For NFL fantasy enthusiasts: Carlos Hyde heads into his second season in the NFL, and his first season as the teams lead back. After Frank Gore left via free agency after leading the teams rushing attack for 10 season, Hyde comes in as the next guy in line. Hyde proved as a rookie that he can produce big numbers in a limited basis. Hyde has also decided to drop some weight to help him keep his endurance up, after only carrying the ball 83 times as rookie. Hyde is expected to carry the load well over 200 times this coming season which should translate to potential big time numbers.
For NFL fantasy enthusiasts: Chip Kelly has been under a lot of scrutiny for the moves he has made this off season. They decided not to offer Jeremy Maclin more money and he left for the Chiefs. This opens up a world of opportunities for Matthews to become the #1 receiver on the Eagles, and really put up a stellar season. He was overshadowed a bit by all of the other great rookie wide receivers last year, but in a lot of years, his stats would have been elite for rookie WR’s. The Eagles acquired Sam Bradford in the off-season to replace Nick Foles and Chip Kelly seems to think that he is an upgrade at the position. The Eagles did draft Nelson Agholar out of USC in the first round this year, but I think that actually helps Matthews as teams won’t be able to consistently double him. We all know Chip Kelly runs a very high tempo offense, so the more plays they are running, the more Matthews can get involved.
For NFL fantasy enthusiasts: Sam Bradford hasn’t been able to stay healthy in his career since being drafted 1st overall by the St. Louis Rams back in 2010. Bradford, when healthy has proven to be an above average starting quarterback in the NFL. Pair Bradford with offensive guru Chip Kelly, and his fast paced spread offense (Similar offense Bradford ran in college with the Oklahoma Sooners), it should be a match made in football heaven. Bradford comes over to the Eagles after being traded this offseason from the St. Louis Rams for Nick Foles. Bradford’s two full seasons as a starter he showed flashes of why he was the #1 overall pick. In Kelly’s spread offense, Bradford has the experience in the system, with a quick and accurate release. He also has an arsenal of receivers and an old Sooners teammate to complement the high potent offense.
This is the second installment of a 10 part series spotlighting players that will make a significant leap in the 2015 NFL season. Each player featured in this series are prime prospects to target in season long formats, as well as early season DFS lineups before their prices rise. Let’s get into it!