2016 Draft Recap
Giovani Bernard, RB
Gio escaped a hollow fantasy football existence after being released by the perpetually terrible Straight Laced franchise. Not only did he escape one of the worst situations in the league (9th place out of 10 teams in all time scoring) – but with the 10th pick of the first round he went to what many consider the best possible opportunity to win a championship with the Electric Horsemen (1st place in all time scoring). There will be an intense competition for playing time among RBs, especially during the three week Le’Veon Bell suspension.
Frank Gore, RB
No stranger to the Electric Horsemen, Frank Gore returns seeking his second consecutive championship ring. While limited in his success in 2016, he started 6 games for the Horsemen after being acquired in trade from the Extreme Baby Throwers, including the championship victory against Bumpy’s Berries. The Colts were a mess last year but with the improved health of Andrew Luck and still very little competition in the backfield, Gore will be part of a 4 headed bench RB monster until Bell’s return.
Coby Fleener, TE
It would be a lie to say that the beautiful locks of Coby Fleener’s hair had nothing to do with his appeal to the management of the Electric Horsemen. He wasn’t especially good last year, but the competition with Dwayne Allen didn’t help matters. The New Orleans Saints have frequently been a haven for TE1 production and Coby Fleener looks to continue this streak. His position in the starting line up will not be a given – Tyler Eifert will be right on his heels as he returns from ankle surgery sometime in the first few weeks of the season.
Tyler Eifert, TE
Back to back tight end picks. To say the Horsemen were partial to their stud tight end because of his dominance in 2016 would be an understatement. He was nearly kept before an ankle injury derailed his offseason and sent him back into the player pool. The Horsemen hadn’t had consistent tight end play since Aaron Hernandez but Eifert signed as an undrafted free agent in 2015 and became the top scoring tight end in team history in only 12 starts. Furthermore, after only one year, he became the 12th highest scoring player in history regardless of position. He will likely reclaim his starting spot once healthy.
Tyler Lockett, WR
Tyler Lockett’s breakout could be this year… or it could not be. His upside is fairly limited by his volume, which could be tough to come by in a run-first offense with several mouths to feed. Lockett’s insertion into the lineup will likely be only bye week and injury driven, as the WR depth chart on the Electric Horsemen is anchored by Julio Jones and Antonio Brown – two every week starters.
Charles Sims, RB
A Doug Martin injury away from being the bellcow in Tampa but he also maintains standalone value either way as the primary 3rd down back. Plus Doug Martin is awful.
Stefon Diggs, WR
If the Vikings ever open up their offense, the sky is the limit for Diggs. And considering Adrian Peterson is nearly as old as Frank Gore it’s probably about time for that to happen.
Stephen Gostkowski, K
The Horsemen did not bring back franchise kicking leader and #8 all time scoring leader in franchise history, Justin Tucker. Nor did they bring back Catanzaro for a chance at another ring. Gostkowski comes in as one of the most decorated kickers in the game and looks to top off the elite offensive attack of the Horsemen.
The Horsemen made efforts to get more pieces of the Patriots offense by way of a trade with Strictly Southern to acquire Dion Lewis but talks broke down before they even started and LeGarrette Blount was brought in instead. Soon after, it was reported that Dion Lewis would be out indefinitely with a clean up knee procedure and Blount’s workload would grow even more. Blount looks to rekindle his friendship with suspended Horseman running back, Le’Veon Bell.
Vance McDonald, TE
Vance was impressive to end the 2015 season and has shown flashes in the preseason. However, even before the ink has dried on this signing there have been talks that a release is imminent – especially with news that Tyler Eifert has resumed running.