Hey guys! I know that it’s been a few weeks since you’ve heard from your resident IDP Dynasty noob. Sometimes life gets in the way and we have to take care of things. Over the last couple of weeks, I moved and have been devoting my time to finding a job. But guess what? It’s football time! And boy am I excited for our noobs this week. So, without further ado, let’s get to it!
Offensive Noob: Allen Hurns, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars
For the uninitiated that just dismiss Jaguars players, Allen Hurns has been straight up ridiculous since coming into the league last year as an undrafted free agent. This season alone, Hurns already has scored a touchdown in the last 6 games. On top of that, Hurns has only dipped below 5 targets twice this season and only five total games his entire NFL career. While Hurns has had some issues bringing the ball in (both on himself and Blake Bortles), he’s averaging a ridiculous 17.6 reception, one of the highest averages for a WR2, and part of the highest yards per reception duo with Allen Robinson.
Already through 8 games, Hurns has matched or exceeded most of his 2014 totals. One of the most exciting things about Hurns is that he is across the field from Allen Robinson. With Robinson shifting coverage away, Hurns is benefiting from being covered by teams’ CB2 and is very rarely shadowed. This gives him plenty of opportunities in the future to make less contested catches.
Hurns’ strength lies in his ability to exploit zone coverage. He sits naturally in soft spots and is limber in space. While he’s not the most physical receiver, he does have good size and speed to make plays on and with the ball. Look for him as an incredibly high end WR3 with WR2 upside.
Defensive Noob: Jaquiski Tartt, S, San Francisco 49ers
I actually went into this season with the motto “Avoid 49ers like the plague.” Even though I had the chance at a few different spots, I passed on talented players like Carlos Hyde, Anquan Boldin, Torrey Smith. I even passed on defensive studs like NaVorro Bowman and up-and-comer Aaron Lynch.
Well, about week 4 or so, I found myself looking at project players. And boy did I find my guy. Tartt has all the makings of a defensive stud. He’s a hard-hitter who plays the receiver well and happens to have some ball-hawking ability. I remember talking him up to anyone that would listen during draft season. He was actually my highest rated safety in the class (Landon Collins was in the top 5 still, but definitely not 1st or 2nd, and my next top guy was James Sample). I loved the way that this Samford kid attacked the football at every turn. He was one of those guys that I loved as a hybrid safety/linebacker. He was aggressive against the run, but he also was great against the pass.
Now, we see that role has transferred to the NFL level. Tartt has been on fire these last couple of weeks, and it’s not a fluke. A huge part of why he’s doing so well fantasy-wise is the role that San Francisco plays him in. I see his most comparable situation being to Mark Barron, where a lot of his role has been essentially as a nickel linebacker. They constantly have him attacking towards the line of scrimmage. He’s got great eyes, and the team just wants him to trust them.
That said, I love Tartt in coverage still, so I think that he has plenty of room for improvement in his fantasy spot. The fact that Antoine Bethea was sent to IR, thrusting Tartt into a starting role, is a blessing in disguise looking for a young safety to develop.
Obviously the 49ers are on a bye this week, but look at Tartt as a long-haul stash. He’s young and athletic, and he’s definitely got more to show us.
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