As I mentioned before, I was a sick enough person to have Donte Moncrief as my number two receiver in the 2014 NFL Draft, behind only Mike Evans. Yes, I favored Moncrief over Sammy Watkins, Odell Beckham Jr, etc.
Of all the receivers in the draft, beside Evans, I thought at 6’2 with 4.40 speed Moncrief had the size and speed to be a great NFL receiver.
Well, after an okay rookie season, I was ready to claim Moncrief as a legit WR3 sleeper for fantasy football 2015. Then those damn Colts went out and got Andre Johnson then they draft Phillip Dorsett.
There is just too many cooks in the kitchen, especially with Colby Fleener and Dwayne Allen, for Moncrief to have any value. Oh, and they have TY Hilton.
I really have no idea why the Colts drafted Dorsett, they already had a nice group of receivers, and this is just overkill. Moncrief is still just 21-years-old so his best years are obviously still ahead of him, but it won’t be coming in 2015.
Here are a few other players whose fantasy value was hurt by the draft:
Lamar Miller: I had Miller as a top 12 running back for 2015 then the Dolphins, who could care less about my fantasy rankings, drafted Jay Ajayi.
I still like Miller, but not as a RB1 anymore. Ajayi is too good of a running back, and probably more well-rounded than Miller to be a non-factor.
Miller will still probably lead the team in rushing yards, and be a factor in the passing game, but Ajayi is going to get his fair share. The Dolphins just don’t want to let us enjoy Lamar Miller.
Any Dolphins receiver: As I said the Dolphins don’t care about our fantasy rankings, and basically hurt the value of their entire receiving group.
I’m glad the Dolphins got DeVante Parker, he’s going to be great with Ryan Tannehill, but there was a lot of sleeper value with their other receivers.
Kenny Stills was going to be a big-play threat, and Jarvis Landry was going to be an option in PPR leagues. I think I still like Landry a little bit, but Parker is the most complete receiver this team has, and he should develop a bond with Tannehill very quickly.
Dennis Pitta: I think Pitta’s real-life career, and fantasy usefulness are coming to an end. He just can’t stay healthy, and has played only seven games the past two years.
The Ravens went out and drafted Maxx Williams, which should put an end to Pitta’s fantasy value, but you never know. Pitta could turn into the next Owen Daniels and somehow just never go away. Still, Williams has a shot at solid fantasy value, and since the tight end crop is so disappointing, he could sneak into low-end TE1 value.