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The easy choice at No. 2 overall in a standard league is to draft the best receiver on the board, whether it’s someone leaving you a gift in Antonio Brown or your second-favorite option of Odell Beckham or Julio Jones . Don’t fall for the running backs there — it’s Brown, Beckham or Jones at the top.
In this two-man draft with my colleague Dave Richard, he still believes you have to draft running backs first. In related news, he also watches black and white TV. That’s a joke, I think.
So after Dave drafted Todd Gurley at No. 1 overall, I went with Brown, and I expected to draft a receiver in the second round as well, which happened with Brandon Marshall . But it was Round 3 where I had a tough choice to make.
The running backs on the board included Mark Ingram and LeSean McCoy , but I also could take a third receiver in T.Y. Hilton or Sammy Watkins . I wasn’t drafting a quarterback even though Aaron Rodgers and Cam Newton were available, and I also planned to pass on Jordan Reed and Greg Olsen .
Hilton was the choice, and I like him as an elite flex better than Ingram as my No. 1 running back. When I pick early in the first round, I like loading up on three of my top 15 receivers like Brown, Marshall and Hilton, and I enjoy the challenge of finding starting running backs from Round 4 on and then playing the waiver wire.
Here is my team from No. 2 overall …
- 1.2 Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
- 2.23 Brandon Marshall, WR, New York Jets
- 3.26 T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts
- 4.47 Jeremy Hill , RB, Cincinnati Bengals
- 5.50 Melvin Gordon , RB, San Diego Chargers
- 6.71 Giovani Bernard , RB, Bengals
- 7.74 Coby Fleener , TE, New Orleans Saints
- 8.95 Jerick McKinnon , RB, Minnesota Vikings
- 9.98 Josh Gordon , WR, Cleveland Browns
- 10.119 Chris Johnson , RB, Arizona Cardinals
- 11.122 Tim Hightower , RB, Saints
- 12.143 Stephen Gostkowski , K, New England Patriots
- 13.146 Tony Romo , QB, Dallas Cowboys
- 14.167 Oakland Raiders DST
In this draft, I went with Hill, Melvin Gordon and Bernard as my top three running backs, and I like my depth with McKinnon, Johnson and Hightower. It’s a risk just having the Bengals backfield and Gordon, who was a bust as a rookie, as my top options, but I’m confident in this trio.
I only needed one more receiver to add to my top three options, and Josh Gordon was a pick with little risk and high reward in Round 9, even with his four-game suspension. Fleener also is a standout tight end coming into the season with his move from the Colts to the Saints.
And as you can see here, I waited until Round 13 to draft a quarterback in Romo. I even drafted my kicker (Gostkowski) ahead of him.
Romo should rebound from last year’s injury-plagued campaign and return as a top 12 quarterback, and he’s someone to wait on in all leagues. He won’t last this long in most drafts, but I knew Dave had no intentions to draft him, so I just let him fall.
It’s key in any draft to know your opponents because the moves they make will impact your team. And in this case I knew Dave wouldn’t draft the quarterback I wanted in Romo or take Brown at No. 2 overall. I’m glad it worked out that way.
Tony Romo QB / Dallas Cowboys (2015 stats)
|CMP %: 68.6||YDS: 884||TD: 5||INT: 7|
Pick I regret
Josh Gordon WR / Cleveland Browns (2014 stats)
|TAR: 47||REC: 24||YDS: 303||TD: 0|
Player I missed on
Isaiah Crowell RB / Cleveland Browns (2015 stats)
|ATT: 185||YDS: 706||TD: 4||YPC: 3.8||REC: 19||YDS: 182||TD: 1|
Source: CBS Sports / 2016 Fantasy Football Draft Prep: Picking at No. 2 overall in standard leagues