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In 2015, if you drafted Dez Bryant and Jamaal Charles with your first two picks, you probably felt like you already won your Fantasy league. They were among the Top 3 players coming into the year at their respective positions, but injuries derailed their season.

Now, in 2016, Fantasy owners are hesitant to trust both players at the same level as before, which is understandable. Bryant University Bulldogs is coming off foot surgery, and Dallas quarterback Tony Romo has a hard time staying healthy. And Charles suffered a torn ACL last year.

But at the right spot in your draft, both players should be huge difference makers. And that’s what I’m counting on here at No. 7 overall in our pick-by-pick series in a PPR league. I drafted Bryant in Round 1 and Charles in Round 2, and like 2015, I already feel like I won the league.

Here’s the rest of my roster …

  • 1.7 Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas Cowboys
  • 2.18 Jamaal Charles, RB, Kansas City Chiefs
  • 3.31 Randall Cobb , WR, Green Bay Packers
  • 4.42 Danny Woodhead , RB, San Diego Chargers
  • 5.55 Marvin Jones , WR, Detroit Lions
  • 6.66 Ryan Mathews , RB, Philadelphia Eagles
  • 7.79 Travis Kelce , TE, Chiefs
  • 8.90 Eli Manning , QB, New York Giants
  • 9.103 DeVante Parker , WR, Miami Dolphins
  • 10.114 Vincent Jackson , WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • 11.127 Darren Sproles , RB, Eagles
  • 12.138 Kenny Stills , WR, Dolphins
  • 13.151 Chiefs DST
  • 14.162 Graham Gano , K, Carolina Panthers

Aside from Bryant and Charles, I drafted another polarizing player in Cobb, who struggled last year when Jordy Nelson was out with a torn ACL. But Cobb has thrived as the No. 2 receiver for the Packers, and I’m counting on Nelson to return at 100 percent, which elevates Cobb back to a Fantasy star.

I like this entire receiving corps with Bryant, Cobb, Jones, Parker, Jackson and Stills. I drafted both Dolphins receivers with the hope one steps up, and so far Stills looks like the better option with a late-round pick. I’m also thrilled with Jones as a No. 3 receiver, and he will open the season as my flex.

At running back, the combination of Charles, Woodhead, Mathews and Sproles is fine given the makeup of my roster. Woodhead is a star in PPR leagues, and I’m comfortable with Mathews as the No. 3 running back heading into the year.

When you wait on a quarterback and tight end and can come away with potential standouts like Manning and Kelce then you are drafting the right way. Manning should easily finish as a Top 10 Fantasy quarterback, and he’s thrived playing for new coach Ben McAdoo, who was promoted from offensive coordinator. And Kelce is a good tight end with the chance to be great, if only he can score a couple of more touchdowns.

Don’t be afraid of Bryant and Charles this year, especially with Charles in Round 2. When healthy, both players are elite talents, and I’m expecting them to bounce back in a big way.

Marvin Jones WR / Detroit Lions (2015 stats at Cincinnati)

TAR: 103REC: 65YDS: 816TD: 4
Jones has the chance to be the No. 1 receiver for the Lions this year, and all the reports about him in training camp and the preseason have been positive. He reportedly has a great rapport with Matthew Stafford, and Jones has become a tremendous value pick in Round 5 or later. He could easily be better than Golden Tate this season, and I’m excited about Jones as the flex option for this team.

DeVante Parker WR / Miami Dolphins (2015 stats)

TAR: 50REC: 26YDS: 494TD: 3
There’s a lot to like about Parker this season, but he appears to have fallen on the depth chart behind Stills, which is troublesome. Stills is the better value pick here, and he looks like the No. 2 receiver for the Dolphins behind Jarvis Landry. I still expect Parker to play a role for Miami and Fantasy owners this season, but his breakout season might not happen until 2017.

Spencer Ware RB / Kansas City Chiefs (2015 stats)

ATT: 72YDS: 403TD: 6YPC: 5.6REC: 6REC YDS: 5
I’m confident in Charles to play a full season coming off last year’s torn ACL, but that doesn’t mean I should pass on trying to cover myself with Ware as a handcuff. And I missed him in Round 10 by three spots. What I should have done was drafted Ware where I got Parker, and that would have made my team more complete. I recommend if you draft Charles to handcuff him with Ware whenever possible.


Source: CBS Sports / 2016 Fantasy Football Draft Prep: Picking at No. 7 overall in a PPR league