When I first started getting into fantasy football, I was a bit overwhelmed when it came to draft season. I knew some players on specific teams but when the draft got deeper and deeper I found myself getting lost in the “fantasy sauce” so to speak. Every season, teams make changes in personnel from coaches to players and it will either make them more appealing to draft from or force fantasy managers to stay clear. This season, I get to take a swing and present you guys with some teams that you should definitely be drafting from this season.
Some of the teams on my list may be considered “no-brainers” but the reasoning behind each one should let you know just how important it may be to get a piece of these offenses on your fantasy teams this season. So if you check out this piece, let me know what you think of the teams. Oh, and FYI… this isn’t a ranked list or anything like that. As stated before, these are just teams that I feel like you have to get a piece of for the upcoming fantasy season.
Shocker, right? This is a bit “homer-ish” but it doesn’t go without solid reasoning. Dak Prescott is back after being lost for the 2020 season after going down in Week 5 against the Giants. Now back to full health, the Cowboys franchise QB is ready to lead his squad deep into the playoffs. Prior to the injury, not only was Dak leading the league in passing yards, but was the QB1 heading into Week 5. The only other QB that was close was Seahawks QB Russell Wilson.
Not to mention the other offensive players like CeeDee Lamb, Amari Cooper, and Ezekiel Elliott (just to name a few) were all on pace to have solid fantasy years with Dak Prescott. The Cowboys offense is loaded from top to bottom and if the Cowboys defense rears it’s ugly head again, the offense will be tasked with carrying the load to put up points. That means more opportunities for fantasy points to come out of the Cowboys offense too.
The Titans have been the talk of the offseason as the landed Julio Jones via trade from the Atlanta Falcons. While some have thought that spelled a downgrade to A.J. Brown’s fantasy value, that shouldn’t be viewed as the case. We actually talked about why during our “Stock Up, Stock Down episode of The Fantasy’s Phinest Podcast. With Julio in the Titans offense, we could very well see a bit more passing from the normally run-heavy Titans offense. Ryan Tannehill averaged about 30 passing attempts in 2020 so even a slight uptick in passing would be good for the Titans offense. From Brown to Jones, and let’s not forget the 2k rusher in Derrick Henry, the Titans should be one of the highly sought after fantasy teams to draft from.
It’s still a bit early but it’s starting to sink in that Ryan Tannehill is still the Quarterback that should benefit the most from the added arsenal as his ADP is starting to creep him out of the “sleeper” category. Tannehill’s fantasy value is still later in the 9th round but if he should remain in that area, he would be an absolutely steal for a QB that’s finished the QB 7 just last season as well as being the QB 4 over the 12 games he played in for the 2019 season. Not to mention there could be some sleeper appeal with other players like TE Anthony Firkser or WR Dez Fitzpatrick too.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
This should go without saying. Tom Brady seems like he’s set to be part of the unstoppable machine that is the Buccaneers offense. From Mike Evans and Chris Godwin down to Rob Gronkowski and O.J. Howard, the Bucs offense is literally the Galatic Empire in the NFC South with every other team looking to simply survive the encounter. Brady didn’t even know the full playbook until mid-season last year and now has a complete offseason to sink his teeth into it. Mind you, Brady threw 40 touchdowns on his way back to the Superbowl and promptly cooked the Kansas City Chiefs to boot, finishing the QB 8 for 2020.
We already mentioned a couple weapons already but I did say the Bucs are armed to the teeth, right? Antonio Brown was re-signed, Leonard Fournette and Ronald Jones are going to form some kind of backfield tandem, and they had the audacity to bring in Giovanni Bernard too. The Bucs should be on your list for sure to draft from in your fantasy drafts.
Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs continue to sport one of the best high-powered offenses in the league behind franchise QB Patrick Mahomes. The Chiefs led the NFL in total offensive yardage last year. Not to mention Patrick Mahomes could be poised to go on a tear after losing badly to Brady and the Bucs in the Superbowl last season. The Chiefs QB and number one wide receiver Tyreek Hill have already been reportedly saying that they have “20-0 on their mind”. The “Big 3” of Mahomes, Hill, and Tight End Travis Kelce are more than formidable for any NFL defense to try and stop.
Now you could be looking to have to account for WR Mecole Hardman and second-year running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire too. CEH is looking to improve on his rather lackluster season after coming into a ton of hype after being drafted by the team but he should a piece that you shouldn’t be afraid to add to your fantasy rosters this season either.
The Bills offense was cooking last season as we got to see Josh Allen take a huge leap in his third year as an NFL Quarterback. What he and WR Stefon Diggs were able to do last season was anything short of spectacular. Both of those players will be highly drafted this coming season but there are a few other pieces on the offense that you should be keeping your eye on too. Former Bills turned Raiders wide receiver John Brown is in Las Vegas this season and while some are on the Emmanuel Sanders wave (he was signed in the offseason to the team), I’m hedging my money on Gabriel Davis to rise to assume the number two receiver spot for the Bills. Davis isn’t getting the shine he deserves this offseason and it’s hard to see a 34 year-old wide receiver come in and take over.
Cole Beasley is also a guy that thrived in the Bills offseason last season, having a career year as Josh Allen ascended to new heights in 2020. Though his issues with the Covid vaccine have been garnering the most attention lately, he could be a player that could be grabbed later in drafts should he play this season. Cole Beasley was averaging seven targets a game in 2020, which is solid for PPR formats. Running back Zach Moss is another name that could turn into a valuable late round asset as reports coming out of Bills camp are hopeful that the second-year back can take over the reigns and be the lead back after Devin Singletary did next to nothing with the opportunity last season after Moss had to deal with rookie mistakes and an ankle injury later in the season.
Los Angeles Chargers
C’mon! You know I couldn’t keep it to just these teams, right? I had to squeeze just one more team on the article. The Chargers are another team that fantasy owners should be looking to get a piece of this coming season. What Justin Herbert was able to do after being thrown in as a starter after Tyrod Taylor went out for the season was amazing. Throwing for 4,331 yards, 31 touchdowns, and just 10 interceptions was no easy feat. In his rookie season, he managed to crack the Top 10 among fantasy QBs, finishing 9th overall. And Herbert was straight slinging it last season coming in 4th with 595 passing attempts with a 66.6% completion percentage.
With that kind of volume, Austin Ekeler returning from his injury riddled season, Keenan Allen and Mike Williams should be immediate beneficiaries from a pass heavy system that revolves around the continued growth of Justin Herbert. The Tight End position should be one to watch for some looming fantasy value. In his last season with the Chargers before he departed to New England in free agency, Hunter Henry left behind 93 targets of his own in the passing pool. Jared Cook could be the new beneficiary of that target share this season.