NFL Draft: Fantasy Fallout for Veterans
NFL Draft: Fantasy Fallout for Veterans

This article is part of our NFL Draft series.

With the 2017 draft now in the rear-view mirror, this becomes the portion of the fantasy football offseason when many fantasy draft boards will be constructed at the preliminary level. Certainly many of the rookies will have an integral part in their new offenses, but we'll look at some of the potential fallout for a number of veterans who could see a change in their potential fantasy value.

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Positive impact

Marcus Mariota, Titans

The Titans didn't have many receiving threats in 2016. The main result was that defenses could play close to the line of scrimmage, forcing Marcus Mariota into plenty of poor passing situations. By adding wide receiver Corey Davis with their first-round pick, the Titans gave Mariota a potentially dynamic receiving weapon who could evolve into his go-to target. The team also drafted wide receiver Taywan Taylor in the third round, providing versatility and depth. If the rookies develop, not only will Mariota's floor be safer this season, but he will have more upside too with finally some reliable wide receiver options other than Rishard Matthews.

Philip Rivers, Chargers

Promising as the Chargers' receiving corps might look in preseason, injuries forced Rivers to play with a number of backups the last couple seasons. The addition of seventh overall pick Mike Williams (6-foot-4, 218) not only gives Rivers a physical presence who significantly increases the talent at receiver, it adds much-needed depth. The Chargers addressed another area of need by drafting three offensive lineman, including second-round

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jim Coventry
Coventry covers football and baseball for RotoWire. He started playing fantasy football in 1994 and won a national contest in 1996. He also nabbed five top-50 finishes in national contests from 2008 to 2012 before turning his attention to DFS. A published author, Coventry wrote a book about relationships, "The Secret of Life", in 2013.
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