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The first three picks in most PPR leagues are going to be some combination of Antonio Brown , Julio Jones and Odell Beckham . But after that the No. 4 overall pick is up in the air.

Some Fantasy owners like DeAndre Hopkins , which happened here in our pick-by-pick series. Rob Gronkowski could go at that spot, and running backs like David Johnson and Todd Gurley are in the discussion.

If I had the No. 4 overall pick in PPR then A.J. Green would be my pick, so I was thrilled to see him fall to No. 5 after Hopkins. I wouldn’t be shocked if Green somehow cracked the holy trinity of receivers and had a career year.

The Cincinnati Bengals are down two-thirds of their top receivers from last year with Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu gone as free agents, and Tyler Eifert (ankle) could be limited to open the season. Their replacements are rookie Tyler Boyd and Brandon LaFell , who isn’t a great talent and is battling a hand injury.

Andy Dalton should do whatever he can to target Green as often as possible, and I expect that will happen. This should be a big season for Green, and I’m excited he’s on my team.

Here’s the rest of my roster …

  • 1.5 A.J. Green, WR, Bengals
  • 2.20 Le’Veon Bell , RB, Pittsburgh Steelers
  • 3.29 Demaryius Thomas , WR, Denver Broncos
  • 4.44 Thomas Rawls , RB, Seattle Seahawks
  • 5.53 Eric Decker , WR, New York Jets
  • 6.68 DeAngelo Williams , RB, Carolina Panthers
  • 7.77 Arian Foster , RB, Miami Dolphins
  • 8.92 T.J. Yeldon , RB, Jacksonville Jaguars
  • 9.101 Antonio Gates , TE, San Diego Chargers
  • 10.116 Christine Michael , RB, Seahawks
  • 11.125 Ben Roethlisberger , QB, Steelers
  • 12.140 Bruce Ellington , WR, San Francisco 49ers
  • 13.149 Los Angeles Rams DST
  • 14.164 Steven Hauschka , K, Steelers

Many Fantasy owners don’t know what to do with Bell given his three-game suspension, but I’m thrilled to draft him in Round 2. And it makes it much better when you’re able to draft Williams, but as long as you have a capable replacement for the first three games you should be fine. When Bell is healthy and active he’s the best Fantasy running back this year.

As you’ve seen from most of my drafts in this pick-by-pick series, especially in PPR, I lean toward drafting three receivers with my first four picks, which I did here with Green, Thomas and Decker. I only drafted one more reserve receiver, which was Ellington, who is a great late-round sleeper in PPR.

Having a combination of Bell and Rawls should make anyone excited, especially when you get the handcuffs in Williams and Michael, respectively. And I also like the reserves in Yeldon and Foster, who looked good in the third preseason game against Atlanta.

Roethlisberger has become a good late-round quarterback to wait for if he’s available, but his value is lower with Ladarius Green (headaches) potentially out. You won’t see him in Round 11 in most leagues, but don’t reach for him this year.

I also like waiting on tight end if I don’t get Rob Gronkowski, Jordan Reed , Greg Olsen or Coby Fleener , and Gates should be solid with a pick in Round 9 or later. This is one of my favorite drafts in our pick-by-pick series.

Eric Decker WR / New York Jets (2015 stats)

TAR: 132REC: 80YDS: 1,027TD: 12
Decker loses some value in PPR leagues, but his track record is solid when he has a capable quarterback. In three of the past four years (two with Peyton Manning and one with Ryan Fitzpatrick) he’s had at least 80 catches, 1,000 yards and 11 touchdowns. He’s an amazing No. 2 NFL receiver and a standout No. 3 Fantasy option on my roster, and I will start him at flex.

DeAngelo Williams RB / Pittsburgh Steelers (2015 stats)

ATT: 200YDS: 907TD: 11YPC: 4.5REC: 40REC YDS: 367
I like Williams, and I definitely want to draft Williams, especially when I take Bell with an early-round pick. But I don’t like spending a sixth-round pick on him. Now, I was nervous another owner might have grabbed Williams, so I pulled the trigger at No. 68 overall. That’s too soon, and that’s the only reason I regret it. Luckily, it didn’t ruin the rest of my draft.

Keenan Allen WR / San Diego Chargers (2015 stats)

TAR: 89REC: 67YDS: 725TD: 4
Allen is one of my favorite players this season, and I try to get him whenever possible. He went at No. 19 overall just before I grabbed Bell, and I would have loved the start of my team with Green and Allen. He’s headed for a monster season this year now that he’s back at 100 percent from last year’s kidney injury. He’s an excellent pick in all leagues, especially PPR, in Round 2.


Source: CBS Sports / 2016 Fantasy Football Draft Prep: Picking at No. 5 overall in a PPR league