Sankey you very much
For detailed fantasy football fallout from the first three rounds, check out Cory's reports here (Rd. 1) and here (Rds. 2-3).
The news of Shonn Greene's knee surgery so far says he'll be back in time for the Tennessee Titans' season, but you can't deny any setback would further bolster Bishop Sankey's 2014 status. Greene isn't the future, or present focus; he's proven he's merely a change-up toter. Sankey's 5-foot-9, 209-pound build is made for three-down work. His capabilities between the tackles may already be ahead of Chris Johnson's abilities there; Sankey isn't as O-line-reliant. The combination of Ken Whisenhunt's new system and the arrival of the tenacious Taylor Lewan at presumably right tackle stand to cure most of this offense's ills, just in time for Sankey to take advantage ... perhaps as a weekly flex consideration, at minimum.
Martavis Bryant has a chance to start right away for the Pittsburgh Steelers. At 6-foot-4, 200 pounds, he'd be a fine complement to Antonio Brown and could already be Pittsburgh's best red-zone receiving target. It's hard to guarantee Bryant stepping forward immediately, but Sammy Watkins' collegiate teammate legitimately could have a better rookie season and will be ownable for a much cheaper fantasy price.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are surrounding quarterback Josh McCown with a ton of skyscrapers: Joining Vincent Jackson from the draft are wideout Mike Evans (6-foot-5, 231 pounds) and tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins (6-foot-5, 262). Replicating the trio of Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery and Martellus Bennett isn't a bad way to make McCown comfortable. Jedd Tedford's track record is spotty, but the personnel management borrowing a bit from Marc Trestman won't hurt. For this year, McCown can be starter-worthy for a few weeks, at least. Evans is probably nothing more than a WR3 in fantasy, while ASJ could be a backup in deep drafts.
Jake Matthews? I'm even more all-in on a Matt Ryan 2014 rebound. I'm slightly concerned about how they'll fill the Tony Gonzalez void, but Ryan's protection may be at its highest level since he joined the league. Ryan should rejoin the top-10 QB group with Julio Jones (foot) healthy.
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