It’s hard to believe we’re a week away from the NFL regular season. After spending more than four months focusing on every bit of minutiae, every tidbit, every coach’s quote, and adjusting our rankings and projections, accordingly, a lot can change from our original expectations. Here’s a quick look at some of the most important changes from my initial rankings back in early May.
On Second Thought...
Charles Clay (BUF) won't be a top-10 tight end
When I looked at the barren wasteland in Buffalo, I presumed Charles Clay had to see an inordinate target share. However, I failed to account for how often he's hurt. It's hard to project someone Clay's age to become an every-week fantasy starter for the first time.
Trey Burton (CHI) was overvalued, but Adam Shaheen's injury bailed him out
Like most analysts, I projected Burton as a breakout after signing with Chicago; he's playing the same position that made Travis Kelce a star. Then two things dawned on me. One, Burton isn't on Kelce's level. Two, Adam Shaheen is as good, if not better, at football. But as luck would have it, Shaheen got hurt which puts Burton back into the TE1 conversation.
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