Michigan State Spartans: 2018 NFL Player Fantasy Outlooks

Not many Fantasy Football studs are former Michigan State Spartans, however, the consensus first or second pick, Le'Veon Bell has been a beast for several years in a row. Shawn Childs breaks down the potential of the active NFL players who passed through Michigan State!
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Senior Fantasy Football Expert Shawn Childs breaks down and forecasts the top players from the biggest colleges in the nation! In this edition, he takes a look at Le'Veon Bell and more of your favorite former Spartans! Stay tuned for more College Football Player Breakdowns!

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RB Le’Veon Bell – The Steelers won’t give Bell a new contract, which may turn into a problem this summer. There is no doubt Bell will out touch Gurley if he plays a full season, but he may not offer the upside in yards per touch (4.8 in 2017 and 5.6 in 2016 compared to 6.1 by Gurley in 2017) or elite TD production. Over 62 games in his career, Le’Veon has 42 TDs while never scoring more than 11 TDs in any season. Bell is a great NFL back who can do it all. In his NFL career, he’s averaged 24.9 touches and 129 combined yards per game. Pittsburgh has offensive talent, but Fantasy owners want more explosive scoring from a team that has the top WR in the league and one of the best RBs in the game. His slight injury risk and the fragile nature of Ben Roethlisberger pushes Bell to number two in my early 2018 draft rankings. Workhorse back with a chance at 375+ touches for 2,000+ yards with double-digit TDs and 75+ catches. Last year Pittsburgh’s RB ran the 401 times for 1,630 yards and 11 TDs plus 89 catches for 670 yards and three TDs on 112 targets. Bell has the best opportunity in the game as far as playing time, but he needs to add more TDs to his resume to be considered the top RB in the game in 2018.

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QB Kirk Cousins – Over three seasons as a starter for the Redskins, Kirk went 24-23-1 while averaging 4,392 passing yards and 27 passing TDs per year. Cousins adds value with rushing TDs (13 over the last three years) despite minimal upside in rushing yards. He did set career highs in rushing attempts (49) and rushing yards (179) in 2017. In 2015, Kirk led the NFL in completion rate (69.9) with strength in 2016 (67.0). Last year the receiving talent in Washington was a step below his previous season leading to a regression in his completion rate (64.4). Cousins will make plenty of plays downfield, which led to 7.8 yards per pass attempt over the last three seasons. In 2017, Kirk had five games with over 300 yards passing and six games with three TDs. The talent at the receiving positions in Minnesota has more upside while setting a high level in completion rate in 2016 (70.4) and 2017 (67.7), which bodes well for Cousins in 2018. I don’t like his offensive line, but they did allow only 24 sacks last year. I expect 4,500 combined yards with 30+ TDs while being a steady backend QB1 in the Fantasy market.

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QB Brian Hoyer - Hoyer started the 2017 season for the San Francisco 49ers but was benched for C.J. Beathard in Week 6. Then came Jimmy Garoppolo, who is the new franchise quarterback of the Niners. Hoyer became a free agent and signed where things started for the veteran quarterback, with the New England Patriots. Hoyer will serve as Tom Brady's backup and has absolutely no value unless Brady suffers an injury.

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WR Bennie Fowler - Despite the Chicago Bears not having the best receivers in the league, Fowler is on the roster bubble after leaving the Denver Broncos last season. He will have to compete with Allen Robinson, rookie Anthony Miller, Kevin White, Taylor Gabriel and a few more players added for depth. Don't expect Fowler to make any impact in the Fantasy world.

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