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Beer Fueled Fantasy's First Round Reactions

Reaction and interaction during the 2018 NFL Draft. We will have analysis on every first round pick, several guests dropping by and of course, alcohol. If you follow the link to YouTube there is replay of the chat! This video is 3 hours long, please fast forward to the pick you want to watch.

Nick Spartz (@NickSpartz) is one of three hosts of Beer Fueled Fantasy Football, a podcast designed around the idea that fantasy football is at its core a relaxing and fun game. We put in the effort off the air so when we produce each episode we can provide good information in a relaxed format over amazing craft beer. Sit back, open a cold beer of your own and enjoy the show!

Baker Mayfield to the Cleveland Browns

Saquon Barkley to the New York Giants

  • Joins a backfield with Jonathan Stewart, Wayne Gallman, and Paul Perkins which isn’t exactly a bunch of world beaters. All should be marginalized to light work, with Gallman likely holding the most value as a pass catching change of pace back
  • Offensive line has added a good LT in Nate Solder, but still needs work heading into day 2 of the draft
  • Passing game with Odell Beckham, Sterling Shepard, and Evan Engram should prevent safeties coming down to contain Barkley

Sam Darnold to the New York Jets

Josh Allen to the Buffalo Bills

Josh Rosen to the Arizona Cardinals

D.J. Moore to the Carolina Panthers

  • Should immediately compete for the number one receiver role and be first or second in terms of targets as a rookie - projecting ~110 his rookie season
  • Greg Olsen is his main competition for targets, and Olsen should be retired in 2 or 3 seasons
  • Devin Funchess will slide to the #2 where he’s a better fit
  • Christian McCaffrey and Curtis Samuel will both get targets, but I don’t think that will limit Moore
  • Moore has proved he can produce with an inaccurate QB so I’m not scared of Cam Newton

Hayden Hurst to the Baltimore Ravens

Calvin Ridley to the Atlanta Falcons

  • Love this as an NFL move as the Falcons passing game went from good to really dangerous with Ridley stepping into the WR2/WR3 role of this offense - definitely a bump to Matt Ryan’s floor
  • He should get at least 60-70 targets if he’s the 3 with a ceiling of 95 if he can surpass Mohamed Sanu so he’ll be safe but not a super high ceiling without Julio getting hurt
  • For fantasy, this isn’t great and I expect he’s overdrafted based on where he went in the NFL draft as the second receiver taken

Rashaad Penny to the Seattle Seahawks

  • Should be the most talented back, but C.J. Prosise, Chris Carson, Mike Davis, and J.D. McKissic are all still on the team
  • Seahawks were the 27th best offensive line in 2018 and the only player they added was DJ Fluker who hasn’t exactly had a good start to his career so far
  • Offensive scheme is gonna get a shakeup with Darrell Bevell on the outs and Brian Schottenheimer being brought in
  • Schottenheimer has traditionally used a workhorse back with 250+ touches - with Steven Jackson, Zac Stacy and Tre Mason being his main backs the last three years he was OC in the NFL. So if they can get the running game going expect lots of work for Penny if he can learn how to play in the NFL
  • Blocking and pass catching are both still a concern for Penny

Sony Michel to the New England Patriots

  • Super crowded backfield with Michel joining James White, Rex Burkhead, Jeremy Hill and Mike Gillislee - I expect at least one back to be cut, with my money on Gillislee
  • Patriots lost Nate Solder but did draft Isaiah Wynn who should be an excellent guard in the NFL and help the running game. Offensive line was top 10 in 17 and I project them to between 10-15 in 2018
  • Michel looks to have limited passing game use with both White and Burkhead being excellent receiving backs, but he should get similar running usage to Dion Lewis with ~210 touches.

Lamar Jackson to the Baltimore Ravens

  • Only QB drafted in the first round who likely can’t win the job year 1 outside of an injury. Joe Flacco is locked in as the started till he’s traded or cut in a future year (likely 2019 or 2020)
  • Now the RG3 signing makes sense, as an offense designed around Jackson would also work decently well for RG3
  • Weapons are gonna be questionable for when he finally gets the nod as it currently stands. RBs consist of Alex Collins, Kenneth Dixon and Javorius Allen with nobody fully guaranteed to be a locked in starter. WRs are Crabtree, Snead and John Brown who could all be gone after two years. The only fixed piece looks to be fellow first round draft pick Hayden Hurst. 

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