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When it comes to Fantasy Football, it’s your job to be prepared. Every year, it’s our job to help you prepare, which is why Jamey Eisenberg and I take part in a two-man draft. It’s to give you an example of what you might (and might not) expect when it comes to drafting in your 12-team non-PPR league.
Naturally, there are picks that we love, some we hate and some we wish we could have had. By the time you’re done reading this you should at least have a baseline of what we’d recommend doing from your draft slot.
Here is my team at No. 1 overall in a standard format …
- 1.1 Todd Gurley , RB, Los Angeles Rams
- 2.24 Devonta Freeman , RB, Atlanta Falcons
- 3.25 Keenan Allen , WR, San Diego Chargers
- 4.48 Greg Olsen , TE, Carolina Panthers
- 5.49 DeVante Parker , WR, Miami Dolphins
- 6.72 Duke Johnson , RB, Cleveland Browns
- 7.73 Larry Fitzgerald , WR, Arizona Cardinals
- 8.96 Blake Bortles , QB, Jacksonville Jaguars
- 9.97 Kenneth Dixon , RB, Baltimore Ravens
- 10.120 Chris Hogan , WR, New England Patriots
- 11.121 Cardinals DST
- 12.144 Tajae Sharpe , WR, Tennessee Titans
- 13.145 Andy Dalton , QB, Cincinnati Bengals
- 14.168 Matt Bryant , K, Falcons
All summer long, I’ve preferred a running back in Round 1 when there’s one who meets my criteria. I’m talking about a stud runner who will get 20 touches per week on average with goal-line opportunities. Todd Gurley offers that in an offense that revolves around him.
With him getting fed the ball early and often, there’s no reason to dislike his potential at a position that is becoming tougher and tougher to feel good about. It’s those elite running backs who can outperform every non-quarterback in Fantasy, so that’s what I am going for. No playing it safe for me. No risk-it, no biscuit.
Normally I like going with back-to-back receivers in Rounds 2 and 3, but seeing Devonta Freeman fall to my pair of picks changed that plan. I opted to cement my running back group with him and picked Keenan Allen as my top wideout.
If Freeman wasn’t there, taking two receivers would have been easier — Allen and T.Y. Hilton would have been the picks.
I really have a hard time with the players typically available in the Round 4 and 5 turn. There’s kind of a drop-off at No. 45 overall except at quarterback (unless your league takes quarterbacks sooner than they should, then the drop-off isn’t there). So I went with the best-available player in Greg Olsen and the best-available receiver in DeVante Parker.
Choosing Parker meant finding a really good No. 3 receiver in case Parker doesn’t pan out within the first few weeks of the season. If you’re not a fan of Parker’s upside, keep an eye out for Jeremy Maclin in this spot. He shapes up as one of the best receivers you’ll find at this point in the draft.
I found that third receiver with my next two picks, choosing to add depth to my running backs (always a good idea) with Duke Johnson before snagging Larry Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald is my insurance policy for Parker. Gotta love those 33-year-old insurance policies.
With a good nucleus at running back, receiver and tight end, the time was right to snag a quarterback at a good value. Blake Bortles was the pick — he’ll play in a pass-friendly offense, he’s surrounded by some very good receiving talent and the price of 96th overall was sweet. It felt like a steal. I added one of my favorite rookie rushers with Kenneth Dixon with the next choice.
My last four picks featured my favorite DST to draft (Arizona), my favorite deep sleeper at receiver (Tajae Sharpe) and a backup quarterback with the chops and potential to be my starter (Andy Dalton). Had I picked up a stud quarterback earlier in the draft I wouldn’t have bothered with a second quarterback, but since there’s some risk with Bortles, Dalton was a necessary choice.
|ATT: 229||YDS: 1,106||TD: 10||REC: 21||REC YDS: 188||REC TD: 0|
|ATT: 198||YDS: 1,073||TD: 19||REC: 33||REC YDS: 464||REC TD: 7|
|ATT: 87||YDS: 392||TD: 1||REC: 2||REC YDS: 14||REC TD: 0|
Source: CBS Sports Headlines / 2016 Fantasy Football Draft Prep: Picking at No. 1 overall in a standard league