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Kenny Golladay Fantasy Outlook After Impressive Preseason Debut

Kenny Golladay Fantasy

Catch two touchdown passes in your first ever preseason game after spending the last few months flying under the radar, and you can be sure you’ll be the talk around the water cooler Monday morning. The Fantasy Football community found themselves scratching their heads today trying to figure out why they had Detriot Lions rookie Kenny Golladay so low on their draft boards.

Golladay, a 3rd round pick (96th overall) for the Lions snagged three-of-four targets for 53 yards and two touchdowns Sunday in the Lions’ preseason win over the Colts. Golladay’s average draft position is 14.09, an ADP that should take off like a rocket this week. The main reason being, people are starting the connect the dots. Last season Anquan Boldin was targeted 95 times for 67 catches, 584 yards and 8 TD’s in his only season with Detroit. Boldin was a redzone machine at the age of 36. Matthew Stafford targeted Boldin 22 times within the 20 yardline. That resulted in a 26% target rate, a number that was higher than any other player on the team.

Redzone: Lions Inside the 20 Inside the 10
Detroit Lions Tgt Rec Yds TD %Tgt Tgt Rec Yds TD %Tgt
Anquan Boldin 22 14 107 6 26% 9 6 12 4 28%
Golden Tate 17 9 42 1 20% 5 3 14 1 16%
Marvin Jones 15 6 41 2 18% 7 2 8 2 22%
Theo Riddick 14 11 57 5 17% 6 4 8 3 19%
Eric Ebron 6 5 32 1 7% 3 2 13 1 9%
Dwayne Washington 3 2 17 0 4% 1 0 0 0 3%
Andre Roberts 3 2 3 1 4% 1 1 2 1 3%
T.J. Jones 2 0 0 0 2% 0 0 0 0 0%
Zach Zenner 1 1 5 0 1% 0 0 0 0 0%
Ameer Abdullah 1 1 11 1 1% 0 0 0 0 0%

Now with Boldin gone through free agency, the team could lean heavily on rookie Golladay to fill that void. At 6-foot-4, the former Northern Illinois Huskie is the biggest wide receiver on the roster. While many fantasy guru’s thought that Eric Ebron could slide into a position to soak up Boldin’s targets, there are early signs that Matthew Stafford likes the newest youngster.

My Take

If you’ve been following me on twitter, you know I don’t overreact to fantasy hype. In fact, I’m the annoying guy that pokes fun at how the masses over analyze every preseason play whether it be a nice catch, (“this means he’s going to be a Stud!”), or fumble (“he’s a bum, I’m not going to keep him anymore”).

In all seriousness, I do like Kenny Golladay, and I’m a little annoyed I didn’t target him in my dynasty rookie drafts. My focus was on IDP players this year, and I’m happy to say I landed T.J Watt and Derek Barnett, each of which had two sacks in their debut preseason games.

Getting back to the subject of discussion, Golladay is a very low-risk, high reward fantasy player for 2017. I don’t think it will take long before he is talked about as the third highest rookie receiver in this years draft class. I was already tagged in a poll this morning from the FF Dynasty 260 guys, and as it seems, it’s already a very tight race. I expect his ADP to shoot up to the 11th round very shortly.

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Props to Jody Smith

Gridiron Experts very own Jody Smith was rolling his eyes Sunday night as he had shared with the Gridiron Experts staff chat a screenshot showing just how high he was on Kenny Golladay before his big preseason breakout game (see tweet). The ranking of the people around him will surely change as the Lions 3rd round selection erupted and now has the spotlight directly on him now. I know this feeling, it’s like finding a band no one has ever heard about only to see them go on to be huge.

I strongly suggest you follow Jody Smith for more sleepers and check out the Gridiron Experts staff rankings to see who we have higher or lower this season.


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