2018 Team Preview — J Tong
J Tong’s roster is a tough one to grade
Read Jeff’s preview for the intro section to these Team Previews.
13. J Tong, Overall Grade: C
Projected Starters: C
QB: C- [Derek Carr — QB 20]
RBs: A- [Ezekiel Elliot, Lamar Miller — RB 4, 21]
WRs: C- [Demaryius Thomas, Randall Cobb, Julian Edelman — WR 17, 38, 40]
TE: C- [Cameron Brate — TE 18]
DEF: B+ [Houston — DEF 6]
QB: C- [Lamar Jackson — QB 32]
RB: A [Sony Michel — RB 27]
WRs: B+ [Nelson Agholor, Allen Hurns — WR 44, 49]
TE: D [Mark Andrews — TE 47]
Honorable Mention: Tarik Cohen, RB
Strengths: RB, Backup RB, WR Depth
Ezekiel Elliot, RB 4 overall, headlines J Tong’s roster as he has for a couple years now. While the shine on Lamar Miller was worn down over the years, he’s still a sneaky good fantasy play — especially with his competition, D’Onta Foreman, recovering from an achilles tear. Jason’s 1st Round Pick Sony Michel is already viewed as one of the best backups in the D|L and he could easily jump Miller as a weekly fantasy starter in the Patriots high-powered offense.
J Tong also has some solid depth at receiver which he’ll need immediately during Edelman’s 4 game suspension to start the year.
Weaknesses: QB, WR, Backup TE
For the second year in a row, FantasyPros views Carr as a better dynasty QB than redraft, but I’ll touch on that more below as I’ve tabbed Carr as Jason’s X-Factor. Similarly, while Lamar Jackson could be a star in the making, he’s unlikely to see the field in 2018 making him a bad backup fantasy option.
J Tong’s starting receivers are actually the lowest graded WR unit within the D|League which you wouldn’t think of when looking at the players. Unfortunately DT just isn’t a fantasy WR1 anymore and while Cobb has some opportunity with Jordy gone, he has been a major disappointment since his breakout 2014: averaging only 697 yards and 4.6 TDs the last three years.
X-Factor: Derek Carr
As mentioned, Carr continues to be a solid dynasty asset but when it comes to fantasy production, he’s been a little lacking — finishing as QB 13, 8, and 18 the last 3 years. The QB 18 finish last year is certainly the reason for his low FantasyPros rank currently, but the potential is obviously there for Carr to finally make that leap into a top 5 QB finish. If can do that, that should vault J Tong into playoff contention.
Prediction: 13th, 4–9 record
Placing J Tong here at 13th feels harsh when you see some of the names on his roster, but ultimately FantasyPros just doesn’t think his RB’s can carry a team that, while solid overall, has some holes. However, he is by no means an easy out, and his win total could easily hit 6 or 7 if the weekly match ups shake out in his favor.
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13. J Tong