Darron Lee, LB (RS sophomore): Lee exploded onto the scene in 2014 to become Ohio State’s most consistent playmaker on defense. Lee is in the Ryan Shazier/Shaq Thompson mold, one who can excel in multiple areas from the linebacker position. He excels in coverage and rushing the passer, and is solid against the run. If Lee builds on his 2014 campaign, he will be one of the most feared linebackers in the country and a first-round selection if he decides to leave Columbus.
Brad Craddock, K (senior): The senior kicker from Australia won the Groza Award last year and has made tremendous growth after struggling with short kicks and extra points his first year. He worked with Matt Stover, which is where his growth started, and now he might be Maryland’s best player.
Sean Davis, CB (senior): Great athlete from a small DC high school. Davis made an impact right away as a safety, starting a few games as a true freshman and then holding down a starting job ever since. He switched to cornerback midway through last year and thrived, and he helps make one of the best secondaries in the conference. Physical player with good instincts.
Martellus Bennett, CHI
As originally pointed out by @RMSummerlin, Bennett’s production relies heavily on the first three weeks of the season. Since leaving the Dallas Cowboys in 2012, 32 percent of Bennett’s fantasy points have been scored between Weeks 1-3. If that weren’t enough, an astonishing 10 of his 12 touchdowns (83 percent!!!) the past three years have also been scored during the first three weeks of the season. In other words, cash in and sell high before he becomes just another bust.
Julius Thomas, JAX
The Jacksonville Jaguars big free agency addition has gotten off to an inauspicious start. Thomas suffered a fracture to the back of his hand, and will miss the rest of the preseason. He was already worth a downgrade based on his new team, but missing the preseason does not help him establish chemistry with Blake Bortles. He is still likely to put up solid numbers, but do not expect anything near what we saw with Peyton Manning.