Gut Checks is a series of one-player articles designed to help fantasy owners understand what to notice–good or bad–when watching specific players. The players in these articles are fantasy prospects–regardless of Average Draft position–that Matt Waldman believes are worth monitoring this year.
There are some rookie prospects where I try to keep my admiration on the down-low. Last year, Cody Latimer was one of those options. It didn’t help that Sigmund Bloom got excited about the Indiana wide receiver 6-8 weeks before the draft and poured out his love on Twitter like a lovesick romantic. By the time Cecil Lammey began his summer camp coverage of the Denver Broncos, Latimer became a household name at Footballguys in 2014.
While leagues filled with Footballguys readers have not forgotten Latimer, the second-year receiver could be out of sight-out of mind during the summer of 2015 for many fantasy owners. Until someone on a television show with the volume loud enough to cut through the bar noise says so, there are still plenty of fantasy owners who won’t pay attention to Latimer, much less know he exists. Whether a fantasy owner is progressive or conservative about players that haven’t proven their NFL worth, learning what makes a player worth monitoring throughout training camp has value. It’s especially true when considering today’s media environment where there is an over saturation of individuals covering football practices who are better writers and on-air personalities than they are football analysts.
Film aside, Latimer’s team is enough to make him worth monitoring. Read the rest at Footballguys.com