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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. 3 overall in a standard format …
- 1.3 David Johnson , RB, Arizona Cardinals
- 2.22 Amari Cooper , WR, Oakland Raiders
- 3.27 Mark Ingram , RB, New Orleans Saints
- 4.46 Jordan Reed , TE, Washington Redskins
- 5.51 Jeremy Maclin , WR, Kansas City Chiefs
- 6.70 Emmanuel Sanders , WR, Denver Broncos
- 7.75 Arian Foster , RB, Miami Dolphins
- 8.94 DeAndre Washington , RB, Raiders
- 9.99 Philip Rivers , QB, San Diego Chargers
- 10.118 Tavon Austin , WR, Los Angeles Rams
- 11.123 Phillip Dorsett , WR, Indianapolis Colts
- 12.142 Javorius Allen , RB, Baltimore Ravens
- 13.147 Minnesota Vikings DST
- 14.166 Adam Vinatieri , K, Colts
Whether you covet a receiver with your first pick or are willing to roll with a running back, the third overall slot is one of the best places to be. You’re guaranteed a stud running back or a stud receiver — there are three of each to go around.
A receiver might be the safer way to play it — in PPR there’s no doubt about a receiver being worth the No. 3 overall choice. However, because there aren’t a lot of 20-touch running backs with the potential to finish the year with more Fantasy points than all of the receivers, the temptation to take one of them and then go with receivers soon thereafter is too strong.
That’s why I went with David Johnson. In Arizona he should hog most of the touches in the Cardinals backfield and work the goal line. Given the firepower in that offense, what’s not to like? He should anchor my roster as a consistent stat producer.
Besides the top-three pick, drafting in this spot means getting three players in the Top 30. Naturally the pressure was on to take a wideout in Round 2, which I did with Brandin Cooks . I think he’s got a big season ahead in the Saints’ pass-crazy offense.
Things got interesting in Round 3. I had the intention of drafting a receiver but couldn’t pass up Mark Ingram for the likes of Sammy Watkins or Demaryius Thomas . If those wideouts didn’t have so many questions surrounding them they’d be easier picks. Of course, they probably wouldn’t be available in Round 3 if they didn’t have flaws. Ingram’s consistency and large role in the Saints offense was and is very appealing.
That made receiver even more of a priority as the draft rolled on, but there I was in Round 4 tempted by the nice value in Jordan Reed at 46th overall. Figuring I was getting a mini-steal at tight end without a major drop-off in the receiver tiers between this pick and my next pick, I splurged on Reed. You could imagine my relief when Jeremy Maclin was on the board in Round 5 — he’s the kind of player I look for when the talent pool shrinks. He doesn’t have a high ceiling but he doesn’t have a low floor either. I would expect another 1,000-yard season from Maclin with at least seven touchdowns.
Emmanuel Sanders gave me a little more flexibility at receiver in Round 6, then Arian Foster became a luxury pick in Round 7. If he pans out, my team is loaded — if not, no big deal. DeAndre Washington was a similar luxury pick in Round 8 — just without all the injuries and age concerns Foster carries.
The gem of the draft was landing Philip Rivers in Round 9. I think Rivers is a cinch to finish as a top 10 Fantasy quarterback, so landing him at 99th overall felt like a major steal.
From there the focus was on high-upside depth — that’s precisely what Tavon Austin and Phillip Dorsett offer. Javorius Allen looks like a contender for the passing downs role with the Ravens to start the season — not a bad type of running back to get on your bench with your third-to-last choice.
|CMP%: 66.1||YDS: 4,792||INT: 13|
|ATT: 63||YDS: 163||REC: 22||REC YDS: 227||REC TD: 2|
|ATT: 196||YDS: 1,213||TD: 9||REC: 11||REC YDS: 106||REC TD: 1|
Source: CBS Sports / 2016 Fantasy Football Draft Prep: Picking at No. 3 overall in a standard league