How to Identify The Best NFL Picks For Week 15
The New England Patriots have had a solid offensive line for the past few years, but it was a bit of a letdown in 2015 when they lost starting right tackle Nate Solder.
The Patriots have been very active at the position this offseason, and they will have a very good option for Solder in 2016.
The 6-foot-6, 310-pounder will be looking to make a big impact this season with the Patriots.
His versatility is what makes him a great fit for the Patriots offense.
The best way to gauge the player’s ceiling is to watch tape on him, and here are some of the best offensive linemen to watch during the upcoming season.
Eric Winston, Tennessee Titans: The Titans are expected to add a quality center this offseason.
Winston was one of the biggest busts of the 2016 season with a poor season, but he still managed to make $4.5 million in 2016 and make $2.8 million in 2017.
Winston’s ceiling could be as high as $6 million annually, which is more than the next best option, Jason Kelce, who is signed through 2021.
If Winston does hit that mark, he will be one of many centers who can provide value for the Titans.
Austin Howard, Oakland Raiders: If you’re looking for a center to make an impact for you in your fantasy football league, then Austin Howard is your man.
Howard was a second-round pick out of South Carolina in 2014 and has been a Pro Bowler since.
He is a freak athlete who can run, tackle, and pass block well.
He has a very high ceiling and can be a valuable asset for you this season.
Eric Fisher, San Francisco 49ers: If there is one offensive tackle that is on your radar for the 2016-17 season, it is Eric Fisher.
The former Alabama star has been productive for the 49ers in his two seasons in San Francisco, but his career is trending downward.
Fisher has only been with the 49er for two seasons, but was released in 2018 and re-signed in 2019.
The 49ers need to get a quality tackle this offseason and Fisher is a great player to target.
Zach Strief, Miami Dolphins: Strief was a first-round selection out of Oklahoma in the 2014 NFL Draft, but had a poor 2016 season.
He struggled with injuries in 2016, but still managed $2 million in salary.
Strief is an athletic, long-armed tackle who can block, tackle for loss, and do a great job of keeping his blockers off the ball.
Jason Peters, Arizona Cardinals: Peters was a sixth-round draft pick out in 2015, but has been on a tear since then.
He was a solid starter in Arizona for two years before he was cut.
Peters has a strong arm and good pass blocking ability, and he can also play in the run game.
Peters will be the No. 1 center in fantasy football this season and could be a great value pick.
Jason Kelsey, Oakland Raider: Kelsey was a fourth-round rookie out of Arizona in 2014, and had a strong year in 2016 with $3.9 million in base salary.
Kelsey had a great 2016 season for the Raiders with $4 million in cap hit.
He also has some nice potential as a starter.
Matt Kalil, Washington Redskins: Kalil is a versatile tackle who could be on the verge of a big payday if he can find a long-term deal.
Kalil was a fifth-round compensatory pick out a season ago, but a knee injury has hampered his 2017 season.
Kalill has a lot of upside and could start for the Redskins next season, which would be an excellent way to make your roster.
Matt Paradis, New York Jets: Paradis is one of those players that can fill multiple roles in your offensive line.
The Jets will have to make decisions on what position he plays, and there are a few options on the market.
Paradis could be the guy to replace Jason Peters in your lineups.
Eric Wood, Pittsburgh Steelers: Wood is a power tackle who has been inconsistent over the past two seasons.
He made $2,854,000 in 2016 as a free agent, but struggled with injury and a foot injury.
He missed the last six games of the season with an ankle injury, but could be an upgrade to the Pittsburgh lineups in 2017 if he is able to find a new deal.
Jake Long, Chicago Bears: Long is a big body that can play tackle, guard, guard for loss and tackle for a good chunk of his career.
Long had an outstanding 2016 season, making $2.,066,000 and earning a $4,000,000 base salary for the Bears.
He could be looking for more money in the 2017 offseason.
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