
Of course, if he is targeted a lot he'll be off the bench and on-field.
Jordan Addison:
He'll probably start on-field for me.
Minnesota throw the ball a lot - 42 attempts per game last year. Addison will never be the no.1 while Jefferson is fit but he's a good chance to be equal #2 pass catcher with Hockenson.
He's replacing Thielen who averaged 6.3 targets last year.
Jalin Hyatt:
I'm unsure as to whether he'll be in my squad. He's apparently fast, very fast, but that's about it. From what I've read he needs space to operate but his route running and separation are poor. He doesn't win against man or press coverage. And he's not strong - get a hand on him and he's done.
Plus: the Giants run the ball as often as they pass: 30.6 per game for each last year; he played slot in college and the Giants also have Parris Campbell, Sterling Shepard, Wan'Dale Robinson and Jamison Crowder who can/do play slot.
Jonathan Mingo:
Another I'm unsure about. His college career wasn't great: PFF didn't rank his last college year highly (around 40th for receiving and yards per route run). He apparently is strong, a good route runner and contested catch but with neither break-away speed nor long speed when he's clear.
On the Carolina depth chart he's behind new-signing Thielen, D J Chark and T Marshall as WR and probably also behind TE Hurst as a pass-catcher.

Zay Flowers:
Likely to be in my squad and on-field.
Last season Baltimore only averaged 28.7 pass attempts to 30.9 carries per game. That's not promising for a pass-catcher - low pass attempts plus less than 60 possessions per game - that's low.
But Baltimore has a new OC, Todd Monken, who reportedly likes to pass the ball and prefers a faster paced, higher volume offence. Which is good news for pass-catchers.
Flowers may only be WR3 on the Baltimore depth chart and probable pass-catcher #4 behind O B-J, Bateman and Andrews.
But Bateman is on the PUP list; O B-J is woefully out of match-fitness having played no games last year and only 8,6 and 7 in the previous three years.
So Flowers, who can play inside and outside, may end up de facto pass-catcher #2

That's all for now.
 
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More cheap WRs:
Isaiah Hodgins:
Likely to be in my squad and on-field.
Traded from Buffalo to NYG mid-season and played 8 games: 33 - 44 - 351 yds - 4 TDs.
Those are decent stat.s for a mid-season recruit with, at most, a month to learn the play-book.
It depends on how RDT prices him but I think if he's $6m or so he's good value.
Quentin Johnston:
Likely to be in my squad and on-field.
WR3 on the LAC depth chart and arguably pass catcher #4/5 behind Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, Austin Ekeler and TE Gerald Everett.
But he's big, strong and fast and can take contested catches. In college he was ranked highly for forced missed tackles and YAC (yards after catch).
The new LAC OC manages a fast paced high scoring offence (as he did in 4yrs at Dallas) that will suit Herbert's deep throws - and that will suit Johnston.
He may not start as a preferred pass catcher but both Allen and Williams have suffered soft tissue inuries in recent years: Allen is 31 ters old and missed 7 games last year with a hammy; Williams has had "herniated disk, knee strain, back spasms, hamstring strain, hip flexor strain, high ankle sprain (twice), and transverse process fracture" in his six year career.
Jahan Dotson:
Likely to be in my squad and on-field.
A #16 draft pick by Washington last year, he had an injury interrupted rookie season but his last five post injury games: 22 - 35 - 344 yds - 3 TDs. That was: 24% target share, 50% end zone targets; #13 in yrds per route.
His QBs, Howell or Brissett, don't inspire confidence but, according to FantasyPro, he's "well-versed from his college days in dealing with pitiful quarterback play."
McLaurin is the WR1 and Dotson is the likely WR2 so he should get the targets.
 
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Rookie WRs:
@T43597 has mentioned Jaxon smith-njigba, Addison & Hyatt/Mingo
Jaxon Smith-Njigba:
He'll be in my squad but not necessarily on-field.
He was at Ohio State with G Wilson and Olave and Wilson has said that J S-N is the best of the three. He's also impressed Geno Smith in training camp. And, as @T43597 says, will play slot.
But: I wonder how many targets he'll get.
Seattle averaged 33.8 passes per game last year. Assuming that stays the same they will be shared between Metcalf, lockett, Fant, J S-N, Walker and new pass=catching RB Charbonnet.
Of course, if he is targeted a lot he'll be off the bench and on-field.
Jordan Addison:
He'll probably start on-field for me.
Minnesota throw the ball a lot - 42 attempts per game last year. Addison will never be the no.1 while Jefferson is fit but he's a good chance to be equal #2 pass catcher with Hockenson.
He's replacing Thielen who averaged 6.3 targets last year.
Jalin Hyatt:
I'm unsure as to whether he'll be in my squad. He's apparently fast, very fast, but that's about it. From what I've read he needs space to operate but his route running and separation are poor. He doesn't win against man or press coverage. And he's not strong - get a hand on him and he's done.
Plus: the Giants run the ball as often as they pass: 30.6 per game for each last year; he played slot in college and the Giants also have Parris Campbell, Sterling Shepard, Wan'Dale Robinson and Jamison Crowder who can/do play slot.
Jonathan Mingo:
Another I'm unsure about. His college career wasn't great: PFF didn't rank his last college year highly (around 40th for receiving an yards per route run). He apparently is strong, a good route runner and contested catch but with neither break-away speed nor long spped when he's clear.
On the Carolina depth chart he's behind new-signing Thielen, D J Chark and T Marshall as WR and probably also behind TE Hurst as a pass-catcher.
Zay Flowers:
Likely to be in my squad and on-field.
Last season Baltimore only averaged 28.7 pass attempts to 30.9 carries per game. That's not promising for a pass-catcher - low pass attempts plus less than 60 possessions per game - that's low.
But Baltimore has a new OC, Todd Monken, who reportedly likes to pass the ball and prefers a faster paced, higher volume offence. Which is good new for pass-catchers.
Flowers may only be WR3 on the Baltimore depth chart and probable pass-catcher #4 behind O B-J, Bateman and Andrews.
But Bateman is on the PUP list; O B-J is woefully out of match-fitness having played no games last year and only 8,6 and 7 in the previous three years.
So Flowers, who can play inside and outside, may end up de facto pass-catcher #2

That's all for now.
Thanks for the info and thoughts on the WRs. You make a great point regarding the new OC at Baltimore and the lack of many other options.

I can't wait to see these rookies in action in the pre season. Each season I get more and more excited about the NFL!

This was the first year that I followed the draft really closely and last year I started watching the odd college game but this season I will probably watch a lot more.

Anyway, hopefully the game opens in the next week or so. I've made a plan team and I'm waiting to see whether it fits in the salary cap!
 
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More cheap WRs:
Isaiah Hodgins:
Likely to be in my squad and on-field.
Traded from Buffalo to NYG mid-season and played 8 games: 33 - 44 - 351 yds - 4 yds.
Those are decent stat.s for a mid-season recruit with, at most, a month to learn the play-book.
It depends on how RDT prices him but I think if he's $6m or so he's good value.
Quentin Johnston:
Likely to be in my squad and on-field.
WR3 on the LAC depth chart and arguably pass catcher #4/5 behind Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, Austin Ekeler and TE Gerald Everett.
But he's big, strong and fast and can take contested catches. In college he was ranked highly for forced missed tackles and YAC (yards after catch).
The new LAC OC manages a fast paced high scoring offence (as he did in 4yrs at Dallas) that will suit Herbert's deep throws - and that will suit Johnston.
He may not start as a preferred pass catcher but both Allen and Williams have suffered soft tissue inuries in recent years: Allen is 31 ters old and missed 7 games last year with a hammy; Williams has had "herniated disk, knee strain, back spasms, hamstring strain, hip flexor strain, high ankle sprain (twice), and transverse process fracture" in his six year career.
Great insight again mate. I'm actually considering sky Moore and Pickens if I have the cash/depending on their pricing. I think I'm going with 3 gun WRs, Ridley (if fit) and then rookies or maybe a player like Pickens/Moore.
 
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Looking at mid-pricers Ridley, Waller & Akers probably make my team. Stevenson and Pollard may end up in my team too. RBs are strange as I don't trust many of the guns this season. Mattison, R.White may be viable mid-priced options too
 
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Great posts @T43597 & @Rupert - much appreciated (y)

Another guy to keep an eye on for the TE3 spot is Michael Mayer. Raiders traded Waller & Moreau, they added a free agent TE in Austin Hooper who is the one Mayer will be competing with as the starting TE :-

EXPERT NOTE
Regarded by many as the top two-way tight end in the Class of 2023, Michael Mayer of Notre Dame has drawn comparisons to Jason Witten because he shines as both a pass catcher and blocker. Mayer had more than 800 receiving yards in each of his last two college seasons, scoring seven touchdowns in 2021 and nine in 2022. Mayer will replace Darren Waller as the Raiders' top tight end and should at least flirt with fantasy relevance as a rookie.

News: 6 days ago Mayer stood out while making his fair share of catches during Monday's practice, according to Levi Edwards of the Raiders' official site.

Spin: Per Paul Gutierrez of ESPN, Mayer still needs to improve on his blocking, but the 2023 second-rounder's pass-catching ability figures to lead to a role in the Raiders' offense from the get-go this season. With the team having traded Darren Waller to the Giants in March, there are TE snaps and targets available for both Mayer and free-agent addition Austin Hooper. While a timeshare figures to be in play early on, it's quite plausible that the rookie's fantasy utility increases as the campaign progresses.

ESPN Fantasy Projection: Mayer was selected in the second round of April's draft. The Notre Dame product handled a TE-rookie-class-high 25% target share during his 36 collegiate games, which included a massive 34% share in 2022. Mayer led this year's rookie TE class in collegiate targets (260), catches (180) and yards (2,099) and his 2.57 YPRR in 2022 was also best in class. Mayer aligned in the slot often (58%), wasn't asked to block much (class-low 50% of his snaps) and didn't stand out in terms of size or athleticism at the combine, but has the skill set to contribute as a blocker and every-down player in the pros. He'll begin his career competing with veteran Austin Hooper for snaps and, while rookie TEs rarely make noise in fantasy, Mayer will certainly be on the breakout radar in 2024.

While Mayer was considered an elite tight end prospect, it is one of the hardest positions to produce at immediately. Some prospects take a while to develop into consistent pass catchers at the professional level.

What plays into Mayer’s favour is the fact that quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo loves throwing to his tight ends, so if Mayer ends up earning the most snaps at tight end, should see a considerable amount of targets come his way.

Mayer could benefit from the Raiders running more two tight end sets. The Raiders only ran 12 personnel (one running back, two tight ends) 18 percent of the time, and 22 personnel (two running backs, two tight ends) six percent of the time. Having another tight end on the field with Mayer could open up more possibilities for the offense.

Overall, when considering the expectations for Mayer going into the 2023 season, it’s tough to predict what his immediate impact will look like. However, there is no question that he has the skill set to reach his long-term ceiling as a fixture of the Raiders’ offense in the future.
 
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Great posts @T43597 & @Rupert - much appreciated (y)

Another guy to keep an eye on for the TE3 spot is Michael Mayer. Raiders traded Waller & Moreau, they added a free agent TE in Austin Hooper who is the one Mayer will be competing with as the starting TE :-

EXPERT NOTE
Regarded by many as the top two-way tight end in the Class of 2023, Michael Mayer of Notre Dame has drawn comparisons to Jason Witten because he shines as both a pass catcher and blocker. Mayer had more than 800 receiving yards in each of his last two college seasons, scoring seven touchdowns in 2021 and nine in 2022. Mayer will replace Darren Waller as the Raiders' top tight end and should at least flirt with fantasy relevance as a rookie.

News: 6 days ago Mayer stood out while making his fair share of catches during Monday's practice, according to Levi Edwards of the Raiders' official site.

Spin: Per Paul Gutierrez of ESPN, Mayer still needs to improve on his blocking, but the 2023 second-rounder's pass-catching ability figures to lead to a role in the Raiders' offense from the get-go this season. With the team having traded Darren Waller to the Giants in March, there are TE snaps and targets available for both Mayer and free-agent addition Austin Hooper. While a timeshare figures to be in play early on, it's quite plausible that the rookie's fantasy utility increases as the campaign progresses.

ESPN Fantasy Projection: Mayer was selected in the second round of April's draft. The Notre Dame product handled a TE-rookie-class-high 25% target share during his 36 collegiate games, which included a massive 34% share in 2022. Mayer led this year's rookie TE class in collegiate targets (260), catches (180) and yards (2,099) and his 2.57 YPRR in 2022 was also best in class. Mayer aligned in the slot often (58%), wasn't asked to block much (class-low 50% of his snaps) and didn't stand out in terms of size or athleticism at the combine, but has the skill set to contribute as a blocker and every-down player in the pros. He'll begin his career competing with veteran Austin Hooper for snaps and, while rookie TEs rarely make noise in fantasy, Mayer will certainly be on the breakout radar in 2024.

While Mayer was considered an elite tight end prospect, it is one of the hardest positions to produce at immediately. Some prospects take a while to develop into consistent pass catchers at the professional level.

What plays into Mayer’s favour is the fact that quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo loves throwing to his tight ends, so if Mayer ends up earning the most snaps at tight end, should see a considerable amount of targets come his way.

Mayer could benefit from the Raiders running more two tight end sets. The Raiders only ran 12 personnel (one running back, two tight ends) 18 percent of the time, and 22 personnel (two running backs, two tight ends) six percent of the time. Having another tight end on the field with Mayer could open up more possibilities for the offense.

Overall, when considering the expectations for Mayer going into the 2023 season, it’s tough to predict what his immediate impact will look like. However, there is no question that he has the skill set to reach his long-term ceiling as a fixture of the Raiders’ offense in the future.
Glad you mentioned him, I thought I was missing one haha. If I don't have the cash to get a decent TE to pair with Waller, I will consider him.
 
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Glad you mentioned him, I thought I was missing one haha. If I don't have the cash to get a decent TE to pair with Waller, I will consider him.
If you don't mind a recommendation: I'd start with Kelce.
He scored so much more than the next best TE last year: 516 points with Hockenson next best at 337; his 30.4 av. was also way better than the next best Kittle at 22.2.
He's been a top TE for several consecutive years.
He should be the main target again this year whereas none of the others are likely to be.
He is so consistent that he's unlikely to drop much in price.

I think that not starting with him is a false economy.
 
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