Jarvis Landry ready to leap into fantasy top 15 WRs

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Marcas Grant: Absolutely. Of the top five fantasy running backs from last season, Bell is the one that comes with the fewest question marks. He will still be the centerpiece of an offense that should be among the most high-powered in the NFL. Plus, Bell has an excellent chance to lead all NFL running backs in receptions this season. His 83 receptions in 2014 were second only to Matt Forte. But with Marc Trestman no longer calling the shots in Chicago, look for Forte's reception numbers to drop quite a bit. Meanwhile, Ben Roethlisberger is likely to throw the ball all over the lot -- with plenty of those tosses going toward his No. 1 running back. Worry not about the two-game suspension to begin the season. You'll still get plenty of value from Bell. Just plan accordingly and make sure you draft some quality backs to get you through the first two weeks.

M.G.: I haven't been shy in talking about how much I love Jarvis Landry this year. Then again, I'm not the only one in that chorus. The LSU product might have barely cracked the top 50 among wideouts last season, but there were plenty of encouraging things to see from him as the season went along. From Week 9 on, Landry led the Dolphins in targets -- and it wasn't really close. The ball went to Landry 78 times during that stretch; Mike Wallace was the next closest with 56 targets. Now that Wallace has flown north to Minnesota, Landry takes over as the top target in the Miami offense. The prospect of 1,100 yards and eight or nine touchdowns doesn't seem out of the question. That's definitely in the range of a top 15 fantasy receiver.

M.G.: If I said 10th round, would you all leave him alone so I could draft him earlier? Yeah, didn't think so. At this point, grabbing Ameer Abdullah in the fourth round isn't a preposterous idea. I had spent much of the summer as a Joique Bell truther, but the reality is that the world (or at least the starting running back job in Detroit) will soon belong to Abdullah. I mean, how can you keep this guy off the field?!

M.G.: The early answer here is David Cobb. Just watching him in last week's preseason action, he's the very definition of a downhill runner and it seems to be just a matter of time before he takes the starting job from Bishop Sankey. David Johnson will need to rely on an injury to Andre Ellington to see any significant time and even then, he might still be forced to share snaps with newly-signed Chris Johnson. The battle between Tevin Coleman and Devonta Freeman seems far from settled, but both of those runners seem like lackluster options in Atlanta's pass-heavy offense. The one thing to keep in mind with Cobb is that the Titans are still expected to struggle offensively. If this team falls behind in games (which is likely), there might not be many second-half rushing opportunities.

M.G.: It's still Jimmy Graham here. I seem to be one of the few who seem to believes Graham's move to Seattle won't significantly impact his production. He's the best pass-catching option that team has had since a young Joey Galloway. I like him to be the first Seahawk to surpass 1,000 receiving yards since Bobby Engram did it in 2007. Graham's not likely to catch 16 touchdowns like he did in 2013, but snagging 8-10 scoring throws from Russell Wilson before the season is out is not impossible. There's no doubt in my mind that he's the second-best tight end in fantasy.

M.G.: I'm just going to chalk this up to being a #humblebrag. There is absolutely zero reason to be concerned about this group. Jeremy Hill has first-round potential while C.J. Anderson now appears to be the lead back in Gary Kubiak's running back-friendly zone blocking scheme. As for Frank Gore ... he's going to outlive all of us. We've been trying to bury this guy for years and for years he's made us all look foolish. Now he's a playing in the most loaded offense he's ever been a part of and returning good value for fantasy managers in the third round. Next, you want to ask me if your Aaron Rodgers/Russell Wilson combination will pay dividends. Spoiler alert: yes!

M.G.: It depends which running backs are still around. Chances are in a keeper league, the usual top four running backs (Le'Veon Bell, Adrian Peterson, Jamaal Charles and Eddie Lacy) are going to be off the board. If by some chance one of those guys are still there, then there's no doubt that you select one of those. If they're gone then Brown is a solid pick in that situation. Then again, in a PPR league, there's no guarantee that he's going to be available to you at that spot, either.

M.G.: I've been on record as saying that I don't mind taking Rob Gronkowski in the back half of the first round. He is head and shoulders above the rest of his tight end peers and consistently posts numbers comparable to the top wide receivers in the game. Moreover, if you're drafting him late in the first round, it's still possible to pick up a solid running back or wideout when your turn comes back early in the second round. I'm more comfortable thinking about Gronk at pick No. 10, but if that's the guy you're targeting, don't be afraid to reach a little earlier to make sure you get him.

M.G.: This is a tough call since both were top 10 fantasy quarterbacks last season with about 15 points differential between the two of them. Both quarterbacks also have one superstar receiver, one veteran loaded with question marks, sketchy tight ends and a muddled running game. The more I think about it, the more I'm starting to believe the Falcons and Giants are the same team. Nonetheless, I'd lean toward Ryan. He's been the better quarterback over the long run, finishing ahead of Manning in fantasy points in four of the past five seasons. I expect the two of them to be close to each other in the final rankings, but I think Matty Ice comes out on top.

M.G.: It's not wrong per se, it's just a cheap thing to do. Feel free to do it if you don't mind facing the scorn of your other league mates until the end of time. Then again, that scorn is a little easier to take if you're holding the trophy at the end of the season.

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M.G.: If Stella can get her groove back, anything is possible.

Marcas Grant is a fantasy editor for NFL.com and a man who believes you all deserve a participation trophy for reading this column. Tweet him your superlatives or fantasy football questions @MarcasG.

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