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The Le’Veon Bell conundrum is one Fantasy owners struggle with now that his suspension is locked in at three games. But the decision shouldn’t really be that difficult when he falls into the middle of the second round.
I would draft Bell toward the beginning of Round 2 in standard leagues, and it works out great when you can land DeAngelo Williams as well. At No. 4 overall in our pick-by-pick series, I got Bell at No. 21, and I was able to get Williams in Round 7, which is as close to the perfect scenario as you can ask for.
It’s even better when you still get a stud in Round 1 like Odell Beckham , which is somewhat of a steal at No. 4 overall. And I love the way this team came together with my collection of running backs and receivers, as well as a stud quarterback.
Here is my roster …
- 1.4 Odell Beckham, WR, New York Giants
- 2.21 Le’Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers
- 3.28 Sammy Watkins , WR, Buffalo Bills
- 4.45 Russell Wilson , QB, Seattle Seahawks
- 5.52 Eric Decker , WR, New York Jets
- 6.69 Rashad Jennings , RB, Giants
- 7.76 DeAngelo Williams, RB, Steelers
- 8.93 LeGarrette Blount , RB, New England Patriots
- 9.100 Isaiah Crowell , RB, Cleveland Browns
- 10.117 Michael Crabtree , WR, Oakland Raiders
- 11.124 Michael Thomas , WR, New Orleans Saints
- 12.141 Gary Barnidge , TE, Browns
- 13.148 Carolina Panthers DST
- 14.165 Chandler Catanzaro , K, Arizona Cardinals
Some Fantasy owners may consider it risky to draft Bell with his suspension and recent knee injuries over the past two seasons with someone like Watkins, who is coming off foot surgery this offseason. If one or both of those players go down then your team could be ruined, especially since they were both drafted in the first three rounds.
That’s the pessimistic view. The optimistic view is that the combination of Bell and Williams is a top-four Fantasy running back like last year, and Watkins plays 16 games and dominates like he did down the stretch. And that’s what I’m hoping for.
I also like having three standout receivers by Round 5, which I accomplished here with Beckham, Watkins and Decker, and my depth at the position is excellent with Crabtree and Thomas. My quarterback should also be outstanding if Wilson plays as he did in 2015, and I don’t mind Barnidge with a late-round pick, especially since he appears to have already established a rapport with Robert Griffin III .
Running back could be considered questionable since I’m going into the season with Jennings as a starter, and Blount and Crowell are my lone backups. But I’m confident one of these guys will get me through the majority of the season, and we know every Fantasy owner’s best friend is the waiver wire. Someone will emerge, and I just have to be smart (and lucky) to end up with the right guy.
DeAngelo Williams RB / Pittsburgh Steelers (2015 stats)
|ATT: 200||YDS: 907||TD: 11||YPC: 4.5||REC: 40||REC YDS: 367|
Pick I regret
Michael Crabtree WR / Oakland Raiders (2015 stats)
|TAR: 146||REC: 85||YDS: 922||TD: 9|
Player I missed on
Jeremy Hill RB / Cincinnati Bengals (2015 stats)
|ATT: 223||YDS: 794||TD: 11||YPC: 3.6||REC: 15||REC YDS: 79||REC TD: 1|
Source: CBS Sports Headlines / 2016 Fantasy Football Draft Prep: Picking at No. 4 overall in standard leagues