Training camps are getting started all around the nation very soon and this is an important time of year for fantasy enthusiasts. A huge array of exciting training camp battles will be on display, the results of which can help you make some important choices for your squad ahead of the upcoming season. The values of several players will change depending on how they perform in these battles so it’s certainly worth keeping an eye on them. Let’s look at some of the top clashes you’d be wise to watch.
Miami Dolphins Wide Receivers
Dolphins’ fans will be looking forward to seeing how their wide players perform this season, with three good players competing to catch the most passes from signal caller Ryan Tannehill. Jarvis Landry is a fantasy favorite at the moment having recorded 84 catches as a rookie and Kenny Stills should offer a good level of competition. Meanwhile, DeVante Parker is currently struggling with a foot injury but should be ready for the new season. However, with Stills and Landry getting more time at the training camp, Parker might not be the best choice for fantasy drafts.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Running Backs
Staying in Florida, we’re moving on to what many are barely even calling a battle. It’s clear to see that Doug Martin is the top choice for the Buccaneers and should be sitting on top of the depth chart in 2015. However, Martin will need to maintain a good level of form to avoid losing his role to Charles Sims, who certainly has plenty of potential.
Baltimore Ravens Wide Receivers
Torrey Smith has left the Ravens, opening a spot that will be hotly-contested between three strong players. Steve Smith Sr. will be the team’s top wideout but Kamar Aiken, Marlon Brown and Breshard Perriman will each be hoping to claim that second spot. Logic would say that Perriman is the favorite right now but he has received some criticism for his mental game. Aiken and Brown could take advantage of that and this will be an interesting battle.
Philadelphia Eagles Wide Receivers
Jeremy Maclin has gone which leaves a slot for Jordan Matthews to fill. However, as Matthews moves up, his own second spot on the depth chart will need to be filled and Josh Huff, Riley Cooper and Nelson Agholor will all want to be the man for the job. Even Miles Austin could surprise some people if he does well in training, but Agholor is probably the favorite right now and could be a top sleeper pick for 2015.
Cleveland Browns Running Backs
Everyone expects Isaiah Crowell to be the first choice wideout for the Browns this season, but it’s doubtful that Crowell will be able to maintain that position given the competition elsewhere in the squad. Duke Johnson is an exciting prospect for Browns’ fans and his explosive potential could be enough to upset the balance and push Crowell out of top spot. Terrance West will also be hoping to see some game-time and the Browns play a strong offensive game that should see each man given the chance to prove his worth.
Dallas Cowboys Running Backs
Fantasy fans will need to keep an eye on this one as the result of this clash could prove to be a huge turning point in the upcoming season. We all know the Cowboys are strong offensively, but DeMarco Murray has moved on to the Eagles so Darren McFadden and Joseph Randle will both be vying for the number one wideout position. Randle had a decent season in 2014; he’s also a young player with plenty of potential for improvement. McFadden is equally a strong player and some fans might be expecting the pair of them to enjoy a lot of time on the field. However, if one of these players can stand out in preseason then fantasy fans would be wise to include him in their squads as soon as possible.
Jacksonville Jaguars Wide Receivers
Allen Robinson has looked impressive so far and could be a breakout player for the Jaguars in 2015. However, he’ll have his work cut out for him as he battles with Marqise Lee and Allen Hurns for the top wide spot. Robinson also has a frustrating history of injuries which could jeopardize his chances in the new season yet again, but if he can stay fit he’ll be a good pick for fantasy teams.
Tennessee Titans Running Backs
Before last season, people were talking about Bishop Sankey as the top dog for the Titans but things didn’t quite turn out that way, with Sankey failing to impress on the big stage. However, with an extra year of experience behind him, Sankey is expected to do a lot better in 2015. At the same time, young rookie David Cobb will be battling for that position and some fans are hopeful that Cobb could do enough to lead the Titans this season.
Atlanta Falcons Running Backs
For the Falcons, we’re looking at Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman, two very different players. Fans are suggesting we’ll be seeing a shared backfield plan employed by the Falcons in 2015 as Freeman and Coleman bring different advantages to the team. If one player can really excel in this clash then maybe that plan will change, but for now fantasy fans should be wary of including either player in their squads.
Detroit Lions Running Backs
Naturally, Lions’ fans expect to see Joique Bell as the top RB in their squad, but Bell has a past littered with injuries and has missed several OTAs recently, allowing young Ameer Abdullah to prove his worth. Bell is a great player but fans and critics alike are really getting excited by the prospect of Abdullah and he could certainly see plenty of minutes in 2015.