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Fantasy Football Rankings – Martavis Bryant

Just what will it take for WR Martavis Bryant from the Pittsburgh Steelers to jump into WR1 territory?

Recap of Season 2016

Letting a plethora of fantasy football owners down, Martavis failed a drug test for the second time and was suspended for the entire season of 2016.

Recap of Season 2014-2015

In the 4th round, Martavis was drafted and inactive for the initial six games. The stagnancy was due to an A/C sprain and poor performance. Then, scoring a touchdown from an impressive 35 yards, he blew into the fantasy football rankings scene.

In 2014, he started only 3 games, but was an important role in every one of the final ten games. From those 11 games, Martavis obtained 548 yards and 32 receptions.

Pre-season of 2015, Martavis failed a drug test and was suspended for the initial four games. Then, he suffered from a knee sprain during training. In week six, Martavis returned to the Steelers with Mike Vick. There, he exploded in the very first game of the football season. Stats: 6 receptions on 8 targets for 137 yards and 2 TDs.

2017 Path for Fantasy Football Rankings Owners

First and most importantly, Martavis Bryant must play! There are 54 games possible, with Martavis being suspended for 23 and playing only 24. If Martavis can remain on the field for 16 games, he can possibly make it to WR1 territory.

Martavis could get to 120-130 targets for 2017 which would leave him on the low end finishers of WR1.

Catch Rate–

Rookie = 56%. 2015 = 59%. Removing games without Ben/Brown, brings him back to 56%. No passes caught since 2016-2016 season.

Receptions–

2015=70 reception. Last year, wide receivers ending with WR8-WR17 had more than 80 receptions. Martavis would need 23-25% increase in target share to reach the 80-90% range.

Yards–

Yardage for WR1 is around 1,100 yards. Martavis has averaged a little over 15 yards per reception. Using that, 70 receptions lands him barely over 1,000 yards.

 

TDs–

Martavis has helped many fantasy football ranking owners win games. He scored 14 touchdowns in 24 games. That converts over 14 percent of his career catches for touchdowns. 8-10 touchdowns is definitely within his range of possible outcomes.

WR1 Possibility-

55%

Conclusion

Martavis- WR21 in standard, WR29 in half pt PPR, and down at WR34 in full PPR. Low ranking reasons include fear of being suspended again. However, his stats and expectations seem to likely end him on the low end of WR1. Needing minimal improvements in catch rate and target share, Martavis could easily finish as a WR1.

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Hoosiers Fall to No. 10 Penn State:

On a day that saw major upsets in college football, like Number Two Clemson falling to Pitt 43-42 and Number Three Michigan losing to Iowa 14-13, Indiana looked to pull off its own magic on the gridiron. The Hossiers hosted Number 10 Penn State, and put up a major defensive stand against them. They limited the Nittany Lions to seven points in the first quarter, and 14 for the entire first half. Indiana tied Penn State twice in the second quarter, including with one minute left to go when Devine Redding ran it into the end zone from 12 yards out.

 

The Hoosiers took control in the third quarter as Griffin Oakes’s 47-yard field goal and another rushing touchdown by Redding gave them a ten point lead, 24-14. The Nittany Lions rallied to go up 28-24 early in the fourth quarter, but the Hoosiers responded with a 40-yard TD pass fro Nick Westbrook to Richard Lagow. The score was 31-28 with 11:06 remaining in the fourth, and Indiana still had a good shot for another huge college football upset.

 

Then came the final four minutes of the game, and it all unraveled. Saquon Barkley’s TD run and Tyler Davis’s field goal put Penn State up 38-31. A fumble recovery by Torrance Brown, which he returned for a touchdown, sealed the victory for the Nittany Lions 45-31. Your text to link…

 

The loss drops the Hoosiers to 5-5 on the season.

 

 

Michael Crabtree Signs with the Oakland Raiders

Michael Crabtree, the wide reciever who helped make San Francisco great before its dismal showing in the 2014 season, has found a new team. According to reports, Crabtree has officially signed with the Oakland Raiders for a one year deal. The deal is reportedly worth $3 million with incentives and signing bonuses.

Crabtree was picked up in the 2009 draft by the San Francisco 49ers, and had a breakout season in 2012. He caught 85 passes that year for 1,105 yards. Fans at STX Entertainment (latimes.com) know that he also scored 9 touchdowns and was considered one of the key players in the 49ers Super Bowl run.

2013 didn’t go as well for the wide receiver, and he spent the majority of his time on the bench with an injury to his ankle. In 2014 he played through the pain of a foot injury, but failed to bring the big numbers that 9er fans and staff were expecting.

Now healthy, Crabtree has found a new home, and the Raiders are hopeful he’ll be a cornerstone in the rebuilding of an offense for quarterback Derek Carr. The team has been hard at work trying to build an offense with hittable targets for the rookie, Carr. They’ll also be looking to the draft to round out their offensive line.